Art Feature-Gerald Lopez

 

Art Feature-Gerald Lopez

Name: Gerald Lopez
City/State: Corpus Christi, TX
Email:geraldjl@hotmail.com
Website: geraldlopezart.com

Bio: Gerald Lopez is currently an art instructor at Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. He also serves on the board of directors and exhibition committee of K Space Contemporary, a non-profit art gallery that presents and promotes contemporary art to the Coastal Bend region of South Texas. Gerald received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a MFA from the University of Delaware.
He has participated in many group exhibitions throughout the United States and his work can be found in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Gerald Lopez was my Design Instructor last year at Del Mar College and I learned a lot in his class. He gave us creative freedom to work on the assignments and was extremely helpful when I ran into an issue. He was there to offer guidance and give us the foundation of the elements of art but allowed each of us to create art in a personal way. I really enjoyed his class.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

Well, right now I am mainly looking at Renaissance art and artists. Not really a specific one but I am looking at a number of artists to get an idea of their use of structure, pespective, elements and themes.

What types of art do you prefer?

I enjoy all types of art from Ancient to Renaissance/Baroque to Modern and Contemporary Art. Teaching art I must say, has really broadened my horizons to many different types of art that I never considered as a student and that has opened up alot of doors to new ideas.

When did you start going public with your art?

I think I started trying to get my art public all the way back in my undergraduate student days at TAMUCC.

How would you describe your style?

Pour in some Renaissance and then add a bit of Pop Art with a twist of Surrealism and DADA. Shaken not stirred.

What is your approach to design?

I think my approach to design is alot like many other artists and non-artists for that matter. It’s an inate feeling of what seems to work and what dosen’t. Like trying to arrange furniture in a bare room for example. You move the furniture, plants, artwork and etc. around and around until you like what you see. In art you move color, line, shape etc. in the same manor. Design first and foremost has to satisfy the artist’s taste and hopefully that arrangment of elements and theme attracts other viewers in a positive way as well.

That is an interesting analogy you used, because when I am working on something, it is very much like moving furniture around, arrangement and placement is very important.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I seldom venture into the business side of designing if ever. I try to stay on the art side of things as much as possible. I guess that bridge is still under construction.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Stay humble, be yourself and have fun. Art is filled with alot of ups and downs. I believe the trick is to not be too full of yourself during the ups and not get too discouraged during the downs. Stay steady and do what what you enjoy doing even when trends in art are heading the opposite direction. It’s a difficult road to travel to be sure, but in the end what’s the point of making art if you’re not having fun creating it? When art is fun it can be one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.

I have to agree with you on that.

Can you describe your workspace?

I would describe my workspace as a little cramped but cozy. I have a desk where I work with enough room to create small to fairly large sized drawings, so the space is not a real big issue right now. Although a little more room never hurts. Recently however, I have had the opportunity to create a large scale mural downtown at Lizardoz Sub Pub on Chaparral which was alot of fun.

Can you describe your creative process?

I think the word “collage” best describes my creative process. I start by taking photos of many different people, places and things and then try to put them together in a drawing to form a cohesive narrative. My focus as of late have been themes of Corpus Christi. Though I do add a surreal twist to the stories.

What are some resources that you have found helpful to you as an artist that you would recommend to other artists?

Although there are numerous sources I have looked at for art and artists, the two most frequently used by myself are: Glasstire and Facebook. Glasstire is a good resource for finding out what is happening around Texas specifically and through facebook I can see what my art friends are up to and I can see what is happening around the world.

Can you tell us of any upcoming shows/exhibits for your work?

I will be in an exhibition called “Go West this Fall” which will feature artworks from Texas and French artists. It will be at the UNESCO Center in Paris, France, on Sept. 19 – 30, and at the Williams Tower Gallery in Houston on Oct. 27 – Nov. 25.

http://www.gowest-francetexas.com

Go West this Fall

Well thank you again for taking this time to talk to me about your art.

Here is a preview of some of his art pieces. You can view his work at this website.

Website: go to geraldlopezart

I LOVE-Paintings I Love website

Paintings I love – Brigitte Cadena

Sure it’s a play on words but I just couldn’t resist.

This is a website that is FOR the Artist. I stumbled onto this site this summer and had it in my mind I would give it a try. This site is for the artists to showcase their paintings and get feedback on their work.

I was seriously wanting to get some feedback on some of my latest work in painting and this is the best place I have found so far.

Michelangelo was adament in his time that he considered himself first a sculptor before he was a painter. According to Art History he never wanted the commission of the Sistine Chapel but the Pope insisted that he do this job or risk future jobs he was negotiating.

