What Lies Beneath is Invisible to the Naked Eye

What lies beneath artwork, such as Gallego’s Raising Lazarus is invisible to the naked eye but thanks to infrared technology, art historians, restorers and now everyday viewers can see what the artist originally had in mind. Part of the creative process can be understood by this discovery.

The technical study was part of a five-year project by the Meadows Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art, which has had the altarpiece in its permanent collection since 1957. Since no individual drawings by Gallego survive, the infrared images reveal his skill as a draftsman and his workshop’s contributions. “They never thought that in 500 years technology was going to be able to unveil something that was eternally covered,” Mr. Roglán said. J. D. BIERSDORFER  (New York Times, June 8, 2008)

Gallego-raising of Lazarus via New York Times, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Gallego's Raising of Lazarus and under drawing via the New York TImes

This was an old story that I ran across in my archives regarding the 15th-century altarpiece from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ascension in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain. It is worth posting now, as a simple tribute in some way to my fellow sister-in-law in my husband’s family. Cindy and I had the connection of both being married to twin brothers. She passed away suddenly last week and her funeral is this week but details are not known. Words can never do one’s passing justice but finding this artwork reminded me that life is complex and fleeting. Just like this underpainting there are details only known to the artist. Fortunately for us, however, you can click on this link and interactively discover what they are in the painting and then view the finished piece with more insight, more fully understood. There is peace in understanding and fulfillment in the pleasure life brings even in memories long after we are gone.

Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion is so beautiful and moving and seems appropriate here, as performed by Koopman – Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

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Artistic Self Rating

I never thought of lists and self-rating charts as being artistic but they give you great insight into the creative minds of some artists.

While on vacation last weekend, I will be doing some sketching and reflecting so maybe these artistic charts will provide some inspiration — of course I’m writing this post in advance so we’ll see if ideas actual get enacted.

Adolf Konrad's graphic packing list, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Adolf Konrad's graphic packing list, Dec. 16, 1973. via The Atlantic

Harry-Bertoia_Sefl-rating-graph via The Atlantic, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Harry-Bertoia_Sefl-rating-graph via The Atlantic

Well, some sketching did get enacted and how appropriate that this post with this title would be my 500th. I don’t know but that’s a lot of posts and maybe worthy of retirement soon…

Cabin in the woods 1 sketch by C. Ashley Spencer, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Cabin in the woods 1 sketch by C. Ashley Spencer


Cabin in the woods 2 sketch by C. Ashley Spencer, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Cabin in the woods 2 sketch by C. Ashley Spencer,

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any videos out there of Aaron Neville singing Respect Yourself but you’ll have to just listen here and it might help to Kick Start the Weekend.

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Barcodes and Key Cards

Keeping the theme from Monday’s post of creating artwork on unexpected surfaces that are everyday sights, typically the mundane, here are just two examples of turning an everyday graphic barcode into artwork and putting artwork on key-cards.

You might take a second glance when you see these.

barcode_art-500x250 from Loganotron, on Art Is Everywhere

Barcode art from Loganontron

unlockart_lemeridien via Hotel Chatter on Art Is Everywhere

Le Meridien Keycard artwork via Hotel Chatter

I think the additional artwork helps to personalize these items and improve their appeal.

You never know what you’re gonna find on YouTube and I didn’t expect to find anything related to barcodes but I was wrong.

The Barcode Brothers, a Danish musical group, has used the unlikely combination of a ukulele, flute and violin to russle up a square-dance-style, pop roundup (literally in the video that is). I thought the video was clever and humorous and the tune kinda catchy – a fun way to Kick-Start the Weekend.

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Exhibits June 2011

Just a few new art introductions that I really hope to take in this month or over the summer — if I can get over these deadlines. We’re working to launch 3 new collections at Casart coverings and it’s a lot of work, press releases, newsletters, marketing materials, website, and photoshop — enough to make my head spin. Seeing an exhibit would bring a little peaceful distraction and calm.

I was recently introduced to 52 O Street Studios, a warehouse offering affordable studio space for professional, contemporary artists. Micheline Klagsbrun is one of them. I saw her Shaman/Shaman piece in the paper but could not find it online. Here’s her link from the studio. I like the pow factor in her flowing and and colorful draftsman style and how she embeds the human form in some shape or another in her subjects, which may not be human but then transforms into having humanistic qualities and personality.


Micheline Klagsbrun - Mirar/ Mirror on Art is Everywhere
Micheline Klagsbrun – Mirar/ Mirror

There are 20 artists’ studios at this location, and their site does not say when they are open, so you’ll have to check to see when they have their open house next or just go by to maybe get a sneak peak of their work while they work.

Deborah Herdon’s photos are on display at the Loft Gallery’s “Architecture Talks” exhibit. She takes photos of architectural details and wonderful travel shots such as these.

Red Hut (in vineyard)cmyk by Deborah Herdon, on Art Is Everywhere

Red Hut (in vineyard) cmky by Deborah Herdon

Iron Locks by Deborah Herdon on Art Is Everywhere

Iron Locks by Deborah Herdon

There will be others but these are a start on my list and of course there are outdoor summer concerts and a whole hosts of things to do, if I can just get a break  from my computer…..That’s “Somesing” to think about by Sound Tribe Sector to Kick Start the weekend, with a little electronic, which I normally don’t like but don’t mind this + the painting in progress to the music on the video:

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The Daily Creative

Artists create daily — constantly thinking, collecting, adapting, producing and reviewing for their artwork. Here are some examples of one artist who exhibits this creative journey.

Jeffrey Hayes describes and shows how his sculptural mouse and buddha painting came to be. Clicking this link will bring you to his step-by-step progression but here’s how he begins his process:

Paintings always begin with ideas. To start a painting, any painting, requires some sort of theme. It could be an object you wish to paint, some idea you’d like to express, or a particular light effect you want to explore. Anything.

sprightly. photo via Jeffery Hayes as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Sprightly. photo via Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes Display for painting as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Jeffery Hayes' display for painting

Jeffery Hayes Drawing for painting as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Jeffery Hayes' drawing for painting

Jeffery Hayes Underpainting for painting as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Jeffery Hayes grisaille underpainting

Jeffery Hayes - final painting, oil on panel, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Jeffery Hayes - final painting, oil on panel

I started following Jeffrey Hayes’ work on his other blog, Watching Paint Dry, about 2 years ago but he’s given this one up in order to put more focused effort on one blog and his paintings, which I really like. They are remarkable miniature treasures about 8 x 8″ or so, which allows him to create several a week. The style and details in his work resemble such Dutch Masters as Vermeer.

Jeffrey Hayes-About as seen on Art Is Everywhere

still_life_with_antique_knife-framed by Jeffrey Hayes, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Still life with antique knife framed by Jeffrey Hayes

Speaking of daily artwork, The Sketchbook Project is at it again. I just learned that their exhibit happens to be in DC this coming weekend at the Hillyer Art Space and it’s that time of year for new registration starting this Friday for the next year’s Sketchbook collection. Click here to see my previous post on this.

With this news and daily artwork, I think Luce’s Good Day is perfect to post for Kick Starting the Weekend. I saw them in concert and they’re great!


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Illustrated Murals

Who says murals have to be painted? I’m an illustrator first and a muralist second (because great murals come from the foundation of drawing), so I really found these illustrated murals by Charlotte Mann really exceptional and very inspirational. I’d like to know her process because executing them with a black marker means no mess ups. I wonder if she had a layout before starting? I love their doodle-like-detail. They almost make the “real” look unreal. This would be my dream-day-job to do this all day long. It reminds me of when I did do this all day long when I was younger.

1_Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

All Charlotte Mann photos via koikoikoi.com

Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Here’s a great picture to show how this type of illustrated mural work complements interior design.

Charlotte-Mann via koikoikoi.com, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Koikoikoi the Visual Arts Magazine, by the way — where I found these murals — is a fabulous find for illustrated inspiration. It’s now up on my sidebar. They also like fish, it seems.

A few more opportunistic mentions, if you’re a muralist, you may want to consider having these calls for action on your radar:

1) The Neighborhood Grant Program in Baltimore announces new grants for murals:

The Neighborhood Grant Program will award $500 to $1,000 grants for special events, such as street festivals, flea markets, health fairs and block parties. Events eligible must be between May 1 and Nov. 30. Grants of between $2,500 to $10,000 will go toward the mural and garden projects.

2) MuralsDC is looking for new spaces on which to paint and they are asking businesses to submit their properties by April 15th  as possibilities for their mural work. Here’s a previous post that I wrote about MuralsDC.

3) There is also a call for murals under the overpass in Mansfield,  MA.

