Summer Lovin’. Belinda Marshall #makegood

Surprise!!  I know a few days ago I shared that I would be slowing things down a bit for a while, but then I heard about the #makegood Great.ly campaign and well, I just had to join in! If you don’t know about Great.ly, it is a super fabulous site where artists and artisans AKA Makers stock an online “studio” with work from which “tastemakers” ( bloggers like me & other influential folks ) fill their Great.ly boutiques and share the work with their readers.

Already there are lots of incredible Makers on the site and I wanted to pop in and introduce you to one of my favorites, Melbourne artist Belinda Marshall.  Belinda creates these gorgeously sunny and happy abstracts teeming with color.  With their bright popsicle palettes, these babies are my summer love affair!

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All of these pieces are available as prints in The Trove, the Artsy Forager boutique gallery on Great.ly.  Which one is your favorite?  Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine!

Be sure to check out some other Makers my fellow Tastemakers are posting about today!  Shout out to The Artful Desperado, Bird & Beau, Mai Autumn, & The Jealous Curator!

All images via The Artsy Forager Great.ly page.

*This post contains affiliate links. As a Great.ly Tastemaker and curator of The Trove, I receive a small commission on each piece sold from The Trove boutique gallery.

Everywhere There’s Signs. Kellie Talbot

For the last century or so, signage has become a ubiquitous part of the American landscape. In the mid twentieth century especially, neon signage became not just advertising but an art form unto itself.  These letters in light have been slowly fading from view and Seattle artist Kellie Talbot  captures their spirit in her work.

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In her oil paintings, Talbot crops closely into the neon letters, where we can see not only the bright paint, but the signs of age and wear.  In daylight, we see not bright colored lines of light, but milky white tubes and bulbs.  What I love most about Talbot’s work is the way the pieces are composed, slight glimpses of shapes that we can just make out as letters.

To see more of Kellie Talbot‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Distilled Visions. Micah Crandall Bear

The other day Mr. F and I hiked up a hill in nearby Trinidad to a spot looking out over the ocean.  As we gazed out over the Pacific, I wondered at the way the colors in the water faded into each other in distinctive strips.  Sacramento artist Micah Crandall-Bear paints color field paintings that distill the landscape into saturated lines of color.

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Gentle washes of color sweep over the canvases, light filtering softly through, each piece recalling a moment in time and place, never to be experienced again.  Saturated skies reflect their colored light and bathe every other hue.

To see more of Micah Crandall-Bear‘s work, please visit his website.  His current solo show at  Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento is up through the end of July, see it if you can!

Images via the artist’s website, the Elliott Fouts Gallery website & the EF Facebook page.

Finding My Own Artsy. Slowing down. Gaining Focus.

Summer is the perfect time for slowing down and regrouping.  Lately I’ve been feeling pulled in a dozen different directions, like a jack of all trades but master of none.  In the back of my mind, I knew I needed to regroup, but I kept putting it off.

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All of that would have been enough to prompt a good long look at what I was doing, but getting some difficult news last week threw things into perspective.  If you follow along on Instagram, you may know, but my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Peritoneal Cancer last week.  She begins four months of chemo next week.  She is in Florida and for the moment, Mr. F & I are still in California, so there isn’t much I can physically do for her from here.  But her fight for her life has made me rethink how I’m spending my time.

At least for the next month or so, I’m going to ease up on blogging a bit– they’ll still be a new “Daily Artsy” each Monday through Friday but I won’t be posting extra features like Design Foraging, Don’t Miss Artsiness, etc. on a regular basis for a while.  I have lots of freelance work coming up that needs to take priority, a special project I’ve started for my mom, and I’d like to devote some serious time to painting.  I’ll still be here and on Artsy Forager’s social media, just taking a little time to slow down and think about what’s really important.

Painted Air. Clara Fialho

It’s true, I love work filled with deep color and contrast.  But occasionally I crave something that feels fresh and light as air.  The work of Brazilian born, New York based artist Clara Fialho feels like such a breath of fresh painted air.  A balm for this artsy’s spirit.

