October 10, 2014

DRAWING

Drawing is one of my most important activities...ever.

EXISTENCE

You're a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust. What do you have to be scared of?

Image source: evolversocialmovement

September 14, 2014

Amy SANTOFERRARO

Artist Amy Santoferraro uses thrift stores and flea markets as her art supply sources to create whimsical assemblages.

These nonsensical compositions appear delightful via each object's careful juxtaposition. One might even call them a junk bonsai.
three's company, 2012









ivory dusk, 2012










Image source: amysantoferraro.com

August 9, 2014

Hungarian EMBROIDERY

Folk art, specifically Matyo Hungarian embroidery, is one of my favorite things to look at. It is certainly has been, (and continues to be) a huge inspiration within my work.
The colorfully dense stitching uses shape and pattern to create gorgeous compositions in clothing and within rustic appearing fabrics, such as linen. 

Image source: click here

July 11, 2014

June 18, 2014

OK GO - Video - WRITING'S ON THE WALL - Optical Illusion Fiesta

Check out OK GO's video for "The Writing's on the Wall". Along with bright color and movement, the OPTICAL ILLUSIONS are genius!

May 23, 2014

Jennifer Steinkamp: Jimmy Carter, 2002

Jennifer Steinkamp graced her presence upon the Portland Art Museum for a
lecture of her work 5/17/14. You should see her video work. I liken it to
moving paintings; the kind I would create. Maya is her tool.

May 5, 2014

Time Well Spent

A few times a week I spend sketching and staring out the window (with iced tea) in preparation for studio time. 

Most often it is at East Vancouver McMenamins. So when people ask me, "Where do you hang out?" This is the place, and I am often alone. 

Image source: cynthia mosser

April 27, 2014

Zimoun WALL of SOUND Installation at Beall Center

Swiss artist, Zimoun, has created "Wall of Sound", an installation of cardboard boxes, small motors and ping pong-sized balls.

Located at the Beall Center for Art + Technology on the UC Irvine campus, this beating drum-like show is actually quite soothing, rather than jarring. Through May 3, 2014.

Image source: Jenny H.

April 7, 2014

Elsa MORA - Cuban Paper and Fabric Artist

http://www.artisaway.com/
Elsa MORA, a Cuban-raised artist, creates intricately stitched fabric assemblages, and intricately cut paper works that have a strong connection to folk art.

What I love about this piece is the combination of the figure with an illustrated head. Inside the oval it appears to be a window to the mind. And it is my mind to which it is a window!

NOTE: I have extensively searched the Internet for an image directly related to the source. I could come up with Elsa Mora and her blog only. http://www.artisaway.com/

Image source: artisaway.com

March 7, 2014

Darren Waterston - Painting at Portland Art Museum

Darren Waterston's painting, "In-Between", 2002 (oil on canvas mounted on board), is one I admire for its attention to detail, every time I visit the Portland Art Museum (OR, USA).

February 9, 2014

STRANGER VISIONS - Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US)


https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/growyourown/strangervisions

Stranger Visions is a series of portraits strained from discarded cigarette butt DNA found on Dublin, Ireland streets.

A custom computer program distills traits and creates a 3-D print.

The idea started from artist, Heather Dewey-Hagborg's thoughts about a single strand of hair, and how study of  its genetic traits may lead to discovering the owner's identity.

May I say...creepy!?

Image source: dublin.sciencegallery.com

February 3, 2014

COLOR Morphology by André Britz


http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Morphology/11226879http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Morphology/11226879http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Morphology/11226879



I am absolutely intrigued by the color and shape combinations by German designer, André Britz. Not only do the changed fruit colors play with our perceptions, but their juxtaposition within the colored background suggest a sophisticated sense of design, and create a visually interesting portrait.

Image source: behance.net

January 20, 2014

Thinking about PATTERN


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Igreja_de_Campanha_Azulejo_4.jpg
What is a pattern? Wikipedia provides an insightful entry...

A pattern, apart from the term's use to mean "Template"[a], is a discernible regularity in the world or in a man made design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.

Any of the five senses may directly observe patterns. Conversely, abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or language may be observable only by analysis. Direct observation in practice means seeing visual patterns, which are widespread in nature and in art.

Visual patterns in nature are often chaotic, never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals. Natural patterns include spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tilings, cracks, and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection.

Patterns have an underlying mathematical structure;[1] indeed, mathematics can be seen as the search for regularities, and the output of any function is a mathematical pattern. Similarly in the sciences, theories explain and predict regularities in the world.

In art and architecture, decorations or visual motifs may be combined and repeated to form patterns designed to have a chosen effect on the viewer. - Wikipedia

Image source: Henrique Matos

A Thousand Words...Awesomely WEIRD

If every picture is worth a thousand words, this one could quite possibly be worth a million...

Image source: miscpix.com

January 3, 2014

Freedom - Richard Avedon - QUOTE

Start with a style and you are in chains, 
start with an idea and you are free.
-Richard Avedon

December 20, 2013

Cynthia MOSSER - artist - Catalogued SKETCHBOOKS

Celebrating 12 years of sketchbooks.

My preferred size is 9in x 12in, bound, by either Canson or ProArt.




Matt James STONE Sculptures


http://mattstoneart.com/banana#/id/i4793703/full

Matt James Stone does to bananas what a sculptor does with clay.

Whew knew a banana could take on such a whimsical form.

Image source: mattjamesstone.com

December 5, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Pantone has done it yet again.
A new color for the new year.
It's called Radian Orchid.

Do I have to like it?

No

November 15, 2013

Turkey Art - PORTLAND, OR - Frame Central

Walking by Frame Central in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District, I happened upon this assemblage.
My first thought was, "What is the image in the center?" A turkey vaguely came to mind due to its feather detail, plus plastic knives and forks surround it.

Its oval shape is the true reason I stopped for it.
Artist unknown. No title in window.

October 2, 2013

EMILY BARLETTA Embroidery

Emily Barletta's uniquely biomorphic and intricate embroidery shows a talent for shape, color and design.
Image source: myloveforyou 

September 26, 2013

FULL ENGLISH Breakfast

I never imagined breakfast could be so beautiful! (In Weymouth, Dorset, UK) at ALVERSTOKE Guesthouse.

August 28, 2013

Drive vs. Addiction by Barbara Stanny

"Drive comes from a vision that nourishes one’s soul and enriches one’s life. Addiction arises from fear-based beliefs such as scarcity, inadequacy, and shame, and it inevitably leads to burn out." @BarbaraStanny

July 30, 2013

Kitschy Living by YOKEE YOK

Pinner, YOKEE YOK, has curated a Pinterest board full of hilariously colorful, vintage kitschy items unlike any grouping I have seen on the site.

CLICK on the image to see a world full of fun.

Artist in image: Pierre Blanc.

July 23, 2013