Thaneeya McArdle's Blog (9)

Traveling Artist

Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to live out our dream of exploring the world.

We gave most of our stuff to Goodwill, put the rest in storage, and embarked on a nomadic journey that has so far taken us to San Francisco, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. After that, who knows?! We've pared down all of our day-to-day material belongings to fit into 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons, and we're loving it! Thanks to the Internet, we can still conduct business as usual (and I…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on January 28, 2014 at 5:58am — 14 Comments

Sarasota Chalk Festival: Graffiti, Murals and More (Part 3)

The Sarasota Chalk Festival included not only chalk art, but also graffiti, murals and live performances! Since there was so much art to see in the weeklong event, I've divided my blog coverage into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 provides an overview and displays some outstanding chalk art (click here for Part 1)
  • Part 2 discusses anamorphic 3-D pavement art (…

Added by Thaneeya McArdle on December 14, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Sarasota Chalk festival: 3-D / Anamorphic Chalk Art (Part 2)

Earlier this month I got to see some really cool 3-D chalk art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, such as this large drawing by a team of Dutch artists led by Leon Keer:

You can click on the images in this post to view them a bit larger.

The amazing thing about these "anamorphic" sidewalk paintings is that they look…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on November 28, 2011 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Sarasota Chalk Festival: An Overview with Lots of Photos (Part 1)

Earlier this month I attended the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which happened to take place just down the street from where I live!

Since it was so close, I was able to walk to the festival every day to see how the art progressed. This post contains a lot of photos and a run-down of the event. (There are actually so many photos to share that I'm going to…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on November 20, 2011 at 4:00am — 12 Comments

Where our colors come from

Have you ever wondered where the color in our paints, markers, colored pencils, etc come from?  They seem to appear by magic, through some modern technological process, neatly encased in tubes, ready to use.  What did artists do before artist colors were so readily available like this?

That's what I'm reading about in Victoria Finlay's book, Color: A Natural History of the Palette.  She explains how the Aboriginals rubbed water onto…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on August 26, 2011 at 2:12pm — 5 Comments

Australian Aboriginal Art

I've been a huge fan of Australian Aboriginal art for a long time, appreciating the colors and designs of Aboriginal "dot paintings". Now that I'm in Australia, I've been able to enjoy Aboriginal art up-close, learning about and admiring the many different forms that Aboriginal art can take, beyond just paintings on canvas (which is a very modern, Westernized form of Aboriginal art). In this blog post, I'll show you some of the different Aboriginal art forms that I've seen here in… READ MORE

Added by Thaneeya McArdle on August 1, 2011 at 7:47am — 7 Comments

Colorful and Detailed Abstract Art

I'm a huge fan of colorful & detailed abstract art, so I thought it would be fun to create a blog post that showcases some of the colorful & detailed abstract art on the Art Colony!  Each of the images in this post link back to the artist's portfolio so that you can see more of their work.


I'll start off with one of my own paintings, which you can see below.  This is an 8 x 8 inch acrylic painting on canvas. The title is…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on June 25, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

What is art?

What is art?

Is it just me, or is "art" hard to pinpoint? If you had to sit down right now and pen an essay about "What is art?" - could you do it? 


I stopped to think about the definition of "art" today.  First I wondered why I drew a blank when I asked myself, "What is…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on May 31, 2011 at 2:07pm — 8 Comments

A Sample Blog Post

Here is a sample blog post, to give you an idea of how a blog post can look!  You can write about anything art-related in your blog posts.  You can also add pictures and links.

 There are so many things you can blog…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on May 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 11 Comments


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