About once a week I post 700-1000 word biographies of visual artists. They are frequently, but not always, women and their work was created anywhere from the days of the Italian Renaissance to the height of popularity for Abstract Expressionist work. Continue reading Notable Work
Pink Parachutes doesn’t involve any old-style black and white photography and the Photoshop effects used were minimal. I used a colored pencil effect on the trees in the background and plasticized the oil from the derrick to match the army men. Continue reading Pink Parachutes
But oddly enough cultural appropriation is a hot topic in art right now too. In March at the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz’s piece Open Casket (a painting of Emmitt Till based off of photographs taken at his funeral service) caused protests, letter writing, tweets, news articles, opinion pieces, and the buttonholing of several black artists for their thoughts and feelings about the work. Continue reading Cultural appropriation, go fish.
Born to a prosperous Quaker couple in Philadelphia, PA. Merritt was well educated in classical subjects and the arts. She attended the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she studied anatomy, before moving to Europe where she studied art with various artists. Continue reading Mini Biography: Anna Lea Merritt
Arbus, My Boy, Stay Alert! is a recent digital composition utilizing an old black and white photograph from Diane Arbus but I also used her last name for the composite’s haphazard protagonist as well. He just seemed like an Arby kind of kid. Continue reading Arbus, My Boy, Stay Alert!
The Golden Mean or the Golden Ratio is a concept that is found in several disciplines including Philosophy, Mathematics, and Art. Examples of the Golden Mean exist in nature, architecture, and web design. In addition, the Golden Mean has a set value (1.618) and a name (Phi) but doesn’t have any cool dessert connections like Pi. Continue reading Art by the Numbers
and you and anyone else who makes art or likes it. And it starts with speaking about art in real terms not jargon-laden terms or a meaningless configurations of obsolete words. Continue reading Art for the Masses Starts With Me
Suspicious Minds is a very recent Digital Composite that combines an old, mixed media, never finished paper collage, a woman from a Ben Shahn photograph, a photograph of Andy Biersack from the musical group Black Veil Brides, and various digital effects under the title of a song sung by Elvis. A few years ago artist trading cards became a minor fad in some circles. The idea was … Continue reading Suspicious Minds
Derivative artwork contains an image that is a direct copy of another, usually better known and often legally protected, piece of artwork. A famous example of a derivative piece of work is Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. (1919) which is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa with a mustache. There is a bit of a stigma if an artist’s style matches someone else’s too closely but that in of … Continue reading Derivative Art
Color is a big part of my job. I spend a lot of time thinking about color: different color combinations, saturation, complementary colors, the warmth or coolness of a hue … I could go on and on. I’m also interested in the psychology of color which is more typically used in advertising and marketing than in fine art applications. I have recently become a bit … Continue reading Flirting in the Color Field
“White is boring,” he said. The comment bounced in my head. Bounce, bounce, bounce. Bouncing like a Superball it shot into every corner of my brain and caromed against the synapses. “BORING, BORING, BORING,” the Superball screamed. I said nothing. Art professors can be, in general, rather narrow minded and this art professor, in particular, did not seem to respond well to dissent from the … Continue reading “White is boring,” he said.