Thursday, March 26, 2015


Sometimes, it is necessary to step away from a project for a while and determine what is required to make it do/say precisely what we intend.  That's the case with "Parental Guidance".  I wasn't satisfied with the fledgling's face and and posture.  I thought more about how to create the pugnacious expression that was what I had in mind.  The image above shows the painting as it is now.  This photos also exhibits the stunning custom frame that was created by The Second Artist framer.  It is a tabernacle frame in character with the "iconic" style in which I created the painting.  Below is an image of the painting before I made changes to the fledgling crow...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Two Paintings for Art Access 300 Plates 2015

 Snow Crow, acrylic on panel, Toni Youngblood
Tween Attitude, acrylic on panel, Toni Youngblood

Save the date!

300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

What is 300 Plates?

Check it out here:

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kitchen Totem #1

Kitchen Totem #1, 12"x9" acrylic on canvas, Toni Youngblood 2015

Irony: We do not allow dishes to stack in the sink or elsewhere in our household. However, I'm intrigued by the appearance of the mismatched, off kilter and the unsteadiness of stacked dishes and the impending danger that gravity will exploit and ultimately take its opportunity to win in this unbalanced situation.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Press on "Red Winter Sky"

Left:  "Red Winter Sky", 36"x24" acrylic on canvas, Toni Youngblood

I was pleased and honored to have my painting included in a review of Artists of Utah - 15 Bytes e-Zine.

Excerpt here:

The dramatic power of the color is no less evident at Sprague Library, where Toni Youngblood’s “Red Winter Sky” expresses an immense sense of formal drama. It is shaped architectonically in a wooden tabernacle frame, which complements the intensity of the painting. In it is a linear silhouette of bare tree branches upon which two birds, one higher up, two lower, sit. It is bold and starkly set against a red winter sky. The linearity of black, and the ground of red, which shifts in tones from orange to red, is a formalistic approach, using color for its elemental structural values. If one stops to consider this formal value of red, and considers the modes of expression already mentioned — literal, nonrepresentational, psychological, interpretive or compositional — one finds that each is absolutely applicable to “Red Winter Sky” and the application of either one, several or all of these aesthetic expressive modes of utility of the color red only enhances the aesthetic sensible responsiveness of Youngblood’s painting. 

(From the article "50 Shades of Red: Horne Fine Art and Sprague Library Exhibits Examine the Color Red"  written by Ehren Clark - Ehren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer living in Salt Lake City.)

Full article can be found here.

Seeing Red: Works from the Wasatch Women Artists’ Collective is at the Sprague Branch of the Salt Lake City Library through March 13.
Exploring RED, a group invitational, is at Horne Fine Art through March 14.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Coffeeklatch, Creative Chitchat 

Above: The table of Thierry Boutemy, Florist

About Coffeeklatch

Coffeeklatch stands for ‘Slow journalism using a fast medium.’ Magali Elali and Bart Kiggen created the blog as a creative chitchat featuring creative entrepreneurs in their homes over coffee, including interesting people telling intriguing stories. It celebrates storytelling and creativity in all its forms, from fashion design to architecture.

The site originates from The Netherlands, and you can read in Dutch or English language by clicking on either nl for Dutch language or en for English, at the upper right hand corner when arriving at the website.  Besides being invited into the world of the creators through their stories, lovely photography illuminates.   ~Sparky 

Above:  Thierry Boutemy, Florist, one of the creative individuals visited in his home by Coffeeklatch.

 Above:  A view of the home of florist Thierry Boutemy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015



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