Frida Kahlo

Hi Everyone! I know Frida is a well known artist but I wanted to talk about her a little bit for several reasons. One of them was my goal to highlight some hispanic artists for this month since it is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Another reason I want to talk about her is because she ended up inspiring one of my recent projects for my painting class. For one of our assignments we had to create a self-portrait based of ourselves on the self-portrait of a famous artist. I looked through a lot of artists, and by that I mean it took me hours to decide. Then again thats nothing new for me but still.

I finally took a look at some of Frida’s work and something just sparked. Don’t get me wrong I had seen her work before but this time I just felt a deeper connection and I really wanted to create something based off of her work.I really love the symbolism she uses within her paintings, I feel like they are very telling of how she felt at the time. A lot of the time I really wish I could get inside the artist’s head when I see a piece I really like. Sometimes its not that simple but I felt that the majority of her paintings give us some insight about her as a person.

This aspect really attracted me to her paintings because she painted what she felt. I’m almostdone with my painting and I like how it’s turning out so far so I’m really glad I chose her! I just wanted to make this post to share what’s been inspiring me lately. The couple paintings I’m posting in this blog are the main ones that inspired my painting. I haven’t decided whether or not to post a picture of the painting or not when I finish it but I guess we’ll cross that bridge once we get to it. See you guys next time!

Sylvia Ji

Hey Everyone! I have to say I really love social media sites, especially when you have friends who like to post artwork! One of my friends on Facebook posted a picture of a painting by Sylvia Ji and I knew I had to check out her work asap. One thing I really love, especially around this time of year is sugar skull art. I dont’ know there’s just something about them that really attract me to them. I love the bright colors and all the different design variations people create around these.

I actually made a sugar skull myself once, I think it was in high school, and it was one of my favorite projects ever. I was really happy with the way it came out but since it didn’t dry all the way through, I used some sort of paper mache I think, it got moldy and I had to toss it. I checked out her website and I have to say I love her use of color! These paintings are very vivid and would stop you in your tracks if you were passing by. I also like how she sticks to one color within her paintings besides black and white.

For some of her paintings she uses variations of a color like red throughout the majority of the painting. Its an interesting aspect that I like to maybe try in my own art because I feel like it works so well.  The details and shading are also really beautiful. Some of these paintings include lace and the attention to detail is really amazing. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m taking a painting class so I’m totally blown away by all of the artists I’ve been talkingabout on this blog. She also does some beautiful victorian inspired paintings that I really like as well. I’m so glad my friend posted that one photo because I really love these paintings. I love art that includes a lot of bright and vivid colors so this was up my alley! I hope you guys liked this, till next time!

Pssttt! Click on the photos to visit her website! Or Click here: http://www.sylviaji.com/paintings-2012

Is that Blood?

I have to admit that I never saw this coming. I never would have thought an artist could be so passionate to use their own

blood as paint. Yep, that’s right, blood. Vincent Castiglia is a really amazing artist who has a real personal connection with his art. Not only was the article I found about him interesting but I think it fits in with my Halloween/Fall theme goal pretty darn well!

This method of painting does seem kind of strange at first but I feel like the more I thought about it I kind of get why he does this. I think that this is one of the ultimate ways creating a unique bond between the artist and the art. The use of his blood makes these paintings such a larger part of him and who he is. I know that a lot of people might be on the fence about this but I see it as more of an artistic decision than this being something creepy or weird. That being said in no way would I EVER do this. Needles and I do not mix, it just doesn’t work and I don’t think it ever will. No way would I do that multiple times willingly!

Anyways enough about me and my fear of needles. His artwork is still amazing and the blood just gives it a little extra umph! I feel like it extends his feelings about his art and adds an interesting aspect to it. In a way the use of blood is appropriate because of the subject of his art. He paints a lot of decaying and bloody bodies so it relates to his work. It’s not like he’s drawing a happy clown in blood, the blood relates to the art.

I’ve found that his art is just very interesting to look at regardless about how you feel about the blood. His work is very intriguing and draws you in. Another thing I found really amazing was the details in his work. Blood usually dries pretty fast so I think it’s really incredible how much detail you can get out of it. You can check out the article below and I’ll also include a link to his website so you can check out his work there. As always I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you guys again soon!

