Archive | June, 2016

Art From Actors

30 Jun

As reported by the New York Times, a new Off-Broadway production features a set decorated with the artwork of actors such as Rosie O’Donnell and Billy Dee Williams. The play is called “Out of the Mouths of Babes.” The article features several examples of the work. I never would have figured Tina Louise (“Ginger” from Gilligan’s Island) for an Abstract Expressionist!

Sample Paintings of Joni Mitchell

27 Jun

Some samples of the paintings of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell are on display at this art blog. Her work features many self-portraits, as well as those of some famous friends, including Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.

I enjoyed the obvious, probably tongue-and-cheek references to Van Gogh and Edward Hopper. Her work is worth checking out!

New Abstract Work Listed

22 Jun

“Jungle Cat 2” is my latest abstract work. It’s acrylic on birch wood cradle, meant to be hung without a frame as all the sides are painted in copper metallic paint. I couldn’t accurately capture the true interplay of color and texture, due to the use of a lot of shiny gold and copper metallic paint. It’s a lot richer in real life. Here’s the link to the listing at Etsy.

Early American Folk Art On Display

19 Jun

The St. Louis Art Museum has a show currently running called “Self-Taught Genius,” a collection of artwork and craft items made by self-taught, early American artists.  I particularly like the wooden American flag that’s depicted at the top of the article; it reminds me of the American flag series of paintings of late 20th Century master Jasper Johns. If you are in the St. Louis area, it might be worth checking out.

New Abstract Work Listed

18 Jun

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“Encroaching Autumn” is my latest Abstract Expressionist work, listed at my Etsy shop. It’s acrylic on Ampersand panel (Masonite). It’s got a lot of accents in metallic copper and gold, so in some lights it’s “very shiny, very shiny” as Rainman would say.

At 18″ x 36″, it’s pretty large, and I’d like to find a buyer because it’s taking up a lot of space in my little house. Listing is here.

Beardsley Inspired Drawings

18 Jun

My post about Aubrey Beardsley from a few days ago nudged me to go look for some Beardsley inspired pen-and-ink drawings from an old (almost 40 years!) college notebook. See what you think:

Permanent Sand Paintings From German Artist

17 Jun

Sand paintings are an old art form, but preservation is another story. Sometimes the finished works are preserved under glass cases, but most of them probably just get blown away, such as the elaborately colored sand painting in Martin  Scorsese’s film, Kundun.

Now, a German artist has found a way to preserve his sand paintings for posterity by painting a slow-acting adhesive on canvas and then pouring and working the sand onto it in the desired patterns. The artist, Tim Bengel, sand-paints portraits and cityscapes in a limited palette of black and white sand, with accents provided in what looks like gold leaf.

Several of his pieces are displayed at the link; they are pretty spectacular,  IMHO. I have added special art sand to some of my work before, but mostly to provide background texture, not as a main course.