Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth (Genesis 9: 16 NIV).
Fourteen more articles to start your Friday creative streak:
- Melanie McNeil shares the quilts she made in 2016.
- I think you may be obsessive compulsive if you do this, but I love the results. I may have to try this idea…
- Nostalgia time. My husband had one of these in his classroom to help his students improve their listening skills.
- Are you jealous when you see all the creative things other people are doing?
- Combining loves of ballet and reading.
- The illustrations of Hanna McCaffery.
- I think a dragon is the perfect subject for a quilt.
- A grandfather posts a drawing a day for his grandchildren on his Instagram account.
- Um, some of these one-of-a-kind Etsy finds are examples of creativity gone awry.
- Scrap paper sculpture.
- Joel Kioko, a young ballet dancer from Kenya.
- The embroidery of Humayrah Bint Altaf
- Norm 2.0 is known for his Thursday Doors photography posts, but here he combines doors and street art.
- How do you do free-motion quilting at a retreat? Like this.
Käthe Schmidt was born July 8, 1867, in Königsberg, East Prussia (then, part of Germany; now Kaliningrad, Russia). She studied art in Berlin and Munich, and in 1891 married Dr. Karl Kollwitz and settled in Berlin. A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, she is one of the foremost German artists of the first half of the twentieth century.
Her early subjects were primarily poor and oppressed people. Her goal was to help bring about social justice through her art.
In 1914, her youngest son, Peter, died while a soldier in Flanders during the Great War (World War I). His loss affected Kollwitz profoundly. Thereafter, war and death were recurring themes in her work.
Her art is characterized by misery, despair, and impending death.
The video below highlights many of her pieces. Sprinkled here and there are a few less dark works.
Käthe Kollwitz died April 22, 1945, near Dresden, Germany.
Visit the links below for more information about Kollwitz:
Fourteen articles to impart sweet delight to your day:
- More from the Utah Quilt Show.
- Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you outlined your new novel yet? Here are seven methods to choose from (I’ve used the last two.)
- Nature photography.
- I disagree that classical music is boring. However, if you are being forced to listen, here are some strategies to enjoy.
- I want this guy to paint my house.
- Cross the street in high style. No jaywalking.
- Work out like a ballerina.
- Steampunk sculptures made from old watch parts.
- This might be the most beautiful bookstore in the world.
- The cross-pollination of ideas.
- What’s your excuse for not taking a dance class?
- How to design the life you want.
- Beautiful, inexpensive jewelry.
- Old gardening gloves transformed into artwork.
Tom Otterness, born in Wichita, Kansas in 1952, is one of the foremost public art sculptors in the world. His quirky bronzes can be found in Münster, Germany; Toronto, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; and the New York City Subway, among other places.
He moved to New York City in 1970 to study at the Arts Students League, and has lived there ever since.
Otterness’ world appears to be inhabited by round-headed cartoon figures.
Please click on the smaller images above to see enlargements and photographer credits.
Photographs in this article are used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.
If you are in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area any time between now and April 3, 2016, be sure to visit the Arizona Fine Art Expo.
In North Scottsdale on the west side of Scottsdale Road just south of Jomax, set up near MacDonalds Ranch are 44,000 square feet of tents sheltering exhibits of the work of 120 artists. Passes for the duration of the show are $10 ($8 for military and ages 55+). The Expo is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Plan to go back for multiple visits. I began to get museum overload after three hours. You can’t see everything in one trip.
And if you are in the market for one or more large statement pieces for your home or business, this is the place you’ll find it.
Mind you, this is not a craft show; this is juried fine art (translation: prices range well into the thousands of dollars). The work is by established artists, many of whom have decades of experience. Most come from Arizona and surrounding states; others from as far away as Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota. Some of the artists are actually producing work at the Expo, and most are happy to talk about their creative process. Many make custom artwork.
What is noteworthy about this show is its diversity. From painting, photography, and sculpture to ceramics, furniture, and less-easily categorized pieces. Lots of Western art, as you would expect from the origins of the artists, but also every style—realistic, abstract, impressionist, folk, cartoonish, and uniquely original.
In an outdoor space surrounded by the tents, there is a garden where some of the larger sculptures are located, along with seating and tables for lunch or a quick snack. There is even a cafe.
Here is a lovely writing table by John Montoya:
Note the stone inlay:
This credenza is a joint project between John and his wife Betsy Montoya, who painted the colorful buffalo panel.
And this console table is covered in cow hide
and has inlay on the top.
The photographic images below are by Lee Hendrickson. Watch ARHtistic License for an article about him on March 22, 2016.
The map below is by Janelle Lindley. Come back to ARHtistic License on April 19, 2016 for an article about her process.
Some of Ed Caldie‘s artwork hints at another of his passions.
A pianist, he said, “I wish I could make a visual representation of what I hear when I listen to music.” I think he did a pretty good job with Rhapsody. Musicians would understand this:
And one more, Arpeggio:
David Garrison spends part of his year painting in France. Is it just me, or do you see a little Degas influence in his work:
Scott Woodward works in sculpture and mixed media. He loves intense color.
Scott L. Wallis paints lush landscapes and florals.
Paula Yates does life-like bronze sculpture:
Bob Coonts‘ love of animals and color shows in his work:
It is said that after Beethoven lost his hearing, he took the legs off his piano, the better to feel the vibrations through the floor. Here is sculptor Phillip Payne‘s rendering of Beethoven: Feeling the Music:
I hope to go back to the Arizona Fine Art Expo at least once more before it closes, and take some more photographs to share. In the meantime, though, go, if you can. It’s a feast for the eyes. And maybe you can even buy something to enjoy in your own home.