Have we Taken Art for Granted?

I pondered that question as I prepared some art and photography prints for a Winter Art/Craft show.  The internet has made finding art easier than ever, but do we slow down to enjoy it?  Do we take in the artist’s message, experience the emotion, enjoy the beauty?  I have a feeling we far too often quickly look at a picture and then move on to the next forgetting the images as soon as we get our visual kick for the moment.

I unfortunately do this too often.  I am primarily a digital artist and photographer, so most of my work is done on a computer screen.  After matting about 50 artworks this past week, I was shocked to see how much I enjoyed being able to hold my art in my hand and view it for several minutes.  Of course I’m not saying there is anything wrong with viewing art online.  I just think we could all benefit from slowing down a bit and enjoying the art.  Take in the beauty, bookmark what you really like and go back to it at a later time, buy art that is special to you, talk to the artist, etc.

Anyway, as I said earlier, all this came about when I was matting prints for the show.  This will be my first time selling art at an art/craft show, and I’m really excited, but a little nervous too.  I’ll post more about that later.  For now here is a picture of some of the work I’ve prepared.

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Green Sparkles – Photograph of the Day

This is one of those images that continues to grow on me.  I liked it from the beginning, but I recently printed it to take to a Holiday art/craft show this week, and after matting it, I realized I want it on my own wall!

I’ll post some of my work for the Holiday show, and I may make a video of our table. I’m excited.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Purchase this print here

Green sparkles -Peacock Photograph Print by Angela Murdock

 

Art – Clown Portrait

If I had to pick my favorite artwork I’ve done, I would probably choose this digital painting of a young lady dressed as a clown.  There is something I connect with , but I also just like clowns.  I always have.

What is she hiding behind all of that make-up? In my artwork clowns usually represent that awkwardness that so many of us sometimes feel; those moments were we feel like we don’t belong, or we want to hide behind a mask. Or maybe we desperately want that extra attention. Sometimes it doesn’t have to mean anything at all, and I just enjoy the bright colors.

Fine art prints of this artwork available here

Clown Girl Portrait - Angela Murdock

Goldfish – Digital Painting

I finished my digital painting of my two ryukin goldfish, Ellie and Fishopher Walken.  This was an artwork that I had pushed to the side for a long while, so it feels good to finally have it finished.  Now it can be added to my growing collection of animal portraits.  The hard part now is to make a decision on what I want to paint next.

Fine art prints of this artwork available here

Goldfish digital painting by Angela Murdock

 

Photograph of the Day – Dark Peacock Feather

I like the way the colors turned out for this photograph. I’d like to say I planned it that way, but this was an accident. Earlier I had set up a little place in my living room to do some macro photography with peacock feathers, but I had already finished the project. I started to clean up my area and as I moved things around, I just happened to notice the way the sun light from my door hit the feathers. A tiny shift in position and different lighting created a whole new dramatic look. I quickly pulled my tripod and camera back out and started my little photo shoot all over again. I ended up getting some of my favorite peacock feather images.

Fine art prints are available for this image here

Purple Peacock Feather Print by Angela Murdock

Photograph of the Day – Colorful Feather Strands

A peacock feather and its strands making a colorful design perfect for peacock decor.

Prints available here

Peacock Photograph Print by Angela Murdock