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Christmas Week

With just two days before Christmas, I thought I’d continue with a mix of Christmas oriented murals, wintry scenes and music.

I usually don’t like modern murals with biblical or religious oriented murals, but these are very well done by Keith Goodson for Champions Church in Winter Haven, Florida. He seems to have found the right balance between realism and stylistic portrayal that appears alive and dynamic.

Light of the World Mural by Keith Goodson on Art Is Everywhere

Light of the World Mural by Keith Goodson. Photos by Rick Runion via The Ledger.com

The Light of the World Mural by Keith Goodson on Art Is Everywhere

The Light of the World Mural by Keith Goodson on Art Is Everywhere

Another Christmas-like mention for this week would have to be the cover of The Washington Posts Book World, which makes a comeback at this time annually, whereas it used to be a regular Sunday section feature but was dropped in 2009. I thought this “embroidered drawing” made by hand cutting paper by Andrea Dezso is wonderful. I love its intricate nature and fragile existence. It’s a beautiful scenic snowflake. I had to scan this because I was surprised when I did a search on the Post’s site that I could not find it or any mention of the artist — not good to leave the artist out, and I normally give The Post credit.

Book-World cover by Andrea Dezso_Washington Post_on Art Is Everwhere

Book World cover by Andrea Dezso via Washington Post

I will give the Post credit for listing some classic and non-traditional Christmas music that we can all enjoy up through the new year and maybe even recycle for the next. Any of these would be good way to Kick-Start this Christmas Weekend, so here are a few to enjoy if you want something different.

1) Flaming Lips — A Change at Christmas

2) Bob Marley — Sound the Trumpet

3) James Brown — Santa Clause Go Straight to the Ghetto

4) The Pretenders — 2,000 Miles (and the video below)

Pretenders – 2000 miles
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And since I just have to end on a classic — from the days of ole:

5) Dean Martin – Let it Snow (here’s hoping for another blizzard)

And with a final tribute to the season of lights, I was delighted to discover this photo by Syamsui Bahri Muhammad that shows the silhouettes of the many people visiting Malaysia’s i-City (cyber center in Shah Alam). I also find it interesting to learn that about 9 percent Malaysians are Christian.

Malaysian Christmas Lights on Art Is Everywhere

Malaysian Christmas Lights. Photo by Syamsul Bahri Muhammad for Washington Post

If you’d like to see classic Christmas Memories from Casart coverings, click this link.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Laser Murals

These laser murals were “painted” onto sides of buildings with light and videotaped (below) for the London based Green Car Cab company, Green Tomato Cars which consists completely of Toyota Prius hybrids .  Illustrators working with Dentsu London skilfully created these images and they are still spreading around the Internet. They remind me of Picasso, when he did his light paintings. The difference is he could not see what he was “painting” only after it was captured with photography.

1_Laser Painting_AIE via Creativity, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Laser Painting. Clips via Creativity and video by Dentsue London

2_Laser Painting _AIE via Creativity, seen on Art is Everywhere

3_Laser Painting_AIE via Creativity, as seen on Art is Everywhere

If the video has trouble loading, click here to go directly to the site to view.

Evidently, there is some controversy about who the originator of this laser painting technology is, GLR or Denstu, so you be the judge. Interestingly enough, however, no one gives credit to the music, which I’m using for Kick-Starting the Weekend. I just wish I knew who it was…..Found with some searching! Yppah, “Never mess with Sunday.

Uncannily, I wrote about this Dentsue company and their light painting back in September with this Text Art post. They now have a Penki (painting app) available.

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Catalog of Fears

What do you do with a large blackboard space and a lot of chalk? Well, you create a “mural” with all of the words that catalog your fears, like fear of losing luggage, fear of losing memory, fear of a terrorist attack….I can think of hundreds, like  fear of falling off a 16′ ladder extension ladder strapped to a 12′ high step ladder while restoring the faux stone finish on a 17′ high vaulted ceiling. Never want to do that again! My body was aching for days, especially my neck and shoulder from the strain and my calves from the tension of just trying to maintain balance. You don’t realize when you’re up there how every muscle in your body tenses.

I would think Brian Rea’s creative process would be quite a cathartic exercise.  It actually sounds like fun and a great stream-of-conscious, brainstorming, doodle. I don’t know if I’d call it a mural, but a mural can tell a story so therein, I suppose it is a mural of words — similar to other textual – word mural/ artwork posts that I’ve written.

