Monday, January 31, 2011

Fernando Llosa

seeing a galaxy uncoil through a rotten apple, oil on board, well seen, the seer and the seen are one in the same, oil on masonite, 16x25, alternative destinies, oil on masonite, 24x32

these paintings remind me of piles of hand dyed silk scarves, i want to jump into them and take a nap...see more here.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

kirsten kindler

stairwells salon, 2010, hand cut magazines, mylar, 24x4x2, new transitional tower, 2010, hand cut magazines, mylar, 108x30x10, infinite stairwells, 2010, hand cut magazines, mylar, 108x30x10

here's something awesome to do with those home decor magazines i've been saving...see more here and here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kirsi Mikkola

untitled, 2010, painted paper construction, 14x18.5x35.6, untitled, 2002-2010, painted paper construction, 106.75x271.1x266.1, untitled, 2005-2010, painted paper construction, 17.75x14.5x45.1, untitled, 2009-2010, painted paper construction, 39.25x27.5x99.7

love these linear layers...see more here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

stephanie metz

super suckler, 2008, felted wool, 12.5x15x33, atavist, 2007, felted wool, 5x7x3, amorphozoa #14, 2010, felted wool, porcupine quills, 13.5x7x3, amorphozoa #12, 2010, felted wool, hair, 7.5x12x6

an excellent craftsperson as well as an interesting thinker...see more here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

melanie bilenker

cookies brooch, 2009, gold, ebony, resin, pigment, hair, 2.75 x 2.25 x 3/8, solitaire brooch, 2009, gold, ebony, resin, pigment, hair, 3.25 x 2 x .5, chocolate brooch, 2008, gold, ebony, resin, pigment, hair, 3.75 x 2.75 x 3/8
The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.
see more here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

elizabeth turk

water pond 3, marble, nature memorial, marble, collar 7, marble, collar 8, marble, standing ribbon #13, marble

i didn't know marble could look so malleable and seemingly defy gravity, amazing...see more here and here-also check out her beautiful drawings on both sites.

Friday, January 21, 2011

butt johnson

Untitled Floral Pastiche II (Snapdragon), 2009, Ballpoint on paper, 9.5x10, Untitled Floral Pastiche IV (Rose), 2010, Ballpoint on paper, 10 x 9.5, Untitled Floral Pastiche I (Columbine), 2009, Ballpoint on paper, 10 x 9.5

such extraordinary skills with a ballpoint pen!...see more here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

charles arnoldi

evidence of shadows, 1983, Acrylic and flash on sticks and plywood, 86 x 97.5 x 7.5, carping tongue, 1983, Acrylic on plywood, 9 x 84 x 4, diving altitude, 1987, Acrylic and wood chunks on plywood, 97.5 x 86 x 13

i'm really into wood lately, the splintery patterns, it's piney comforting smell, the way it burns and the way this artist exposes it for all of these reasons...see more here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

laura battle

Time piece, 2007, graphite on grey paper, 22x30, Untitled, 2007, graphite on grey paper, 22x30, Crossing, 2007, graphite on grey paper, 22x30

the impeccable technique and meticulous draftmanship-not to mention patience-needed to achieve it, is simply amazing...please check out the large images...see more here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

sherie' franssen

like never, like always, 2008, oil on canvas, 65x85, asses, cats and monkeys, 2008, oil on canvas, 78x84, a place in the sun, 2009, oil on canvas, 77x86

more wishes for spring in green, pink and yellow dappled light....see more here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

peter sacks

Migration 19, 2009, 39.5 x 39.5, Farewell To An Idea 1, 2009, 47.25 x 47.25, Farewell To An Idea 2, 2009 47.25 x 47.25

old textiles have new life and and are truly seen under paint...see more here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

my studio

for a long time, some of you have asked for images of my studio, so now you're in for a treat! i finally cleaned it up and photographed it. it's not fancy, all of the furniture is used and my storage is from walmart ; ) but it's all mine and i love it.

some background on the space: it's an attic space, which was rather awkward at first because of the slanted roof and no straight walls. i had two walls built and used the awkward areas behind them as storage. the studio has a full bath, which i use for washout, it also has great windows, hardwood floors (which we found under some hideous carpeting) and having a studio within my home was very important, so it's basically why we purchased the house. there is no heat or air conditioning in the attic space, but i have a great space heater and really, who needs heat when you work with heated electric tools and molten wax! and as far as air conditioning-well, i usually work on drawings when it's really hot outside or i use my whole house fan that i had installed using a grant that i got in 2007. with that grant, i also installed lighting (i never have enough) and an adjustable arm ventilation system from this company.

now for the grand tour:

1) this is the view coming up the stairs where there is a storage space for my smaller pieces, magazine storage and my stuffed animal collection. 2) turning the corner and behind one of my built walls is my library, paper storage and my awesome scrap wood collection as well as other fun collected items like shells, rocks and ephemera that i use for inspiration.

3) my awesome scrap wood collection.

4) this is an overall view of the studio while standing in the sewing area (images 8 & 9) from here you can see the entrance to the studio from the stairs, one of the walls i had built that the library stands against, two large work tables in the center that i set up for private workshops, on the ceiling you can see my adjustable arm and the lighting i had put in, the third table in the front is my encaustic work area.

5) my encaustic work area.

6) the view out the window in front of my encaustic work area.

7) an overall view of the studio while standing in the encaustic work area-from here you can see my storage shelves and the bathroom entrance between them, my second wall to the right and in the far corner is my sewing area.

8) my sewing/computer/inspiration/everything else area.

9) my sewing area with a view of my comfy chair 10) storage area behind the second wall where large things lean against the wall and to the left and difficult to see, are 10 storage drawers i use for smaller materials.

11) an overall view of the studio while standing in the bathroom doorway and looking toward the encaustic work area in front near the window.

thanks for taking the tour! hopefully, some of you will make a studio visit-i always enjoy having artist friends over for studio visits, a studio play day or maybe you want to take a private workshop-just contact me, i'd love to have you!