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The Individual Artist and the Collective Concept of Freedom

There are five lessons here from Kandinsky - I will just comment on one today. "Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Artmaking, he insisted, was about freedom. Nevertheless, there are several lessons that artists should heed if they are to meet Kandinsky’s requirements. We start with...
Searching for Life's Tiny Treasures by Christine Alfery
Watercolor on paper, 30x40

Tightrope

When I begin working in the visual space of abstraction where imaginaries and concepts are floating around, I attempt to create a visual space where my free will makes choices as to what I want to see and what I want others to see. That is where my training comes...
Trip To The Beach by Christine Alfery
Mixed water media on paper, 20x60

Does Art Matter Any More?

The foundations I have and that I work with when I create a work of art are always challenging me. For example the notion of all art being subjective - as an expressionist I used to live an die by that notion, but lately I have noticed that the foundations...
“Best Of Show”  Manito Art League – Manitowish Waters, WI

Scott Stullen from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota judged my work "Summer Grasses" as Best Of Show.  He stated that, “Christine Alfery's piece "Summer Grasses" is an expressive take on the traditional still life/landscape painting motif.  Bright circles of color dance within deep black scrawls, while black and white stripes dart between drippy white washes.  The aggressive marks create dense pockets of activity and then die out into the white void.  The painting easily slips between abstraction and representation and then back, revealing new depths with each visit.  The evidence of the artist's hand is present throughout the piece, from frantic gestures to long finger swipes through the background.  The personal scale of the piece creates a one-to-one relationship with the viewer, confronting you as you stand before it.  I felt compelled to trace the artist's hand, retracing the record of activity.  The overall painting mixes a formal grace with direct application of the materials to create stunning and mature work.  "Summer Grasses" is my choice for Best in Show for tackling a traditional subject and imbuing it with a skillfully executed and fresh perspective.

Summer Grasses

“Best Of Show” Manito Art League – Manitowish Waters, WI. Scott Stullen from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota judged my work "Summer Grasses" as Best Of Show. He stated that, “Christine Alfery's piece "Summer Grasses" is an expressive take on the traditional still life/landscape painting motif. Bright circles...
Ripples In The Water On A Sunny Day by Christine Alfery
Acrylic on paper, 10x10

Creative Muse-ings

wonderfully sun wonderfully sun opening the sky fogs shadow softly is no more   What is is that drives a creative person? Why is it I don't stop, imagining, making, creating no matter what? This blog will be about what drives me as an artist to create, why I can't...
Hallelujah Mountains by Christine Alfery
Watermedia on canvas, 48x60

Blog Statement

This blog is intended to be inspirational, it is also intended to make one think about art in the 21st century and to point out how we know and understand art is changing. Hopefully it will stimulate current thinking about the arts, and at the same time be inspirational. In...