Friday, 26 December 2014

Happy Holidays

Hello everyone, 

Just to take some time, to thanks everyone so still comes and looks into the blog. I have been very lucky this year and that has brought me to a different side of the world. I know I haven't been as active as usual, but I will try to post once in a while. But I'm not going to say I'm going to post sooner, since beeing back at school is more time consuming than expected. I do have 2 blog posts on the works, so you might see them next year. 
I hope everyone is spending time with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year.

-Bertha

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

designer loves art...Nicolas Régnier...210

Sometimes a move in location influences the style of an artist

this is  Nicolas Régnier
www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio/r/regnier/biograph.html

Born in Maubeuge both  painter and art collector and trader. he started training in Antwerp although it can be discussed if he was under the tutelage of Bartolomeo Manfredi or  Abraham Janssens or maybe both. He went to Italy in the 1615 and was a contemporary of Caravaggio and became the official painter of the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani. His style varied thought put his life. In the end he focused more in  historical and Mythological subjects as well as his decorations style became more detailed. In his later years he moved to Venice we he restarted trading antiquities and started his own art collections. Which is till recognized today. You can clearly see his style movements in his life. The richness of his color is something that I admire, as well as the softness of their features.
















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Thursday, 2 October 2014

designer loves art...Tim Flach ...209

Sometimes it takes a picture to see the human in all living creatures

This is Tim Flach

Living in London, he also studied photography there although his first degree was in communication design. His models are animals, explore our relationship with animals. His subjects have an almost human quality. An engaging quality that gives you the feeling of them looking back at you. All trying to bring the question forward of what is our relationship with animals, how we have managed them to live in this human world and how we are molding the world around us. It is difficult to work with animals, so you only have a couple of shots with each animal in a time frame. With also the liberty of not knowing what the animal will bring to each photo-shoot.  I personally enjoy his work, not only does he bring a different perspective by taking the animal out of its natural habitat, but also by saving those little unexpected moments we get with any kind of animals. I hope to see more of his work in the near future.





















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Friday, 26 September 2014

A month come and gone

So after a jump across the pond. And 2 weeks of classes after a long time.
I think I have finally settled. So  A blog post should be coming this weekend.

fingers closed.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

DLA reflections...02

So the short post or more like the normal size post for me. Beginning of August  I was going around twitter and to my surprise there was an #askthecurator with the V&A museum since they were opening their new exhibit focused on wedding gowns.




To my surprise this has been the most popular tweet I've been a part of. And to remind everyone that #askacurator day will be September 17th, there will always be more than a hundred museums answering your questions. you can either direct a question to a specific museum or just use the # and multiple museums will answer.

Hope to see you guys there.

Remember to follow me on twitter.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

DLA reflections...01

Firstly I like to thank anyone of my viewers who still comes in and checks up on me. It has been a difficult year. However when one is stressed one starts to reflect on what's going on around us. So even though  I don't have the head to research and read about an artist.  I want to share with you guys 2 experiences that  are of course art related that happened to me this month in 2 posts a short one and a long one . Note: this is probably my longest post ever...


Last week I had an express trip to México city, for some stuff I'm not going to get into. I had some time on Sunday to walk around the city, I traveled with my mother, and to anyone who has been to México city specially around the Zocalo you know it can become a mass of people (specially Sunday before school starts). And although I really had no head to go into museum, since I had an important appointment on Monday,  We literally stumbled into the Museo Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. Well on the temporary  exhibit they had some beautiful Leonora Carrington sculptures, and then some cotemporary pieces. As we were walking around I noticed my mother's reactions to what was on display. She smiled on the Carrington  exhibit, but frowned even grimaced on to the contemporary exhibit along with a puzzled expression.

So when she asked me if I could explain a couple of them I looked at them and I couldn't...I will not call myself an art scholar but i like the topic enough to know more than most people so I'm used enough to this question. I looked at the piece and I know that the artist was trying to show something, make a stand on something, revel from something, since they where aggressive pieces... but what from?
This got me thinking, when did art stopped being a communication channel? When did we as artist  stopped even trying to please our viewers? When did it become about the artist against the world? when did it become so egocentric? When did it become so ugly? Why did we stopped people from being in awe of our talent?

