June 25, 2015

Photo Journal: Trees Around America

“Gentle Giants” Heritage Sycamores at Tlaquepaque: Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona Arizona. These beautiful trees were saved by people in Sedona from a road expansion project.


“Hanalei Coconut Tree” on the hilltop of the taro fields in HanaleiKauai. Haraguchi Farm is a 5th generation Taro farm seen below.


“Red Rock Tree”: Twisted juniper tree overlooking Cathedral and Courthouse Rock. Sedona, AZ. At a stop on Upper Red Rock Road Loop Drive in the early evening. The small twisted juniper is in the same visual key as the magnificent red rocks.

American Forests is having a tree photo contest. Here's a link if you would like to enter. Or see their flickr page to view all the beautiful trees.



June 19, 2015

Color Palette: Monet's Sense of Light

Color palette from Claude Monet's Painting: "Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), Art Institute of Chicago. 

Color palette from Claude Monet's Painting: "Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect), Art Institute of Chicago. 


Monet was a master of light through color. Just by looking at the color palettes you can feel the change of seasons. (I grew up going on field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago where they have a collection of beautiful Impressionist paintings.) I've collected some other examples of Monet's paintings on a pinterest board. VIEW BOARD

What is your favorite Monet painting?



May 5, 2015

Artistic Connections: Schoenmaeker, Mondrian and Calder



Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was influenced by Dutch mathematician M.H.J. Schoenmaeker (1875-1944); whose writings discussed the importance of horizontal and vertical lines along with the idea that only three colors existed: “yellow radiates, blue ‘recedes’ and red floats.”

In Mondrian’s abstract paintings he used black lines on a white field to create compositions where he balanced red, blue and yellow squares and rectangles. Mondrian wrote,”...the essential thing is that colors be free of all individuality and individual sensations, and that they only express the composed feeling of the universal.”


Eagle, 1971. Alexander Calder. Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle WA.  Seattle Museum of Art.


In 1930, American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) visited Mondrian’s studio in Paris. “The one visit gave me a shock that started things...so now, at 32, I wanted to paint and work in the abstract.” Calder went on to work with Mondrian’s color palette too. “I have chiefly limited myself to the use of black and white as being the most disparate colors. Red is the color most opposed to these, and then, finally, the other primaries.”

Below is a link to my pinterest page showing samples of their work. It’s fun to see them together. (Calder’s favorite color was red and he was frequently seen wearing his red flannel shirt from LL Bean.)

RESOURCES:
• Calder’s Universe by Jean Lipman. Running Press.
• Piet Mondrian, editor Jose Maria Faerna. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers.
• “Alexander Calder”, Boca Raton News, December 13, 1970. 



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