Making a link

Is making a link making art? Can you make a link that would connect these images? Any meaningful connections? I will made one link in the comments below, and I wonder how many can be found/made?

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Shoalhaven Art

I have a nasty feeling as I surf the web that I should be working or creating, but if I had done that I would not have found Patrick Shirvington’s art or learned about the Arthur Boyd residency.

I love the Shoalhaven River in NSW, Australia – one of my favourite places. I canoed down it when I was in my late teens and also went on a few bushwalking trips. I enjoyed a video recently of Arthur Boyd doing huge plein air on the river. It is a place where I would love to go & do art!

Images follow. Both of them inspire me to keep going with my landscapes, and I need a bit of inspiration on that right now.

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Excellent article on Peter Doig

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Charles Saatchi came to some of Doig’s early shows, in pubs and odd spaces, but he never bought anything. The press was full of articles about the death of painting, but Doig, who by now had a wife whom he’d met at St Martin’s and the first of their five kids, trusted those obituaries were exaggerated.

Perhaps one consequence of his rootless childhood was a hoarder’s habit: he was a great collector of images and scraps of things, taking Polaroids, hanging on to bits of strangeness he saw. In London, he often went to Canada House on Trafalgar Square to raid its library of travel brochures, trying to make some sense of his memories of adolescence in Toronto. In contrast to the slickness of the art that was making headlines, he had a desire to make paintings that were resolutely ‘homely’, often literally so: a recurring obsession in his work were colloquial suburban and rural houses, glimpsed from across roads or through trees, domestic images so singular that they shift, like David Lynch scenes, into the territory of uncanny.

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Brian Grimwood – illustrations – book & chat

I am back from the workshop and had a bit of a browse of the bookstore. The little “Coffee With… series caught my eye… because of the illustrations on the front. (Coffee with Michael Angelo, by James Hall, fun!)

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On Amazon (click the image) you can see links to the others in the series, I particularly like the Mozart one, interesting use of colour. The artist is Brian Grimwood, I have just been exploring his website with delight. Ok, it is commercial art, but it is art. The image that follows is a good example of artistic exploration. I am in tune with that right now having been doing it solidly for three days. My hunch is that these illustrations are all digital, and he is a lovely digital sketcher!
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Wired Picks Its 10 Favorite 2007 Illustrations

Wired Picks Its 10 Favorite 2007 Illustrations

They look ok, but I can’t tell anymore, I am drowning in images. This one stands out.

Riccardo Vecchio captures this context exquisitely in his rich illustration of gene therapy pioneer French Anderson: It looks both modern and traditional, at once.

I am interested in their phrase: “modern and traditional” it looks as if the digital touch makes it modern.

Riccardo Vecchio

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Albers Colour Theory

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The picture to the left, originally made by Josef Albers is a great example of how color is deceiving. We need to train our eyes to understand what is happening. It is color interacting. The picture looks like four different colored squares with a transparent folded square on top of them. The transparency is actually just different blocks of color that are just slightly different then their surroundings, placed on top of the squares. Ultimately you have to remember that color is absolute and that it is always relative to its sorroundings.

Here is the book on Amazon:
Interaction of Color

Quote from an Amazon review:

the original had 150 color plates this version has only 8 in mine. The visual phenomena are so complex that without the plates you can’t possibly accurately understand what the book is talking about.

Now I want this hardback, but it’s rarity makes it over the top expensive.

Interaction of Color: Text of the Original Edition With Revised Plate Section (Hardcover)

Perhaps the solution is the paperback plus the CD ROM.

Or the book by his teacher: The Elements of Color (Hardcover) by Johannes Itten After reading this review, I don’t think so, it sounds dated and wrong:

Unless the reader is studious and very serious about trying to unearth the information contained in this book, he or she is much better served by studing Albers or others. Too bad there is no editing, no index, and no glossary.

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What does Albers art look like:

All I could find but interesting IMO.