Author - Kayla Kaszycki

Contemporary artists with stained glass inspiration

Medieval artists (some would call them craftsmen, but they are creative beings in my book) used the three elements of line, color, and luminosity to produce incredible stained glass windows, some of which are still around to this very day. What’s interesting about this art form is, it was an experimental and ever changing medium. Artists would...

When couture becomes abstract art

Over the centuries, clothing had been an incredible media through which humanity has expressed itself, its desires, and its opinions. Phrases like ‘statement piece’ literally suggest how we use our garments to interact with one another and get closer to our inner selves. Contemporary designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Noa Raviv, even Marc...

Exploring contemporary portraiture

If you take a walk through any European painting section at a museum, you will encounter hundreds of portraits. Some are small enough to hold in your hand, while others are bigger than an entire New York City apartment. Okay, admittedly, that’s not too big, but the amount of paint and skill required to make each painting is substantial. Now, if...

3 Wood sculptors that redefined the face of nature

Wood is an interesting material to make art from. Unlike most post-industrial materials like plastic and steel, it has a timeless quality about it that adds a layer of mystery to the piece. Here are three incredible artists who highlighted the various characteristics of this material in their approach to sculpture and installation art. Artist 1:...

Spring interpreted by three centuries of artists

As an artist; the question arises – how can I talk about a subject, any subject, that has been discussed over and over again since the beginning of time, and make it beautiful and unique? Spring in particular strikes a chord within humanity as a whole because it is so meaningful. Ideas of life, beauty, and nature remade and reborn all come to...

When the artist becomes the subject matter

What is it that makes every artist’s body of work unique? The two most commonly given answers that I’ve heard is; either break all the rules or re-invent the classics. Still, as one art professor once told me, “If you can’t put yourself into your work, it’ll have no life’. So here are some trailblazers who, quite literally, placed...

Trees – The immortal muse

One of my most favorite quotes was made by Jean-Francois Millet. He said, ‘If you could see how beautiful the forest is! I sometimes slip away there at day’s end….I don’t know what the trees say amongst themselves, but they say something.’ It seems he wasn’t the only artist to think so. Painters, illustrators, and printmakers have...