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Friday, December 19, 2008

This is The Season

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Beautiful Fall/ Winter Day in NY © Nina Buesing

Things might be a little slow here for a while, because I am moving and I might be without 'internets' for a few days.
I am sad to move from this hood, but if all goes as hoped, we will be back in a year or so.
If you know me , you know I am only moving 16 blocks, but in NYC that can make all the difference. Many say I am moving to a 'better" situation, but I disagree: More convenient & bigger, yes. Better, I think not ;)

And before I sign off I wanted to say how happy I am that Aza & Katrin's movies, "Momma's Man" & "The Edge of Heaven", were listed as two of the 10 best movies of 2008 by Entertainement Weekly's Owen Gleiberman! Congrats, well deserved. I am elated!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Upcoming: Explosure - Tierney Gearon

I greatly admire the work of artist Tierney Gearon.
"Explosure" is the title of Tierney Gearon's new show that will open January 6, 2009 at Phillips de Pury & Company in London.

If you are in London and you see the show let me know what you think. This is a stylistic departure for Tierney and I am curious to hear people's opinion. I love that she is breaking new ground. It seems it is something that artists are not always encouraged to do.
I am also interested in seeing more of this work, because I have been exploring similar ideas in my "Chronicle" series.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sasha, Rona & A Raccoon


Raccoon ©Rona Chang

My friend & Nymphoto cohort Rona is now selling very affordable prints from her "Breathing In" series. One of my favorite pairings from the series is the one above. I heart the raccoon & the colors of the tropical flora. This image has the quirkiness of Wes Anderson but with a feminine twist. You can purchase prints online via www.plumandlion.bigcartel.com or you can see and buy the prints in person at Sasha Wolf Gallery. Sasha by the way now also offers portfolio reviews. If you are interested please see the gallery's website for more information: www.sashawolf.com

PS: Somewhat confused about how to spell 'Rac(c)oon' for years I have spelled it with one 'c' , but Wikipedia and spellcheck suggest spelling 'Rac(c)oon' with two 'c's.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amy Ross Holiday Card


© Amy Ross

If you are like me and the budget is tight right now, you will be glad to know that Amy Ross will send you a free holiday card depicting one of her lovely works -- if you are one of the first 90 people to email her your address.
Find out more on Amy's blog: www.naturemorph.typepad.com

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Conversation with Julianna Swaney


Mittens © Julianna Swaney

Today I am delighted to present an interview with American artist Julianna Swaney. I don't remember exactly how I found out about Julianna's work, but I know I first saw her work somewhere on the net. I have been captivated by and following Julianna's work ever since. Julianna is incredibly productive and continuously surprises with new whimsical drawings and prints.



Reading Wolves © Julianna Swaney


Nina Corvallo: Tell us about yourself.

Julianna Swaney: Well, right now I'm 26 years old, I live in Portland Oregon in an apartment I share with my roommate Rebecca, also an artist. I went to art school in Maine and I'm originally from Michigan.



Foxhat © Julianna Swaney


NC: How did you discover art?

JS: I guess that would be hard to say, I feel like I've been drawing and making things my whole life. I had kind of hippy parents and I didn't go to real school until 9th grade so I was free to pursue whatever I wanted. I was obsessed with fairytales, animals and art, and I feel like making things was just a natural way to connect with and express that.



Tell Me Something About Oceans, Central Park March 6 1890 & Moths © Julianna Swaney


NC: Where do you find inspiration?

JS: From bits and pieces of all the things I'm interested in; animals, fairy tales, antique postcards, old folk songs, Victorian anything, science and other artists.



Mossy Bear © Julianna Swaney


NC: You are part of a generation of artists who are selling & getting the word out about their work traditionally and in new ways. Could you talk about that experience and also, what would be your dream venue for exhibiting your work?

JS: For me it's been wonderful, I honestly don't know where I would be without the internet to show my work. I'm quiet person and not so good about approaching people so it's wonderful that I can just put my work out there and make connections with people. I'm pretty traditional at far as showing my work, I like showing in galleries, but someday I'd love to do installation work. I only have vague ideas about that right now.



Beehive Bears © Julianna Swaney


NC: What's next?

JS: I'm really excited because I got into the 2009 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. I went to school there so it feels good to be recognized like that and to know so many people I knew from Maine will be able to see what I'm up to now.

NC: Thank you so much!

To find out more about & see more of Julianna Swaney's work , please visit: www.ohmycavalier.com. The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial opens April 8, 2009 in Portland, Maine.