Digitizations. Max Morris.

When Mr. F and I first arrived here in the Bay Area, we were without WiFi at home for a few days.  We never realize how very reliant we are on technology until we are forced to be without it, am I right?!  But certain artists have learned to use these addictive technologies to their advantage.  Artist Max Morris creates these amazing digitized paintings that almost seem to still be wet with pigment.

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Technology is indeed a powerful tool, but we don’t have to be slaves to it.  It helps me feel connected to my loved ones on the other side of the country, to feel an intimacy almost as good as being there, to share in our every day lives together.  Through the same kind of sharing, even with strangers, bonds can be created and relationships formed that are as real as if we’d met in person.  And we can use technology to find new ways of seeing– a photograph can be zoomed in on, enhanced, so that a detail we may have missed catches our eye.  We see things not just as there are, but perhaps as they could be.

To see more of Max Morris‘ work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Composites. Patrick Winfield.

It’s interesting sometimes, to think about all the influences, large and small, that have contributed to the people we’ve become.  Whether we grow up among those who are like us, or always feeling like the outsider, we feel their affect, regardless.  We become composites of all those experiences that we encounter.  Photographer Patrick Winfield creates his own composited scenes in which disparate elements come together as a unified whole.

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Each individual photograph, beautiful on its own, becomes an integral part of the larger composition.  We take in each whole in its entirety, finding it lovely, yet each individual element draws us in, we go in search of the undiscovered detail.  How like meeting a new friend, don’t you think?  We meet, find ourselves attracted to the whole, whether through mutual interests or similar personalities, but then over time, we discover all that has gone in to making the individual.

To see more of Patrick Winfield‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Dissections. Jean Faucheur.

Mr. F and I have been doing a lot of breaking it down lately.  No, that isn’t some sort of euphemism and no, I don’t mean breakdancing.  We’ve been apartment hunting in Marin County, where we’ve just landed for the next three months ( and hopefully by the time you’re reading this, we’ve found a home! ) and have been analyzing every possible rental backwards and forwards.  It’s pretty amazing how a place might look like a fabulous bargain until we start breaking down extra costs associated.  These photo collages by Jean Faucheur remind me of the way our perspectives change once we come at something from all possible angles.

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Just a minut shift to the left or to the right can alter our perception completely, perhaps allowing us to become aware of details we just couldn’t see before.  Have you ever found yourself going steadily along one way of thinking only to suddenly experience a revelation that causes a monumental shift?  Feels like I’ve been experiencing a lot of those lately.  Dizzying at first, but ultimately clarifying!

To see more of Jean Faucheur‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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