Painting

A famous painting has been hanging upside down for 77 years

At least one art critic thinks it looks better that way. The piece is by abstractionist painter Piet Mondrian. It is unfinished and unsigned. I have actually put arrows with directions on my work to avoid this very problem. Maybe Mondrian just wanted to confuse people. I wonder if he would care. Would you be upset if someone displayed your art differently than what was intended? “It’s now part of the work’s story.”

Artists · History · Visual Art

DailyArt Smartphone and Tablet App

top of DailyArt About screen, Android version 2.8.1
top of DailyArt About screen, Android version 2.8.1, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

Note: This is not a sponsored post, nor have I or anyone else associated with Path with Art have received any compensation for this. With that being said, please enjoy the following!

To those of you who have regular access to smartphones or tablets, have you ever downloaded any apps on a whim? I can’t even remember why I had visited the Google Play store to begin with, but I had downloaded an app a couple of weeks ago that might be of interest to you. This app is DailyArt.

DailyArt daily entry for "Black Cat on a Chair" by Andrew L. von Wittkamp
an example of a daily entry for DailyArt, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

The app’s name is an apt description of its function: each day, DailyArt shares a piece of artwork with its userbase, providing history and other relevant information about the work. The curators of the app aim to have a broader focus than just sharing well-known pieces by well-known artists, as they understand that if they were to dip into that pool only, then the works of many female artists and non-Western artists would go ignored. You can set the app to notify you once a day about new artwork, if you desire.

DailyArt Archive screen, Android version 2.8.1
DailyArt Archive screen, screenshot taken by Angela Michaelina

DailyArt has both a free and pro model, the pro model costing a one-time fee of $5.29. While the pro model removes ads (which are banner ads displayed at the bottom of the screen), grants you access to all archived entries, and allows you to favorite entries, the free model serves the app’s purpose adequately.

I share this information with you because I truly believe that many of you would find this app interesting. I regularly visit some servers on Discord (a chat application), and on one of these servers is a channel for discussing arts and crafts.

On another whim (which my life seems to consist a regular stream of these), I decided to share screenshots of the DailyArt entries in this channel. For a while, I assumed that nobody was paying much attention to these posts. But after a couple of weeks, another user mentioned how much she appreciated what I was sharing. Other channel visitors agreed with her.

Despite my experience with DailyArt being quite short, this app has been in existence for over ten years. Some of the daily entries I have seen this past week mention that there is a new version in development. I am not sure what this will entail and bring.

DailyArt can be downloaded from here for Android and iOS.

Mixed Media

Falling Leaves and Inchies

Whereas many people think of fall as time to discard and rake away liken fallen leaves, I am choosing this time to collect from the leaf pile. The leaves I am shedding are procrastination and self critique. In exchange, I am reconfirming my promise to make a mark daily with an art friend and to make creating art more accessible to me. I decided to start small.

Inchie Challenge Leaves

I wanted to start small so this was kismet. I make my art more consistently when I am involved in challenge. Then into my inbox, the “Inchie Challenge” arrived. The challenge is to slowly and mindfully draw/paint the day’s prompt on a small square of paper only 2″ x 2″!

The first day of Mindful Art Studio Inchie Challenge prompt was leaves. At first my brain stumbled. What could I do different about leaves? I looked at different examples on the Mindful Art Studio web site and discovered that some of the images that often intrigued me was when there was a pile of something. Ta Da I will draw a pile of leaves!

Want to get into a mindful state? Draw a pile of leaves. I started drawing very small, but detailed leaves on the bottom of the square. When I was deciding which leaf to draw, I wasn’t thinking of my overflowing inbox nor the dishes in the sink. My mind was completely focused on which type of leaf to draw, where to put the leaf and in what orientation. I enjoyed it so much that I had to do another one, and another one, etc.

When I started, I didn’t think I could come up with one representation of a leaf and I came up with four! It got me thinking of falling leaves and how many things that falling leaves can be a metaphor for. I thought it would be an intriguing prompt for the blog and presented it to the Ambassadors. I am looking forward to the writings, sounds and sights that this prompt evokes for you.

*Interested in the “Inchie Challenge”?
It is currently running from 9/6-9/16. You can start anytime during the challenge. If you didn’t get to join by 9/16, check out Mindful Art Studio’s weekly FREE slow drawing class.

Painting

Claude Monet’s The Church at Varengeville

Claude Monet’s painting The Church at Varengeville
Claude Monet’s The Church at Varengeville (1882)

The blazing Romanticism of this gold, green and purple visionary scene belies any misconception that Monet simply painted what he saw or was a relaxed celebrant of leisure. Even the morally fervent Victorian critic Ruskin might have been moved if he’d seen that medieval church glowing on its hilltop in the mystical sun. He would have seen this as a religious work, and perhaps it is. Monet steps out from behind his easel, to share deep emotions with us. He uses colour expressively, dives imaginatively into this spectacular piece of Normandy coastline where a deep gorge separates us from the church. Does that abyss symbolise a gulf between him and God, or between modern life and a simpler past? This is a sublime revelation of Monet’s inner turbulence.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Drawing

Pastel on paper

Sailing, or Sailboats in a Harbor, pastel on paper attached to a board, by artist Jonas Lie (1880-1940)

Titled Sailing, or Sailboats in a Harbor, this is a pastel on paper attached to a board by artist Jonas Lie, who lived from 1880 to 1940. I love using pastel. You can do a lot with the medium, as evidenced in this beautiful work by Mr. Lie. I encourage anyone to give pastels a try. I prefer the “wet” ones with oil rather than the dry.