new works from nellie king solomon

you may remember nellie king solomon from my previous post where i raved about her work. i haven’t changed my mind.

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she’s got 2 shows currently happening: one at shasta college in redding and the other at melissa morgan fine art in palm desert, so if you are fortunate enough to be in nocal or socal, check them out. and stop by her website too.


ky anderson paintings

it snowed again last night and it made me really depressed. these winter months with little light really set my teeth on edge and i am right about at the time of the year when i say that i can’t take it anymore. haven’t uttered it yet though. or maybe i did yesterday, i can’t remember. but i’m sitting here ignoring the bitter cold and putting off clearing the sidewalks around my house to focus on the pastoral tones in these abstract works in oil from brooklyn-based artist ky anderson instead. yes! what she paints is where i yearn to be in my mind – someplace where serene calm is peppered with bits of playful liveliness. yes, i need to be there right now.

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more here. ky also sells select pieces at the beholder.

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jenny sue kostecki-shaw paintings

i love the ethereal feel to these mixed media paintings from new mexico artist jenny sue kostecki-shaw. the themes are breezy but the colors are grounding. they remind me of poems i’ve written in dreams.

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jenny is also a talented illustrator, and her website is a glistening playground of fun. do check it out!


newness, and two new art blogs from me

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though you all know by now that this blog is not about me, today this post is. i’m ankle deep in some new creative projects right now that i want to share with you…

1. my new digital painting blog.

i have had a burning curiosity about painting for a very long time. just last year i finally took the plunge to do something about it. i bought some mini canvases and paints and brushes several months ago, and while i had intended to start my resolution to really go for it and put paint to paper last year i never managed to make it happen. i’m not sure why. maybe it was the slightly intimidating fact that i have never painted before? i was always intensely involved in my academic studies as a child, all the way through my college years, and i guess i never really pursued balancing that with creative studies. i’m not going to say that i wasn’t encouraged, but in my house, the emphasis was always on academic excellence. that’s just the way it was.

so fast forward to now. when my husband bought Art Rage 2 for the computer i thought i’d give it a try, because i was already spending copious amounts of time in front of the computer writing and researching for this blog. i tried it, and you know what? i love it. seriously love it. it could be the greatest thing that i have discovered doing in a very long time and i can’t believe i never did it before, virtual or otherwise. it is so relaxing, and has quickly become a regular part of my daily routine. it adds surprisingly pleasing balance to my life. from a beginner’s standpoint i will declare that the program is wonderful. it is so user-friendly and thoughtfully designed. we have it on my hub’s christmas present, the new HP touch screen computer, and i can even put a brush up to the screen to paint instead of using a mouse if i want. quite novel! i highly recommend it.

anyway, here is one of my digital paintings. i call it Structure.

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i still have yet to paint on actual canvas while sitting at my table, but i know that’ll come this year and soon, because i’ve started digitally. i really want to sort out the differences between the 2 methods. right now, i know at the very least that using actual paint for the pieces i’ve made so far would take much much longer, because everything is so heavily layered and drying time would be distinctly different. it’ll be fun to discover all the nuances of each style, and my style in the process.

from a painting perspective, i am attracted to and think in abstracts. if you want to see more of what i’ve made so far, my blog is called because i can’t draw. because it’s the cruel truth.

2. my new photography blog.

yup, that’s right. a daily photo blog. no words, just pictures. i’m not chattering away on my painting blog either, because i talk enough. i do welcome and enjoy YOUR clicks and comments though, anywhere you want to put them!

eventually i’ll get myself a fancy photography website with flash and make the images much bigger, but i’m not committing to that yet. i think i need to approach my photography in a more orderly and logical way before doing that, think more in terms of thematic structure. i like the images i’ve put into my etsy shop but it feels more loose than i prefer it. i would give it a good edit but i don’t have a large body of inventory to pull from, so some thoughtful building of the portfolio (as well as my skill set) is going to take place this year. i got the incredibly powerful nikon d90 camera for christmas, which makes the little kodak i had been using look like a fisher price toy. it is a beast that takes incredible photos, and i am enjoying the learning process of growing into and (hopefully eventually) mastering it. it also has great video capability, so don’t be surprised if i bust out into that mode this year either. i will continue to use both cameras as appropriate, as well as my iphone, but the d90 is totally suited to what i am talking about with regards to addressing photography in a more encompassing, thematic way; it was the perfect gift for me.

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my photo blog is just a bit of what i see around me in my daily life, and it continues to aid me in slowing down enough to enjoy the present. some of my shots on that blog might cross over with snapshot sundays here, though i am trying to avoid overlap. each place is a different facet of me, and i am trying to respect that. the blog is called rods and scones, because rods and cones was already taken.

that’s enough about me for now. i’ll clam it up and talk about others next time. 🙂


snapshot sunday

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armas design sale

as you may remember i am a big fan of atlanta-based artist michelle armas, and i just found out that she has a very nice collection of paintings for sale in her etsy shop.

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this is a great opportunity to be able to own an original piece from a very talented artist. i say we take advantage!

see more and purchase these pieces at michelle’s etsy shop, and say hi to her on her blog.


snapshot sunday

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paul balmer paintings

I love these dusty, dusky, earthy colors and the shapes and patterns of the buildings in the cityscapes series of oil paintings from South African-born, New York-based artist Paul Balmer. Paul’s world travels and experiences living in Australia (where he studied art) have shaped his softly abstract yet representational style.

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See a lot more intrigue on Paul’s website (love everything, esp his new monoprints!), and if you are in the Boston area, check his work out in person at the Arden Gallery now through October 29th, 2008.

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