Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Modern, abstract and contemporary art -- what's the difference?

The other night I attended a gathering at our gallery and was asked the following question:  "What is the difference between Contemporary Art; Modern Art and Abstract Art?"  I knew that abstract art was basically art that separates itself from reality and which really took on some movement when Jackson Pollock came onto the abstract expressionism scene.  Abstract art is a style of painting and not a classification of an art period since we are still creating abstract paintings today. 

Modern art started around 1870 by Impressionists like Claude Monet who was recognized as one of the first modern artists.  He stood out from his classical peers by experimenting with new ways of seeing, expressing new ideas and methods of painting.  Technically the modern art movement ended around the 1960's and 70's when the term "postmodern" started to be used and pop art became the new thing (ie Andy Warhol). 

As for contemporary art -- it's here with us right now.  It's art that's being created in our lifetime or in the current moment -- no matter what the style is.  Anime, digitally-altered art, graffiti, collage, encaustic, mixed-media are just a few of the art movements that surround us today and would fall under the contemporary art label.

Will we always use the word "contemporary" to describe the artwork being created in the present moment?  Probably not as we'll surely find another term that will signify an end of the contemporary period and the beginning of a newer one.  But for now I hope this will answer the question.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

City Lights -- Daily Painting for March 14, 2010

"City Lights"
18" x 24"
Acrylic/Mixed-Media on 1.5" Canvas

There is lots of texture, deep blended colors and flecks of gold on this painting. I finished it with a glossy coat of UV protective varnish for added protection. The little white dots you may see are actually reflections from the varnish and not white specks on the painting.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A New Look for Spring!

I decided to brighten up my blog a bit and change the background from black to white.  Let me know what you think -- my hopes are it's brighter and easier to read.  I also added a link to my Etsy shop along with the link for the Daily Painter's blog.  It's been a crazy week learning about widgets, gadgets, pixels, .tifs and .jpegs.  I know the internet is the "wave of the future" and my previous ways of marketing are so outdated but it's not always easy to teach an old dog new tricks.  It's a learning experience, to say the least!

"A City Celebrates" -- March 7, 2010 Daily Painting

"A City Celebrates"
Acrylic, charcoal & pastels abstract on paper
8" x 8"
- SOLD -

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Daily Painters Abstract Gallery -- "Sedona"

- SOLD -

Here's my first offering for the Daily Painters Abstract Gallery -- it's called "Sedona" and is a 12" x 12" x 1.5" stretched canvas acrylic painting that was inspired by a beautiful hike I took in the Boynton Canyon last year. This painting has been signed on the front and back and is available for sale.   For more information regarding purchasing this painting ($150 plus shipping) please email me at:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For....

.....because it just may happen!!  And actually I'm beyond thrilled about this latest wish-come-true.....I've just been juried in to The Daily Painters for Abstract Artists!!  I've been lurking on the Daily Painter sites for the past few years and they've never ever ever had openings for new artists.  So today my Art Angel Fairy Godmother smiled upon me and put me in touch with Kimberly Conrad , fellow abstract artist and founder of who juried me straight into the lineup.  So what exactly does that mean?  It means my musings about doing daily paintings earlier this year are coming true and now I'm actually going to do it.  In reality not everybody posts every single day.  The rules ask that you post at least 3x a week and preferably more often.  So -- check out the new widget (another new thing I learned about today) on the side of this posting and click on the site to see what other talented artists I'm going to be showing with!  The other thing is the postings will show up on my blog so if getting regular alerts stating I've got new work up on my site bugs the juice out of you, then let me know and I'll see if I can take you off the list.  Otherwise--keep an eye out for new works coming soon.....I'm trying to figure all this computer stuff out tonight or tomorrow so I can start posting right away!