Yahoo article: http://news.yahoo.com/using-own-blood-york-artist-paints-resurrection-exhibit-063504135.html

Artist’s website: http://vincentcastigliaart.com/

 

I Can’t Put My Finger On it…

I recently saw something very interesting photographs on Yahoo and I have to say they’re really

creative. The artist, Dito Von Tease, uses his fingers as inspiration for portraits. From Ronald McDonald to Frida Kahlo he’s done it all and has really succeeded in capturing the likeness of his subjects. As I young kid I remember doing the little fingerprint doodles in art class so when I saw this it really blew me away. I found these really fun to look at and figure out who these people were, even though he does a such a great job there isn’t much need for guessing. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really look for ways to involve my body within my art. I feel like this is a really unique idea and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

Anyways I thought these were really cute and creative so I wanted to share them with you. Some of my favorites are Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, and Self Portrait 010(the Sherlock Holmes looking one). I know this post was kind of short but take it as a break from my longer posts! If you want to see the rest of the pictures you can check out the Yahoo slideshow here: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/dito-von-tease-artist-makes-slideshow/-photo-2520155-170800294.html

Creepy Painting Inspiration?

Hey Everyone,

Today’s post is kind of Halloween oriented in the way that I first got this idea from a horror/suspense movie. If you haven’t seen the movie Orphan I won’t spoil it for you! In the movie the orphan that is adopted by the family the movie centers around is a painter and is constantly painting throughout the movie. Towards about the end of the movie we find out that her paintings are not exactly what they seem to be. Over her original paintings she uses a glow in the dark paint to create a totally different painting that you can only see when the lights are all off. Let’s just say that these paintings are umm, much more interesting than the originals. Although these paintings turned out to be really creepy, check out the picture above, the idea of having another hidden painting really interested me. I thought that it’s a really cool idea once you think about it. You’d basically be creating two paintings in one, and I like the idea of having something hidden within the painting. I started doing a  little research on this and I found the video below explaining how to create your own glow in the dark paint! You can check that out here: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Glow-in-the-Dark-Paint .You’d still have to invest in the proper lighting but I still think this is really cool idea. I’m also including a the clip of the movie that reveals the hidden paintings, even though they’re really creepy. Also note that the music is not part of the movie but it was the best clip I could find. I know this post was a little different but I hope you guys liked it anyway!

Creative Mother, Sleeping Baby

Mami Koide isn’t your typical mother. When her daughter Nuno falls asleep she doesn’t take a break, she gets to work. I found this video on the front page of yahoo and I have to say that I’m really amazed at the creativity of Koide. While her daughter is sleeping she uses that as an opportunity to photograph her daughter and create a world around her out of everyday items! She uses things like shirts, blankets, socks and even vegetables to create scenes around her daughter that are just awesome. I’m really glad they have a video of this because it’s really nice to see Koide creating the scenes rather than just reading about her work. That being said check out the video below to see how she does it!

So what do you think? Cool right? I thought that this was a really creative idea and I love looking at these photos. I think my favorite might be the one where Nuno is riding on a dog sled (pictured here), I also get a kick out of the Santa one too! I hope you guys like this and it reminds you that inspiration is everywhere, you just have to find it!

Here is the link to the yahoo page: http://news.yahoo.com/video/creative-mother-turns-her-sleeping-193000577.html

Beautiful Brands!

Hi Everyone! I recently came across some really great artwork using brand names as inspiration. I found this through Pinterest, surprise, and I really like them. They’re really well done and are really beautiful. The designs have a floral pattern to all of them and they are a bit similar but the incorporation of color and the black splatters give them some individuality. I also really like how the kind of have an old/antique look to them. I like how some of the words such as Christian Dior are given a kind of old/faded feeling to it. Another thing I like is how the colors used kind of blend or clash together. You can see in some of the designs that the colors blend in certain parts and other times there is more of a dramatic change. The Alexander McQueen one is definitely one of my favorites, I love the red the Q! I also like the YSL one a lot too, I just love the colors in the piece. I liked all of these so much that I actually got some inspiration for a project I just recently finished for my graphic design class. Unfortunately the inspiration was a bit late, everything was due and handed in by the time I found this, but at least I have ideas for future projects! Better late than never I guess. These really inspired me and I definitely want to do some sketches soon! Unfortunately my right hand feels like it’s about to kick the bucket soon so it may have to wait a couple more days! Check out the link here:http://www.behance.net/gallery/Brands-in-Full-Bloom/4300265 to see larger versions. See you next time!

