Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wallace Nutting

Most people don't know who Wallace Nutting is.  Unless you are exposed to his photographs or love historical furniture his name is not well known.  I came across his unique art form when I was thumbing through a box of old photographs and postcards. They were quite old, before the era of color photography yet they were so colorful, they almost looked otherworldly.  Most were just blank but a few had the signature Wallace Nutting on them. After doing a little research I discovered that he was a pioneer of hand colored photography.
He was a minister who retired in his early 40's because of ill health.  He had two hobbies, photography and bicycling.  He combined the two, taking many photographs of the New England countryside.  He hand colored them to make them more interesting using oil paints, solvents, small brushes and solvents.  They became so popular at his peak he had 200 "colorists" working for him.
I used his method to do some hand colored photos on my own.  It is a long time consuming process but the end result can be really special.
This is one of my favorites.  If you zoom in you can see where the color is applied.
Below is Sunset in Rockport NFS

 



Pretty Things
5x7 photo in museum quality 8x10 mat

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Buttons

This 10x10 collage of found objects was done after a course I took with Carol Nelson.  Not only is Carol a talented painter but she is a great teacher and experimenter. 
This is not so much an example of Carol's art but my interpretation of her technique using found objects I liked.
Please visit Carol Nelson's website and enjoy.
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Buttons

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Red Pail

This 8x10 oil is of a little girl playing on the beach enjoying a sunny summer day in a more mellow way. You don't have to surf, swim, play volley ball or Frisbee to enjoy the beach.  Sitting by the water or in the water is a great way to cool off , enjoy the ocean and have a great time.

Red Pail

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Little Abstract

Part of the joy of art is trying new things.  Art is a form of expression that actually wants you to stray from the norm, get out of your "comfort zone" so to speak.  If you have seen my Etsy shop or blog before you know my comfort zone is landscapes, I really love them. There is something so comforting to me about large areas of color.  One blending into another. But, you will also note I have lots of other kinds of paintings and even different kinds of art on my site.
This is a 5x7 oil abstract of a marsh seen in a different way.  It also uses large areas of color but only suggest what they may be.  I really had fun with this.  I like imagining different scenes each time I look at it.
I did a larger one first and used some of the suggestions from followers on this smaller one.
Enjoy.


Abstract II



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Fun

This is a little 5x7 oil of my granddaughter Stephanie for our July challenge, Summer Fun.  She was visiting from Massachusetts and wanted to learn to surf.  We went up to Ron Jon's in Cocoa and she took a few lessons and had a great time.  I always loved this photo even though it didn't show her face.  You could tell from her stance, the water swirling around her and her determination she was really into it.
What could say summer more in Florida than riding the waves.  Even though it is very hot here in the summer the beaches make it cool in a different way. 

Stephie


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bottle and Pitcher

This 11x14 oil was painted during a workshop I took several months ago with Elio Comacho.  Elio is such a talented artist, anyone who is lucky enough to take one of his workshops learns so much.  He is so generous with his time, knowledge and talent. 
I really like the simplicity of the set up.  Each piece stands out so you can really appreciate the colors.
If you would like to see more of Elio's work visit his website,
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Bottle and Pitcher
 
 






Saturday, June 17, 2017

WOW

WOW is the World of Wearable Art completion that is held in New Zealand every year.  It is such a fantastic, imaginative show.  Everything has to be wearable no matter what materials they use. I was lucky enough to be able to see the traveling museum show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
I saw costumes made of plastic, wool, wood, metals and so many other things.  I just loved it.  You can view some of the costumes online and keep an eye out the new show is in September.  They always have videos to watch.  Just google wearable art or WOW.
Here are a few of the spectacular costumes designed and made by these amazing artists.







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