Franz Marc

In 1906, Marc traveled with his elder brother Paul, a Byzantine expert, to Saloniki, Mount Athos, and various other Greek locations. A few years later in 1910, Marc developed an important friendship with the artist August Macke.

In 1911 Marc founded the Der Blaue Reiter journal, which became the center of an artist circle with Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, and others who decided to split off from the Neue Künstlervereinigung (New artist’s association) movement.

Marc showed several of his works in the first Der Blaue Reiter exhibition at the Thannhauser Galleries in Munich between December 1911 and January 1912. The apex of the German expressionist movement, the exhibit also showed in Berlin, Köln, Hagen, and Frankfurt. In 1912, Marc met Robert Delaunay, whose use of color and futurist method was a major influence on Marc’s work. Fascinated by futurism and cubism, Marc created art increasingly stark and abstract in nature.


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Ain’t Nothin’ I Love More Than a Good Composition

Things and Stuff about Things

(except maybe cheese)

You know when your eye is moving around a piece and everything feels fresh and natural? That’s called lookin’ at good art. I love it when artists play with composition, give your eyes a tour through the piece.  Give them some positive and negative space to focus and rest in. And while I appreciate pieces that are detailed and completely covered in a manic sort of way, I LOVE simple, beautiful pieces of work with room for my eyes to breathe in.  And that’s just what photographer Maurizio Strippoli provides.  A good sense of composition is essential for any photographer, but in Maurizios photos space plays center stage instead of subject. They feel breathy, light, and refreshing as he frames ordinary objects in a spectacular way.


ahhh god that last one is so good!

See Maurizios website here.

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Painting update!


First, here is the Fairy painting in the frame:

I made the frame out of corner molding, and have had a lot of “fun” actually getting this thing into the frame.  Third attempt is in progress now, as I write.  While the glue dries on that, I’ll relate the annoying tale.  I made the frame just a little too big.  Something about cutting the pieces with the miter box, and getting them the length I measured, eludes me.  I can make the top and bottom, and the sides the same length without a problem, but it tends to come out too big once I get the painting in.  I had the same trouble with the frame I made for this painting.  Anyway, I liked the size because the opening was exactly the perfect size to not cover up any of the painting.  I paint seriously all the way out…

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13 Fantastic Female Comics Creators of 2011

Edited to Add: Jezebel has picked up this post and republished – check it out!

Last year I did two massive posts about the 20 best female comics creators of 2010.  I thought about revisiting that list this year, but I felt a lot of those ladies still belong on that list and I wanted to make sure to feature new creators.  So instead I decided to add to it, with 13 new ladies who did great work in 2011 that I’d like to recognize.  So, without further ado, here are 13 fantastic female creators in comics that you should be watching, reading, and supporting.

Please, before filling up the comments with women you think are missing, make sure to check out 2010’s list which includes: Kate Beaton, Rebekah Isaacs, Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, Jill Thompson, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Kathryn Immonen, Emily Carrol, Amanda Connner, Hope Larson…

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Sadly, Helen has left us

Another Thousand Words

Helen Frankenthaler, US abstract expressionist, dies

US abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler has died aged 83 after a long illness, her nephew has said.

Clifford Ross told the Associated Press that his aunt passed away on Tuesday at her home in Darien, in the US state of Connecticut.

She burst on to the art scene in 1952 with Mountains and Sea, a large-scale canvas.

The postwar colourist, whose career spanned six decades, was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2002.

Born in 1928 to a wealthy Manhattan family, her father was a New York State Supreme Court judge and her mother a German immigrant.


Frankenthaler was a leading light of the “soak-stain” technique that involves applying thinned oil paint to unprimed canvas, creating a watercolour effect.

Her style is credited with having helped American art make the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting.

More here…


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A Synesthesists Delight

Art Murmurs

I’m loving this Chromatic Typewriter created by artist Tyree Callahan! He modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by replacing the ink pads with color paint pads, and swapped out letters for coinciding color markings. Pure genius! He has entered this piece into the 2012 West Prize competition (Vote) where anyone can go and vote for their favorite.



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It’s a pleasant change from the previous typewriter art of old where letters, numbers, and punctuation lend themselves isn’t it? Quite honestly, whether it functioned or not, he had me at color… beautiful in execution, composition, and function. You can’t go wrong with color or vintage.



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