Etsy Shop: New Mother’s Day Coffee Mugs

New this week: Mother’s Day Coffee Mugs with Pismo Series letters!

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The 11oz ceramic coffee mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. There are currently ten in stock and they have been added to the Etsy Shop and will be selling for $15.00 and will ship FREE.

These mugs are a featured item in the Etsy Shop. To order, please check out:

http://www.etsy.com/your/shops/WhiteRoosterStudio

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Artist of the Month: Alma Thomas

The eleventh artist that will be highlighted is: Alma Thomasaa447c0dd183e636bffa896f9d5eba29--alma-woodsey-thomas-african-american-women

According to her Wikipedia page: “Alma Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891 – February 24, 1978) was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator best known for her colorful abstract paintings. She lived and worked primarily in Washington, D.C. and The Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Color School. The Wall Street Journal described her as a previously “underappreciated artist” who is more recently recognized for her “exuberant” works, noteworthy for their pattern, rhythm and color. Thomas remains an influence to young and old as she was a cornerstone for the Fine Arts at Howard University, started a successful art career later in her life, and took major strides during times of segregation as an African-American female artist. Thomas believed that creativity should be independent of gender or race, creating works with a focus on accidental beauty and the abstraction of color.

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“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common to the whole civilized world, independent of age, race and nationality; the statement may stand unchallenged.”
-Alma Thomas, 1970

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“The use of color in my paintings is of paramount importance to me. Through color I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness in my painting rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.” –Alma Thomas

Unfortunately, outside of her Wikipedia page and a couple of sites that feature select images of her work, I have been unsuccessful locating additional information about Alma, whose work I absolutely enjoy.

As far as I can tell, there  is only a young adult biography and a monograph available for Ms. Thomas – yet another lady who deserves to have a full biography written about her. I sincerely hope that there is one in the works somewhere.

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Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of April for more photos of Alma and images of her work.

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From the Studio: Pismo 7 (G) & Pismo 11 (K) Completed!

Work has been a little slow in the studio these past few weeks as I am becoming more acclimated to my new position. Now, with a tad more energy and making a more conscious effort to set aside more studio time, I have been able to complete two more Pismo Series pictures!

As I have mentioned previously, I believe that now that I have a clearer vision of what the series should look like, I have been able to complete more work – with less and less re-dos.

Since my last post, I have completed Pismo 11 (K) and Pismo 7 (G) (just completed this morning):20200222_145222-1[1]

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This means that the Pismo Series has officially reached ~50% completed… there are five that I have decided to re-do: Pismo E, I, J, L, &W   which leaves eight that I have not experimented with yet.

I will be prepping new sheets of paper for the re-do letters this afternoon and have made all but the W a priority to complete next as my goal is to have them completed by October so I can use them to print my 2021 calendars.

I have updated my Pismo Series portfolio page, so please check it out if you are interested in checking out all of the completed pictures.

The initial group of Pismo Series pictures have been professional scanned and have been all uploaded to the Pismo Series gallery on my website.

I have added all of the complete letters to my Etsy Shop for prints, so please check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRoosterStudio if you are interested in purchasing any.

I do have some disappointing news in regards to creating Pismo candles though my VIDA collection: sadly, VIDA has chosen to discontinue offering candles at this time and I am in the process of looking for another vendor to create candles.

The bad news is: from what I can tell, only VIDA was offering to create candles with the image ON the candle itself (which I loved). The good news is: there are several sites that offer customized candles… the difference is that the image is printed on the glass jar the candle comes in, which may be a good alternative option.

Please check back soon as I have ordered samples from one of the vendors and post images to see how you like them.

I have also orders samples of the Pismo letters on tote bags, just to see if that is something that you would be interested in as a option going forward.

And, finally, I am in the process of designing some new items for my VIDA collection: bags, scarves, etc and should be able to post pictures of them soon.

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Etsy Shop: New Pismo Series Prints

I picked up the 1st group of completed Pismo Series scans last week and they have been added to the White Rooster Studio Etsy Shop!

These are high quality MADE TO ORDER giclee prints measuring approximately 10″ x 10” with a white border for framing. They are printed on acid free matte paper with archival ink.

Prints will ship flat in a cardboard mailer and will come protected in a clear sleeve with a certificate of authenticity within 5-7 business days and are priced at $30.00/per print.

All items ship with 4 free I Ching Postcards as well as FREE SHIPPING!
Right now, I have the following letters completed and as soon as more have been completed, they will be scanned and added to the Etsy Shop:

A, B, C, D, F, H, M, O, R, T & V

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Artist of the Month: Helen Lundeberg

The tenth artist that will be highlighted is: Helen Lundeberg:e243b3f791bd7b11a552d8a056fd3fbf--abstract-art-painters

According to her Wikipedia page: “Helen Lundeberg (1908–1999) was a Southern Californian painter. Along with her husband Lorser Feitelson, she is credited with establishing the Post-Surrealist movement. Her artistic style changed over the course of her career, and has been described variously as Post-Surrealism, Hard-edge painting, and Subjective Classicism.”

