Fishman Painting


This is a 16×20 painting inspired by my digital drawing: Fishman. I focused mainly on color and texture to make this eerie scene.

Taking art classes has developed a habit of making art almost every day.

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Laurie Hogin


26/5/12 – Pink Skull Monkey, 2004

I continued to read the Cute & Creepy catalogue from the Florida State University: Museum of Fine Arts. The catalogue also mentions an artist known as Laurie Hogin and Carrie Baade also highlights the bold and vibrant creature within the middle of the image, which contrasts with the skull on the left hand side.

Baade argues that the bright pink creature and the skull become a “deathly kitsch”, which also questions capitalism and commercialisation within the contemporary culture. One could argue that the creature’s lively gestures and the skull’s animated grin creates a very dynamic juxtaposition, which allows the viewer’s gaze to gravitate from one subject to the other.

According to the Cute & Creepy website, Laurie Hogin emphasises the use of colour in her work, which are evident within mass production and the consumer culture.  One could argue that products such as Barbie…

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Secret paintings

Joy Lise

Here are two paintings I haven’t shared with the world. Both started as self portraits, neither finished looking like me…such is my style. Nothing ever ends up the way I intend it… Both are acrylic 18×24. neither one has a name yet, not sure if they’re finished, they won’t talk to me…lol


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The Optimism of Color

I made this 12×24″ mixed media painting during  an art residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

About the Optimism of Color Blog

For 365 days, I am posting a photo or piece of art that I have created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color. Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art after a near death experience.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

All photos © Linda Joyce Ott, 2012
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