Artwork of the Day: Samantha Keely Smith

Vessel by Samantha Keely Smith.  Source

Vessel by Samantha Keely Smith. Source

Samantha Keely Smith is a British-born, New York based artist.

Smith’s artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. She attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect.

(From Smith’s artist statement)

Her website can be found here.

Artwork of the Day: Mary Cassatt

Today is Mary Cassatt’s birthday.  Here’s a painting by her:

Two Women Seated by a Woodland Stream by Mary Cassatt.  Source

Two Women Seated by a Woodland Stream by Mary Cassatt.  Source

 

While respecting the fact that she was one of the leading female impressionists and one of the few women artists most people can recognize, I have to admit that I’m a bit bored by Cassatt’s endless mothers-and-babies subject matter.  She painted her world, but what a narrow world it was, with motherhood being the only possible career for so many women.

Artwork of the Day: Sue McDougall

Solent Saturday by Sue McDougall

I liked the unusual composition and meditative colors of this piece by Sue McDougall.

Sue also writes about women artists. Click here to visit her blog.

Artwork of the Day: Louise Weinberg

Still Life with Apples by Louise Weinberg.  Source

Still Life with Apples by Louise Weinberg.  Source

I like the delicate lines and almost ghostly color palette.

Also like this reaction from one of my followers:

Louise Weinberg has a site here. Do have a look at her other works.

The arts funding saga continues

Self-Portrait by Welsh artist Gwen Johns.  Source

Self-Portrait by Welsh artist Gwen John. Source

The saga of Maria Miller and her plans to gut funding for the arts in the UK continues.  Today brings us this piece by John Kampfner in the Guardian:  ‘The economics of the government’s approach makes no sense’.

An informal poll of my Twitter followers last night suggests that nobody wants these budget cuts.

When civilizations collapse, who is the first to be sacrificed?  The poor, sick and disabled or the artists?

This comment from commenter Frances Smith resonated with me:

Since the protestant work ethic took hold, just as the uk stopped believing in god, people have got very puritanical. No one is allowed to have fun, unless they have worked very hard to get rich, including being born into the right family, which is harder work than you think.

So this miserablist view of the world, as the new feudalism takes hold, doesn’t believe that people should enjoy themselves through arts, no we should all be miserable, and work all day in poundland, and make sure our blinds are up in the morning so the neighbours won’t think we are scroungers.