Guess what this is #2 – solution

Guess what this is?
             Guess what this is?

My first installment of “Guess what this is?” proved so popular, I’ve brought it back for another round.   Can you identify this mystery object?

What a complex picture, with its swirly blue lines and interesting red globs.  What could it be?

Here’s the solution:

It’s a cross-section of skin cells.

They don’t explain what the red globs are, though:  brewing zits?

Anyway, wasn’t the visual pattern neat?

Thanks everyone for contributing.   Let’s play another round of  “Guess What This Is?”  soon.

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Art question of the day: “Where’s YOUR paintings, M?”

Imagine that you and I are lounging around in my front room, on a comfy imaginary suede sofa and finishing off a bottle of dry white wine.   Imagine that it’s some other season than the dead of winter, or we would be huddled in misery over an electric underblanket rather than lounging.

My imaginary couch

My imaginary couch, though it would be a lighter color and not have Coco Chanel draped all over it

After looking around at all the half-finished paintings on my walls, you might ask me:

“M., your dedication to Clyfford Still borders on obsession and you blog about other artists, your balcony, and people’s handwriting.  But you’re an artist, and this is supposed to be  your art blog.  Right?  So where’s your art? Don’t tell us your portfolio at http://www.exiledstar.com, because there’s only like 4 pictures in it.  Where are all the rest?”

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Guess what this is? Round #2

Guess what this is?

Guess what this is?

My first installment of “Guess what this is?” proved so popular, I’ve brought it back for another round.   Can you identify this mystery object?

What a complex picture, with its swirly blue lines and interesting red globs.  What could it be?

If you think you know, tell me in the comments box below!   The solution will be posted tomorrow.

Interesting Texture of the Day: Icy Lake

This photo was taken my my Twitter pal Philip Wilson while out discovering America.  It reminds me of alligator scales.  Actually, it’s a frozen lake.

For more visually stimulating goodness, check out the pinboard I made for him on Pinterest.

Source: instagr.am via M.K. on Pinterest

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Lyrical Abstraction of the Day: Arlene Isbister

Painting by Arlene Isbister

Painting by Arlene Isbister. Photo: Richard Jobson

 

This painting, whose title I don’t know,  is by Arlene Isbister, an artist from the Orkney Islands in Scotland.   I wanted to know more about her,  but despite much Googling, I could not find any other photos of her work, except these:

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Art Travel Quote of the Day: Intolerable beauty by Silvia Baker

The bright green weeds, trailing olive roots in the turquoise-blue water, made a pattern like a Japanese brocade.  I gaze and gaze, and feel troubled by this intolerable beauty.  It seems to make demands on me.

– Silvia Baker, Alone and Loitering: Pages from a Artist’s Travel Diary(1938-1944)

Nightfall on Wular Lake, by Col. H.H. Hart

Nightfall on Wular Lake, by Col. H.H. Hart

Baker was describing Wular Lake in Kashmir, India.  You can find more vintage artist renderings of the lake here.

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Art quote of the day: Flaming Life by Clyfford Still

Like Belmonte weaving the pattern of his being by twisting the powerful bulls around him, I seem to achieve a comparable ecstasy in bringing forth the flaming life through these large areas of canvas. And as the blues or reds or blacks leap and quiver in their tenuous ambience or rise in austere thrusts to carry their power infinitely beyond the bounds of the limiting field, I move with them and find a resurrection from the moribund oppressions that held me only hours ago. 

— Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still 1949 no. 1
Clyfford Still, 1949 No. 1 (PH-385), 1949