Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Very Fine Feathered Art of Kate MccGwire

Just found this wonderful artist who creates out of feathers. She also does controlled burns... to see more go to Eclectix.
Also, check out the home page while you're there and the new birdy arts featured this week. Tweet!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mark Ryden, "Pink Lincoln" Time Lapse Video

Mark Ryden sent me this cool link to another video of him painting his Pink Lincoln.
It is a time lapse video of the work as it progressed. Fun and campy soundtrack, Ryden's extensive Lincoln collection and a look at the construction of the fabulous carved and painted frame.
Click here to view.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Remembering Harvey Milk Today - A Birthday Art Gallery

Today is Harvey's birthday, I sure wish he was still around to grace our city... From the brave man himself- 
“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”
“The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, is true perversion...” 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

White Walls Group Exhibition, "New Territory"

The "New Territory" show included artists Akira Beard, Mark Warren Jacques, Robert Burden, Henry Gunderson, and Cheryl Molnar. I really enjoyed the works of two of them...
Akira Beard's works were mainly portrait based  sketchbook pages, refreshing in their gritty rawness. 
Mostly famous faces, some had political commentary and  loose smears of paint and graphite embellishments. 
Cheryl Molnar's arresting works took collage to another level, using scraps of toned and found paper she re-created landscapes and other scenes.. literally painting with paper.

The colors were brilliant and the overall geometrics of the pieces combined into wonderful painterly images.

White Walls Gallery -

Monday, May 10, 2010

R.I.P. Frank Frazetta, Fantasy and Science Fiction Artist Dies

The infamous Frazetta was best known for his paintings in comic books, westerns, science fiction and fantasy styles. He also did a multitude of album cover art and animation. I remember being blown away by his images as a young girl, especially his women. While being the usual sexy posers, they were also very muscular, strong and Amazonian. It was nice to see women with some normal chunk to them in sensual display. His figures were always executed with complete expertise and had a very defined yet supple, fleshy feel. In 2008, the cover illustration to the Burroughs paperback "Escape on Venus" sold at auction for $251,000. Frazetta retained the original Conan paintings, and long refused to part with them. In 2009, Frazetta's "Conan the Conqueror" painting was the first to be offered for sale, and was purchased by a private collector for $1 million. He apparently had a few strokes over the years and this was his last. He greatly influenced today's generation of artists and will be long remembered.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mama Bird Art for Mama's Day... The Best of the Nest

For all you moms and babes... guess that means everyone, we were all babes at some point! A quick look at some of the best nests of mother birds I could find out there in webland. Happy Mother's Day, Gurls! (Someday we WILL have an actual, real holiday in our honor...)
Above: "Mother Bird" via Green Hill Studio, Flicker

From Cloud9Design, via Etsy

From Patti Backer, via Patti Monkey

"Mom Watch Me", by Brent Ander

"Bird Fight", altered art , JoAnna Pierotti, via Moss Hill Studio

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"For The Birds" Art Exhibit, Thru May, EclectixOnline Volume 2

EclectixOnline features art exhibits, news, events calendar, blogs, art reviews, artist interviews, book and music links... This issue: A local look at a Mona Lisa out of jellybeans by Kristen Cumings, an interview with artist Dean Fleming, a feature on Nathan Ota's bird art, some birdy factoids and selected cultural tidbits.
"For The Birds"- A Web Only Art Exhibit - A group exhibition featuring bird themed and related art, some new, some not- but all are finely feathered pieces. For your spring inspiration... newbrow style.
The Artists: Chris Buzelli, Caia Koopman, Jim Mullan, Katie McCann, Rhett Podersoo, Isabel Samaras, John Howard, Amy Kollar Anderson, Derek McKindles, Ryan McJunkin, Nathan Ota, Christopher Register, Edith Lebeau, Audrey Canales, Ernst Haeckel, Amanda Lockwood, Jason Limon, Patrushka, Anne Faith Nicholls, Anthony Pontius, Dan Quintana,Leontine May Greenberg, Genevive Zacconi, Amber Alexander, Esao, Elizabeth Caffey, Michelle Waters, Betsy Barnum, Colette Calascione, Lisel Ashlock, Kyme Chan, Scott Musgrove, Laura Cesari,Caryn Drexl, Kmndz, Peter Tonningsen and more...