 I will like to make it clear that  I am not talking about every single contemporary artist, there are many of them I am in awe of which I have posted trough the years here on my blog.

Art from its start was a communication channel, for everyone between raze,  status and age. And in the past it was used as decoration to make a wall more personalized, more pleasant to look at.  Have that image transport you to that scene.

Now before I start getting, angry messages that refer me to  Picasso's Guernica.... ask yourself.. would you be happy looking at the artwork every day for the rest of your life? And to those who will refer me to Duchamp's fountain... are you about to change the course of art into a new movement?



I am not looking for answers and its a subject I can think we can all discuss to death. But since this is my art blog, I thought it would be nice to express my thoughts on it. Questions and thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

designer loves art...Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi ...208

Sometimes you get remembered because of a "lady"

this is Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi 



Born in France. He was into the arts since he was young and decided to become a sculptor . because of studies he got to travel to  quite a few places with fellow artist. one of the places that in a way inspired him the most was on this trip to Egypt, and the grand scale of the objects monuments and runes he encounters. He was interested in American politics so when the project of celebration the  Franco-American union came to him he created a model of a lady with a torch. While that project took time to form he  created the  Lion of Belfort in commemoration of the Franco-Prussian war, war in which he took part of. After some time and the statue for Americas was approves it took several years for the sufficient funds to be gather. he also noticed that the sculpture would be too heavy and bid to be fully created of Bronze so he worked together with Gustave Eiffel who created the internal structure of the statue. The statue of liberty was dedicated on 1886 and Bartholdi was in the ceremony.
























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Thursday, 26 June 2014

designer loves art...Lim Zhi Wei...207

sometimes you need to complement  your  work with nature.

this is Lim Zhi Wei (lovelimzy)


living in  Singapore, she graduated from Nanyans Academy of Fine Arts. like most people she is tired after work, so she started to create little projects with things she has available around her. i love her flower girl series. the combination of simplicity and nature is  delightful. it looks beautiful effortless with the brilliant color only nature could provide. i hope we see more of her work in the future.






















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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

designer loves art...Maxfield Parrish...206

sometimes there is no other like the original.

this is Maxfield Parrish
http://www.americanillustration.org/artists/parrish/parrish.html


born in Philadelphia,  he showed  talent form quite an early age,  this can be since in the letters he illustrated when he was a teenager. although at the beginning he starts interested in architecture it didn't take a long time before he was considered an artist. he first looked for instruction  to Howard Pyle however it came clear that he needed little to no instruction, so he started his career. during his career is when he found his roots in color, his technique and color is  known as  "Parrish blue", as well as "jewel like" this means that  any reproduction of his work will never show its color like the originals would do. his subject cross the border into a fantasy land and with the brilliancy of the colors provides the viewer of an image that is completely dreamlike. I will say that I had a lot of trouble trying to find images that would be similar to what they would look like in person, although similar it would be different from the true beauty of the original.















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Monday, 19 May 2014

designer loves art...Eric Standley...205

some are able to show us depth with paper.

this is Eric Standley


living in Virginia, he has transformed the perception we have of paper once again. using the laser cut technique, his works of art  are so detailed and colorful that not only do they require allot of patience but allot of forward thinking.  part of this work is showed not only with the laser work itself, but with his pre-drawings with is the most time consuming part on his creation process. Inspired by the use of fractals and both gothic and Islamic architecture, his work can be easily  be compared to that of Gaudi. He has exhibited around the world. once again it shows how new technology is a tool to be used, not a replacement for creativity.






















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Monday, 28 April 2014

designer loves art...Giovanni Battista Crosato...204

color and light in your artwork  will make you different from your peers

this is Giovanni Battista Crosato


born in Venice, not much is known from his youth, he is well known mostly for his frescos in both Torino and Venice. his artwork is both inspired in mythological in religious scenes. different from most of his contemporaries, his work is full of bright colors and of light. he  was part of the royal court of Saboya for decoration the Dukes hunting palace. his work is filled with cultural complexity this is attributed to the cosmopolitan world of the court. he was also a well known stage designer interesting work like a scene of Siroe that took place in Turin. his use of perspective and use of shading to bring depth to flat surfaces is something that need to be admired. as well as the wonderful saturation of color that make his work standout.






















