Friday Faves: Water, Water Everywhere

4 May Tulum by Neil Krug

.. and not a drop to swim in.  Well, without a wetsuit, at least here in Northern Idaho.  What is it about the water that calls to us, calms our senses, rejeuvenates?  These photographers might have a clue, as they’ve answered water’s siren song..

Philippe Cheng

Mertxe Alarcon

Tulum by Neil Krug

Wave Study I by Thomas Hager

Philippe Cheng | Mertxe Alarcon | Neil Krug | Thomas Hager 

To see more work from these artists, please visit their websites linked above.  Happy weekend, Artsies!

All images are via the artists websites.

Translucent Revelations: Christina Bothwell

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With the increasing sophistication of technology, we have become more and more aware of the realities of what was once mysterious.  We know what the inside of our bodies look like, it’s even possible to see an unborn baby in 3-dimensional form.  We can know what our children will look like before they ever take their first breath.  Yet, what remains to be revealed is their personality.  How they will evolve spiritually and emotionally remains a mystery.  Sculptor Christina Bothwell‘s figures illustrate for us the metamorphosis of our beings, our deliverance into who we are become.

Deer Girl, cast glass, raku, clay, antlers, and oil paints, 28x27x11

In her cast glass sculptures, Bothwell incorporates figures within figures.  We see smaller figures nestled into the glass, most often in the shape of a newborn.

Octopus, cast glass, raku clay and oil paint, 48x23x23

From the artist: “I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.”

Hair, cast glass, raku clay and oil paints, 10x31x8

As long as we are breathing, we are constantly evolving, hopefully into a better version of ourselves.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to know that at the end of your life, you had become your most strong, your most loving, your most compassionate, the very best version of you?

Centaur, cast glass, raku clay, oil and found objects, 21x21x11

Phoenix, cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints and wood, 33x60x21

Bothwell’s work shows us, not the end result, but the transformation.  We see the adaptation and evolution of the spirit as translated into the material.  To see more of Christina Bothwell’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Dawn, cast glass, ceramic, wood and oil paint, 38x10x7.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Art to Inspiration: Jo Howe

2 May Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe

Wow.  Has another month really gone by already?  It’s Art to Inspiration time again!  This month’s inspiration, Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe inspires me on so many levels.  Her sculptures, created from book pages ( love level one- check! ) are full of beautiful shapes ( two- check! ), soft color ( three- check! ), rhythm ( four- check! ) and gorgeous texture ( that makes five- check! ).  Just as with Pakayla Biehn’s work last month, Jo’s work inspired me to create a gallery of varied complementary works, each of which shares characteristics reminiscent of Jo’s work.

The inspiration:

Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe

The gallery:

Pendant by Erik Gonzales, mixed media on panel, 60x60

Half Hickory by Virginia Petty

Core III by Joe Segal, wood and paint, 54x9

Trophy by Brenda Mallory, cloth, wax, welded steel, 20x20x13

Mercury by Karen Margolis, watercolor, gouache, graphie, thread on Abaca paper, 11x14

Expansion by Haley Farthing, pastel on wood, 48x24

Relic by Jay Heryet, box elder, 200mm diameter

Jo Howe

Erik Gonzales | Virginia Petty | Joe Segal | Brenda Mallory | Karen Margolis | Haley Farthing | Jay Heryet 

Visit the artists’ websites, linked above, for more inspiration!

You can find more information on Art to Inspiration here and if you would like to participate in the next Art to Inspiration, just fill out this form! Follow me and all the other Art to Inspiration bloggers on Twitter by subscribing here.  Let the inspiring begin! 
All images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.

Primal Expression: Brenda Hope Zappitell

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m far from a wild child.  I tend to be calm, controlled, even-tempered.  Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to abstract expressionist work like a moth to a flame.  And the work of Delray Beach artist Brenda Hope Zappitell is a fire this little moth can’t resist!

In Search of Sunrise II, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 42x42

In her work, Zappitell “surrenders control to the paint, the brush and a visceral process of creative discovery” [sic].  She works spontaneously and rapidly, following the paint as it dances across the canvas.

In Search of Sunrise I, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 42x42

Taking her inspiration from the energy of nature, her palette builds from light, delicate tints to saturated rapid-fire strokes of bold color.

A Matter of Perception, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 48x48

Squiggles and strokes that could almost be graffiti-like still retain their softness, like a flourishing garden in the middle of an urban metropolis.

Embracing Uncertainty II, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 30x36

Reverie I, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 48x48

To see more of Brenda Hope Zappitell’s work, please visit her website.  You can see her work in person at several galleries across the US– be sure to check her website to see if there is one near you!

Featured image is Translation, acrylic with cold wax on panel, 60×30.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Dwayne Butcher

1 May

Sometimes the simplest work can be the most powerful.  I’m really drawn to these graphic, color-blocked paintings by Dwayne Butcher that I’ve posted over on Escape Into Life today.  Go check ’em out!

I Got No Use for Trouble, acrylic on canvas, 18x16

Dwayne Butcher on Escape Into Life

Precious Specimens: Carly Waito

1 May Dioptase, oil on masonite, 10x9

So often, when we see gems & minerals, it is rarely in their natural state.  After they’ve been cut and polished and set, they seem to lose some of their inherent beauty and mystery.  Toronto artist Carly Waito pays homage to these multi-faceted marvels in her small, exquisitely detailed paintings.

Dioptase, oil on masonite, 10x9

Waito uses macrophotography to record the color and intricacies of each cluster, which she then translates into oil.

Flourite 2, oil on masonite, 10x12

Through a process of layering, she captures in paint the amazing depth and prismatic qualities that give gems their luster and appeal.  By isolating the minerals in their natural state, Waito celebrates their innate beauty.

Amethyst 6, oil on masonite, 8x9

The visual textures in these small works are simply stunning.  And by keeping the works small, Waito invites us in to look closer and really examine the tiny details that make each gem so precious.

Pyrite 2, oil on panel, 10x10

Smoky Quartz 5, oil on masonite, 12x11

To see more of Carly Waito’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via The Art Stormer.

Featured image is Flourite 2, oil on masonite, 10×12.  All images are via the artist’s website.

May’s Facebook Featured Artist Is..

1 May

.. head over to the Artsy Forager Facebook page to find out!

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