Tag Archives: Art news

More Landscape Work

23 Jul

I painted this English landscape in acrylic on birchwood cradle. The subject matter, depicting a canal in the town of Castleton, Derbyshire,  is from a photo that was sent to me by an English friend. I still need to do some work on the right side. It’s a bit more “done” than I had originally intended, but probably that’s a function of the rigid wooden surface rather than the usual, “springier” canvas surface.

My One-Person Show

22 Jul

My local library (known for its great permanent art collection) is giving me a one-person show next year for a collection of vintage paintings I did in the mid-to-late Eighties — a group of works that I collectively call “The White Paintings.” This collection includes about 30 oil paintings of various sizes, some of them quite large. (The library limit was 23 exhibit items, so some in the collection will not be shown.) I also a did a number of watercolors in the same era that echo the style/concepts of these oil paintings, but I don’t consider those works to be part of The White Paintings.

I had to take more than a few of these canvases out of storage to photograph them for my exhibit application. Below is one that I had completely forgotten about, called “Splatterday.” (Originally I did not title most of them, but I felt they needed titles to avoid confusion during installation of the library exhibit, so I had fun making up titles for them.) “Splatterday” is a play on the title of an episode of the mid-Eighties re-boot of The Twilight Zone television series, starring a hot new actor named Bruce Willis (I wonder what became of him?) The reboot was one of my favorite shows in the year in which I first started creating the paintings in this collection.

Watch this space for more info when I get closer to the exhibit opening day.

Tiny Artwork

7 Jul

Painting For Ants is a Tumblr blog that documents a South African artist’s mini-painting project. The artist, Lorraine Loots, produced one mini-painting per day in a year’s time, for a total of 365 insect-sized masterpieces. Fascinating work.

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.

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!

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.