Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Arena Shawn is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Summer Glow By Arena Shawn

In her pursuit of art, Arena tries to use brush and paints to reflect the quiet lights, subtle colors and playful shapes exhibited by seemingly mundane, everyday objects. Striving for the emotional quality of every piece she has created, Arena hopes that her work would be able to reach out and connect with their viewers, evoking the sense of wonder and awe of our everyday life that are so often taken as granted. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Artist of the Day for VL Magazine is Beverly Fagan Gilbertson

© Pink Tulips on Yellow By Beverly Fagan Gilbertson

Beverly Fagan Gilbertson’s distinctive signature appears on her works of art, which are displayed in regional U.S. galleries and in private collections worldwide.  Fagan paints mainly in water media. Recently, she began adding oil paintings to her body of work. Finished pieces range from 2.5” x 3.5” miniatures to larger paintings (36” x 48”). Contact her to discuss the possibility of a custom project.

To see more of Beverly's work click here

Monday, July 29, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Laura Reed

© Prism By Laura Reed

Laura is a mixed-media artist living in Sarasota, FL. She has been an artist her entire life, beginning in second grade with a drawing of Popeye. She has explored many mediums, including silk screening, gourd crafting and watercolor painting, until arriving at her current explorations of mixed-media abstract.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Artist of the Day for VL Magazine is Debra Hurd

© Decision By Debra Hurd

"A very ordinary scene can be perceived differently when painted with a bit of exaggerated color and awareness of light.  The ordinary then becomes extraordinary." - Debra Hurd

See more of Debra's beautiful work by clicking here

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Angela Sullivan is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© A Spray of Color By Angela Sullivan

"I am a painter of beautiful things. I have been painting for about 18 years but have devoted myself to painting daily since 2009. My style is mostly loose and free.  I am from the deep south and speak with that all too familiar southern drawl. I have always had a love for art. When I was little I would color for hours. I created paper dolls and then later made quilts. My mother worked in a sewing factory and my father was a carpenter. They taught me values like to treat people with respect and that I can do or become anything I want to be. They were right. I hope you enjoy your visit here as I share with you my paintings which come from the heart. I am glad you stopped by. I live to make my world a better place to be" - Angela Sullivan

See more of Angela's Awesome artwork by clicking here

Friday, July 26, 2013

Artist of the Day for VL Magazine is Jimmy Longacre

© RisingUp By Jimmy Longacre

"I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism.  Although my paintings are representational, based upon the things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of  “reality” as I find it.  My desire is to apply design and color to induce a more poetic experience that will resonate with inner feeling. I aim to manipulate the visual vocabulary of light, shadow and form in a way that touches intuition and emotion.  My paintings call for your personal participation.  My greatest satisfaction is in seeing them find a place with those who decide they want to live with them."
 - Jimmy Longacre

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ricci Victorio is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

"My paintings are an improvisation. The very act of painting is joyful, spontaneous and physical (like acting or dance) especially with the larger paintings. I paint to music, mostly Italian operas and have found I am emotionally attached to each one. Paintings are taken from my photographs and each photo calls for different brushes, techniques and style. I love how color and light plays upon various subjects."
 - Ricci Victorio

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

UK/Germany... Nick Gonzalez, Artspan and Visual Language Studio Visit August 2013

I grew up on farms in the southern English countryside of Dorset and Hertfordshire - my father was a dairyman (he had originally hailed from Gibraltar, a very small rock in the Mediterranean Sea, without a single cow). My mother had attended painting classes at the London Central School of Art, but had to temporarily give up her artistic work for a busy family/farm life, post-war. 
Nick Gonzalez

VL Artist of the Day is Texas Artist Sheri Jones

© September Morning By Sheri Jones

 "Painting in the great outdoors creates an excitement within me that results in a fun dance with the brush or palette knife.  Creating still lifes in the studio gives me control over color, shape, form and design.  My result is an explosion of color and energy. It's an exhilarating and challenging adventure. I am inspired with the process and my gratitude to God for the artistic drive he has given me."
Sheri Jones

