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!