This week was pretty intense... trying to learn new tools, facilities on my computer... all day, every day... I felt as if I was wearing my "L" plates. I kept crashing into problems. BUT there was no instructor sitting next to me... I was in the driver's seat on my lonesome getting headaches and scratching my head!
So... having located the CD-disc and bits that came with the camera I tried to download photos Friday. Tried .... and tried! Did other things in between attempts. The Royal Wedding was unfolding so I ducked into the Living room to distract myself with some serious right-Royal Pagentry, sublime choral singing and the delicious heart-shaped scones my mother had gone to the trouble of baking for the occasion.
Then ... my mood lightened somewhat I came back to try and fathom this camera download issue.
No Photos yet ... instead ... having just cleared my in-tray of saved links found via Twitter these painting blogs were among the finds ... in no particular order:
(fundamental) PAINTING is a "catalogue of essential painting (and a bit of opinion)" from someone in London. The most recent post features artist Damien Flood whose work is shown below.
"At first glance the most striking thing about Damien Flood’s recent paintings (and the theme that connects them,) is a feeling of other-worldliness. Much of the imagery has something of the sci-fi about it; bleak unpopulated environments (land, space and sky); unclear and often ominous. They are depictions of curious places that don’t throw up conclusive answers." Read more.
STUDIO CRITICAL: A behind the scenes approach to contemporary Painting is a relatively new blog but provides studio images as well where possible. Here's a post on artist Ky Anderson whom I posted on early last year... Read the brief interview there.
|Sewn, 22'' x 22'', acrylic and ink on paper, 2011|
THE BONE DRY BLOGSPOT : This one contains images from artists ranging from the likes of 'BALTHUS"
|Adolf Woelfi ( 1864-1930)|
|Emily Noelle Lambert|
To Lecompte ... no text... simply paintings posted with artist's name.
PAINTTUBE .... read about this blog here
- established by a research group of staff and post grad students at the national College of Art and Design in Dublin.
here.An article by Raphael Rubenstein entitled Provisional Painting from Art in America 5/4/09 explores unfinishedness in contemporary painting practice. Read it
Posted by Robert Armstrong
Posted by Robert Armstrong
PAINT CLUB: not a blog, but a website link for a newly established research network for staff and research students at the University of the Arts London.
|Paula Kane - Studio wall|
on a bit of a tangent... (you know I like tangents)
At Paint Club I found my way to the blog of the Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design ... to this post which caught my eye!
We are excited to announce First Time Out, a new collaboration across five London art institutes – the Horniman Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Wellcome Collection, coordinated by Caterina Albano at Artakt, Central Saint Martins.
Each organization was asked to select one previously unseen artefact from their archives and display it for the first time. After six weeks each object moves around to a different institution and is displayed with a new label, written by the curatorial team at its host venue, allowing millions of visitors across the five institutions to see how different experts interpret the same object.
First Time Out runs until 21 August 2011.
VISUAL INVENTORY blog
a long list of artists and their images to trawl through...
I found artist Elizabeth Heppell on twitter but had found her blog before that.
She posts her own work as below... and features many different painters as well. Her blogroll lists many painter blogs as well.
|Margaret Neill "Scout" 2010 oil on canvas 36x40|
Neil's work is featured in Heppell's latest post.From Heppell to
Drooel.com - Contemporary painting from around the web ... where I noted Ryan Humphrey's 'Lost in the Woods'
Ryan Humphrey‘s “Lost in the Woods“.
And as its getting late now...I'll close with the blog of Lorraine Glessner which I found my way to some months ago and liked the diversity of painters she posts ... a visit to this blog is an invitation to open one's mind to perhaps some of the possibilities to be found in one's studio that are being overlooked... to think again about new departures, fresh seeing. There's something about trawling through the trail of visual explorations ...coming across the unexpected or simply appreciating the unique seeing, interpreting and ways people work with visual elements to bring such a cornucopia of offerings to life.
phlip-phlop, 2001, enamel on wood, 60x48, wake the town, 2001, enamel on wood, 48x36, i have overeaten my snack, 1997, enamel on wood, 48x40, gong jr, 1999, enamel on wood, 60x48
bold form, delicate pattern, vibrant color....see more here.
Timeline of Seemingly Unrelated Events II, 2010, Encaustic, Oil, Charcoal, Graphite,
Pastel on Wood, 24 x 48, Everything Is Happening All The Time, I, 2010,
Encaustic and Oil on Wood, 12 x 12, Timeline of Seemingly Unrelated Events I, 2010,
Encaustic, Oil, Charcoal, Graphite, Pastel on Wood, 24 x 48
bold, sensitive marks...see more here.
This post could go on and on linking excellent blogs with diverse styles of painting to view and muse on. Don't know about you...but its not always the work I find really comfortable or strongly appealing that speaks to me... or arrests my attention.
At different times, in different moods, I will look at things very differently... and it's for this reason I relish the multiple pathways avialable to us for investigation.
What are your thought on this?
As for me... its late... good night!