Speaking On Art #5

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C a t e g o r i e s   
Bridal Dress by Bianca SeverijnsWelcome
Art & Artist
C o n t r i b u t i o n s
Roopa Dudley 
The World is Your Oyster
James Thatcher
A Painting of a Painting
Paper Art View
Paper Circles of Tahiti Pehrson
Katie Akasia
Why Can’t You Just Paint Something Normal
Paper Art View 
Interview with Paper Artist Elise Wehle 
Gita Claassen 
To Not Photograph 
Lucy Chen
Truth, Beauty and the Secret of a Masterpiece 
Samir Bharadwaj 
How Art Changes in Context 
The Luxe List
Art Lovers: Hotel Éclat Beijing

A r t w o r k
Bridal Dress by Bianca Severijns
Abandoned Cars Solitaire by Gita Claassen
The Queen by Katie Akasia
Every Dream is a New Beginning by Lucy Chen

Welcome to this 5th edition of Speaking on Art. Thank you to our contributors. There is a distinct theme running through this months issue of Speaking on Art–that being one of “perception”–and it raises many questions for the artist. (This is an interesting subject to me and I think that reading through these submissions prompted my latest blog post, I See Through Myself, which also deals with perceived ideas). How do we see works of art? What is beauty in art? Is beauty even attainable or worth striving for? What should art be? Questions worth pondering yet possibly as unanswerable as the proverbial “What is Art?”

In this issue…

Roopa Dudley tells how she found inspiration. James Thatcher videos himself creating a painting of a painting. Paper Art View talks to Elise Wehle about her quest for beauty in her multi-technique works, and presents the intricate circles of Tahiti Pehrson. Katie Akasia explains why “Art is in the eye of the beholder”. Gita Claassen puts down her camera so she can really see what is there. Lucy Chen speaks on the relevance of beauty in art. Samir Bharadwaj explains how context plays in perceiving art. The Luxe List presents a masterpiece you can live in.


A Painting of a PaintingJames Thatcher Arts presents  A Painting of a Painting; “When a good thing happens, pursue it, explore it, and see if anything’s inside it!”

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To Not PhotographGita Claassen presents  To Not Photograph; “And I felt connected again with my art. I understood why I do what I do. I was able to not feel obliged to compose and expose correctly, but to notice meaning in these events!”

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Gita Claassen Gita Claassen “At the heart of my work is my fascination with the natural world – specifically light and colour, and how it illuminates different realities – combined with my love of nature and travels to unexplored places. I aim to capture in my work a natural and realistic representation of my experiences, so that it evokes in the viewer the same emotive state that moved me to capture the image in the first place. My images exist to provide an escape from reality and at the same time I hope to achieve moving the viewer to compassion for what this reality offers.”

Abandoned Cars Solitaire, Namibia by Gita Claassen

Abandoned Cars Solitaire, Namibia by Gita Claassen

A R T  &  A R T I S T

Interview with Paper Artist Elise WehlePaper Art View presents an Interview with Paper Artist Elise Wehle; “In her intricate paper art Wehle, using a combination of photo manipulation, paper layering and printmaking techniques, transforms found imagery into her own unique works.”

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Why Can't You Just Paint Something Normal?Katie Akasia presents Why Can’t You Just Paint Something Normal? ; “I want to see something that makes me think, makes my head spin, gives my brain a nice sensual massage…Art is in the eye of the beholder.”

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On Truth, Beauty and the Secret of A MasterpieceLucy Chen presents On Truth, Beauty and the Secret of A Masterpiece ; “What attracts you to a piece of art? Many people say “being true” is important. What about beauty? Is beauty important? Are beauty and truth mutually exclusive? Or can you have both…”

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How Art Changes in ContextSamir Bharadwaj presents How Art Changes in Context ; “While we imagine otherwise, there is no such thing as unedited, unbiased, unselective reality, because what we see is already edited. Perception is all there is, and even more so with art, what we see and what we perceive are variable commodities.”

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Katie AkasiaThe Queen by Katie Akasia Katie Akasia  is an edgy visual artist with a flair for the avant-garde. Her work includes Pop-Art, Whimsical, and Surreal styles. Her choice mediums are oil paint and colored pencils. She began drawing at the age of 3 years old, and her art was first displayed in the Dallas Museum of Art at age 9. After taking a hiatus, Akasia has returned to take the art world by storm with her bright colors and controversial subject matter. ‘Go big or go home’ is a motto that she frequently adheres to. 


Lucy ChenEvery Dream is a New Beginning by Lucy Chen Lucy Chen  “I believe art tells stories and expresses feelings. Through my art, I am asking where you are on your inner journey, and reminding you of your stories and memories. It is my hope that my paintings engage you on a personal level, and serve as a bridge connecting not only you and me, but also you and everyone who experiences the paintings.” 

I N S P I R A T I O N 

The World Is Your Oyster Roopa Dudley  presents  The World is Your Oyster; “The combination of both experiences did something to me and hence gave birth to this idea. My first in series – a small prototype for her to see if she liked the way I interpreted her Oyster. It looked much different from the painting she showed me in that torn page…”

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Tahiti Pehrson's Mesmerizing Paper CirclesPaper Art View presents Tahiti Pehrson’s Mesmerizing Paper Circles; “Looking at Tahiti Pehrson’s mesmerizing paper circles, I am intrigued by the special energy that circulates through the play of shadows and light. I must remind myself of the fragility of these works…”

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Luxury hotel for Art loversThe Luxe List presents a Luxury hotel for Art lovers; “A luxury hotel in Beijing, China that hosts one of the largest private Dali collections outside of Europe as well as China’s finest contemporary Chinese art collection, masterworks by artists such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Zeng Fanzhi and Chen Wenling…”

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Submit your blog article to the next Speaking on Art using the BlogCarnival submission form. Previous contributors are welcome. Past posts can be found on the BlogCarnival index page . Please contact me anytime if you have suggestions on ways to improve this carnival. Go to the SOA Blog Carnival page for more information.

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MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

8 Responses

  1. Lucy Chen says:

    Thank you for featuring me 🙂

    • It’s my pleasure, thank you for participating. Your self-portrait is making the home page look beautiful! And I will tell you that the concepts from your post are quite illuminating and the book you link sounds like something I will be reading soon.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring us. It’s really appreciated.

  3. Samir says:

    Thanks for including me. This was really my first try at seriously talking about art, per se, though I write on the subject of creativity on my own blog often enough.

    The entire selection of links here makes me want to read a lot more and write on the subject more often. Thanks for the encouragement, and for putting me in such worthy company.


    • That’s what is so fascinating to me Samir–the way in which principles in life affect in any arena, whether it be art or other. And your post on “context” is an important one I think–goes to the question of what Art is. Maybe we shouldn’t ask what but where and how.

  4. Thanks very much for the feature!

    • Your welcome Gita, and thank you for the post; I found it a very good lesson personally. Reminds me of the old story of Winslow Homer, just sitting and looking at the ocean, and his sister-in-law getting perturbed with him as wasting his time, asking him what he was doing. I believe his reply was, “I’m looking”.

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