Painting: Container


So Friday, patternsthatconnect posted The Painting as Container, with instructions on how he did it, like a painter’s internet meme.  I thought the idea was so cool I did one myself:

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From patternsthatconnect:

The Rules:

  1. With diluted paint lay a light ground and leave to dry
  2. Pour paint of similar colour onto the ground and spread it by pushing with a brush from  the centre towards the edges of the canvas. Allow a shape to form, rather than delineating an outline. Then leave to dry.
  3. Pour other similar colours (in pairs of the same colour)  onto the new shape or secondary ground, again allowing them to form their own shapes, but not allowing them to spread beyond the boundaries of the secondary ground.
  4. Around the edge add a ‘frame’ of four different colours, one for each edge, one colour being the same as one in the painting and the…

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Destroyer Of All Things Mechanized And Further On news

#45 – Tuesday January 24th

September 19I never make preliminary drawings for my paintings. An occasional week or two of quickly executed works on paper, and regardless of the media involved, I think of these “one a days” (as I affectionately call them) as mechanisms to loosen the joints, a brisk wind to clear away the cobwebs, rather than starting points for new paintings.

In my family, I was known as the destroyer of all things mechanized, expertly disassembling any properly functioning mechanical device and promptly turning it into a mass of random pieces, then assembling the remnants into who knows what. Less functional than originally intended for sure, but fashioned into objects I thought profoundly more interesting. And to this day I still take apart and put back together, and it’s these objects constructed from parts, scraps, and the detritus collected during my adventures, that beget the paintings, and within…

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a statement piece, every room needs one


A statement piece is the object that all design in a room or quite possibly an entire thought of architecture can be derived and developed from. These paintings by Sharon Cummings are truly beautiful pieces of work and I can see a brilliant room inspired from each of them. Her work is bold, and passionate yet modern, tasteful and not over-powering.

If you are having trouble giving your room life you can do what I do and find one item you love. Like a painting or beautiful piece of art, something you see and you think about after if you don’t purchase it or if you do purchase it on the spot, you are extremely excited to show everyone. This is a statement piece. It doesn’t have to be dramatic to everyone in the room, it has to be dramatic to you. It’s your home.

So, if you love it…

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New Surreal Sketches

The Illustrators Journal

sketch by Lon Levin I’ve been toying around with some freeform sketching. i have to admit some of the artists I’ve written about have influenced me and so I thought why not do something spontaneous, somnething where I have no idea what I’m drawing or how I’m going to draw it. This is the first of a few sketches I’ve done. Please write me if you have suggestions or comments. I welcome them. Or better yet draw your own freeform and send it to me.

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Abstraction 3

The Optimism of Color

This photo abstracts fragments of Canadian Transfer, a massive ocean-going freighter that serves Hamilton’s steel industry. It is part of the Industrial Re-Evolution exhibition at the Museum of Steam and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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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