Thursday, October 31, 2013

SUzy 'Pal' Powell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© The Lobster Shack By Suzy 'Pal' Powell



 My theory is "It is just paper and paint, NOT a matter of Life or Death, so just have fun with it!" - Suzy Pal




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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Valerie Travers is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Twilight By Valerie Travers

"Painting is a huge part of my life and I try to work several hours each day. Surrounded by sea it is natural to be influenced and inspired by such changing beauty and this I try to capture in my work.  I paint in oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media and my subjects vary according to my passion at the time. However, I am particularly drawn to seascapes and skies as they have moved me for as long as I can remember. Creativity is a wonderful gift which I use in many ways, but art is very close to my heart and something I could not live without. " - Valerie Travers


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Donna Bland is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Amaryllis By Donna Bland

 "I love to learn, create and share what I have experienced with others.  Whether painting for someone with a special request, to leading a workshop, to being outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico - my passion is creating a piece that reminds someone of a special moment, place or person in their lives." - Donna Bland



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Hangin' On By Connie Chadwell
"I have always loved to draw the face and figure. If I'm not actually drawing from the posed model or sketching people going about their everyday lives, I'm probably thinking about it. I seldom miss an opportunity to draw or paint from life and I strive every day to capture not just a likeness of my subjects, but also the more elusive qualities of spirit, mood and emotion. "- Connie Chadwell





Sunday, October 27, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Dyan Newton

© Spring Bling By Dyan Newton

Dyan is inspired by the beauty of a summer day or the innocence and awe she sees on a child's face.  That is what Dyan wants to capture in her paintings and convey that feeling to the viewer:  the same joy that she felt when she encountered the scene originally.    Many viewers say they love her paintings' vibrant colors and how they radiate “happiness”.





Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Art of the Day

© Jewel By Jonelle McCoy


" I thank my great granddaddy for passing on the artistic genes to me; he is my guardian angel. His plain gray easel, spotted with his past smears, dots of painting, and little holes from pinning his reference materials to it is what I use; it makes me feel close to him. I still have some of his brushes, well-used, worn-out nubs that they are. One of my prized possessions is his pencil self- portrait. His favorite story told over and over when we visited him was about Van Gogh."- Jonelle McCoy


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Dawn Waters Baker is VL magazine Artist of the Day

© Redemption By Dawn Waters Baker

"I like to think of my work as a glimpse of the mystery.  The metaphors of life held in branches, cloud wisps, and water.  There is something that compels me to paint, not what is literally seen but what is felt.  For me, the window into the spiritual is nature. I believe God is talking, without words, through His creation.  Painting is my way of listening."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Carol Jo Smidt is Vl Magazine Artist of the Day


© Old Jake By Carol Jo Smidt

"My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process. Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting. One of my goals is to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As a creator of art, I want the viewer to have a positive connection with my paintings." Carol Jo Smidt




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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Donna Howell-Sickles is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Stampede By Donna Howell-Sickles



"My fascination with the cowgirl image began in my last year of college. I received an old postcard from a friend in a typical art student trade. He brought over a large box of stuff including some of his own pottery.  Near the bottom of the box were several old postcards, one of a cowgirl c. 1935 seated on a horse captioned "Greetings from a Real Cowgirl from the Ole Southwest".  The image spoke to me and I had no idea why.  Although I had grown up on a farming ranching operation in Texas we never really thought of ourselves as Western.  I surrendered to the attraction and as I used the Cowgirl in my art and I slowly filled in the blanks about my fascination with the imagery." 
~Donna Howell Sickles








Tatiana Myers is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Spicy Apple Tea By Tatiana Myers

"I grew up in Central Russia, in small logging cabin of my grandfather, who was a professional forester and talented gardener. Our house was surrounded by beautiful birch woods and endless rows of flower beds what from early age I was in change to take care of … This is what I learned to love as a child and it is only natural that this is what I enjoy painting now. My favorite subjects are poetic landscapes and glowing florals. I explore those in variety of mediums and evenly enjoying working with oils and pastels. I’m thankful for this ability to see eternal beauty in simple things and being able to reflect it at my paintings, so for the moment others can see it too… through my eyes and my heart." - Tatiana Myers


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Monday, October 21, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lunell Gilley


© The Road To Home By Lunell Gilley

"Color is where it happens in the eyes of most and then we look for composition, value and scale,etc.
As with any painter my work reflects my moods through drama, color and composition on today's canvases. Timeless events and places captured from my broad collection of traveled memories."
- Lunell Gilley






Sunday, October 20, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Filomena Booth

© Cabernet Sauvignon By Filomena Booth





"To create a powerful and moving abstract image is a gratifying experience for any artist.  To have that image appreciated by the viewer is an even greater joy." - Filomena Booth


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit with Artspan Artist Robert Huckestein


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have had art in my blood for as long as I can remember.  When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to get up on Saturday morning, turn on the television, (a mew fangled contraption at the time) pull out my box of John Nagy art supplies that I had sent away for, and begin that morning’s art project that John Nagy had prepared for his television audience of young, aspiring artists.  That is one of my earliest memories that had me dreaming of becoming an artist some day.