See more of Sheri's fantastic work by clicking here

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

VL Artist of the Day is Artspan Artist Denice Peters

© A Summer's Welcome By Denice Peters

"Painting landscapes is my passion.  I feel empty without art.  And, I am always amazed at the beauty around us, everyday.  God has created a wonderful world for us to enjoy.  Many of us today overlook the things we see each day, and if my work brings a little appreciation of nature and our place in it, then I feel I’ll have succeeded." 
 Denice Peters

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Visual Language Magazine's Artist of the Day is Artspan Artist Leigh Campion

© SFXP III By Leigh Campion

I believe in the “less is more”, minimalist approach. I try to create uncluttered compositions, ones that force the viewer to slow down and gaze at the art.                        - Leigh Campion

To see more of Leigh's amazing work click here

Friday, July 19, 2013

© Chaotic Peace By Karen Kennedy Chatham

Karen Kennedy Chatham is a semi-self-taught artist having attended many workshops and classes with accomplished artists such as watercolorist, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and oil paint/pastel artist, James R. Spurlock. Painting with watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels, Karen has created her own style of art combining techniques both learned and original that translate the language of art from her heart to the world. 

To see more of Karen's vibrant work click here

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day Barbara Jones

"The beauty of the ordinary is what I try to capture in my paintings. We are surrounded by unlimited opportunities to share with others the unique qualities of color, light and form that are part of our everyday lives." Barbara Jones

View more of Barbara's Work by Clicking here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

David Forks Studio Visit Artist of Texas and Visual Language August 2013

Pursuit of My Dream by David Forks

" I have just started to learn this process of painting and it is abundantly clear to me that it will take a lifetime to figure out. There is nothing I can think of that is more rewarding and simultaneously puzzling. Rewarding for every stroke of paint I smack down with bold deliberate intent and puzzling for every one tentatively, hesitantly and unconvincingly smeared to the surface. Painting is my vocation and has become an integral part of my being, which I aspire to one day make my career. Oh the thought, what a blessed life it will be. My passion is landscape, and I am truly inspired by the rugged profound beauty of nature." David Forks

Visual Language Magazine, Artspan Artist David Terrar Maritime Art

A few years ago, David Terrar had a heart attack.  While in the hospital at Washington Hospital Center,  the medical team kept referring to his "Golden Hour."  It was a polite way of referring to the last hour of a person's life.

Click through here to see how this inspired David's work.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Artspan, VL Artist of the Day Charles F Mann, Printmaker

Charles F. Mann is a printmaking artist who carves woodblocks and linoleum to make limited-edition, fine art, hand-pulled prints.  It is the traditional Western-style of relief printmaking using oil-based inks on archival 100% cotton rag paper.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Artspan VL Artist of the Day, Peter Barrett, Maritime Artist

Successful in business throughout the years, an alum of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and currently managing the North American region for a global software and services company, Peter still finds the time to paint.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Drew Keilback Featured Spotlight Artspan VL Interview for August 2013

Drew is a realist oil painter born and raised on the Canadian prairies. Drawing and sketching from an early age, he received his Fine Art training in Phoenix, Arizona. While there, he was deeply influenced by the contemporary Western painting style of the Southwest and to this day is an admirer of the works of Howard Terpening, Matt Smith and Mian Situ.

 Drew Keilback
When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist?  Impossible to tell. Like most artists I’ve enjoyed drawing for as long as I can remember. I think drawing is a primordial means of communication and, as children, we instinctively pick up a pencil to convey our first messages. For some of us the ‘medium is the message’ and we continue on to become artists in all its different forms. 

VL Artspan Artist of the Day, Rachel Weissberger, Do not miss her energetic painting.

Sax in the City
by Rachel Weissberger.

