Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Black [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

Happy Halloween! Go pick up some treats tonight at TAG. The gallery will be open until 8pm.

Link up your "BLACK" images here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

FAR/NEAR: The Solace of Beautiful Places [Guest Post by Carole Garland]

FAR/NEAR is a landscape series of oil paintings, a departure from my previous shows of Los Angeles urbanscapes at TAG Gallery.
Carole Garland, The Oak Grove, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48" 
I thought it might be a bit lame to show landscape paintings, but I figured I already had a couple of good large paintings of the local Santa Monica Mountains, I have a history of painting on site en plein air at the local beaches and canyons, and why not?
 I've always loved the great outdoors. I find peace, tranquility and a sense of higher purpose in nature.
Carole Garland, The Receding Tide, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60"
After my visit to Patagonia in South America and my travels through Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean Fjords I figured I'd go even lamer and paint from my travels. The archipelago is breathtaking: small, remote islands spreading out forever off the coast of Chile, then glimpses of glaciers in the distance, mountains and stormy skies with endless changeable moods.
Carole Garland, Perito Moreno Glacier, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
The two paintings, Archipelago and Perito Moreno Glacier, were an attempt to recall the feelings of that place, the remoteness and isolation, and to explore the solace of empty places.

I started both paintings using rags rather than brushes. I rubbed thin layers of paint on the canvas with the idea of creating transparent layers of color, both seen and unseen.
Carole Garland, The Archipelago, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Carole is having an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 7, 5-8pm
She will also be part of an Artists' Talk at TAG Saturday, November 14, 3pm.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Coming Exhibition: Carole Garland, Carol Kleinman, Ernie Marjoram

Tues. October 27th - Sat. November 21st, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7th, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, November 14th, 3 p.m.

Carol Garland
Carole Garland, The Archipelago, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
In her most recent series of land and seascapes, entitled FAR/NEAR, painter Carole Garland poetically portrays the solace found in the world’s most majestic places. From the lonesome glaciers of the Chilean archipelago, to the languor of the broad Mississippi, and the intimate woodlands of the Santa Monica Mountains, Garland beautifully captures the sentiment felt within the wilderness of locations around the globe.

Whether urban or rural, land or sea, a strong sense of atmosphere, mood, and emotion resonate through Garland’s work. As these images are a depiction of her explorations, Garland concurrently experiments with new painting methods, utilizing a palette knife to achieve impasto and layering techniques to create transparency. Playing between thick and thin application, Garland allows the paint to flow across her canvases, creating abstract forms that morph into recognizable shapes found within the far and near.

Carol Kleinman
Once Upon a Mannequin...

Carol Kleinman, Watching Them Watching Us, Single exposure photograph on canvas, 23 x 20"
Once Upon A Mannequin… explores the intersection of fantasy and reality through a series of unique photographs of reflections on store windows. With these single exposures taken in Paris, New York and L.A., Carol Kleinman examines the "lives" of mannequins, transforming inanimate objects into dynamic creatures that challenge our imagination. Do they have the capacity to think, to dream? Are we watching them… or are they watching us?

Kleinman’s work, printed on canvas, reveals realities most people do not normally notice. She says “A great deal of the impact of my work stems from the fact that my images actually existed at a specific time and place and are not creations or manipulations. Nothing I do is set up or manufactured. My goal is to offer these slices of life as a catalyst from which the viewer can go on a journey and hopefully explore deeper personal emotions.”

Ernie Marjoram
Ernie Marjoram, Bayou, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48"
Los Angeles artist Ernie Marjoram presents recent paintings of architectural subjects in an exhibition October 27th to November 21st. In cinematic compositions of sharp lines and large shapes, Marjoram seeks to document his personal vision of the ways human beings modify their environment in order to physically survive and spiritually prosper. Subject matter ranges from mysterious megalithic structures on the isolated plains of Ireland to the grand cathedrals of worship in Europe.

