Art Stroll: Whitney Museum – Permanent Collection

I always enjoy time at the Whitney – it is a short 15 minutes PATH ride from here and every time I am there I also enjoy seeing changes in the permanent collection.

Florine Stettheimer, New York, Oil on Canvas – 1918

I love this painting – how Stettheimer worked the folds of Lady Liberty’s toga, the view , the frame!

Japer Johns, Two Maps, 1965,Encaustic, oil, found paper and cotton on canvas

just look at the details – swoon!

Louis Lozowick, Strike Scene, 1935 – Lithograph

What an impressive print – it also kind of blew my mind how much work went into into creating the plate and the print showing a split of a second moment – being so used to photography nowadays.

Reginald Marsh, Death Avenue, 1927, Oil, charcoal, fabricated chalk, and ink on canvas

This painting shows the “Death Avenue” as it was called before the 1930s – and before the elevated train tracks were built – nowadays more known as the High Line. The freight line would frequently cause the death of a pedestrian. Marsh chronicled everyday urban life in his paintings.

When asked for his advice to young painters, Marsh replied, “How to draw? Go out into the street, stare at the people. Stare, stare, keep on staring. Go to your studio, stare at your pictures, yourself, everything.”

Charles Demuth, Buildings, Lancaster, 1930, Oil and graphite pencil on composition board

Thomas Hart Benton, Poker Night, 1948, Tempera and oil on linen

This is a scene from the theatre play A Street Car Named Desire. The story is that the painting was a commission and the female actor on the right looking into this mirror was totally offended by her portrayal since she was not wearing anything like the neglige in the painting.

Fairfield Porter, Portrait of Ted Carey and Andy Warhol, 1960, Oil on linen

In 1960, Warhol and Carey commissioned Fairfield Porter to paint their portraits. They thought they could save money by requesting a double portrait which they planned to cut in two, each taking his half. But Porter foiled their scheme by posing them so closely together that they could not divide the forty-inch-square of painting without ruining it. Warhol ended up buying Carey’s share and ultimately giving the portrait to the Whitney Museum of American art in New York.

Good on you Fairfield- well played :)

George Tooker, The Subway, 1950, Tempera on composition board

I always feel haunted by this painting and cannot stop looking at it.

The people look trapped, the woman seems anxious. Where is she going? What are the guys doing in the cubicles? Is it modern live anxiety …or the anxiety of living in an Mc Carthy era? I always think about the later.

Rockwell Kent, Moonlight, Winter, c. 1940, oil on linen

Agnes Pelton, Untitled, 1931, Oil on canvas

I hope you enjoyed the little Art Stroll through the Whitney – see you soon again with a different stroll.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Well played indeed Fairfield Porter!
    I always enjoy your strolls although The Subway is just bizarre enough to make me uneasy. LOL

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  • Pam Hansen

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    I really enjoyed this, thank you for sharing your stroll. ❤️

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Watch Me – Art Journal

I can and I will. Watch Me!

I like this quote :) This is a page that started as a demo page at my workshops in Kentucky where I showed different techniques – I always love turning those pages into a finished spread.

some sketching with ink, stenciling and stamping

covering with gesso and taking away gesso

fun and quick.

here are some of the supplies I used besides acrylic paint and gesso:


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  • Sue Clarke

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    Inspiring words Nat!

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Nice to Meet You! with Josefine Fouarge

It’s time to get to know an artist with… Nice to Meet You! Today I’d like to present to you the inspiring art and story of my Creative Squad member Josefine Fouarge! We love Josefine’s expert use of layering and collage in her art journal pages and mixed media projects. Read on to learn more about her background:


Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us where you live:

Hi, I’m Josefine (aka HolyLise), a blogger and teacher with a focus on card making, art journaling and mixed media. I love sharing tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel as well as teaching classes in my local craft store or online. Originally, I’m from Germany but I moved to the US in 2014 to be with my (now) husband. Together we are living in Southern California and sharing our house with a princess dog, named Freedom (she has her name from the fact that she always jumped into freedom when she was a pup).

How do you make time to be creative?

