Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

Suddenly February is nearly gone and for most of us our New Year resolutions are a thing of the past. So maybe its time to take a few minutes and revisit them. I did. With shows, writing and working in the studio I was fully charged with ideas and energy.¬† And then I came across a post that stopped me. It’s the publication of Diebenkorn’s sketch books. It made me want to look at mine. So I started pulling them out and exploring ideas and images I had jotted down over the years. Amazing how this can build that spark of imagination and inspiration we sometimes need. It also made me realize that I had not been carrying a sketch book with me anymore. This was an important resolution I had made. The blog about how Diebenkorn would put down a book and return to it months or years later was inspiring. So I grabbed one sitting on a shelf, found a few empty pages and did a few sketches. Click here to see the post and sketchbooks

Bob Davies post in Art Tudor explores framing art.

So many styles and sizes of frame. So many colours to choose. Is it a watercolour or pastel ? Should it have a mount or mat colour? Should it be a single mount or a double one?¬†Matching, plain or contrasting colours? Non-reflective or plain picture glass or acrylic sheet? etc. etc. –

There was a great article on Contemporary art on the Art Critical blog by Noah Dillon

The Zombies: Contemporary Abstraction and Its Critics– Definitely worth reading with a discussion from such artists as Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney along with Bob Nickas as Moderator.

Click here for the link

That’s it for now so remember;

Imagination is Never Still. The Marks we make are Verbs

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Donald Kolberg graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and co-founded Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. He continued his Master studies at Otis Art Institute. While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. In Artcore he worked under the guidance of Lydia Takashita. With their teaching Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. He incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form through Sculpture and Painting.

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