Sunday, December 16, 2018

Suzanne Kelley Clark Painting




Here's a recent 20" x 28" oil on canvas painting by friend and fellow SMU MFA graduate, Suzanne Kelley Clark.

Artists's Statement from her terrific website:

Since childhood, spending time in nature has been important to me.
Painting landscape provides me with an even more profound connection to nature. It is an unending source of inspiration, challenge and discovery.

"Devotion" by Robert Frost




Devotion

The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to the ocean --
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.

-- Robert Frost





Friday, December 14, 2018

Hiroshige: "Night Rain at Karasaki," from the series "Eight Views of Ō-mi"

Utagawa Hiroshige


All night long in the storm, with the waves driving high, the moon hangs in the branches of Shiogoshi’s pines -- Saigyo


Friday, December 7, 2018

William D. Berry: Wildlife Drawings

William D. Berry



William D. Berry



William D. Berry



William D. Berry



William D. Berry



William D. Berry


The late William D. Berry was an exceptional wildlife draftsman. He lived and worked in Fairbanks, Alaska. We are fortunate to have an original Berry drawing of a moose in Stately Mangus Manor.





Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Susan Shiels Johnson: Recent Ceramics and Paintings

Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson



Susan Shiels Johnson


Here are some recent works by my long-time classmate (in the mid-1970s-to early-1980s) in SMU art school -- Susie Shiels (Johnson).

Artist's Statement:

I have always been interested in color and form studies, as well as pattern, previously working in the representational realm of still life and landscapes painted "on site." Recently, I have extended this inquiry to ceramics, at first focusing exclusively on functional work. While I continue to make cups and a few other objects for the table top, I am also making forms for purely visual exploration, with a departure point informed by natural objects, such as seashells and other organic forms. Firing some of the components in atmospheric kilns seems to be particularly conducive to realizing the surface and random patterns that I am chasing.







Monday, November 26, 2018

Sukiya: Traditional Japanese Architecture

Sukiya style



Sukiya style



Sukiya style



Sukiya style


My new new thing -- traditional Japanese architecture. This is the high-end style, "sukiya" (as contrasted with "minka")...

Sukiya style architecture

The true spirit of Japanese architecture can be found in the Japanese house and the sukiya style of residential construction. Japanese houses come in many shapes and sizes -- but for 400 years the majority of them have been built in the sukiya style. Anyone interested in the architecture of Japan should become familiar with this vernacular.

The sukiya style Japanese home is a refined and graceful living space that employs elements of the Japanese tea house. Characteristics of the sukiya style include delicate proportions, the ample use of natural materials, the integration of interior and exterior spaces, and a general sense of quiet elegance with rustic overtones. In the traditional Japanese house, moderation is of key importance. In addition to slender wood elements and the lack of ostentation, the sukiya living environment strives, not to overwhelm, but rather to harmonize with the human scale and human sense perception.