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Change – Part 3 of 3

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes   Part 1 & Part 2 of this blog talked about the power of change in art.  The only thing constant in this world is change. Change is hard. ( Preface: Change   Change - Part 1 of 3   Change - Part 2 of 3 )...

Change – Part 2 of 3

Change is hard.    Throughout art history, change was rejected – the rules of “good art” were clear. With the birth of modern art the rules began to change, and as I argued in part one, today we value change in art. We seek change – it holds power over...

Change – Part 1 of 3

The only thing constant in this world is change.    In today’s art world, we value change – value is assigned to those who have a new idea: leaders of ever evolving art movements, those with an easily recognizable style different from all the others, the creation of a new...

Preface: Change

I was blogging about change when everything in the world suddenly changed.   I didn’t do it on purpose, I swear, but just as I finished my blogs on change . . . everything in the world began to change.  So much change, so much uncertainty, and all if it...
Mona Lisa Meme

Mona Lisa and Cake

I recently saw this meme on Facebook:    These two different Mona Lisa artworks highlight how we often think of the concept of art as a singularity – when really there are many levels of creation.    You can think of the levels of creation as a layered chocolate cake....
Sunny Date at the Beach by Christine Alfery

Seeking Freedom and Individuality

Two ideas inspire and challenge me to paint every day: freedom and individuality. If I can’t find these two ideas – in myself, in my hand, in the uniqueness of my work – then an artwork is not successful for me. What do I mean by freedom?  Freedom needs to...
Naked Indian Tree by Christine Alfery
Watermedia on paper, 12x12

Our Wills

Our wills are such  Strong powerful spirits  Within our souls.   Sometimes,  They feed us with Power And energy Sometimes they   Challenge Us   Sometimes  We should just let them  And allow the Aesthetics  In the beauty Of a Moment To take over   

Watercolor Magazine 11th Watermedia Showcase

Christine’s Migration was recently featured as a 2-page spread in Watercolor Artist Magazine April 2020 edition.  She was one of only nine artists featured in the 11th Annual Water Media Showcase.  Editor-in-Chief and author Anne Hevener noted: “The paintings receiving recognition exhibit not only a high level of technique and...
Hot Day by Christine Alfery

Giving Meaning to Composition

Legendary War photographer, Don McCullin, spoke to Artnet News about his landscape photographs, on view at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.  “I am a photographer, not an artist . . . I don't make art. I use composition, but it is not art." As an artist, I couldn't agree more. Composition...
Deep Sea Fishing by Christine Alfery
Watermedia on paper, 12x12

Contrasts from Costa Rica

I recently spent time fishing off the coast of Costa Rica.  From the boat, the rainforest looks like a dense, thick, impenetrable green.  When the land meets the vast never-ending openness of the sky and ocean, I was awe-struck at the immense contrast between the two.     Human existence is...
Yellow Trees Mountain Range by Christine Alfery
Acrylic on paper, 12x12

Constructing Semantics

I read a lot.  Especially academic papers. Why do I love to read densely worded long academic papers?  The words. I love to break down sentences and think about how loaded some words are. Academic papers are full of hidden political jargon that I find fascinating.  Academics really know how...
Sunny Day on the Beach by Christine Alfery
Watermedia on paper, 12x12

“This is My Collection”

In a recent interview for ArtNet News, the world famous actor Brad Pitt talked about his art collection.   “The word ‘collection’ kind of bothers me,” says Pitt, implying that it sounds too formal.  Nonetheless, the actor has amassed an impressive trove of works by artists such as Richard Serra, Marcel...