Friday, May 26, 2017

Textile Art (Fish on door)

Day #173 of 365 Days of Art





 
This might be an example of Batik:


What is Batik?

"Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.
To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.
Contemporary batik, while owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles. For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics.
Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Abstract Texture with a late 1980s vibe

Day #172 of 365 Days of Art 
In March (2017), I took a photo of this textured piece of art (sorry, cannot recall the artist's name).

Later, I noticed some fun items through the window. I included that here so you could peek in as well. 

Now while I do like this piece of art, the reason I grabbed a photo was because it reminded me of a certain decor and color scheme that was popular in the late 1980s' and early 1990s.  

In my mind's eye I remembered seeing lamps with similar texture and color.  I recall couches, ballooned valances and other little items.  I thought of Western New York, Central Florida, my sisters, and just the mood of that time. 

I did a Google decor search and instantly came up with examples of what was in my mind (see the photo below - I even found a lamp).
  Funny how one abstract art piece could bring me back to the vibe of this time. 

Seeing that it is Thursday - and I already did a bit of a Throwback, let me add in this "Buffalo Stance" song from the late 1980s.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stepping Out

Day #171 of 365 Days of Art 
"Cynicism is kind of like folding your arms and stepping back and commenting on things, like the old guys in 'The Muppets,' just throwing out comments all the time, whereas there are other people on the ground really trying to affect things and improve their lives and the lives of other people. I think it's noble and I think it's cool."
~Josh Radnor 


Let's not just be the cynic - let's step up and step out to make things happen. This could mean speaking up, giving feedback that you withheld out of fear, or pursuing that hobby you've been thinking about. There is a time to pause - and wait - and then there is a time to move - a time to step up and out and get things done. :)
Have a nice day.....

Monday, May 22, 2017

Math in Art (Shapes Canvas Painting)

Day #169 of 365 Days of Art (This piece is for sale, please leave a comment if you are interested in purchasing this piece.)


This painting was made by a local artist.  The black and white circles are actually a piece of fabric that was stapled on the canvas. The shapes were painted on top of the circle backdrop. Likely with acrylic and maybe some Gesso primer was added for texture and adhesive. 


The above painting reminded me of two things:

First, it whispered of trigonometry, which is my favorite math.
Check out this quote:
"Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did."   ~Clyde Tombaugh

Second, the painting would maybe go nicely in a baby's room because the colors and shapes offer a nice alternative to the "black, white, and red" infant stimulation cards.

That is all for today. 
Oh, and this week is the start of Week 25 for the 365 Days of art. 
We are almost halfway through. 
How exciting. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Odyssey Album Art

Day #166 of 365 Days of Art we have some album art: "Soul colorful"





Here is Native New Yorker,  one of Odyssey's most popular songs:


Thursday, May 18, 2017

"It all adds up" Street Art

Street art for Day #165 of 365 Days of Art: 
I like the saying. "It all adds up." And I like all of the lines and shapes in this second shot. 
Wishing you a good day. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vintage Striped Art Dress (1970's)

Day #164 of 365 Days of Art 


Striped art dress - Maybe from the 1970's?


Have a nice hump day. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Old Dress on Mannequin Marionette

For Day #163 of 365 Days of Art - I have another art dress. 



Richmond, VA (Spring 2017) 



The reflections and the street people seem to offer a timely contrast. 

One of the reflections is a little chilling.


Have a nice day....
see you tomorrow. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dali and his Mustache (and Marx vid)





Happy Monday to you. 

For Day #162 of 365 Days of Art - here is Salvador Dali - not an artist I like (my old "inthezone2001" art post is here) but images of Dali and his 'stache came up a lot this spring. 

Charlottesville, VA ( March 2017)
This image is a street art image from Debbie at Travel with Intent - Here is the link to her street art image category.
And here is a link to one of her Mural Monday posts.





Closing Video - another man with a famous mustache - the very fun Grouch Marx: