Yeah…so…I like color. I like pattern. I like stuff that looks weird as much as I like an “academic” figure painting, maybe even more. These paintings of interiors are by Jeremy Couillard. While abstract, these works are painted more directly. Painting indoor spaces acts as a common language that we can make sense of, but when looking a little closer it’s clear that there’s something strange about these environments. Do they even exist on this planet?
Jeremy is not only a painter, but he uses video and sculpture in his work too. Fun fact: He is also a self-taught coder. His interest in technology is apparent in his paintings through the subject matter and their meticulous nature.
I really wanna hang out here…
Website listed here:
“The form of a painting will take care of itself as long as the artist has a source for inspiration.” -Source unknown (ironically)
I was browsing through the notes I have saved in my phone. I will save random thoughts that pop in my head, make lists, and take note of other nonsensical jibberish that help my cluttered brain feel, well, a little less cluttered. It brings me some kind of peace. As I was going though various memos, I found this quote floating in the palm of my hand. I don’t know where it came from. A professor could have said it to me, maybe I read it somewhere. Either way, I found it important at the time and I do now.
I take this quote as an important reminder to not worry so much about the planning of a painting, but rather to harness that energy and direct it into research, a sketchbook, and any other way that ignites that fire to keep working.
Sources don’t have to be books, they can come from anywhere. Here are a list of “sources” I look to for inspiration:
- Conversations with friends
- Watching artist interviews
- Researching topics outside of art that interest me
- Keeping an active sketchbook. Drawing anything and everything from anywhere at least once a day (people on t.v., objects around my room, food, really anything)
- Traveling somewhere new, even if it’s in my own neighborhood
- Going for a walk
- Talking to new people
What inspires you?
Social media has served as a useful tool in regards to discovering new artists. I stumbled upon yet another figurative painter while navigating through Instagram, Lynnea Holland-Weiss. I’m not sure what it is about the human figure that draws me in, but I know it’s always been this way. Ever since I was a child, I had this urge to draw and portray people that existed around me and inside my head so it’s no wonder I’m intrigued by Lynnea’s work. She portrays a human experience that feels familiar in a contemporary society- reflecting on time, muscle memory, routine, and emotion.
I appreciate the variety in her paintings, from the way subjects are rendered to her playful use of proportions. There is always something to keep your eyes buzzing around the work.
Lynnea does not stay locked in her studio by any means. An advocate for public art, she has painted murals in cities like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Oakland and more. If you’re ever out traveling in one of these places hopefully you’re lucky enough to encounter one of her works!
If asked, that’s how I would describe Alex Kanevsky’s paintings. There is an overall neutral, fleshy tone in his work, accompanied by highly selective, bold pops of color. How does an artist who is working in a two-dimensional medium capture a psychological and emotional space that is associated with movement? His paintings are thickly coated in layers of abstraction, ultimately feeling like a physical representation of existence. Not to mention, they are gorgeous. Please allow your eyes to feast on these paintings.
Oh. And I had to include one with a dog.
I mean… How can you not be crushing on these paintings?! These paintings are from a body of work titled “Eating Cake and Dying” (awesome) by Justin Duffus. I love the areas that appear translucent in combination with other places that appear more opaque with paint. Some of the forms appear ghostly, which leaves me curious what appeared before them during the working process. Justin’s paintings remind me of the importance of being open to change while working on a piece. Things change, you change, the paint dries, the paint doesn’t dry when you thought it would…What I’m getting at is that you can never have the SAME, EXACT painting experience twice, so why not let stuff happen? Let things get messy. Figure them out. Or don’t. And see what happens. The enemy of painting is expectations. As cliche as it sounds, trust the process.
LOOK AT THAT PINK…
And this divine lawn chair…
I hope you are excited about Justin’s work as I am. If so, his website is listed here:
OH MY…I am so in love with Rachel Schmidhofer’s energy-exuding work! The life that comes from her brushstrokes gets me so hyped up. Her choice of subject matter, from beer cans and food to plants and crystals, is derived from everyday life. I read that she spends so much time in the studio with these ordinary objects that when she is painting them she feels “she is being let in on a secret” between her and the world. I feel that’s a great way to shake up life when it becomes monotonous, to look at something we see everyday like it’s the first time we’ve seen it. Maybe there is a “secret” in that slice of pizza we are enjoying on a Saturday night.
See more of Rachel Schmidhofer’s paintings here:
Even though she is considered a figurative painter, I was originally in awe over Jennifer Pochinski’s paintings because of the way she depicts space. It is easy to look at her work and see what it represents but then become disillusioned through abstracted shapes, colors, and brushstrokes. Something becomes nothing and then it becomes something again. It’s less about the figure, but the way the figure exists in a moment as if only for a short time- how you can squint and everything begins to dissipate.
In an interview with Savvy Painter podcast, Pochinski talks about never fully being satisfied with her work, which I believe a lot of painters can relate to, myself included. I get caught up on areas that I want to “fix” at the risk of overworking the painting. The wonderful thing about never being satisfied is that there is always a reason to keep working. She says painting always acts as an “anchor” in her mind. Through all the ebbs and flows of life, painting is always there to act as a constant.
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I’m a sucker for thickly applied paint, which is a primary formal feature of Australian artist Ben Quilty’s work. In many of his paintings he handles the form by building it up through impasto technique and expressive use of color. The result? A world entirely built out of paint that I find myself pleasantly lost in. I admire painters that work similarly to sculptors, using the paint to it’s full, buildable potential.
To see more of Ben Quilty’s art, visit:
You are new to this blog. So am I. We’re in this together.
Painting Crush is a space where I will be sharing artists (mostly painters) work that make me want to rush to the studio to start something new, or perhaps look at something I’ve been working on for a while with a fresh perspective. In other words, I want to share with you the artists who’s work i’m definitely crushing on. Occasionally I may include an anecdote from my own practice but this blog will mainly give the spotlight to other artists.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Painting.