Do you have a fascination for hybrid creatures? Personally, I like my dogs to have wings or my birds and fish to walk the earth on two legs. I enjoy painting children with leafy ears and women with fuzzy cat ones.
Maybe one day we, as a human race, will mutate and start growing animal features.
Italian artist, Francesco Sambo is giving us a preview of what we could look like and let me tell you, it is frightening. What do you think?
These animals are not looking cute and friendly anymore...
For a strange and mysterious reason I love to paint women with their eyes closed. Sleeping, dreaming, meditating.
The explanation might be that I like the characters of my paintings to be blissful, serene, and to have somewhat of a spiritual dimension. And we, consciously or not, know that the way to find peace and serenity is by going within.
The way to overcome fear is to find the power inside us by closing our eyes and finding our center. I am a huge believer in the power of meditation but let's face it, I can't bring myself to do it on a regular basis.
I must be too busy painting portraits of other women meditating...
I am planning to start collecting portraits of people with their eyes closed. I will post them here, kind of like a "sleeper of the week" image. Today I am posting some of mine.
Papercutting and silhouettes are back in style. It seems new and exciting again even if it still has an old fashion charm. What I like about it is the folk tale allure of it since I am a sucker for all things reminiscent of fairy tales and story books. My favorite paper artists are Elsa Mora and Andrea Dezso. Both of them are not only experts at creative paper cutting but browsing their respective websites will take your breath away by the amount of talent in any medium, working with paper being only a tiny part of their artistic pursuits.
One of the reasons I love Etsy is that selling your work there (or even shopping for that matter) is the best way I know to “stick it to the man”.
It means that you don’t have to wait until established galleries or major art dealers decide that your art is good enough to be shown, you can just show it and sell it yourself, and meet other art makers in the process.
You would be amazed at the amount of incredible artists you can find on Etsy.
One of them lives right up there in the coldest part of Finland called Lapland (and I had to double check this on my map) where they have their share of monsters and scary creatures, at least in the mind of Vladimir Stankovic.
His shop is called “Fairytales and Vampires” and his images are so beautiful I have a few of them on my Christmas list. Check it out:
As a little kid growing up in France I had little exposure to art or culture. I was however, without knowing it, already interested in drawing and painting. French television at this time had only 3 channels (I don’t think they have that many more today) and I remember clearly being shocked and intrigued when artist Roland Topor started showing his strange surrealist style in TV programs for adults and even for kids. I think it left on my mind a strong impression and influences my taste in art to this day. Roland Topor was a painter, an illustrator, a writer and a filmmaker and created the most bogus and fascinating kid’s program I have ever seen called “Telechat”. Here you can see his portrait and a sample of his illustrations:
There is not very much on the net about him but here are a couple of links. One a Facebook page and the other on Wikipedia.
My intention for today was to take a trip to old Hollywood to discover the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. I had heard the current exhibit, “Five Elements, One World” representing mainly Japanese artists, was a sight to see. I made it there and enjoyed the art but what really impressed me was a demonstration of a Japanese Tea Ceremony. They call it "Chanoyu" and it is an art form in itself. Tea is prepared and served following a slow and mindful ritual. It must also be done according to the 4 principles of Harmony with the universe, Respect, Purity and Tranquility. Tea was prepared, served and enjoyed with precise and mesmerizingly slow movements, each of them meaningful. This took me back twelve hundred years ago, before the maddening invention of multi-tasking.....
I discovered Maggie Taylor’s art only this morning and immediately fell under her spell. She uses photography, a computer and a scanner to compose haunting images with a surrealistic vision. Here is a sample of her work, you can see more of it on her very magical site.
"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint" -Edward Hopper
" An artist cannot talk about his art more than a plant can discuss horticulture" -Jean Cocteau
Have you ever been to an art exhibit and seen a mysterious, beautiful and clever piece of art? Wanting to know more about the intention of the artist you started reading the artist statement only to find yourself more puzzled and slightly put off by the overly sophisticated language, complicated sentences and annoyingly confusing paragraph?
My guess is that more often than not artists have no clue why they create the art they create.
They only know that they are naturally compelled to paint or draw or take pictures but trying to explain why seems completely unnatural. Check out this hilarious video, it clearly demonstrates what we are going through when writing the dreaded artist statement: