Showing posts from February, 2012

Modern Art

Modern art includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era.[1] The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation.[2] Modern artists experimented with new ways of seeing and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art. A tendency toward abstraction is characteristic of much modern art. More recent artistic production is often called Contemporary art or Postmodern art. My husband’s definition of the abstract art is ‘junk’.
Yesterday we perused the ‘Museum of the Rockies’ art exhibition, From the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum. This included works by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Willem de Kooning. When I look at art, I observe the technicalities first. Was a particular piece put together well from a technical stand point. After that, it comes down …


Have you ever tried painting moonlight? I have not yet, but it is on my list after I have mastered a few other scenes. Of course, it is a painting that must be done from memory, back in the studio. In moonlight we see color blinded. There are 2 different scientific reasons why we perceive the moonlight as blue or green when it is actually slightly red.
Here are a few examples of artists’ work known for painting moonlight.

"Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight"J M W Turner
“The Call for Help”Frederick Remington

"Scare in a Pack Train"Frederick Remington

"A Busy street at night"John Atkinson Grimshaw Notice how he painted with a reddish tint, others by him are more green

Color Saturation

Different color saturation for the same hue adds interest. Chroma is a related term. Color swatches moving progressively outward on the color wheel increase in chroma or intensity vs. grayness. Moving toward the hub of the wheel they become grayer.
I varied the intensity on the red leaves in this painting. The increased intensity is closest to the focal point.

Landscapes Competition

I just received notice that my painting 'Tender Feet' will be published in the International Artist magazine #84 April/May 2012 issue. The painting will be in the winning section of the 'Landscapes' Competition.
Yes, I am so excited!

God Bless.