Friday, October 30, 2009

Kath Jones - Cinnamon Hill Designs

Kath Jones

My transition back into Portland life was made memorably more pleasant by my being contacted by one artist after another within my first week or so. They welcomed me here, invitied me to this get-together and that. I was touched and flattered by their kindness and generosity of spirit. ( BTW, John and I will still have a presence in the Bay Area as well, but it feels great to call Portland home for now.)

One of the artists who contacted me was Kathleen “Kath” Jones, mosaic artist extraordinaire, who lives in nearby Milwaukee, OR. When I looked up her work online, I was taken by the intense textures and color combinations and thought my readers might like to know more. Therefore, I am happy to present this entry about Kath Jones:


Yearning


Kath is drawn to the beauty of the glaze drip patterns that slide down the sides of the vessels that she smashes to create beautiful pique assiette mosaics.

The artist states:


“I have a special affinity for 'mistakes' on an individual pot. I'm attracted to the colors and textures on these discarded pieces ~ the way the glazes drip down the sides and blend with other glazes can be one of the most beautiful things in the world to me; they are like gemstones! I love to bring new life to these objects that are thrown or given away."


Celtic K

Kath considers neither ceramic tile nor smalti as “her thing”. In addition to broken pottery, she goes for a luxurious array of other tesserae such fluorite, glass, mirror, shells, pebbles, aragonite cluster turquoise…and on and on. Her style is truly unique and easily recognized as her own, as no one else makes mosaic art quite the way Kath does.Quintessence

As I was viewing her work, I noticed a common theme in many of her pieces, namely ray shapes that appear to be emitting from a central concentric focal point. When I asked her what the attraction was to this theme she told me that she has a thing for “for Orbs and continuum.”
Shift

Kath’s work is condensed and controlled, yet organic and energetic at once, creating an interesting tension between opposites with spontaneous burst of color throughout.
Endless...

She also makes figurative works that are strong representations of the real world.


Male Nude

Although art has been a part of her life since she was a child, Kath did not elect to become formally trained as an artist. Instead, she draws on her own imagination to guide her through the processes. Influenced, in part, by the Impressionists, Kath finds a myriad of ways to express herself through her art.
Soaring Off The Precipise


Kath Jones is available for commissioned work. If you would like to learn more about the artist and see other of her works, please visit her web site, “Cinnamon Hill Design.”
Exodus


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Claudine Hellmuth – Hip Art for Playful Hearts

Claudine Hellmuth

Ah. Where to start?

There is so much to say about artist, Claudine Hellmuth!

I originally learned about Claudine’s art when I purchased an instructional video covering some of her collage techniques.

From that moment on, I was hooked! Since then, she has become a Facebook pal and someone whose blog I follow religiously.


Claudine and her art were featured on The Martha Stewart Show (<--click to watch cool video!) and on many other arts and crafts programs as well as in books and magazines.

Claudine and Martha

She has her own line of high quality paints manufactured by Ranger Industries. I highly recommend them. They are thick and creamy and luxurious...and they don't fade at all.


Claudine is a painter, an illustrator who has become one of America’s artistic sweethearts with her line of whimsical, retro mixed media creations that she calls, Poppets® which remind me a lot of Jenny Holzer's work....with a twist


Claudine writes, “ …My English grandmother used to use the word "poppet" as a term of endearment saying to me "don't worry little poppet everything is going to be OK." And since these artworks make me feel happy, safe and young -- the name fit perfectly.”


Claudine holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington DC (right across the street from The Whitehouse). Her concentration was in painting, but in her senior year she began doing more mixed media work which inspired her to evolve her style into the type the collage work she does today.




Claudine’s work gained popularity when she decided to use her viewing audience as inspiration for her one-of-a-kind, custom-made collages.. People send her photographs and tell her stories about their lives. She then transforms these things using ink, fabric, paint and other media into her patterned and colorful mixed media work.



In addition to creating her artwork full time, Claudine teaches mixed media workshops in the US & Canada. She has written several books about her techniques. The one I like best is titled, Collage Discovery Workshop. Claudine enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of materials, cutting, pasting and painting her artworks by hand.


I hope all of my readers will stop by Claudine’s web site and check out her many artistic talents. There is something there for everyone and in every price range! This is the perfect place to shop for the upcoming holidays, in fact... She makes really cute customized paper dolls and all kinds of cool art. Really. Check it out.



