Thursday, July 26, 2012

Here's Kristy

Local artist and teacher Kristy Patterson is sooooooo talented; I think she can work in any medium. Right now one of the things she is working on is drawings on dictionary pages. Here she is with the one I bought, "Travel" at the Sunflower Festival. I have commissioned her to do another for me; I get to see it tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quote of the Week

"Objects in pictures should be so arranged as by their very position to tell their own story." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I get the feeling that Mr. J. W. von Goethe wouldn't be a fan of abstract art.

"Radio Waves"
Here is one of my clayprints. I am a big fan of abstract; it seems to be in my blood, and comes out whenever I let it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quote of the Week

"I think the artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs. When he finds that, he can start to make limitations. And then he really begins to grow." Romare Bearden

Saturday, July 14, 2012


My friend Marilyn just emailed me that Google had showcased The Kiss to commemorate Gustav Klimt's 150th Birthday. Check out my 12/5/11 post for more on The Kiss.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sacred Sunday

Father, Son, & Holy Ghost are popular images for retablos. This trio is painted on wood and is part of the Harwood collection. What I saw at the Harwood was a collection of religious images, and Taos paintings from the"golden age" of artists. I've been hunting for my Mexican Retablo book so that I could appear more knowledgeable about the subject; I'll keep looking.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sign Saturday

The Plaza was open for business.
My plan was to be on the road by noon on Saturday; that left me a few hours to explore. The first sign that caught my eye was an "estate sale" sign, and I had no business turning in, but I did. The car was pretty full of treasures when I pulled away; a trunk full of "stuff" for only $35.
The Plaza stores were open, but with few shoppers trying to beat the afternoon heat. First thing, I met Mitch  & Meredith on their way to breakfast. I continued on to see what I could see. The art market in Taos seemed slower to me; the economy? And the shops seemed more geared to tourists rather than art collectors. Don't get me wrong I saw some spectacular pieces of art work; work that could cause me to at  least contemplate leaving my day job for a life of just creating beautiful things. And the art at the Harwood was definitely an inspiration; more about that later.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quote of the Week

"The painter who stands before an empty canvas must think in terms of paint." Ben Shahn

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sacred Sunday

Santos! Santos! Santos!
Saints abound in Taos; they're in galleries, museums, art & tourist shops, homes, and churches as well. Santos are religious images of saints, angels, and other religious figures. They are usually carved of wood or ivory. If they are carved in the round they are called Bultos. After carving, these figures are covered with gesso and painted in bright colors.
I found this figure in the Harwood Museum, which has a great collections of figures and retablos.