Here are a few pictures from two show openings in February.  One was at the Mint Gallery: The Ladykiller and Maneater Show, the other was at the WonderRoot Center: Femme Fatale/Film Noir.  Forgive me for the crappy quality of the photos, I only had my bad camera on me!  My favorite part is seeing everyone's different interpretations of a theme and every artist's different style.
I recently saw this artist's work in the Tokyo Life book.  The art is quirky and at the same time questioning.  I loved the soap opera photos, they will make you laugh and also be stunned with the small details in the photo that make it successful.  Here is the artist's website:

Tomoaki Makino

For years I have been a fan of Solis' work and projects.  It is able to show the most stunning and beautiful in the most decrepit and decayed.  It is things like this that still make my heart skip a beat.  I know it is weird, but I feel as if this work also pushes boundaries.  What is art now?  How are the lines between fine art and seemingly un-classical, perhaps low-brow to some blurring?  This work inspires me to push myself to continue to create my own.  Without any regard to wanting to sell, make profiit, I think it is projects like these that  become the most successful.  They make us think beyond the piece and observe the world around us.  A lot of work in the past was a manifestation of beautiful ideals we yearned for, now a movement more focused on showing what is going on in the conditions and times that we live in.  Subject matter that shows the reality and inevitability of destruction and decay.  Our past leading to the now present, and how will our future be.  A lot of my artist colleagues and friends' work deals with a huge spectrum within these matters.  Roles of men/women, sexual desires, chaos, loneliness, the human condition, these are all being dealt with in such unique and sometimes vague imagery. 


Speaking of wonderful things: April 10th is Kelly Mckernan's Solo show at Beep Beep Gallery, so if you are in the ATL area, mark your calenders!
Julia Solis
Kelly Mckernan

Check out this postcard project and Flocking101's artwork!  I have the one about Old Royalty in Siam/and Thailand.  I first got acquainted with Flocking101's work from a previous worldwide postcard exchange we did last summer.  

By Maz Dixon
Currently working on the 7th painting in my series!  But I do have time to share some great things:

 I’m really loving this site:

All of the artists are boundary pushers and their work really speaks to me.  Most are NSFW!!!

Some of my favorite artists are Justine Lai, Roberto Mola, Noumeda, Chris RWK
Tonight I noticed the differences between a 1998 and a 2009 penny.  I thought, “Who designed this!!” Wait a minute, is Lincoln looking pretty hot, almost resembling JFK Jr?  What’s with those buff arms?  Is he reading sitting on a log?  WTF is going on!  Looks like I was not the only one who is also baffled. 

“New Penny Designs Make No Cents,” (haha get it)
Speaking of Lincoln and other past presidents, look up Justine Lai’s, “Join or Die,” series, I won’t post the link as it is definitely NSFW and quite wonderfully obscene.
I leave you now with a link to this , and inspiration in my new piece!

Now watching:  Eric Leiser’s “Imagination.” (really liking this film).

Looking at: David Kesting

Pictures of me when I was a kid: using for inspiration on my new pieces

The Penny!!!