I always manage to squeeze in some minutes here and there. Plus, I usually hide in my craft room over the weekend. Being creative helps me to relief stress and calm down, so it’s very important for me to find at least 5 minutes every day.

What are some of your favorite n*Studio stamps / stencils?

Kassel is my all-time favorite, shortly followed by Hamburg (no, there is no theme with German city names ;) ). The elephant parade is great for layered techniques. And let’s not forget the foam stamps, Manhattan being the one that I tend to use most often.

How do you love to use them?

I’m a fan of experimenting with patterns, mediums and techniques, and try to combine them differently every time. I like playing with contrasts, either by using complementary colors or by aligning patterns in new ways (or both together). Nathalie’s stamps and stencils are perfect for these types of experiments without making it complicated.

What is your favorite medium to work in? 

The messier, the better. It doesn’t matter if it’s inks, paints, texture mediums – I love getting my hands all colorful. A few of my favorite craft items are my Gel Press, PaperArtsy paints, Liquitex paint pens (thanks to Nathalie for introducing me to those) and Dreamweaver texture paste.

What inspires you to be creative? 

That’s a good question and I have a hard time answering it. I was never creative when I was younger (my mom would tell you something different, but really, I never was). I discovered all of this only after I moved to the US. Now I feel inspired by watching other artist on YouTube or during classes, by the weather, by impressions from anywhere or just by sitting in front of my craft table and looking at my supplies. Really anything, I guess. I definitely couldn’t narrow it down. Plus, my husband is a total enabler. Sometimes he gives me ideas for a page or a card. The fun part is that he knows exactly what art supplies I have and how I could use them.

Do you have a favorite artist?

Carl Spitzweg has been joining me my entire life. His painting “Der arme Dichter” (the poor poet) was hanging in my grandma’s house and I always liked it. When I was young, I didn’t know the name of the painting and I thought that his life must be amazing – laying in bed and reading all day, looking out of the window – not realizing what lifestyle I was idolizing. Later she added “Der Buecherwurm” (the book worm) which I also loved, considering that I’m an avid reader thanks to my grandma and mom who always supplied me with the best books.

Another artist that I have learned about just recently is Yayoi Kusama. Her polka dot pumpkins are amazing and she has such an amazing way of expressing herself. I was lucky enough to get tickets for her exhibition in LA to see her mirror rooms and her textured paintings (which are huge). Goosebumps, I’m telling you.

How did you get into art-making?

When I moved to the US in 2014 I was not allowed to work till I received the appropriate paperwork. So, I spent my time with watching videos and scrapbooking my wedding pictures. After I was done, I started looking at YouTube, searching for other people and their scrapbook pages to get ideas for more. Not long and I got into card making and once I found a local craft store and took my first art journaling class, I couldn’t stop. Today, I don’t scrapbook much anymore, but the love for making cards and filling my art journal pages is still there.

In three words, how does art-making make you feel?

Happy and calm


Thank you Josefine for sharing your story! If you’d like to learn about every member of our Creative Squad, be sure to check out the Nice to Meet You features for Maura, Tania, and Jennifer too! And here are some of the supplies that Josefine used to create the pieces you see in this post:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I had to look up The Poor Poet Josephine…so much to look at in that painting.
    I especially love the page you made with the earth tones…so delicious.

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    • Josefine Fouarge

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      Thank you, Sue! Yes, the poor poet is great for looking at it for hours! :)

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New Art Foamies Stamp June 2018 Release!

I am so excited about my new ArtFoamies Foam Stamps. They can be used with acrylic paint, ink and other paint media on paper, canvas, wood and other surfaces. Are you ready for some samples?

Let’s start with my new Hexagon shapes.

Clam Hex – This stamp is inspired by the simple beauty of a clam shell. With the versatile hex shape you can tile it up in a bunch of different ways, depending on how you orient the markings, and create different fields of pattern. Backgrounds, layers, focal points and more are possible.

Here is an art journal page using the Clam Hex alternating the direction of the stamp up and down.

