May
12
2010

Looking at art in Person by Valerie (Valry) Drake

 

Have you ever seen a Picasso in person? WOW! I saw one recently and was absolutely mesmerized. There is so much about it that you just do not see from books or online representations. For one thing there was SO MUCH texture! Some areas were almost smooth and others had a LOT of impasto. It gave a whole new aspect of depth to the painting. Another thing I noticed was that there were areas of canvas that had NO paint. Now I don't know about you, but I just do not have anywhere near that much confidence. If I have a piece of bare canvas showing through I figure I just have not done it right and I dive right back in there with my brush and muck around and, first thing I know, I have muddy edges. Not Picasso, he just left that little blank spot and didn't mess with it.

Then there was The Goldsmith by Rembrandt that I saw in Chicago. I had seen this work in a book or online or something so I recognized it but it absolutely stunned me. This thing is only a couple of inches tall! And it is absolutely exquisite - the detail, the expression, the pose – intimate and loving and a total story. I have done some miniatures, but I will NEVER achieve such perfection. It was humbling.

I sat in front of a Monet for who knows how long trying to absorb those colors and the shading. It is just totally impossible for any reproduction to accurately reproduce the richness of the original.

O'Keefe is amazing. Did you know that she did not mix her colors on the canvas? She planned it all out ahead of time, what colors and where and then she pre-mixed every shade before she started painting! The Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe has some of her preliminary drawings and I realized how much planning and care she put into her work before she ever got near the canvas. Such discipline!

If you are like me you do not have large, unoccupied chunks of time to visit the museums. A lot of my studying the old masters is done on-line in the middle of sleepless nights. But every time I go to a museum I learn so much about art, so much that I do not think could be learned in any other way.

p.s. - My museum kit now includes: a folding stool that is easy for me to carry (there is not always a seat in front of the painting that I want to spend time absorbing), my camera (with a no-flash option) and a tripod (without a flash there is no way I can hold it steady enough to get the shot), and a sketch pad and pencil for notes and quick sketches - or take-my-time sketches.
May
12
2010

G40 The Summit - The Great American Group Show by TMNK

 


I've just returned from the opening festivities for the group art exhibition created by Art Whino, called G40 The Summit. To conceive of an exhibition consisting of 5 floors, 75,000 square feet of space, and over 500 artists is quite an undertaking. To successfully plan, coordinate, and deliver said show is an awesome accomplishment, for which the Art Whino team should be extremely proud of themselves for. This weekend they wrote an important page into the journals of art history.

Honestly, I really didn't know what to expect. Like most artists, I was simply grateful for another opportunity to share my work with an audience, and to perhaps make a few sales to a new group of collectors. And given the size, magnitude and scope of G40, it was also an opportunity for me to challenge myself to create cohesive visual experience. The goal was to create a show within a show that was powerful, poignant, and stimulating. And so I painted, delivered, then hung and installed my offerings to this great American group exhibition. Then, as if a child performing in their first school production, I sang with the group, yet inside quietly waited for "my part," that brief moment where I would stand out, and my individual greatness would be recognized.

But G40 is not your typical group show, and there are literally five floors of great artists, performers, each with their own powerful and distinctive voice. And as I walked around, I began to understand what actors appreciate about being a member of a great ensemble cast. It truly is not about your own individual performance. It's about the opportunity to meet and work with other great artists whose talents you respect and admire. Artists like Aaron Martin, Remi, Joe Iurato, Kelly, Michael Owen, Sueworks, and HermLife, Kelly Castillo, Jophen Stein, and Jim Mahfood, just to name a few. It's the indescribable feeling you get when one of your peers shares that they admire your work, and wanted to meet you. I guess what I’m saying is, more than showing, it's growing new relationships.

I left humbled, honored to have my small voice included, blended in with the rest of this historic choir. G40 the Summit is not to be missed.

May
12
2010

March Artist of the Month - Babatola Oguntoyinbo

 

About Tola Jerry's Artist of the month for March 2010

Tola currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC. He grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina the son of Nigerian parents. He attended boarding school in the northeast, returning to the south to attend college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. In 2006 he graduated again from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master's degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as a Roy H. Park Fellow. He currently works as a social media consultant and software developer through his start-up, Sonecast.



Artist Statement

I love painting and the more I explore it, the more I've learned that art imitates life and life imitates art. The process of painting to me is fascinating. I've been learning that painting is as much about navigating my own internal dynamics as it is about any artistic ability I might have. One of the greatest challenges I encounter when painting is getting out of my own way and setting aside my own early expectations of what a piece needs to be. Time and time again I find that letting go is the key to successfully finishing a painting. It's the feeling of surprise and understanding that I get when a painting finally comes together that keeps me coming back and excited to continue working. The more I paint, the more I learn. I'm incredibly thankful for the lessons in conflict, fear, perseverance, growth, understanding, joy, happiness, strength, and confidence that have been part of the fabric of my experience as a painter. One of the most interesting things I've found as an artist is that no matter how ugly a piece gets as I'm working on it, with a little bit of faith (ok, sometimes a giant sea tanker full) and a willingness to keep going, it always ends up working out – almost without exception.

I hope you enjoy the work here as much as I have enjoyed creating it, painting is truly a labor of love for me in every sense of the word.











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