Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

Supports. Kristin Vestgard.

We can be deceived, sometimes, by social media and society’s talk of “friends” and “followers”.  How is it even possible to have over 500 friends?  I ask myself that sometimes when I look at my own personal profiles.  These past few years of traveling, in addition to this time since my mom’s diagnosis, has been an eye opening experience for me in my relationships.  These paintings by Norwegian born artist Kristin Vestgard remind me of those friendships that have proven the tests of time and miles.

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They are the supporters, those friends that may not be valuable to our “networking” but are priceless in their tenacious love and loyalty.  I’ve found a renewed beauty in these friendships that persevere.  Theirs are the notes and texts that excite me these days, because I know the motivation behind them is simply a desire to connect and to check that all is well.  And if, for some reason all is not, these are the arms that will be the first to hold me up.

To see more of the work of Kristin Vestgard, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Diversions. Sean Yelland.

It’s been a long day at work.  You pack up your desk, turn off your light, get into your car.  Then it seems like the next minute, you’re pulling into your driveway, not remembering anything about the journey home.  Have you ever had this experience?  You didn’t black out, aren’t experiencing any serious neurological issues.  You’re just kind of on auto pilot.  You take this journey so often, you can do it in your sleep and it almost seems as if you do.

Isn’t it easy to go through life that way?  Just cruise along, maintain speed.  The problem is that when you’re on auto pilot, you aren’t especially paying attention.  You missed that amazing sunset or that middle aged guy in the car next to you jamming out to Taylor Swift.  You didn’t see those deer munching quietly on the side of the road or the magical bird murmuration flying overhead.

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These paintings by Sean Yelland kind of cried out to me in their melancholy.  We’ve all been there, on that long stretch of highway that seems our destiny.  Where we meant for this?  Going from one place to the next, home, work, errands, home, work, errands, never straying away from the path laid out before us.  We hesitate to take the road less traveled.  What if I get lost?  What if I can’t find my way back?  But what if you find something even better?

To see more of Sean Yelland’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Messiness. Alyssa di Edwardo.

Confession time: I’m a bit of a neat freak.  I make the bed every day.  I always have a place for everything.  In college, I was the only one in the painting studio meticulously cleaning off her palette after each session ( which wouldn’t have been necessary had we been able to leave all of our stuff in the studio, but I digress ).  Being married has helped with my neatness obsession a bit, I admit to occasionally putting Mr. F’s stuff away but find myself able to cope with the imperfectness of living with someone not quite so obsessive.  Maybe because he treats my quirky neatnikness with humor and grace.

Is it strange that I admire folks who can live with, even relish in the messy?  I think it is what has drawn me to the work of West Palm Beach artist Alyssa di Edwardo.

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As I’ve been back painting regularly now for over a year, I’ve found myself confronting my fear of the mess.  Even in my work, I relish those moments where the canvas or panel is as beautiful as I’d imagined it could be.. but then there creeps in a need to push a bit further.  Beyond the beauty of a controlled surface is a need for a type of exploration and experimentation that will only happen when I allow things to get a little messy.  When I let go of what seems good enough but not exciting and my need to control the outcome.  I’m working at finding a balance between the not denying the necessary calm and embracing the mess that needs to surface.

To see more of Alyssa di Edwardo’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Clouded. Laura Guese.

After nearly a year of coastal living and four years in the Northwest, I feel like I’ve become a connoisseur of clouds.  Recently Mr. F and I sat high atop a local rock formation, watching for whales as they migrate South to Mexico.  In just the space of a few hours, the skies changed dramatically– the clouds would roll in, then out, in, then out.  As I was looking through the paintings of Denver artist Laura Guese, it got me thinking about how that ever changing sky mimicked every day life.

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Some days, we wake up and all is clear– we feel filled with purpose and positivity.  We see clear the path we are on and know exactly where we are headed.  But on other days, our vision seems clouded.  Whether by work or worries, we can’t see clearly the road ahead.  We get bogged down, slowed down, we’re stuck, afraid to move forward because we have lost sight of our destination.  But if we’ll only press on, keep hiking up, we can move above the clouds.  Suddenly we glimpse a spot of blue sky!  And we’re back on track.

You can see the paintings of Laura Guese in her solo show at Mike Wright Gallery in Denver through February 28th.  Or drop by her website to see more of Laura’s work.

All images are via Mike Wright Gallery.

Naked. Daniel Catalano.

There is more to nakedness than the simple truth of being without clothing.  It requires trust and vulnerability, traits not always easy to come by.  This season of my life, dealing with my mom’s illness, has without a doubt at times left me raw, while also virtually piling on layers in the way of self preservation and protection.

Situations like these tend to bring out our worst or our best.  We’ve been dealing with both sides of the coin.  The best people leaving us feeling protected and safe in our vulnerable state, the worst piling on judgement and hurtfulness when we are at our most bare.

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My poor mom has been left without her own shroud physically and in just about every other way.  Stripped of her health and her independence, she has had to lay herself open, to lose the security of her ordered world, to ask for help in ways she never dreamed of.

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I’ve had friends thank me for being so open about what we’ve been going through as they go through similar circumstances, yet keep to themselves.  And that would usually be my own way.. to keep everything private, bottled up.  But to be naked is to also let others know that they have your trust, that they are needed, that you know that you can’t do it alone.

