Artist of the Month: August: Hedda Sterne

The third artist that will be highlighted is: HEDDA STERNE:hedda_sterne

Hedda Sterne (August 4, 1910 – April 8, 2011) was a Romanian-born American artist who was an active member of the New York School of painters. Her work is often associated with Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.

To learn about Hedda and her amazing life, check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedda_Sterne and The Hedda Sterne Foundation at https://heddasternefoundation.org/foundation

The Hedda Sterne Foundation is headquartered at 16 East 71st Street 3A New York, NY, 10021 United States, and, unfortuanately, does not appear to be open to the public. There are a lot of resouces to learn more about Hedda on this site.

To check out Hedda’s artwork: https://www.wikiart.org/en/hedda-sterne

hedda_sterne_and_saul_steinberg
Hedda and husband, Saul Steinberg, a cartoonist and illustrator

Leen-Nina-Irascibles-1951-Getty-big.jpgIt’s impossible to mention Hedda without mentioning one of the the most famous photographs of that error: The Irascibles: Photo taken January 15, 1951, photograph by Nina Leen.[13] 15 of the letter’s 28 signees arrived for the photo shoot: Theodoros Stamos, Jimmy Ernst, Barnett Newman, James Brooks, Mark Rothko, Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, and Hedda Sterne.

To check out more about The Irascibles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Irascibles

A biography of Hedda has just been published, the book is only ~144 pages and focuses on her life PRIOR to arriving in New York in 194. It’s a start, but unfortunately, I have not been able to come across anything else that looks like a biography, just cataglogs:hedda book

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Etsy Shop: New Item: WRS Coffee Mugs

I am very happy to announce that I have added a new item to the WRS Etsy Shop: White Rooster Studio Coffee Mug:

The 11oz ceramic coffee mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. There are currently six in stock and they hve 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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Adventures with Basil: A Week at Harvey’s Lake

We have just returned from an amazing week at Harvey’s Lake in Barnet, VT and have a LOT of new art to share!!

First off, the cabin we rented was incredible: located on 150 feet of waterfront on Harvey’s Lake, we enjoyed early mornings and late evenings reading on the screened in porch (by far, the BEST invention – we practically LIVED on that porch!), kayaking, floating in the lake with inner tubes, and several evening camp fires:20190719_08103220190719_08100520190719_081043

There is spotty cell service, no WIFI, and no TV at the cabin… which was exactly what we were looking for. I cannot even begin to tell you how much art and reading can be accomplished without these distractions!

I spent the first two days prepping six new pictures for the Pismo Series: B, E, F, I, T, and W. Four of these are re-dos: you all know that I have been having issues with the B & W, so they were inevitable. I was on the fence about the E, but decided to re-do it anyway and I really didn’t like the direction the T was going in, so that was re-done also. Check out Basil posing with the first round of pictures:20190714_132855.jpg

Next step was to design the knots, the base for the overall design. Basil enjoys hanging out and offering support:20190715_111414.jpg

01692300b621007d95f5e2652c3629db

I had brought a 500+ page biography on Arshile Gorky, “Black Angel: The Life of Arshile Gorky” by Nouritza Mattossian (2000) expecting to finish it once I returned home… but I completed it… in three days. I have to say, the biography was amazing and I became totally engrossed with Gorky’s world (I seriously could NOT put this book down) – which, in essence, was an extension of the one I had entered with “Ninth Street Women”: the New York School / Abstract Expressionism of the 1940’s.

20190717_174200

We had decided to spend the majority of our time at the lake, so our only real excursion away was on Wednesday as it was raining. We headed into St Johnsbury and hit the diner for breakfast. While we were there, we were checking out the ads on the coffee mugs and noticed one for The Frame Dames, located just up the street. So, naturally, we just had to check them out. And we walked out there with new toys!! Check out Basil posing with our booty: Aquash Water Brushes!!

I cannot even begin to tell you how many ideas instantly came to my mind when I saw these! I had a great conversation with one of the Frame Dames (these ladies are incredibly helpful, so if you are in the area, please check them out… if not, they are online at: theframedames.com) about how I could uses these brushes and walked out the store wondering how I hadn’t heard of these before. It pays to check out these art stores and check out all of the new toys!

