Sunday, December 30, 2012

BORDERLESS ART WORK

Greetings:  I am working on a ten piece series entitled BORDERLESS.  Here is the first finished piece of the series exploring one's boundaries.

The piece entitled, Emotions, represents the emotions of one’s private pain.  Those moments when we ask ourselves,  'can this emotional whole ever be filled?'  Can there ever be comfort?  If so, then  by how and what will heal the pain, your particular individual pain?  These are the questions that I personally explored while completing this art piece for the series entitled, BORDERLESS.  Each piece in the series explore one aspect of borders close up and personal.  

© 2012 by D.J. McGarel
entitled, Emotions
20 inches by 20 inches
mixed media: textural paints and wire.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

mcgarelgraphics artwork

©2012 DJ McGarel
artwork of December 2012
mixed media on stretched canvas
sized 12 x 12 inches

©2012 DJ McGarel
New artwork of December 2012
mixed media on stretched canvas
sized: 12 x 12 inches


http://mcgarelgraphics.blogspot.com

can watch a personal video concerning my artwork at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3T_ahEG1pI&feature=youtu.be


       I am an active member of these following organizations: Illiana Artists, Tall Grass Arts Association and the Union Street Artists Guild.  

      In 2007, I earned my master’s degree from Governors State University in Communications & Training.  While obtaining my master’s degree, I audited several graduate art courses and in 2008-10, earned nine credit hours towards my MFA degree.    

       Process: My mixed-media works evolve when I take the digital image, change it, and restructure it on the canvas by using acrylic paints, torn or ripped paper or canvas, metal, and various other objects,  My predilection for abstract art is revealed in the preponderance of grids and fragmentation viewed in my artwork.  Both the digital and mixed-media effect invites the viewer (or critic) to observe or interpret the works, by offering infinite possibilities without limitations.  In my latest work, I am adding more realism and as such are using more photography in the art work.    

       Influences:  My art is an expression of all my experiences that have manifested in a collective process.  In my adult life, I have been highly influenced by brothers Doug and Mike Starn. They were the first to introduce me to the notion that photography like paint should have a tactile component. Photography can be felt as well as just viewed by the viewer.  As such, I have incorporated texture in my works by surrounding the torn digital prints with paints, sand and other materials. Other artists I admire are Chuck Close and Henri Mattise who when faced with human frailty did not let their handicaps cripple them. They creatively endured and even strived to overcome adversity, and in the process enhanced their art works.



Saturday, September 29, 2012

mcgarelgraphics video


Welcome to mcgarelgraphics 








 more of DJ McGarel's artwork can be viewed at mcgarelgraphics websites listed below:


Friday, September 14, 2012

new art work by Diane McGarel


Esther
Artist statement
 by
Diane McGarel

Shakespeare said it best with his remark from Shylock, "If you prick me, do I not bleed."  We all at times have felt pain.  The wanting to be loved, cherished, and comforted when our defenses are low.  It's why I think I can personally relate to Esther, the biblical hero.  Esther to me is vulnerable, exposed, naked for the world to see.   At first, her true self hidden by her lies of deception. She was as some might describe as, "a diamond in the rough." Through the encouragement of loved ones, she eventually found her voice, her reason for being.  Esther gave of herself to the King in order to save her people from whatever indignities the king could bestow on them.  


Esther by Diane McGarel

more of my art work can be viewed at mcgarelgraphics


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HORIZONS @ SOUTH SHORE

                                                                            

Exhibit open till  

September 30, 2012 


at the South Shore Conventional Center in 
Hammond IN.
7770 Corinne Drive
Hammond IN
219-554-2722



more of my artwork can be viewed on the mcgarelgraphics website:  




Some past art shows & Exhibitions:
2012 Horizons. S Shore Covention Center, Hammond IN 
2012 Insider Art. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
2012 Out of the Box. Tall Grass Gallery, Park Forest, IL 
         Juror: Mary Bookwalter, Artist & Former GSU Faculty Instructor
         Curator: Roger Paris, International Artist
2011 7th Annual National Self Protrait Exhibiton. 33 Contemporary. Chicago
         Juror: Sergio Gomez: Professor at S Suburban College, South Holland,

