A Paradigm of Colors

A review of the fascinating world of art and its makers

Rose that is caitlin

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Today’s painting is Caitlin Rose, one of my favorite new musicians. Here’s wishing I could see her perform in Texas again while I’m there in June!

caitlin_rose by jenniferloftisart
acrylic on canvas, 5×5″ painting by jennifer loftis

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March 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Lots of antioxidants

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Those are blueberries. Painting a picture every day means that I can paint something on a whim if I want. So I painted blueberries.

blueberry
acrylic on canvas, 5×5″ painting by jenniferloftis

When I found out I was pregnant, the embryo was just the size of a blueberry. So, that’s what I called her for 7 months – it just stuck. The week she was due, I wrote on the calendar in giant letters, “Blueberry’s Birth Week!”

Then she was born, and I called her by her name. I don’t think I ever called her blueberry again. Weird how some nicknames stick and others just don’t, even if you want them to.

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March 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Some kind of inspiration

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I feel like today’s painting needs one of those demotivational lines. You know, like this poster for example.

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It’s just such a pretty painting. It makes me want to take a deep breath and think of some silly, emotional thing to say about it. Maybe I should write some words on my hand with a sharpie and hold it in front of my painting. I could write something like “Alone, but not Lonely.” How about, “Be Original”, or “Dare to Dream?”

alone again
acrylic on canvas, 5×5″ painting by jenniferloftis

I’ll leave the stupid phrases out and let us all enjoy the sunset. Instead, I’ll tell you a story. I lived on the edge of the Nicoya Peninsula for a couple months. I took care of wild animals during the day and sang songs around a fire at night. One particular friend was the best damned fisher I’d ever seen. He would stand for hours, motionless, in a stream, holding a fishing line with a ball of bread on a tiny hook. When he caught enough tiny fish, he’d move to another part of the stream and use the tiny fish to catch big fish that we could eat. I tried it. I sucked ass.

When my husband and I went back to the U.S. (all tan and fit, I might add), he continued traveling all over Central and South America. I guess he finally made it back home to The Netherlands. When he’s not working or fishing, he’s taking photos of everything that’s lovely. This was one of his photos. And it inspired me, so I painted it.

Photograph by Rob Van Der Wal on framefotografie. Find Rob on facebook at frame fotografie

rob van der wal www.framefotografie.nl

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March 27, 2014 at 7:15 am

That sweet spot

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I’m just having some fun. This is a painting of the bungalow that my man and I stayed in for two months while working at a wildlife reservation in Costa Rica. It was a dream come true and I’ll never forget the exotic sweetness of it all.

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sweetness, 5×5″ acrylic on canvas by jennifer loftis

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November 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

Halloween take 2

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To all sculpture artists, and everyone else of course – Happy Halloween!

By artists Chris Soria, Jason Smith and Joe Vaughn.
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October 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Case ladies

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I was trying to find the gorgeous trails along the river that I’ve heard so much about. But I guess I took the wrong path. I emerged out of the woods and onto a major street. And right in front of me was this striking piece of street art covering the side of a building.

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photo by jennifer loftis

German spray paint artist, Andreas von Chrzanowski, also known as Case, is a founding member of the graffiti crew Ma’Claim, a group of artists known for their photorealistic murals.
You can find this at Rheinvorlandstraße 7, D-68159.

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photo by BHP- IMAGE AGENCY
source: streetartnews.net

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photo by BHP- IMAGE AGENCY
source: streetartnews.net

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September 3, 2013 at 3:36 am

Calling all artists

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If claustrophobic spaces inspire you to create, then the Keret House, named after the writer, Etgar Keret, is the place you need to be this fall. Architect Jakub Szczesny designed and constructed this 5-foot-wide house in the tiny space between post-war and pre-war buildings in Warsaw, Poland. Shortly after completion, the house was donated to the Foundation of Polish Art and has been classified as an art installation.

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© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Photo by Bartek Warzecha

Now you, the artist, can apply to live in these tiny halls for 21 days to create something beautiful. Maybe it’s all about experiencing your inner child. Ya know, the part of you that’s scared to death of tiny spaces. The part of you that breathes faster when air is scarce.

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Etgar Keret in Keret House.
© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Photo by Bartek Warzecha

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Etgar Keret in Keret House.
© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Photo by Bartek Warzecha

My paintings would take a dark turn, that I know for sure. And can you even get it on with that small mattress? How can an artist be inspired without sex? I’m just saying.

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© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Photo by Bartek Warzecha
source: artinfo

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August 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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