February 5, 2017
We went to the Mt Dora art festival, juried fine art show. There was some good work there. There were some artists I haven’t seen before. I was very inspired.
I was inspired by the mixed media and digital art the most. I want to try doing some mixed media on canvas. I also say the lady whose work I would like to collect . Her work makes me think of things I would like to do. She works with cement and makes it look like reliquaries and holy art? I don’t know if that’s what you would call it. Her art also looks like southwest architecture and I think the mix of that and the religious feel from the old churches we went to is what inspires me. Her website is: https://www.mysterystonesculpture.com/new-works/
and her etsy shop is: https://www.etsy.com/listing/448868926/soldoriginal-outdoor-tabletop-sculpture?ref=hp_rv
I would buy all of her southwest sculptures. To me they are gorgeous and what I would like to be doing!
I also liked the lady who did the poster for the festival. She did animals in different than normal situations and there were small animals within the large animals and small people within the large people. Her name is Michelle McDowell Smith and
she’s from Florida. Her website is: http://www.michellemcdowellsmith.com
This artist did the paintings about technology and some of his work were animated. He’s only been doing this for five years. He was a designer and something else before he started doing the fine art. His name is Ed Meyers and his website is: http://www.lionoptic.com
Chuck really liked Jennifer Ivory’s work. She did paper painted insects that look real and they are 3D. Her website is: www.Insectworks.com.
Another artist we both liked was William Alburger: http://www.williamalburger.com.
He did really interesting things with wood, very beautiful and artistic.
There was another guy from the country of Georgia who painted on wood and made them 3D. I really liked the depth and the fact he painted on rustic wood. His website: http://eastwestfineart.com/artist/nodar-khokhobashvili/
There was a pen and ink artist Tai Taeoalii: http://www.artbytai.com. His work was good and interesting and I mention him because in high school I did a pen and ink drawing that won me 2nd place as best artist in school. I wish I had at least a photograph of it because I worked on it for weeks. It was a cow skull and some other bones. It was really good, which is weird for me to say because I’m extremely picky about my work and don’t always like it. Some things I like - some not so much.You would think that by now I would know what my specialty is and I would have some direction but I struggle with it every time I go in my “studio” and try to work. What do I want to do? What should I do? What am I best at? What should I do to try to get into the first Thursday about a life well lived? Should I use acrylics? Watercolors? Should I do a drawing? What should I use and what should I do for the subject matter?
I should have had this figured out years ago!