You can see the entire series on his site, as well as other really lovely sets of photographs.
It being summertime, I had a couple of young helpers with me. It was pretty hot and humid, and the nice folks at Cup and Saucer kept us hydrated with loads of ice water.
My daughter put fresh tape on my tags while my son handed me the hammer and checked to see if the paintings were straight.
He also took most of these pictures. This one of me was his idea, and I’m glad that he took it!
My show will be up through July and probably a few days into August. Cup and Saucer Cafe is at 3000 NE Killingsworth. They are open 8-3 on the weekdays and 8-4 on weekends.]]>
I first saw images from his Hidden Landscape series on Pinterest.
Hidden Landscapes is an ongoing exploratory project concerned with deconstructing and rearranging the natural form and texture of the traditional landscape to create compositions both familiar and otherworldly whilst drawing attention to lines and details that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Chris also has a similar series called Astral Planes.
Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, all collages created using collated images from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Pretty neat stuff!]]>
To get the best look at them go to her website. There you can use the mouse to hover over the pieces and see them in greater detail.
Just look at the light on that one. Wow! I wish I could see this in person. The canvases are so big, I can just imagine spending so much time exploring each piece. I encourage you to go take some time and immerse yourself in her work!]]>
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Coincidentally, Society6 is running a free shipping promo right now. I don’t control these, so I try to let you know when they do them.
To activate the free shipping, you need to get to my Society6 page through this link: http://society6.com/LesleyAtlanskyArt?promo=14ee24. This promo expires 5/11 at midnight PST.
To recap: free shipping at my Etsy store if you want an original painting, good for the entire month of May. Free shipping at my Society6 shop if you want a print or clock or ipad case or something equally odd, good through 5/11.]]>
It looks really nice (if I do say so myself). I always seem to hang my art after an artist that does huge, boldly painted canvases. It makes it tough for me to visualize my stuff hanging in the same space, it feels like it is to small and subtle. But after I got going I realized it was going to fit the space nicely!
Case Study on NE Sandy is open 7am-5pm everyday. Please drop by and check it out this month!]]>
The idea for the piece first made its way into my mind when I heard the song Ghost In You by the Psychedelic Furs. It is a song I love, and I hadn’t heard it in a while. I heard the line stars come down in you and visualized a multitude of stars cascading through the dark.
Soon after that we watched Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. There is a part in the movie where they are in the belly of a giant monster, and the walls of its stomach were quite beautiful. The painting started to come together a bit in my head.
The final tipping point was watching the first episode of the relaunched tv show Cosmos. The images were so beautiful and it gave me the final push to make something out of the nonsense floating around in my head.
The first thing I did was put some light washes of color down. I was picturing the monster from Percy Jackson, so my intention was to put down some color, block over that color with masking fluid, and then paint darker colors around it.
I didn’t really have a plan for the dot/star pattern. I figured it didn’t matter, if I didn’t like it I could wait for the masking fluid to dry and then peel it off and start again!
After I done with the masking fluid I was ready to paint over the rest of the paper. This painting is 16″x20″, which is a larger size than I usually paint. My sort of “sweet spot” for painting is 11″x14″, but sometimes I just really want to do something bigger! Then I struggle with coverage and wish I had bigger paint brushes and swear off larger paintings for a while. I think the hard part is that I rely on manipulating the wet paint, and if the area I need to cover is too large some parts dry before I can mess with them.
Of course, by “messing with them” I mean slapping down wax paper on the wet paint and letting it dry. The areas where there are some funky shaped chunks of color are spots that have already been wax papered.
I did this for a while - laying down paint, laying down wax paper, letting it dry. After a few sessions I got really impatient, so I decided to just squeeze out paint directly from the tube onto the paper. That got me some results!
Now we are getting somewhere. I dropped some white into the areas that had the heaviest amounts of wet paint, and let them flow around on their own a bit.
Once I was satisfied, I peeled off the masking fluid. The photo below shows a before and after of that step. I was disappointed with how light the paper was underneath the fluid. It almost looked like I hadn’t painted it at all.
I gently washed some color over the stars. In doing so it picked up some of the paint from the surrounded areas and washed that over the stars as well. With just a little manipulation I ended up with a painting I was really satisfied with.
I’m going to cut a mat today and get it ready for my show at Case Study Coffee next month.
The original is available on Etsy, prints and things at RedBubble and Society6.
If you have any questions about this painting or my process, ask away!]]>
Finished this monster. 11″x14″ pieces are my sweet spot, but every once in a while I get the urge to make something bigger, and it is more difficult to get the coverage and effects I can so easily create on a smaller piece. I’ m thrilled it all came together!
The original is on Etsy!
Prints can be found on RedBubble!
Prints and other odds and ends can be found on Society6! Check it out, you can even get it on a clock:
How gorgeous is that?!
His landscapes of the American Southwest are just stunning. He has some more straightforward pieces, but these angular ones really draw my attention. They remind me a lot of the works of Lawren Harris:
I think these also are so striking to me because I used to visit my grandparents in Arizona as a kid, first in Bullhead City and later in Kingman. It was dry, brown, and boring as hell. My favorite thing to do was look at their piles of Arizona Highways magazines. In there I saw the Arizona I never found, and it was beautiful.
Here is a lovely 5 minute video on Ed Mell. I think the thing that strikes me the most is the painting he is working on. It looks like he just started in the middle! Kills me.
Am has a great studio called EarthArt Clayworks out at the McMenamin’s Edgefield, where you can watch her create and buy some of her unique and wonderful clay pieces.
Isn’t this custom stein great?!