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The Optimism of Color

I painted this while listening to Leonard Cohen during an art residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

 About the Optimism of Color Blog

For 365 days, I am posting a photo or piece of art that I have created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color. Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art after a near death experience.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

All photos © Linda Joyce Ott, 2012
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Art of the Week: “Sweetness of Life”



Everything is but the perception in which we choose to see.  Life can be beautiful or life can be painful, it really is your choice.  The black lines subtly behind the enlivened colors represents chains: chains that can bind you and keep you down, feeling trapped by circumstance, person, place, emotion – whatever the illusioned imprisonment may be.  The swirling colors represent the beauty and possibilities that are floating and emerging for anyone to see when they choose to move beyond limitations.

For reproductions and pricing, please go to: Saatchi Online Gallery – Kelly Lynn Kimball

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The Time Machine

Kathleen Hendrick

Those of you who are younger will not remember an old, old show called The Time Machine.  Those around my age may remember it.  There was a black and white vortex that was somehow used to travel through time.  It’s so long ago that I don’t really remember the much about the show, but this design reminded me of it.  It is the start of a new two page spread in my altered book.  I haven’t decided where to go next or whether I will actually keep going.  I don’t need to decide that now.  I just like the colors, the shape, and the way that one starts at the bottom of the page and the other starts at the top.  I am easily amused! 🙂

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In a World of Pure Imagination: Takashi Iwasaki

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The work of Canadian artist Takashi Iwasaki  creates a bright and candy colored world, full of shapes that may seem incongruous, but are creating tableaus representing, for the artist, either completely imaginary worlds or the world he sees every day, as he sees it in shape and color.

Though the composition  may have meaning to the artist, he purposefully keeps the titles vague ( they are a combination of fragments several languages and sounds based on themes or elements in each work ), so that the viewer may drawn his own conclusion as to what is being seen.

Although the bright tones are decidedly cheery and the shapes often whimsical, it could be easy to interpret these with a dark sensibility.  They are at times alien-like and the Sputnik-ish motifs along with the clean aesthetic lead me to often see a kind of mid-century extraterrestrial sort of world.  One…

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