Inspiring Artist – LuAnn Ostergaard

I found the artist LuAnn Ostergaard on Pinterest. Here is an excerpt from her website “My creative spirit is awakened by the beauty I see in naturally occurring patterns and textures. I find beauty in imperfection and often see it in scarred and weathered surfaces.”

Everyone who knows me knows I love a good rusty object. She starts with an image of rusty surfaces that she then alters digitally. She prints the finished images with archival pigments on hot press fine art paper. The prints are mounted on boxed panels and sealed with clear acrylic gel medium.

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I love the colors and textures. They look like paintings but the fact that they start as found objects makes them feel real and natural.  They look like landscapes which I also love.

Check out her Pinterest board here to see lots more of her work.

Thessaloniki, Greece

My husband and I had a great one week visit to Thessaloniki, Greece where our daughter Delaney is spending her first semester of college. We split our time between the city and outlying towns. Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece situated on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. November is off season which proved to be the perfect time to see the sights without the summer crowds. Our hotel was right on the water which meant watching beautiful sunsets every night.

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The hotel was also walking distance to many restaurants and markets. The first day we had a food walking tour. We were able to taste the local foods and learn about the area while walking through Aristotle Square and the open air markets.

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A fun alleyway with sculptures overhead and lots of bird cages.

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I snapped a photo of this old guy in the antique row. I just thought he was adorable. I didn’t inquire but I guess he would have sold me anything I wanted out of the room behind him. The graffiti was compliments of the Greek youth and was everywhere. I know, I’ve been known to say I like graffiti but I’ve kind of changed my mind. When I say it was everywhere there was no part of the city spared and it was not pretty.

 

We took a train to Meteora to see the monasteries built on top of the rocky hills. It was spectacular and well worth the long train ride there. We stayed overnight which meant we had a sunset tour the first night and a morning tour the next day. Both were beautiful.

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On our last day there we hired a guide to take us hiking on Mt Olympus. Delaney joined us even though she was a wee bit tired from her all night escapades in the clubs that stay open until 7 am. The mountain was beautiful, the air was so fresh. The hike was challenging because you were either going straight up or straight down.

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The mountain wasn’t really purple like my cell phone shots made it look. It was light gray actually. It was crazy beautiful though.

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We ate lunch on a plateau and talked to our guide about the Syrian refugee crisis. It was so interesting to hear stories from someone who has actually encountered and housed refugees. She told us the family she housed had spent the winter on the Turkey border living in tents. She said they are just like us. Normal people trying to keep their families together and find a safe place to live.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2015

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Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
(POST) continues this weekend. My work is part of the tour at Park Towne Place Apartment Homes at 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. My Ocean Blues sculpture is installed downstairs in the lobby and other sculptures are installed in one of the finished units on the 16th floor. Other InLiquid artists’ work is installed in other units also on the 16th floor. This opportunity is through InLiquid Art and Design.

If you follow my Linda Celestian Artist page on Facebook you have already seen the images of my installation so I decided to show a little of what went into the making of the new pieces.

I had some white pieces that turned a bit gray over time which was just the push I needed to dye them. On my Instagram account I was sharing my inspiration from nature that gave me the confidence to use new colors.

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What’s interesting is although some of the work is bright and other pieces are natural and muted, it all works together beautifully. I guess Mother Nature really knows what she’s doing.

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Rust dyeing produces beautifully rich colors. You can read about the process here.

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nature inspiration

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Inspiring Artists

Lately I’ve been thinking about all the different ways to manipulate paint in the abstract painting realm. I’m working on a community project that involves collaboratively creating 2 large murals. I’ll share more about that as it nears completion. Here we are just covering the white for the first layer.

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Here I’m tracing a projected drawing onto the ground with a paint marker. This is a great way to work in a layer of drawings over abstract brush work.

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Before that project started I was doing a little research on pendulum painting. It’s a technique shown in a video by Martha Stewart here.

