Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Enchanting Art of Karen Talnagi

Mystical, whimsical and enchanting are words that come to mind when describing Karen Talnagi's Art... SEEING ANGELS.

Before I talk more about her creations... Here is Karen's Bio-

I have been surrounded by art my entire life, my grandfather was a professional artist. Most of my mothers family were artists, but my love of fantasy art was discouraged by the adults around me. Even as an art major in college I was pushed toward the more conventional graphic arts work. I had always had these little creatures and characters running around in my head, even as a child. Once marriage and kids came along it was very hard to find the time or the medium to express all these wonderful little elementals properly. Now that all the kids are in school full time and the wonderful world of polymer clay has found it's way into my life they are all scrambling to be brought to life.
Since I started sculpting a year ago I have been very fortunate, selling to collectors all over the world. I feel so lucky to finally be able to do what I was meant to do all along.

Her scupltures are unique and just simply adorable to say the least. Each has their own persoanlity and that certain magical twinkle in their eyes ... that just make you fall in love with them!

I highly recommend you take a moment out of your day and visit Karen's SEEING ANGELS. You will be delighted you did.

Have an enchanting day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Works in Progress

Often I get asked.... what paintings are you currently working on? Here recently I have had a lot of inquiries as to what will be the next painting in my Masquerades of Thy Night Series and will there be anymore Alice in Wonderland Paintings. So to answer these questions I thought I would share some of my paintings in progress and what lies ahead.
First... I am currently working on 3 paintings. The first is the next installment to my Masquerade Series. It's featuring a woman masked in the physicians mask.. the Medicao Della Peste. My 2nd painting is a dark piece featuring a naked, masked, winged woman with tribal tattoos/markings, possibly shackled... not sure yet. She's squatting down before a black swan. What's this painting portraying? In my eyes... the tattoos are the marking of what she longs to become. Her wings are there for her to be able to finally fly and become what she so longs to be. She is looking away from the beast that she is and the mask is what everyone sees but is not really her.
The third painting that I am working on is my version of the Mad Hatter Tea Party.
You are probably wondering why I work on more than one painting at a time.
I paint according to my mood for the day and which canvas is craving for my attention. I paint how I feel.
When I step across the threshold of my studio I immediately know which painting I will work on. I grab my ipod, put on my head phones, select a song, add paint to my palette and get lost in my own world.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The thoughts of black

Did you know that  black is the MOST misunderstood color.

However, black is NOT a color, or is it?  Did you know that if you combine all three primary, yellow and blue...using a liquid paint or you even food coloring. You won't get a jet black, but the point will be clear. The history of black pigments includes charcoal, iron metals, and other chemicals as the source of black paints. So if someone argues with you that black is the absense of color, you can reply "what is in a tube of black paint?” However, you must add the fact that black is a color when you are referring to the color of pigments and the coloring agents of tangible objects.

Interesting I do  say!

When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black and white. Black, and its opposite white, represent polarities. Black absorbs all aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to mean hidden, fearful or bad experience. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.

In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also mysterious... providing a sense of potential and possibility.

In fashion....a black tie dinner is very formal and elegant. Women can wear that "must have little black dress" to the black tie dinner. Yet the bad guys wear black hats. Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life.

What about black in paintings?

Black could be shadows, dark haunting images, the unknown, negative space.... or maybe just a black canvas.

Black is seen differently through each individuals eyes. That is the beauty  about this misunderstood color. It's becomes what  you  want it to be.

For me as  an artist  black is most intriquing to me for the reason it is seen differently  through each individual's eyes.

What are  your thoughts about BLACK?

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Beginning

With a new year upon us I thought it would be most appropriate to start of 2010 with a new painting series... titled MASQUERADES OF THY NIGHT.

I have been obsessed with masquerades for a long time.....the masks so dark and mysterious... a way to hide and keep secrets. So I decided it was time to create thsi series.

A DAY IN THE WAKING WORLD is my first installment to this gothic series.

"Go beyond their eyes,

Walk amongst their broken souls,

Surrender to their twisted minds,

And that is where you will discover a little piece of yourself."

I took alot of time with the composition and details of this piece. I LOVE this painting.. it's dark and captivating.
This painting is currently available in my ebay store in a 7 day auction starting off at just one penny.
Click the link below to view painting's auction.
I'm headed back into my studio to create the second installment to this series... my goal with each installment is to take you deeper and deeper into the darkness of my world of pur imagination.

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