Showing posts with label Visual Arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Visual Arts. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

L’Artiste who painted herself

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” 
― Madeleine L'Engle

I've always wished I could draw, paint, sketch... Ever since Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting gentle voice urged us on, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings took us on his adventures and  Commander Mark in the Secret City shared all his secrets,  it's always been one of those things "I would one day get to."

A few weeks ago, I finally decided to give it a go and bought a ton of watercolor and oil paints, a few canvases and a ton of brushes.

My first one was going to be a horizon on the water but it turned out to be Amapolas (Poppies) and so my second go, I did the horizon. They're not stunning masterpieces but I cannot tell you how very still I felt my mind go while I was working on them.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Swoon Exhibit: Submerged Motherlands

I've been a fan of Swoon for a while and I'm delighted to share the news of her upcoming show at the Brooklyn Museum opening on Friday. Those of you not familiar will note, she is a Brooklyn-based artist, who celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Swoon
Swoon (Photo credit: aur2899)
Swoon - Boy
Swoon - Boy (Photo credit: drbooks)
Swoon
Swoon (Photo credit: carnagenyc)
Swoon
Swoon (Photo credit: carnagenyc)
Swoon twin death
Swoon twin death (Photo credit: mercurialn)
Swoon Detail
Swoon Detail (Photo credit: Trois Têtes (TT))
Swoon
Swoon (Photo credit: C-Monster)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating: Global Home Decor Edition

I've always loved homes decorated with a global flair that mixes old and new and the items come with a provenance - Along the lines of Anthropologie's store vignettes (great article here and imagine having this guy's job - luckkkyyy!).

In about a month or so, I am moving out of my much-loved Spanish Harlem apartment and on to a bigger and better place outside of the city. Actually, outside of the state But I digress, so lately decorating and home decor has been on my mind a lot. Since I've been really good at supplying myself with anything I've needed for the past three years I've lived in my one-bedroom apartment, I don't really need much except one or two pieces of additional furniture and ideas on how to use what I already have to decorate. In the meantime, I've developed a love affair with Etsy, Pinterest, Fab.com and a couple of other home decor/interior design blogs that knows no bounds.

Anyway, as part of my pairing down/de-cluttering and shopping less recovery evolution, I have come to realize that 1. my decorating talents, good taste and fashion eye are going to waste. 2. I enjoy the experience of shopping since it acts as creative and artistic stimuli for my muse - in fact, it's almost cathartic. And lastly, just because I can't own it doesn't mean someone else shouldn't get to enjoy it. After all, sites like Pinterest and a million shopping blogs out there are just about that - noting cool things you should buy. So here we go!

What would a globetrotting successful Latina have in her home? I asked myself.

Here's what caught my eye recently:

1. How about a little tongue in cheek statement piece? I love the vibrant colors.

$24.99 via Art.com
2. Or a colorful, vintage Day of the Dead Retablo? This has both history and folkloric charm.

$90 via Etsy.com
3. Lastly, some original (Guadalupe / Conquistadora / Madonnas) artwork? These can be religious artifacts or womanly expressions of nature - however you interpret them, they are beautiful.

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

4. Not your Mami's Coffee maker Cafetera:  These stylish and unique Cappuccino Sets by MEPRA will save you from buying those expensive coffee drinks and bring a smile with their old-fashioned new/modern charm and heart-shaped infuser, net, and press inserts.

$80 via Fab.com



Full disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post and I have NO affiliations with the companies or artists featured  here.
 
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