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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Earth Day 2014



Hello everyone, today is Earth day. And i know we all can make a difference no matter hos small or big you contribution is. My little green projects right now? I'm growing 3 trees from pits, 1 avocado and 2 date palms. As well as  recycling, not using as much paper at work, going to LED lights. It all helps.

So what are you doing?

Friday, 11 April 2014

designer loves art...Csaba Markus...203

a strict socioeconomic system can both be restricting but very inspiring.

this is Csaba Markus
http://csabamarkus.com/


born in Hungary but now living in the USA. he displayed his talent from early on, having his own debut at age of 14, however the strict communist education in his country, felt quite restricting to him. Yet at the same time he had great exposition to the greatest pieces of art in his country as well as historic style easily seen in buildings and sculptures around the city. because of the  communist system nothing new was allowed in, making the classical style of art the one mostly seen around. this influences his work now a days with strong  role models such as Botticelli and da Vinci. you can easily see why he considers his style as classical, the beauty and the color in each piece, with rich hues and warm tones thought different mediums is beautiful.  In my opinion in contemporary art we sometimes lose that classical style splendor in favor of a more free and sometimes destructive style. be as it may beauty will always be in the eyes of the beholder.




















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Friday, 4 April 2014

Back to some resemblance to normal...

OK, so I have been terribly busy with several projects going on, between work, getting everything ready for school, paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork... its been a "blast".

But I do see things slowing down a bit, which I expected... I just didn't expect it to take this long... I should be able to go back to my regular (if you would call it that) posting.
thank you to by wonderful guest bloggers, that made this blog not look completely dead this last couple of months.

I will be posting next week again, thank you everyone for your patience, 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

designer loves art… Guest Blogger 02...Girl with a Pearl Earring

Please give a welcome to my Second Guest blogger Ivan


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Girl with a Pearl Earring


When I was asked to do this post for an art blog, I only had to think for a minute to come up with my topic. I usually blog about movies, so I immediately thought about the Girl With a Pearl Earring which is both a well known painting by the seventeenth century Dutch artist Vermeer, as well as the title of a film about the creation of the painting. The Girl With a Pearl Earring takes its title from its subject. It is a portrait of a young girl who is wearing a large pearl earring dangling from her left earlobe painted by Johannes Vermeer about 1665. She also wears a turban and a robe of some kind, neither of which were everyday clothing in seventeenth century Holland. The background is completely dark in order to draw your attention to the figure of this young girl. This painting is usually described as a tronie, which is a word that means face, since it is a picture of a face. Some have suggested that Vermeer used a camera obscure to help him create this wonderful painting. The pigment Vermeer used to paint the blue part of the turban is natural ultramarine, which is crushed lapis lazuli and was very expensive. Notice that Vermer uses no lines to create her nose. It is all done with the use of shadow. It is not known who was the subject   of the painting, or even if she was a real person. Some have suggested she was Vermeer’s oldest daughter Maria, while the movie says she is a servant of Vermeer’s household, who was the object of Vermeer’s patron  Van Rujven seduction plot. The Girl With a Pearl Earring’s  expression has fascinated the viewer for three centuries. Looking at the picture, you wonder what she is thinking  about and since she looks like she is about to speak, what is she going to say.  You can view the original painting at the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague, Netherlands.

Sources:



Liedtke, Walter. Vermeer and the Delft School. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2001


Ivan Walters lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and is in sales.


And he’s also on facebook

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And twitter as     inwalters  

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Thank you Ivan, It was great to have you as a guest blogger, hope to have you back sometime as well.

