Tag Archives: Inspiration

Urban Decay

20 Apr
Urban Decay

“Ring of Fire”, 20″x16″ Watercolor on Terraskin, 2018 Katie Turner

A quick thanks to those local art-lovers who came out last week for my Urban Vibe Art reception.  It was so very nice to meet you.  Those who couldn’t make it – you were missed.  Thanks!

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Urban Vibe: Watercolors by Katie Turner

1 Apr
Keep Out

“Keep Out” Watercolor by Katie Turner 2018

Paintings from Katie Turner’s “Urban Vibe” series incorporate her loose style with the structure of city buildings. Cities have contradictory traits, much the same as people with creative spirits, some of which fuels her inspiration. Her paintings are rich with color, shape and emotion. The colors she chooses speak to the excitement of city growth and beauty. On the other hand, color choice also lends itself to the dark side of decay, danger and destruction. As she paints, these cities seem to have their own spirit as they go in unplanned directions, colors mixing and mingling and developing on their own. It is exciting to see how these urban landscapes develop and the stories they tell.

Join us for a reception on Thursday, April 12, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. FREE

(Show runs for the month of April 2018)

Hosted by Petit Branch Library – Onondaga County Public Libraries

105 Victoria Place, Syracuse, New York 13210

Transforming Reality

23 Mar
Confetti Mountain

“Confetti Mountain” Watercolor by Katie Turner

In allowing greater creativity to unfold in my paintings, I’ve worked hard to eliminate and simplify.  Without losing too many of my white areas, I built an abstract foundation with delicate calligraphic accents to evoke an illusion of reality.  Most of the time I like to use larger brushes because they force me to stay loose.  The reality of the scene in front of me may include many excellent details but the simplification and editing can help me to transform it into more of a feeling.  Transforming reality is my key to freedom.  ~ Katie

Munch Created His Own Style

6 Mar
the-scream

The Scream, 1893 by Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (1863-1944), the Norwegian artist whose art covered themes of love, death, isolation and pain had developed his own style.

Although he had health issues, particularly in his younger years, he painted almost every day.  His last thirty years he spent mostly in isolation, producing a phenomenal amount of work (around 1,100 paintings).

His paintings were constantly changing and he often would repeat paintings, changing subtle things each time.  Munch is considered a unique artist due to his fluidity, meaning his style was changing from day to day and period to period.

Not all of his paintings were masterpieces and some of his most famously renowned paintings had critics who loved them and also critics who hated them.

Although he was accused of copying the styles of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Renoir he denied it saying that yes, some of his techniques may be similar but his painting was unique and with these other artists, he was only related in time.

Munch was both criticized and praised for his innovative “turpentine paintings” which allowed the canvas to be visible.  He spent years developing his “turpentine paintings” techniques.  Although he was aware of the influence of his contemporaries, Munch always remained faithful to his own style.

To view some of his paintings click here: http://munchmuseet.no/en/munch

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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