Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 290: Sharon Sieben

Artist’s Statement I like to paint what I think is there, not just what I see. I sometimes use a photo as a source but find, after a short time, I’ve stopped referring to it; At this point, I have begun to put my impressions and feelings onto the canvas rather than details. As a child I loved to “finger paint” and I’m sure that child is still there in the loose expressive style seen in my work. Favorite subjects are Figurative Work or Cityscapes. Sometimes, my cityscapes will drill down to city scenes, incorporating figures as well. I try to capture the “hustle and bustle’’ of urban life and moods of people in gestures. Working primarily with acrylic and oil pigments, there is also frequent use of collage materials, mediums and marking pencils/crayons to develop texture and interest areas. I paint on paper that has been bonded to wood cradles or on Gallery Wrap Canvas. In both cases the edges are finished and all of my paintings are coated with archival varnish, ready to hang without a frame. It is my hope that viewers will share my vision and can find their own personal connection with the piece.

Moment to Reflect

Bryant Park

Not Happy About That

Out of the Blue

Peace and Quiet

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 289: Cyphers (Javier Gonzalez Jr)

Artist Statement: Perspective is everything. Various art styles created throughout the years by artists of the past are proof that although perspectives may be different, sometimes the message is the same. My work follows and is inspired by the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso as well as Leonardo Davinci. The infinite journey towards expressionism, knowledge and truth as well as having the ability to paint my soul on canvas for the audience to experience is something that has driven me to produce art. It is said, that in the beginning artists created art in order to preserve history. My current body of work, for the most part, focuses on the use of acrylic paints to foster my ideas into fruition.

In a past era devoid of computers where alien technology was unavailable, artists were driven to conserve their culture for future generations to learn from. My vision is to share the emotions I have felt in the past as well as commemorate events in my life that have had memorable effects on me in hopes of provoking the viewer to look within themselves to share and empathize in the experience seamlessly creating a bond with the viewer and artist alike. Whether it be realistic or abstract, my goal is to inspire the world to connect, to laugh, to cry, to empathize, to feel the pain, to feel the love, to feel the sorrow, to feel what it truly means to be alive. It is my goal to empathize, spread love and connect with the people of the world.
Instagram: @its_ya_boi_javi



Way of the Warrior


Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 288: Morecito

The mind and the universe are connected to give the human being an extraordinary imagination and its our responsibility to let it free!

Picture of artist

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 287: Allie Giambalvo

Artist Statement: My artwork utilizes botanical vessels to explore the complexity of human interactions, relationships, and development. This dichotomy between humans and nature is my human nature. I have found a balance between my love for art and my love for botany, in hopes to merge two worlds into one.

Nature's Daydream


Champagne Poppy


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 286: Dani Fisher

Dani Fisher was born in Reading, PA from a creative family.  She has been creating art and music her entire life.  She knew at a young age the power of the creative spirit.   Her accomplishments in art, music, and performance have always gained praise from her connected communities and beyond, since an early age.  With degrees in art therapy, art education, and religious studies, Dani chose to spend her first years after graduation immersed in communities that needed art more as healing than a grade. She spent several years as a crisis counselor for teens, and working in inner city schools. She always used art as common ground.  Nowadays, you'll find her at Clayote Studios, where she offers therapeutic and healing clay classes for any age or ability.

Raku You 16X20 Acrylic

Wolf Mother 4X5 foot

Spirit of Window Rock 24X36

The Memory acrylic on wood with epoxy, 2by4 foot

Clay play at Clayote

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 285:Debra Jones

My name is Debra Jones and my simple statement is I paint anything with eyeballs.  
That makes me a portrait painter by proclamation. I curated and participated in the Women Making Faces show of notable Arizona women in 2015.  But I make my living doing pets of all size and shape.  I am also a Western artist having finished my fifth year showing with the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson...  and Wildlife.  I was an Artist in Resident at Petrified Forest National Park.  I planned on showing all of the visitors, human, employed and wild that come and have come through, now and in the past.  I create in all media and have recently made wild things on flagstone and drawn cowboys on coffee stained paper.  Always exploring!
Elizabeth Ruffner, oil

Great Dane, pastel

Wildlife paintings on flagstone

Thing, watercolor

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 284: Shari Bombeck

The Many Faces of Eve

The new series of woman was seeded last summer and grew with my exploding appreciation of our gender.    Our strength may be a result of continual repression and subjugation but our resilience, wisdom and force cannot be denied. 

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

Ma'at, Athena, Spider Woman

Measure for Measure (St Filomena)

Angry Virgin

Goth Clown

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 283:Delaney Thomas

About Me

Honestly every time I even attempt to fill out an ‘About Me’ box on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media accounts I feel slightly horrified. Even when I meet someone new and they ask me the wondrous question,

“So, tell me about yourself?”