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Since her diagnosis, there have been a lot of tears.  But there has also been meaningful conversation and deep laughter with those who’ve allowed us the freedom to be vulnerable and the security of knowing we are safe in our nakedness.

Featured paintings are by Daniel Catalano.  Please visit his website to see more of his work.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Wild. Allison Gildersleeve.

As a somewhat fledgling painter exploring the nature of environments myself, I’m always intrigued by how other artists interpret the scenes we experience.  In her paintings, New York artist Allison Gildersleeve paints the simultaneous experiences of small, hemmed-in parcels of wilderness.

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When I paint these woods, I want it to feel as if all the stories that took place there are unfolding simultaneously.

The artist takes reference from the same scene as experienced multiple times over the seasons, layering each impression over the next.  The resulting cacophony is like a beautiful mapping of the emotional weight of each place.  For every person who walked through, every child who played tag, there is a bit of themselves and their memory left behind long after they’ve trod that ground.

To see more of Allison Gildersleeve‘s work, please visit her website.  if you happen to be in New Hampshire, you can catch her solo show at Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Walpole until January 20th.

All images are via the artist’s website and the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery website.  Artist found via Christina Foard.

Consumptions. Kira Nam Greene.

Food and sex.  Let’s face it, our American culture is pretty much obsessed with two things.  Yet we often want to deny how much each matters to us.  We are somehow above such base desires.  In her work, Asian American artist Kira Nam Greene explores the dichotomy in a fascination of the objectification of women by portraying them as highly styled, delectable food.

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A self confessed food lover, cuisine has often been the focus of Greene’s work, as she combines Eastern motifs and symbols with ubiquitously American foods like Skippy Peanut Butter and a stack of pancakes.  In thinking of the food as shorthand for the female body, I began to notice the treatment of the food in composition– elevated on a pedestal, as an award, the object of leering attentions.

Kind of makes you rethink that phrase, “you are what you eat”, doesn’t it?

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Jenny Brown on Instagram.  If you aren’t already following Jenny, you need to be!

Evidence of Life. Erin Raedeke.

I stil vividly remember spending days with my mom, sister-in-law, and grandfather going through my grandmother’s things after she was gone.  How very adamantly he wanted her things to go on in this life, even when she did not.  I’m not as attached to material things as I once was, yet when a person has lived with and used and touched objects I do believe they become sort of intertwined with that person’s spirit for a time.

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We each have different ways of interacting with the things around us– from the way we set the table to the way we hang ( or don’t hang ) up our towels.  My grandmother’s clothes, while jammed into every available closet space, where meticulously well cared for and carried her scent long after she no longer wore them.

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After a loved one is gone, we want to cling to every precious memory and momento.  Even the most insignificant little object can carry with it great meaning.  But as time goes by, the memories don’t fade, yet our need to grasp those objects close often does.  It’s as if our loved ones spirit hangs about as a comfort to us for a while and, when we are ready, it gently lets us go.

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These still life paintings by Erin Raedeke brought to life for me this concept of a memorial and spiritual attachment to things and the unique way we interact with not just the things we use each day, but how we use material things to remember the people we love.

To see more of Erin Raedeke’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Dynamic Quiet. Leslie Kenneth Price.

As I type this post, I feel keenly aware of the quiet around me.  The hum of the refrigerator and the occasional noise from the street above are the only sounds meeting my ears.  How often do we allow this type of quiet in our days?  The elimination of modern noise is one thing that we love about hiking and backpacking.  While living in Seattle, it was especially noticeable when we got out of the cacophony of the city and up into the tranquility of the  mountains.  In his work, Northern California artist Leslie Kenneth Price takes his inspiration from the natural world and serves up work that draws us into the teeming life happening in the quiet that surrounds our noise.

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I happened upon the Price’s work when visiting Sewell Gallery back in April and loved it, keeping it in the back of my mind ever since.  A peek at his website recently found me falling deeply in love with this new series of paintings, Verano.  His use of color, movement, and texture alone are enough to draw me in, but in listening to the artist talk of the influence of nature on his work truly resonated with my own experience and spirit.

I found myself nodding along and thinking, yes,that’s exactly how I feel! over and over again.  A true artistic soulmate.

To see more of the work of Leslie Kenneth Price, please visit his website.

All images & video are via the artist’s website.

Facing Forward. Alejandra Atares.

I’m back, dear Artsies!  Ready to hit the ground running in this new year.  I’m not sure what 2015 will bring but what I do know is that I can no longer hang in limbo.  It’s time to put my face forward and get back to it.  As I reflected upon the prospect of beginning again, I was drawn to paintings by Barcelona artist Alejandra Atares.

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Moving ahead after lingering in the unknown can be scary and intimidating.  There is a fear of beginning something exciting only to have to abandon it mid-stream. But as I like to tell Mr. Forager, the ultimate dreamer/planner..

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

He just loves it when I quote John Lennon to him!  In the end, we never know what tomorrow will bring, even when all of our loved ones are whole and well.  So we must embrace life as it is in this very moment while looking forward with hope and anticipation.

Artist found via I Need A Guide.  All images are via the artist’s website.

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