A really great view from this overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway, not far from Charlottesville. We have enjoyed the valley it overlooks many times on the way to Sherando Lake in the George Washington Forest.
as old as cave paintings? Silhouettes seem to resonate with how we perceive figures - our brains are finely attuned to the figure in the distance, can read in the gestures much information, such as intention - - -
These are some recent (well, a century old) silhouette pieces. They show a clear lineage from the Art Nouveau era that immediately preceded and the concurrent Art Deco.
More recent, though overlapping with the above time period is Alex Katz (b 1927) - still with us age 92)
Do you see ‘Joey’ in this one?
Do you see ‘Sarah’ in this one?
Quite literally, made of money
My style, using shapes, letterforms, colors. It is a garden palette, if not silhouettes.
It also says … can you read it?
Color consulting is part of what I do - people are often terrified of color which it’s totally understandable - a mistake can be costly as well as annoying to have to live with. Color is what I do, all day every day. I’m glad to consult. Sometimes the result is a bit more confidence in the colors you have chosen. Sometimes there is an exploration process, in which mockups of rooms in Photoshop simulate a color plan.
Wanted to share the posters I adjusted the color for a client who had a definite idea - she wanted them to coordinate with the pillows she had already chosen. Wish I could find the photos but it turned out great! Here are the posters; use your imagination about how the room looked with these warm, rich color accents -
Where Our New World Begins
Politics, power, and the Green New Deal
By Kevin Baker
Fascinating history, and ends with …
Like the best of liberalism, which was what the original New Deal was—and the Green New Deal could be—the proof is in the doing. All the efforts to dismiss it as some socialist plot will not stand, cannot stand, if we are to meet the greatest challenges of our time. Those challenges will not vanish just because we want to avoid them. They will not slow just because we prefer to go slow. The Green New Deal, as its name implies, is meant to be a restoration, a return to the sort of fairness, the human balance, the dignity of a working life wantonly abandoned and derided by so many of our leading politicians and commentators. If we are to survive, it will be necessary to ignore them. Obviously, they have nothing more to offer.
The manifesto that announced the Green New Deal will not be instituted literally. Some parts of it will be compromised, some will be improved, added, or subtracted. But it had better come into being, or we will leave to future generations a world of natural disasters unlike anything we have ever known.
No doubt it will be a heavy lift. But there is one, somewhat comforting fact to remember as we face the task ahead of us: we have been here before.
Oh, and this
So this is another image that took years to come to fruition - see this earlier version, from 2016
Rent-seeking comes in many forms, including barriers to entry like onerous licenses, having to belong to a particular trade union in order to work in a trade, imposing tariffs, and corruption in government. In all cases, no additional wealth for the nation, sector or society is created.
Sometimes, requiring a license is necessary and makes sense. For example, doctors are not allowed to practice if they don’t have a license – that is to protect the well being of patients. Pilots are not allowed to fly passenger planes unless they have a special license – that is to protect the lives of the passengers. In such cases, license requirements make sense – the reasons are obvious.
For mysterious reasons, some posters come together quickly and others … Old Town Alexandria fell into the …others … category. Why? The area is rich with history, so rich that were it not overshadowed by the American History behemoth across the river, it would deservedly be a living museum city. So the waterfront is key - it is why Alexandria is where it is - yet most people do not experience it from the water. Still, I have a sailboat poster of Alexandria with the Capitol building in the background to locate it - otherwise, it could be anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic. The wonderful urban fabric, the cobblestone streets, the gas lamps on the often cattywampus very old houses that line the streets, jets roaring overhead as they take off from National Airport a few miles away - that is Old Town. Yet my highly graphic style makes such a thing hard to capture - thus, this fictionalized townhouse/serene streetlife poster. As very often with my posters, there is a little story playing out - in this case a protective cat in the upper floor window eyes the dog on his sidewalk below.
though the air was moving big time and after thirty minutes, wind-whipped, I retreated indoors
Been indulging in art history and fascinated with a green from the late Victorian era (will maybe post more about that another time) but it led me to search out the forecast for the current year. As 2019 is well under way, the trends are becoming obvious, but Pantone among others will convene a panel years in advance and determine the colors, pigments, dyes, that manufacturing will start to produce in order to get products onto the shelves for consumers. The current year (and last, too) saw a lot of pink(s) and greens as well as black and other very dark colors. Matte Black? Hmmm, time to have a late 80’s revival?
Do not mess with this b!tch.
“There was a queen who resided over the sea,
Whose like no one knew of anywhere.
She was exceedingly beautiful and great in physical strength.
She shot the shaft with bold knights — love was the prize.”
Learn from the masters. Not forgery, that is fraud and though that seems to be all the rage in the world these days, I mean make art that is your own. Case in point, Petra Borner (first illustration) a wonderful illustrator from Sweden teaches me this (second one):
I begin with the intention of improvising upon the technique but serendipity will take me away into another look.
Known for wonderful portraits especially of beautiful women wearing sumptuous gowns, he was also a brilliant watercolorist. And brilliant I mean! His American Impressionist paintings are drenched with light, with a signature use of white.