I also had a small post about Vermeer, back in 2010 (in the infancy of this blog) do check it out here

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

#Muesumweek

OK so #Muesumweek is next week!!! so excited as many museums will be participating,  you can count that I'll be on twitter all week ( @designerloveart ). 


this is the calendar:
March 24 Day 1 – A day in the life (#DayInTheLife)
March 25 Day 2 – Test your knowledge (#MuseumMastermind)
March 26 Day 3 – Your story (#MuseumMemories)
March 27 Day 4 – Buildings behind the art (#BehindTheArt)
March 28 Day 5 – Ask the expert (#AskTheCurator)
March 29 Day 6 – Museum selfies (#MuseumSelfies)
March 30 Day 7 – Constraint drives creativity (#GetCreative)


for more info click here 


http://www.mardixon.com/wordpress/2014/03/museumweek-why-everyone-should-get-involved/




Wednesday, 5 March 2014

designer loves art… Guest Blogger 01...2D-or-not-2D

        As I mentioned before I have been extremely busy with work and masters applications, so I've ask for some help. My first Guest blogger is Sara.
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Kutsan, Khokhlov & Ershova

When we hear about the body as a canvas, most of the time we think about tattoos. Although, it is quite and art by itself, in this occasion we refer to make-up. Yes, that splash of color that most women adopt as a morning routine. Make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan, photographer Alexander Khokhlov and editor Veronica Ershova joined talents in 2013 to share a stunning visual project called  "2D or not 2D” 

Inspired by two-dimensional poster, Kutsan transforms the beautiful faces of the models into bewitched 2D paintings. Through the collection, we can see a diverse display of skills and techniques, from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings, that transport the viewer to different iconic art movements, such as the impressionism, fauvism, cubism, neoplasticism, pop art, and so on.

This Russian team is integrated by Valeriya Kutsan, who is currently focus in fashion. Alexander Khokhlov, who discovered photography seven years ago, and a year later, in 2008, he found his passion in fashion and beauty photography. And by Veronica Ershova, a photographer known as an retoucher and post-processing expert, whose portfolio shows focus in landscape, music and fashion. They also have worked together in other projects. In 2012, Kutsan and Khokhlov exhibited "Weird Beauty” focused in a monochromatic experience that exalts the forms and volume. Meanwhile, Khokhlov and Ershova joined talents in the philology and minimalism serie “Tables Stories”. 





Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! (:


The project on Behance

Personal pages:

~Sara is an industrial and graphic designer. Presently she is focused in web development, motion graphics, and interactive visual design. She loves animation, movies, wander museums, and snuggle with a book. She enjoys discover new cultures and ideas through any expression of art.~

Thankyou  Sara, for your help you are welcome to help me again really soon , ;)


    As an extra note the  project reminded me of Alexa Meade
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Friday, 28 February 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Guest Bloggers Needed

Looking for some Guest Bloggers,

I've been so busy that I need some help on my Blog,

If you are interested in creating a post in my blog please let me know, remember, it has to be on a visual art, contemporary or historic it's up to you.

If you are an artist and would even like to talk about your work, you can do that to.

 Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you more information and a guideline.

Thanks

Friday, 14 February 2014

busy

Hey all, I'm still around but between work and life I've been extremely busy, so I might change my posting schedule for every 2 weeks until things settle a bit.

Sorry for this but things should slow down a bit after a couple of months, thanks for your understanding .


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

#Museumselfie

So today January 22 is Museumselfie

Which basically means, if you are in a museum you take a picture of yourself in there, here is a link for more information 

http://www.mardixon.com/wordpress/2014/01/what-is-museumselfie-day/

as to mine.... we'll they aren't selfies and  not from right now but here are some of me in a museum...one of the biggest I've been too.




Monday, 20 January 2014

designer loves art...Jean-Honoré Fragonard...202

Sometimes having a defined style for too long will make you unfashionable

This is Jean-Honoré Fragonard


French rococo painter, who’s initial talent, was noted by the lawyer to who he was an apprentice to. To this insistence he was sent to be apprentice to Boucher. once his students where complete the tour Italy. At the begging he started focusing on landscapes. though marriage he became “fashionable”. However he struggled with his style in a neoclassic period. his admiration to Rembrandt and Hans is clearly shown in his portraits. he went though different periods from picturing domestic pictures, but the war came and his work was not accepted after wards. his paintings have a soft touch of hedonism, with pearly white skin and soft pastel colors, I like the fantasy aspect in his paintings, they are joyful and serine, but I’m so surprised by his ability shown in his sketches its astounding.























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