You see, I love all art. I really do and when I set out to try a new medium or technique-I just dive right in-no life saver vest or anything. However, I have been doing photography for so many years, it comes so naturally for me, I don’t even think twice when I have my camera in my hand, I click away.

As far as drawing and painting, I taught myself to draw through much trial and error back in 2008. When I first started drawing I really believed I was only capable of drawing little stick figures. As I continued on with this I got better and better. Charcoal is a favorite of mine, I love working with the different tones and values that charcoal as messy as it is allows. Painting is much more new to me than drawing and taking pictures. So yes I wanted to see what others, artists like myself thought about my work. And I found this great website:
Paintings I love – Brigitte Cadena that offers me just what I needed.

If you are an artist and you want to get some good constructive feedback for your work or new pieces, this is the place to join. The people are friendly and encouraging and you will be among some wonderful talented artists from all over the world.

Art Feature of the Week-Angela Schwengler

Artist: Angela Schwengler
Website: http://amsfineart.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/amsfineart

“I specialize in portraiture and figurative artwork. Although I create art in many mediums, I am concentrating on utilizing oil painting, sculpture & drawing to unravel my artistic vision of exploring the universal feelings about the ups and downs of life.

Currently, I am immersed in the art scene in Corpus Christi and I teach privately and in small classroom settings.

The themes of my personal work are about the interconnectedness of the human experience and the mystery in all things. The life I live in is part of a grand illusion and the people around me reflect parts of me and my beliefs. I explore this connection through the portraits and figures of others.

Otherwise, I create art out of pure study and pleasure.”

When did you first discover your creative talents?

Angela: I think I did when everyone really does, but I was not cognizant of it at the time. I just did what I knew was fun. I was still in diapers and I could hardly read, but I drew all the time when I was a toddler. I see art as a way of seeing – a skill that someone can develop overtime through observation. I think that everyone is made to create, but my artistic abilities just developed the more I practiced.

Could you tell us about some of your work?

Angela:My goal in my art is to show the beauty in all things, ultimately. Whether I create art based on celebrity or my own ideas of self, I want people to be able to see the beauty in them. I have a series coming up of imperfection to highlight that we are perfect just as we are and that our imperfections are part of what makes us beautiful. So often, in our society, we “erase” or disguise our imperfections, but we need to be able to be at ease with them because they are part of us. I also like to see art as therapy for myself and for the viewers in this way. I have a series of portraits that I am going to be continuing in which I send silent/visual messages to the subjects based on how I hope that their lives will improve. The color for the background has a meaning for them as well as the
title of the piece.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Angela: Motivation and inspiration comes from within. Whenever I find myself becoming lazy about creating art, I remind myself of how much more at ease I feel when I am creating on a consistent basis. It is what I am made to do and if I am not doing it, I don’t feel productive which can lead to depression for myself. I look at how amazingly positive I feel when I am creating and that inspires me to keep doing it. Sharing it with others also gives me inspiration because they get excited about it and that energy transfers over to me. I get joy from knowing that my art can inspire others, and knowing this inspires me.

WHO is your favorite artist?

Angela: Currently, I love The Gryllus. They are a husband and wife team of painters. I love their technique and their subject matter. Their art resonates with me on a deep level. Alyssa Monks, Adam Beane, Ron Mueck, Tim Bruckner, Jamie Salmon are all other contemporary artists that I absolutely love and look to at times where I feel that I need to motivate myself even more. I also love John Singer Sargeant, Anders Zorn, Caravaggio, Bernini, Michelangelo and Rodin. It is VERY hard to pick a favorite. I’d say if I had to pick two, it would probably be Jamie Salmon and The Gryllus.

WHAT types of art do you prefer. Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?

Angela: I prefer to sculpt and paint. Sculpture is my passion. I paint because I like to and it is fast for me. I currently have art hanging in the Janet F. Harte Library in Flour Bluff. I’m entering juried exhibitions, but I don’t know if I’ve gotten in yet or not.

What are you currently working on? How is this different from past
projects?

Angela: I’m currently working on things I want to do just for fun. They are a break from my past projects because I don’t necessarily have anything in mind. I just finished painting a series of spiritual leaders, so I wanted to take a break from a theme and just work on things which are fun to do. I just finished a digital vector drawing of Robert Downey Jr, and I’m sculpting a mascot. Soon, I plan to be working on those other, more personal ideas.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Angela: I hope that my audience sees the beauty in what they are looking at. I hope that it opens their eyes a little bit and that they can perceive something in a different light than they had seen it before. This is especially true for the self portrait and imperfection series I am doing.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Angela: That it doesn’t matter where you live or how big the space is, create anyway. You are an artist and have to create, you don’t have a choice, so don’t make yourself suffer through excuses of why you “can’t.” Also, that if you continue to do what you love, great things will happen.

