Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

Urbanity. Jessica Hess.

Mr. F and I are settled into our temporary Bay Area home and you guys, we are beyond excited!!  Not only are we surrounded by incredible natural beauty ( which, thankfully, we’ve been lucky to have nearly everywhere we’ve traveled ), but we are just a short drive/bus ride/ferry ride away from one of our favorite cities, San Francisco.  Although I feel most at home in a less hectic environment, every once in a while, I need to be in a city– to feel that urban energy.  The paintings of San Fran photo realist artist Jessica Hess celebrates the graffiti that transforms derelict spaces into urban canvases.

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Every city has spaces that aren’t gleaming and new, that’s a big part of their charm.  While I don’t condone vandalization of someone else’s property, I do sometimes love a glimpse of bright paint among the rack and ruin.  These colorful caches of creativity remind us that there is still life among the neglected.

To see more of Jessica Hess‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Facades. Sean Mahan.

I’ve been called intense several times in my life and each time I take it as a compliment.  I’m not unfriendly, but I’m also not super outgoing and smiley, which often leads to well meaning strangers telling me to smile.  I am afraid, though, that sometimes my serious demeanor may make me seem less approachable or happy than I am.  When going through the website of a fellow Florida artist I’ve admired for a long time, Sean Mahan, I was struck by how much his slightly sad-seeming figures reminded me of my own misunderstood facade.

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This pattern of assumption and misapprehension goes both ways, too.  Sometimes the people who seem the happiest and most jovial are deep down incredibly sad.  We put on a display for other people.. it’s what is expected, what makes them comfortable, no matter whether or not it is true to what we feel inside.  It’s taken me a long time to be content with my own temperament, to be OK with being the quiet observer instead of the life of the party.  But it is who I am and I’m cool with that.  Just don’t tell me to smile.

To see more of Sean Mahan‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Flourishes. Kayleigh Fichten.

We each have a unique way of interacting with the world around us.  Whether through the way we approach each day, our manner of address or dress, or how we set a table, we all have our own brand of ourselves.  We paint with broad strokes or fine detail.  We are our flourishes.

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These quirks might seem insignificant, but every one of these tiny traits make us unique.  So, too are the brushstrokes of each artist.  These broad, sweeping strokes by Minneapolis artist Kayleigh Fichten draw me in with their rhythmic repetitions and their candied colors.  According to her artist statement, she’s telling us, in her own strokes, of her own examining “of physical utopias and imagined place”.  We can each visit the same place, in the same moment, but we will all reinterpret that place and point in time in our own language.

To see more of Kayleigh Fichten‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Buy Some Damn Art.

Flutterings. Betsy Eby.

Do you ever find yourself envious of birds?  Mr. F and I love watching the larger birds soar and the smaller ones flit about.  It seems such a carefree way of life, doesn’t it?  They live by instinct and opportunity, always able to fly on to sunnier skies if necessary.  These beautiful encaustic paintings by Betsy Eby remind me of that way of moving, freely and without care.

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We like to think that this gypsy lifestyle we’ve currently adopted creates such freedom, but still find ourselves being tied down in so many ways.  Sure, we’ve managed to free ourselves from a lot of baggage, but we still have to work to eat, to have a place to live, heck, just finding a place to live can be a struggle at times!  But what we’ve learned is to have faith like the birds, to know that we will be provided for, that we’ll find a spot to build our nest and won’t be without a place to lay our heads.  The birds don’t worry about such things, why should we?

To see more of Betsy Eby‘s work, please visit her website.  See the artist talk about her work and her process in this beautiful video–

All images are via the artist’s website.

Dualities. Doug Freed.

I find it amazing to experience a place through different days, different seasons.  As Mr. F and I travel, such encounters are a rare treat, for we are usually only in the same spot for a season.  But as life and light shifts, so too, does the atmosphere of a place.  In his large scale paintings, Missouri artist Doug Freed brings us into the aura of light and mood in the landscapes around us.

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In these intensely hued, yet softly toned paintings, we seem to be viewing the world through varying filters and lenses, the landscape changing ever so slightly with an alteration in light and shadow.  The paintings seem to quietly call upon all of our other senses– can’t you feel the mist on your face, hear the gentle lapping of the water against the shore?

