Friday, October 3, 2008

Different Strokes from Different Folks (Karin Jurick)

Different Strokes From Different Folks
In addition to her own painting and blogging regimen, the indefatigable Karin Jurick (who I have written about previously here, as well as in my posts on “painting a day” painter/bloggers here and here) has a new project in which she participates, guides and hosts a collaborative painting blog based on a simple but fascinating concept: multiple artists’ interpretations of the same scene.

Different Strokes from Different Folks starts with the premise that multiple artists paint a painting from the same photograph. Jurick provides the photograph and gets the ball rolling in each case with her own interpretation, leaving subsequent submissions open to any artists who wish to participate.

She emphasizes that the intent is to paint the scene and not the photograph, which is basically a digital stand-in for the physical impossibility of all of the artists painting on location together. Each artist looks for their own composition and interpretation of the subject.

Each session starts on Wednesday evening and is open for a week. The results are posted on the blog with links to each participating artist’s web site or blog. The original photograph is posted first, followed by Jurick’s starting piece and followed by subsequent submissions in sequence.

Those interested in participating should read the instructions on the blog’s sidebar carefully. Submissions are limited to traditional media, must be sent directly to her email address, with a specific subject line, as a JPEG file (not as a link and no blurry photos) and accompanied each time by the artist’s name and web site or blog address (regardless of previous submissions).

The result is a fascinating look at how different artists interpret the same scene in paint, and once each session has ended they participating paintings can be viewed as a group, as well as in the blog post (weekly results links on the sidebar).

Jurick also posts her own painting, and often a composite poster of the others, on her own blog.

As of this writing, the subject is the Cloud Gate sculpture (locally known as “The Bean”) in Millennium Park in Chicago.

(Image above: left column: Karin Jurick, Emma Pierce, Dean Haven, Nancy Rhodes Harper; right column: Alice Thompson, Tommye Easterlin, original photograph)

15 thoughts on “Different Strokes from Different Folks (Karin Jurick)

  1. Nancy Rhodes Harper

    I just wanted to say thanks for including me in your article about Karin’s Different Strokes Blog. She is one of my favorite artists and also a favorite person. I think she is so generous to include other artists in this venture. I enjoy your website so much.

  2. Karin Jurick

    I am always proud to be mentioned on your blog Charley – and thank you for featuring the Different Strokes Blog. I have come to realize we are all starving for motivation and subject matter and this weekly challenge seems to give many the push that’s needed – and that’s a good thing.

  3. Colin Page

    Hey Charley,

    I just came from checking Karin’s blog out, to see what you had posted today, and was surprised to see Karin’s work again. She does interesting paintings with beautiful brushwork. I love her museum portraits, and I’m always psyched to see if she has anything new up on her site. I haven’t participated in the Different Strokes project, but it’s a really fun idea. I’m glad someone is coming up with more ways for us to build a community and share.

    Hope all is well

  4. Dean Haven

    I am amazed at how Karin can attend so well to so many artistic tasks. She is a top ranking talent. Thanks, Charley, for the inclusion of my painting in this article. DSFDF is a great motivator.

  5. Erma Pierce

    This is the first time I participated in Karin’s blog and am very excited to see my work mentioned on your blog. It was a lot of fun painting the “Bean” and I’m looking forward to see what her challenge is for next week. Thanks again. Erma Pierce

  6. Diane Schaefer

    Over the past few weeks, I have visited the websites and blogs of artists who have posted their paintings to Karin’s new blog, Different Strokes. I wrote Karin that this latest endeavor is a stroke of brilliance on her part. Wittingly, or unwittingly, she has raised the bar for many of the artists who are participating. They seem to be producing paintings of a higher caliber and better quality than much of their previous work. And that’s no small thing.

    I congratulate all of you artists who are participating in this new venture. Those of us who follow the art world extensively are taking note.

  7. Kay Crain

    Karin always comes up with fresh ideas, from her “alphabet” series, to the books of her daily paintings to now, the “Different Strokes”
    blog.
    I don’t know when she has time for it all, but she loves to challenge herself and those around her.
    I am going to join in one of these days to paint my own “different strokes.”

    Kay Crain

  8. Donna Beverly

    I am very excited about the next project of doing a portrait of an anonymous artist from your “blog group”. I also think that my students would really benefit from seeing the blog and being involved with some of the projects. Seeing the diversity of styles is especially of interest to me. Great work, Karin!

    Donna

  9. james parker

    Charley, I’ve been admiring your blog column (and your last name)for some time, though I’ve never commented. I appreciate your attention to Karin’s DSFDF project…it deserves it. One thing that is overlooked is the community of caring among participating artists that has sprung up from her initiative. And the inspiration it has provided for others to reach for higher goals. Through that inspiration, and her blessing, I recently launched “Windows to the Words” and Michelle Burnett began “Following the Masters” participation challenges. Neither is a copy cat, but rather a tribute to her and her extraordinary effort. Karin may have begun something that knows no bounds. And it all started with the concern of others about the loss of her beloved pet.

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