Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

gabriel dawe

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When you see art so dreamy that it looks transparent yet solid at once there is a special effect of optical illusion happening so profound that it is chilling.  In the case of Gabriel Dawe‘s sculptures made from string- yes, all string!- the spectrum of color and the planes of geometry that emerge in space are like a real, fleeting rainbow in the sky.

This is art that puts an exclamation point on how space can transform with color and light.  If you wonder why I am so emphatic about living in and with and in the exploration of art, this is the perfect example.  His art creates new possibilities, fashioning something grand from something as simple as colored thread.  And it is massive.  And it is brilliant.   Continue Reading…

Ara Osterweil

A world of color, inky, trasparent, dripping… yet sometimes geometric and deliberate. It feels to me like you can walk right into the rainbow colored world of Ara Osterweil and play in the layers of dreamy flow.  This art is spectacular for me to kick start my own imagination. I hope you love it as much as I do, in an excited flash of magenta and whispery glazes of pastel! Continue Reading…

alicia scardetta

Now, this I plan to collect.   It’s art made of fibers, twisted, knotted, knit, pulled, constructed and deconstructed.  It’s handmade. It feels like you can read the lines and rhythms of each piece.  This is the textile art of Alicia Scardetta and I want it all!  Continue Reading…

gerry barry artwork

I love a great ring of stones, a field turned into sculpture, even sand carved with shapes.  The thing about land-based, Earth-borne art is that it is just like Nature itself- fleeting, not meant for forever, yet enduring in such a magnificent way long after the stones are washed away, the grass grows and the delicate installation has been churned back into Nature.

Gerry Barry doesn’t just make brilliant land art, he captures it in ways that feel vintage and timeless yet modern and fresh.  This is such raw inspiration and true beauty.  Continue Reading…

shane mcadams nature art

Some art is lit from within.  These landscapes created with ballpoint pen, oil paint and resin by Shane McAdams are an ultimate example of the luminous.  Streaked skies like this make me want to hike a trail this afternoon and watch the sunset.  Continue Reading…

tim rollins and kos

When art becomes much more than just something to hang in a gallery, when it becomes a tool for social change, a piece of history and life-changing in ways you just can’t fathom… this is the stuff I dream about.  And this is what artist Tim Rollins created with K.O.S..   Continue Reading…

michelle kingdom, embroidered art Craft.  If you consider craft to be the black sheep of “real art” think again. Craft is the viceral, the hand-hewn and, as we are about to see… craft can be the most disarming form of expression.

Michelle Kingdom “paints” in thread.  Her embroidery is beyond belief.  The nuances, the movement, the detail, the storytelling…

I happened upon it at on an art blog,  and now I can’t get enough of the myth, legend and personal truth she packs into every small, intricate artwork.  This work is not only a universe onto itself, it can help you re-think your own approach to hobbies… claiming mediums like clay, string, yarn, ribbon, paper and elevating them to new heights!  Continue Reading…

louise zhang

Louise Zhang takes the whispering pastel and uses it as a sword.

You know that old expression, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”?  This is how I feel about her candy-colored work that emotes like a fascinating lab experiment.

You  feel so welcomed into the world of pinks and lilac, powder blue and coral.  Suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of something much deeper, much more profound.  The swirling, melting, sifting and shaking bring far more to light as you calmly contemplate this art.

Today’s art inspiration is all about the power of softness, the disarming ways that light and airy can communicate complexity.  You don’t have to paint walls bright red and wear primary colors to be arrestingly powerful.  This art is so thrilling! Continue Reading…