Tell me about your work space and your creative process.

Angela: I have a small studio in my home where my easel is always set up and my table for my sculpture always has tools laid out. When I am sculpting, I like to carry it around the house because I don’t feel like I have to be confined to my space – which might sound silly. When I am painting, I feel like I need to be alone to focus. When I am sculpting, I could be watching a movie or doing something else while I sculpt. I sometimes start out with a sketch, but mostly, I will take pictures of what I envision, then sketch it on the canvas, or just start building up the clay. There is no real method to my madness other than to keep looking at what I am doing as a puzzle and to take steps to get to the finished product. Sometimes, the pieces don’t quite fit, so I have to fix them, but it doesn’t bother me to have to do that. It’s a lot like life to me. It’s good to just let
things flow and if they don’t turn out right, you can correct what you do in the future

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Angela: I plan on creating more art that focuses on emotions and more personal experiences. I’ve been creating art based on people I know rather than emotions, so I really want to dig into my sketchbook and bring some of those old sketches to life. I have ideas of self portraits and some hardboiled fiction/noir type of art. I’m really excited about it.

Image List:

Artist: Angela Schwengler

1. You Are Loved


2. Smile


3. Beautiful Day


4. Insight by Obersvation


5. The Unknown

Art Feature-Mike Stephens

I met Mike Stephens briefly last year at Delmar College when I was sitting in Cain Gallery, during a show making sure visitors were signing in. He had a couple of pieces in this show and he was very kind and helpful with info about art resources for emerging artists like myself. A short time later, He did a talk in my Art History class when our professor was out of the country and he talked about some of his art.

I found his work to be deep, intriguing, very personal and full of meaning. I especially like what he had to say about his art and art within the artist so I am very happy he agreed to do this interview with me.

Bio~ Mike Stephens
Born in El Paso, TX and grew up in Arlington, Tx. After going to College in Corpus Christi, TX, He went to University of North Carolina-Greensboro and received his Masters in Fine Arts. Since then he has taught at numerous Higher education institutions, but currently is a part-time professor at Del Mar College and a full-time dad. Mike Stephens adds, “I got into art because I wanted to be a comic book illustrator and kind of just fell into the fine art scene.”

Who is your favorite artist?

Mike: Bob Ross, no I’m kidding, actually I like a Japanese Woodcut artist named Yoshitoshi.

What types of art do you prefer?

Mike: Tough one, I would say contemporary Pop Art also a lot of the underground work that is under the radar of mainstream art. As mentioned earlier I look at a lot of pre 1900s Japanese woodcut prints.

What is your ‘method’?

Mike: I’m a woodcut printmaker.

Can you explain that process a bit here for those not familiar with this technique?

Mike: I basically get a sheet of wood ( I use birch plywood) and carve out the image. Then after that I roll ink on to the block and then lay paper on top running it through a printing press. In simple terms, I make a wooden stamp.

What is your dream for your future in this field?

Mike: I just want to make art and hopefully enough people continue to like it.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

Mike: Early on in school, I was always the kid that was asked to do the art on projects that the teachers would assign to groups. My grades were always higher when there was a drawing involved.

Could you tell us about some of your work?

Mike: My work is basically about me and finding my place in the world. I love comic books and incorporate myself as various super heroes, but instead of being heroic, buff and handsome I place myself as a fat, geeky victim. I wish there were more heroes in life, now that I’m older I really wish there was something to believe in, but all I have is me and I do my best. Sadly that usually isn’t good enough. Lately the work has started to focus on me being a father and what that entails as your child sees you as this perfect figure contrary to reality.

How would you describe your style?

Mike: I had someone recently tell me that it reminded them of German Expressionism and I think they were pretty close.
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What is your favorite medium and why?

Mike: Prints and thats because not only do I get to have multiple copies and sell them inexpensively compare to paintings or sculptures, but prints also have an outlaw, underground and revolutionary history to them. I like the fact that it doesn’t really fit in the elitism of the art world.

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Mike: Bitter, old, drunk, obnoxious and idealistic.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Mike: I don’t know anymore, I don’t make my work for anyone and don’t care what they take away from it. Don’t get me wrong, I hope the audience likes my work and buys it. However, as an artist I make work for myself. As soon as you stop making art for yourself, you stop making art. When you worry about what others think and make artwork to please them, then all you are making is posters or crafts.

