The Visual Art Thread

Art is spirituality in drag. ~Jennifer Yane

This thread is for visual art. Share info and links about your favorite visual artists here.


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erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

From the artist's statement: There are people in these pictures. They are just absent from the frame. By examining the discarded artifacts and forgotten places they left behind, I uncover traces of the people who are no longer here... To portray the solitary beauty in the decaying, the mundane, and the abandoned at the end of an era I photograph my south.

Bride - Ansley Simmons

V's picture

Embodiment

Not good at inlining these (or sure on the protocol/politeness) but
here or here or, of course, here.

MeiLin's picture

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...she's the Official Portraitist to the Court of Harsin IV. Smile

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Using an image someone else is hosting on another site is often called hot linking, and in many instances is frowned upon. However, here're my thoughts on it in this context:

1) Freely licensed art should be okay to post. Wikimedia Commons is a good place to find public domain, Creative Commons and GFDL art.

2) Linking images hosted by artists who have art for sale is free advertising for them. I didn't ask Ms. Weber for her permission, but I have Ms. Simmons' permission (as she is a friend and I know her thoughts on the matter). Both are advertising art for sale (it's not as apparent on Ansley's site, but she's about to change that), so they potentially benefit from my inclusion of their art in this thread.

3) This can be an opportunity to show off your own art, in which case the choice is yours to link or not. (-:

If MeiLin would like to make a policy about how to appropriately link images, I'll follow whatever she thinks is kosher. (Maybe there's a better way to post/host images here and I just haven't figured it out yet since I'm so new.) I've been gearing my choices to fit into her 'an it harm none' posting rule (which I saw quoted somewhere but can't locate to quote verbatim at the moment).

Man, I've only been here a week and already I'm stirring the pot... Sorry if I'm a pain! I'll tone it down if'n you need me to. Angel

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..and more what the artist thinks. If you're really worried, contact the artist directly.

My own feeling is that if a work is for sale, a thumbnail (if available) hotlink *as long as it is also linked back to the artist's work* is appropriate. We're not a horrifically busy site likely to crash someone's bandwidth by hotlinking an image (this page will probably be read by no more than 50 people, if that, over the course of the week), but again, if you're concerned, contact the artist.

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Embodiment

I was commenting on my own ineptitude - what you had done never even crossed my mind. But props to MeiMei for clarifying.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

I see no ineptitude - there were links to Ms. Fox's work, yes? In fact, you get props for providing an artist with such relevance to the forum. (-:

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Amy is the creator of The Mandala Journey, a series of birth art mandalas.

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Gosh, I know what to get the next pregnant lady I know.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Joss Whedon commissioned this piece of art from Brooke Reidt for his most recent TV series, Dollhouse (2009). It appeared in the episode "Belonging" (Season 2 Episode 4).

MeiLin's picture

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This was one of "Sierra's" paintings, one by her real persona whose name escapes me.

signed,
Whedon geek

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Priya Tsetsang, she was. Played by Dichen Lachman.

After Dollhouse ended (another reason FOX network sucks), this painting auctioned on ebay for $6,900, which went to fund the Children's Hospital at Los Angeles.

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I remember now. I love Dichen Lachman. She and Enver Gjokaj were my own great finds from that show, as was becoming re-acquainted with the great Olivia Williams. It was also interesting to see just what bad actors Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penniket really are, though I never watch Tahmoh for acting. I rate stuff he's in by Shirtless Tahmohs: that ep was 2.5 Shirtless Tahmohs, but THAT one was 4!

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

...Shirtless Tahmohs...

I'll be in my bunk.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Playing cards, created by 36 artists of the Black Rock Collective. It's difficult to appreciate these from the image below, but they're extremely cool.


(Sorry I've been MIA. Work ate my brain for two weeks. And there was a baby born.)

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did I miss something? YOUR baby?

Gorgeous cards. I should take a picture of my Victorian deck.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

She is a doula, no? So probably not *her* baby Wink

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Nope, I wasn't referring to my own baby (someday, I hope). Had a client give birth last Wednesday. A gorgeous little girl. 18.5 hours of labor (which is almost spot on normal for a first timer), unmedicated birth; mommy-milk fed and doin' great. (-:

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

This is why I sometimes wish I was a goat. My first time mommies have their babies in 3-5 hours from onset of restlessness. The experience moms can punch out triplets in under two.

