Thursday, March 20, 2014

Prairie Edge in Rapid City, SD

I recently visited the Badlands National Park and stopped by the Prairie Edge store in Rapid City, which features Native American art and crafts.


If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend a visit.  Of particular note to me was the fire art gallery on the top level:

Prairie Edge Hunt by Allen and Patty Eckman - Gorgeous and massive cast paper sculpture with astonishing detail.

Leon Basler - Fantasic abstract nature scene.  Really like some of the more absract works he has on his gallery too

Maya Eventov - Fascinating. It's not visible in this terrible photo, but there are globs of paint that are a good 1/4 - 1/2" thick that provide a 3d depth (look at this other work of hers to see this depth), yet it's striking the amount of movement in the painting, very much like how chaotically the wind would bend grass in a prairie.
Past, Present and Future by JoAnne Bird  - Acrylic, abstract paintings.

Blowing in the Wind by JoAnne Bird

Also the beadwork on the second level is impressive as well:



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Friday, June 21, 2013

Francoise Gamma

Francois Gamma has an aesthetic that is like a throwback to the less sophisticated, late 80's / early 90's computer 3d animation, but the lurid colors and patterns are still arresting:


[Via Mefi]

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hua Tunan

This video advertises Neocha's iPhone protective covers, which if it helps continue Neocha's coverage of Chinese artists, all the power to them. The time reversal is really gimmicky, but the art in it is rather intriguing. Particularly, the way Hua Tunan does his marker lines is very reminiscent of Chinese calligraphy.

 

More coverage of Hua Tunan's works are available here.

I particularly like his "Breaking the Stone" work, with the energy in the spatterings bringing to mind Jackson Pollack.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blog Title Images (Ver 4)

Just about the only creative outlet I have these days is the image atop my blogs and I thought I'd post a few variations and drafts and the images over the years.

Final - Ver 4
Here are the final images of version 4 that I currently have on now:








Variations nixed:

Blog Title Images (Ver 3)

Just about the only creative outlet I have these days is the image atop my blogs and I thought I'd post a few variations and drafts and the images over the years.

Final - Ver 3
Here are the final images of version 3 I had on my blog for some time:








And here are some of the draft variations I considered as well:

Didn't like the background photo, esp. with all of the stickers on the fruits.
I actually really liked this and had it up on my site for a little bit.
Thought this was a bit boring.
Thought it was difficult to read the title.
A bit dark.  What am I, a goth high schooler?
Actually loved the neon colors, but some of the text didn't come out as clear
with the image compression and it didn't gel with some of the other blog images.

Blog Title Images (Ver 2.5)

Just about the only creative outlet I have these days is the image atop my blogs and I thought I'd post a few variations and drafts and the images over the years.

Final - Ver 2.5
About halfway through Version 2.5, I ran out of creative juices to make cartoony images for the other three blogs.   I do still like the ones I did post though




Blog Title Images (Ver 2 + Ver 1)

Just about the only creative outlet I have these days is the image atop my blogs and I thought I'd post a few variations and drafts and the images over the years.

Final - Ver 2 
Here are the final images of version 2 I had on my blog for some time:







Variations considered:


Ver 1
The only image I could find of version 1


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Can you help identifying a sketch & a watercolor painting?

My wife and I recently bought two small pieces of artwork that we love, but cannot for the life of us decipher the signature on the pieces.  Can anyone help us identify the artists, so that we can find out more about them?

The first is a pencil sketch that we purchased in a random market in Bologna, Italy.   


The second is a watercolor (and ink) piece that we picked up in an antique shop in Atlanta.



Thanks in advance!