August Featured Artist. Gigi Mills

Can you believe we’re entering into the last lazy days of summer, Artsies?  I hardly can, but I intend to enjoy it to the fullest!  Beginning the end of summer today with the marvelous work of this month’s Featured Artist, Gigi Mills!

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studio dog with girl and chair, oil, paper, crayon, and graphite on paper, 19×22

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bird dog and the saint, oil and paper on book board, mounted on panel, 9×22

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morning with sara, oil on book board, mounted on panel, 14 1/8 x 22 1/8

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seaside in a wicker chair, oil on book board, mounted on panel, 10×17

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 girl with figs and flowers, oil on book board, mounted on panel, 6×17

In this latest series of work, being featured in her solo show, This Life at GF Contemporary, Mills invites us to sit and contemplate the moment in the midst of the pulse and entanglements of this fast paced existence.  The artist continues to perfect her reductive style, distilling each captured moment to its fleeting presence.

To see more of Gigi Mills’ work, please visit the websites of her representing galleries, GF Contemporary and Gallery Orange and here on the blog all August long!  Be sure to check out the Artsy Forager Facebook page to see an album of my Gigi faves!

All images are via the artist.

Breaking Good. Kate Tucker

As artists, often what we want to express can’t be contained between the four straight lines of a canvas.  So artists like Australian artist Kate Tucker push the boundaries of surface and form, leading to paintings that seem to break free from their molds, even as those same structures hold them in place.

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Even paintings framed in a traditional way seem liberated when incorporated into an installation of shards of compositions.  Each painting reflects the installation, which reflects the painting.  It’s like a wonderful tale of deliberate chaos.

To see more of Kate Tucker‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Art Hound.

Some Kind of Wonderful. Carola Schapals

For artists, inspiration lurks around every corner.  And sometimes, what we find amazing one day isn’t quite as captivating the next.  There’s something about that certain moment in time, the light, the shadows, the color, that enchants us, but may be as fleeting as the wind.  In her work, German artist Carola Schapals captures the moments that touch her, the scenes in which there is a hint of something wonderful.

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I love the way Schapals captures the colorful evanescence in the way the light is falling at that given moment.  A few minutes later and the mood of each scene could be completely different.  There is something utterly magical in the capturing of atmosphere and she’s done it so very beautifully, with deep shadows and dappled light.

To see more work by Carola Schapals, please visit her website.

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

Splendor in the Glass. Amber Cowan

I have a soft spot for vintage pressed glass.  My grandmother had tons and in a few boxes in storage somewhere, I have my own collection of milk glass.  So when I spotted the work of Philadelphia artist Amber Cowan, I was immediately in love.

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Cowan creates her magical sculptures from a process of flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting thrifted American pressed glass.  The most amazing form of creative upcycling!  With its tightly bunched flora and peek-a-boo fauna, Cowan’s work takes on a wonderfully gothic, fairy tail-like effect, like intricate illustrations come to life.

To see more of Amber Cowan‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Evading Realities. Lara Zankoul

From the outside, this traveler’s life must seem incredibly exciting and adventurous, and yes, in many ways it is.  But even so, Mr. F and I still deal with life’s drudgery like work, insurance, and laundry.  Add to that worries about illnesses among family and friends and we’re both craving an escape from reality.  In her conceptual photography, Lebanese artist Lara Zankoul provides her own retreat into dreamland.

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The surreal situations painted in soft, dreamy palettes make Zankoul’s work visually stunning, but it is the human element that packs the punch.  Figures in enigmatic scenes allow the viewer to eschew the bounds of reality.  Floating in a tea cup sounds so lovely, doesn’t it?

To see more of the work of Lara Zankoul, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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.

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