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Working in Prepress at New Era I have the privilege to work with and look at original artwork from our New Era artists every day! I received degrees in Architecture and in Art emphasizing in Graphic Design, so needless to say I love Architecture and Art... and art of architecture is even better! This is why one of my favorite New Era artists is Tatara. I was able to conduct an e-interview with Tatara, below are the questions and answers.
Q: Your watercolors show dynamic culture, landscapes, architecture & cityscapes – what inspires you to paint these subjects?A: I rarely ask myself what I’m looking for when choosing this or that subject. But once I am working I find that a sense of ideology reveals itself again and again, one that brushes over and blends all the many different details of a fractured world. My images are in fact based on the reality of this world because I use photography as a tool. The way a certain image is taken through the painting process, however, tends to bring out “the environment” of a setting. And it is this part of a landscape that interests me. Q: Do you paint your subjects in person, from memory or refer to a photograph? A: I began painting outdoors and on streets. This was exciting to be on location, having to stay focused amid the circulating distractions. Now as I find myself spending more and more time on each piece, I take photographs and piece them together to recreate what it was like to be standing in that spot, all while painting inside my studio. Q: How long have you been painting? How many pieces have you painted? Do you use other mediums besides watercolor? A: Though I have always enjoyed drawing with pencil, since my childhood even, I only began painting like I do now 15 years ago. Watercolor seemed like an extension of drawing. And now I am painting with oil, which for me has been the biggest step toward painting. [caption id="attachment_662" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Troubled Guest TA173A, wall mural hung in our office gallery by my coworker, Brittney and myself"][/caption] . Q: Which piece that you painted is your favorite and why? A: Well, because I don’t really think of my work as individual, virtuoso-like creations, and rather as threads in a big fabric, I find this question difficult. But if we look at “troubled guest” I see a good representation of all that interests me. It is a house, a very generic house, that has been taken over by streamers of toilet paper. It is a setting that has cultural undertones, but once removed, it has a serenity reminiscent of the Indian sub-continent or of warm-hearted laughter. Altogether, the environment surrounding the object reaches from paper edge to paper edge. [caption id="attachment_665" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Original on the left, digital print file on the right inversed in Prepress."][/caption] Q: Your latest works have included painting in inverse colors, how did you come up with this idea and is it difficult to paint in this mode? A: I stumbled upon this technique by looking at snapshot negatives as an alternative figure/ground composition. I found what I needed in the negative, which then served as the subject of a painting. Once the painting was completed I recorded it in my inventory like I do all my work. But I had a simple curiosity which was to observe the painting reversed back to its original color composition. It seemed full of possibilities because of the newness of layering watercolor upon an ink-black substrate, becoming lighter and lighter, instead of the convention of increased darkness. Is it difficult? Only when you think about what you’re doing. Hope you enjoyed getting to know one of our artists, stayed tuned for New Era Artists: volume 2!
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The rhythmic repetition of circles and ovals in candy colors suggest masses of flowers waiting to be admired by one and all. This is a fanciful composition that shows off Sean Jacobs' skill with shapes, colors and light.Number 2 on the list is Tall and Skinny by Judy Paul
The title aptly describes the form of the tree that is depicted and repeats itself in the actual dimensions of the tall and skinny canvas. Her trademark use of whimsical images, from birds to polka dots, has never been more captivating or humorous.The 3rd most popular is Late Summer's Expectation I by Sylvia Angeli
Here, Nature has a hard time letting go of the brilliant blues and greens of summer. But the promise of autumn's fiery reds and golden yellows will not be denied.Number 4 is New Years Day by Jon Eric Narum
The brilliant blues and pinks of the sunrise, along with the wide open expanses of the horizon, speak of new beginnings and opportunities.Number 5 is Landscape Abstraction by Sylvia Angeli
The richness of the colors suggests a densely woven tapestry that will make a bold statement in any room of your home or office.Coming soon, will be more interesting statistics from from analyzing our web stats. Hope this helps you gives your more ideas on selecting artwork. -Robin