Abstraction: Mondrian Popcorn

This piece was one of the first I created when I first got my iPad back in 2010. (I have since upgraded to an iPad 2, but my first iPad was a 32 gig black 3G+WiFi model and I loved it dearly.)

I wanted to play with expressive lines and block color, rather like Mondrian if he was hyped up on Red Bull.

Created in Sketchbook Pro on iPad.

Inspiration Station: Ulicam

I’ll admit it. My name is Candice, and I am a Pinterest / Etsy / Facebook stalker.

If my schedule allowed me, I will spend mutliple hours just clicking through link after link of posts of photos and food and crafts and art, clicking faster than a rat in a Skinner box.

I suppose I can justify most of this as research. After all, I am an artist, and I need inspiration to create my work! How else am I going to find it?

I stumbled upon this blog, “Ulicam,” the other day, and was absolutely, jaw-droppingly mesmirized by the art and photography I found there.  WOW.  Ulrika Kestere definitely is an artistic force to be reckoned with!

This piece is one of a series of seven photographs, with the following storyline:

Once upon a time there was a girl who had 7 invisible horses. People thought she was crazy and that she in fact had 7 imaginary horses, but this was not the case. When autumn came the girl spent a whole day washing all her clothes. She hung them on a string in her garden to let the gentle autumn sun dry them. Out of nowhere, a terrible storm came and its fiercefull winds grabbed a hold of all her clothes and all seven horses (authors note: since they are invisible they obviously didn’t weigh much). The girl was devestated and spent all autumn looking for each horse spread around the country, wrapped in her clothes.

Image copyright: Ulrika Kestere

Please, please please — go to her website and view the rest of the horses and her other wonderfully whimsical work. You won’t be disappointed!

Abstraction – Man’s Struggle

This is a tongue-in-cheek piece.  A few of my friends and I always make fun of that pretentious abstract art that is a blob on a field of color but claims to revere the pain of hunger in Africa.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get it. I can get on board with technique, color theory, composition and pretty much anything else that comes across artistically, but it does take a lot for me to grasp how hunger translates to a yellow dot on a purple canvas.

And so, here is my answer to that: “Man’s Struggle.”  I could go on and one and say that blue is for the man and the red is for the sea of anger in which he exists in the world, and his struggle comes from the visual tension created by the border between the two colors.  But I’m not.  I made this piece specifically to be an artistic smart aleck.  So sue me.