Sunday, August 24, 2008

Art y Pico Award

Many thanks for the Art y Pico Award from fellow art blogger, Mary Sheehan Winn ! To quote the originator's intent in creating it, "The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain and enrich me day to day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."

As a recipient I am asked to perpetuate the award by doing the following. The Rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Post a comment on each recipient's blog so they know they've been picked.
5. Show these rules and the paragraph (above) explaining the awards origination. To quote her description of this award: The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain and enrich me day to day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."

Here are my 5 picks: 1. For her amazing pencil drawings but also because her blog is a wealth of information that inspires beginners as well as seasoned artists Marsha Robinett 2. Carol Marine Her beautiful paintings and daily blog inspired me to give the daily painting blog a try.
In 30 years of being a professional artist, its the single best thing I have done to instill discipline in my work day! Thanks Carol! 3. Matt Miller I love his sense of humor, not to mention his extraordinary application of paint. No following the sheep here. 4. Taylor Lynde Fabulous plein air painter from Montana. While Taylor doesn't blog regularly his work is so inspiring and can be found on eBay. I like how he shows a black/white image so you can see the strong contrasts of light/dark in his paintings. I have one of his paintings that I enjoy daily! Check him out. 5. Last but not least, Katie May .
This young beginning artist has incredible spirit. She had the courage to jump right in, putting her paintings on a blog for the world to see. I have seen such growth in a very short period of time. She already has her own style which reflects her exhuberant personality! Go Katie!!

11 comments:

ale balanzario said...

Congratulation, I have been visiting your blog for a time, I love every painting you post here.

Katie May said...

Wow! What a wonderful thing for you to do for me! How amazing to read that about myself. I was sitting at my art show yesterday (not selling anything) and thinking how amateur I am and should I be attempting this when there are so many wonderful artists out there. Then I came home and saw your blog and Wow! What perfect timing! Just what I needed to lift my spirits. And especially from you, who I have looked to from the beginning for inspiration. Thank you thank you thank you! NOw the hard part...Finding only 5 to give it to!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

It is always amazing to me how something or someone comes along just when we need them! I'm so glad I was there for you. We are too hard on ourselves at times and sometimes take ourselves or our work too seriously. I like the quote, (don't remember the source) "Never let too much praise or too much critcism get in your way."

HELENE J said...

congratulations!
Your still lives are just amazing...How do you manage to give such a "picture" impression!At the same time it's smooth and they really "catch " my eyes (sorry for my english)
Bravo

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Merci, Helene,
When I paint what I love it shows. It rarely comes easy. If I am painting a complex subject, like fabric, I have to slow my mind down and really look at my subject otherwise I miss the mark. Thanks for visiting my blog..all the way from France!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks so much, Ale. It's been spotty posting lately, but my stack of 6"x6" gessoed boards is calling to me!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Jennifer, I'm so glad you passed this on to Katie May, I couldn't agree more and her post about it here is great.
By the way, thanks for noticing the eye stopping lemon on the lower right in my Spider Mum painting.
I added it just for that reason, thinking composition and structure.
'Gutsy' :D you made my day!
It helps to study your beautiful paintings which were the inspiration for that painting.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thank you Mary! Design/composition is what I'm most interested in. Right now I am obsessing over the design of a single orange tree. It is a commission and quite large, 44x 86 or so. While I won't be posting the progression of it, I no doubt will make reference to it and post it when finished. Just in the sketch phase now. One thing I shoud do more is turn my paintings upside down or use a mirror.

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Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It was a revelation to me when I really started to understand design and structure in a painting. Very exciting. I do hope to hear about this very large painting you're working on.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. Composition is the most important part of the painting process, then value and then color. Beginners want to jump right in with color of course but then are disappointed when they have not provided a well designed structure to "hang" their color on. Dead in the water! No amount of color can overcome a poorly designed painting. There are good compostion rules to follow until you have a strong base of what happens on the picture plane. I keep scrapbooks of pictures of paintings I have clipped from art magazines grouped by subject matter. I can visit these to see how other artists have delt with a particular problem I am dealing with. Also, it got rid of the stacks of magazines I was keeping and gives me something to do when I don't feel like painting! Plein air painters learn over time to edit what they see. They are first inspired by a view, then they decide what it is they want to express, not just record everything in front of them. I like to go back several days in a row and paint the same basic scene. I don't have to rethink everything, but can focus on what bugged my the day before.