Nicolas de Staël

I have been studying abstract painters and I have wanted to learn more about putting space and a visual resting place in my work. I was drawn to the work of Nicolas de Staël. I was saddened to learn that after a robust successful career he ended his own life.

I am mindful that we all must focus on that which is good and uplifting and not be thwarted by word or criticism of others.  Life is a gift and we must treasure the moments we find beauty.  Encourage painters. They are brave.

Nicolas de Staël was a painter known for his use of a thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape painting. He also worked with collage, illustration, and textiles.His painting style is characterized by a thick impasto showing traces of the brush and the palette knife, and by a division of the canvas into numerous zones of color.
De Staël’s painting career spans roughly 15 years (from 1940) and produced more than a thousand paintings. His work shows the influence of Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso (especially Picasso in his Blue and Rose periods), Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Chaim Soutine, as well as of the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hercules Seghers. During the 1940s and beginning in representation (especially landscapes, but also still lifes, and portraits), de Staël moved further and further toward abstraction. Read More:

I was particularly drawn to this piece.  La Rout d’Ouzes 1954

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Ingegerd Råman Doyenne

What a beautiful woman and what beautiful work. Simply elegant.

I learned a new word reading about her:

doy·enne
doiˈ(y)en/
noun
  1. a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field.

“Ingegerd Råman is the doyenne of Swedish Ceramics and Glass. For almost five decades this legendary designer has worked with Swedish Glassworks such as Johansfors, Skruf and Orrefors, and heightened the aesthetic experience of everyday objects in Swedish homes.  Her pared down, quietly elegant style with a focus on materiality and functionality, has won her many ardent followers and many awards. She has exhibited widely both at home and abroad and her designs are in the collections of major museums such as The National Museum in Stockholm, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam to name a few.doyenne of Swedish Ceramics and Glass. For almost five decades this legendary designer has worked with Swedish Glassworks such as Johansfors, Skruf and Orrefors, and heightened the aesthetic experience of everyday objects in Swedish homes.  Her pared down, quietly elegant style with a focus on materiality and functionality, has won her many ardent followers and many awards. She has exhibited widely both at home and abroad and her designs are in the collections of major museums such as The National Museum in Stockholm, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam to name a few.

Always curious, and not afraid to try something new, Ingegerd Råman continues to take on new challenges, and at the age of 73, shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Read More

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Space between seeing and being seen

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 9.02.34 AM.pngGale is a studio artist focused on the encounter between the I and the you, on the space between seeing and being seen. I happened upon this artist this morning and found her work intriguing , honest and approachable.

I love the painterly quality of her work.

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Brighten the Corner Where You Are

I remember that song I sang as a child in Children’s Church. Brighten the Corner Where You Are. Keep Gods light glowing where you are.

Summer Secret Forest

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$750

  • Mixed Media painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 38 × 28 × 0.3 in (unframed) / 38 × 28 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the back

 

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I enjoyed creating this Summer Secret Forest and it did brighten the corner where I am.

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Falling, Diving, Flying Katherine Bradford

This morning I came across the works of Katherine Bradford. I slapped myself for not knowing who she was. I must live in a silo with no windows. I must get out more. Perhaps take a trip to New York or maybe even walk down the street.

I am mumbling. This artist’s work intrigued me because it immediately took me back to Hawaii and I wished I had painted bathers. Perhaps I will.

Katherine Bradford. I think lives in Brooklyn. She has a fabulous large studio space and her videos are worth watching.  She too has a love affair with superman.

Here is a wonderful article that goes on wildly and shares a lot. Read it. Hyperallergic “Bradford arrives at what he (Phillip Guston) went on to define as “the simultaneity of thinking and making.” You get the feeling she changed the painting from a benign view to a disconcerting one, and that the transformation was inevitable.”

“Look long enough at Bradford paintings and all kinds of incongruous details will rise to the surface of your consciousness.” ( Hey this (by John Yau )writer is good.)

Spend some time looking at her work. You will be glad you did. 

“Today what we need most is the life of the imagination. Informal notebooks provide a space where you don’t feel intimidated, where you can experiment and vary your approach from page to page.”
—Katherine Bradford

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I particularly loved this piece.

Katherine Bradford, “Fathers” (2016), acrylic on drop cloth, 70 x 96 inches (click to enlarge)

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This is the painting that started my wonderful discovery of Katherine Bradford. It was enough to encourage me to search for more of her work. I love to surf art in the morning during my quiet time and I came across this article:

15 PAINTERS TO WATCH IN 2015 (+ 3)

https://newamericanpaintings.com/blog/15-painters-watch-2015-3

New Show Opens for her. 

Adams and Ollman
209 SW 9th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Katherine Bradford
Shell Seeker, 2014
oil and acrylic on canvas
16 x 23 inches
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Cows – Craig Bleitz

I came across a link about Craig Bleitz and only saw a tiny image but the composition drew me in. So I went searching and was blown away…Incredible artist. Master craftsman and exquisite paintings.

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Anne-Laure djaballah

I came across the works of this painter this morning and I loved the title of her blog. AnneLaure Djaballah is a painter represented by Muse Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

a path no wider than a pencil stroke

Lines, colour and found objects suggesting….

http://anne-lauredjaballah.blogspot.com/

Check out her flickr site as well.

What I liked:  The color. The line. The enormous amount of work she has created. I love her name. You can google it and find her. Very interesting work. Bravo!

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