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Painter Michelle Armas lasted one year in the stressful world of corporate branding in New York before she decamped back to Atlanta to pursue a career in abstract painting.  Her large scale acrylics are vibrant, bold, and youthful, the hipster offspring of  Richard Diebenkorn and Jackson Pollock.  In a recent posting on her blog about a commission she is completing for a very symmetrical bedroom, she describes her creative process in endearingly straightforward terms:  “I think there should be big shapes, lots of layering but chunky and scribbly to balance the linear-ness all over the place.”  Visit her blog to see the result.  Click here to visit her online gallery.

Fly By, Michelle Armas

Apple, Michelle Armas

Secret umbrellas, Michelle Armas

-Jayme Catalano

Looking at Richard Diebenkorn’s geometrical, abstract paintings, one might assume he had been inspired by architecture and the straight lines of civilization and modernity.  His inspiration, however, came from the natural, rolling hillside he could see from his studio window.  As Susan Stamberg says in her NPR piece on the artist, “Diebenkorn, looking up at the Ocean Park hills through his studio’s big windows, didn’t paint the landscape; he painted the quality of light on the landscape, framed by the angled geometry of those windows.”  The Orange County Museum of Art is currently staging the first major exhibition of the artist’s celebrated Ocean Park Series through May 27th.

Ocean Park #79 by Richard Diebenkorn

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum website; for more on the artist, click here.

-Jayme Catalano