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Friday, February 12, 2016

Bits and Pieces for the second week of February


In the past year I have become quite enamored with florals and still lifes and I continue to try to become more loose with them, as that is the look I like. One of the artists whose work I have recently discovered is Annie Gonzales O'Brien. I love the way she combines collage and paint in her floral still lifes. I recently purchased a book by her called Bold Expressive Painting. The above painting I just finished combines her collage style with some experiments I had done previously using alcohol inks. I like the way this one turned out,



I just finished reading this book about walking the Camino. I've always been fascinated by pilgrimages and have read several books about the Camino and about going on such a walk. I have a blog friend who will be walking the Camino in April with several friends. I am looking forward to traveling vicariously along with her.


Martin Luther King: serigraph by Byron L. Smith. "Black American Artists envisioning social change" is an exhibit that is currently at the Museum of Art and Archaeology (I mentioned in the last post which hosts a book club). The exhibit is very small as this is not a large museum, but I discovered some wonderful artists that I was not familiar with:



Elizabeth Catlett: Linoleum cut "Sharecropper". I adore woodcuts and I think this is just wonderful.
Other artists in the exhibit are Faith Ringgold (most of us know her work), Romare Bearden (fabulous color!) and Jacob Lawrence. Wonderful discoveries for me!


Romare Bearden--LOVE this!!


It's cold and snowy here this week-yesterday morning it looked like we might get some accumulation, but it didn't amount to much--but it is cold--my back does not like it!


And one more floral after the dreary winter scene. Have a good week and please take the time to leave me a comment even if it is just to say "hi"!

12 comments:

Arlene said...

I love your colorful florals especially that first one with the alcohol inks. Very lovely.

Denise J. Phillips said...

I always enjoy your lovely works, but your florals are always my favourite :) Great post! Have a good weekend!!

Marilou said...

Janet I love your floral!

Edzellinni aka Linda Edkins Wyatt said...

Janet, I especially love your color usage and placement on those florals!

Barbara Casillas said...

So many wonderful things to comment on in your post. First, you are so good at checking out artists and trying new things. The best way to learn. I especially loved the composition and color combos in the second floral. The swirling pattern in Elizabeth Catlett's linoleum cut reminded me of Van Gogh. And yes, Romare Bearden's piece, amazing. Finally, we would love a little winter weather here in LA. Although beautiful, it's been 88 degrees.

joanna said...

Wonderful paintings Janet! The floral one is lovely and colorful!

Happy Valentine's day <3

Artistcellar said...

I love your still lifes, the dimensionality (is that a word?) is beautiful. And the colors! You do color SO well!

Annette said...

Loving your experimenting and just a great assortment of art today. The colors are always great and just sing, hugs and keep warm. xoxoxo

Pia Rom said...

What a lovely post Janet! Love your stillifes alot! And Hape is such a fun guy and his book is hillarious ;) Love the woodcut too and the colorful work of Romare is eyecatching and worth more studywork I guess! Collage always is fun for me!! ♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

Lee Hynes said...

Those lovely bright flowers are just the thing to brighten a dreary day!

Carol said...

There is always something educational(not to say beautiful) in your posts.

Monica said...

This was a good post janet and I like all the pictures. Checking to see why i can comment to you and not to Lorena or Lee. Think it has to do with this box and the way it is set up!