I like that, “Don’t worry about what others think, don’t make art for others but for yourself.”
When did you come to this conclusion or revelation?

Mike: Early on in my career. People either loved my work or hated it, which for an artist is a good response. I would rather have my work hated and get a reaction out of someone, then get no response, but back to your question. I realized a lot of people really don’t know or understand art and rather have something pretty to look at instead of work that engages or questions your world. So why should I care about what they think?

Art is about self expression, so I need to make art that is 100% me, not 90% me and 10% what others want. No one should become a fine artist in hopes of pleasing others, because they will fail in terms of making real art. When you are making art for yourself you never lose interest and always want to be in the studio working.

What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Mike: I saw an outlaw printmaker and owner of Evil Prints Tom Huck at a printmaking conference and he said something that I needed to hear at that moment and it fits into what I stated earlier. I’m paraphrasing but basically he said that “…those who get your work, will understand it and those who don’t…….. $#@& them. Because no matter what you do those people who don’t like you work will never like it.”

For a young artist at the time it was very freeing and let me do what I wanted and not try to reinvent the wheel that has already been done so many times in art history.

I can imagine it opened the doors to creativity and just expressing yourself more fully, is that right?

Mike: Yes very much so… Many students try too hard to make something unique and something that has never been seen before in the art world, but that is not where a unique style comes from, it comes from taking your likes and experiences and spitting it back out with your vision. Not trying to make something new, it all has been done before. The only thing that is unique and different is you and how you see the world.

Wow, very profound words. Makes a lot of sense to me.

Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or
to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?

Mike: I go to http://www.dirtypilot.com mostly and evilprints.com.


Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring designers/artists?

Mike: Don’t do it. Go into another field, but if you are going to go for it and try to make it as an artist, practice every waking minute. It is a brutal and tough field and only the best of the best make it. In fact a lot of those guys still don’t make it.

Pretty sound advice.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?

Mike: I have a print in the UMKC National Print Exhibition in Kansas city MO and also one in The Line exhibition at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Mike: Hopefully more prints.

Well thank you, Mike Stephens for sharing yourself and your art with us.

Here is a sample of Mike Stephens work and a little bit about each piece.

Doom-This work is me experimenting and trying to challenge myself in terms of not only technique but also subject matter.

Laughing gull-This is my emotional reaction to a local university that did some shady things in terms of my employment and the lies that were told.

Night of the Blue Hairs- This work is in response to show I had once with a bunch of us younger contemporary artists where a group of older ladies tried and censor the work according to there standards of what is proper art.

Teachers Pet- In this print I’m dealing with the hurdles of teaching and poking fun at myself as well.

Mike Stephens

visit my website at

http://woodencyclops.com/

or

www.fourworldsphoto.com

Art Feature – Art in the City

I am a firm believer to be the best at something you need to surround yourself with others of like minds. I am introducing this new category in my blog to feature artists, groups and anyone who is making difference in the lives of others through art. I will be doing a weekly feature interview and I hope this will add something special in our art community of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Stay tuned!

Current Event- July- Corpus Christi Downtown Artwalk

When: July 1st
Where: House of Rock
Time: 5:30-9:30

On the First Friday of each Month, the art community gathers together to host the Corpus Christi Downtown Artwalk. It is a wonderful time to go downtown and check out some great art by talented artists and visit the venues that open their doors to show off that art.

I will be there among other Coastal Bend Artists members and we will showcase our artwork at the House of Rock. I will be posting updates on this page as I am preparing for this upcoming artwalk with new art to share with others and enjoy the event. I hope to see you there.

Hello world!

Welcome to my Art blog.

HereĀ  you will find ME.

That’s right. This is about my journey. I have loved art since a very young age. I recently started exploring art in a different way than I ever imagined I would and it has enlightened me. I hope you will see that the art I do is a lot like life, there is happiness, joy, saddness, ups and downs but that is life right?

I specialize in photography with a focus on themed, black and white and fine art photography, drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink, acrylic and watercolor paintings.
You will find a wide range of subject matters within my art from figurative work to abstract, from flowers and nature to cityscapes, seascapes, skyscapes and landscapes. I also create art that tells a story, has a central theme and focuses on social issues and all the encompasses. It is how I view the world around me.

I will be sharing with you what art means to me, current projects I am working on as well as how I see my world around me.

Maybe you will see things differently at the very least I hope this walk with me will inspire, encourage and move you.

Isn’t that what art is about?

All life is ART if you look close enough

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