Enjoy Rachel as Artist of the Day
Click here to see her work.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

David Forks Artist of The Day for Visual Language Magazine

"I have just started to learn this process of painting and it is abundantly clear to me that it will take a lifetime to figure out. There is nothing I can think of that is more rewarding and simultaneously puzzling. Rewarding for every stroke of paint I smack down with bold deliberate intent and puzzling for every one tentatively, hesitantly and unconvincingly smeared to the surface. Painting is my vocation and has become an integral part of my being, which I aspire to one day make my career. Oh the thought, what a blessed life it will be. My passion is landscape, and I am truly inspired by the rugged profound beauty of nature." David Forks

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jason Tako, VL Artist of the Day Visual Language Magazine

"Sometimes great things can come out of tragedy. Sometimes we learn more of who we are through suffering and trial. Any successful artist has to pay his or her dues; to work hard and go through a good number of failed paintings before they discover their artistic voice. And sometimes the struggle can be something not directly related to art, yet it can still have an impact on our art."

Click here to see more of Jason's Landscapes.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit Maritime Artist Austin Dwyer

Studio Visit Maritime Artist  Austin Dwyer

I was born in Ireland in 1938. Looking back on my life, I remember imagining what I would be when I grew up.  Parents have their ideas for your future and mine were no different. At twelve, my father’s destiny for me was to become a tradesman. My mother, with a more romantic direction saw me as a great musician. Even my maiden aunt who lived with us, chirped in. I would be a sea captain as were all her male predecessors. I admit that I regarded the idea of exploration exciting, so I naturally turned to someone Irish. I read all that I could find on Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

From the Island of Guernsey, Featured Artspan VL Artist Valeries Travers

© Dramatic End by Valerie Travers

 Art is second nature to me, enabling a connection to the bigger picture and is also a way of expressing myself through colour and texture. I have many other outlets for my creativity, but art has been my main focus for the past twenty years.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Dora Atwater Millikin, Artspan VL Artist of the Day captures the Working Waterfront.

"As site specific as the places in my paintings may be, hopefully, anyone can relate to the universal nature of their activity.  What is my message?  My message is to find the rhythm and beauty in the world around me and to give an interpretation of life in my time as seen through my eyes."  Dora Atwater Millikin

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Taste of Life from the Delaware Valley with Artspan Artist Tom Chesar featured on VL Artist of the Day.

© Banjo Player by Tom Chesar

Inspiration for my paintings come from both internal and external sources.  Scenes from the Delaware Valley and the coast of Maine form the basis for much of my art.  Internal imaging and interpretation, however, are the critical factors which give the paintings a uniquely personal meaning.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Jason Tako Landscape Fine Artist Featured in the upcoming issue of Visual Language Magazine.

Jason Tako  - Studio Visit
Upcoming Issue of Visual Language Magazine.

Click here to read more and see just a few of his paintings.
And watch for the release of the magazine with all of his paintings on Sunday.

Artspan VL Artist of the Day bring incredible color to the Canvas...

© Casa in the Hills by Eric Bodtker

Using a pallet knife with both heavy and very light applications as well as an occasional brush stroke creates the various layers and textures that help give each painting its own dimension. Taking a closer look, one would discover the various hues that dance throughout his paintings.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Coastal Views of Every Day Life with Artspan Artist Mike Maron

© Mike Maron

I first started my painting career as a ten-year old in the 1950’s when I took watercolor lessons from Marvin Saltzman.  A gradually developing (and undiagnosed until some years later) case of nearsightedness however diminished my interest.  (How can you paint something that you can’t see clearly?)  By the time I was outfitted with glasses, I was on my way to a career in science.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ASPENS by our Colorado Artist of the Day, Lelija Roy.

© Sunset Promise by Lelija Roay

Denver-based Artspan VL artist of the day Lelija Roy offers glimpses into the western landscape. Lelija’s mixed-media work expresses texture as color and color as texture.

See more of her gorgeous Aspens
by clicking HERE.