Archive | March, 2012

Attention please! Special New Feature Coming Tomorrow!

31 Mar

If you’re an Artsy Forager fan on Facebook & Twitter, you may have seen my little hint regarding a new feature coming to the Artsy Forager Facebook page.  ( If you’re not following AF on Facebook and/or Twitter, it’s so easy! Handy little buttons in the right sidebar will take you right to the pages! )  Facebook fans know that the powers that be at FB have rolled out a new look for profiles and pages.  Always one to look on the brighter side of things, when I changed the AF page over, I started thinking about how I could use the new format to further promote the artists’ work I love..

Annoucing the new Artsy Forager Facebook Featured Artist program!

Ok, I'm obviously not a graphic designer..

Each month a new artist’s work will be featured as the Artsy Forager Facebook page cover image, there will also be a special feature post devoted to that artist on the blog, a thumbnail of their work on the Artsy Forager sidebar, as well as fun tidbits featuring their work on Facebook & Twitter throughout their month!  Are you excited?!

The inaugural artist will go up TOMORROW, April 1st, so stay tuned tomorrow for the big reveal!

PS– Due to an overwhelmingly positive response from the artists I contacted, Facebook Featured Artist spots are filled as of right now through November 2013. (!)  First priority was given to artists with whom I have an ongoing correspondence or relationship.  If you’re an artist who has been featured on Artsy Forager and would like to be a Facebook Featured Artist after November 2013, feel free to shoot me an email.  Thanks!

Artsy Fodder: Brantlers!

30 Mar

Artsy Forager reader Kim Carney creates these fantastic folk art sculptures, Brantlers, using recycled wood, branches and various found objects.  Such a fun take on “trophies”!

Yellow Moose Brantler

Check them all out on Kim’s website and let me know in the comments which one is your fave!  I’m partial this guy.

Featured image is Painted Brushes Brantler.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Faves: Yes, Deer

30 Mar

Hubby and I have been going through major winter cabin fever.  Every weekend lately, it’s been either snowing or raining.  We miss getting our hiking on and are ready to see some wildlife actually in the wild ( the diaorama at the local Cabellas doesn’t count ).  There’s just something so magical about coming across creatures in the woods.   Are you experiencing the itch to get outdoors and do some animal watching?  Maybe these will help..

Guardian Lineage by Duy Huynh, acrylic on wood, 32x32

Passage by Susan Hall, oil on panel, 43x51

Yellow Stag by Rachel Denny, wool, polyurethane foam, wood, plastic & steel, 40x19x21

Stout by Scott Belcastro, acrylic on panel, 20x20

Bauxite Rose From Her Lifeless Sleep by Deedee Cheriel

Duy Huynh | Susan Hall | Rachel Denny | Scott BelcastroDeedee Cheriel 

Happy weekend!

Featured image is by Corine Perier.  All images are via the artists’ websites, linked above.

Artsy Design: People In Stained Glass Houses

29 Mar

Does this sculpture by New York artist Tom Fruin remind you of anyone?

Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin ( via Design Boom )

I’ll give you a hint.. 

Jackson Series 7 by Karen Schnepf

Do you see it?  Love how these very different works compliment each other!  Read more about Karen Schepf’s work here and Tom Fruin’s workhereand on Design Boom.

Featured images is Light & Shadow Play, Kolonihavehus, photographed by Nuno Neto.  Images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.

So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades: Karen Schnepf

29 Mar

Being a hyper visual person, I remember imagery like nobody’s business.  Names, however, often escape me.  So I was very excited when on Pinterest last week, I spotted the Omaha artist Karen Schnepf.  We’d carried a few of her paintings while I was working in a gallery, purchased through an art rep, so we’d never had any contact with her personally.  I was so delighted to find her again so that I could share her striking, color saturated work with you!

Painting-026, Petals Series

Let me just say that none of these photos do Karen’s work justice.  Her canvases are super high-gloss, making it nearly impossible to get accurate photos.  But that deep shine is one of the things that I love about her work.

Painting-031, Petals Series

The glossy surface enhances the brilliance of her saturated color palette.  Her use of such vibrant color tempered with black and lustrous surfaces call to mind modern stained glass on canvas.  The color seems to virtually ooze across the canvas.  I want to swim in it!

Remains of the Day 1, 18x24

Tropical Vacation

To see more of Karen Schnepf’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Painting-033.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy Fodder: Tie One On

28 Mar

Anyone who knows me is aware of my love affair with scarves.  As in I own way too many and am powerless to resist their call.  I even hike wearing a scarf ( ok, a bandana, really ).  They instantly up the degree of artsiness in any outfit.  These hand painted and embroidered scarves by Naomi Clark on Grey Area are insanely gorgeous, wearable works of art!