The many possibilities of this stamp actually makes my head spin- I will go into details about those in the next couple weeks for sure :)

Space Oddity is inspired by none other than the amazingly talented David Bowie and the utterly unique and otherworldly places he transported us to through his music, style, and many personae. Look deep into this hex shaped design and begin your own creative journey. Designed with radial symmetry, you can tile this baby up and create an entire field of op art hex shapes. Backgrounds, layers, focal points and more are your destiny.

Here is an art journal spread with this puppy :)

This stamp makes me so happy :)

Maze Hex – This hex style foam stamp has a radial design that can be interpreted in so many ways.

Maybe you see a flower in its design? Maybe the winding pathways of a maze? How about the motion of a spinning piece of machinery?

Your choice ;) Use the Maze Hex on its own as a hypnotic focal point or tile it up to create a field of flowers background.

Diamond Hex– This stamp is inspired by the geometry of a faceted stone.

You can create fields of interesting patterns by repeating this pared down and modern interpretation.

Rotating the design as you go will give you additional variations to the field. Backgrounds, layers, focal points – yes, yes, and yes! Remember: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” LOL

did I get you hooked on those hexagon stamps yet?

But wait there is more ;)

Beacon Positive and Negative – set with two stamps, inspired by the gorgeous Art Deco era buildings known as The Beacon in Jersey City.  These towers sit on a hilltop not far from where I live, and can be seen from miles around in the night sky.

Just as a beacon guides travelers on their way and provides safe passage to ships in the night, these stamps offers a radial, starburst style design to call attention to your art, mixed media projects, and art journal pages.

Use the positive and negative stamps as single designs or together for a unique layering effect.

Weave – was inspired by the simple, visual rhythm of woven fabric.

The repeating design is great for stamping multiple times to create continuous patterned backgrounds. Where? In your artwork, mixed media projects, block printing, art journal, fabric and textile projects, on your gelli plate, and wherever you CREATE!

I love it, simple yet pretty cool.

Antique Tile – was inspired by the beautiful wrought iron balconies, gates, and fences known as “Iron Lace” in and around the city of New Orleans.

Add a bit of Antique Victorian style, old world Spanish tradition, or French Creole flair with this pattern.

The ornate design of this one is perfect for layering or creating intricate backgrounds in your artwork, mixed media projects, block printing, in your art journal, etc.

And last but not least…

Amsterdam – was inspired by the beautiful and progressive city of Amsterdam.

Traveling to Amsterdam I always enjoy the lush markets overflowing with bundles of tulips and flowers, and the old and new architectural styles living side-by-side.

and that is it for now :) All of the designs are in the store now and ready to be shipped out :)


But… WAIT …..WAIT…..

Do you want to win the new stamps? I am giving away to one lucky winner a nice package of ALL the new stamps!

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner Nancy Faulls!!!

Here is how you can win:

  1. Comment on this blog post which of the new stamps is your favorite.  You can can actually get another entry if you
  2. join me at my Facebook Live event today starting at 4pm EST here and share the recorded video afterwards with your Facebook Followers.

I am very happy to announce that the winner of my new foam stamps is Nancy Faulls! She will receive the full set of my 8 new designs to use in her creative projects. We’d also like to say a BIG thank you to EVERYONE who tuned into the Facebook Live event yesterday to join the fun Kaffeeklatsch we had and all those who shared that video. We also send a BIG thank you to everyone who read the blog post announcing the new stamps and who made such nice comments on there. Half of the fun of these new product reveals is getting to share my excitement for the new designs with you and hopefully inspiring you to try your own style of using them in your artmaking. You guys rock!

 

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  • Glenda

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    Oh my gosh, all of the designs are wonderful but my absolute favorites are Antique Tile and the Weave. Cutting the weave up is so intriguing. Thanks for all you do

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All Shapes and Sizes – Jennifer Gallagher

  

Happy Tuesday from the Creative Squad! Today we have a post from Jennifer Gallagher that will definitely inspire you to up your summer entertaining game! Jennifer brings us some awesome stamped and embroidered napkins using my Valley Road and Mini Batik Pattern 1 foam stamps, and inspired by this month’s theme: All Shapes and Sizes – Circles and squares, big and small, let’s mix it up and play with different shapes and sizes this month. Just because things are different doesn’t mean they can’t look great together!


