When the voice of passion and innovation awakens, creativity flourishes and has no boundaries.
Art is when you give more than you got!
Was it Susie or Sally who sold seashells by the seashore? Since Memorial Day unofficially kicked off the season of summer, beachgoers are embarking on the coastal shores for some fun, sun, rest, relaxation and shell collecting.
Collecting seashells no matter what kind they are that wash up on the seashore, unleashes creativity for a smorgasbord of shell art to reach beyond your imagination. So if you’re looking for a little inspiration to create your shell of an art masterpiece, here are some fun and festive ideas to be inspired by.
This is an amazing photo of sun rays piercing into one of the huge, colorful rock formations located in Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
What do you think about a kaleidoscope of paint slathered dramatically all over your body? Yes? No? Well, body painting has evolved into an art form that uses the human body as a canvas for elaborate paint motifs. As a matter of fact, body painting has become a worldwide artistic culture.
You can become a part of this worldwide celebration of visual art at the World Bodypainting Festival in Klagenfurt Austria, July 8-14, 2018. So if you’re not shy, don’t mind going in the buff and will allow your body to be slathered with paint, I say go for it. If you are an artist or one who appreciates extreme body painting, then you may want to check out the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria. Click here for more details.
Remember those paper airplanes we used to fold in school, take aim and then send them airborne where they quite possibly ended up landing somewhere in the vicinity of the teacher? Getting caught wasn’t funny then but this was my first introduction to origami. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867).
The practice and application of mathematics allow origami artists to construct a variety of geometrical designs. There are several types of origami: Action origami, Modular origami, Wet-folding origami, Pureland origami, Kirigami, Strip folding and Origami Tessellations. Semi to very intricate designs requires disciplined patience, practice, and precision. Are you an origami artist?
Poetry of an Origami Dance
Crease fold, crease fold, shape
© Kym Gordon Moore
Who remembers Magic Eye? Yep, those computer generated 3D images embedded in repeated patterns. When you keep your focus on a specific point, let’s say in the center of the picture for example, then relax your eyes until the picture becomes blurry and doubled, you will see an image that literally draws you into the picture. Click on the image to enlarge it and try out your optical skills.
Magic Eye Illusion
invisible you are
blending into the crowd
an optical illusion
in a 3D stereogram
I stare with blurred vision
suddenly drawn into a scene
discovering you were watching me
there all along, hidden in plain sight
like a two-way mirror, a fractal game
magic eye drawing me into the frame.
© Kym Gordon Moore
As we continue with our celebration of National Women’s History Month, we are featuring one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887-March 6, 1986) is recognized for her fascination and inspiration of nature that is depicted through her iconic glowing landscapes, distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky.
She could imitate the works of other artists but wanted to paint in her own way. The direction of her artistic practice shifted dramatically in 1912 when she studied the revolutionary ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. Dow’s emphasis on composition and design offered O’Keeffe an alternative to realism. She experimented for two years, while she taught art in South Carolina and west Texas. She made a radical break with tradition which made her one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction.
In the summer of 1929, O’Keeffe made the first of many trips to northern New Mexico. The stark landscape, distinct indigenous art, and unique regional style of adobe architecture inspired a new direction in O’Keeffe’s artwork. For the next two decades, she spent part of most years living and working in New Mexico.
She created paintings that evoked a sense of the spectacular places she visited, including the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji. At the age of seventy-three, O’Keeffe embarked on a new series focused on the clouds in the sky and the rivers below. This provided validity and strength into what she was painting.
Late in life, and almost blind, she enlisted the help of several assistants to enable her to again create art. In these works, she returned to favorite visual motifs from her memory and vivid imagination. O’Keeffe’s will to create did not diminish with her eyesight. In 1977, at age ninety, she observed, “I can see what I want to paint. The thing that makes you want to create is still there.”
Today, we celebrate this American painter who created innovative impressionist images that challenged the perception of the way we view art.