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I played around with it with my artist friend Susan Benarcik but the results were very uneven. Sorry no pictures. Then I saw an artist I’ve admired for a while using it in her artwork and I was really intrigued. She’s using hot wax in a copper funnel and the marks she gets are beautiful.


I think I like them so much because the earth’s gravity and rotation are in play here. I have an attraction to natural occurring marks. I know I’ll be trying this in my work maybe not with hot wax but with acrylic paint. On a day when I’m feeling really adventurous maybe I’ll try this.

Actually it makes me a little quesy just watching it.

My work is all pours right now but sometimes I’m tempted to pick up a brush. I do use my fingers and gravity to direct pours, saves having to wash brushes but forget about having pretty hands. Then I came across this. Look at the size of the brush Fabienne Verdier uses! She studied under a calligraphy master and then changed the game by changing the size of the brush.

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Go to her website to watch a video of her working. It’s amazing.

I found these images of artists working with pours and it really makes me want to get some bigger canvases.

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Hermann Nitsch

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Inspiration

Summer is here! Yes my garden has weeds and yes my house is dirty, but if you want me I’ll be in the studio.

My plan is to make lots of new paintings and sculptures in the next 2 months. I have tons of inspiration from my hikes so I thought I’d share some photos from my phone. I love fungus. There are so many different varieties. I don’t really care what they’re called I’m just thrilled when I find them. The forms inspire me but also their growth patterns. I’m planning some silk and wool wall hung pieces inspired from these beauties.

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Fungus Purple

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The last 2 were taken by Susan Benarcik, a fellow artist and fungus lover. Everyone in my hiking group now stops for fungus and yells for me to come look, it’s great. These might inspire my paintings as well who knows. The subtle colors and so soothing.

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InRush, Mia Pearlman

I’ve been thinking a lot about the art of cut outs. I love the way it looks. Here’s 3 artists that are using cut outs in their work. The first one is Mia Pearlman. A lot of her work is paper. She layers these large pieces of paper that have been intricately cut to create site specific installations that have a dense lushness that borders on chaotic.  She recently finished a public commission. “UPLIFT is a permanent, site-specific, indoor-outdoor sculpture made of waterjet cut stainless steel and aluminum, commissioned by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group for their new headquarters in Back Bay, Boston.”

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The second artist Chris Natrop is also using the technique of cutting out areas to make beautiful intricate patterns. He uses different materials and techniques to achieve these lacy pieces. This piece called Life Above the Fray is 55 x 55 x 180 inches, is acid cut stainless steel with polished mirror finish acid cut stainless steel.

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Lily Ponder : Duplex Mirror Rush, Chris Natrop

Lily Ponder is 65 x 90 inches (each half) 130 x 90 (total) made out of laminated mirrored and clear acrylic sheet.

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Big Brass Bayou is a site-specific artwork created for Baker & McKenzie, Houston.

“Made of 91 pieces of mirror-polished brass, Big Brass Bayou is an abstracted montage of a meandering wetland. While the overall composition and imagery are products of the artist’s imagination, the general concept is, in part, motivated by Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and its native river plants and flowers.

The intial artwork was created in the studio out of hand-cut paper. The contoured imagery resulting from those paper silhouettes were electronically transferred into the computer for further development. Finished outlines were loaded into a 3D computer model and then physically fabricated out of highly polished brass sheeting. The actual metal cutting was done via photo-chemical etching, an acid-based process that cuts through the brass precisely without distortion. Each component was then hand polished and installed in this precise configuration.” excerpt

Denice Bizot uses found shovel heads in her cut out work transforming them into delicate lace inspired sculptures.

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“An interest in found objects, particularly metal, has captured my attention for 15 years. Like many cities undergoing gentrification, New Orleans is replete with discarded metal, miscellaneous street junk and salvage yards teeming with all sorts of debris. For me, the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing and transforming “so-called junk” into works of sculpture is fascinating. Often reworking the surface in terms of color and texture is required to bring out an attractive exterior once covered in mold or metals pitted by weather.” Denice states (excerpted from her website)