Friday, October 27, 2006


Strong Sky, 2006, Oil on Panel, 12x12

A few new (to me anyway, some have been around for awhile) blogs have captured my attention lately. Supposedly I have been so busy for the last few months that everything besides painting and a few kid related activities fell by the wayside, but the truth is that I did manage to keep up with blog reading and I continued to find blogs that interested me.

A few were blogs that I had seen previously and hadn't taken to for whatever reason. Art and Perception is one that I had bookmarked months ago but I didn't really visit it very often. All of a sudden though, the topics and conversations there intrigued me and I have been enjoying reading it daily. Karl has kindly invited me to write an entry and now that my schedule is easing up a bit I may do that. Well, if I can think of a good topic-they cover a lot of territory over there!

Neil Hollingsworth is another artist whose blog I had occasionally looked at, and now I am checking it daily to see his new work. I really wanted to buy this painting, but the price went up and beyond my current art buying budget, good for him! Normally, I don't collect work that is so realistic, but Neil's work has really grabbed me and I do hope to be able to buy one of his pieces at some point. I did, however, recently buy a painting by another daily painter, Peter Yesis. I saw this on his blog one day and knew it was for me. I love the color, the graphic quality and just the whole feel of the scene. I tracked it on ebay, won the auction and Peter shipped it to me along with a very nice thank you note. I am very happy to have it in my collection of art. Peter does a great job of showing his painting process on his blog also, which I find fascinating.

June Parrish Cookson recently began a blog and has become active in reading and commenting here and on other blogs so many of you may be familiar with her already. I think her work is very interesting and evocative and there is also a distinctive regionalist feel about them which is something that I really connect with. I like her paintings of houses and this one especially gets me. She also writes very eloquently about her art and her life.

This is another daily painter whose blog I just found and I love her work and her attitude. Karin Jurick does these wonderful paintings of everything; people, street scenes, still life, landscapes. She is very skilled and her paintings have a wonderful intimacy about them. Something I aspire to. I love her sense of color as well and Karin also seems to be incredibly productive, showing hundreds of images on her blog and website. This painting is my favorite, and I can totally relate to her story about it being too fussy and wiping off a sign and other details.

Feel free to post links to art-related blogs that have been inspiring you lately!


Peter Yesis said...

Tracy- Thank you for the kind words. Your blog was one of the first that I started to follow earlier this year after hearing the words artist and blog in the same sentence. Your writing is always enjoyable and your work often so inspirational. It is a real pleasure to be in the same blog universe with such a fine artist.

Tracy said...

You are welcome Peter and thank you for the very kind comments. This art blog universe is turning into one big lovefest, huh:-)

Anonymous said...

ohhh thank you Tracey for some new blogs to get addicted to! I don't know of any that you don't have already but if I find some new good ones I'll let you know.

Johnnie Scoutten said...

I am captivated by your art. Just wonderful.

I am supposed to be painting and need to step away from the computer

amber said...

thank you for those Tracy Great to see other good artist work

Tracy said...

Lauren, glad they were new to you! Sometimes blogland can be a small world.

Hi Johnnie, thanks so much for the kind words. I have issues with sitting at the computer far too much as well! I checked out your site and am amazed and impressed by the wide variety of your work.

You are welcome, June!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Hey Tracy - Thank you for including me in your current entry on newly discovered artists. My discovery of you was real find. With the advent of the artist blog, I've found that I've become a link junkie. A wonderful additction.

yanook said...


Wow works are great!

Keep up the nice vision.


Tracy said...

Thanks Neil and Yanook for the compliments.

I, too am enjoying this whole blog thing. It is so nice to find new art everyday if I want to, though I do have to be careful not to overdo the computer time!