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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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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.

Watercolor Show Reception

23 Aug
First Harvest

“First Harvest” Watercolor on Yupo by Katie Turner 16″x20″

The Central New York Watercolor Society has its second Signature Show of 2017 at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery.  The Show reception is this Sunday, August 27th from 3:00-5:00 for those who are located in Central New York area.  It’s a lovely area to visit, with delightful coffee and cheese shop and boutiques.

The Exhibition runs until September 22nd, 2017.  The Kirkland Art Gallery hours: 9-4:30 Tuesday-Friday and by appointment.  Click here for more information on KAC: KAC Link

The CNYWS show will exhibit 41 pieces of watercolor and I’ve posted one of my watercolors that will be on display at the Show.  A second piece titled “Wisteria” will also be on display.  Hope to see you there.

Katie

Show Closing

28 Jul
watercolor painting, flowers, abstract

“Flower Dance #2” watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 29th, 2017 will be the final day art lovers can view the Point of Contact Gallery Summer Art Show.  

Three of my watercolors are included in this show (one is pictured above).  For those who are near Syracuse, New York, you may wish to stop by the show and check out all the great artworks.  There are many different artists with a variety of styles.

40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force (PATF) and Point of Contact Gallery collaborated to hold this 3rd annual summer art show.  Free parking is available in the Syracuse University lot on the corner of West Street and Fayette Street.  

Point of Contact Gallery located at 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.  

Works will be on display the final day July 29 from 12-5 p.m.

For more information call the gallery at (315) 443-2169 or email pointofcontactgallery@gmail.com or http://www.puntopoint.org