Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sergio Lopez

I found these beautiful oil paintings by artist Sergio Lopez.  I am always looking at how other artists incorporate the backgrounds of their paintings with realistic subjects to make the background as important as the subject. He does it beautifully with his "Painted Roses" series.

I found him through Robert Lange Studios where you can view more of his work.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunglass Lady

And today I'm working on Sunglass Lady who still needs quite a bit of work but I think I like it...  this one is a 16 x20 oil on canvas.  Gotta put detail in the hair, reflection in the sunglasses, finish that bench, you get the idea. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

In the studio

Back in my little studio, I'm trying to clock in and clock out with regular work hours.  Blogging on my lunch break.  I have exciting news, friends!!  I'm pregnant and it's a boy!  Due in February.  I'm mainly telling you this because I feel the world should know how insanely hungry I am all the time, which definitely cuts into my studio time!  Trying to eat healthy but still eat a lot is hard.  I think I'm eating six meals a day and still struggling to gain weight.

Here's what I'm working on today:

This is the second layer for the background of a new painting.  I think it will be really cool when I'm done.  Layering takes time though, I bet I won't be able to start on the final images for another couple of days.

Also, trying to finish up a painting of a pineapple (which for some reason refuses to load onto my blog so no picture for now) who has proved to be quite difficult.  If you are considering painting a pineapple, reconsider.  He's still got a ways to go.

Not the best picture but this is an abstract I'm working on that's about finished.  There's gold leaf around the red and I love it!

Besides these three I have three little 6x6 inch paintings I'm working on that I'm anxious to put for sale in my etsy shop.

Back to work!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Rain Room

Ever wanted to enjoy the rain without actually getting wet?  The drops would magically part for you as you walked down the street?  This past summer that experience was made possible by the art group rAandom International.

image via tumblr

A beautifully simplistic idea, the logistics proved very challenging as they discuss in the video below.  They also mention an important part of the experience: walking to the edge and trusting that when you step through you will not get wet. 

They've noticed that while the audience goes in with the idea of somehow controlling the rain, in the end, the rain controls the audience.  How they move and they pace they walk, providing for an emotional and physical experience.

Or maybe it's not all that deep.  Maybe you're just the kid shouting, "I've got magic hands!"

The exhibit first debuted in London then was made available in the U.S. this past summer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  According to The New York Times, some people waited 5 to 9 hours just to experience a 10 minute walk through the rain.

 Beautiful images have popped up all over the web, including dance choreography and marriage proposals.

image via Random International

The Rain Room - Random International from Gramafilm on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Artwork

I'm back to blogging and excited to share what I've been up to this summer.  I'm working on getting all of my art archived and online.  There will be a brand new website (thanks to my awesome husband) and my Etsy shop should be open sometime in September.  I will post links to both very soon!  In the meantime here is some of the nature inspired paintings I've been working on.
Swan, 24 x 30 acrylic

Fern Wall, 18 x 24, acrylic and gold leaf

Carried Away, 11 x 14, acrylic 

More pieces are coming together in my little studio right now.  I'm going to start posting works in progress. 
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Salvation Mountain

This is a folk art installation in Niland, CA.  Leonard Knight created this incredible installation using adobe clay mixed with straw to hold it all together.  He reinforces the clay with coats of paint and estimates that there are over 100,000 gallons of paint on the mountain!  Read about this very interesting artist and his artwork or see more incredible photos here.

 Found these incredible photos on Earth Age blog.

Friday, August 10, 2012