Sunday, January 31, 2010 Brown

well, deviantart is an awesome website i use to find inspiration and promote my own very humble work. its a great site to meet fellow artists, learn from tutorials and search for stock images, textures and brushes. You can also sell prints of your work, follow other artists' and ask questions on the sites forum.

Its a useful tool for most forms of art from poetry to digital fantasy art.

I love that it houses such a massive diversity of both amateur and professional artists. It has a very useful search engine that can help greatly with finding reference photos and just generally inspiring art.

Right now I'm very interested in this style of multi-medium pieces but mostly intrigued by the very different styles of art in Mistur-Heather's gallery.

Paper - Emily Ritter

It is amazing how many different types of paper are out in the world. What is even more amazing is what you can turn into paper. Last semester on this blog, a student posted a link to This website is incredible, and I have stumbled upon some amazing and interesting things. For example, fruit and vegetable paper.

That would be fun to print on.

-Emily Ritter

Tom Huck's Possum Promenade

Well, though tardy with my entry I feel that late is still better than never.

Tom Huck's Bloody Bucket series contrasts with his 14 Days in August series. I see much more use of high contrast and extensive use of white lines in the August prints. Over all he incorporates a lot of movement in his complex pieces. I chose to focus on the Bloody Bucket print titled Possum Promenade.
Within this detailed composition Huck has mastered the use of line, implied line, shape, pattern and value to achieve movement, flow, texture and dimensionality. The small figures behind the table with their hat brims all in a zigzag line define the top background. Contrasting the light brick wall with the solid black floor adds further dimension and a foundation for overlapped objects and figures. Huck makes use of repeated lines, patterns and gesturing forms to help move the viewer's eye through his composition. I particularly noted the dotted headband in conjunction with the mouth on the central dark broom. More repetition is evidenced by the ess shaped contours of many shapes, specifically possum tail on the left and the smoke across the woman's back. This smoke shape is also mirrored, in a way, by her garter. Strong straight lines of broom handles and table help define depth and areas of the print. Yet they are controlled through careful positioning of body parts so the eye can't easily escape the composition. The faces are well defined with fat cheeks and evocative expressions. Value is used effectively to portray texture as well as definition and dimension. I could go on and on but won't.

Margaret Raymond

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Abstract Works of Art

I don't usually do abstract work because I feel like abstract work is somewhat...not real art. The way some artists make it, doesn't seem like real art. It almost seems like they can make anything and get away with it. I thought this until I saw works of art, that were abstract, in the Ulrich building. There are abstract works that actually are appealing to me and seem quite interesting because I like designs that look complex. And at first I thought they were just designs until I read information on some of them and they were abstract pieces. But my opinion still stands due to the fact that some artists do abstract pieces because they can't do much else and they believe that any old thing can become a work of art no matter what it is.

Lee Jones

Antonio Jorge Goncalves

I came across this website while stumbling. I thought this was an orginal idea, but also a little creepy. He went to 10 major cities and just drew people in the different subway stations. It is intersting to see the differences as he traveled from city to city...

For those who do not no what stumbling is, it is a button that can be installed and configured to your specific interests. It is pretty sweet, but can be a huge time waster.

Justin Miller

Printmaking in Mexico

I always admire the criticism that Mexican artists apply to their work. For example, they target what is wrong with the government or the nation. The use of sarcasm on some of their works impacts the viewer, and it causes to acknowledge problems that sometimes people are afraid to notice.

Here is an article about how art started to develop in Mexico.

-Victor Villanueva


I'm pretty heavy into surrealism, so this guy happens to be one of my favorite artists.

Check it out. Sorry the site is in Polish, the English version just wasn't loading.

- Salem

Philip Burke

Philip Burke is one of my favorite artist. I saw his works at the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. All of his works I've ever seen there are musicians. He also paints portrait paintings of celebrities and New Yorkers. The portrait his paintings are abstructive, but by painting those people's characteristic stronger we can recgnize who they are quickly. That his style is what I like his works. You can see many of his paintings on this web site.

Ichie Kawasumi

women artists

Hi- I too love Max Ernst. The Dadas are some of my favorite artists, but the 20th cent. and beyond is such a diverse, colorful, and interesting art era. I really like learning about women artists who are lesser known throughout history as well. A good information warehouse for women artists is . One of my favorite POP ART artists is Marisol (Escobar) who's created many painted/sculpted wood portraits of famous and fictitious people. In the 1960's she installed a work, COCKTAIL PARTY, which depicted several female stereotypes from the era with humor and at times, biting wit. Like many artists, I think she was ahead of her time. ann

Ernst Ernst Ernst

Max Ernst has been one of my favorite artists since I read "Dada and Surrealism A&I" a few years back. He was one of the founders of the short lived Cologne, Germany Dada group.
He was also a key artist in Surrealism.

check his stuff out

Herschel Logan

I was recently in the old Carnegie Library building downtown and on display were 2 Herschel Logan prints. I really loved the contrasting black/white in the prints. Logan was a charter member of the Prairie Printmakers and specialized in woodcuts. His woodcuts have a linear quality that give the carvings dimension. Typically, Logan's prints depicted everyday life in small town Kansas. He produced almost all of his prints during the 1920's & 1930's. Then, he basically gave up printmaking all together. The Spencer Museum of Art at KU have a few Logan prints, if you want to check them out:

Sarah Bastian

articles and artwork

There is some interesting articles and artwork to look at this website:

Brooke Gluszek


This is an artist that I grew up around. His name is Wade Hampton, but sometimes goes by Wade Hate. As one of my dad's close friends, he was my first contact with art outside of the museum and commercial settings and a few of his works have always had a place in our home. You can even spot me in one of his films. What I like is that he dabbles in a little bit of everything rather than limiting himself to one form. He's quite accomplished. He's done the shocker logo, a design for the riverfest, paintings, audio, films and more. This is his site:

Paris Mairs

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

C.A.V.E. GALLERY in Venice, CA.

Hello All, During Monika's Printmaking class last semester I came across an artist: Patrick Gannon. He created his works from paper and is able to achieve some visually fantasitc compositions. I'm thrilled to see an artist use a known medium in a different and excititng way, while still retaining their artistic value.

While I was studying his work I found out (too late) that he had a gallery showing at the C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA. But while I was on their site ( I also checked out their past exhibits and ran across a few other artist's work I found both interesting and compelling. One of these artists was Anthony Clarkson, whose site is titled: Grim WonderLand. A fitting name for the types of paintings he creates. All I can say about his work is WOW! You should check his site out for yourself, especially if you're interested in painting ( I also suggest browsing the C.A.V.E.'s past artists for yourself, your bound to find a few you can connect with and be inspired by.
Left: Anthony Clarkson
Right: Patrick Gannon
I'm looking forward to this Printmaking class and can't wait to see everyone's work. I hope that you found my post interesting and perhaps even found a new artist to follow/excite you.
__Later--Jason R.--__

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some Amazing Talent from the Middle East

100 Artworks from the Top 20 Designers in The Middle East and Africa

I was recently looking for tutorials on digital art and stumbled across these amazing artists from the middle east. I was struck by the diversity in both subject matter and techniques used. While some of them look like an old fashioned fliers in flat colors, others are done with vector programs merging photos with digital elements and some are stunning displays of realism in real and digital mediums. I would suggest you all take a moment and scroll through this awesome website and see what strikes your fancy; i hope it inspires you like it did me!

Thanks for looking!

Katie Brown