I literally want to stab myself with a spork. Not because I do not or cannot share a few facts about me it is simply because I mentally cannot piece myself together enough to share in a cohesive sentence over a cup of coffee with a new acquaintance. I just have no clue where to begin like should tell them about how I have never eaten ribs (the way they look physically bothers me), my favorite food is green curry (I would eat it everyday if I could), or how about that the most horrible sound to me is the metal bit on a pencil eraser scrapping on paper? Those are all aspects about me so it should count.

I am a scatter-brained individual.

That is another characteristic about me so we will start with that. I have at least fifteen different projects going on all at once. Whether it be paintings, video schemes, or business ideas I am always moving. Life it always moving forward and I defiantly showcase that on a day to day bases.

One of the many reasons why I started painting and drawing in the first place was because I have a million thoughts going on at once. I am inspired by anything, everything and I had to find a way to articulate my ideas or else I would pay for it by being an emotional wreck twenty-three hours a day. Writing took too much time to express my innovations (ironic because I’m writing this now but I have put in a good three hours typing this so appreciate this garbage) I am way to impatient too log every single thought of mine. Poetry was too angsty for me I cannot even make mac and cheese without it turing into soup let alone write a metaphor. I attempted to play instruments which ended up with me ashamed that I was not the next Joan Jett as soon as I picked up the guitar. Some how as soon as I settled on a paint brush and a watercolor set it felt natural, it all fell into place. I did not choose painting it chose me.

Painting was where I was supposed to be. Not the next rockstar. Not the next Emily Dickinson. I could paint parts of me to show the world. I could display my desire, my animosity, or my woe in a picture for people too see. I do not even have to speak.

If I cannot form my thoughts into words I can do it in actions. Every flick of the paintbrush, drop of paint, and dust of charcoal is a little bit of me. In the end you have a portion of me on canvas and that is better than any description on Instagram that I have even attempted to write.

So did this ‘about me’ suffice?

Warmest regards,

Delaney Marie Thomas
Delaney Marie Designs

Journey of Love

Perfect Paper Airplane

Bat Hat Crazy

Tea Party

Trying to Hide

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Day 282 Stu Jenks

Born a son of Virginia, Stu Jenks has lived in Upstate New York, the Piedmont of North Carolina and, for the last 26 years, in Southeastern Arizona. Stu graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979 and studied Fine Art Photography at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona in the 1990's. Stu has worked as a waiter, a driver for the handicapped, a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, and as a Photographer, Writer, and Musician.

Stu loves cats, bluegrass, the New Moon sky and the Full Moon Earth. Stu is divorced with no kids (but does have a bit of stormy relationship with his old Nissan Pathfinder.) Stu uses an old Rollei, a not-so-old Pentax, a cardboard Pinhole Camera constructed by his father, a Kodak Brownie from the 50's that takes 127 film made in Croatia, and of late, a Canon 5D Mark II.
Stu loves Christmas and Epiphany, and the taste of Blue Crabcakes and Sushi. He drinks the strongest of coffees, and the bitterest of sodas and is a stockholder in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. He loves the Light in the Eye and tends to appreciate the Mystery.

"Council Rocks Flame Spirals, Dragoon Mountains, Arizona" (c) 2012, 2017 Stu Jenks.

"Side Porch Pot by Mark Hewitt", Pittsboro, North Carolina" Photograph by Stu Jenks.

"Cathy's Fault Cyanotype, Dripping Springs, Arizona" (c) 2017 Stu Jenks.

"Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair, Memphis, Tennessee" (c) 2017 Stu Jenks.

""""Pamela's Baby Rocking Chair, Pittsboro, North Carolina" (c) 2017 Stu Jenks.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 281: Nancy Christy Moore

Artist’s Statement

Nancy Christy-Moore

Making my paintings happen by creating chaos and bringing order to it is my trademark style which has developed over the past thirty-plus years.  Using intuitive painting techniques (I call it “inner painting”) and drawing on my subconscious for imagery, I compose paintings as I go.  Rather than planning a composition I start with colors poured on the substrate in a loose abstract design, then as I discover hidden images, develop them.  Building the painting using this layering process keeps my paintings freshly spontaneous and engaging to me.  Using strong color with energetic movement expresses my emotional attachments to the subject matter while telling the story I find within each painting as I bring it to completion.

Nancy Christy-Moore, signature member of IEA

Endless Spirit 72

Twilight Spirits

Thunder Spirits 72

Blooms 65

Blooms 92