Archive | June, 2012

F/Stop Artsy Photography Event!

30 Jun

I realize that Artsy Forager can be a little painting heavy and fine art photography is an oft-under appreciated medium so next week, we’ll be celebrating the work of some fantabulous photogs!  Each day, we’ll feature a different art photographer, showcasing a range of styles.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to get a little artsy with your own camera!

Friday Finds: Inspired Geometrics

29 Jun

As with many right-brained folks, math is not my strong suit.  But one thing I loved about taking geometry was the analysis of shape and how each is formed using different angles.  It seems that many creatives are finding geometrics inspiring these days.  Check out my artsy geometric finds for this week!

Filzfelt Stools via Apartment Therapy

Hare by Marco Cibola

Brooch by No Milk Today

Welsummer Oblong Cushion by Lindsey Lang

Quilt by Lisa Call

Filzfelt via Apartment Therapy | Marco Cibola | No Milk Today | Lindsey Lang | Lisa Call 

Happy weekend, Artsies!  Will you be doing some artsy geometric foraging of your own this weekend? 😉

PS– You may have noticed that I’ve switched up the Friday’s title from Friday Faves to Friday Finds.  I’ll be using the Friday round-up to not only explore what’s trending in the art world, but to also share my inspiring finds throughout the world of design!

Featured image is Hare by Marco Cibola ( detail ).  All images are via the artists’/designers’ websites, linked above.

In Living Color: Kimberly Brooks

28 Jun

There have been many times in the past year in which my hubby and I have had to pinch ourselves at the wonder of the moments we’ve experienced.  Living a life of travel has its downsides but we recognize how incredibly fortunate we are.  Each memory is one we may not have otherwise enjoyed had we chosen to stay put.  In her series Technicolor Summer, Los Angeles artist Kimberly Brooks captures such quiet moments in which life and all that surrounds us is being soaked up to the fullest.

Technicolor Summer, oil on linen, 36×44

Canon Drive, oil on linen

Her paintings are tinged with a hint of melancholy, as the scenes follow her family through summer vacations all the while bracing for the death of the artist’s father.  We too, find ourselves in the midst of amazing beauty, yet still wishing for something more.. thinking about how much a close friend or family member would enjoy the moment, how much we wish they were there with us.

Mulholland Drive, oil on linen

So we take lots of photographs to share, hoping that our loved ones can live these moments with us across the miles.  But we often wonder, if given the chance, would they have made the same choice?  We’ve met people who live within a few hours drive of incredible places yet they have never ventured out to experience them.

Yosemite River, oil on linen, 30×30

Are you living life to the fullest?  What moments are you truly enjoying and experiencing these days?  It’s so easy to get stuck in the drudgery of our day to day.  Get out and live in full color, enjoy every minute as if it were your last.

Artist found via Taylor De Cordoba Gallery.

Featured image is Technicolor Summer ( detail ), oil on linen, 36×44.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Expressive Conversations: Galen Cheney

27 Jun

It’s no secret that street art has exploded in popularity recently, gaining momentum and long deserved recognition.  We’re living in a world in which people are constantly looking for sources of inspiration and stimulation, which street art often provides in the most surprising places.  Vermont artist Galen Cheney’s work melds together the painterliness of Abstract Expressionism with elements of street tags to create work that invites us into a conversation about how strivers and outsiders express their creative voice.

Catalyst, graphite, acrylic and oil on rag paper, 38×50

Illuminated Earth #2, oil and acrylic on paper, 22×30

Just as the AE’s are often remembered for their intensity and rebelliousness ( think of AE poster boy Jackson Pollock ), so are street artists of yesterday and today.  Though street art is being increasingly recognized and accepted, it’s beginnings as graffiti were often considered ugly vandalism, more likely to be white-washed or painted over rather than celebrated.

Morning Table, oil on canvas, 24×24

Through Deepest Dark, oil on canvas, 42×43

Cheney’s inclusion of graffiti-like elements against an expressionist background speaks to the evolution of both movements.  Just as Abstract Expressionism was a polarizing movement ( and still is, to a degree ), so is contemporary street art.  And just as AE artists gained more and more notoriety, so too, are street artists.  What once was seen as rebellious and highly individualistic eventually became lauded as a major movement and an important part of the art historical canon.

Evocateur, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, 40×36

Is this where “street art” is headed?  What will be the new means of outsider expression?

To see more of Galen Cheney’s work, please visit his website.

