A Blog about Finding Inspiration

"We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever." (Louise Corke)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Art, art, ‘n’ more art! 10 '08

My husband, Bruce recently acquired four small theme paintings from Southeastern artist, Grant Nelson.   He hung them on either side of the window in the music room.   Bruce liked their effect so much, that he started pestering me to create some larger scale graphic design paintings with a music theme for the other walls in the room. 
Grant Nelson paintings

I have no training in graphic design, nor any desire to paint in that style, but Bruce can be VERY persuasive when he gets his heart set on something.  So when South Carolina’s hurricane season limited me to indoor activities, I decided it would be a good time to see what I could produce to make Bruce happy.  I soon learned that creating good graphic art is harder than it looks.  After several failed attempts at coming up with a decent design, I fell back on the time honored tradition that most art schools use to teach a new skill…. Copy someone else’s work.    

My first attempt was to paint an enlarged (three foot by three foot) version of a four inch by four inch electric light switch-plate cover with a Kaminski like design on it.   It was hung above the piano adding a playful note to the room.

Encouraged, Bruce started bugging me to paint something even larger to hang over the sofa.   This time I attempted a triad.  The project was very educational.  I learned that it is very important to pay close attention to exactly what paint color one is mixing if you are working on a multi canvas set, and I also learned a lot about balancing colors, and tones across the canvas. .Each painting was painted separately then, after all three were completed, I went back to add detail and adjust color notes so that the paintings would view well as a set.  In addition,  I learned that it is very important to pay close attention to balance  color hues and color values  across the set of canvases   I  also learned I don’t want to be a graphic artist, and I how to have a happy husband.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Asheville NC: October 16-17, 2008

Asheville NC: October 16-17, 2008
The City of Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina. It is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its natural beauty and good arts and crafts. 

  From our house it is an easy hop, skip, and a jump, making it an ideal location for a quick weekend getaway and to check out the art shows theat are held there..   Fortunately we decided to make it a four day long weekend, because there is so much to do in the area that we didn’t begin to see it all.
Downtown Asheville, NC's street scene

Downtown Asheville lives in its own artistic microcosm.  There is art everywhere -- in galleries, churches, businesses, and in every restaurant - not to mention on the street corners.  It’s been ranked as one of the best art communities in the US.  It is impossible to see it all… but we tried. As Bruce put it after two days of gallery-hopping, “I’ve seen so much art my head feels like it is going to burst”  Fortunately Asheville also has plenty of fine restaurants to help fuel our bodies for our marathon Thursday/Friday art walk.

BJ in the Blue Spiral Gallery
 And in the evening we could relax with a glass of wine and just enjoy the beauty of the area  from the comfort of our RV campsite. 
View from our campsite