Tag Archives: Paintings

Primal Expression: Brenda Hope Zappitell

2 May

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

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.

Flourishing Decay: Vincent Bakkum

30 Apr

As soon as we are born, we begin to die.  That may be a gloomy thought, but we begin the circle of life at birth and it seems, now more than ever, we fight as hard as we can against the inevitability of age and the ravages of time.  Helskinki artist Vincent Bakkuum’s paintings confront us with the transitory nature of our very being.

Teen Joy

Using images of vintage-y shoes, skulls and dead birds juxtaposed with beautifully blooming flowers, Bakkum reminds us that what once was young and vibrant eventually will be no more.

Black Shoes and Pink Flowers

Just as the bird that falls from the sky, so will we also cease to fly.  Our vanity compels us to continue to adorn what is already beautiful, our very bodies that give us life.

Dead Parakeets

Bakkum’s work reminds us of the inherent beauty to be found in flora and fruit, their beauty and bounty inspires and nourishes us.  They are created as we are created and will return to the dust just as we will.

Sheep Skull

Pink Shoes

To see more of Vincent Bakkum’s work, please visit his website.

Featured image is Biological Cream by Vincent Bakkum.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Friday Faves: Circle Circle Dot Dot

27 Apr

Pretty sure I read in the latest InStyle Magazine ( we all have our guilty pleasures! ) that polka dots are big for spring.  Maybe it’s the influence of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.  Here are some more artists marking the spot!

Small Spots by Georgia Gray, acrylic on canvas, 10x20cm

Patterns With Purpose O by Paul Ecke, mixed media on panel, 48x60

Cut 11-034 by Michelle Y. Williams, metal/plexiglas, 15x15

#562 by Tory Cowles, mixed media, 48x48

Georgia Gray  | Michelle Y. Williams | Paul EckeTory Cowles

Have a fantastic weekend!  If you spot some dots over the weekend, post a photo on the Artsy Forager Facebook page!

All images are via the artists’ websites, linked above.

Serene Strength: Claire Sherman

26 Apr

There is a quiet power that abides in certain landscapes that compels us to humilty.  No cell phone reception, no internet, no traffic whizzing by.  Nothing to make us believe we are the center of the universe.  Just earth and rock and water and light.  It is in these places that the earth is welcoming, yet can be strong and unyielding.  The work of New York artist, Claire Sherman captures the essence of the quiet, raw power of our natural world.

Boulders, oil on canvas, 86x78

Sherman’s overall cool palette, tinged occasionally with warm tones conveys the earth’s reticent beauty.  It wants us to explore and appreciate its wildness, but fears the mark our hand often leaves.

Butte, oil on canvas, 72x84

Ravine II, oil on canvas, 84x96

This is still a dangerous place.  We often forget, wrapped safely in suburban cocoons, thinking we are master of all that we survey.  Yet still in many places, one wrong step and we may become prey to the earth’s power.  The artist’s linear, often jagged brushwork reminds us to tread carefully.  She is beautiful, yes, but we must never forget her untamed nature.  Try as we might to use her up, certain parts of the earth will always remain wild and inhospitable to man.

Holes, oil on canvas, 72x60

Trees III, oil on canvas, 78x84

These places are for her renewing and for moments ours, but they belong to her.  That we will do well to remember.  To see more of Claire Sherman’s work, please visit her website.  Her work can be seen in person at the Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago.

Featured image is Pile of Rocks, oil on canvas, 72×78.  All images are via the artist’s website.

All That He Surveys: Thomas D. Aaron

25 Apr

Living in places with so many wild areas, whenever we go out hiking, we’re still very aware of man’s impact on the landscape.  Salt Lake City artist Thomas D. Aaron brings attention to the natural landscape and the effect of man’s hand upon it.

20, mixed media, 48x48

Bend, mixed media,66x72

Aaron uses PLSS ( Public Land Survey System ) imagery as the jumping off point of his mixed media works.  Focusing on manmade grids imposed upon the landscape and the paradigms they create with the natural order of the terrain.

Two Canyons, mixed media, 24x24 each

The painterly textures mimic the natural terrain and in some, dominating brushwork overpowers the landscape, just our infrastructure has done the same to natural wild spaces.

New Blue New, mixed media, 68x60

Like the Sea, mixed media, 68x60

To see more of Thomas D. Aaron’s work, please visit his website.  To learn more about the motivation and ideology behind his work, check out his interview with Ellen Caldwell on the New American Paintings blog.

Artist found via New American Paintings.

Featured image is Lakeside Clouds, mixed media, 36×24.  All images are via the artist’s website.