Discards. Alvaro Naddeo.

For most of my life I’ve lived surrounded by friends and family, so being without a home never seemed like a very real possibility to me.  As Mr. F and I travel, we do occasionally find ourselves “between homes” temporarily, but that usually just involves a few nights in a local hotel while trying to find a rental.  While living this past year in Eureka, we’ve encountered a homeless population to rival larger cities.  I always wonder about them, how they came to where they are– was it a series of bad luck? Was it by choice?

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We find ourselves walking by them, not making eye contact, trying not to notice them so they won’t notice us and make us uncomfortable.  Perhaps through no fault of their own, these are the cast-offs, society’s discards that we’ve thrown away and never given a second thought.  Because if we really think about them, we might see ourselves in their eyes.

These watercolor paintings from New York artist Alvaro Naddeo focus our attention on the consumption and consequent dumping of what was once needed, shiny and new.  To see more of Alvaro Naddeo‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist.

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.

Nocturnes. Carla Berger.

It might surprise you to know that Mr. F and I are kind of homebodies.  At night, any way.  We get out during the day, hiking, adventuring around each new town we find ourselves in, but we often like to just spend our evenings at home with a nice dinner and a bottle of wine.  I do get the itch sometimes, though, and tell Mr. F that I need a night out.  There is something about being out when the sky is black that feels special.  It’s that sexy I’m-out-on-a-school-night-after-curfew kind of feeling.

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The work of photographer Carla Berger captures the alluring provocative quality to the night time.  Her blurred, often closely cropped images are like fleeting glances into a film noir world.     A world filled with seductive characters and intrigue.  Proof that sometimes we all need a little escape into the night.

All images are via Carla Berger’s Instagram.  Follow her for gorgeousness in your IG feed!

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.

Anticipation. Rebecca Mason Adams.

Some occasions in life seem all about the expectancy.  When I was young, those days leading up to Christmas or a summer vacation were filled with hope and excitement.  Even today, I get giddy thinking about what is just around the corner!  For me, these monochromatic paintings by Rhode Island artist Rebecca Mason Adams capture the feeling of those moments in wait.

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Whether it is waiting to spring a surprise or hoping for the phone to ring, something about the way her figures are in a sort of tense repose, often receding into their darker backgrounds, as if waiting for a cue to begin.  It’s difficult, isn’t it, to push through and stop waiting?  Some times we don’t have any choice but to wait, but often we are the ones to hold ourselves back, fearful that the anticipation will be sweeter than the reality.

To see more of Rebecca Mason Adams‘ work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via The Jealous Curator.

Awash. Nick Knight.

While much of the country is still slogging their way through snow and ice, here in Northern California, the rains have returned.  But the other day, I was caught by surprise by the first cherry blossoms beginning to make their appearance on our backyard branches.  I find myself checking every day to make sure they haven’t been washed away with the rains.

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These large format works by photographer Nick Knight, with their melting liquidity, seem to be disintegrating before the eye, just as the rain beats upon the new blooms of a coming spring.  The colors run with a painter’s touch, some petals fall but others remain strong.  We don’t always know why some flowers are allowed to remain on their branches while others spill to the ground before they’ve even had a chance to fully bloom.

To see more of Nick Knight‘s work, please visit his website.  More from the Flora series can be seen at Show Studio.

All images via Show Studio.

Utopias. Sandra Kantanen.

Mr. F and I chat frequently about our ideal spot.  But we often wonder, does our ideal really exist?  I mean, I’m sure it does, but will it be in the cards for us when the time comes?  The photographs of Finnish artist Sandra Kantanen explore the idea of a vanished paradise.

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As the artist’s photographs reference the vanishing idyllic landscapes of China and Japan, often Mr. F and I think about whether a perfect little spot we’ve found will remain that way forever.  We have a particular favorite, wonderfully isolated and beautiful, but we’ve seen it gaining exposure and fear what may happen to it.  We hope that development may be kept at bay, but we may very well find that one day we return to find our ideal being slowly erased.

To see more of Sandra Kantanen‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Conversations. Robin Feld.

If you’ve ever worked in or hung a gallery, you might be familiar with the way paintings “talk” to each other.  When hung in the same or adjacent space, works of art interact with one another, echoing or contradicting each other’s shapes, colors, and textures.  In her artist statement, Brooklyn artist Robin Feld describes her desire for “the marks on the canvas to talk to each other..

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Layers in paint parallel a conversation between people– there are quiet whispers followed by bursts of laughter, tension and release, hidden secrets and deep emotion.  As some relationships are more tumultuous and passionate, others are more refuges of peace and calm, so too, can paintings be.

To see more of Robin Feld‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Perspectives. Matthew Shelley.

What’s that quote about the strongest tree is the one that bends instead of breaks?  I can’t remember it exactly and Google isn’t cooperating.  But I’ve been thinking about flexibility a lot lately.  Maybe it’s a product of getting older, or more likely, it comes from the way Mr. F and I live and how much pliability is required.

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These collages by Matthew Shelley with their cantilevered angles give the photographic elements present a new perspective.  Landscapes are turned on their head, yet it seems natural.  Just like with any other circumstance, we adjust our perspective.  And the more easily welcomed a new aspect, the more we are able to withstand the change.

Check out Matthew Shelley’s website to see more of his work.

 

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via isavirtue.

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