The Art Junket

A gathering of artists


Art Process

One of the main goals of The Art Junket is to help artists build and maintain a practice of art. It matters to us HOW we create our art. We are interested in examining what inspires us as well as our obstacles. Here are the reflections of our members on the different themes.

Salon 3:4 – Blue



by Maureen Fitzmahan

Blue: The Salon was held in Berkeley, California at Zoey Olbum’s home.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, Annelise Dohrer, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Blue.”

The Art

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Series 3:4: Theme “Blue”


by Ana Perches

BLUE: a color, a primary color, a privileged color.

Which vowel is blue? Is it the vowel A, E, I, or U?

According to the French poet Arthur Rimbaud………

A Black, E white, I red, U green, O blue : vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
Which buzz around cruel smells,

Gulfs of shadow; E, whiteness of vapours and of tents,
Lances of proud glaciers, white kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
In anger or in the raptures of penitence;

U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
The peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
Which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;

O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
Silences crossed by Worlds and by Angels:
O the Omega, the violet ray of Her Eyes!

Still life – “still”

by Maureen Fitzmahan

mbfitzmahan. 2016

“Still” is not moving.

‘Still’ is Quiet.  At peace.  In the moment.

“Still” is the same as always.

“Still” is a static photograph as opposed to a motion picture.

Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange. Blackberry. 2017

Still life – How to Set it Up.

Still life, peppermint bottle, 1895 – Paul Cezanne

Continue reading “Still life – How to Set it Up.”

Still life – Momento mori

Zdzisław Beksiński, Untitled, oil on fibreboard. 1984

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Momento mori –  “remember that you have to die.”  Momento mori  is an interesting facet of the still life genre.  The artist often places a skull in his still life among other symbols of life and death.

I must admit I find much of what I have seen in this genre to be quite disturbing.  Late 20th and 21st artists like to shock, so there are a lot of images that make me feel very uncomfortable if not disgusted.  I don’t like slasher movies or horror movies.  I don’t like violence (just murder mysteries without the blood and gore, thank you).

But, in the better pieces of art that represent this genre there are elements of spirit, poignancy, deep truths.  These pieces are also aesthetically beautiful.  Death and beauty. A powerful combination.

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Still Life

Paul Cézanne
Still Life with Water Jug c.1892–3

by Maureen Fitzmahan

“Still life” is one of the major genres of Western art.

Traditionally, the subject matter of a still life painting. sculpture, or photograph is anything that does not move or is dead.

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