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Wikipedia continues: “During the 1950s, Lundeberg moved towards geometric abstraction and Hard Edge painting and away from the representational sensibility that had informed her early work. Though always based in reality, Lundeberg created mysterious images that exist somewhere between abstraction and figuration. Repeatedly described as formal and lyrical, Lundeberg’s paintings rely on precise compositions that utilize various restricted palettes. Paintings from this period employ the idea of “mood entity”, a concept in Post Surrealism that was concerned with evoking states of mind, moods and emotional content unique to each work. Lundeberg and Feitelson were part of a loose group of Post-Surrealists that also included the artists Grace Clements, Philip Guston, Reuben Kadish, Harold Lehman, Lucien Labaudt, Knud Merrild, and Etienne Ret. During this period, Lundeberg was one of the most prolific painters working in Southern California.”

You can check out more about Helen and her work at: https://www.helenlundeberg.com

Please make sure that you check out some of her later work from the 1970’s and 1980’s – they are stunningly beautiful and the color is simply amazing.

What I find encouraging and completely exciting is that, unlike most of the other artists that I have highlighted in this blog, Helen’s work is still being shown with two exhibits last year and even more in 2018…. Unfortunately, it appears that I missed a chance to see her work last year at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts… fingers crossed that there will be another opportunity soon!

Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a biography for Helen, there was a listing for a documentary: “Helen Lundeberg: Americal Painter” (1988)… but I am still on the lookout for it.

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I found a quote of Helen’s that interested me, mostly because her ideas on art are essentially the opposite of mine:

“I don’t like disorder, or confusion or violence. I know they exist in the world but why should I have to paint them.” – Helen Lundeberg

I love not knowing the outcome of my pictures, they are not planned and rely on patterns once the design has been completed. And, yet, at the same time, I can understand Helen’s point of view.

Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of March for more photos of Helen and images of her work.

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From the Studio: Pismo 6 (F) & Pismo 13 (M) Completed!

It’s been an absolutely incredible week and a half!

You know those weeks, when everything just seems to click and goes right? That’s been my week and a half and I am going to accept it for the gift that it is.

First off, I was presented with not one, but TWO, job offers – on the same day, no less – last Wednesday. My previous position was outsourced this month and it was my goal to get myself into a new position as quickly as possible.

I had known about this situation for almost a year, so I had a lot of time to think about my next steps and what I wanted my next position to be and I had plenty of time to prepare for the dreaded endless rounds of interviews.

After some deliberation, I made my decision and am gearing up to start my next challenge on February 18th.

I completely believe that with the stress of acquiring a new position taken care of, my stress level completely plummeted and this past week in the studio have been incredibly productive.

This week I have completed Pismo 6 (F) (this would be the 2nd version) AND Pismo 13 (M):

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 6 (F), 2nd version, completed. Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 13 (M), completed. Photograph

This make the Pismo Series ~38% completed… there are five that I have decided to re-do: Pismo E, I, J, L, &W, which leaves eleven that I have not experimented with yet.

I still have another week before I start my new position, so I certainly hoping that my good luck continues and I am able to post another completed picture (or two?) soon.

I have updated my Pismo Series portfolio page, so please check it out if you are interested in checking out all of the completed pictures.

I will be taking the completed pictures out for professional scanning within the next couple of weeks and once I have the scans back, I will be busy creating new items for my VIDA Collection and Etsy Shop.

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Artist of the Month: Louise Bourgeois

The ninth artist that will be highlighted is: LOUISE BOURGEOIS:LouiseBourgeois

According to her Wikipedia page: “Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American artist. Although she is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the unconscious. These themes connect to events from her childhood which she considered to be a therapeutic process. Although Bourgeois exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists and her work has much in common with Surrealism and Feminist art, she was not formally affiliated with a particular artistic movement.”1986-LB-0292-PB_LG.jpg

Wikipedia continues: “In 1954, Bourgeois joined the American Abstract Artists Group, with several contemporaries, among them Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt. At this time she also befriended the artists Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock. As part of the American Abstract Artists Group, Bourgeois made the transition from wood and upright structures to marble, plaster and bronze as she investigated concerns like fear, vulnerability and loss of control. This transition was a turning point. She referred to her art as a series or sequence closely related to days and circumstances, describing her early work as the fear of falling which later transformed into the art of falling and the final evolution as the art of hanging in there. Her conflicts in real life empowered her to authenticate her experiences and struggles through a unique art form.”1982-lb-1122-gates-af_xlg.jpg

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MOMA is a wonderful resource for images of Louise and her work, please check out https://www.moma.org/s/lb/curated_lb/

There is a interesting looking documentary on Louise called: “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine” that I have managed to locate and will be viewing it during the month.

 

 

I am also in the process of hunting down a good biography of Louise and there are a couple of strong contenders: “Louise Bourgeois” by Frances Morris and “Louise Bourgeois: An Intimate Portrait” by Jean-Francois Jaussaud:

Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of February for more photos of Louise and images of her work.

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