Cadmium-Free Paint

18 Dec

Today I received a sample of paint from Liquitex.  They have a new Cadmium-Free acrylic paint out and are encouraging artists to test their paint and see if you can really tell the difference between the Cadmium-Free and the regular paint.  Some artists say that the Cadmium paints are more vibrant with better opacity but there is a health risk with Cadmium.  Here are my test samples below.   I don’t know which tube, A or B has the cadmium but will have to visit liquitex.com to learn the results of their artist challenge.  I really couldn’t tell the difference.   They both seem to function the same with the same coverage.   If you would like read more about it, go to https://www.liquitex.com/cadmium-free-challenge/

 

liquitex tubes

a testb test

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Web-Brutalism: Rebel Web Design

4 Dec

Design has always been an interest of mine, so when I read about web-brutalism design in my favorite graphics magazine, I knew I had to find out what it was.

Web-brutalists are digital designers that create raw, irreverent, ugly websites.  They are more concerned with simplicity and truth than comfort and frivolity.  The younger generation is designing this way as a reaction to the busy, lavish, opulent websites that are out there now.   Some designers claim the old design rules are causing the death of creativity and that Web-brutalism with its noncompliance encourages creativity and diversity.  Of course a good designer will know which rules to break and which to keep.

In the past two decades, we have moved from an information age to an innovation age.  Both need to work synchronously as technology becomes increasingly mobile.  Technology needs to be wearable, fashionable and fit seamlessly into our lives.  Standardization is a major factor for everyone.  New ideas need to coordinate with existing services to work.  Today we see that with some design, for example, a charging cable can be used by several electronic devices.  On the web you will see templates as another example, with users on WordPress blogs, etsy shops and eBay sellers using standardized designs.  Web-Brutalists are designing as a response to these templates and standardizations by using original designs that break out of the mold.  These brutalist websites tend to be more flat, text-heavy and simple sites (see examples below).

Pascal Deville, a Creative Director from Zurich wrote about the web-brutalism movement in 2014.    Deville had noticed some designers were using odd-looking work and wrote about it.  He started a website where designers could submit their websites.  With this movement growing, webbrutalism.com is receiving over 100 submissions a day from many different countries and industries.  This design style is growing in popularity today and is a new authentic voice reaching target audiences.

Check out some of the unique websites:

www.webbrutalism.com

www.awwwards.com/brutalism-brutalist-websites.html

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Breaking Away From The Brush (Just for a little bit)

22 Nov

Holiday Pocket ATCs - my first SMALL

 

I’m pretty comfortable around my brush and palette, so when an opportunity to try something new recently came up, I dove right in.  I had to say yes to trying a Pocket Letter swap.  It’s something I have never tried before so I figured it would be a great exercise.  I am familiar with ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and have been swapping with other artists for years, but what is a Pocket Letter?

A Pocket Letter is an interesting way to communicate with a pen pal or friend.  You fill up a 9 pocket trading card sleeve with ATCs of a theme, then inside the pockets you tuck in little goodies.  These goodies might be washi tape samples, homemade papers, ribbon, stickers, buttons, embellishments, tea bags, sequins, etc.  One of the pockets holds a letter from you to the recipient.  To keep from paying too much in postage make sure you keep the items relatively flat so the sleeve can be folded in thirds and mailed in a business sized envelope.

I found it interesting to design the pocket as a whole larger piece that was still able to break down into individual ATCs.  I was able to use a favorite vintage photo in my piece and it fit the composition well.  It was a fun exercise and I may try it again sometime.

Here are just a few links with various info on the Pocket letter movement and how it’s done.

What Are Pocket Letters Janette Lane

Jane Lane Shows Pocket Letter Sample

Another video of sample Pocket Letter

 

Inspired Mandalas

31 Oct
fruit and logo

Simple Shapes to Inspire Mandala Drawing

madala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing

Mandala Fruit with logo

Fruit Inspired Mandals Drawing, Ink & Watercolor

Mandala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing using stencils

Mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit.  It signifies wholeness and usually begins with a central point with patterns that radiate outward.  Louise Gale (Mandala For the Inspired Artist by Walter Foster Publishing) explains that we are “to think of a mandala as a sacred space.”

Mandalas can occur in nature and are seen in flowers, the moon, the sun, and more.  Although Mandalas are specifically associated with Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan artwork the geometric patterns can be seen in other cultures.  Often you will see them on buildings, in various art forms, and in religious text and religious items around the world.

I photographed some fruit I had in my home.  The kiwi, clementine and tomato were sliced in half and have some very interesting shapes within.  They gave me a creative starting point for my drawings.  I found the process very relaxing, giving me time to reflect on the intricate beauty of simple things.  Take a look around your home or office and see if you can find simple items to inspire your own Mandala drawing.

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Fall Radisson Art Show & Sale

13 Oct
Fireweed Watercolor Painting

“Fireweed” Watercolor by Katie Turner

 

Calling all local art lovers.  Please join me this weekend for the 2017 Fall Radisson Art show in Baldwinsville, New York.

Sat., Oct 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct 15, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Over 40 local artists will be displaying their art and the event is free.  Free parking, Free Admission and Free Refreshments.  A raffle will be held to win some beautiful donated art and the proceeds benefit the Student Scholarship Fund.  Hope you can make it.

For more information visit CNYAG website here: CNY Art Guild Postcard Invitation & coupon

Feeling Old? Make Some Art.

28 Sep
Fall Leaves 2017

“Fall Leaves” Watercolor by Katie Turner. http://www.KTArtStudio.com

Creating Art will keep you healthy.  The latest NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Research and Analysis Quarterly Newsletter (September 2017 issue) announced a new report finds older adults who create art and attend art events have better health outcomes than those who don’t.

Although there are challenges to getting older adults to events, the benefits can’t be ignored.  Those who both created art and attended arts events showed higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of hypertension and other physical conditions.  The art activities included more than visual art (painting, photography, graphic design, film, sculpting, ceramics, knitting, jewelry-making, etc.), performing arts (dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, acting) and also the literary arts (reading and writing prose or poetry), etc.  Attending arts activities was defined as listening to a live concert, going to a museum or gallery or seeing a film.

The research found that even if the adult did not create and only attended an arts event, there were still positive benefits.  But the greatest benefits came from doing both.  This study is one of many research projects the NEA has going on.  The NEA has a five-year research plan which touches on the topics of social, scientific and behavioral aspects.   To read more about the report, follow this link:  https://www.arts.gov/news/2017/new-report-reveals-findings-about-arts-and-health-older-adults

September Reception

5 Sep
Along-the-St.-Lawrence-shore-in-the-Fall

 Rocky Shore on the St. Lawrence      16″x20″    Watercolor  on paper  by Katie Turner

 

The Central New York Art Guild has a show at the Baldwinsville Library for the month of September 2017.  There are many paintings and sculpture pieces from the CNY Art Guild members on view.   The painting pictured above is one of the several watercolors I have on display.  I was inspired by the rough rocks along the shore of the St. Lawrence river and the delicate flowers that grow in such a challenging location.

The reception will be Monday, September 11, 2017   Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm with light refreshments.