Monday, April 25, 2011


There is something I really like about Elaine Despins work, there is a certain darkness, the passing of time which reminds us of youth with sorrow, but also there is so much force and passion in her paintings. Life is powerful, no matter what, there is always new life, besides death and decay.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Affection, Acrylic on Paper, 2010

Dona Maria Vilalobos reads for Lope Vernandes Pacheco from the bible, Acrylic on Paper, 2009

Mit Gott tritt ein, bring Glueck herein, Acrylic on Paper, 2009

Tell me the Reason for Your Presumtion!, Acrylic on Paper, 2009
Strange and dark creatures, and though there is tenderness and affection, there is nothing ugly or evil about them, I can only stare at them unceasingly asking myself what is going on. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


abstraction - Artwork that is altered by the simplification or rearrangement of visual elements.
acrylic - A paint which uses liquid acrylic plastic as a binder for the pigment; water soluble before dry.
artist’s proof - A print that is outside the regular edition or numbering process, but printed at the same time, from the same plates, and usually retained by the artist for personal use.
batik - A method of dyeing cloth which involves using wax to prevent the dye from dyeing certain areas. Batik patterns are often intricate, requiring multiple wax and dyeing processes.
bronze - A metal alloy made of tin and copper. It is used in the creation of sculptures.
composition - A subject matter; also the creation of something by arranging parts to form a unified whole.
cross-hatch - Technique of placing lines close together in opposite directions to create dark areas in a drawing.
cyanotype - A process of photographic printing that produces a blue line on a white background; a photographic blueprint.
dry media - Pencil, chalk, crayon and other media not requiring use of a fluid.
edition - The total number of impressions made at one time from the same plate.
egg tempera - A painting medium in which pigments are bound together with egg yolk.
fresco - A technique of painting in which pigment is applied to a thin layer of wet plaster; as it dries it becomes part of the wall.
giclée - (zhee.clay) A term for making fine art prints from a digital image using ink-jet printing onto a canvas or photo-based paper.
gouache - An opaque watercolor.
impasto - Paint applied in heavy layers or strokes, making it thick and textured.
intaglio - A method of engraving where the design is depressed below the surface of the metal plate.
lithograph - The process of printing from a flat surface, treated so as to repel the ink, except where it is required for printing.
monotype - A one-of-a-kind print made by painting on a sheet of glass and transferring the wet image to paper by rubbing the back of the paper with a smooth implement.
pastel - A colored crayon made from chalk and pigment (the deepest tones are pure pigment). It is considered a painting technique because the colors are applied in masses rather than lines.
patina - A greenish film which forms on copper and bronze after weathering as a result of oxidation.
pointillism - French impressionistic technique where the use of tiny dots or strokes creates an image only visible from a distance when the eye blends the colors to form outlines of the work.
serigraph - Also known as silkscreen; this is a color stencil printing process in which paint is forced through a fine screen onto the paper beneath.
trompe-l’œil - French term meaning “trick of the eye.” This is an art technique in which extremely realistic imagery is used to create the optical illusion that the objects are real.
wash - Technique used in watercolor, brush drawing, and oil painting to describe a broad, thin layer of diluted pigment or ink.
watercolor - A transparent paint made from mixing powdered color with a binding agent and water; the most unforgiving painting technique due to the fluidity of the medium

Tuesday, April 5, 2011



"Chinese artist Xia Xiao Wan has pushed beyond the boundaries of the visual arts by turning flat artwork into three dimensional form. The holographic effect is achieved by using multiple layers of clear glass. Each sheet of glass is decorated separately, then put together on floor racks. With a 360 degree viewing angle, every viewpoint offers a unique and personal experience otherwise unavailable with 2D art."

There is no hope and nothing good in the strange creatures of Xia Xiao Wan. War, violence and brutality, aging and decay. It is the monstrous face of ourselves when we forget how to be human. 
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