Monday, July 30, 2012

New artwork by Diane McGarel 7-2012

Diane McGarel  July 2012

Diane McGarel's Mixed Media Art created in 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Vogt Visual Arts Center

Vogt Visual Arts Center presents a collective art show
 entitled PASSAGES 
by Union Street Gallery Artists. 
July 3- 27, 2012

17420 S 67th Court
1/2 block East of Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park, IL 60477
708-614-6505

 
Diane McGarel with her art piece entitled: Enoch's Journey
Mixed Media: 2012

inside the gallery

Jeff

Michele Owens

Joe's sculpture art piece

Diane McGarel's mixed media art piece entitled ENOCH'S JOURNEY

More of Diane McGarel's artwork can be viewed on the mcgarelgraphics website:


               exhibiting artists from Union Street Art Guild:


CouSandra Armstrong
Catherine Ashton
Richard Benoit
Margaret Brady
Barbara Edwards
RexAnne Coad
Suzanne Dreher
Margi Hafer
Irene Ganas
Jean Lewis
Elaine Martin
Diane McGarel
Joe McIlhaney
Hariette Miller
Michele P. Owens
Roger D. Paris
Stuart Pearson
Pamela Rodey
Carolyn Sims
Mary Ann Trzyna

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Diane McGarel



Welcome to my blog.  
I hope you enjoy looking at my art work and learning more about me.  

thank you.  

my mcgarelgraphics website location is 


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Diane McGarel Self Portrait 2012


Greetings:
welcome to my personal blog.  Below is my self portrait.


© 2012 DJ McGarel
Without
media: digital on carved wood.  
sized: 24 inches x 11.50 inches


      Art has personally been a healing process for me, adding comfort and joy to my life.  While working on the exhibition, Journey towards Fulfillment, I began to realize that one can never be completely fulfilled—the challenges are too great and the hurdles are too large in number.  And so, in a sense we are all unfulfilled.  Whether we decide on filling the void with spiritual or intellectual healing, life’s journey often seems like a never-ending quest towards meaning, purpose and enlightenment.  The steps we take, along with the process we choose, to getting fulfilled, are different for everyone. But ultimately we all aim at the same goal—to attain inner peace.  Art creates that beacon for me, and allows me to explore, challenge and express my inner soul towards inner peace.
      I am an active member of these following organizations: Illiana Artists, Tall Grass Arts Association and the Union Street Artists Guild.  
      In 2007, I earned my master’s degree from Governors State University in Communications & Training.  While obtaining my master’s degree, I audited several graduate art courses and in 2008-10, earned nine credit hours towards my MFA degree.    
       Process: My mixed-media works evolve when I take the digital image, change it, and restructure it on the canvas by using acrylic paints, torn or ripped paper or canvas, metal, and various other objects,  My predilection for abstract art is revealed in the preponderance of grids and fragmentation viewed in my artwork.  Both the digital and mixed-media effect invites the viewer (or critic) to observe or interpret the works, by offering infinite possibilities without limitations.  In my latest work, I am adding more realism and as such are using more photography in the art work.    
       Influences:  My art is an expression of all my experiences that have manifested in a collective process.  In my adult life, I have been highly influenced by brothers Doug and Mike Starn. They were the first to introduce me to the notion that photography like paint should have a tactile component. Photography can be felt as well as just viewed by the viewer.  As such, I have incorporated texture in my works by surrounding the torn digital prints with paints, sand and other materials. Other artists I admire are Chuck Close and Henri Mattise who when faced with human frailty did not let their handicaps cripple them. They creatively endured and even strived to overcome adversity, and in the process enhanced their art works.



more of Diane McGarel's artwork can be viewed at mcgarelgraphics
http://www.wix.com/mcgarelgraphics/mcgarel

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Diane McGarel


Greetings.... thank you for visiting the artist's Diane McGarel's personal blog.  My business website is mcgarelgraphics:

