Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mandy Mohler's Photography and Art

Astral Projection. Oil on Canvas & Photograph on Board

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite photographers, Mandy Mohler. To my delight, I recently discovered that she is also a talented artist. What I love about her art pieces is that to me they have a life-loving, time-traveling, beautifully blooming, gracefully dying, chic, blue-green-tinted-like-a-childhood-memory..... oh how I could go on, but I think the final descriptive word is.... elegance. Cool, hard working, rusty chandelier type elegance. Elegance with a swirling, inky calligraphic E.

You can recognize Mandy's superb eye for color and texture in every piece. In one it might be the peeling paint on a found piece of wood, its happy history of colors peeping through, in another it's the blood red, almost lava-like beads encrusting an eroded, umber metal disc, the original use of which is long forgotten.

Mandy is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the Cyprus College of Art in Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus. She recently posted a show of her work on her blog. The one piece I imagine hanging in my dream bathroom (where it could be properly viewed from a huge clawfooted bubble bath) is entitled "I Love You, Goodbye". It infuses me with feelings of wistful nostalgia. I love pieces like this because for just a moment, I get to take a little daydream vacation. I imagine walking on that faraway beach, at the same time indulging myself in a bit of sadness for sweet days gone by. Ahh me, life is good.

Mandy does amazing professional photography, I could go on and on about it, in fact I just had to erase a bunch of text because I was getting ridiculously wordy and my usual sort of not very shortish run on sentences were becoming alarmingly long, so you'll have to see it for yourself, and if it moves you, get it! Mandy is adding more to her etsy shop, and you can follow her on her travels via her blog, and if you're getting married or engaged or just plain need a good photo of your gorgeous self, you should check out her portfolio

I love you, Goodbye. Photograph

Sea study

all images on this post copyright Mandy Mohler

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Commission

I love how this painting progressed, in fact if it wasn't a commission I might have been tempted to stop several times along the way, mainly because I loved the chalky black background layer. But when I did my final red layers I was happy with the richness of the black coming through the red.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Daily Drop Cap

Scrapity scrap. I decided to start over on the Old Vine painting. It just wasn't flowing. I'm chalking it up to too many distractions and hasty preparation! Also being away from my studio was not helping things :) Anyhoo, since I am not going to be doing much in the painting creation area for the next month or so, I've decided while I'm traveling to take advantage of this time to do a few posts on other artists, creative folks, and sites etc. that I admire. My artist today is illustrator Jessica Hische. I've been researching creative font making lately and came across her site Daily Drop Cap. which is a creative commons site, meaning anyone can grab her insanely beautiful illustrated caps and add them to their blog or website. That's pretty cool.