Monday, March 26, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

L'Estampe originale: A Celebrated Album of Original Printmaking, 1893-95

Beginning this Saturday, March 24 2012 - Sunday, December 12, 2012, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is showing an exhibition of the series L'Estampe originale (The Original Print). Commissioned by French publisher André Marty between 1893 and 1895, this series of 95 limited-edition prints by both prominent and lesser known artists and illustrators.
Among the contributors were Pierre Bonnard, Émile Bernard, Henri Rivière, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Camille Pissarro, Paul Sérusier, Joseph Pennell, and many others.
If you're in the Twin Cities I strongly recommend checking out this show - I can't wait to see it for myself! 

Camille Martin
French, 1861 - 1898
Cover for the second year of l'Estampe originale, 1894
Color lithograph

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Etsy Spotlight!

I'm in the Art category spotlight on Etsy today :: my first time! So far it seems to be paying off....traffic to my shop is oh-so-much-more than it ever has been in one day....and it's not even noon yet! :) yay!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lady + Bug

A quick little sketch for a commission of a ladybug print :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Inspirational Artists :: Photoshop Venus

Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano is giving the goddess of love a complete makeover in her series titled, The Venus Project. Using photoshop, she manipulates famous paintings and increases bust size and whittles the waist to fit today's standards of beauty. While fascinating, it makes me appreciate sensual feminine curves. What do you think?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

They Draw and Travel

The illustrated maps from They Draw and Travel are submitted by artists from around the world. I love how whimsical and fun these are! Find more maps on their website :: so fun to peruse! :) 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Five Fascinating Artist Autobiographies

I'm on the hunt for a good book and think I may have stumbled across a genre that could be equally inspiring and entertaining.
Have any of you read an artist's personal account of their lives? I think it sounds quite interesting! My reasons being...

:: Artists tend to lead impulsive and often wild lives which are the foundation for some pretty spectacular stories.
:: Because of their creative nature they tend to express themselves far beyond the typical chronological narrative.

Now....which one to choose! :)

1. Frank Lloyd Wright, An Autobiography

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Walk in the Rain

Yesterday and today have been unseasonably warm.
The snow is melting 
and wellies have replaced mukluks 

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Oil on Canvas
Art Institute of Chicago :: Chicago, Illinois

pic via Wikipedia
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