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1. Amazing Optical Illusions with the Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí

Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can’t just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. From Escher’s famous and elaborate “Waterfall” to Shigeo Fukuda’s “Mary Poppins,” where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2007)
Get it on Amazon: Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

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2. Pink Clouds Over Nova Scotia






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3. Goldfinch


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4. Barn Swallow


I was thinking of Tiepolo when I painted this. I love the freshness of his brushwork.

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5. jillthompson: Here’s a sneak preview of the little book of...









jillthompson:

Here’s a sneak preview of the little book of paintings I will have at my table (1320) at San Diego Comic Con. 24 Full Color Postcards you can remove to send or frame as you choose! Or keep them all in the book! People have been asking if I sell my tiny paintings . Now everyone can have their own copy!

Ooooh jeeeeezz you guys!! Jill Thompson is selling these little books of her gorgeous paintings!









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6. Cloudscape No. 8


More clouds.
Acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10"

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7. Cloudscape No. 7


Another cloudscape.
Acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10"

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8. Cloudscape


The latest cloudscape.

Acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10"

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9. Cloudscapes



I've had five little 5" x 7" canvases sitting in my studio for a while, waiting for me to do something with them. So Sunday afternoon, we played together.

Painting clouds is a fun way to experiment with near-abstraction. It's nice to play with color, composition, and form on their own. Each piece has it's own mood and it's own aims, but I like the way the five of these work together as a group.

Because I had five canvases, I began thinking of (and listening to) one of my favorite five-movement symphonies--Mahler's 7th. I tried to capture some of enigmatic qualities of the music; the strange leaps between absurdity and mystery.

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10. 'The Good, the Bad, & the Bugly' Big Bug Art Show

Dragonfly Dreams


Psycho Donuts

2006 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
Monday - Thursday 6am - 9pm | Friday 6am - 11pm | Saturday 7am - 11pm | Sunday 7am - 9pm

The artist reception and a crazy donut eating contest is this 
Sat., June 2nd from 10AM to 3PM.
If you're local, please visit me at the reception (pretty please!) 

Come and meet the artists in person and ask them what inspires them 
to create crazy bug art! The art show is quirky and fun and you will be able to find your favorite or not so favorite bugs starring in bug art to purchase.

There will be a bee expert with info on his bee keeping and honey producing company:http://www.bluem

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11. The Thing Itself


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12. Eastern Phoebe


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13. Avis Angelus



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14. Interior


Self-Portrait, Interior
Acrylic, ink, on wood panel 16" x 20"

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15. Doggy


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16. Brown Pelican


6" x 6", acrylic on wood panel

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17. Re-Seussify Seuss Challenge

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In case you missed it, this week’s results for School Library Journal’s Fuse #8 Re-Seussify Seuss challenge were in, and they were pretty spectacular! The mission, as set forth by children’s lit guru Betsy Bird, was to draw a spread from a Dr. Seuss book, but in the style of ANOTHER famous picture book artist. I was inspired by the fun mash-up idea, and pulled off the image of Yertle The Turtle in the style of Arnold Lobel, above.

The idea for the image itself came to me pretty easily. It’s no surprise that I love drawing turtles, and Yertle The Turtle is a family favorite. The reptile vs. amphibian factor – Yertle crossed with Frog and Toadwas amusing to me as well. In particular, I wanted to try my hand at Arnold Lobel’s style. I thought the limited palette with textured graphite would be fun, and his characters and watercolors lend themselves easily to my own style. Plus, he’s a fellow Pratt alum!

I learned a lot about Arnold Lobel’s creative process from this video with his daughter, Anita Lobel.  She sought to replicate her father’s paintings when she colored Arnold Lobel’s unfinished The Frogs and Toads All Sang:

I am very interested in Lobel’s use of color separations to make the Frog and Toad illustrations, and I wish I could find more on the subject. While Anita went with full-color in her recent interpretation, I wanted to imitate the 2-color (and black) separations by sticking to a green layer, a brown layer, and dark graphite.  I’m pleased with the result and think it was rather successful, if I do say so myself.

Now go check out Betsy’s post for the other mind-blowing creative Re-Seussification mash-ups!


Filed under: illustration sensations, paintings, videos Tagged: anita lobel, Arnold Lobel, betsy bird, dr seuss, early reader, frog and toad, fuse #8, re-seussify seuss, school library journal, watercolor,
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18. Deer


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19. Kudzu Spirits




One of the first things I noticed after moving to the South was the kudzu draping the trees and changing them into strange, Max Ernst-like monsters. James Dickey wrote a poem about the kudzu--here's a tiny excerpt:

                    half out of leafage
As though they would shriek,
Like things smothered by their own
Green, mindless, unkillable ghosts.

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20. Rockscape


Rockscape II (16" x 20" Acrylic, Oil, Marble Dust on Wood Panel)

I had a grand time building up these textures with marble powder. It's a departure from a lot of what I do, but I love and miss the massive rocks from the Western deserts where I grew up.

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21. Avis Angelus: Tondo






"Avis Angelus: Tondo"

Acrylic, ink, oil, gold leaf on wood panel, 18” across

I painted this on a round 18" wood panel. First I stained the wood to accentuate it's beautiful grain, and then pressed some large inkblots across the surface. After that, I worked to find images in the random patterns that had been created. The gold sun is a small knot in the wood.
This is a fascinating, meditative process to me, and one that I picked up from Max Ernst via Leonardo Da Vinci.

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22. A Revisit from the Past

We finally got around to putting up our Christmas tree last weekend. I'm not going to want to take it down in a few weeks....some of you know that last year I kept our tree up until March!  I'm certainly not doing that again but it's so hard to say goodbye to all the pretty lights you know?

And speaking of getting out things that have been packed away, I rummaged through my old watercolor portfolio the other day and it was interesting  to see how my style has developed over time.  I have a digital copy of the above painting now and it's funny because I forgot about the yellow text area that I digitally took out. I wonder why I did that? If I recall, I wanted to put "Season's Greetings" in it.
And I also found by rummaging, this painting which is an old logo of mine that I scanned in and put my name in the yellow box. It's fun to revisit things like this! I painted this about 9 years ago. Wow! Where has the time gone?!

I've had a few features this week from two blogs that I know you'll enjoy and I just want to take a moment to say thank you to Meaghan and Jill 

Blessings,
Jenni



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23. Blue Jay



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24. Bonni Reid - “Cartes de Visite” My dear friend Bonni...



Bonni Reid - “Cartes de Visite”

My dear friend Bonni Reid has a solo show opening in two days (Feb. 3) at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles. These are some seriously gorgeous paintings. If you’re in L.A., don’t miss it! 

Having a professional career in creating Saturday morning cartoons, I wanted to break from this candy-coated world in order to depict another side of childhood, one that is much darker, haunting or just plain weird — to evoke a time before we child-proofed everything.

By utilizing old photographs of family, friends and found images, this collection portrays the alter ego that resides in all of us — the real inner child which isn’t always what we as adults want it to be. (via “Cartes de Visite” on Facebook)



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25. Shop Update

Hi all, I'm stopping in to let you know that I've re-opened my Etsy shop! I've still got more illustrations to post and I'm working on new artwork to put up soon also.
 These are mini printable cards that are in my shop. They've been handy for me to have printed and ready for when my kids go to parties because I can just grab one real quick and go.  That's pretty nice!

Happy Weekend!
Jenni

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