"I create landscapes made from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Fragments of woven color and texture are carefully arranged, layered, pinned and sewn together. In my fabric collages, I distill a place to its essence, and to this end each piece of fabric is carefully selected to make an individual contribution." ~ Merle Axelrad Serlin read more here on Merle Axelrad Serlin's artist website
"Merle Axelrad Serlin, a smiling, attractive, vivacious architect turned artist, works with fabric to produce landscapes of stunning color and texture, many of them employing thousands of tiny bits of cloth no larger than a quarter of an inch in size. Working from composite photographs and sketches, she spends hundreds of hours on each individual image, transforming what has been regarded as a traditional craft into a serious art from, through the application of a technique she's perfected over many years." ~ via Artworks Magazine and writer James Cameron read more of writer James Cameron's Artworks Magazine article on Merle Axelrad Serlin's work here
Merle's work is exhibited in public spaces, museums, and collected privately. Fabulous video (click HERE .)
The beauty of having a fine art abstraction piece commissioned is that is often wish it can be based upon a treasured object or colors in the home which inspire its owners. This residence is streamlined and contemporary, and the wish was for the painting to reflect the the feel of the room.
"One day you will ask me which is more important, my life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life" - Khalil Gibran
In the middle of creating this painting, the individual who commissioned it came through the door: “Oh-my-gosh I just love this - it is perfect!”I laughed explained I had not taken it to the place I was heading; a little punch up here, and a delicate movement there, and a splash of accent color there, etc. iswhere I was headed. “No, don’t I love it just as it is!” So I put down my brush. :-)
One of the most charming blogs I've ever come across is hands down From the House of Edward by Pamela Terry.
If you are not yet familiar with Pamela and Edward stop everything now and check out this beautifully enchanting blog; you will definitely wish to join the throngs of people who follow this gifted writer. Pamela is one of those rare individuals who received an extra dose of grace and talent when she came into this world, and we are so thankful she shares her gifts with us. Art abounds on this blog, and so does Edward. Edward? Edward, too, is heaven sent.
Next time you are in a gallery or museum take pause when viewing Impressionistic portraiture. If you are not an artist and new to viewing art, here is an example of what to look for in this style painting.
Click on this first image, it will enlarge and you will easily see what Impressionism is all about, there are no hard lines.
Note the edge of ballerina Buffy Miller's leotard; soft, not a hard line against the light blue background. Note her skin against the background; soft, not a hard line against the background. Paint is applied gently by rocking the edge of the loaded paintbrush back and forth along an edge.
Victor Denfrey Steele
Next view the lower image and note how the entire painting views at a distance. Clearly there are no hard edges in the entire painting, including where the floor in the background meets the wall.
I adore this painting, one by my dad, for its great examples of composition, value and ~ soft edges.
I always considered the perfect neighborhood as one filled with comedians to keep things lively.
Leslie Neilsen would have to live in that neighborhood, not a week goes by I don't say, "~and don't call me Shirley." I was thinking about Leslie Neilsen today and knew I just had to draw him. Laughter is the best medicine.Thank you, Leslie, for your good medicine.
I drew Paul Gauguin from a photograph taken of him in Paris in 1894, from the book Gauguin, by Lesley Stevenson this morning while having coffee. Black and white photographs are fabulous to draw from as light and dark values are so obvious. For me my goal in a drawing is to capture the likeness and mood over perfection in realism, although the latter always a plus. This was a quick study done with water soluble graphite pencil
As our hearts and minds are focused upon Japan and its people I wish to highlight sculptor, Hironori Kawabata. There is no denying the timeless Japanese tradition of care and dedication to any task, great or small. I've made a habit whenever I've felt careless in my work to remind myself of their excellence in all things, and doing so is a great equalizer. Thank you, Hironori, for your gift to us all in your inspiring work, our thoughts and prayers continue for your country and its honorable people.
I wish today to highlight the wonderful Richard Schmid. As a lover of figurative work I am most especially drawn to his loose nudes, however a quick click to his website and you can see his landscapes, still life and other painting subjects are all rendered equally loose and lively. Richard's work and style has been long admired and appreciated as one of the best in impressionistic realism.
"A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Thrilled this painting, Orange Mallow - 36x60, was included in the beautiful pages of the February 2011 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine via the fabulous master bath created by Capella Kincheloe who invited me to do a painting for the space.
(photography Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine)