Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

The Plastic Tree!

November 12, 2018

Trees-PlasticHere is the final installment of my summer art acquisitions.  This one was discovered at the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which generally falls on the first weekend of August.   This piece (which measures 13″ x 16″) is not actually a “painting.”  Rather, it is a mixed-media creation using plastic bags.  The title: untitled [I’m going to call it “Plastic Tree”), the artist: Mary O’Neill, the medium: plastic.  The unique thing about Mary’s plart (plastic art), is that she uses “post-consumer” materials.  Plastic is everywhere these days and this artist is able to create masterpieces using fused plastic (bags and other packaging ironed together).  Personally, I never realized that there were so many different colors to the plastic bags that we acquire through the course of our existence.  Pretty amazing.

Reed Reflection!

October 8, 2018

Reed ReflectionHere is the second (of four) original works of art that I was able to acquire while on vacation this past summer.  I always enjoy the art culture in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  I acquire this one at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair (which is always held on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College).  The title: Untitled [but I’m calling it Reed Reflection], the artist: Marina Kontorina, the medium: watercolor.  I’m not yet sure where I will hang this exquisite piece [it’s huge — 32-1/2″ x 37″] but I will manage to find room for it on one of my already full walls . . . some creative rehanging may have to occur to achieve this.  Alas, the challenges of the insatiable appetite of an art collector.

Abstract Expressionism!

September 25, 2018

Happy Birthday Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, aka Mark Rothko!  Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent whose paintings fell into the realm of abstract expressionism (along with other notable artists of the time: Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning).  I have to admit, every time I discovered one of Mark Rothko’s paintings in the galleries I visited I would contemplate that it was something that I could have created (obviously not).  I failed to understand his genius but he has certainly attained critical acclaim.  Check out some of his works here.

Good Harbor Trail!

September 13, 2018

Good Harbor TrailThis year proved to to have great timing for allowing me to attend more than one art fair while on vacation.  The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is always held on the last weekend of July (on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College) followed by the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which is generally the first weekend of August.  For whatever reason, I rarely am able to attend both events.  Needless to say, I made the most of my opportunities and purchased several new works of art for my collection.  Pictured here, Good Harbor Trail (measures 21″ x 25″), an original oil painting by Rebecca Deneau, was the first piece to tug at my heart at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair . . . I purchased two additional pieces at Crooked Tree and then one additional work when I attended the Sutton’s Bay event the following weekend.   Ah, the joys of retail therapy.

 

Cross Stitch!

August 12, 2018

NeedlepointI recently acquired a beautiful cross stitch piece done by a co-worker (thank you Karl).  It represents the opening line of a poem by the same title by Emily Dickinson.  I can’t wait to get this framed and on the wall!  Here is the entire poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)

Artistic Oxymoronica!

August 7, 2018

Artistic creativity is closely linked to dreaming.  Here are a few artistic oxymoronica that exemplify this sentiment.

“I do more painting when I’m not painting.”  (Andrew Wyeth)

“I shut my eyes in order to see.”  (Paul Gauguin)

“First I dream my painting, then I paint my dream.”  (Vincent van Gogh)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Bradford Pear Blossoms!

July 29, 2018

BarlettPearBack in May, the library was having a silent auction as a fundraiser for the entertainment committee.  I found this wonderful photograph by a co-worker (thank you Donna) and bid enough to take it home with me.  The title: Bradford Pear Blossoms, the photographer: Donna Graham.    It came fully framed and ready to just go up on the wall.  Easy peezey, lemon squeezy.  It is truly a pleasure to work with some really talented and artistic people.

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair!

July 28, 2018

CTAC_logoIt is the last Saturday of July which means that it is time for the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.  In its 58th year, this juried art fair brings together more than 100 artists from all over the country to exhibit their works which includes the following media: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Graphics, Leather, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber, Wood, Metal, Glass, Photography, Pottery, and Mixed Media.  The fair runs from 9 AM until 4 PM today.

I have been fortunate to acquire a great many works from this art fair over the years and I am anticipating the treasures that I will discover this year.  Fabulous Michigan artists that I have collected from this particular event include: Katie Chichester Mester, Deborah Hoover, and John Fletcher, to name a few.

My Favorite “Kiss!”

July 14, 2018

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have long been a fan of the artist Gustav Klimpt, who was born on this date in 1862.  Happy Birthday Gustav!  Here is my favorite works by this artist.  The Kiss, painted between 1907-1908, is considered Klimpt’s most popular work and currently hangs in the  Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, Austria.

Another one of my favorite Klimpt paintings is The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I which was featured in the 2015 movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, which told the tale of how the painting, stolen by the Nazis in 1941, was eventually returned to the family after a lengthy court battle.

Fire and Ice!

July 12, 2018

Fire and IceA couple of months ago, while attending the Oklahoma Library Association’s Annual Conference, I entered a raffle for a work of art . . . and won!  The title of this piece: “Fire and Ice” (from the House of Voodoo Series), the artist: Rudy Ellis, the medium: enhanced digital photography.  This was a rather large piece (24″ x 36″) that required some creative “shuffling” of paintings hanging in my bedroom.  Alas, the challenges of an art collector who is rapidly running out of wall space.  But, I always manage to find a way to get new acquisitions up on the wall (so far).  Rudy has been a professional artist for over 35 years from Ardmore, Oklahoma. His creative foci are in enhanced digital photography, photography, painting, illustration and design.   I always enjoy discovering new talent.  My apologies for the “flash” in the middle of the picture; I have not yet mastered the photographing of art behind glass — I either get a reflection off of the glass, or the flash.  Alas.