Brian Rea FEARS detail from Fast Company, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Brian Rea FEARS detail from Fast Company

FEARS best detail 5 via Fast Company, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

FEARS best via Fast Company as seen on Art Is Everywhere

On the opposite wall, he painted a UFO mural called Visions, using a chalk layout and then white paint similar to the process he used for the Fears mural. This reminds me where is that V show this season? I’ve been waiting….

Rea VISIONS_Fast Company as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Rea VISIONS via Fast Company

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Combat Art

Thinking this fitting of Veteran’s Day, I found two recent mentions to describe the art of war as combat art.

This mural was painted by “The detainees [near the province of Umm Qasr in Iraq] painted all of the murals in the compounds and a significant majority of the murals outside,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth King, commander of the 306th Military Police Battalion.

Sgt. Rob Bingham, “D” Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, sits in front of his favorite piece at the Theatre Interment Facility at Camp Bucca [before the facility is dismantled].

detainee mural on army.mil from homepage of United States Army, on Art Is Everywhere

Detainee mural on army.mil from homepage of United States Army

Another inspiration was this article about Sgt. Kristopher Battles (no pun in his name intended but very coincidental), a Marine combat artist in the New York Times.

18maines-span-articleLarge via NY Times, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Marine Sgt. Battles Sketches during training. Photo by Jim Wilson, NY Times

The objective of his mission is this, “We’re not here to do poster art or recruiting posters,” Sergeant Battles, 42, said. “What we are sent to do is to go to the experience, see what is really there and document it — as artists.”

This is an interesting story to show that the grim nature and essence of the feeling of war is best captured in sketches. Note too that there is multi-media going on here. As Sgt. Battles sketches the scene above, he’s being photographed by another artistic eye to capture the moment. Sketches tend to embody movement and immediacy, whereas photos stop the motion and capture that particular moment in time without often a before and after context. Sketches can show multiple scenes on one page that flow from one another and sense of place, time and light can all be artistically interpreted and enhanced. In photography, this can only be done after the fact in Photoshop perhaps. It’s just interesting to me to see the same scenario captured differently just by virtue of different artistic media as well as individual artistic portrayals.

IronSgt1 by Kristopher Battles via his Sketchpad Warrior blog, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Iron Sgt1 by Kristopher Battles via his Sketchpad Warrior blog

Iron+Sgt+Storyboard by Kristopher Battles via his Sketchpad Warrior blog, on ArtIsEverywhere

Iron+Sgt+Storyboard by Kristopher Battles via his Sketchpad Warrior blog

The article describes “The program is not the only one of its kind in the United States military, but many regard it as the one most deeply committed to its artistic mission. Like those in the other services, it began after the attack on Pearl Harbor and scaled back after Vietnam. Somewhat unusually, however, it has kept at least one artist in the reserves ready to deploy. And while most of the services have reactivated their art programs since the start of the Bush administration’s “global war on terror,” the Marine Corps’s has been the only one to cover most of the major conflicts.”

I remember when the stepfather of the wife of our good friend passed away, my husband, Peter, was asked to peruse many of his books. Peter Braestrup was a well known journalist who was a military correspondent during the Vietnam War and upon returning he founded The Wilson Quarterly. My Peter found this provocative sketchbook of war scenes done during the Vietnam War and often at the scenes of battles and imprisonment. The sketches were hauntingly real. I referred to this book when I did military sketches for The Military Order of the World Wars Officer Review Magazine back in 1999. I’m glad to see the magazine and the organization is still going strong; although my editor is no longer in charge. I enjoyed that gig because of the research and learning involved. I spent hours going through old 1960′s Time Magazines for photo references. It was my job to put illustrations to submitted stories by military war veterans. Not an easy task but I enjoy a challenge, sometimes.

All this makes me think of the incredible sacrifices that our military makes and not only them but their wives and their children and families. Veterans Day is worth keeping them in your thoughts and prayers with gratitude, good wishes and godspeed.

As we’re going to Sewanee today to see our son and experience another class’ reunion for Homecoming, I can’t help but think of The Smith’s to bridge the gap of wartime thoughts and good 80′s music to Kick Start the Weekend, definitely starting early for us. Since I cannot embed this video for How Soon is Now, one of my favorites by the Smiths, click the link. Interestingly, as I was searching for this, I ran across Radiohead’s cover of The Smith’s The Headmaster Ritual.

I also think of U2′s Sunday Bloody Sunday.

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