"Extra Texture Explorations" by Mark T Hansen
Over the last year I have made a return to wall pieces similar to work that I have done in the past but using texture techniques that I have developed in the last couple years. The iconography that I have included with these works is largely inspired by a short lived painting movement in the mid 1980s that focused on being emblematic and flag-like. It was a movement that lasted about five minutes but has stuck with me and seemed appropriate for inclusion in the new clay wall work. The emblematic nature of this combined with the three dimensionality and texture of the clay feels petroglyphic in a way that appeals to me.
Now Showing: Suzanne Armstrong's "Dog Days of Summer"
It was summer in Texas and very hot, so I named my 100 day challenge "Dog Days of Summer". Beginning June 21, 2019, I used my sewing machine to draw with thread on fabric making a picture of a dog. Except on Saturday when I drew a cat because it was Caturday after all. On day #101, I had to stretch the challenge and drew a Dalmatian for the story to be complete.
These were posted online so I could be accountable.
You can see them on my website https://www.doublecomfortstudios.com/
I found the discipline of daily practice and daily accountability in having to post for my "fans" AMAZINGLY POWERFUL. I set limits on size and medium to avoid having to make too many decisions before starting each day. The pictures are approximately 6 inches square, white cotton fabric, black thread. Since finishing the challenge, I have made several commissioned portraits for friends and relatives of their precious pets!
Texas born and raised, photographer Kimberly Clark finished her “starter life” and has embraced her dream of becoming a fine art photographer. She describes herself as a “noticer”. If it’s unique, quirky, touching or sublime it will catch her eye and fuel the storytelling inherent in her images. With the use of black and white, muted tones and essential elements in her photographs she cuts to the heart of what she feels is truest about her subject. “The camera doesn’t work like your eyes do, the camera sees all. Your eyes will focus solely on what drew your attention initially and all else falls away. I want to create that feeling in my images.”
In her ongoing "Window Framed Series" Kim sources old wooden windows and pairs them with her images to create unique art pieces that feel both fresh and full of history at the same time. Recently overheard in her art booth, “It’s like a photograph that looks like art.” This honest expression of
appreciation appeals to Kim’s sense of fun and irony.
Curly” Archival, matte canvas framed in reclaimed, sea foam and taupe old wooden window.
Overall size is 26w x 28h. Curly is an Angora Goat and was the result of a “roadside relationship”
I formed in the Texas Hill Country.
“Wellspring” Archival, matte canvas framed in a sunny yellow, old wooden window.
Overall size 28w x 23h.
I found this old cistern while running the backroads South of San Antonio.
I couldn’t decide if they built the wall around her to protect her or to keep her from wandering off.
“Small,Medium and Large” Archival, matte canvas framed a cream and green, old wooden window with the ghosts of hardware past still present. Overall size 30w x 20h. The curiosity of cattle usually ensures I have a few seconds to grab a shot after I stop the truck while they look up to see if I’m their guy or not. That’s when they look most hopeful.
Georgie Cunningham at Mockingbird Handprints October 3 - October 31
Exhale: New work in handmade paper by Georgie Cunningham
October 3-31, 2019
Opening Reception: October 3, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Handprints will feature paper artist Georgie Cunningham's tapestries and lamps in an October 2019 show. Cunningham's handmade paper tapestries are colorful, spontaneous and unplanned with movement and rhythm all their own. Her lamps tend to be organic, with gentle light filtering through layers of handmade woven paper. Georgie will demonstrate paper making on October 12th noon - 3:00 pm . Learn about paper, fiber- using flax, hemp and abaca, and pulp. Come get your hands wet and try pulling your own paper!!! This will be held outside of Mockingbird Handprints.
"Tender Foot" is a collective of 5 artists who paint together under guidance from Rainey in her studio House Paint.
Dates: Nov. 1- Dec. 2, 2018,
Open : Thurs- Sunday 11-6 & by appointment
Artist Reception: Nov. 1st - 5:30-7:30 pm
Julia Sargent-"Being in nature is a time of quiet reflection for me, especially as the seasons change. When I translate my walks into oil paintings, I can linger in those meditative moments. The synergy of walking and painting makes me much more appreciative of colors, shapes, and shadows as they shift with the light. This series of nine paintings draws on a year of walks along the Cibolo River near my home."
Elizabeth Harris-Works in pastels,in this series of three they all have clothes hanging on a line. "Sometimes a feeling of nostalgia as memories are recollected of grandmothers pinning clothes to a line to dry in the hot summer sun. Sometimes a voyeur, showing a glimpse of the private world of a neighbor. Sometimes the clothes dance on the line with the wind in a bizarre contorted rhythm. Sometimes the clothes compete with the sky and sometimes the clothes blend into the scenery. Sometimes the clothes seem human"
Linda Packman- "My work is influenced by the Les Nabis artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. The Nabis believed style and color choices enabled them to express personality even in the most mundane. They created subjective art that was deep routed in the soul of the artist. Giorgio Morandi, although not a Nabis, is another favorite and influential artist. He created beautiful works of mundane objects by simplifying line, form and color. My goal is to go beyond representational expression to create work that the rudiments of painting escape the viewer." Linda's work is oil on panel.
Sandra Meadow Hollander- "My current painting practice explores landscape images through an autobiographical narrative at the nexus of solitude, ambiguity, longing, and memory. In the process I exalt declarative mark-making not to commemorate a specific site but as a personal meditation on the notion of landscape. The work is an elegy to transient and destructible beauty.
Donna Wright- "A favorite view captured, reimagined, and shared." Donna's art is oil on panel 16"x20" each painting showing same scene but different time of year.
Show dates: June 1 - July 28
Artist Reception: June 9 12:00-5:00, and mural painting at Mockingbird open to public to participate 1:00-4:00
Robert grew up in San Antonio and left to attend The University of Texas in Austin in 1989. Robert still lives in Austin but says "SA is where his heart is."
Robert is multi-talented. Besides running Austin Woodwright his furniture refinishing and repair shop ,he watercolors "en plein air" and paints on wood panels with oil and acrylic paints and makes all his wood frames. His wood panel paintings are developed with many layers using texture, sanding, masking and arranging forms and shapes in dynamic patterns.
Robert's goal is to "balance creativity and discipline, to enter the jungle, yet not die." Come see if he does just that!
Upcoming Artist Reception:
April 7th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Show Dates: April 5th - April 29th, 2018
March 1, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Show Dates: March 1 - April 1, 2018
"Futurfoto" - Enlarged and recast Polaroid photo by Paco Felici featuring Peter Gonzales Falcon, star of Federico Fellini's "Roma."
He also enlarges and recasts his own Polaroid photographs into oversized works. The upcoming "Small Ideas" show will also unveil the series "Ghostdancer," featuring movie stills and present-day images taken by Paco of actor Peter Gonzales Falcon, star of Federico Fellini's seminal autobiographical movie, Roma.
Paco (left) and Peter (right) during their recent photo shoot which will be part of the upcoming show.
My long time relationship to nature is currently reflected in this collection of Small Works. Drawings/painting reflect thMy long time relationship to nature is currently reflected in this collection of Small Works. Drawings/painting reflect the complex yet simple rhythm of trees and foliage and the constructions integrate and naturally evolve out of the gestural paintings. My work goes through growth spurts, it's seasonal, it's concepts incubate and then blossom all in alignment with nature.
Be it nature or nurture, it all germinates when given the opportunity.