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Saturated Skies: Eric Cahan

28 Aug

While living on a lake in Northern Idaho this summer, I swear I have never seen skies soooo blue.  Every day around lunch time, I take a break from blogging work and walk outside to text my hubby ( danger of living in the boonies, spotty cell reception ) and almost every day as I look up above the canopy of trees and into the sky, it is the most impossible shade of blue.  A blue so deep and saturated and perfect that it would be impossible to capture, at least for this amateur photographer.  New York artist Eric Cahan seems to have a similar obsession with sky, but where my own limitations keep my from even trying, his skill and talent beautifully capture the simple magnificence of the expanse above us.

Bridgehampton, NY Sunset 7:48pm

His work focuses on the pure joy of color that the sky and landscape affords, breaking the vast space and complexity of the natural world into simple gradients of color.

Tri-Color Diptych Gradient Window Wedge, cast polyester resin, 30x8x4

Pink Gradient A-Frame, cast polyester resin, 20x80x20

In his sculptures and photographs alike, we are left to revel in the pure liquidity of color and environs.  We forget the chaos on the earth below and are transported to the space above.

Gardiners Bay NY Sunrise 6:28am

To see more of Eric Cahan’s work, please visit his website.  Eric represents just one of the many talented artists and photographers I’ve found via Pinterest.  It’s not just shoes and recipes!  Check out the Artsy Forager Pinterest board, Artsy in Living Color, for more found photographic talent.

Flights of Fancy: Diana Beltran Herrera

21 Aug

I’ve told you before about my visions of becoming a crazy bird watcher.  While Mr. Forager loves to lookout for ospreys, hawks and other large birds of prey, my own preference is for birds of smaller varieties.  Spotting a hummingbird is especially thrilling!  Their diminutive size and speed make their sudden appearance fascinating.  Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera recreates their flights of fancy in her paper sculptures.

While we were recently camping in Glacier National Park, we awoke one morning to what sounded like tiny jets buzzing above the roof of our tent.  The hummingbirds were enjoying a frolic among the lupine surrounding our campsite.

Herrera’s birds seem to come alive as they search for nectar among paper sculpted flowers.  You can practically hear the buzz of their wings as they keep themselves suspended mid-air.

So what do you think?  Has my slight ornithological obsession completely taken hold?  I think the only cure is to just seek out more fowl, both of the living and artistic variety. 😉 To see more of Diana Beltran Herrera’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via My Modern Metropolis.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Finds: A Little Birdie Told Me So

20 Jul

One of our favorite things about living at the lake this summer has been our evening walks.  Once the heat begins to wane, all the birds begin to sing.  We often end our walk by making our way down to the dock where we sit and watch birds both great and small as they hunt for dinner.  I’ve even told George I’m going to take up serious bird watching.  I’m going to be a funny old lady with her huge hat and binoculars watching all the birds that fly by.. So today’s round up is brought to you by some pretty little birds of the artsy kind that I’m admiring this week!

Mindy Hawkins

Maribel Angel

Abigail Brown

Sophie Woodrow

Mindy Hawkins | Maribel AngelAbigail Brown | Sophie Woodrow 

What say you, Artsies?  Want to grab a big floppy hat & your sunnies and join me on the dock for some birdwatching?  Happy weekend!

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

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.

Assemblages of our Discarded Past: Aaron Moran

21 Jun

I have always been a lover of things past.  Some of my favorite places have been cities or towns that truly celebrate their history, even revel in it.  To walk into a building that has been repurposed and restored is such a delight.  But it seems that more often than not, older buildings and homes instead of being loved and revered are neglected and then torn apart to make way for the shiny and new.  The sculptural work of Aaron Moran uses pieces of found architectural wood to create works that are as complex and chaotic as our history.

Progress Sprawl, found wood, acrylic, graphite, house paint, varnish, 23x19x21

Each piece becomes a small monument to our collective history.  Just scraps might be affixed to repair a dying structure, so these scraps from buildings long gone are bound together physically in each work and spiritually in their shared destiny.

Low Base, found wood, metal, acrylic, house paint, graphite, 19x12x14

Instead of languishing at the bottom of a landfill, these relics become sculptural harbingers of what we hope may be our fate– to leave behind a little of ourselves, to know that our existence is remembered and celebrated.

Geom Ridge, found wood, acrylic, house paint, pencil, 11x8x9

To see more of Aaron Moran’s work, please visit his website.  My husband and I used two pews from the church where my grandparents were married for our outdoor wedding last year.  It meant so to have that continuity and share in the past as we began our future.  Is there a building from your past you wish you had a part of?

Featured image is Tier 2, found wood, acrylic, house paint, graphite and varnish, 10x13x14.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Faves: A Walk in the Woods

25 May

I’ve made no secret here of how enamored I am by trees.  There is just something so inherently beautiful within the elements of a tree, it isn’t any wonder than artists whose work utilizes wood possess such natural grace and elegance.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Nestler series by Grant Ward, maple burl, spun aluminum
& padauk, 19×8

Cleave series by Joe Segal, 9×18

Cities and Signs by Evan Blackwell, wood, 26x22x2

A Lightness in Being, Exercises in Zen #2 by Christian Burchard, madrone burl, 12x12x26

Grant Ward  | Joe Segal | Evan BlackwellChristian Burchard 

How about you, Artsies?  Any wood-obsessed artists I should know about?  Tell me in the comments below!