This month we are celebrating all shapes and sizes. I am a firm believer that mixing shapes and patterns leads us to the most interesting design. With that in mind, I am making a fun set of stamped and embroidered napkins that mix some of my favorite n*Studio ArtFoamies. Although I am using different shapes and designs, you will find they compliment each other quite well.

I started with a package of four white 100% cotton dinner napkins designed for embroidery. Make sure to prewash these types of items to remove the sizing. After washing and drying them, I gave them a quick steam to knock out the majority of the wrinkles. I then laid a large piece of cardboard under the area I would be stamping to prevent the paint from soaking through to the layers underneath.

I didn’t have any textile paint on hand, but I did have some textile medium. I mixed up my paint with the medium according to the directions. This product turns your regular acrylic paint into fabric paint. I settled on a bright and cheerful yellow.

Next, I dipped my ArtFoamie onto the paint. It is important not to overload your stamp with too much paint. ArtFoamies are very high quality stamps and will hold the paint and leave a wonderful impression. There is no need to load too much paint as it will seep into the negative spaces of your stamp and leak out once pressed down. I am stamping with Nat’s Mini Batik Pattern 1 stamp and the Valley Road stamps.

Once the paint dried, I placed my napkin into a four inch embroidery hoop. After choosing a handful of colors to embroider with, I began some basic stitching. You don’t need to be an embroidery whiz to add some basic stitches to your napkins. There is a wealth of free information online about embroidery. If you have never tried it before just do a quick google search.

Each napkin has a variety of stitches and colors used. You can customize your own set by varying the n*studio artfoamies you use and the colors you coordinate.

These fun napkins are perfect for a summer picnic. I hope I have inspired you to stamp and embroider your own items. Be sure to share with us what you create! Enjoy.


Thank you Jennifer – these napkins made me so happy. What a cheery and fun project! Here are some of the supplies that Jennifer used:




And if you feel inspired to share some of your own projects with my stamps and stencils, please send them my way. I post projects almost every month in my Inspiration From Around the Globe posts!

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Workshops in Oregon, Cali, & Online

Hello my West Coast friends! I am coming to Runaway Art & Craft Studio in Salem, OR in October to teach 2 workshops: one that is all about getting the most from your Gelli Plate and a second one that is a NEW art journaling class.

Saturday October 13th, 2018: Uber Gelli Plate Printing

Join me for a day long class, diving into the basics and beyond of gelli plate printing. We’ll play with pattern making and we’ll discuss color theory and design. I will introduce you to the Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman and we’ll learn different ways to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings. Using self made tools, stamps and stencils, we’ll take your gelli plate printing to a whole new level. This is the ultimate in uber fun and easy printing techniques.

To register: call Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 503-881-6270 or email christy@runawayart.com

Here are some fun photos from when I taught this class last – so many beautiful prints, happy faces and great memories!!!

And the next day a brand NEW Art Journaling class that you will love…

Sunday October 14th, 2018: Transfer, Trace, Transform

Get ready to transform your art journal!

Join me for a fun day of exploring different ways to trace and transfer images into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred photos can serve either as a building block of your layering process or as a stand alone focal point of a page. Tracing techniques provide just as many creative choices, and we’ll learn loose tracing techniques based on different image sources to give you a variety of options for your art journaling. Not only are there many ways to actually transfer or trace images, there are also many ways to transform those images in your art journal into something personal and unique.

To register: call Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 503-881-6270 or email christy@runawayart.com

This is a brand new workshop that I am super excited to share with you. Here are some of my own art journal pages that use techniques that we will be learning in the class:

I hope to see you there and maybe you make it a full out Artsy Weekend and join me for both :)

Also don’t forget if you are in Northern California I am teaching in July workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA:

July 29: Uber Gelli Plate Printing – Take your gelli plate printing to the next level with this one day workshop on mono printing and layered printmaking.

July 30: Art Rules- Art in  Translation Art Journaling – A one day art journaling adventure where we take inspiration from the techniques of master artists and then translate it to our own unique style.

