Monday, August 22, 2005

Art for Art's Sake

After finishing our bathroom renovation, Deb and I were looking for artwork to hang on the newly painted walls. This got me thinking that I really do have some really neat original art in my house. My wife, a lettering artist and artist-in-residence in our local school district, knows a whole bunch of talented artisits and we have accumulated their work over the years. So, this post is all about art for art's sake – no bathrooms, clawfoot tubs, or plumbing at all.

We begin with Deb - after all it is her house as well! She has done a bunch of commission work, but her best work is when she works just for the fun of it. The picture of this piece:





does it no justice. The hand-done lettering and tree were cut out and placed over her hand-made paste-paper. The end result is just a brilliant explosion of color.

This picture of a bird was taken by our friend George Boudman:





George gave up a job at a book press to become an art teacher. This picture was taken with a digital camera but, much more interestingly, was printed with a Giclee printer on canvas. The hat trick was that the printing process added the appearance of brush strokes giving the finished work a hand-painted look. Cool!

Tim Weaver is a professional artist and has been doing great water colors for darn near ever. I always love how his paintings capture light. Last year, he kindly gave us this painting of an Italian villa we once stayed at:





(Please forgive the weird angles of these images – I had to take them just above or below eye-level so the camera flash would not blur the photos.)

Speaking of professional artists, Pamela Gladding (a commercial artist with a major company) gave us a pair of hat boxes which now adorn two of our bookcases:





Unfortunately, they are no longer commercially available. We also have a host of plates, napkins, and even a rug that has her artwork printed on it.

Finally, we end with a large canvas given to us as an anniversary gift by our friend Catherine Hodgkiss. We met Catherine in a youth hostel in Italy about six years ago and quickly became friends. This was one of her first large canvases – it is a Tuscan landscape painted with an experimental “water-drip” technique.





This piece is huge (4' to a side) and, again, this picture of her work does not show off her subtle use of color.

So there you have it - a little art for art's sake. Hope you enjoyed it!