I am constantly amazed at the versatility of Gerhard Richter and am reminded how wonderful it is that as artists we can explore many styles and modes of creation. Richter is an inspiration to all we artists to keep stepping into new ways of creating. I found this piece, Orchids to be stunning.
Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. “I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,” he says. “Because style is violent, and I am not violent.” In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened—paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric “Colour Charts”, bold, gestural abstractions, and “Photo Paintings” of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. See more: Artsy
Maynard Dixon (January 24, 1875 – November 11, 1946) was a 20th-century American artist whose body of work focused on the American West. He was married for a time to American photographer Dorothea Lange.
I happened on a Documentary today about Dorothea Lange a magnificent photographer and saw the works of Maynard Dixon and was stunned. How clear and crisp and beautiful. The clouds hang in unusual ways. An artist worth studying.
Life is short..live fully now!
There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you well, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
Quote: “Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
“We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible,” wrote Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Despite Wilde’s sarcasm, as artists, we might build and multiply our highs to harness the awe, the growth, and the feelings of empowerment. Here are a few ideas:
Identify moments of ecstasy and when they occur.
Seek out and create experiences that can be identified as “peak aesthetic moments.”
Recognize when you “switch on.”
Go for a variety of triggers: simple, extravagant, strange, alone, comforting, challenging, shared.
Work the lingering creative edge gained from your revelations. Make it count.
From Newsletter: Painterskey
Event #247 (Avvenimento #247), 1956. Oil with sand on canvas, 55 3/16 × 55 1/8 inches (140.2 × 140 cm). The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.164 © Edmondo Bacci
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Edmondo Bacci has applied the physicality of Action painting to the depiction of the origins of matter in extraterrestrial regions. Like the apocalyptic paintings of the years immediately preceding World War I by artists such as Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, his work comingles themes of cosmic genesis and destruction expressed through swirling atmospheric color. The three primaries—red, blue, and yellow—predominate, defining broad areas against which a wide range of other colors play. The painting is like a scenario in which light is separated from darkness and space from matter. Planetary forms seem to coalesce out of material produced by a cosmic eruption; they prepare to establish their orbits and generate life. The immediacy and drama of the event is conveyed through the tactility of the surface. The paint, mixed with sand, is encrusted on the canvas to form a kind of topographic ground evoking plains, ridges, lakes, and peaks. The activity of the artist in ordering chaos is associated with elemental creational processes within the universe.
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Here’s to the women artists, creating, daring, celebrating life. Maria Lassnig was an Austrian artist known for her painted self portraits and her theory of “body awareness”.
Her art was about exploring the insecurities associated with the internal sensations of the body by shamelessly exhibiting, for our viewing pleasure, her own body in paintings and drawings.
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The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig who has died aged 94, represented the naked body with startling honesty. Fluid strokes of bright paint vividly suggested the colour and texture of her own ageing skin, although the personas that she adopted were often extremely ambiguous. Lassnig achieved recognition from the 1940s onwards throughout mainland Europe and, later, the US but it was not until 2008, at the age of nearly 90, that she was given her first solo exhibition in Britain, to critical acclaim.