Late Summer Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration is found on a long trip, in a remarkable read, or by the words of a sensitive friend. Sometimes it is found at your feet, or in the air as you walk around your own yard.

August in Missouri has been very hot and humid. All too often I avoid the stifling heat of the summer by staying in the studio. Soon the weather will cool, and it will be a pleasure to be out having adventures with my camera and sketchbook.

Here are a few pictures I took taking a walk around my house, and then around the block.

What will you find today?

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FAC Artist Spotlight: Lisa Sisley-Blinn

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Foundry Art Centre Administrative Coordinator Jillian Schoettle. We talked about my current and past work, choice of mediums that support the work, my background and approach to teaching. Read it all here: http://www.foundryartcentre.org/blog/fac-artist-spotlight-lisa-sisley-blinn.

Excerpt:

Her fluidity between series and projects allows for her to approach pieces again as new concepts emerge.

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Article & Photographs by Jillian Schoettle. Thank you Jillian!

Online : Readings and Inspiration 8-24-2011

Like many, I use the Internet for information gathering, sourcing, and inspiration. I read news articles, find new art blogs, follow leads, and look at a lot of images. Here is a short list of what crossed my monitor this week.

Today my searches for information have centered around how to find support to sustain being an artist. This may take the form of grants and residencies, or advice on how to work with a gallery. Below are some of the most interesting sources I found this past week.

Resources

  • Alliance of Artists Communities
    Google Search Page Clip

    Even Google can help you if you have the time and endurance!

    “The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists’ communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work”

  • Res Artis
    “We are an association of over 300 centers and organizations in over 50 countries. Our members are dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people a time and place away from their every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.”
  • Creative Capital
    “Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Our pioneering approach combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for our grantees.”
  • CAA Opportunities (College Art Association). Nice long list.

What are your strategies for finding the best venues, competitions, and related artist opportunities? Post your ideas in a comment!

Online: Readings and Inspiration 8-17-2011

Like many, I use the Internet for information gathering, sourcing, and inspiration. I read news articles, find new art blogs, follow leads, and look at a lot of images. Here is a short list of what crossed my monitor this week.

Artist

Art Resources

Have a favorite web site, blog, video, or resource? Post it in a comment!

Online: Readings and Inspiration 7-19-2011

Like many, I use the Internet for information gathering, sourcing, and inspiration. I read news articles, find new art blogs, follow leads, and look at a lot of images. Here is a short list of what crossed my monitor this week.

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  • On ArtNet: “Cy Twombly: The Writing on the Wall” by Peter Plagens. Well written.

    “It’s difficult to make a calibrated and semi-nuanced case in favor of a prominent artist who’s just died. Opinions at that moment — and we have one here with the passing of Cy Twombly — tend to fall emphatically either in the direction of praise (Twombly was one of the greatest American artists of the post-World-War-II era) or bah-humbug (Twombly was a late-to-the-game Abstract Expressionist who tarted up comparatively vacuous paintings with references advertising his erudition). For me, the two extremes are both true, but in a way that leaves my estimation of Twombly not in the middle, but way over — albeit not all the way over — on the positive side.” Read more.

  • Soledad Salame: Works on Paper. Beautiful mixed media prints that combine various image making methods and painting.

    Atmosphere in Gold I,II,III, print

    Atmosphere in Gold I,II,III. Monoprint, Silkscreen, Solar Etching. 20.5

  • Brian Dettmer, had created an amazing library of sculptural altered books. Truly beautiful (no wax required)!
    Brian Dettmer: Remixed Mediavideo on Vimeo from Alfred Aponte

    The Volume Library, 2010, Altered Book, 11-1/4" x 10" x 7-1/4"

    The Volume Library, 2010, Altered Book, 11-1/4" x 10" x 7-1/4"

  • Flame Painter. A free web-based Java application for creating multi-tonal flame-like forms. View short YouTube video to learn about using various controls. Make a screen capture and use in other digital works. “Flame Painter Online application can be used for personal, non-commercial, or non-profit activities. If you would like to use the application for commercial or for-profit activities, purchase a full featured Flame Painter standalone version.”
  • Nicole Donnelly. Painter and sculptor. Subtle, transitional tones and shape. Ambiguous figure and ground.

    This Ship

    Yadir Quintana This Ship. Oil on Canvas

  • Yadir Quintana at Standpipe Gallery

    Yadir 2011 Gold and silver leaf, oil stick on panel 11" x 14"

    Yadir 2011 Gold and silver leaf, oil stick on panel 11" x 14"

  • Lenore Thomas, as shown at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, combines diverse materials and processes such as Xerox transfer, screenprint, acrylic, graphite on panel, intaglio, and wax.

    Passive-aggressive marshmallow, 2010 Screenprint, intaglio, acrylic, stencil, wax, graphite on panel 15 X 15 inches

    Passive-Aggressive Marshmallow, 2010 Screenprint, intaglio, acrylic, stencil, wax, graphite on panel 15 X 15 inches

Art Resources

  • Selling Your Work in New York Galleries: An Insider’s Story
    “Guest blogger Rhonda Schaller is an artist, gallerist, and the Assistant Director of Career Development at New York’s School of Visual Arts.”

    “So, this is what I have discovered in my research and in my life, about how the commercial art world works, at least for now. Is it for you? Lets dive in.

    • Setting career goals
    • Dealers vs. self-producing
    • How NOT to get a gallery
    • Steps to build your career”
  • USA Projects: Great art starts here.
    “Welcome to a new era in personal philanthropy. At USA Projects, you can discover the best artists in America and, by supporting their projects, help them transform their creative visions into reality. Browse the full list to find and fund the next amazing work of art — and the next.”
  • If you haven’t seen it yet, take the time to view the Encaustic Art Institute New Mexico  free online magazine.
    This is a beautiful magazine, easy to scroll through with lots of information. A great start for this endeavor!

    EAINM Magazine

    EAINM Magazine

    What are you reading and looking at today? Leave a link and a comment!