We stopped at the Welcome Center and decided to go the St Johnsbury Athenaeum to view Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite. If you find yourself  in the area, I highly recommend that you check out this magnificent painting… and if not, you can view it online at http://www.stjathenaeum.org/the-domes-of-the-yosemite:20190717_115808.jpg

20190717_174541-1

Because we simply cannot resist a used book store, we checked out two while in the area and I found “Elaine and Bill: Portrait of a Marriage” – which, I managed to complete on our last morning at the lake:

Elaine de Kooning was one of the ladies featured in “Ninth Street Women” and Willem de Kooning was one of Gorky’s best friends, so essentially, I managed to remain in the New York School world… right now, I can’t seem to resist it! (Full confession: just before I started writing this post, I purchased a Willem de Kooning biography online… I am wondering if this is becoming an addiction…)

I spent another couple of days adding in the rest of the designs for my Pismo pictures:

All of them are now on the studio wall, waiting to be worked on this week:20190721_124230.jpg

In between drawing and reading sessions, we managed to get in some time just sitting in the Adirondack chairs enjoying the views:20190719_143125

I can honestly say that it has been a little bit of an adjustment now that we are home. I absolutely loved the chance to work on my art and read up on artists all day. Tomorrow it’s back to work and reality… until the next escape!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

WRS Summer Vacation 2019

White Rooster Studio will be on summer vacation from Saturday, July 13th, until Sunday, July 21st, 2019.

As you can see, Basil is super excited to be heading to Vermont for a quiet week by the lake, the new art go-bag has been packed and he can’t wait!:20190711_205350[1]

While we are gone, I have prepared all of my usual FB posts and included them below:

Saturday, July 13th: Happy Birthday, Mordecai Ardon!ecf9cb87-89c6-4120-802a-2b8406be3c01_jpg!Portrait

Sunday, July 14th: Happy Birthday, Gustav Klimt!Gustav Klimt

Monday, July 15th: Happy Birthday, Rembrandt van Rijn!rembrandt_1661

Monday is also Manifesto Monday, so in honor of Georgia O’Keeffe (WRS’s Artist of the Month) #ManifestoMonday #Affirmation:

Georgia-O’Keeffe Manifesto monday

Tuesday, July 16th: Happy Birthday Andrea del Sarto!220px-Andredelsartoselfportrait.jpg

And Happy Birthday, Charles Cheeler!0ae32eb19b2c44bf1745bd10d7ac3a34--charles-demuth-charles-sheeler

Wednesday, July 17th: Happy Birthday, Berenice Abbott!Berenice Abbott.png

And Happy Birthday, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot!Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Thursday, July 18th: Happy Birthday, Hyacinthe Rigaud!Hyacinthe Rigaud

Thursday is also Throwback Thursday: Check out #29 Danger from the I Ching Series #TBT #IChingSeries:29 Danger Throwback Thursday

Friday, July 19th: Happy Birthday, Edgar Degas!Edgar-Degas.jpg

Saturday, July 20th: Happy Birthday, Judy Chicago!o-JUDY-CHICAGO-facebook

Saturday is also Moon Day, so in honor please check out “Earthrise”:earthrise moon day

ANNOUNCEMENT: When we return, we will be adding some new items to the Etsy store! We are especially excited to be offering a limited supply of a new I Ching coffee mug, featuring #62 Safety in Smallness in the center, flanked by #49 Revolution, please check out the sample below:WRS Mugs

See you all when we return!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Artist of the Month: July: Georgia O’Keeffe

The second artist that will be highlighted is: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE:

800px-O'Keeffe-(hands)
Photo of Ms. O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”.

To learn about Ms. O’Keeffe please check out her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O%27Keeffe.

Also, please visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s webpage: https://www.okeeffemuseum.org/  The museum is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in addition to being a great source of information about Ms. O’Keeffe, they also offer tours of her Abiquiú home and studio, it also has an extensive list of suggestions to fully immerse yourself in O’Keeffe’s world by touring Ghost Ranch and road trips highlighting the scenery which inspired her. (And, yes, this trip in on my Bucket List)

Ms. O’Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz from 1924 until his death in 1946:O'Keeffee-stieglitz

Georgia letters.PNG

 

 

For an inside view into their relationship, I highly recommend reading their letters:

The book is HUGE (almost 1,000 pages) – stick with it – it was by far the most honest view of the couple (or ANY couple, for that matter) that I have come across.

