Born into an artistically inclined family in what is now the Ukraine, Serebriakova attended art school first in Russia and after a trip to Italy she studied art in Paris as well. Continue reading Mini Biography: Zinaida Serebriakova
This past weekend I participated in the 2nd annual Steamroller Print Fest in OKC. It was held at [Artspace] at Untitled in conjunction with BIG INK and featured an exhibit of large block prints as well. Continue reading Woodblock Printing
Painter’s life balanced above instead of below plastic yellow sides. Continue reading A Pyramid Haiku
An update for Robert Capa’s Mussolini photograph from the early 1940’s, Mad House features Capa’s solitary figure and sidewalk. I’ve added the silhouettes of 4 little boys running in the opposite direction and blurred them to reinforce the concept of movement but which also gives the children’s figures another point of dissimilarity to the grown man. Continue reading Mad House
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
In the introduction to Robert Capa/Photographs Richard Whelan writes, “Soldiers are able to use their terrible weapons of mass destruction only because they have been trained to conceptualize their victims not as individuals but as a category – the enemy.” Whelan makes the claim that Capa, who wielded a camera instead of an assault rifle, had no enemy and saw all of his subjects as individuals. Continue reading Enemies or collateral damage
Viva la Resistance uses the background and billboard frame from a Dorothea Lange photograph combined with a photograph of a female French resistance fighter from an unknown photographer with a mash-up of photographs of Russian leaders and Donald Trump placed on the face of the billboard. Continue reading Viva la Resistance
Birth: April 2, 1647 Death: Jan. 13, 1717 Nationality: German Movement:Illustrator Born in Frankfort, Merian’s father was an engraver and although he died when she was only 3 her mother married again – this time to the flower and still life painter, Jacob Marrel. Throughout her childhood Merian received art lessons and possessed a burning interest in insects. At 18 she married and had a … Continue reading Mini Biography: Maria Sibylla Merian
… crocus? A butterfly?
The 3 stages of an artist’s career are labeled as follows: emerging, mid-career, and established. Mid-career and established seem like pretty solid, uncontroversial categories, to me, but I’ve always been a bit confused by the first one – emerging. Continue reading Emerging like a …
But back to the image … A car and a water barrel are also photographic elements whereas the background and design motif at the horizon line are from software. The speed blur effect was added with software as well. Continue reading There Will Always Be Poor People
Born to a family of modest means in Venice, Carriera’s first artistic endeavor was creating lace patterns for her mother to make and sell. She started painting miniatures on ivory to decorate snuff boxes and then began painting portraits before switching mediums to pastels. Continue reading Mini Biography: Rosalba Carriera
I don’t know – is it? Does it matter? Do you like it? Did you reach your hand out to touch it? Do you think it represents you or your ideas or ideals? Does it fit in that space? Do you like it? Does it make you happy? Excited? Does it make you feel unsure in a way that you like? Does it tell a story … Continue reading But Is It Any Good?
In New Day New Life (Ellis Island) I only used two photographs preferring to use plain, unadulterated colors to do most of the heavy lifting. The original 1913 photograph taken by Edwin Levick and accessed from the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection can be seen here and depicts a man standing and looking out over the water in New York Harbor with boats and the shore line in the distance. Continue reading New Day New Life (Ellis Island)
Birth: March 5, 1696 Death: March 27, 1770 Nationality: Italian Movement: Rococo Born in Venice, Tiepolo was apprenticed to painter Gregorio Lazzarini at about age 14 and was a member of an artist’s guild by age 21. He painted frescoes for wealthy families and completed at least one canvas for a church early in his career. Eventually he received a commission for a cathedral as well … Continue reading Mini Biography: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
An artist’s statement is a continually evolving introduction to either the artist’s work in general or to a specific body of work the artist is currently working on and it, in final form, can be it’s own work of art. Continue reading I Have Prepared a Statement.
Dead End is another new Digital Composite which only uses two images but several photography software effects. The original photograph by Eli Reed, which can be seen here, contains a whole spectrum of gray tones. I wanted far fewer mid-values and the resulting higher contrast between the white and black was accomplished with software. I then printed that image and cut out the window panes … Continue reading Dead End
Born in northern France, La Tour was apprenticed at age 15 to a local painter but moved to Paris at age nineteen. In his mid-20’s he was encouraged to take up pastels which is medium for which he is known and in 1737 he exhibited both a portrait of another artist’s wife and a portrait of himself entitled Self-Portrait, Laughing the the Salon in Paris. Continue reading Mini Biography: Maurice Quentin de La Tour
A few months ago I made the offhand comment that I use acrylic paint because I’m too impatient to wait for oil paints to dry. And while that is true, it is also true that I found the chemicals painters use to clean oil off their brushes so noxious that after receiving some oil paints, brushes, a canvas, and turpentine for Christmas as a young teenager I never thought much about painting again – well, not until my 20’s when I had my own place and was in charge of buying my own art supplies. Continue reading Ode to Acrylic Paint
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!
Born in Suffolk Gainsborough left home at about 13 to study art in London and was taught by Hubert Gravelot before marrying at age 19 to the illegitimate daughter of a duke.
Continue reading Mini Biography: Thomas Gainsborough