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Something’s Fishy…

I thought it may be time to give you a lil sum-sum of my own again.  Here are some photos I took of fish that I bought at the farmers market (and touched with my bare hands!) for a photography project in high school.  Actually it was my senior project, i wanted to do a series on animals, creatures, what-have-you.

Side note: when I went in to buy the fish from the market I made the mistake of telling the man that it was for an art project, and he was quite unhappy with that.  He was adamant that the fish were cleaned and cut perfectly for eating and that it would be a waste.  I felt terrible, but I don’t think they went to waste.  What do you think?  Do you think?!

Now I am pretty happy with these photos, I think the fish look beautiful, they shine and the colors are the greatest part.  The beauty of nature, huh? Yes.

Aside from these waterbabies, I also photographed a friend’s dogs, farm animals, and some zoo animals.  Maybe if you’re lucky… I’ll throw in a little extra here.

Now please, help yourself to some fish.

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I compiled these photos- and a few more- together in Photoshop to create one final product.  With all of my final animal compilations I had a space in the school gallery for the Senior Project Show.

(It kind of looks like child’s play now…but it was cool at the time.)

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Oh alright, I’ll throw in a pup for you.

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Woof.

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Top 10 Baby!

This was going to be a ‘top 5’ list but my favorite paintings by Vladimir Kush just cannot be narrowed down to 5.  Yes, Mr. Kush is another artist I stumbled upon while surfing the web.  He is a surrealist painter originally from Russia, who now resides in Hawaii.  Kush has four galleries in the U.S. currently, and plans to expand throughout the world.

His paintings…. they’re just so…epic.  And witty!  And stunning, breathtaking, heartstopping…all of the above.  I want to be in them.  I want to float away inside of them.  I want to wrap them around me.  I want to see through their lens.  I want to live the lives of the creatures within them.  I just want to sip margaritas and watch the suns inside of them set over the waters (my perfect man will want this too…but that’s irrelevant).  There aren’t really words, so why don’t I just show you?

1.  Clockwork Apple

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2.  African Sonata

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3.  Our Time Together

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4.  Atlas of Wander

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5.  To Our Time Together

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6.  Born From The Sea

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7.  Metamorphosis

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8.  Golden Anniversary

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9.  Fish in the City

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10.  Current

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Pretty goddamn talented.

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Let’s Keep the Minimalism to a Minimum

Call me ignorant, but most of the minimalist work I’ve seen is silly, or not even interesting enough to be silly… more just boring.  Minimalism has all of its reasons, sure, but to me it seems as if people without the technical skills required to be real artists just created a new art form for themselves.  What would Raphael and Michelangelo say about Tony Smith’s Die?

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Die is a six-foot by six-foot black square.  It is meant to evoke a reaction in the viewer who is forced to confront it, as it takes up space and must be walked around.  Oh!.. and it is not a sculpture… it is an ‘object’.  Don’t get it twisted.

It is a regression.

I am all for “anything can be art” and “if you think its art than it is”, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it or find it remotely interesting or necessary at all!  Where is the skill?

To me, it has nothing on something like this….

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(Van Gogh, Self portrait I)

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A Stroke of Genius, See the Pun?

Oh the world of Introduction to Art History classes, a world of super-famous artists that everyone has heard of already but doesn’t know exactly why.  Well, I suppose we all know this impressionist… Claude Monet anyone? I thought so.

Allow me to direct you to a specific series of his work on the Rouen Cathedral.  Monet did several different paintings of this cathedral from the exact same viewpoint, with the only variations in the time of day and weather conditions.  This type of work was entirely impressionistic in which the subject matter was not the main focus, but the brush strokes and capturing the qualities of nature were the focus.  This was the conceptual revolution people!

(All of these are obviously separate paintings, put together by MOI on Photoshop for easy side-by-side viewing.)

While in  my Intro to Art History class I am usually scribbling down the notes that are on the slides and getting cut off mid-jotted-down-sentence by a professor that goes too quickly, today I just sat back and observed.  You would have, too.

There are a lot of great things about these paintings.  For starters, they were painted outside, en plein-air, on the spot.  There were no real preliminary sketches that prepared Monet for the works, rather just paintbrush, oil paints, and canvas.  Another great thing is the quickness with which they were created.  When one is trying to portray a certain time of day, time is the most important thing, it is a race against the changing colors of the daytime.  Nature waits for no one.  Not even Claude Monet!  Other great things include the believable shadows, depth of architecture, and apparent intricate details.

Monet created many works in this way, as one of the most famous French Impressionist painters of all time.  His similar series of haystacks (http://www.monetpaintings.org/107/haystacks/) in a field are equally as fascinating and skillful, if not more.  Which is saying something.  Agreed?  Agreed.


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A Well Deserved Promo & My Birthday

Being a young Internet surfer, I have seen many things on the World Wide Web.  Too many.  But occasionally I come across something so cool that I ‘bookmark it’ in my browser and return to it.  Tugboat Printshop is one of those things. Tugboat Printshop consists of husband and wife duo Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth.

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I could look at their prints all day, ERRRYDAY.  How do they do it?  I have taken a printmaking class and it was pitiful.  I was, not the class.  We used linoleum blocks instead of woodcut (which Tugboat uses), which is supposed to be much easier.  I cannot even imagine how difficult carving into wood is, let alone carving these MASTERPIECES.

The prints made using the woodcuts are available for purchase on their website http://www.tugboatprintshop.com/index.htm.  I highly recommend sprucing up your… ANYWHERE with some Tugboat.

Here is an example of a woodblock that has been carved into and rolled with ink- ready for printing.

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The colors and the details achieved are pure insanity. Praise. Praise. Praise.  If you know me and you like me… my birthday is coming up (super subtle hint).

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This stole my mind for a while when it came up on the screen in my art history sculpture class two weeks ago.  This beautiful thing is called Ganymede and the Eagle by Bertel Throvaldsen (1817-29).  Looking at sculptures like this one and  Greenough’s Prisoner to Wisdom (1836) in a dark room in a cozy building makes me happy.  Simply happy.  It takes me to a place where I could stay for a long time- my little art history world where things are made of marble and I can look at them forever.  Smooth white marble bodies of perfection, with faces that convey so much feeling.  It is a whole world of symbolism and meanings in myths that one can study forever and never fully learn it all.  My art history world is like a great dessert that I never finish.

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Love Prisoner of Wisdom does that thing that takes me out of my body and into the picture.  Love Prisoner of Wisdom is this cupid figure shackled to an owl that signifies wisdom.  Pure and simple and beautiful.

I could think on these forever.  Smooth.  White.  Marble.

Marble, Marble, Marble

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