 

 

 

There are several biographies and a historical fiction novel of Me. O’Keeffe available:

MV5BMjEwNzQwNTgwMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzAwNDcwMzE@__V1_

 

 

And, of course, there is the 2009 film “Georgia O’Keeffe” with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons:

 

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

From the Studio: Update on Pismo Series

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly productive and I am officially calling the following pictures completed:

I am on the fence about calling Pismo 5 E completed, so I am looking for comments and/or suggestions regarding how it looks – I am concerned that the picture has been overworked, I have been assured that it hasn’t been… but there is a part of me that is leaning towards a re-do:

20190623_144203 crop

I am wondering if my indecision regarding this picture has something to do with how I am now approaching the pictures in the series: less is more. At first, I was overdoing it with the biomorphic forms, almost trying to force new shapes to “appear”… over the past couple of months, and especially with Pismo 23 V and Pismo 12 L, the process has evolved and less of the forms are used to make new shapes and designs.

I am also finding that I am able to design and complete a picture much quicker now that I have worked out more of the quirks regarding this project. I am “relaxing” my “rule” about not filling in the letter… I will admit that this was prompted by small “mistakes” on my part, but the overall effect of these small errors have added some charm to the pictures and going forward, I will be deliberately adding “mistakes” to the design to enhance certain shapes.20190622_115526(0)-1 crop.jpg

I started Pismo 12 L last weekend and have completed more than 60% of the picture since then. I think that the corners need to be built up just a little bit and there is, of course, a small design issue with a small part of the design that I would like to think about for a couple of days – so up on the Wall it goes!

I have made the hard decision to re-do – once again – Pismo 2 B and Pismo 23 W. I feel that these two letters have taken the brunt of my discovery process for this series and, as a result, they have been re-done multiple times. But, there is good news for my two guinea pigs: I feel that the series is on the right track and I feel that I can confidently design new versions of these two letters now:

When I came up with the idea for the Pismo Series, I envisioned designing my own set of ornamental letters which would then be combined into personalized monograms for prints to sell in my Etsy shop. Once the series has been completed and scanned, I would then be able to combine the letters in Photoshop and then have the new monogram printed professionally.

Quite honestly, the possibilities are seemingly endless. These individual prints can be combined and printed as professional prints, on notecards, coffee mugs, utilized in my VIDA collection (as individual letters only for scarves and handbags)…

You can almost SEE where this can go – for example, check out how the pictures are hung on the studio wall:20190623_145131 crop.jpg

I have done a bit of reading about monogram etiquette and feel that I now have a good idea of how this could be done in Photoshop, now, all there is left to do is continue to plug away at the series.

The goal is to have half of the project completed by the beginning of November so new items can be added to the Etsy shop in time for the holiday season and, if all goes well, the entire project could be completed this time next year!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.

 

Adventures with Basil: Pack Monadnock

Yesterday, we took Basil to visit Pack Monadnock at Miller State Park in New Hampshire. Basil had never visited the park before and after driving up the auto road a securing a spot at the summit, we decided to wander around a  bit before settling in for some serious art time.

Basil LOVED the view from the summit! Check him out at the Raptor Observatory hoping to see a hawk or two… maybe even an eagle, but, unfortunately, we had no luck – no raptors at the Raptor Observatory yesterday afternoon:20190615_132908.jpg

We circled around the summit, exploring a couple of viewing spots…20190615_133301

… and couldn’t pass up a phot op at the Pack Monadnock sign:20190615_134723

But eventually we did settle down in a nice, shady spot to start work on a new letter in the Pismo Series: L20190615_155248.jpg

After a couple of hours, it became too buggy to hang out, even with the amazing breezes at the summit, so we had to pack everything up and head back down. As much as we enjoy working outside and spending time observing nature… there is a limit to the number of insects that can be tolerated. Rest assured, our next visit will include additional bug repellant 🙂

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you enjoy the projects, pictures and posts, please see free to comment – feedback is encouraged and is always welcome.

Please check out White Rooster Studio:

  • If you enjoy this blog, please enter your email address by going to the Menu, then the Home Page to have White Rooster Studio’s blog sent directly to you once it is published.
  • You can also follow White Rooster Studio by using the direct links from the blog’s headers. For FB, please click on the FB button, and if you click on VIDA COLLECTION or ETSY SHOP you will be directed to those sites immediately.
  • Any questions, comments? Please email whiteroosterstudio@gmail.com

White Rooster Studio

Copyright @2019 White Rooster Studios. All Rights Reserved.