Thursday, July 30, 2009

new game plan

Megan Bisbee-Durlam

Portland right now is hot and I’m not talking sexy hot. I mean a hundred and nine degrees and not much cooler in my apartment unbearably hot. I was in such a melt down I couldn’t bring myself to finish glazing and load a kiln in such weather. Sadly now I don’t have enough work ready to set up shop on Last Thursday on Alberta. FYI, if you don’t know Last Thursday in Portland is a crazy street market mostly comprised of artists.

My counter measure plan is to try and do First Thursday in the Pearl. Hopefully the weather will cool down and this will work out better.

I just had to post this Painting by Megan Bisbee-Durlam, I never tire of looking at it. The shapes, squiggles, color and so many different line qualities hypnotize me. I don’t know why but her website seems to be down at the moment however her blog is in fine form if you get the itch to see more of her images.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Early Morning

Saturday I had my high school reunion where I drank a little too much, but had a great time over all. Sunday I was in hangover recovery from the event and slept in past noon. Now you see at this point I have completely messed up my sleeping schedule so now here I am at 4am in the morning writing a blog post, sketching, and in a moment about to go do some work in the studio. Why? Because for the last 4 hours I have been laying in bed awake and brain storming ideas like crazy. So why bother trying to sleep when I don't even have work tomorrow and have a head full of ideas? I should just get up and start my day or at least try to tire myself out so I can get some sleep in a matter of hours then right? So here I am and ready to share these couple of artist that I found and really enjoy.

Jen Garrido

Now i love these paintings. They remind me of the scraps of paint I would peel off of my painting pallet and lay in my sketch book because the random layering of the dried paint remnants was so pretty to me. I love them.

Tove Jansson

She was a Finnish novelist, illustrator, and painter. I adore these little characters which remind me of the Miyazaki films and a bit of Marc Chagall's paintings. I wonder if there is a correlation or do all cute things come from the same place of transcending thought. Hummm.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Head Full of Felt

I found a new art love, artist Joseph Hart. I love the airy spaces, the stacks of shapes, objects, additions of cut out paper bits and his drawing. Joseph's webpage link is now in my 2D artists list if you want to go have a gander at his other work. It is well worth the effort.

Currently I'm in a bit of a creative and motivational slump. I can't seem to pull myself together. The moment I sit down to get busy in my studio I go blank of all ideas and stare at my materials like they are mysterious objects. It seems this summer my brain is on a long lunch break. Remedy anyone?
I'm frustrated a bit, but I will persevere. I've got to. Grad applications are right around the corner and I want a new body of work.

So one of my favorite people Rebecca Baldwin sent me a care gift package filled with various colors of wool and a felting needle. I was over come with happiness, I've been thinking of doing a little felting but couldn’t bring myself to invest in all the tools and materials. Especially since I already have so many other crafty art interests. So excited I was, I took some wool and my felting needle to the pub with me and felted while visiting with an old friend. I know drinking and sharp objects should not go together, but I was just too excited to show you all my efforts.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blog Hopping

Artists that made my day yesterday:

Elizabeth Neel

Os Gemeos

To get my mind back onto a working order I went on a search for some creative juice. I started by trekking through blogs which lead to other blogs, and then to sites listed from those blogs and on and on and on. It was quite an adventure to see where I ended up and what I found. One such amazing find was this site, the Drawing Center . Its endless amazing stimulus from hundreds of artists that where juried to be on the site. So I found a good amount of compelling imagery to feed off of. Its helped me think about how I layout my images on pots and rethinking form quite a bit. Anyways if you get in a mental pooper go to this site and get juiced up!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Brady and Quinn

I just fell in love with these pieces by Jeanne Quinn and Robert Brady. Jeanne’s piece is currently up for auction at the Archie Bray Foundation. I thought it was fun of her to do something a little different and donate something that wasn’t ceramic.

Robert is definitely a new love of mine and I wish he had a web page. On the plus side there are a lot of images of his work out around Internet land.

Robert Brady

Jeanne Quinn