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Impressionists From…Australia?

3 Jul

I didn’t know this was actually a thing, but there was an Australian Impressionist movement in the mid-late 19th Century. Some fine work on display in this article.

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!

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.

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.

Nonfiction Work Traces Lost Velazquez

10 Jun

The great 17th-Century Spanish court painter, Diego Velazquez, once painted a portrait of the future King Charles I of Great Britain as a young prince; then the painting disappeared. In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there’s a review of a book by Laura Cummings which investigates a 19th Century English bookseller’s life-long association with the missing masterpiece.

The book is entitled The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece.   According to the newspaper, it “captivates as detective story, art criticism and page-turning entertainment.”

This title sounds interesting. I don’t know that much about Spanish painters, so I put it on my Amazon wish list. Here’s a little bit about Velazquez.

I’m Way Behind the Times

7 Jun

Look at this artist’s cool site that was apparently crafted from the paid WordPress tools and services. (I use the free stuff because I’m super-cheap.) But I’m way behind the times. I need to get serious about building a real site, and maybe separating my writing posts from my art posts. What do my readers think (all five of them?)