As Memorial Day rapidly approaches the onset of planning travel excursions and summer retreats shifts into high gear; most of which summon us to watery locales. Whether it’s the ocean, a lake, river or a babbling brook, there is something so undeniably irresistible about the sites, sounds and smells of the waterways that keep us fleeing to their side.
I realized this week, as I stood next to this realistic piece of aquatic artwork in my client’s home, that it is not only the actuality of water that is alluring, but even the lifelike creation of watery images that induce a feeling of calm.
It’s the masterful hand of the artist, the color palette, composition and scale that brings the sea to life with precision.
Every day is a beach day when you add the imagery of shorelines dotted with perky umbrellas and beach goers frolicking in the water and basking in rays of glorious sunshine. Fine art photographer, Judith Gigliotti captures the spirit beautifully. Through her lens, these subjects take on an epic quality to the liking of a dream; you can hear the song of seagulls and the laughter of children. Her painterly photography reveals more than just the natural world; her images seem to reveal something about all of us.
Have helicopter, will travel! Globetrotting for unusual beauty; I’d say this is the ultimate dream job, wouldn’t you? A jet setting lifestyle makes every day a getaway for marketer, turned photographer, Gray Malin.
“Shooting from doorless helicopters; from above, a simple beach or pool becomes a blank canvas that allows me to start seeing the world as art. People and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss.”
Just add water to these sassy ladies and their vibrancy reigns supreme. The lifelike depiction of Nina Nolte’s The Best is Yet to Come will have you grabbing a colorful head wrap and a cocktail and joining these lively ladies. Her Pool Paintings prompt fleeting childhood memories of chattering teeth and raisin fingers perpetrated by endless hours romping in the swimming pool. Nina’s playful acrylic paintings are depicted in rich and sumptuous colors, and the infinitesimal details expose her characters and settings to a lifelike scenario that happily jump off the canvas.
My watery collection wouldn’t be complete without the hyper-realistic artist, Eric Zener. The darker, saturated color palette and tone of Eric’s paintings evoke a more serious demeanor, whereas Nina’s conjure a more playful vibe.
Zenner’s muse for his paintings, wife Julie, who at one time was a competitive swimmer. Zenner’s philosophy on water is one we can all all relate to… “I believe there is a universal connection to water and a collective desire for renewal and joy. Regardless of who you are or where you come from we all feel a great sense of ‘transformation’ from the world above when we are submerged in the blue water of a pool or the boundless space of the sea. There is something archetypal about the cleansing effect of water and the sense of nostalgia of our youth when we remove ourselves from daily life and slip away.” It’s always enlightening to capture an artist in their element; step inside the artist’s studio with My Modern Met.
Are you mesmerized? Have you found a sense of calm? I actually found myself holding my breath as I enjoyed these underwater paintings. I love how Zenner captures the air bubbles.
Living on a Malibu Beach with a 360 degree view of the water isn’t enough for Courtney Cox. She brought the crowded, sandy beach indoors with this seaside photograph captured by photographer Massimo Vitali.
Beautiful blue skies, warm weather and a white cloud of sand taking over a Coney Island Beach; this is the modern vintage photography of Minagraphy. These large scale prints on canvas are incredibly affordable. Remember last week’s blog; quality matting and framing elevates the value of the artwork it encapsulates. This is a perfect example of high/low design.
On days when you don’t feel like packing up the car, or sitting in hours of traffic and dragging everything onto the beach, you can sit comfortably in your home and enjoy a stress free, sand free, calm day by the water within your art. Will you be adding water to your home?