Curiosities. Mairi Timoney.

Mr. F and I do a lot of exploring in unfamiliar territory.  Weekends often find us driving down new roads to see what we can find.  Since we only stay in each place for a short time, we usually get to know the places we pass by sight, but never discover the people behind them or the stories they have to tell.

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These collages by Edinburgh artist Mairi Timoney create a visual exploration of unfamiliar places.  We’re given hints at the stories behind each place– a line of clothes strung between trees, a storefront, a suburban garage.  The glimpses, like my view out our car window, give just enough information to drive the imagination to create our own stories for each new setting.

To see more of Mairi Timoney‘s work, please visit her website.  Check out the Artsy Forager Great.ly gallery for prints of the two of Timoney’s collages!

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Fragility. Simone Truong.

We when are young, it’s easy to believe we are invincible.  We’ll live forever, nothing can touch us.  But as the years creep onward, we realize just how very tenuous this life is.  As delicate as a flower.  The work of UK artist Simone Truong reminded me today of this beautiful fragility we so often take for granted.

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It can happen in the blink of an eye– one wrong turn, being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a split second and life is never the same again.  We become so tempted by the path everyone else has chosen that we forget that we are only given this one chance.  Why use up our chance living someone else’s dreams?  Or by not filling every day with as much love, beauty and kindness we can muster?

To see more of Simone Truong‘s work, please visit her website.  She has a beautiful collection of giclee prints available on her site!  I’m seriously tempted.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Sweetness. Anna Membrino.

Everyone wants to be known as the “sweet one”, right?  We all have that friend, the one who never seems to say a word in anger, always kind and generous no matter what.  I wish I could say that was me.. but I think my, uh, salty side comes out more often than not.  It’s that typical angel on one shoulder, devil on another type of situation– I want to be sweet and gentle, but I also refuse to be misunderstood, misaligned, or abused in any way.  I’m sweet but I won’t melt.

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I was drawn to the Sugar Series by Bay Area artist Anna Membrino not just for the confectionary palette but for the way these cotton candy colored forms take on monumental status on her canvas.  These sweets are anything but shrinking.  In fact, they seem downright mountainous.  I think there’s a lesson in there for me and anyone else who struggles with sweet versus strong– just because you are one doesn’t mean you can’t be the other.

To see more of Anna Membrino’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Microcosms. Ashely Peifer.

One of my favorite things about the West Coast that I didn’t grow up with on the Florida coast is tide pools.  Mr. F and I spend lots of time exploring and examining these little microcosms teeming with life.  Tide pools always seem so precious, not just because of their importance to the environment, but for their temporal state.  They are only exposed for a certain amount of time, then once the tide comes in, they disappear again.

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These mixed media paintings by Minneapolis artist Ashely Peifer remind me of the multitudes of creatures living together in pools between the rocks.  Elements float in and around each other, patterns intersperse and lay one on top of another like seastars clinging to barnacles.

To see more of Ashely Peifer‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Memorials. Mackenzie Reynolds.

Happy Memorial Day to all the US Artsies out there!  And happy Monday to everyone else!  Considering today’s holiday, the What It’s Worth series by Wisconsin artist Mackenzie Reynolds, which explores the visual memories lost from one generation to the next, seemed a fitting feature.

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While my grandmother was a relentless notetaker ( the majority of our family photos have names and dates on them, thanks, Mimi! ), when my mom and I went through the huge stacks of black and white photos, many of the older images weren’t identifiable.  Luckily, my mom could make some pretty good guesses based on clothing and context.  As a family, we’re very lucky to have these momentos of our generational history.  But even we have had to discard some photos that weren’t identifiable or obviously a part of our family.  Photos of friends or acquaintances of my grandmother’s from when she was very young, people we never knew, my grandmother our only connection.  It’s a bit sad to think that someday another generation will discard our own images, or even worse, that in this digital age, there won’t be any physical record left of us once we are gone.  A hard pill to swallow, for sure, but if we know we’ve lived our best in this life, then we’ll care only for what happens now, not what is looked back on once we’ve left.

To see more of Mackenzie Reynolds‘ work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Waiting. Ada Sadler.

Waiting can be fun. No, really, hear me out!  The anticipation of a coming vacation, standing in queue for a roller coaster– it can be almost as exciting as the thing itself.  But then there is the other kind of waiting, the one filled with apprehension.  Artist Ada Sandler paints scenes of seats that seem to be awaiting occupants.

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The small scale paintings pack a punch with their crisp, clean lines, mimicking the mid-century modern designs featured.  The limited palette and strong light enhances the feeling of  expectancy.

To see more of Ada Sadler’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Dolby Chadwick.

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Imprinted. Diane Carr.

Every place we’ve been has become a part of who we are.  We carry with us the desert sand of Joshua Tree, the snows of Idaho, the wet, sweet air of Seattle.  In her paintings, Diane Carr seems to capture the fleeting atmosphere of a moment in place.

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But these aren’t your typical landscapes.  Carr uses color to emphasize atmosphere and form, icy blue drips like rushing falls, contrasting with warm flecks of orange and pink, reminding me of glints of sun against rocks.  Their luscious quality makes them seem to envelop the viewer, like a canopy of trees.

To see more of Diane Carr‘s work, please visit her website.

Images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

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Shifts. Cynthia Ona Innis.

No doubt you’ve heard that we’re in the midst of a major drought here in California. Even in the short amount of time we’ve been here, we’ve seen the landscape shift and change. Fellow Bay Area artist Cynthia Ona Innis explores the shifting diversity of the California landscape.

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Mr. F and I have experienced the range of California’s landscape, from six months in the high desert of Joshua Tree, a year amidst the Redwoods in Eureka, and now among the hills of Marin County.  Innis’s paintings beautifully illustrate in an abstract way the amazing diversity in the state.

To see more of Cynthia Ona Innis‘s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via The Studio Work blog. Images via the artist’s website and Walter Maciel Gallery.

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Prickles. Kwang-Ho Lee.

You are nothing but prickles and stings.. so states Anne Shirley to formidable headmistress Katharine Brooke.  These hyperrealistic paintings by Kwang Ho Lee are most certainly full of prickles, but the sting is how incredibly gorgeous they are!

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Cactus have this incredible dangerous beauty to them, don’t they?  Those incredible textures, especially in the “fuzzy” variety, leave us longing to touch but the second we do we’ll know why we shouldn’t.  Which gives them such a lovely, unattainable, untamable appeal.

To see more of Kwang Ho Lee‘s work, please visit the website of his representing gallery, Kukje Gallery.

Images via Hi-Fructose and This is Colossal.

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Pale. Kat Hannah.

When you’re hurting, the color seems to go out a bit from the world.  Having just spent the two weeks by my mom’s side, watching her struggle against a body that is failing, witnessing her spirit soar in one moment, only to crash in the next, it seems strange to get back to “normal”.

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On one hand, I want to savor each day with fervor, for now more than ever, I know there is no promise of tomorrow.  But then something will grab hold of me, the whisper of a memory grips my heart and I am undone.

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It’s a struggle to climb out of that hole, once you’ve lost your footing.  Everything goes pale.  The colors fade like old sheets washed too many times.  But eventually, given time and love, slowly the washed out places will become renewed and refreshed.  I know that I’m not in my palest period, yet.  But I also know that the loss of color won’t last forever.  It will return in even greater brilliance.

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It is ok to languish in the pale for a while, though.  It has to be.

The paintings featured today are by Kat Hannah.  You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop and on her blog.

All images are via the artist’s Etsy shop.

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