Padrick Bentley-Beautiful, Jarring Glitch Art

The other day I was surfing online and I came across the artist Padrick Bentley. I was looking through his more traditional contemporary paintings, if you can call them traditional at all, and loved his bold use of color and vivid movement and texture in his pieces. Then I came across his”glitch art” and was even more impressed. Take a look!

More Finished #Collage #Art!

 

An eclectic mix of different things. The first is a small acrylic painting. I’m fond of this one. The second is a set, which is acrylic and collage with both paper and tissue paper. The third is a mixed media collage; I was trying to draw out whimsy, which is really hard for me. The fourth is a paper collage with acrylic paint as a background and as accent. I’m partial to this one too. The fifth is crazy piece I was trying to convey anger and frustration. Fortunately, a fair amount of sadness comes through, which makes it even more haunting.

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A Community Mural Festival in NYC: Highlights From Welling Court 2015

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C. Cardinale (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Baltimore Students Team Up For #BlackLivesMatter Street Art Takeover

Animated GIF of pulsating ‘Black Lives Matter’. Credit to Beyon at http://www.beyon.org/
For me, Black Lives Matter — way before it became this social media movement, before it became a hashtag — it’s always been a part of my work. We’ve been saying these things for years about … mistreatment and injustices.” artist Sheldon Scott

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‘The Sketchbook Project’ Takes Readers Around The World In Doodles

“When the Sketchbook Project first started, we never imagined where it would take us. We now have a place where anyone is accepted, and a community is created along the way.” Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker write in an introduction to their new book, aptly titled The Sketchbook Project World Tour, published by Princeton Architectural Press

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Four Recently Completed #MixedMedia #Paintings

We love the Marx Brothers and Groucho is Stan’s favorite of the bunch. This painting is modeled after a book cover. I played up the art deco elements, because we so love that style. I imagine at some point I’ll make one of Harpo. I just think he is grand!

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Local Poetry Events-Tonight And Next Wednesday

7th annual Young Writers Night
Just a reminder that Pat O’Brien will have her 7th annual Young Writers Night tonight Thursday, April 2nd at 6 PM at Mel Flanagan’s Irish Pub and Cafe‘ at 50 North Main St in Rochester. We’ll be meeting on the Cafe’ side of Mel’s.  After the young writers have a chance to dazzle us with their stories and poetry an open mic will follow. Come out and support the event; it is always a feast for the heart and mind.
National Poetry Month-Features, Lindsey Coombs, Kyle Leach, David McNicholas and Lauren Vermette

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Losing Myself By Kyle Leach

I was inspired to write this poem because of the controversy surrounding Russel Tovey’s “effeminate” remarks. The photo above is of my my brother and myself. I’m on the left, he is on the right. It shows a time when my mischievous nature was revealed and my brother’s wild happiness comes through. It’s one of my favorite photos of the two of us. Though the poem isn’t about us, it is about me losing a part of myself,  it is taken from this time when I was still that sissy boy in the photo.

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Mixed Media Tile Paintings-A Plug For Artstream’s Mixed Media Course

I had a blast making these mixed media tile paintings. I haven’t worked with mixed media very often, but it is becoming one of my favorite ways of expressing myself now. I am learning more about how to use the layering techniques and various mediums and what to add when to compliment different sections of the layers as they go on. It’s sometimes complicated and often thrilling.

I’m just about to start an online mixed media course taught by Susan Schwake from Artstream in Dover. It’s an online class meant for all skill levels. Susan is the perfect teacher whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist or someone who wants to dabble a bit. She is really interested in helping you find what makes you happy when you express yourself in art and tries to give you the tools you will need to get to where you would like to go. I highly recommend her online courses.

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Landscape Progression

This is another piece that came from the art class I was taking. This exercise was a lot of fun. It gets you out of your head. Where you start isn’t where you have to end. You can see in the beginning my mind was looking for movement and curled shapes. The under painting colors of blue and red are horrible, but they come through beautifully in the finished piece as subtle flourishes. You can see as I pull things together I get rid of some of the visual noise in the lower portion and let the focus be the curled limbs of the tree.

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