Featured image is Catalyst, graphite, acrylic and oil on rag paper, 38×50.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Yellena James

26 Jun

There are certain artists’ work that I am just dying to see in person.. Yellena James’ work is definitely near the top of that list!  But since I’m far away from anywhere she’s currently exhibiting, today I’m settling for featuring her over on Escape Into Life.  Head on over and check out her amazingly beautiful drawings!

Arrival, pen, ink and gouache on paper, 13×17

Yellena James on Escape Into Life

By the Book: Stanford Kay

26 Jun

I don’t always read Artist Statements but sometimes one just describes the artist’s work and vision so perfectly that I don’t feel like there is any way my words can improve upon it.  Such is the case of New York artist Stanford Kay.  His artist statement was so completely lovely, I’d like to let him speak for his own work.

What I Know About Her, acrylic on canvas, 50×60

“At first, there is paint and desire. Paint is applied, removed, and applied again.  It makes suggestions. It is edited without mercy. The image and the need to signify arrive later. Books as images within these paintings offer formal modernist possibilities while also serving as an embodiment of content.”

Bacillus, acrylic on canvas, 36×40

Secret Passage, acrylic on canvas, 36×40

“Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience and memory.  The books we read and the paintings we love and choose to live with, 
define us.  A book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas out of its signs and symbols. Likewise, a painting asks that you translate its strokes and drips into reason and emotion.” — Stanford Kay

Legends of the West, acrylic on canvas, 36×48

To see more of Stanford Kay’s work, please visit his website.  Doesn’t his work make you want to cozy up in a library and read all day?

Featured image is What I Know About Her ( detail ).  All images are via the artist’s website.

Of Cabbages & Kings: Brian McGuffey

25 Jun

When I was a little girl, I spent many nights at my grandparent’s house.  Before bed, my brother & I would curl up with my Mimi while she read to us from a book of fairytales.  The fanciful and fantastic stories fed and fueled my imagination.  Seattle artist Brian McGuffey’s work reminds me of the imaginary worlds I would dream of when I drifted off to sleep, my grandmother’s voice still in my ears.

Pleased to Meet You

A world in which a horse’s head could talk, princesses danced all night in a secret castle and magic beans lead to adventure and riches.

Swing Mood

More Sugar in My Bowl

McGuffey’s use of muted palettes and layered textures give his work a wonderful, dreamlike atmosphere.  And of course, where else but in our dreams do deer wear dresses and mountain goats sport top hats?

Goat Magic

Day Dreamer

To see more of Brian McGuffey’s work, please visit his website.  Hope your week is filled with fairytales of the best kind!

Featured image is Pleased To Meet You.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Faves: Mmmm.. Donuts!

22 Jun

Please pardon the Homer Simpson impression!  What is it about those little round, doughy rings?  Frosted or glazed, we love them all.  Here are a few artists who’ve captured the spirit of our passion for these sweet treats.

Fade to Blonde by Emily Eleveth

Boxed Donuts by Peter Anton

Krispy Kreme Dozen by Joel Penkman

Donut Tower by Larry Preston

Emily Eleveth | Peter Anton | Joel Penkman | Larry Preston 

I’m drooling now, how about you?  Think I’ll try to talk the hubby into a visit to the Donut House this weekend.  I don’t think it will take much arm-twisting. 😉  Happy weekend, Artsies!

All images are via the artists’ websites, linked above.

Sneaky Peek at Moon Rabbits

21 Jun

Thanks again to everyone who entered to win a copy of Geoff Mitchell’s book, Moon Rabbits.  Geoff thought you guys would enjoy a sneak peek at the story inspired by the contest winner’s favorite piece, Trinket.  Click on the link below to see a full-sized version of the book spread.  Enjoy!

Trinket with story by Amy Hicks

PS– If you’d like to order your very own copy of Moon Rabbits, contact Geoff via his website here.

PPS– Once you click the link above, you may need to zoom in a bit, depending on how good your eyesight is. 😉

Attention Artsy Forager Facebook Followers!

21 Jun

As they always seem to be in the habit of doing, Facebook pages recently changed! If you’re a fan and don’t want to miss any news, go to the Artsy Forager page and hover over the “Liked” button and select “Show In My Newsfeed”. Otherwise, you may not receive updates in your feed from Artsy Forager.  Sorry for the extra step, but I don’t want you to miss out on any of the inspiring artsy stuff being posted on Facebook!

PS– If you aren’t following Artsy Forager on Facebook, please join in the fun!  Lots of artsy goodies are posted over on Facebook between the features here on the blog.

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