May
12
2010

Art is a Universal Language by Deb Bartos

In addition to being an artist (a painter of oils and watercolors) I am a nursing instructor.
I love teaching. I love learning. I love caring and teaching others new skills in caring.

I also believe that every profession (and every life) has 2 sides. There is an art and a science to everything. The science is doing things right (left-brain.) The art is doing things well (right brain.) Every painting, every snowflake, every person, is a unique individual. Every situation is unique, and deserves our unbiased attention in the moment. Just because you know someone with a similar disease or problem doesn't mean you can turn off your right brain and treat them the same as the situation you already know. Just because you have painted a landscape before doesn't mean you can put your brain on automatic pilot. This is not just too easy; it's not honest to yourself or anyone else.

I had a wonderful mentor years ago in a nursing preceptor program at a community hospital. He was an internal medicine physician who had practiced for many years. In spite of all of the new diagnostic tests, computer-age information, etc., his urgent message was "90% of the information you need, you will get from listening to the patient and their history." Listen and learn. In this age of computerized diagnostic testing and infinite knowledge on the internet, it is too easy to think we, the (medical) professionals, know everything. How awful that would be if it were true. Labels do not convey understanding or knowledge; they are just categories and boxes. Sometimes useful, sometimes they are not.

The world needs creative solutions now as always. Artists learn to be creative, it is a skill that can be developed like any other. Creative thinking and critical decision-making skills are important in any profession. Self-discipline and self-expression are important skills for anyone who wants to accomplish anything good or new in life. Practicing an art form gives you this experience.

Robert Henri in "The Art Spirit" says, "Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything well." His book is timeless and his words from 1923 are inspiring. I recommend it to anyone who wants to live an artful life.

I tell my students that their education is self-directed. They need to ask the right questions at the time they need the answers. It is an on-going, life-long process. As Robert de Niro, as a patient (and a mentor) says to Robin Williams (who is playing Dr. Saks in the movie "Awakenings") says, "Learn, learn, learn, learn. Learn!"

My response to comments that I think "outside the box" has always been "what box?"
There is life outside the box when you learn to color outside the lines. Like Nike says, "Just do it!" and then you will be one of us. You will be an artist in the best sense. You will be living your own best life. Whatever you do!

www.yessy.com/debbiebartos


May
12
2010

Staff Review of the Monterey Easel

Last Weekend we had a Super Sale on Easles and Furniture offering up to 84% OFF List Prices which included alot of our exiting easels like The Paris French Easel, Monet Fench Easel and much more. In addition to the large line of easels and furniture we already carry, we added some new arrivals and put them on sale as well. Some of the new items on sale were the Saint Remy Studio Easel, Eagel Rock Studio Easel, The Art Quest Desk and a few more.
Some New Arrivals:
Art Quest Desk St Remy Easel
Art Quest Desk: The very first desk made for video and web based art instruction. This beautifully finished all wood construction unique desk can do it all. Check it out!

One thing we decided to do and will be showcasing more of is a "Staff Review". Not only do we carry the largest selection of discount art supplies, but we are artists too and we use the same products you do. We have many artists employed here at Jerry's and we focus on bringing you the best products to use at that best prices.
The "Staff Review" was provided by Caroline King on the Monterey Multi-Angle Studio Easel.
Like the many here at Jerry's Artarama, Caroline is one of our designers here who works hard on many things web related (you get to see all the fun stuff created by the web team) and you guessed it.. she is an artist too. The Monterey Easel was on sale for that weekend and she provided our unsuspecting shoppers with a nice surprise and her experience with using it... She like many spent some time researching and trying out different easels and found this to be to her liking.

Staff Product Review - Monterey Multi-Angle Studio Easel

"I absolutely love the Monterey Easel! Before I bought my easel, it took too much time to set up a proper painting area in my studio. With the Monterey, I can have instant access to my work, leaving more time to paint and less time spent setting up.The main reason I bought the Monterey is because it easily adjusts to many different angles, even for someone short like myself.
I can use it horizontally to prime or varnish canvas, vertically for drip techniques, or any angle in between. This easel is very sturdy and I know it will last a lifetime."See Monterey Easel Now
Caroline King, Artist & Graphic Designer

If you do not already own the Monterey Easel go ahead and give it a try and let us know your comments and experiences with it, as well as any other product we carry. We are always open to suggesstions, comments or concerns and we listen to our customers.

We anticipate adding in more staff reviews with our sales and on the prodcuts we carry. We will have to gather them all up, once we do that be on the look out on our website.

Have A Great Day!
All your friends at Jerry's Artarama

May
12
2010

Venus to Olympia: An Art Timeline by Heather Goldstein

 

Titian. Venus of Urbino. C. 1538 Oil on Canvas

One of the most highly acclaimed Italian painters of the Renaissance, Titian, is well known for his beautiful portrait of a reclining nude, Venus, for the duke of Urbino. Titians mastery of color and ability to please his patrons gave him great success in his practice as an artist. This particular painting has been a hot topic of discussion among art historians for many years and continues to have numerous interpretations. Aside from the title, there are a number of clues in this painting that suggest it is a portrait of Venus. The maids in the background and bedroom setting suggest high status and domestication. The red flowers in her hand represent love. The white sheet she lays on represents purity. And the dog curled up at the foot of the bed represents fidelity.

However, there is more to this painting than a beautiful image of Venus. Images such as this were popular in the Renaissance's sophisticated court circles where men could enjoy these images under the guise of appreciating classical mythology. Venus of Urbino lends itself to this interpretation through its sexualized and provocative nature, not usually associated with Venus. For one, her relaxed, seductive pose and coy tilting of the head is inviting to the viewer. There is also a dark curtain behind her dividing the canvas and leading the eye to her hand, which is strategically placed to cover herself.

This is one interpretation of this work and as we study we always learn more.


Edouard Manet. Olympia. 1863. Oil on Canvas

The French painter, Manet, sometimes referred to as the father of modernism, was definitely ahead of his time and liked to stir things up in the art world. Titian's Venus of Urbino inspired one of his most famous paintings, Olympia. However, the interpretation of this image caused quite a stir when it was presented at the 1865 Salon. For one, the technique used was extremely avant-garde for the traditional smoothly modeled taste of the academic French Salons. Olympia is painted mostly as an outline with very abrupt changes in color and a more raw, unfinished, preliminary appearance.

More shocking at the time, however, was the implication that Olympia was a prostitute. Unlike Titian's Venus coy look, Olympia stares confidently with confrontation at the viewer. Instead of a loyal dog at her feet, there is a cat with its back arched. There is also an African-Caribbean woman with flowers instead of the maids. At that time, painting black women was another sexualized reference. But of course, Manet took the compositional cues from Titian as well, such as the curtain leading to her hand that covers her, but in a more assertive way than Venus' relaxed pose.

Olympia was displayed in the last gallery over the door. After awful reviews from art critics, people attended to see this "offensive" piece of art.

Some effects on contemporary art...

Wafaa Bilal. Midwest Olympia. 2005 Photography.

This is the artist's interpretation of Olympia as a woman of today.

Yasumasa Morimura. Olympia. 1999. Photography.

Morimura is known for his appropriated images of Western art. He uses himself and costume, painting, cosmetics, and computer manipulation.

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