Archive for August 27, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Karen Woods….


The artist is among my favorite contemporary painters, along with Alyssa Monks, for painting water droplets or beads.

A clip showing a utility box commission. Always be sure and check out new avenues for displaying your artwork. Amelia Caruso has also done some great public commission work on utility boxes. They are great exposure for local artists because the locals can actually view you creating the piece.


She enjoys working from photographs that she takes herself at interesting roadside locations.

The artist was born in 1963 in Seattle, Washington. Attended college in Oakland, California at California College of the Arts. Studied overseas in Florence, Italy for a short time.

Has appeared in Western Art and Architecture and ArtWeekly magazines.

The best thing about this artist is her portrayal of atmosphere.  The viewer can feel the wetness and the humidity of the air. She is also wonderful at painting reflected survaces, her mirrors are great example of that. She also has worked on a variety of surfaces over the years including porcelain plates and even basswood.

A link to the artist’s website:

Woods paints mainly oils on linen or canvas. She hasn’t been as well travelled as our previous post so most of the cityscapes are visions you would see driving around Boise, Idaho.

For some art homework next time its raining and you go for a drive in your car, grab your camerca and take a picture from inside your vehicle looking out. Check out the works of Alyssa Monks and notice how each artist paints beads of water differently.

Woods was inspired by abstract expressionists. Some of her favorites were Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.



Happy painting!



Artist of the moment….Clive Head…

This photorealist painter comes from London, England. He is best known for his portrayal of wide city streets and urban scenes. His compositions remind the viewer the French Artist Gustave Cailleboit.

A clip of the artist helping a student decipher what elements to use from a photograph.

A short clip coming again from the College of Cyprus, with Dr. Michael Paraskos talking about Clive Head and a short montage of the artist’s works. At just past three minutes time into the clip the Doctor begins to talk about comparing Clive Head’s ideas of art with the Western idea of painting.

The artist was born in Maidstone, England in 1965.  From a very young age he was interested and very talented at producing art. At the tender age of eleven years old he was a member of the Reeds Art Club. The club focused on art and was organized by members at his father’s factory.

Attended college at Aberystwyth University where he studied under an abstract painter named David Tinker. In college he met Steven Whitehead, a contemporary artist working mainly with realism. After college he began showing his art with the dealer Nicholas Treadwell.

In 1994 he joined the faculty at York College founding and becoming Chair of Fine Arts Department for the campus located in Scarborough. Also taught at the University of Hull.

In 1999 the artist decided to leave the teaching world behind and found representation by two well known art galleries.

In 2005 he won a prestigious commission from the Museum of London. He was to paint Buckingham Palace to prepare for the queens upcoming Golden Jubilee. Also in 2005 the artist developed a neurological disease. In the end it took five years to fully diagnose his disease, Dopa-Responsive Dystonia. He struggled on continuing to paint, but in a much larger scale.

Has exhibited at the National Gallery in London, England.

As far as style is concerned, the artist is part of the movement he calls the New Aesthetic. The movement specializes in the material and physical process of making art. When working on a landscape he first visits the location and makes many sketches from many different points of view. He then gathers the information, but not piece for piece. He edits the work and alters it to best suit his needs in making a stunning visual panoramic view. The artist might use only sixty percent of what can be seen by the eye at any given moment, the main concern is making a great work of art.

I enjoy most these views of the landscape which seem to stretch out miles and miles and make the canvases appear very large. Another artist who worked in a similar manner would be Rackstraw Downes.

The artist is very unique in his thoughts on drawing and painting and his New Aesthetics method. He doesn’t believe you should copy exactly from a photograph, the artist doesn’t like the basic idea of vanishing points.  All lines of perspective meet here, he believes in vanishing zones. If you look at the works of Rackstraw Downes and Clive Head it seems both use this method to get the spectacular spacial depth in each of their works.

Some cities he has painted include his favourite London, Paris, Prague, Moscow and Rome.

High range price: 160,000 Great British Pounds. More than 200,000 U.S. dollars.

low price range: Unable to find out much about the average price range.

On line and land based gallery: Marlborough Fine Art in London, England.

Create a spacious landscape today!

In addition I wanted to mention the U.K. artist Steven Wiltshire. A wonderful young artist who is autistic. He flies above the cities in a helicopter than comes down to earth to produce his very large works mainly from memory. Raphaella Spence is another English artist who recently had some wonderful paintings of Las Vegas taken from a helicopter’s view point.