Monday, February 12

Art-Spotting l Richard Russell

I don't know since when collages have become a form of art in history, but the more i saw them, the more i'm charmed by the infinite possibilities of collages, which doen't mean it's any easier to make a real successful piece. But as far as the featured artist's works are concerned, the bolder & crazier, the BETTER. I enjoy (almost, to be honest) every single work I see in Mr. Russell's photostream, he makes me feel like he's an experienced space traveler b/w the ancient time and the future who gives his destination a brand new definition, or like Roger Federer's forehand - always capable of doing amazing magic out of the blue.
Artist: Richard Russell (Lucky Devil 7) l Profile
Residence: USA l Gallery
Must-See: 1 2 3
Note: Please do not reproduce artists' works without his/her permission in the first place.

Saturday, February 10

Bi-monthly Featured Artist: Ersi Samara

Forword
As Forrest Gump's mom said: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know if you're gonna like the one you pick. No matter how you get here and why you're reading this now, I must say thank you, and congratulate you as well 'cause this is your lucky day, the day you get to know a contemporary artist who may not be a Picaso or William Morris, and who you probably have no chance to meet in your lifetime but you can share his/her joy (or chocolates =D) through seeing & acknowledging his/her art, so please, go visit the artist's website to say something positive, encouraging & honest. It's a blessing to have the natural gift of making art, but we need some luck, for all of us, to run into it.


Artist: Ersi
Full Name: Ersi Samara
Residence
: Spain
Gender:
Female

Website & Shop:
ersi.deviantart.com/

Must-See (from left to right):
1/
Colours for Joy
2/ The Sacred Bull
3/ Abstract Study 08
4/ Reflections of The Horse

Introduction:
I studied Art, I studied Photography, I studied Interior Decoration and even Social Anthropology! I am interested in all forms of art, I read a lot and I find inspiration in almost anything. Paintings, books, films, casual conversations, overheard conversations, the colour of the sky or the taste of a dish. I found fractals 3 years ago and with them my first addiction. The images I create are the best and most meaningful presentation I can make of myself and my work. Your eyes and interpretations complete the images and their meaning. Thank you for viewing them. And my very special thanks to mitrm (from blogger: it's me actually) for taking the time and the trouble to feature the creations of other artists!

My critique:
I never heard of the word "fractal" in my life before August in last year, but since then I have been fully charmed by numerous works I have seen by hundreds of creative fractal artists on DeviantART, among them Miss Ersi Samara's pieces are certainly those you definitely shouldn't have missed, or you cannot possibly miss 'cause you could immediately tell something different, unique about them that you might as well call it's Love of First Sight! The major reason why I'm one of her faithful admirers is the diversity of her pieces: the color combinations seems so easy but tasteful, the patterns always disturbing but powerful, her methodology and vision? ambitious and brilliant. I hate feeling jealous, but in this case, I believe she's comin' up with more and more masterpieces that will humble me for a long long long time to come.

Thursday, February 8

The Art of Making Art

Don't know how many of you enjoy Barbra's Putting It Together, or even heard about it, it's just one of my old time fave, i guess it's because of the lyrics and the incredible skill it requires for a singer to execute. I can't find the sample mp3 on the net but one vid on youtube:


The following are just parts of the complete lyrics:
Bit by bit, putting it together

Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art

Every moment makes a contribution

Every little detail plays a parts

Having just a vision's no solution

Everything depends on execution

Putting it together, that's what counts!

Ounce by ounce, putting in together

Small amounts, adding up to make a work of art

First of all you need a good foundation

Otherwise it's risky from the start

Takes a little cocktail conversation

But without the proper preparation

Having just a vision's no solution

Everything depends on execution

The art of making art

Is putting it together, bit by bit

......

Dot by dot, building up the image

Shot by shot, keeping at a distance doesn't pay

Still if you remember your objective

Not give all your privacy away

A little bit of hype can be effective

As long as you can keep it in perspective

Even when you get some recognition

Everything you do you still audition

Art isn't easy

Overnight you're a trend

You're the right combination

Then the trend's at an end

You're suddenly last year's sensation!

All they ever want is repetition

All they really like is what they know

Gotta keep a link with your tradition

Gotta learn to trust your intuition

While you re-establish your position

So that you can be on exhibit...

So that your work can be on exhibition!


In one word (or more than one word): it takes nuts and guts to make art (and don't tell your mom I told you this. ^_^)

Tuesday, February 6

Art-Spotting l Quatre Illustration

There is actually a long story how I found this: I bought a Canon printer last year, i.e., IP4000, which not only looks great but works like a charm; a couple of weeks ago i happened to know they gave free ink cartridges from a flyer i got at a local 3C store, the new printers on it got my attention so i visited Canon's website trying to find them, then a side-bared ad got me, a link to a fantatic service provided by Canon, which they call Canon 3D papercraft (and please do me a favor now, by bookmarking the hyperlink!!). And what is it about?! Well, everything is super cool in this website! you have greetings, 3D paper craft, scapbook, calendars etc, all available in A4, 4"x6" or letter size for you to print (and don't tell me you haven't bookmarked it yet!) Not only i have got my fabulous 3D 2007 calendar and some lovely paper craft, but I spotted an illustration team that i'm greatly fond of, i.e., QUATRE ILLUSTRATION. Too bad i can't read Japanese, but the styles they create are all so warm and friendly that I think everyone would appreciate their designs. Enjoy your trip, and don't tell me you don't want to bookmark this! ^_^
Artist: Quatre Illustration
Nationality: Japan l Official website
Greeting cards l Calendars 4"x6" or 3D

Sunday, February 4

Art-Spotting l Marek H.

Today when i just browsed DA, i ran into a German artist's piece that impressed me immensely, and after I visited his whole gallery, the only thought i had in my mind is... jealousy. Then I kind of had another notion, i.e. apart from the bi-monthly featured artist, i could this quick post which i call "Art-Spotting" for my visitors to share a bit of my amazement. The collage only show a small part of the tricks in his big bag, and he has got more wonder waiting for you!
Artist: Marek H. (mbym)
Residence: Germany l Storefront