Wednesday, May 06, 2015

'The Sketchbook Project' Takes Readers Around The World In Doodles

"When the Sketchbook Project first started, we never imagined where it would take us. We now have a place where anyone is accepted, and a community is created along the way." Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker write in an introduction to their new book, aptly titled The Sketchbook Project World Tour, published by Princeton Architectural Press

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Four Recently Completed Pieces-Enjoy!

We love the Marx Brothers and Groucho is Stan's favorite of the bunch. This painting is modeled after a book cover. I played up the art deco elements, because we so love that style so much. I imagine at some point I'll make one of Harpo. I just think he is grand!

This coleus mixed media exploration really feels electric to me. I love the glow.  Someone said the background looked mysterious, and I can see that too.

This trio of carp where specifically made with out bedroom in mind. The bedroom has deep red walls and the decor in that room pulls from many Asian nations and Asian histories. These mixed media paintings feel playful to me. I feel like we are looking through amazing portals into there world, getting a small peek.

This mixed media piece was made for our TV room/den. Once again I find this piece to be a reflection of history and how we look at it. In many ways this piece reminds me of the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," specifically the portal that allows the crew to look at and travel back to the past.

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Local Poetry Events-Tonight And Next Wednesday

7th annual Young Writers Night

Just a reminder that Pat O'Brien will have her 7th annual Young Writers Night tonight Thursday, April 2nd at 6 PM at Mel Flanagan's Irish Pub and Cafe' at 50 North Main St in Rochester. We'll be meeting on the Cafe' side of Mel's.  After the young writers have a chance to dazzle us with their stories and poetry an open mic will follow. Come out and support the event; it is always a feast for the heart and mind.
National Poetry Month-Features, Lindsey Coombs, Kyle Leach, David McNicholas and Lauren Vermette
In celebration of National Poetry Month,  Pat O'Brien has coordinated with Beth Nerbonne of the Rchester Public Library, to present an evening of poetry on Weds April 8th at 6PM.  

"The poetry of four NH poets will be featured.  Lindsey Coombs, Kyle Leach, David McNicholas and Lauren Vermette will each read from their work.  Each of these writers has presented their poetry at Rochester Writers Night with excellent response from our listeners.  I am excited that these four wonderful poets will be at the event.  It's like candy for poets!" Pat O'Brien

There will be an open mic following the features.  This event is free and open to the public. Please come to support poetry in NH...and in Rochester!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Losing Myself By Kyle Leach

I was inspired to write this poem because of the controversy surrounding Russel Tovey's "effeminate" remarks. The photo above is of my my brother and myself. I'm on the left, he is on the right. It shows a time when my mischievous nature was revealed and my brother's wild happiness comes through. It's one of my favorite photos of the two of us. Though the poem isn't about us, it is about me losing a part of myself,  it is taken from this time when I was still that sissy boy in the photo.

This subject effects far more than those of us who were born as men, who didn't quite act the way everyone else thought we should. I see how this issue touches women's lives. I've watched far too many woman hide their intellect, their aggression, their passions and ambitions to make men comfortable. I see how it touches the lives of people with other shades of skin, how they are expected to act, how they are expected to genuflect, how they are expected to keep silent or be punished. I see it in those who travel and settle in other places of the world with the expectation that they will shed their language, their past cultural identity, all under the pretense of assimilation.

Casting off parts of yourself to keep others happy not only diminishes you, and all your potential, it diminishes all of us.I should know I've been through the experience.

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Losing Myself by Kyle Leach 2015 by Kyle

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Mixed Media Tile Paintings-A Plug For Artstream's Mixed Media Course

I had a blast making these mixed media tile paintings. I haven't worked with mixed media very often, but it is becoming one of my favorite ways of expressing myself now. I am learning more about how to use the layering techniques and various mediums and what to add when to compliment different sections of the layers as they go on. It's sometimes complicated and often thrilling.

I'm just about to start an online mixed media course taught by Susan Schwake from Artstream in Dover. It's an online class meant for all skill levels. Susan is the perfect teacher whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist or someone who wants to dabble a bit. She is really interested in helping you find what makes you happy when you express yourself in art and tries to give you the tools you will need to get to where you would like to go. I highly recommend her online courses.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Landscape Progression

This is another piece that came from the art class I was taking. This exercise was a lot of fun. It gets you out of your head. Where you start isn't where you have to end. You can see in the beginning my mind was looking for movement and curled shapes. The under painting colors of blue and red are horrible, but they come through beautifully in the finished piece as subtle flourishes. You can see as I pull things together I get rid of some of the visual noise in the lower portion and let the focus be the curled limbs of the tree. 

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Free Form Still Life Progression

This was a still life I did for a group class I was a part of. I love how this one progressed. I can't decide if I prefer it to be vertical or horizontal. I see fruit when it is horizontal and a tropical flower when it is in a vertical position. I haven't decided on a frame yet either. I think one with darker wood tones and perhaps a bit of gold would complement it well.

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Still Life Progression

This is the style that most of my work takes when I'm left to my own devices. Vivid colors, unusual color mixes, and a sense of movement or very obvious strokes, strikes, or marks. I'm not found of fruit still life painting, so this one will most likely be turned into something else at some point.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

8 Things You Didn't Know About The Artist Vincent Van Gogh

Viewed thus, men don’t play a very noble role -- well, but that is in fact the case. It doesn’t apply in general, though, because ... does the candle burn for the sake of the moth? If one knew that -- well then -- it might well be worthwhile committing suicide that way. Vincent van Gogh

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Women Pushing The Limits Of Street Art

25 Women from around the globe who are advancing street art in their region of the world. Enjoy!

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15 Free Fonts That Harken Back To Vintage Typography

15 great, free, fonts that harken back to cool vintage typography.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Young Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Explains The Essence Of Climate Change At UN Summit

"When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." John F. Kennedy

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Artist Turns Vintage Library Of Congress Photos Into Awesomely Creepy GIFs

A collection of Kevin Weir's gorgeous GIFs, which turn regular portraits found in the Library of Congress archives into mini movies?

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