by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

my son...a civilian once again...

My son, Sean, the Marine, is no longer a Marine...his 5 year contract is up as of today...he participated in both Iraq and Afghan...was sure that he would come back changed from Afghan since he is...was..in the infantry...but he is returning to us whole in body and mind and spirit!...we are so, so very blessed!!! thank you, God!!! thank you to all who prayed and sent thoughts his way!! ...words cannot express feelings!!...
Nina

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

an article about the fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico

An interesting article with a great photo of both mural and artist, Frederico Vigil...of the fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico...author, David Leigh, makes the point that it's more than art...it's a 4,000sq.ft. map of the past...click on the title of this post...

Monday, January 24, 2011

ART QUOTE: Howard Pyle - on the artists' heart

"Throw your heart into the picture and then jump in after it."
Howard Pyle

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kandinsky: a few favorite artists - Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso - and why

Life happens...and I was called in for jury duty a few weeks ago! Have been at their disposal since...and will continue to be thru April...that's four months!! Between working at the gallery, jury duty and the many activities I am a part of, I have only been able to study Kandinsky's book occasionally...

Trying to make sense of the book is another story...very difficult most of the time to understand what he is saying...I know the words I am reading are in my language, English, but still very difficult for me...perhaps you, my readers, can add to what I can report if you have read it as well...

I think it is interesting that Kandinsky chooses a few artists who he thinks are excellent...one being Cezanne..."he was endowed with the gift of divining the inner life in everything. His color and form are alike suitable to the spiritual harmony."

...of Matisse he says, "He paints pictures, and in these pictures he endeavors to reproduce the divine...he is specially gifted as a colourist, but he is apt to lay too much stress on the colour...pictures which are full of great inward vitality, produced by the stress of the inner need...typical French painting, with its dainty sense of melody, raised from time to time to the summit of a great hill above the clouds."

...of Pablo Picasso..."there is never any suspicion of this conventional beauty (as in French painting). Tossed hither and thither by the need for self-expression, Picasso hurries from one manner to another...great gulf appears between consecutive manners because Picasso leaps boldly...(leaving a) bewildered crowd of followers...from...where they saw him last...In this way there arose Cubism...He shrinks from no innovation, and if colour seems likely to balk him in his search for a pure artistic form, he throws it overboard and paints a picture in brown and white; and the problem of purely artistic form is the real problem of his life."

"In the pursuit of the same supreme end Matisse and Picasso stand side by side, Matisse representing colour and Picasso form."

...to be continued....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Video: The Artists Studio: Titian, Part 2

the continuation of a beautiful video...so informative, yet experimental and exciting!! enjoy!! ...click on the title...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wassily Kandinsky - Concerning the Spiritual in Art

I am reading the book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, by Wassily Kandinsky. Sometimes it feels a little difficult to read, but I guess I have finally gotten to a place where I think I understand it...and although I may not agree with everything Kandinsky writes, I do agree with his beliefs that color and form affect the soul...that these things set off a vibration in the spirit which resonates with the viewer...and that the artist who wishes to communicate with the viewer on a deeper level, that desire for outward expression is the impulse defined as the "inner need."

I'll be posting quotes and thoughts on the subject by Kandinsky in the next week or so...I hope you enjoy this journey! By the way, are you aware of the 5 postings I did on Kandinsky starting with April 12, 2009? You may find them interesting...a little about his life...enjoy!!

Art Quote - Kandinsky on the Spirit

"The spirit, like the body, can be strengthened and developed by frequent exercise. Just as the body, if neglected, grows weaker and finally impotent, so the spirit perishes if untended."
Wassily Kandinsky

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Art Quote - Anna Pavlova on Talent and Genius

"God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."
Anna Pavlova

Monday, January 3, 2011

Gustave Klimt, the Artist

"Whoever wants to know something about me as an artist...ought to look carefully at my pictures and try to see in them what I am and what I want to do."

Gustave Klimt

Sunday, January 2, 2011

for all of my local yocals...North America's Largest Fresco...right here in our backyard!!

Marvel at North America's largest fresco, courtesy of KOB TV...the largest fresco in North America is right here in our backyard!! That's right!! It is located in Albuquerque, NM! ...at the Hispanic Cultural Center...it is open on a limited basis...so call first to make sure you can get in to see it!
To see a short, but sweet virtual tour click the above title which is linked to a video by KOB TV...very cool!!!