Productivity in Art

The total, lifetime, output of an artist is called an oeuvre. If you spend any time at all reading and researching artists you’ll find oeuvre size varies wildly. Occasionally an artist dies young leaving only a few significant pieces. Slightly more frequently, an artist’s particularly small oeuvre can be due to misidentification as their work is wrongly attributed to either their teacher or their student; … Continue reading Productivity in Art

Random (Acts of) Art

I enjoy art in random places, therefore, I assume others also enjoy the sometimes surprising beauty that occurs everyday, the small creative flourishes that make mundane objects special, and the sporadic but powerful occasions of purposeful art in public places. Everyone kind of expects Ansel Adams’ sunlight dappled vistas to be stunning but the application of light can make even make otherwise grim scenes beautiful. I’ve always … Continue reading Random (Acts of) Art

Mini Biography: Jean Hey

Nationality: Dutch Movement: Netherlandish Jean Hey (sometimes spelled Hay) was, according to the current theories of art historians, also known by the moniker the Master of Moulins and as such is considered the most significant painter of International Gothic painting. However, little is known about him under either name. In fact, even Hey’s birth and death dates are unknown so, in the place usually reserved for … Continue reading Mini Biography: Jean Hey

Mini Biography: Sofonisba Anguissola

Birth: 1532 Death: Nov. 16th, 1625 Nationality: Italian Movement: Late Renaissance The oldest of 7 children, Anguissola was born in Lombardy, Italy to a minor noble family. Her education included the fine arts and she was apprenticed to a painter for about 3 years in the early 1550’s. At 22, while in Rome, she met Michelangelo and was informally tutored by him for a short … Continue reading Mini Biography: Sofonisba Anguissola

6 Photographers and 1 Artist on Photography

“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorothea Lange    Peavler, Bill. South elevation: Municipal Building, 200 North Walker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK (after 1936), Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Logan, Trace. Oklahoma City Bldg. (2016), OKC, OK.   “I became interested in photography when I … Continue reading 6 Photographers and 1 Artist on Photography

Mini Biography: Giovanna Garzoni

Birth: 1600 Death: 1670 Nationality: Italian Movement:Baroque Garzoni was born in Ascoli Piceno, located in central Italy, to Venetian parents and spent her childhood in Rome and her young adulthood in Venice. She attended a calligraphy school in Venice  but moved to Naples in approximately 1630. At various points in her life she lived in Florence, Turin, and Paris as well the previously mentioned cities … Continue reading Mini Biography: Giovanna Garzoni

Mini Biography: Paolo Uccello

Birth: 1397 Death: Dec. 10th 1475 Nationality: Italian Movement: Early Renaissance Born in Florence, Uccello was apprenticed at 10 years old to a famous sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiberti. He was a member of a painter’s guilds by about age 17 although he spent 12 years working in the sculptor’s workshop. Once on his own, Uccello painted animals for the Medici and several scenes from the Bible … Continue reading Mini Biography: Paolo Uccello

Mini Biography: Berthe Morisot

Birth: Jan. 14, 1841 Death: March 2nd 1895 Nationality: French Movement: Impressionism The third child in a well-to-do family, Morisot was born in Bourges, France and received an arts education which included copying paintings in the Louvre. By 1860 she was painting landscapes plein air and had two paintings shown at the Salon de Paris at age 23. She was friends with many other well … Continue reading Mini Biography: Berthe Morisot

Flirting in the Color Field

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.

“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.

The Female Gaze

  In the art world (which in this case refers to traditional art, more modern variations including but not limited to photography and graphic novels, and film) there is a term called ‘the male gaze.’ You can read more about the male gaze at FF101 on WordPress or just by going to Wikipedia’s page on the male gaze. I actually want to talk about the … Continue reading The Female Gaze

Artist Recognition

A few years back an art instructor asked me to name my favorite living artist. I couldn’t. Last year another art teacher asked for a list of artists who were influential to me. This is what I came up with: Wassily Kandinsky, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens, David Hockney, Henri Rousseau, Alice Neel, Johannes Vermeer, and Salvador Dali. My original … Continue reading Artist Recognition

Artists on Artists: De Kooning on Titian

Willem de Kooning was quoted as saying: But [Titian at ninety] kept on painting Virgins in that luminous light, like he’d just heard about them. Those guys [Titian and Michelangelo] had everything in place, the virgin and God and the technique, but they kept it up like they were still looking for something. It’s very mysterious. Willem de Kooning was an abstract expressionist from The … Continue reading Artists on Artists: De Kooning on Titian

The Grammys & Burning Man Combined And Slathered in Paint: Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami just concluded it’s 2015 show. After reading a lot of articles about it and following a few of the artist’s Instagram posts I have to say Art Basel sounds like one of the two coolest art happenings in the world with the other being the Armory Show in New York (even though Art Basel also occurs in Basel, Switzerland and Hong … Continue reading The Grammys & Burning Man Combined And Slathered in Paint: Art Basel