Let’s Be Realistic

Hi Everyone,I wanted to share something I saw on the front page of yahoo today that I think is really amazing. A slideshow was featured showing the drawings of artist Dirk Dzimirsky. The thing is these drawings don’t look like drawings at all, in fact I thought I was looking at a photograph. It always amazes me to see artwork like this, it’s just so realistic and doesn’t resemble a drawing at all. I’ll admit it, I’m not that great at drawing, in my opinion.

I especially have a hard time with portraits and faces, or really anything that involves a human being. Its something that I would really like to work on and get better at, so to see work like this really inspires me to practice more. After looking at the yahoo slide show I headed over to his website to check out some of his stuff. I found out not only does he do these drawings but he also teaches classes! How cool would it be to take one of those? Anyway his art is amazing, I especially like piece called Breath.

The hair is really beautifully done and I just love how the water looks against the skin. I think Black Sun really shows off the artist’s skills as well. The wrinkles and texture of the skin are really well done here. Hopefully you guys find this as inspiring as I do. You can check out the links below to see more if you want, see you next time!

Yahoo link:http://news.yahoo.com/photos/stunning-art-mimics-reality-slideshow/#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fstunning-art-mimics-reality-slideshow%252Fdirk-dzimirsky-photo-1348783489.html

Artist Website: http://www.dzimirsky.com/index.html

Yellena James!

Hi Guys! I know I’ve been doing a lot of posts about artists lately but I’ve been finding some really good ones and I don’t want to put them off. Don’t worry, I will be mixing thing up soon in case you’re getting a little bored. I have to say that I really like this artist and her style. Her attention to detail is really amazing. She has a lot going on in most of her pieces and she really creates a lot of detail in her work. Another thing I noticed is that she uses a lot of stringy/vein-like lines in her pieces which I really like. I love how her work is so complex yet simple. Like I said before she has a lot going on in her pieces but she uses very simple elements (like lines) to create a more complex piece. I think I was really drawn to her work because she does something that I often have a hard time creating in my own work. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop and my work gets a little too crazy and busy and it needs to be more balanced. I think one of the ways she is able to do this so effectively is by leaving her backgrounds somewhat plain. By plain I don’t mean a blank surface she definitely uses color throughout her pieces. But they are plain in the way that there aren’t any patterns or other elements on the background. She seems to only include detail in main elements of her pieces, like in the flowers she draws. So not only did I find another artist I really like but I also learned something too! You can check out her website here: http://yellena.com/newgallery/drawings/index.html and her blog here: http://yellena.com/blog/ Hopefully you guys enjoyed this and I’ll see you next time!

Eyvind Earle

I have another artist for you this week! This time I found a painter named Eyvind Earle and I really like his work. I found him by chance and I’m glad I did. I’m taking a painting class this semester so I was really glad I found him! What I mainly took a look at was his oil paintings and they’re really amazing in my opinion. I love how he used bright and dark colors in his paintings. It really makes certain elements of the painting pop. Also his blending and highlighting are amazing and give a beautiful three-dimensional quality to the paintings as well. The semester has just started and I’m still learning my way around paint and how to use it effectively so this really inspires me! I also really liked his serigraphs. If you’re not that familiar with them, like I was, they give a nice explanation on his website here: http://www.eyvindearle.com/Glossary.aspx#serigraph. My favorite one is called “Poppies”, I love the bright red against the dark background. I also like all the details included in the piece and I really like delicacy of the white branches. I’ve included some photos but if you want to see more you can click on the photos themselves or go to the website here: http://www.eyvindearle.com/Default.aspx.