Featured image is Untitled ( Birds on a Wire ) by Evan Blackwell, mixed media, 8×11.75×2.75.  All images are via the artist’s websites, linked above.

Natural Replications: Brenda Mallory

22 May

Whenever we go hiking, my eyes are always drawn to the textures and details surrounding me.  I love running my hand over rough & scaly tree bark and soft, green moss.  Portland artist Brenda Mallory’s sculptures mimic the abstracted details found in nature, the very ones that enchant and fascinate me each time I step outside.

Explosion in Gold, wax cloth and welded steel, 18x18x10

Explosion in Gold ( detail )

Mallory’s work follows nature’s patterns of repetition and rhythm, organic forms grouped together to a soft, undulating whole.

Undulations, Waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel, 48x70x6

She juxtaposes the natural molds and materials with more industrial elements like bolts and welded steel so that the sculptures become a statement man’s impact on old growth systems and environments.

Scaffold, waxed cloth, welded steel, 14x18x4

Waveform (dark), waxed cloth, threaded rods, nuts, 31x5x4.5(detail on right)

To see more of Brenda Mallory’s work, please check out her website!

Featured image is Trophy ( detail ), cloth, wax, welded steel, 20x20x13.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Faves: Of Sea and Sky

18 May

In case you can’t tell by the blog’s background, I have a favorite color.  I love most of the blue family, but am always immediately drawn to the color turquoise.  Or, as my niece Kendall calls it “toy-quoise”.  So it should come as no surprise that my favorite artwork includes a heavy dose of my beloved hue.  Here are some turquoise favorites I’m digging this week:

Gypsy Blue by Erin Ashley

The Search For Green by Jeanne Opgenhaffen

Enhanced Sunspots After Galileo I by Rachel Brumer

Wish You Were Here by Josh Reames

Unobstructed Effort by Sharon Booma

Erin AshleyJeanne Opgenhaffen | Jack Doherty | Rachel Brumer | Josh ReamesSharon Booma 

Do you have a favorite color, Artsies?  Do tell!   And be sure to take some time to check out the artists’ websites, linked above.

Featured image is Gypsy Blue by Erin Ashley.  All images are via the artists’ websites, linked above.

Translucent Revelations: Christina Bothwell

3 May

With the increasing sophistication of technology, we have become more and more aware of the realities of what was once mysterious.  We know what the inside of our bodies look like, it’s even possible to see an unborn baby in 3-dimensional form.  We can know what our children will look like before they ever take their first breath.  Yet, what remains to be revealed is their personality.  How they will evolve spiritually and emotionally remains a mystery.  Sculptor Christina Bothwell‘s figures illustrate for us the metamorphosis of our beings, our deliverance into who we are become.

Deer Girl, cast glass, raku, clay, antlers, and oil paints, 28x27x11

In her cast glass sculptures, Bothwell incorporates figures within figures.  We see smaller figures nestled into the glass, most often in the shape of a newborn.

Octopus, cast glass, raku clay and oil paint, 48x23x23

From the artist: “I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.”

Hair, cast glass, raku clay and oil paints, 10x31x8

As long as we are breathing, we are constantly evolving, hopefully into a better version of ourselves.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to know that at the end of your life, you had become your most strong, your most loving, your most compassionate, the very best version of you?

Centaur, cast glass, raku clay, oil and found objects, 21x21x11

Phoenix, cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints and wood, 33x60x21

Bothwell’s work shows us, not the end result, but the transformation.  We see the adaptation and evolution of the spirit as translated into the material.  To see more of Christina Bothwell’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Dawn, cast glass, ceramic, wood and oil paint, 38x10x7.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Art to Inspiration: Jo Howe

2 May

Wow.  Has another month really gone by already?  It’s Art to Inspiration time again!  This month’s inspiration, Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe inspires me on so many levels.  Her sculptures, created from book pages ( love level one- check! ) are full of beautiful shapes ( two- check! ), soft color ( three- check! ), rhythm ( four- check! ) and gorgeous texture ( that makes five- check! ).  Just as with Pakayla Biehn’s work last month, Jo’s work inspired me to create a gallery of varied complementary works, each of which shares characteristics reminiscent of Jo’s work.

The inspiration:

Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe

The gallery:

Pendant by Erik Gonzales, mixed media on panel, 60x60

Half Hickory by Virginia Petty

Core III by Joe Segal, wood and paint, 54x9

Trophy by Brenda Mallory, cloth, wax, welded steel, 20x20x13

Mercury by Karen Margolis, watercolor, gouache, graphie, thread on Abaca paper, 11x14

Expansion by Haley Farthing, pastel on wood, 48x24

Relic by Jay Heryet, box elder, 200mm diameter

Jo Howe

Erik Gonzales | Virginia Petty | Joe Segal | Brenda Mallory | Karen Margolis | Haley Farthing | Jay Heryet 

Visit the artists’ websites, linked above, for more inspiration!

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All images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.
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