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Joseph Broghammer  Omaha, NE

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For this series of pastel drawings, I used birds as a canvas or skeleton for my life experiences. Birds are familiar. My intent was to choose birds with the qualities and color of the feeling I was experiencing and push this otherwise controlled and dry medium to a point where it takes on an expressive, almost painterly quality. I chose bold colors and explored my ideas directly on the page.

Cairns can commemorate any sort of event, from a battle to a basket of eggs dropped. Some mark a path or a burial site. Likewise, each of the birds in this series represents an important moment in my life that I want to remember, whether it was good or bad. They are life lessons that I want to share with you. They are my cairns.


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Marie

10.14.2010 @ 8:22 PM

Colorful, creative:) I love the birds. Both the paintings are exquisite.

Emolly

10.05.2010 @ 10:18 AM

i love it !!!

Becky

09.14.2010 @ 12:03 AM

Joseph - Don't stop the kind of art you are doing!!! It is very gratifying to hear another pastel lover and pencil lover. I am not even as brilliant as you but I do love my pencils and variations I can get with pastels and water!Yay for those mediums. I loved the whimsical bird with the roller coaster / amusement park body and legs. Reminds me of my youth, always day dreaming about the next carnival we'd go to , only I'd make some changes.( in my imaginary park, like you have).Loved the other for its brilliance, some times a sort of peacock or primary blue can dominate and overwhelm a drawing very quickly. But you mastered that! Good luck with your really beautiful work.

Matt

09.13.2010 @ 1:08 PM

im not guner pretend that i understand the meaning at all, im just gona say i just think that your work is wicked mate :)

Artomics

09.09.2010 @ 10:50 PM

Very impressive. Your use of medium, color, texture, and objects is fun, disturbing, creative, and expressive. It makes me want to see more. Great art.

Shai

09.09.2010 @ 10:05 PM

These birds would be nice as sculptures. So unique. :)

Shrugs

09.09.2010 @ 8:00 PM

I enjoy the artist's commentary on using familiar objects as structure to build memories around. I don't see it coming together in an asthetically pleasing way in his work, maybe because I'm not so much a bird enthusiast. Despite that, the use of light and shaddow with those colors is really innovative.

Joy gush

09.09.2010 @ 7:54 PM

Your artwork involving birds fascinates me. I assume it hangs around you in your studio because of the personal stories each bird holds as part of your life. These birds should illustrate your stories in a book which I would so much enjoy reading. Let me know the title. e-mail: Joy Gush, Artist

Amanda

09.09.2010 @ 7:37 PM

Awesome!!

Gertom

09.09.2010 @ 4:09 PM

I am not impressed. You express self/other futility. why not use ur talent to boost spirituality/energy. IKNOW u can do it! Gerry Thompson.

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