Sign up for these workshops in San Jose by July 8th for Early Bird pricing!

And finally, maybe you cannot see me on the West Coast and maybe you LOVE taking an online workshop and still learn something new:

Art Journal Summer School is just for you – Join me and 12 other awesome teachers for a 10 week online workshop to keep you art journaling this summer. This workshop is designed to fit in your busy summer schedule – no big commitments here! There will be 21 fun, short downloadable videos and 1 e-book, and all of the teachers will be using similar materials that can fit in a small travel bag, so you can take us with you, wherever you go this summer!

Hurry Up: AJSS begins July 1!

See you here, there, and everywhere this summer :)

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Art Stroll: Bodys Isek Kingelez at MoMA

A couple weeks ago my friends and I went to the opening of Bodys Isek Kingelez – City Dreams at MoMA.

Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948 – March 14, 2015) was a sculptor and artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, mostly known for his models of fantastic cities made of cardboard and packaging.

This exhibition is the first solo retrospective the institution has ever organized for a black African artist. Wow …hey MoMA what took you so long?

Kingelez started to build his city sculptures in the beginning of the 80s.

To make a living he worked as a restorer at the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaïre. He got the job after he took one of his maquettes to the museum. The staff there found the sculpture so sophisticated that they accused him of stealing it and demanded that he’d create another one in front of them, so they could proof he was lying. Kingelez created a piece in front of them and the institution offered him a position.

Though the cities and buildings he created were fictional, they were built as an optimistic view of architecture’s power to change a city’s circumstance.

The curator Sarah Suzuki said ” He saw himself as able to help people understand how to live in a more harmonious, peaceful, beautiful, lively, world, one with candy-colored, translucent structures that constitute a proposal for how to live better.”

He once said, “A building without color is like a naked person.”

there is a lot to take in with this show

First the details as you zoom in

then all the different materials used

then the recognition of known or unknown architectural structures

and lastly more complex the search for meaning.

Going with my friends was as always wonderful – it is always fun to see what your friends point out and see.

The exhibition runs until the end of January and I will for sure come back.

It just spoke to me in a joyful way- exploring and figuring out what he used and how it works.

I wouldn’t want to live in a city like this in real live- thinking of it in a real way actually seems oppressive.

I hope you enjoyed this little art stroll :) What did you think about it?

 

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Important – Art Journal Spread

“It’s not about “What can I do?” – It is all about “What can WE do?”.

I Used acrylic paints and spray paints with my Santiago and Manhattan Stencil.

I sketched with ink on deli paper and then added it to the page.

while the paint was still wet I added some black and titanium white acrylic paint with a palate knife

I also used some rub ons that I found why cleaning up my studio – the “important” note as well as the green stars are from an old set.

Here are some of the supplies that I used in my art journal:


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Inspired by Paducah, Kentucky

A couple weeks ago I taught some workshops in Paducah Kentucky, which was so much fun – but on top of it I also loved how inspirational this town is.

Well …first of all- the tiny airport made me smile …

when the one and only and tiny baggage belt started ringing an alarm indicating the baggage comes out I snorted and laughed out loud ….

I loved Kristin’s gorgeous planters with succulent outside the studio

tiny typewriter platers, what is not to love about it?

Wooden Sculpture – amazing!

Also all around the store were differently painted hydrants – it was fun to look out for them.

Aren’t those cool?

At the same time I was there there happened to be a Art and Music Festival and of course, there were tons of BBQ stands- this one proudly displayed all the trophies they won. And yes…I ate BBQ – lots of BBQ LOL

I loved those goggly eyes in a bush

But my favorite part of Paducah def. were all the beautiful and unique old houses. So gorgeous – look at the brickbuilding on top – that one was abandoned and had a secret garden in the back

 

Look at this one – so so so beautiful

This building looked like a little castle

and I love the porch and the windows on this one.

And I totally lost my heart on this cute litte Dutch Colonial …look at the cute heart shutter boards – swoon!

Cannot wait to sketch  more houses :) Hope you enjoyed the little stroll through Paducah !

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