Friday, March 29, 2013

Art at Studio Fovero

     Studio Fovero is a fabulous salon and spa located in the historic German Village district of Columbus Ohio. I love this salon. Like you would expect of German Village  the architecture is beautiful. The staff stylish, professional, yet funky and fun. My hair cut and color are the best I ever had.
     So when Dina the owner asked if I would like to display some of my paintings I answered" yes please."
     I chose some of my favorite pieces from my butterfly series. If any of you are in the area stop in and check them out and if you need some beauty help you'll be at the right place. Next week I plan on telling you more about this series and the moment of my inspiration.

Click on Studio Fovero above Goddess
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Studio  Fovero

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Blue Sky

         Spring is here or at least that's what the calender says. Wednesday March 20th was the official First Day of Spring. My house thermometer say it's 36 Degrees Fahrenheit . It sure does not feel like spring. At least the sky is blue. Oh how I missed those blue skies. 

Featured Artist of the Week
John Constable
Romanticism, Landscape Art

          John Constable looked at nature itself for inspiration, not art. Often sketching his landscapes in the open air. He was the first to do this with oil paint. " When I sit down to make a sketch from nature the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture."-John Constable 

Zirruswolken(Federwolkenstudio)(1821-22) by John Constable
The skies were a vital part of his landscape paintings.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Putting My Art into Words

-Summer Field-oil on canvas-14"x18"
      At some time all artists must do this. When entering contests, shows ect... We must use words to explain our art. The question is asked over and over again. The question comes in many forms, artist statements, artist bio, a description of our art, a brief statement about our art. However the question is asked, it is the same. The literary thinking world wants to hear it articulated. But I am a visual artist who does best with images not words. I want my paintings to be judged for their quality not the words I use to describe them.  How do I both accurately and artfully express my vision?

Featured Artist of the Week
John Singer Sargent
Portraits art, Realism, Impressionism

                 He was the most popular portrait painter of his time. However Sargent was not without criticism. Many of his paintings were controversial . I personally love Sargent's strong use of lighting and interest compositions. Both of these gave strong mood and personality to his portraits.

Portrait of Rosina(1878) by John Singer Sargent

Saturday, March 9, 2013

No Time

       The last couple of weeks have been frustrating. There has been little to no time to paint. My life has been overloaded with things other than art. Cub Scout banquet, teacher conferences, Sunday school, sick kids, doctor appointments, the usual homework, meal planing, house keeping and grocery shopping. On top of that I have been helping my husband do some updates at his restaurant, picking colors and working on a sign for the building. OK so the sign is commercial art and picking paint is decorating but that is not my true passion. To top things off our dog Asti took off yesterday. I spent 4hrs frantically walking fields and driving the neighborhood looking for her. To make it worse I was accompanied by three very tired, very upset young boys(poor things). Good news is our dog came back Thank God! Bad news is the rest of March and all of April are already packed with stuff. March has St Patrick's Day, my middle boys First Reconciliation and Easter. Then in April my oldest boy's 11th birthday, my middle First Communion, and finally my youngest boy's 7th birthday all are to come. By May I may not have the energy left to create.

Advertising sign for my husband Paul's restaurant 6'6"x 3'6"
  Featured Artists of the Week
 Andy Warhol
 Pop Art, Commercial Art

   Often controversial, he is famous for the pop art movement. Most people think of his cambells soup cans or images of Marilyn Monroe. Lesser known is that Warhol started as a commercial illustrator. The uniqueness of his work comes from his mixing of celebrity culture, expressiveness and commercial art.

commercial art by Andy Warhol
"When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums."-Andy Warhol

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Art of multi-tasking

       My studio is in my home. This can be difficult. There are often interruptions being that I am not only an artist but also a mom. Children can not and will not always wait. Of course my children's needs are very important to me. But when deeply engrossed in a work it can be very frustrating to have to stop. Getting my mind back to the place where I can see is not always like flipping a switch.

-Apple Boys-oil on canvases-diptych each 8x10-my oldest boys-

Featured Artist of the Week
Mary Cassatt

   Often refusing to bend to the ideas of the Salon. You could say Cassatt was a kind of feminist to the art world of her time. Like her friend Edgar Degas her paintings were bright and did not conform to the popular taste of the times. Mary Cassatt's painting often showed the strong bonds between mother and child.

-Child in Blue by Mary Cassatt-