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While some of Fialho’s work has a much more saturated palette, it was to these lighter paintings and drawings I found myself drawn.  There is such a delicacy to them, not just in the lightness of hue but in the way many of the shapes seem to float weightlessly above the surface.  There seems a sense of freedom to these pieces, the shackles of saturation cast away and a dance of joy begun.

To see more of Clara Fialho‘s work, please visit her website.

All work via the artist’s website.

Design Foraging. Studio Arhoj

If you’re a painter in the studio, you know what a challenge it can be to avoid getting paint splattered all over yourself!  When I came across the wonderfully whimsical work of Studio Arhoj, I loved the glazes melting over the tops of ceramic shapes, reminding me of various objects that tend to get covered in paint in a studio.  Plus, who couldn’t love those expressive little eyes?!

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To see more offerings by Studio Arhoj, please visit their website.  You can find a list of retailers all over the world there, as well!

All images are via the Studio Arhoj website.

Shapes Surrounding. Joshua Abarbanel

Whenever Mr. F and I go hiking or beach walking, I get a sore neck.  That might seem a bit weird, but it’s really not when you learn that I spend a lot of time looking down.  Not just because of my klutzy tendencies, but because of all the amazing shapes and patterns to be found beneath our feet.  California artist Joshua Abarbanel fashions incredible wood sculptures inspired by nature’s forms and shapes.

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Abarbanel uses a mix of technology, mechanical tools, and handiwork to craft these amazing sculptures.  The way all the elements fit together seems perfectly in sync, a delicate balance like the life on a coral reef or gears of a clock.

To see more of the work of Joshua Abarbanel, please visit his website.  His work can currently be seen at Hinge Parallel in Culver City, CA.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Hiding in Plain Sight. Flora Borsi

It can be so easy to push what we are or what we’re feeling back into the depths.  Everyday life necessitates that we “get on with it” and we genuinely want to.  But not being real with ourselves and with the people around us leads to surface relationships in which we just can’t be real.  This series by Hungarian artist Flora Borsi beautifully seems to illustrate the struggle to balance self protection and vulnerability.

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We need those people in our lives we can get real with.  The ones that will cry with us, listen to us, laugh us through the weeping.  Maybe we think no one else will understand our struggle.  But if we never give them the chance, how will we know?

Borsi mixes photographic elements with painting techniques to create these emotionally charged images.  To see more of Flora Borsi‘s work, please visit her website.

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

Camp Camo: Tara Lee Guild

‘Tis the season for camping!  While Mr. F and I are currently tent campers, we have a soft spot for Airstreams.  We aren’t the only ones, though, these aluminum beauties have fans all over the world.  Vancouver artist Taralee Guild captures the way their reflective surfaces camouflage and distort their surroundings.

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Mr. F and I are definitely low-impact campers– we try not to disturb our surroundings much when we camp.  That kind of philosophy may seem to be at odds with these kinds of campers, yet the Airstreams mirror-like surface make them seem almost holographic, taking in and then reflecting back their surroundings.  They blend in, yet are still set apart.

To see more of Tara Lee Guild‘s work, please visit her website.  We’re heading out to do some of our own sleeping under the stars this weekend.  What kind of camper are you?  Tent or trailer?  RV or cabin?

All images are via the artist’s website.

Don’t Miss Artsiness 7.17.14

Gallery Shows You Should See

I would love to get lost in an interesting and compelling art show right about now.  In case you’re looking to do the same, here are a few gallery shows you might want to check out– NSWE collage 7.10.2014 north | Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved Wood Panels by John Buck at Greg Kucera Gallery

south | Women in Abstract at Hidell Brooks Gallery

west | Chroma, Hue, Value featuring Gerardo Hacer at Gilman Contemporary

east | Joan Mitchell: Trees at Cheim & Reid

I am especially jealous of anyone who gets to see the Joan Mitchell show.  So very very jealous!  If you go, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #dontmissartsiness!

All image sources linked above.

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