Posts tagged Artist Feature
Picasso Museum

Much like Salvador and Vincent, Pablo was incredibly prolific and called work finished when it was “finished.” Artwork, just like most other work can be something you could always work on more. But to be an artist we must have output and must call something finished, even if we are not completely happy with it. I know that all of these artists were so prolific because they created and just kept making. They called things finished. 

Picasso started as many artists do with realism. He painted his surroundings, he painted himself. It was fun to see much of his early work and his development as an artist but...

 

The thing I was struck with most about Pablo Picasso’s work was that he was able to make so much varied work based on limited subject mater. His series of paintings based on Valesquez’s painting called Las Meninas, was the most inspiring to me. The museum featured over 20 paintings of his from this series. The paintings were a study into composition and color. It was amazing to see painting after painting and be surprised at how different they all were. Some having gorgeous limited color schemes and are worked and overworked and others being super graphic that they almost seem like sketches. 

He didn’t stop, he kept working and growing and developing his style. Taking form to extremes. 

I loved seeing his work and imagining him paint one painting after the next. It was really amazing to see the pieces next to one another, and look at them as a collection. The size and variety in them was very impressive. He created so many works and called them complete. The version below was the most beautiful reinterpretation, I thought.

If you are ever in Barcelona be sure to visit the Picasso Museum there to see this collection and his development as an artist. So much fun!

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

Cadaques, Spain: Dali’s Home
This trip has turned into quite the visual art appreciation trip. I have had the pleasure of being in the places where so many great artists worked and I have had the pleasure of seeing several monumental works live. After having walked in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles, once we got to Spain we visited Salvador Dali’s home in Cadaques. 


He lived just outside of this amazing little town, with homes and streets on the hills along the coast. Cadaques was charming and Dali’s home was a highlight. Dali created so much artwork and was creative in many facets of life. 

In his home we were lead through his library, bedroom, bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc, we also were able to see his studio work space and also the many reference objects for his paintings, collected and displayed all over his home. 



His studio was light flooded and his garden had little huts and sculptures throughout it. There was so much to discover and it was set in such an ideal location. His home and garden emanated creativity.





I’m not a huge fan of Dali’s artwork aesthetically. It’s a bit gaudy (haha) and too much for me at times. I don’t find his work incredibly beautiful, but I admire him very much as an artist. 

I greatly admire his ability to create with abandon. He lived and breathed creativity. He was incredibly prolific and produced all kinds of art. He was not limited in one medium or too much editing. He called things finished and called them finished often. 

As an artist I struggle with starting works but I also really struggle to call them finished. Perfectionism and fear are huge enemies to creativity. It's impossible to create a perfect work and I'm slowly learning to make each piece of artwork and see it as part of the process, part of the journey and to call it finished and move on to the next. 

I'm inspired by Dali. I admire him greatly. It was an honor to have visited his home. Being in his space felt very intimate. I hope to take away a bit of his creative spirit with me. His prolific and wild creativity is something I want in my life as an artist. 

Thanks for reading lovelies. 

Anna

Travel: Van Gogh’s Footsteps in Arles, France
When traveling south, from Germany to Spain I knew I wanted to stop in Arles, France. I wanted to see some of the town and countryside that inspired Van Gogh in his time in the french riviera. Supposedly he created over 300 works in his 15 months living in Arles. He was such a productive man. I thought 5 paintings during my month long residency in Berlin was good.





He was also such a troubled soul. His work and life has always fascinated me. He spent time in a psychiatric hospital in Arles, and made some of his most famous works here. Van Gogh at that time was not permitted to leave the hospital. So he had his mother and brother send him some of his own sketches from previous years. Some of his most expressive and famous works are based on sketches he made previously. They were then painted from memory. Starry Night for example is one of these. He was painting from a sketch but mostly trying to evoke the place in his memory and with more meaning.

His style was very influential in the beginnings of abstraction. He augmented reality and was much more expressive than artists had been before him. His expressive desires influenced art conceptually, not to mention his technique influenced art visually. His strokes were so dominant that one is forced to think of the artist at work when looking at the painting. Which is a big shift from the realism, which preceded him. Realists before him were trying to hide the artist’s hand and make paintings so real that you couldn't’ see the artist in the piece. Once impressionists began to use such evident brush strokes, the viewer imagined the artist at work much more. Which gives the piece that much more depth. Not only formally but conceptually.

It was such fun to imagine Van Gogh sketching and painting these same places just 140ish years ago. How amazing that he walked these same streets. That he was challenged mentally in these buildings. He is the classic "tortured artist". But he made so much work. He was not plagued as an artist but as a person. He made such beautiful work and developed his style in such a short life. What courage it must have taken to sketch in public and let alone live life as an artist even though he only sold one work in his lifetime. I have sold more art in my lifetime than Van Gogh. How can that be?

I'm moved by learning about and seeing the spaces that preceding artists have occupied.

What other art stops should we make when in Spain? Any tips?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna
Shop Window/Artist Feature: Andrew Wakefield
I have been wanting to share this shop window/artist feature with you for a long time. My good friend Andy is an incredible artist. He studied printmaking among other things in college and then we both met getting our masters in teaching. Since getting a masters, he has taught here and there, but kept creating and selling amazing work.

He creates large scale collage pieces using old scraps and images. He builds up semi transparent layers using image transfer. It's beautiful stuff.

Here are a few pieces which are on his site.





















It's a tease isn't it!

To see and buy Andy's work check out his Etsy Shop , pieces are starting at 37 $.  That's a steal!
Or you could check out his website at smithwakefield.com or
follow him on instagram at instagram.com/smithwakefield 

Thanks for creating beautiful things out of old trash Andy, you're an inspiration.

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Cheers,

Anna
Shop Window: Fine Little Day
Today we are taking a look into a shop called Fine Little Day.  I follow Elisabeth Dunker's  blog and just love what this lady creates and sells in her shop. Let's take a peek.


I love the variety that she carries in the store.  They have so many fantastic pieces.  The wall papers are my favorite.  Oh, and this last snuggly blanket!

Thanks for curating such a great shop Elizabeth.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Anna


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