Influenced by the artist Edward Hopper, Ernie seeks the real and the true in depicting the built environment using dark earthy tones or bright vibrant hues to evoke emotional themes of desolation, decay, and danger, or elegance, sophistication, and grandeur. Dramatic lighting and shadow are used to further enhance the mood and allow the viewer to provide their own narrative content.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Wisteria [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

You know the drill: Add links to your WISTERIA hued art here.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Dandelion Yellow [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

Any dandelions still growing in your lawn?

DANDELION YELLOW is this week's color inspiration.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Copper [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

This week's color is COPPER, one of Crayola's older metallic colors.

Do you have an image with copper in it, or a piece made from copper?
Link and tell!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Donn Delson

Donn Delson, Celestial Motion, Giclee Archival Print, Limited Edition of 15, 40x40"
My show is about stillness and motion.
Some of the images reflect the quiet stillness of a distant galaxy, or deserted desert road.
Donn Delson, Running in Tandem, Giclee Archival Print, Limited Edition of 15, 22x50"
Donn Delson, Daydreaming, Alumininum Archival Print, Limited Edition of 15, 26x38"
Some reflect the kinetic energy of motion captured in a moving car, or a rock, inexplicably traveling across a barren, cracked desert floor.
Donn Delson, Night at the Racetrack, Giclee Archival Print, Limited Edition of 15, 34x26 
There is an interesting symmetry I find between the two. While on the one hand, I'm drawn to visuals that, in an overstimulated world, evoke a sense of timelessness and tranquility, and give the viewer's eye a chance to rest for a few moments, undisturbed. I'm also drawn to the energy of motion, how it enters and leaves a space, and the relationship between the static, and dynamic elements in that space, in the moment, and over time. I don't find these to be mutually exclusive, but rather complementary, along a continuum.
Donn Delson, Storm Troopers, Giclee Archival Print, Limited Edition of 15, 34x46"
Donn's exibition Stillness/Motion, will be on view at TAG  through Saturday October 24th.

Want to know how he created some of these images?
Attend the Artist Talk on Saturday, October 17th, 3pm
or leave Donn a question here in the comments.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Della Rollé's "Laughter Heals Life" Step By Step

Della Rolle, Laughter Heals Life, Stainless steel, 28.5 x 12.5 x 12.5"
I have always loved sculpting the human form. Bronze, terra cotta, acrylic, wood and stainless steel all create beautiful surfaces on the figure. I am enjoying laser cut metals and wood for some of my figures more recently. On Laughter Heals Life, the words welded into the figure are: Laughter Heals Life (on the front of the piece) and Life is Uncertain so Eat Dessert First (on the back).

Here is how I made this piece:
I first drew the figure, and then sculpted the figure in floral foam.
Next I selected the sayings, the font, and the laser cut letters for my sculpture.
Then I started the welding process where every letter had to be carefully molded over the floral foam before welding.
Then I had the welding marks removed by coating the piece in stainless steel with a finish process called electro polishing.
I completed the piece by mounting it on a beautiful rotating marble base. 
The surfaces and contours of the piece reflect light and the words on the piece will hopefully make you smile!

This piece can be currently seen in Della's exhibition at TAG Gallery through October 24.  
There is an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 3 from 5-8 pm, 
and an Artists Talk on Saturday, October 17 at 3 pm.

Have any questions for Della?
Leave them here in the comments.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Wild Blue Yonder [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

What the heck is THIS color? That wasn't in MY Crayola box in the sixties!
It kinda looks like the old Steel Blue, if that's any help.

With a name like that, perhaps it will entice you landscape artists to link.


Go shoot a photo, hunt for art, create something new with WILD BLUE YONDER.
Link and tell!

Current Group Loft Exhibition: GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

The TAG artists were asked to submit work that went with the title "Girls, Girls, Girls".
Here is how TAG's loft now looks:
[click on image to see bigger] 
It's the first time that the loft space has been hung with a cohesive theme.
Come see it in person through October 24.

Artists' Reception tomorrow, Saturday October 3, 5-8pm