Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tapped Out

This is a photograph on wood panel with encaustic and oil paint.  An engineering company nearby was looking for some art with an industrial feel to it.  This is a small image (8x8) but I plan on creating some larger pieces.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Inspired By Rauschenberg

The composition of this painting was inspired by a small 4x4" collage of my own. The instructor in a class I was taking suggested we take a look at Robert Rauschenberg's art and I was intrigued by his use of small rectangles of colour across some of his paintings and his rough, messy style so I decided to incorporate that idea into this piece.

Sometimes I chastise myself for trying too many different materials and styles of art.  The truth is that I have an addiction to art supplies and playing with new things and it's really hard to settle on one medium.  Apparently that's a no-no from a collector's point of view, but hey, it worked for Rauschenberg.  Nevertheless, I do believe my unique voice is starting to emerge in my art.  When I look at my art there is almost always a merging of organic elements with more rigid shapes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's New? My Favourite Art Podcasts

What's new? Well, I've been painting a lot but not blogging much (feel guilty about it too).  I have discovered quite a few bits of information lately that I'd like to share though.

For those of you who don't know, I run and I bike and I have a long commute to my day job.  Rather than listen to music during those activities I listen to my favourite podcasts that I download from iTunes. Here are a few:

My most recent discovery is "Artists Helping Artists" from Blog Talk Radio and hosts Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry.  This is an amazing podcast!  It's very focused on the business of art and has a tremendous amount of information. Keep a notebook handy! You can listen to the live show or download from iTunes.

This link will list all the art-related shows:

A few other favourites:

Art & Soul radio on Blog talk Radio.
Artistically Speaking on Blog Talk Radio.

CraftSanity with Jennifer Haywood, although she seems to have stopped podcasting since she started her own magazine. Although her podcast is geared toward knitting and sewing and quilting, I feel like we're kindred spirits in a way. You can still listen to all her older shows.

CraftCast is geared toward jewellery-making but she has interesting interviews.