Glad mom & munchkin are doing well! Little bit jealous - sounds like such a great thing, aiding a healthy human birth.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Dr. Robert Bradley (of Bradley method fame) writes about that in his book, Husband Coached Childbirth. He grew up on a farm, which deeply influenced his ideas about how birth should happen. Mammals seek darkness, safety, quiet and solitude during labor and birth. If humans would do the things animals do when they give birth, wouldn't it stand to reason that we'd have shorter, less painful experiences?

As for the 'aiding a human birth' impulse - do it! Go take a doula training, then get a client or two - the world needs more doulas!! (-:

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

To be fair, baby humans got great thumping foreheads that get in the way, unlike the narrower-headed goats (and just about every other species!!).

You posted the link on doula training/info in your intro thread, didn't you? I'll go look at it, but I probably won't have time until my fourth or fifth life ;-D

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

...a training isn't an absolute necessity to attend births as a doula, but it can be helpful.

Here's a list of DONA trainings coming up in your state
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Personally, I'll risk a long labor if it means my offspring has a head large enough to contain a fair about of brains. (-:

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

For anyone interested, BRC has made a second deck.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

http://www.redwombatstudio.com/

She has been my favorite artist, and someone whose blog I have followed religiously, since I was about 17. Anyone familiar with internet pop culture will instantly recognize her 'Biting Pear of Salamanca' as the LOL WUT pear.

She's also a talented writer, children's book author, and has recently started a podcast where she and her boyfriend review cheap food. It's often hilarious. The status as children's book author is a source of amusement to her, considering she once did a little sketch titled 'Why I Don't Do Children's Books' featuring a hamster with a butcher knife.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Wow. That IS some weird fruit.

I can dig it.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Seconded! I love her webcomic Digger - the art is fantastic, and on top of it the storytelling is hilarious, unique (the main character is a *wombat*), and emotionally engaging.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

I have read every strip and own a few of the print editions.

There is little you can tell me that is publicly knowable about her that I don't already know. She posted that her friend Deb (AKA Sabrina Jeffries) modeled the heroine of 'Let Sleeping Rogues Lie' on her, and I was among the fans who instantly bought a copy.

And her LJ fans are legion. She has one of the top 100 most read LJs, and she has to be really really careful about what she links to in her blog, because she has accidentally crashed a few servers with accidental DDoS attacks from the traffic she generates.

Digger actually got her nominated for an Eisner award (think academy awards of comic books) for the category talent deserving of wider recognition, and Jim Henson briefly looked at making a movie about it, before deciding the market wasn't in the right place.

ETA: I have two other icons I use for communities on the internet: one is the disney cheshire cat, and the other is a lizard from digger. When it was hosted at Graphic Smash, each comic had a file name that was sort of like an easter egg for those who knew. The name of this particular comic was "noir". The lizard in question is wearing a trenchcoat and a fedora. He's from strip 372.

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Sara Richard
http://sararichard.com/
http://sararichard.deviantart.com

I first met her at Boston Comic-Con a year ago. She has this really surreal drawing style, but it works well (in my opinion anyway). Her primary subjects are prehistoric animals and comic-book characters. Her portrait of Nightcrawler might be the coolest rendition of a superhero I've ever seen: http://sararichard.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2e8yyg

Céline Chapus
http://purpletophat.com/

I browsed her table at AnimeBoston but really didn't talk to her until NECC this weekend. She's a huge anime/manga fan and you can see that influence in her work. A lot of her subjects are mythological creatures or derivations thereof.

Also, yay for Ursula Vernon! She was one of the first artists I discovered after joining deviantART. I LOVE her stuff.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Hey look - post resuscitation! :bigsmile:

From the image description in nasa.gov: Inspired by the night skies of planet Earth in the International Year of Astronomy, photographer Larry Landolfi created this tantalizing fantasy view. The composited image suggests a luminous Milky Way is the heavenly extension of a country road.

MeiLin's picture

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And here I was, ready to nuke a spammer, this thread's so old! Biggrin

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Okay, now I have this mental cartoon of you in tribal bellydance gear, hoisting a bazooka...

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Embodiment

Where's that 'like' button..

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