Art Reflections

Art Reflections
Henri Matisse - Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background

Everyone seeks advice. Artists have a tendency to always second guess themselves more then others. Insecurities and the luring question of "is this really great art?" are an ambiguous and extremely difficult questions to carry around in one's gut.The good news is that you are not alone. Artists have been faced with such concerns from the dawn of art itself. The great ones often spoke of the art process and what makes their art so very special.The following is a collection of artist inspiring quotes. Think of them as tips to help you get into the artist mindset and hopefully it will make you a better artist and a more confident one. Know in your heart that what you have created is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is a fantastic dream that one day this work will adorn the walls of the world's greatest art museums:“To create one’s own world takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Paul Cezanne "The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman... Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal... The nude is...
Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I

Adele Bloch-Bauer was a woman who lived beyond the constraints of her time. Her portrait, by Gustav Klimt, has more of a story to it than that of a socialite.
The Art Date

By now, you're probably at the dinner party of the artist you went to see with your date. You're one month into this new relationship, and you feel like you can at least fudge a decent art conversation since you understand the art principles of balance, repetition, rhythm, and harmony. Then, some guy in a black turtleneck (the art dealer?) springs the words proportion, variety and contrast on you, and you wonder what you ever did to this guy for him to call your con like that.Well, thanks to your trusty internet access and this blog, we're going to show this guy up together. You'll have the basic knowledge of the Principles of Art needed for this discussion with these definitions and examples of each principle:Proportion - The comparative relationship of one part to another with respect to size, quantity, or degree; Scale. Variety - The use of difference and change to increase the visual interest of the composition. Contrast - A large difference between at least two parts to create interest and tension. Unity - When all the principles and art techniques work together to create a pleasing image.This concludes the four part series of Art Date 101. Practice your new...
The Art Date

There is is a type of flow that goes with getting along that you shouldn't just make sure you have on dates or in relationships. Harmony is a principle of art important to composition, too, and if you can talk about Harmony with your date, you might just see him or her for a second one.Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement to the eye, in the most simplest of terms. It engages the viewer and creates a recognition of balance within the individual--the perfect balance where you don't feel under-stimulated or overstimulated. Colors that are harmonious work well together on canvas and feel attractive to the eye. There are various types of color arrangements used on the color wheel to achieve a feeling of harmony. Let's begin with the most four commonly identified:   According to artdesignweb.com, here is more oncolor relationships:Complementary colors are colors directly across from each other on the wheel. These are typically colors that will produce a strong contrast. Split-Complementary colors are those on either side of a complementary color; these colors contrast, but not as strongly as complementary colors. Triadic colors represent three colors equidistant on the color wheel; this typically provides a balanced color...
The Art Date

Gallery openings and museums have become a popular first date for many of us "urban daters". Unfortunately, not many of us know what to say when it comes to "art talk", and we dread the thought of us saying something really dumb in front of the lady we want to impress. In this post, you will be introduced to the principle of repetition and rhythm in composition and how it makes art “work.” If used in the right context, at the right moment, simply dropping the words "rhythm" and "composition" might make the date a huge success...
The Art Date

You know the drill... you're at a cocktail party or a gallery opening with a date and you really want to impress her. You're both gazing at a painting and she pops the question: "How does this art make you feel?" Now you have two options: either you make something up (which is not a bad idea) or you can actually say something meaningful. below is a short lesson on Balance in Composition that will help you sound sophisticated no matter what "Art Talk" obstacle come your way...
Hopper - Chop Suey

When the viewer considers a famous work of art the artist often comes to mind. What did the artist intend to communicate? Why does the artist choose this subject above others? What makes the art what it is: shape, line, use of space and volume, or the use of color? Consider four works of art by Hopper, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Degas. Consider four quotes by each of these artists as you look at their paintings. "If you could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint....No amount of skilful invention can replace the essential element of imagination." - Edward HopperEdward Hopper completed "Chop Seuy" in 1929, oil on canvas. According to the National Gallery of Art, Hopper and his wife often frequented a restaurant like the one depicted in this painting, and the artist depicts a moment "before or after the main event," -- the meal. The female figures do not seem to be engaged in conversation, and indeed though there is a degree of skillful invention in the composition, it is left to the reader to create the story, to fill in the blank. The artist has placed the scene at this restaurant on an upper...
Seurat - Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

The seeds of spring are starting to flower. The daffodils have poked their heads through the frost-bitten ground and the dogwood blooms are beginning. When we think of spring, we think of flowers, but it's also about life, about the days being longer and warmer. Spring poses a question: What enlivens you?Red. Scientifically speaking, color is nothing more than a visual effect of light transmitted or reflected off of objects. Red has the longest wavelength on the part of the color spectrum visible to the eye. This is why stop signs are red. It rivets the attention. To some it may seem aggressive; to others it may seem pleasantly exciting.The effects of color on emotion are widely discussed, but these are effects are based on little more than conjecture. It has sometimes been said that red is not only psychologically stimulating, but also has a physical effect on people by increasing their blood pressure and heart rate. Several studies have leaned toward and leaned away from this assumption. What we have learned through studies is that humans, and other mammals, associate red with “no.”In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science released a study that revealed that the male rhesus...
Rothko - White and Black in Blue

The word "modern" is defined "pertaining to present or recent times".  But what happens when Modern Art is no longer “present” or “recent”? To label the current period of art as Modern Art you should look to the forms and appearances of our modern realm and what art means to artist and the audiences in present time. Modern Art should be and is viewed as a swift and drastic art style with countless deviations.A different attitude towards art is arising from technology and society’s view of what is even considered art. In times past, artists were hired by only the wealthy and it was used as more of a status symbol by most. Now, art is art. It is acceptable to use art to express ourselves and show our inner feelings. What once might have been considered Abstract or Cubism is now being called Modern.  Artists are constantly looking for ways to provide an escape from reality. Abstract, Modern, Pop Art are all nothing new to the art world of course, but it has become more accepted in today's world.

On June 5th, an event occurred that won't happen again for more than a century – 105 years, to be exact! If you were lucky enough to have witnessed it... congratulations! For those who did not, you may be wondering what "it" was. What was the event? The transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun.This celestial spectacle is so rare, that schools, museums and astronomy clubs had Venus viewing parties!  It all began late Tuesday afternoon in the Western Hemisphere (Wednesday morning in the Eastern Hemisphere), as Venus appeared as a small black dot floating across the surface of our Sun.This unique event, a phenomenon called the “transit of Venus,” had both Earth-bound observers as well as astronauts aboard the International Space Station transfixed.Following a solar eclipse protocol, viewers could not stare directly at the sun, donning protective glasses (solar eclipse glasses which, for future reference, can be purchased at a local museum or online), looking through telescopes outfitted with special filters (at observatories and museums at the aforementioned view parties), wearing welder’s glasses (number 14 or darker), looking through a homemade cardboard pinhole projector or watching online via NASA’s broadcast , Slooh.com or one...