Birds of a Real Feather

I’ve seen a lot of bird paintings. I like birds and even paint them myself. I was surprised that I was not familiar with these types of painted birds with real feathers. They were on display at Antiques in Alexandria in the Arader Galleries booth. If you look closely in the detail photo, you can see the feathers.

Painted birds with watercolor with feathers via Arader Galleries, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Anonymous German Artist, c. 1815 – 30, watercolor with feathers, $2,800 Arader Galleries

I had to get underneath the painting to be able to depict the actual feathers. I think you can see them pretty well here and also see what has been painted and what is actual bird. This is a pretty unique and clever concept. I also like how the feathers add depth and bright color to the painting, something that with just paint would be lacking.

Painted birds with watercolor with feathers via Arader Galleries, as seen on Art is Everywhere

You can see all the many birds here on the blue wall.

Arader Galleries booth. Photo from Slipcovers for your walls blog, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Arader Galleries booth. Photo from Slipcovers for your walls blog

Want to make your own feather artwork? Start collecting.

Another thing I learned about was that fashion back in the 1920’s was not exactly as I thought — all flashy and ready to get up and do the Charleston in. This was primarily the vision for the well to do. General attire was much more low key and simple. You can see multiple styles featured in this fashion exhibit at the show — among them, an evening dress with heavy beading and a casual day-wear dress that you could see worn today as popular “vintage” attire. The pajamas stuck me as being funny, yes, comfortable but not anything sexy about them. Maybe they were the early version of lounge wear sweats. 😉

1920's Fashion exhibit at the Antiques in Alexandria Show, as seen on Art Is Everhywhere

1920's Fashion exhibit at the Antiques in Alexandria Show, as seen on Art Is Everhywhere

Click here to read more about the show.

Euro Chic is a Classic Cushion

We’re right in the middle of launching new Euro Chic designs for our Casart Décor pillows. I haven’t had a lot of time to do much else — except to say that Art is Everywhere and on pillows as well. These designs by artist Edward Doyle are inspired by illustrations, signage and insignia that have an Old World, vintage charm with appeal for your modern living.

Casart Décor pillows on Art Is Everywhere

Nu Murals

Looking for a little fun, music and instant transformation, and while at it, seeing the holiday lights while staying at a place near New York? Look at the NU Hotel Brooklyn’s Press Release of Brooklyn-inspired immersion murals painted by three local artists from their Nu Perspectives Project.

We are so proud of our location and are always looking for ways to celebrate Brooklyn. Having local art on our walls is something the hotel has embraced since the day we opened,” said Javier Egipciaco, NU Hotel Brooklyn’s general manager. “We’re just taking it a step further this time.”

 The NU Hotel is looking for three more artist, if they haven’t already been found. In the meantime, you can see a time-lapse of Adam Suerte’s mural in one of the guest rooms.

Steve Weinberg is another artist who’s illustrated style mural adorns one of he boutique hotel’s guest room, which is featured below in his time-lapse video.

Google Goes to the Grades

I have to give Google kudos for getting kids involved in their doodles. One of the finalists from their national search for their Doodle for Google contest is from Alexandria, VA. Excellent! Can’t help but give my support to my local town and to Eileen Powell.

Google-Doodle_artwork by Eileen Powell, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

The winner will be announced this Friday, May 18th —  judged by the likes of Katy Perry, Jordin Sparks and Mo Williams among others…You can find Eileen’s and all the state finalists’ artwork here:

These designs are so clever.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get this post together in time to announce before the voting had closed but check it out for the winner. It’s a cool concept from Google to get budding artistic children interested in the arts. Who knows, maybe their current artist, who I did this post on, can take a break every now and then.

The themes are chosen by the most clever conceptualization of the Google Logo that expresses the visual answer to this question, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” Eileen’s theme work is the 1970’s. I like her rendition of the fingers making the peace sign and that daisy “o” flower is so groovy. Good luck!!

If you missed this year’s contest, you can enter next year and if you’re out of school and just love to doodle, here’s what Google says about becoming a “Googler:”

Googlers and fans from around the world suggest the topics from which the doodle team doodles (you can suggest one too at

You never know what doodle might come next but we’re particularly fond of science, innovation, creativity, and fun. We also love to celebrate cultures from all around the world.

 But there is a pretty darn good monetary reason to enter if you can:

• Each of the other four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012,  a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.

The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. homepage. He or she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice, a trip to New York for an event on May 17, 2012, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. We’ll also award the winner’s full time school a $50,000 technology grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology programming.

The Military Artist

Although Veterans’ Day has past, I did not get a chance to discuss or show my support in a blog post so I want to mention a few items of note in this one. We have so much to thank our Veterans for. I’m thinking of this as I travel to New Orleans for a family reunion. I think of my many blessings of family as Thanksgiving comes around and the incredible sacrifices military families have given with service and loss to their country — all for our gain and to preserve the American way of life and freedom.

I was glad to see the army has kept its long tradition of official artists to document ongoing wars and military history. Sgt. Martin J. Cervantez was profiled in the Washington Post recently for his painting and military service as one of the army’s official artists. Here is some of his work

Sgt Cervantez-combat artist via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Sgt Cervantez-combat artist via Washington Post

Cervantes-fiield sketches via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Cervantes-field sketches via Washington Post

Heading out-water color_Cervantez via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Heading out-water color_Cervantez via Washington Post

Huge Responsibility_Sgt Martin J. Cervantez via Washinton Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

A Huge Responsibility_oil by Sgt Martin J. Cervantez via Washinton Post

This last painting is interesting to me because the light on the military personnel’s shirt in the foreground is painted in such a way to suggest that the commander has a priestly robe – the duplicity of wearing both military garb and performing the role of making life and death decisions. I’m not sure if this is intentional, but it’s what I first thought of when I saw it.

Here is the link to all the galleries of the Army’s official military artists at the U.S. Center for Military History. Viewing the other artist’s works is well worth the click.

Here’s a previous post I wrote on Combat Art for Veteran’s Day last year and another post on The Art of Camouflage.

Another mention regarding Eric Grohe’s military mural, Liberty Remembers, the artist is described in this article as still being moved even though his public art is now 10 years old.

eric-grohe-mural via Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Liberty Remembers, mural by Eric Grohe via Bucyrus Telegraph Forum

Ocean City, Maryland has a new Veteran’s Day Mural by Carla Migliaccio.

Ocean-City_veterans mural via Shore News Today, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Ocean City Veterans Mural by Carla Migliaccio via Shore News Today

Since I haven’t added music here in a while, here’s a little Talking Heads, Life During Wartime, to Kick Start the Weekend. I always feel like I should be doing an aerobic exercise when listening to this music. As it turns out, I probably was when dancing to it in college but now,  just watching the video wears me out!


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.

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.

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.

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:

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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