To see more of Doug Freed‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Exchanges. Heather Day.

In just 48 hours, Mr. F and I will exchange one temporal locale for another.  We’ll drive a few hours down the Coast to spend the next three months in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  Each one of these moves involves a lot of conversations and communications, between ourselves and with strangers, both those who remain so and those who become friends.  In her abstract paintings, San Francisco artist Heather Day captures the interactions happening between mediums on her canvas.

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Each day, we interact with the people around us in a myriad of ways– with a look, a smile, a kind word or even an um, not so kind gesture, we are communicating with each other even when say nothing.  Our exchanges can be like a dance, initiating, giving, taking, some gestures larger than others– just as Day’s marks upon her canvases.

To see more of Heather Day‘s work, please visit her website.  You can follow Heather’s work and studio practice on Instagram, as well!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Distance. Katte Geneta.

I have a bit of a tendency to get caught up in details.  I’m detail oriented, which can be a big plus in some ways, but it does tend to make me a bit of a can’t-see-the-forest-for-the-trees- type sometimes.  So it’s good for me to get some distance, both literally and figuratively.  These small paintings by New York artist Katte Geneta reveal impressions of places distant from sight, distant from memory.

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I first spotted Katte’s work in my Instagram feed, I think a fellow artist recommend her.  And these small, quiet paintings seemed a spot of calm among the cacophony of sunsets, cats, and selfies in a typical day’s feed.  As we look back upon a place, our memory often recalls the strongest impression– a line here, light there, this or that color.  But that impression is what stays with us and Katte’s interpretations of that sense of place are incredibly strong.  I can feel the cool air, the fog, the warmth of the setting sun.

To see more of Katte Geneta‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website or Instagram.

Storytelling. Andrea Kowch.

I love a good story.  Be it novel, film, or just an anecdote, I can’t get enough.  Mr. F is a marvelous storyteller, far better than I’ll ever be.  He has more stories than the Grimm brothers.  While abstract painting has my heart, I do love the intricacies and narrative intrigue of allegorical painting, and in the work of Andrea Kowch, the visual storytelling shines.

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It seems to me that with the advent of social media, as a society, we’re rediscovering our storytelling roots.  On Twitter, we’re challenged to set a scene with just 140 characters.  Instagram allows we visual folks to tell our stories through photos– often more powerful than words.  Kowch’s figures with their sly, knowing gazes and hair in wild disarray drew me in when I first saw them in the Get Real show at MOCA when I was home in Florida.  In the way her characters interact with each other, the viewer, and the world around them we seem to be catching them in the midst of a private scene– one whose true story is known only to the artist, but perhaps not even she.

To see more of the work of Andrea Kowch, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Veils. Rowena Martinich.

Although most of us aren’t required to wear them, many of us hide behind them.  I’m talking about veils.  They are often present even when we aren’t aware of them.  We use our veils to hide our authentic selves– maybe it is a certain personality or brand we project through social media, or a laugh that is just a bit too loud, or gossiping about others to avoid talking about ourselves.

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Our veil may be attractive, heck, it may even be the reason for our popularity, but what happens when the veil gets a tear?  Who we truly are can’t be hidden forever, even as we try to recreate a different version of ourselves.  Glimpses peek out again and again, until soon, the curtain we hide behind is obscuring, not what others of us but how we see the world.

Paintings by Australian artist Rowena Martinich.  To see more of the artist’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Softness. Mel Rea.

We live in a world in which everyone seems to be competing for attention.  So many are shouting look at me, look at me!  And it is often the shouters that get the attention, because well, our attention is more easily gained by a blow horn than by the soft whistle of a bird.  These paintings by Mel Rea seem to revel in hushed strength.

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Softly atmospheric with bright punches of color, Rea’s paintings remind me of those foggy early morning hours when the world is only just awakening.. The softness of the lifting darkness punctuated by the light of early risers, the occasional screech of brakes or blast of a horn jolting us from the stillness and into the rush of day.

To see more of Mel Rea‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website and Huff Harrington.  Artist found via Steller’s Gallery.

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