A talk about Art

Hello, the purpose of this blog is to help bring to life a love of all art that is out there. Here you will find the masters to the most current artists out there. You will have a chance to learn a little about them and share your thoughts on their work. And along the way we will have some fun and questions and trivia about anything ART.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Figurehead

Have you ever wondered why they put sculptures called "Figureheads" on the fronts of ships?  And why they don't do it anymore?

So maybe you have never wondered, but I ran across this first picture and it made me wonder.  So I did what any curious person does, and I Googled it. 

It actually started with the Vikings painting eyes on the fronts of their ships so that they looked menacing.  Eventually it became beautiful ornaments to decorate the ship and tell you the name at the same time.  And then eventually as ships became battering rams they didn't want the sculptures destroyed so they stopped using them.  But the practice was around for almost 400 years.


So do you think this is a fad that should come back or stay in the past?  If they brought it back for our military ships what do you think they should put on the fronts?  What would you carve into a sculpture and put at the front of your ship, if you had one?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Finding art in your closet

I know sometimes it is hard to think of all of the different ways we make art, but have you ever thought of clothing?  It is an art major, but did you think of that this morning when you got dressed? 

I think we can all agree that a dancers dress like this is a work of art in its own right, but do you think of the clothes that you wear as art?



I am just curious if you have ever thought of your wardrobe as as work of art?  And that being said, does that make it your own work of art, since you have picked the items that are in it?  Do you have any pieces that you agree could be works of art?  Now that I have brought this up will you look at your own clothes selection more carefully, or not?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin Art

I love this time of year.  I love the colors and the temps and of course the pumpkin carvings.  I am always amazed by how artists can take a pumpkin and sculpt it into amazing images with some of the most basic tools out there.  Just check out these pumpkin carvings that I found.




So what do you think?  Do you like the spooky or the creepy ones?  Do you like them to look gross or do you just like to check out the details?  What would you carve if you had the chance and the ability to make one of these pumpkins?

Can lace be a sculpture?

Well can it?

When you think of lace what do you think of?  Something light, delicate and usually white.  Or at least that is what I think of.  Did you have any other thoughts about it?

Well the artist Agnes Herczag has come up with a new vision of what you can do with lace.  She uses colored thread to create images on found objects (usually sticks).  She creates incredibly detailed images by hand sewing them into the designs that she wants.






So what do you think of her art?  Do you think they are sculptures?  If not, what type of category would you put them in?  Is this something that you would like to try?  Which one is your favorite or which one is your least favorite?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leading to Adventure

So I am curious.  Does this interest you more as an artistic piece or as a literary piece?  In other words, do you admire it for being a work of art or does it make you want to curl up with a good book and lose yourself into the story?  Would you pick up this book if this was on the cover?  What do you think the story would be about?  Does it remind you of any books that you have read?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Can you feel it?

If you have done any searching on this blog you will figure out that I enjoy paint that has texture to it.  Basically that means that someone applied a really heavy layer of paint to create their work of art, and this flower painting is no exception.


For me, I am in love with not only the texture but the color (blue is my tone).  I even love how they photographed it next to the fluffy white pillow.  It is such a contrast, and I just want to sit there and touch both of these items.  I am really intrigued by how they achieved the texture and the mixing of paint.  If you look at the corners towards the center and see how the color changes, but the petals feel fairly uniform in size and shape at the same time.

What do you think about this piece?  Is it too simple?  Is it something that you would like to try to do?  If so, what color would you do this piece in?  What is your color tone?  Would you pay $600 for this work of art?  (Actual price)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Doing a Double Take

An artist is supposed to find ways to make the viewer think about the world in a different way.  Sometimes that can be simple and sometimes that can be very tricky or at least tricky on the eye.  I am in love with visual images that create optical illusions.  It's not hard to find these images on the internet because so many people are playing and working with Photoshop now days.  Here are a few really good ones that I found.





So what do you think of these images?  Do you have a favorite one?  Or would you have done something different with one of the images to make it better?  Can you think of a really cool photo combination that you would like to try?