Mineral Blue Scarf by Naomi Clark

See all the designs here!

Discarded Innocence: Fausta Facciponte

28 Mar

I have a feeling that I held on to my childhood dolls longer than most young girls.  I think I may have been almost thirteen before I finally stopped playing with them, although my favorites still held a place of honor in my room while I was young.  Those were the symbols of childhood that I couldn’t bear to part with.  I never wanted to forget the countless hours of play and joy those plastic babies had brought me.  In her Doll series, Canadian artist Fausta Facciponte, confronts us with imagery of the forgotten dolls of our childhood, reminding us of the innocence we’ve left behind.

Peter, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

When we’re young, many of our toys teach and shape who we may eventually become.  Dolls seem especially important to teach children how to care and nurture.  How many times have you “personified” a doll so that a child will know to be gentle with a baby?  I can vividly recall a niece swinging a doll by her hair..

Shirley From Ebay, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

We dress and undress them, feed them plastic food, bathe them, swaddle and cuddle them.  But as we mature, we reach a point where we realize that it is all pretend.  That caring for a real baby is much more work, much more complicated.  As we transition from childhood, perhaps we realize that the doll play mimics a much more scary reality.

Emme, archival pigment print

So we put away the childish toys, discarding them as infantile.  But maybe what we are really putting out of our prepubescent minds is the inevitable reality of growing up and being faced with the actuality of the world we were playing and preparing for.

Emma For $1.15, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

Walter For $5.00, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

To see more of Fausta Facciponte’s work, please visit her website.  Are there any childhood toys that were touchtones for your transition from childhood to the adult world?

Featured image is Peter by Fausta Facciponte, archival pigment print. Images are via Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Anna Magruder

27 Mar

Every time I go back to the work of Portland artist Anna Magruder, I fall more in love with it.  Come and see why over on Escape Into Life today!

Observer ( Mediator ), oil on canvas, 16x16

Anna Magruder on Escape Into Life

Saturated Fluidity: Anne Harper

27 Mar

I am craving color.  It seems like spring has sprung everywhere except where we are.  Don’t get me wrong, I love winter, but after almost 4 months without flowers, I am ready for blooming!  So it should be no surprise that this week I’m drawn to the work of Anne Harper.

Persuasion #2, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Spring is full of contrasts– bright flowers glowing against skies wet with rain.  Harpers work parallels for me the loveliness of an urban spring.  Her liquid color reminds me of my first spring visit to Seattle, where the cherry blossoms littered wet sidewalks.  It seemed magical. ( Probably didn’t hurt that I was newly in love, both with the city and my then soon-to-be hubby! )

Persuasion #4, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Then, the rainy days of spring gradually dry, giving way to the glorious glow of summer.  I am ready.  Are you?

Spontaneous #2, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Persuasion #7, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

To see more of Anne Harper’s work, please visit her website.  In addition to being a fantastic painter, she is also a talented musician!  You can listen to her tunes here.

This artist found via Saatchi Online.

Featured image is a detail of Persuasion #4.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Abandoned Memories: Erin Payne

26 Mar

I can sort of relate to Linus van Pelt, of Peanuts fame.  I have a favorite blanket, too.  It was never a security blanket of the type that is carried around and a meltdown ensues when it is forgotten, lost or laundered.  But rather, I have a blanket ( quilt, actually ) given to me by my grandmother that is a repository of memories and is one of my prized possessions.  I imagine Los Angeles artist Erin Payne understands emotional connections to a cherished textile.

Ice Pile, oil on canvas, 72x72

In her Piles series, Payne sets up still lifes constructed of heaps of blankets, sheets, tablecloths and other household fabrics set against landscaped dioramic backgrounds, forever memorializing these stacks on canvas.  Just as I find comfort in the warmth of my grandmother’s quilt, both physically and emotionally, so do many once ordinary items become cherished vessels of remembrance.

Spire, oil on canvas, 30x30

But what happens when the person most connected to those memories is gone?  The beloved item may be forgotten, thrown out or given away, becoming a hollow receptacle, now ready to be imprinted upon by a new owner.

Aspens With Wet Pile, oil on wood panel, 36x36

Will their new keeper appreciate the past life of an object that may be a bit worn?  Will they even give thought to whose history this article has been a part of?

Dune, oil on canvas, 24x24

See You Later, oil on canvas, 24x24

I hope my grandmother’s blanket will be with me, reminding me of sniffles comforted and snuggles under a reading lamp.  But even if it somehow finds its way out of my grasp, I hope the love that it carries radiates from its worn threads.  To see more of Erin Payne’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Pile 4, acrylic on canvas, 24×24.  All images are via the artist’s website.

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