INSPIRATION// old door

An old looking door I spotted on Miami Beach...I appreciated the fact that it seemed rather out of place.

I've always been drawn to and inspired by closed doors (perhaps metaphorically), weathered wood, layered paint and such. Time's passage, or the appearance of it. I've been thinking about inspiration, as I gather images in my mental bank (and of course in the other virtual bank- on my laptop) for future reference, for when I can set up a studio again.

I read recently- cannot recall where- a debate on whether artistic inspiration was relevant. And then yesterday, I came across this interview with Agnes Martin posted by Kate Beck. During the clip, Martin talks about inspiration versus ideas. She states that inspiration is vital; ideas are not. She even goes as far as saying that ideas can cause the inspiration to disappear. It's given me a few things to ponder. Personally, I've always needed inspiration, felt it was vital to the success of my work. I mean, how could inspiration not matter? Does it matter to you? I realize sometimes we just need to go paint, and we go into the studio feeling creatively empty; but there comes a point in the process in which the work itself provides the inspiration. That, I understand.
When I'm influenced by things in the world, it's abstract inspiration- not literal. It's the effect of visual elements on the emotions and spirit that interests me personally, and offer to inspire and inform my work.



I couldn't resist continuing the aqua theme. The other day, I spotted these watery paintings at Art Center/South Florida (or click here for the blog) on Miami Beach's famous Lincoln Road.

From the Art Center's website:
Art Center artists have work on view at several satellite exhibition sites including the "Windows at Walgreens"; Miami Beach locations at Lincoln & Washington, 67th & Collins, and 74th & Collins, and the Miami Beach City Hall Gallery.

I can't recall at which satellite location I saw this display, and the website doesn't seem to mention it.

Viewed individually, they're simply pretty paintings, or rather more like studies for larger pieces; but arranged as a large group, the impact is powerful.
Because I was shooting in front of a glass display window, and the paintings are framed under glass, the photo quality isn't great. I'm seeing my own reflection, people and palm trees from across the street- but you get the idea.

Art Center/ South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL



Part 2 of the Aqua Tribute (see Part 1 here)...

I've immensely enjoyed putting these two exhibits together! Thank you to all the artists who sent me their lush, aqua-hued works. I've included a range of aquas: from intense turquoise to marine blue, and finally pale icy green-blue.

The subject, of course, is aqua. For that reason, I didn't ask about content; however, if any of the participating artists care to comment on their subject matter/theme/content, please do so.

Tremain Smith
2007; 48 x 60 inches; oil, wax and collage on panel

Vicolo 42
2009, 12 x 12 inches, encaustic on panel

Stephanie Clayton
2005, 40 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Elizabeth Sheppell
Veil Series- Currents
2009, 48 x 48 inches, acrylic on panel

Alyce Gottesman
Fields of Blue
2009, 48 x 40 inches, oil on wood

Michele Fraichard
Opal Highway
20 x 24 inches; acrylic, garnet, sand and mica on canvas

Lisa Pressman
Lower Depths
2006, 41 x 38 inches, oil on canvas

Steven Alexander
True Love Never Die
2009, 72 x 54 inches, acrylic on canvas

Joanne Mattera
Silk Trail 128
2010, 11 x 8.5 inches, unique digital print

Elizabeth Sheppell
Blue Frost
2009, 6 x 6 inches

Debra Ramsay
Measuring Parallels #7
2007, 24 x 24 inches, wax and eggshell on birch panel

Diane McGregor
2009, 48 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

Deborah T. Colter
Moments Spent
2010, 30 x 30 inches, mixed media on canvas

Michael Shemchuk
Sky Writing
2010, 30 x 30 inches, mixed media on wood panel


AQUA- A TRIBUTE (1 of 2)

Tribute to AQUA- The Color of Paradise

Thank you to Pam Farrell (see more of her work here) for her suggestion for this post: a tribute to the color aqua, a reminder of my former island home in the tropics. So I posted a "call to artists". I didn't ask about content, only that the work feature the color aqua as a dominant element.

The response was so good, that I'm doing two separate online exhibitions. Here's the first.

Thanks to all the artists who sent me their wonderful work!
Joanne Mattera
Silk Road 120
2009, 12 x 12 inches, encaustic on panel

Catherine Carter
Current 1
2010, 30 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Clayton
Abyss 1
2008, 6 x 6 x 2 inches, acrylic on panel

Joanne Mattera
Silk Trail 90
2010, 11 x 8.5 inches, unique digital print

Michele Fraichard
Turquoise & Ore
2009, 12 x 16 inches, acrylic and modeling paste on canvas

Pam Farrell
Foreign Soil 5
2009, 24 x 24 inches, encaustic on panel

Nancy Natale
Diptych, 2009, 16 x 16 x 1.75 inches each, encaustic and mixed media on panels

Debra Ramsay
Blue Yalls
2008, 6 x 6 x 2 inches (2 panels) and 6 x 6 x 1 inch (three panels), encaustic & eggshell on panel

Verne Busby
Flatcar 2010 Series: Dreaming
2010, 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas

David Foss
2003, 74 x 64 inches, mixed media on canvas

Alyce Gottesman
Above and Below
2003, 18 x 15 inches, encaustic on wood



Installation of Tomas Saraceno's Galleries Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of a Spider's Web, 2008, elastic cord, metal hooks and wire ties...It's quite interesting to learn how the sculpture was put together. For more about Saraceno's work, click here.

The installation is part of Miami Art Museum's BETWEEN HERE AND THERE: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, on exhibit until June 20.

Walking into Saraceno's installation is an enthralling experience. I entered the room wearing the white shoe covers provided, and gingerly climbed over a few supporting cords toward the nucleus, beholding this amazing work.
Photo source

Catch this exhibit if you're in Miami- well worth it.

Off topic, today is the final day to submit an aqua painting for AQUA- A Tribute, an online exhibition I'm posting later this week. Please click here for details.



Untitled photo, 2004, view from between two boulders

I was hesitant to title this one "TURQUOISE 18" because that hue is not dominant.

The Baths (Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands) ought to be one of the Wonders of the World. Huge granite boulders are truly unique in that region. I've explored these rock-stewn beaches dozens of times and always encountered something new to my eyes. When approached at different angles, times of day, light conditions, etc., The Baths fill me with awe, again and again.

Speaking of turquoise, or aqua (same color in my mind), there's been a great response to the previous post CALL TO ARTISTS: Aqua- a tribute. If you're interested in participating, click on the link for details.