She’s Making Art On The Computer Again!

February 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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and having entirely too much fun with the process. This developed from hand drawn fish patterns that were scanned in. Not sure what to call this approach…it’s digital in the end.

Sphere by Joan Desmond 2017

©2017, Joan Desmond, Sphere.

Winter Lights

December 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Winter Lights 2015 by Joan Desmond

©2015, Joan Desmond, Winter Lights.

A Queen of Hearts

February 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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for some February valentine fun. With a bow to the recently retired Monopoly iron, it sat on the board well.

Queen of Hearts by Joan Desmond 2013

©2013, Joan Desmond, Queen of Hearts.


December 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | Leave a comment
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there is no answer to the question. But there will always be love and compassion as those are the most powerful forces that exist.

Glow by Joan Desmond

©Joan Desmond, Glow.

Rhythm-scape for Blog post 100!

August 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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©2012, Joan Desmond, Rhythm.


April 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | 1 Comment
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The process of abstraction holds endless possibilities. You can zoom in, zoom out, fragment, isolate, select and emphasize; the idea is to…mmm, even that is up for grabs. When subject matter is abstracted, one sometimes, often, looks for the elemental, the essence of a thing. It’s a bit difficult to describe in words, or do. One level of art looks at an object or experience in the visible world and records it, represents it as most see it. It may teach the viewer to really look, that’s good.

A step beyond just recording is the artist’s personalized impression of a moment or an object. That demands that there is a give and take between the artist and the subject matter, a developed perspective. Abstraction goes way beyond that. I should say, “Could go way beyond that” as some doesn’t. Mostly, there can be so much more for a viewer to perceive with abstraction but there has to be a desire.

Here’s an image from my impressions of the past weekend, the senses engaged in a certain area and then the abstraction of it.

©2012, Joan Desmond, River Journey.

New Month Monday

August 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment

Random and Unresolved Ideas -by J. Desmond

Yes, some are fuzzy…

From The Studio

April 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Posted in Art Exhibitions, Art Studio | 1 Comment
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That Look by Joan Desmond 2011

From the Macintosh studio, that is. Since this blog is in sore need of some Spring freshening up. Based on my original drawing that was the submission for the Visual Aids show in New York, scanned into the computer, and then… whatever it is I do.

Echoing Color

May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Rolling color


2 mixed-media collages – May 2010-Joan Desmond

and enough texture to fall into- from the studio.

Soul Work

April 2, 2010 at 9:16 am | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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by Joan Desmond 2010, Figure Two From Five Figures-charcoal original to digital

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”

-Martha Graham from The Life and Work of Martha Graham

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