      Art has personally been a healing process for me, adding comfort and joy to my life.  While working on the exhibition, Journey towards Fulfillment, I began to realize that one can never be completely fulfilled—the challenges are too great and the hurdles are too large in number.  And so, in a sense we are all unfulfilled.  Whether we decide on filling the void with spiritual or intellectual healing, life’s journey often seems like a never-ending quest towards meaning, purpose and enlightenment.  The steps we take, along with the process we choose, to getting fulfilled, are different for everyone. But ultimately we all aim at the same goal—to attain inner peace.  Art creates that beacon for me, and allows me to explore, challenge and express my inner soul towards inner peace.
      I am an active member of these following organizations: Illiana Artists, Tall Grass Arts Association and the Union Street Artists Guild.  
      In 2007, I earned my master’s degree from Governors State University in Communications & Training.  While obtaining my master’s degree, I audited several graduate art courses and in 2008-10, earned nine credit hours towards my MFA degree.    
       Process: My mixed-media works evolve when I take the digital image, change it, and restructure it on the canvas by using acrylic paints, torn or ripped paper or canvas, metal, and various other objects,  My predilection for abstract art is revealed in the preponderance of grids and fragmentation viewed in my artwork.  Both the digital and mixed-media effect invites the viewer (or critic) to observe or interpret the works, by offering infinite possibilities without limitations.  In my latest work, I am adding more realism and as such are using more photography in the art work.    
       Influences:  My art is an expression of all my experiences that have manifested in a collective process.  In my adult life, I have been highly influenced by brothers Doug and Mike Starn. They were the first to introduce me to the notion that photography like paint should have a tactile component. Photography can be felt as well as just viewed by the viewer.  As such, I have incorporated texture in my works by surrounding the torn digital prints with paints, sand and other materials. Other artists I admire are Chuck Close and Henri Mattise who when faced with human frailty did not let their handicaps cripple them. They creatively endured and even strived to overcome adversity, and in the process enhanced their art works.




Thanks for viewing,
Diane McGarel



Monday, April 9, 2012

Artwork for March/April 2012 by DJ McGarel

© 2012 DJ McGarel
Are We There Yet?
digital
two digital images sized 8 1/2 x 11 inches in a glass frame mounted
on a carved wooden board
sized: 24 inches x 11 inches




© 2012 D J McGarel
Broken Pathways
Media: mixed; collage: combination of digital with
paint, sand, metal, leaves


Both pieces are new as I am exploring having the art work have textile feel. Whether the art has texture itself or just the look texture contained with in the artwork. My mixed-media works (such as my piece, Broken Pathways) evolves when I take the digital image, change it, and restructure it on the canvas by using acrylic paints, torn or ripped paper or canvas, metal, and various other objects. My predilection for abstract art is revealed in the preponderance of grids and fragmentation viewed in my artwork. The digital and mixed-media effect invites the viewer (or critic) to observe or interpret the works, by offering infinite possibilities without limitations. Both works symbolize the fragmentation of life.

You Tube video of my show at the Monkey Mind Studio last year in 2011

If you wish to check out more of my artwork... check out my business's website: mcgarel graphics

http://www.wix.com/mcgarelgraphics/mcgarel


Thanks for viewing,

Diane McGarel


Monday, February 6, 2012

youtube video for enTANGLEMENT

enTANGLEMENT was displayed at the Monkey Mind Art Studio, Frankfort IL




mcgarelgraphics website is moving to http://www.wix.com/mcgarelgraphics/mcgarel

thank you
best regards,
Diane McGarel

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

enTANGLEMENT Monkey Mind Art Studio in Frankfort



Welcome

Back in October was my art exhibition entitled enTANGLEMENT that was held at the Monkey Mind Art Studio in Frankfort. I donated a piece entitled Decisions to help out the Faye's Light Cancer Organization which is located in Homewood. I thank ALL those who helped in the success for this show. Below is a link on youTube concerning the event and the piece that was auctioned off on eBay.

With 4 solo exhibitions and several group shows 2011 was for me a very productive art year.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOi6td4fWIk



I look forward to the adventures of 2012. I welcome you to join me on my journey. :-)






mcgarelgraphics art work


These two images of the left are entitled:

Plaid Purple Haze
© DJ McGarel
mixed media


Passion
© DJ McGarel
mixed media


Diane McGarel

PH 708-699-4083

Email: mcgarelgraphics@sbcglobal.net

Website: http://web.me.com/dmcga456/McGarel_Graphics/Welcome.html


Mirrors of the Subconscious

Artist Statement:


Our images, passions, and individual perceptions are mere reflections, a mirror-image of who we are and who we want to be. Since the subconscious is uncontrolled thought, it can be altered, somewhat like a reflection in a mirror. The mirror-image only reflects from left to right, but never from top to bottom. Images that appear left in real life will appear right in the mirror-image. Our subconscious, our individual thought processes, are similar to the mirror-image because they only reflect the subconscious (uncontrolled thoughts) through the conscious (controlled thoughts). Both our subconscious as well as our conscious manufacture true and false images simultaneously. The resulting representation solely depends on one’s own subjective reality. Mirrors are man-made manifestations of one’s own psyche. My series, entitled “Mirrors of the Subconscious,” is just that, my uncontrolled thought processes, distorted, through a controlled environment (conscious thought), in a constant state of flux.

Process:

I begin each of my digital works of art by drawing, painting, and/or tossing dye onto canvas. I then scan the images onto my computer, altering them with a variety of computer programs. My predilection for abstract art is revealed in the preponderance of grids and fragmentation viewed in my artwork. This technique presents viewers with my personal mode of expression, because it symbolizes, to me, the endless circle of life. Moreover, the digital and mixed-media possibilities invite viewers to interpret the works in fruitful and multiple ways, by offering infinite possibilities without limitations.

Influences:
M
y art is an expression of my experiences which have manifested in a collective process. In my adult life, I have been highly influenced by brothers Doug and Mike Starn, by whom I had been introduced to the notion that photography, same as painting, could have a tactile component. As such, I have incorporated texture into my works by surrounding the torn digital prints with paints, sand, and other materials. Other artists whom I admire are Chuck Close and Henri Matisse, individuals faced with human frailty whom did not let their physical setbacks cripple their creative energies; they overcame adversity, and, in the process of doing so, became innovators.


Selected Shows and Exhibitions:

2011 Mirrors of the Subconscious, Solo Show. S. Suburban College, South Holland, IL

2011 The Struggle for Art 111, an invitational Exhibit. CornerStone Art Center, Whiting, IN

2011 Illiana Artist Group Show, S. Shore Convention Center, Hammond, IN

2011 Unfulfilled. Solo Exhibition, Tinley Park Library, Tinley Park, IL

2010 Either/Or. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts, IL. Nat’l Juried Event

Juror: Jason Lahr. Curator of the S Bend Museum of Art, IL

2010 Collective Art Show. Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Lynwood, IL

2010 Between Fragmentation. Solo Exhibition, Frankfort Library, Frankfort, IL

2010 Image Attitude Impression. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts. IL Nat’l Juried Event

Juror: Geoffrey Bates. Director and Curator of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, IL

2009 Student Art Show. Governors State University. University Park, IL

Juror: Mark Zlotkowski. Professor, DePaul University, IL

EntrĂ©e’ entitled, Honesty is Never a Lie, awarded Honorable Mention.

2008 Mirrors and Masks, Union Street Artists Guild Collective Show, S. Suburban College,

2008 4th Annual Self Portrait Show. 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nat’l Juried Event

Juror: Joyce Morishita, Emeritus Professor: Governors State University, University Park, IL

Ph.D. in Art History and M.A. in Painting from Northwestern University

2008 Faye Light Silent Art Auction. Governors State University, University Park, IL

2008 Union Street Artist Guild Exhibiton. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

2007 Perceptives: Any Way You Look At It. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL.

Juror: Allison Peters, Director of Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center, Nat’l juried event.

2007 Illiana Artists 11th Juried Regional Exhibition. Chesterton Art Center, IN.

Juror, Karen DePirro, Professional Artist, MA: Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Entrée entitled, Plunder and Asunder, awarded honorable mention, mixed media piece.

2007 Student Art Show. Governors State University, University Park, IL 60411

2007 National On-Line Self Portrait Exhibition. www.33collective.com/3rdPortrait/index.html

Juror: Matthew Ivan Cherry, Dean of Fine Arts, South Suburban College, IL

2007 Annual Artist Exhibition, Tall Grass Art Gallery, Park Forest, IL.

2007 Focus on Chicago: Photo and Digital Exhibition. 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL.



added side note: Due to the fact that MobileMe will no longer be available in June 2012. I am in the process of changing my business website. I have a few art works and information posted on wordpress.com

you can access the new site by googling mcgarelgraphics@worldpress.com

or even mcgarelgraphics.wordpress