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Four Artists, Twelve Months: Month #1 – “JOY”

And month number one is in the books!  We’re checking in with our four abstract artists who have started a year-long collaborative project using Ampersand Gessobord!  Each month the four artists will create a work of art on a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord with a defined theme. Then, at the end of the year, all of the artworks will be displayed in an exhibition. Refer to our original post for the details of this fantastic collaboration.

The first month’s theme is “JOY” and is to be interpreted using warm colors. Each artist was charged with creating a painting that shows “joy” as they interpret it, using their own unique approach and style.

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Artist Profile: Louise LeBourgeois

Louise LeBourgeois paints waterscapes like no one else, on Claybord, with oil.  The water brings her back to the places she found magical as a child, and the paintings she creates are pure magic made from pigments, oil, and Claybord.  Very few oil painters gravitate towards Claybord, but for Louise, nothing compares.

In order to try and learn a bit more about what makes Louise tick, we posed a few questions. Continue Reading >>

Four Artists, Twelve Months – A Collaborative Project on Ampersand Gessobord!

A CALL TO CREATE:  ABSTRACTED STATES OF MIND is a year-long collaborative project between 4 abstract artists who describe themselves as being “connected by friendship and a call to create.” Each month the four artists will create a work of art on a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord with a defined theme. Then, at the end of the year, all of the artworks will be displayed in an exhibition.

The first month’s theme is “JOY” and is to be interpreted using warm colors. Each artist is charged with creating a painting that shows “joy” as they interpret it, using their own unique approach and style. Each artist uses different mixed media applications, so it should be an interesting outcome! Continue Reading >>

John Cruz – Searching for the Emotional Connection

It’s hard not to get swept up in the work of Austin, Texas artist John Cruz. His paintings are at once recognizable and yet abstracted. Not only abstract in the customary execution, but also in the range of feelings that his imagery evokes. His subjects are identifiable – bokeh’ed representations of simple scenes and objects laced with pop-art sensibility. John looks for instantly relatable common themes and extorts their social commentary while shading them with a bit of humor. Ultimately, the subjects in his paintings take a backseat to the emotions they conjure up, which is exactly what he strives for. Continue Reading >>

Jodi Ohl and the Power of Positivity in Art (and in Life!)

When I first met Jodi, two things stood out. The first was her energy and her drive. It seems she was doing a hundred things all at once – teaching, creating art, publishing a book, writing blog articles. The second – and perhaps more significant – was her demeanor. To quote a song by REM, Jodi is a “shiny, happy person.” Her confidence and joy exudes from every pore of her being.

That joy is reflected in her art. Whether she is painting whimsical houses, joyful birds or practicing her Zen painting style, there is a positivity and playfulness that is very evident. Continue Reading >>