Stumbled upon a very nice blog – Illustrated Life by a Jeanette Jobson. It’s a wonderful collection of many styles, media, and subjects paired with great writing. And she does something that I don’t think I was aware of before – gyotaku, fish printing.
Roses in the Snow, iced watercolour, 9 x 12
Can’t decide what I like more – Wendy’s polished colored pencil or expressive stroke work in pastel. Would love to see either of the two in person, but it is a long haul from here to New Mexico.
Wendy Blackwell – fine art pastels and art in colored pencil
Love her style. Make sure to check other ink links on the left menu – much ink goodness there.
Ink drawings by Brett Manning
The Fox's Den. By Brett Manning. Ink
I am partial to black and white photography in general, and can drop everything to go see more of it when it’s really good. Ragnar Axelsson’s photographs easily fit into the “really good” category. So many wonderful photos!
Someone mentioned Ragnar’s work to me and shared a link to his gallery. It turned out to be a whole world of images like no others. Just look at these stunning photographs!
Sadly, the web site had almost no information on the photographer himself, and it took some googling to learn about the man behind the camera:
PhotoBards.com – interview with Ragnar Axelsson
Showcase: Black and Very White
We went to the Stone Griffin Gallery in Campbell to see what Julie Kitzenberger had there. I really like her photography. Apparently, the gallery moved across the street since last time we were there and is now a much smaller place. It’s a bit crowded too, with a stack (or stacks?) of paintings by the right wall. Julie’s photos on canvases were placed nicely and prominently on a separate panel in the middle of the room. Good for her! My favorites from the gallery:
Another artist whose work caught my attention was Don Dahlke – a series of open windows with fretted tropical tree shadows. His paintings have a convincing three-dimensional quality, to the point that I wanted to look inside the windows and see what’s hiding there. And then there were shadows that looked like they were about to move in a gentle breeze. Very nice effect:
In the front window, there were several really tiny canvases on miniature black wooden easels. They were maybe 3″ x 5″; I don’t remember the name of the artist. Those canvases got me thinking: would it be possible to draw on a primed canvas with colored pencils? If the canvas is small, it probably would not sag under the pressure… Need to try that.
Two blogs by colored pencil artist Leslie Hawes I ran into today: Leslie’s Drawing A Day for her daily art for sale and Leslie’s Art Blog where she posts step by steps for her small lovely pieces. Real pleasure to browse through both.
Leslie Hawes – Carrickfergus, 4.5 x 6.5, Derwent Artists colored pencils on dark taupe colored Alphamat
Today was a gallery day. We went to see the Absolute Abstraction show at the Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos. I anticipated seeing Jane Ferguson’s acrylics which of course were awesome but was surprised to see that Floy Zittin created an abstract too, ant it was a very unusual one with tree branches growing from nowhere. I love Floy’s new pieces done on canvas, they have a wonderful touch of magic to them; not a fantasy art, just something a little different than traditional realism. It’s still watercolor, but it looks so different on canvas, its amazing.
The rest of the gallery was just as much pleasure to see as the featured exhibit: Terri Ford’s glowing pastels, Jean Prophet’s pottery, Berni Jahnke’s watercolors (she had portraits of old people on display, and shared their stories with me and Slava), Diana Jaye’s colorful oils, Kathleen Alexander’s graceful flowers and exotic fruit (at least I think that green thing was a fruit, I loved it more than flowers, and it looked great in watercolor), and so much more. It seems that every time we visit this gallery it becomes better and better.
We stopped at Gallery 9 too, since it is located on the next street. Nice to see what Belinda Lima and Rajani Balaram have there, and I don’t remember if I saw Kiyoco Michot’s ceramics before but those bowls that resemble fruit split in half are very beautiful.
To add to the pleasure of taking in art, it was pouring outside. Such a wonderfully quiet, rainy day!
Artist at Heart is an oil pastel blog that shows oil pastel sketches by Yusuke Katsurada. Very nice work.
My son’s knit cap
Since oil pastel is my newly found favorite medium (going back to it after an almost 6 year break), the title of Tanya’s blog caught my attention. She works primarily in oil pastel, but her acrylic and colored pencil works are just as delightful.
Tanya’s Charming Critters – oil pastel paintings
Patricia the rat drinking baileys on a quiet night out
Coloured pencil on black card, 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO)