"Mitchell’s lavish brushwork is characterized by a robust and tumultuous lyricism. She often applied paint energetically, yet her images were slowly and deliberately built. A synesthete, she played music and read poetry in her studio, using sound as a source for radiant and evocative colour. She was seeking, she said, "the feeling in a line of poetry which makes it different from a line of prose."
She painted many works entitled "Sunflowers." The one below is called Sunflower VI, done in 1969. Click here for more about her.
Ito Jakuchu was a Japanese painter of the Rimpa School. "White Plum Blossoms in Moonlight" ink, color and silk
.There will always be artists who aspire to Buddha-like abstraction. The grid-and-stripe painter Agnes Martin did for example. But I much prefer Jakuchu’s joyful immersion in the colorful realm of living beings.
Daniel Richter says his painting is all about line. The above painting called Flower in Flames his take on another German artist, Caspar David Friedrich who lived and worked in the 19th century and is classified as a romantic painter. Click here for more about Richter. The picture below is a painting by me called Flame Flower.
Landscape has always held pride of place in the paintings of Peter Doig. I love the way Doig includes the figure in his strange landscapes. He used his photographs for subject matter then alters them for a kind of surreal image. I love this.
Paula Rego is a Portuguese artist who works primarily in pastels and tells stories with her artwork. My favorite quote by her is "You punish people with drawings." The image below is called Blue Fairy Talking to Pinocchio.
Romare Bearden is my favorite artist of the moment. A black man who looked white, he worked primarily in watercolor and collage. He made a series called the Odyssey Suite after the Greek myth. Bearden changed it into a story about the "Black Odyssey."