What’s This Saturday Night Thing?

Yesterday I mentioned that I’m adding a new feature of sorts to my blog called “Saturday Night Surf”. I also claimed this name would probably change. And it has. But then I changed it again while writing this. So before Saturday night becomes Sunday morning, I’ll leave it nameless for now.

So what is it and why am I doing it?

Last week, Eric and I were talking about how we are really lacking in some culture since we moved to middle Tennessee. So I thought about simulating an “art walk” of sorts, but online. Which is most likely defined as “digital content curation.” Which is simply the collecting and sorting of content.

I do this almost on a daily basis. As an art director and graphic artist, I’m always researching trends and ideas and creating inspiration boards for my work. And I thought I should share some of these on my blog but in a fun way. So out of my many images I’ve gathered, I’m planning on randomly choosing several images that inspire me at this present moment and then see if I could extract a common theme, of sorts, from the images gathered. Then maybe I could add in an image or two that clearly represents the theme. We’ll see how it goes. I’m aiming for every other Saturday.

So tonight, that’s what I did. After I had my collection, I let Mr. Basketmaker identify the “common theme” that he saw. In seconds he said, I see it…”Growth Rings.” I think I will ask him every week since I was having a hard time summarizing all my imagery!

Now of course, I need to add, that since I’m the basketmaker’s wife, I will include weaving and basketry in the mix too (so don’t worry all you basket makers out there). As an artist and craftsman, you never know where inspiration will strike. Exploring all platforms inspires creativity in all of us!

So here we go! Tonight’s Saturday Night “Art Walk” is curated by me, the basketmaker’s wife. It is now titled “Growth Rings” but as it is with any curation, it is also left up to the audience in what they see from the gathering.

All I ask now is for you to put on some ‘chill’ music, get a glass of wine, put your feet up and see what I’ve come up with for our first online art walk!

And, in case you are wondering, a few of the artists I have in my current Pandora playlist: Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler and The Wailin’ Jennys.

The wine I would be drinking tonight if I wasn’t on antibiotics (lol): A Malbec from Argentina (next time I promise I’ll have a drink with y’all!)

Growth Rings:

Most of you know I like abstracts and textures. So my first image is a print from Alicia Ludwig. I liked this image because it was simple… textured background with a silhouette of a tree knocked out.

saturday-surf-alicia-ludwig-aurora-silhouette-iiiTitle: “Aurora Silhouette III” by Alicia Ludwig and prints can be found on art.com

I love the concept of these next two images….

paper mache bowls

paper mache bowl

I love text, mixed media, decoupage and shapes… these papier-mâché bowls are right up my alley! Images from the user: Urtica on Flickr.com  (also click on the image to go the source site.)

I’m impressed with mixed media artists who can use “scribbles” as a technique and create a beautiful piece. Here’s a sample of one of those such artists…

saturday-surf-Sandi-FitzGerald-mixed-media

The artist is Sandi FitzGerald and this piece is titled “Somewhere In Between.” It has been sold but you can see more at her Flickr page by clicking the image.


Next image is “Suzy’s Basket” by artist Mary Tucker. So sweet…

Suzy's Basket

Hopefully next time I will be more organized and post much closer to dinner time so y’all can join me with that glass of wine!!

10 thoughts on “What’s This Saturday Night Thing?”

  1. Love this Lynne and will be looking forward to more culture on my Saturday nights…as you know I’m usually watching some true crime show! And Nightwatch is my new favorite…

  2. This is a great addition to your blog. I am a weaver – fairly new to that – but an art historian by education, so all types of art are appreciated. This is just great. Thanks!

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