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lin Schorr : The Collaborative Murals

Lin Schorr


I am honored to have recently been a participating artist in a collaborative mosaic mural that will soon be installed at the Providence Park Medical Campus in Novi, Michigan. The project was conceived by an online friend and fellow artist, the beautiful, Lin Schorr, who is in the process of coordinating the fourth in a series of four said murals.

The concept came about when one of Lin’s mosaics was chosen as first place winner in a mosaic challenge group.
...of Atlantis

The group’s rules state that the winner of the challenge be allowed to choose the theme for the next challenge. Lin chose the swirl….and from this, Swirlendipity I. & II. were born.
Swirlendipity I.

Lin stated:

After some fast and furious brainstorming on the part of a few of the artists in the group, the little swirls had morphed themselves into a full blown mosaic quilt project. Being the instigator of the swirls I jumped at the chance to be the one to pull it all together... I do love a big project!

We ended the challenge on October 31st with 61 swirl entries! Though because not all were made on mesh I was sent the 56 that were. This created another challenge: To design the mural with the mosaics touching each other or break the project into 2 panels of 28. The swirls were almost perfectly divided into cool & warm colors so I decided to break it up.


Swirlendipity I will be located on the Orthopedics & Surgery level of the hospital and Swirlendipity II on the Women’s Services/Labor & Delivery & Neonatal level.

The mural I participated in was a mosaic jigsaw puzzle called, “Amuzapalooza”. The theme was "color" and each artist interpreted her puzzle piece in rich, saturated colors that, when united, created this incredible, cohesive design.

Amuzapalooza
I am at a loss for words to describe the overwhelmingly great feeling of having participated in a work of art so beautiful and with so many fantastic artists! I will always be grateful to Lin for allowing me to be a part of it. I think she has come up with something that has great potential for many fantastic future projects.

I can’t wait to get started on the next one.

Amuzapalooza will be installed on the Neurological Sciences & Oncology level of the hospital, and the 4th and final mural, still in its design phase, will be located on the Cardiology & Surgery level with the appropriate theme....hearts!

Artists who participated in the Swirlendipity I. project are:


Maria Alvarez – Lundie

Kim Barrow

Christine Brallier

Cynthia Buhrig

Candace Clough

Julie Crisp

Susan Crocenzi

Francesca De Lorme

Kim Grant

Shawn Hayes

Wendy Husen

Caroline Kovacs

Barbara Lewis

Eulavon Mallouf

Ulrike Martinez

Pat Mitchell

Elsbeth Morselt

Lynne Mosiman

Rita Schelin

Debra Sutton

Crystal Thomas

Susan Walden

Cindy White



Swirlendipity II. artists:


Maria Alvarez – Lundie

Brigitte Bezemer

Michelle Curow

Alison DeBuc

Lynn Dubnicka

Shawn Hayes

Patricia Helzer

Linda Hooper

Wendy Husen

Caroline Kovacs

Barbara Lewis

Pat Mitchell

Elsbeth Morselt


Maria Peak

Jessica Sanders

Carol Shelkin

Agnes Spitzer-Greig

Kathleen M. Stewart

Linda Vaden Martin

Sherry Vesey

Susan Walden

Cindy White


Amuzapalooza artists:

Judy Adams

Stacy Alexander

Janet Althoff

Maria Alvarez – Lundie

Barb Arne

Christine Brallier

Dennis Brown

Cynthia Buhrig

Candace Clough

Susan Crocenzi

Michelle Curow

Lori Desormeaux

Lynn Dubnicka

Katie Flanagan

Ilona Fried

Elsie Fontaine Gaertner

Virginia Gardner

Pamela Pardue Goode

Edna Grainer

Kim Grant

Shawn Hayes

Patricia Helzer

Linda Hooper

Gretchen Kauffman

Eve Lynch

Eulavon Mallouf

Pat Mitchell

Lynne Mosiman

Junko Ota

Maria Peak

Donna Post

Gila Rayberg

Claire Roche

Jessica Sanders

Cindy Sbrissa

Rita Schelin

Agnes Spitzer-Greig

Suzanne Steeves

Kathleen M. Stewart

Crystal Thomas

Linda Vaden Martin

Susan Walden

Elena Weissman

Cindy White

Donna Wold




Stacy Alexander