Janet Weaver is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© California Cherries I By Janet Weaver




"Art is not a hobby, a distraction, nor recreation, but a way of life." - Janet Weaver



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Friday, October 18, 2013

Linda McCoy is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Grape Galore By Linda McCoy

"Sunlight fuels my passion to create art. I am fascinated by the way it passes through a transparent flower petal, how it dances through glass, warms the top of an apple and appoints sentiment to ordinary objects. Capturing that transformation when an object is illuminated into something previously unseen is what truly inspires me.  This Light is what drive me to share my perception with others; and is a reminder to cherish the nuances of life." -Linda McCoy 




Thursday, October 17, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mark Yearwood

© Endeavor By Mark Yearwood


”My desire, though, is to stimulate art viewers to explore their own interpretation of my work.  When they connect with the art, I’ve succeeded. This is a process balanced between the artist’s creative desire and the interpretive acts of viewers. Art is ultimately about that human connection.” - Mark Yearwood


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is NA Bozeman



© Canyon Landscape 2 By NA Bozeman


NA Bozeman strives to depict a moment in time with each of her pastel paintings; she loves the play of light and color to show movement. She hopes that you enjoy viewing her artwork as much as she enjoys creating it!




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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Laura Reed

© In-Out By Laura Reed


"The inspiration for my abstract work comes from my life experiences; travel, nature, my environment, all culminating in a magical sort of way. It is usually subconscious, and impetuous, sparked by something seemingly as trivial as a word or a feeling. I strive not to answer the question of what my images mean but to encourage the viewer's curiosity. When the work invokes the feeling of "curiouser and curiouser" (thank you Alice) then I have achieved my goal. " - Laura Reed


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Monday, October 14, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Melissa Doron


© A Walk In The Park By Melissa Doron 


Melissa is a colorist who celebrates the subtle, natural beauty of ordinary scenes in a way that is both intense and dramatic. She paints in both oil and acrylic and has a diverse portfolio - from brilliant beach and forest landscapes to abstract color works.  Melissa
 has travelled extensively internationally and is noted for her bold use of color, the world over.









Saturday, October 12, 2013

Laurie Pace, Editor-in-Chief, Visual Language, Contemporary Fine Art Magazine interviews New York Artist and Art Critic, Hall Groat II.

Laurie Pace, Editor-in-Chief, Visual Language, Contemporary Fine Art Magazine interviews New York Artist and Art Critic, Hall Groat II.

Laurie Pace - What is your earliest memory that involves creating?
Hall Groat II - Playing in the sand and collecting seashells, along the seashore in Cape Cod.

Pace - Did you ever feel competitive to your Dad or challenged to do more?
Groat - No, never in the field of art, but during my early teens my father and I were very competitive at tennis. 



O Hoffstad is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Alfa Romeo Monoposto By O Hoffstad


Friday, October 11, 2013

Anthony Gonzalez is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Take My Picture By Anthony Gonzalez


"Each women has a uniqueness of her own and with the use of form and color my goal is to capture her expression and attitude and convey that to the viewer. Their expressions and attitudes present me with endless creative possibilities and this is what inspires me to paint."

- Anthony Gonzalez







Thursday, October 10, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the day is Isabelle Gautier


© The Circus By Isabelle Gautier 
"Is there a better way than art to bring people from all over the world together in a celebration of beauty? Painting is the way I reach out to people.  My favorite tool, the palette knife, allows me to keep the deep pigments in the acrylic paint, my preferred medium. In each painting there is a little something unexpected, a small “je ne sais quoi”, at the point of creation, which makes my art original.  It can be an odd stroke, an unnatural balance, a particular color or design… My inspiration is to paint until I find my own balance where the art lover can feel an emotional and/or intellectual connection. My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and composition the inherent nature of the aesthetic object or feeling." 
- Isabelle Gautier


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ricci Victorio is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Man From Le Marches By Ricci Victorio



"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





Sunday, October 6, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Diane Hewitt


© Shi-Shi Beach By Diane Hewitt



"I am 'under the influence' of nature!  Nature and travel have inspired the majority of  my paintings, which consists of landscapes, bodies of water, home structures, pets, and anything else that moves my spirit.  It can be something as simple as the texture on a distant mountain, or as elaborate as a field of flowers at sunset.  My favorite medium at the present time is oil, although  I have studied watercolor and still practice with it when I travel.  I now find myself exploring more and more 'en plein air', and at being able to finish more paintings 'alla prima'.  If my art can bring a smile to someone's day, I feel complete."
 - Diane Hewitt




Saturday, October 5, 2013

Melissa Post van der Burg is the ARTSPAN STUDIO SPOTLIGHT in Visual Language Magazine.


When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist?  When I was nine years old, my third grade teacher asked me to be the official class artist—my job was to illustrate the book reports written by my classmates.  I loved the responsibility and feeling kind of special because I was actually good at something.

Melissa Post van der Burg

Read more in the Artist of the Day Blog.

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Eric Bodtker

© Boats 1 By Eric Bodtker




Eric believes art creates the atmosphere in the home or any space. It can make good times better or sad times more bearable. Eric's brilliant colors define a living space in a profound way. Collectors have often described their rooms where his art resides as more bright, positive, and happy.






Friday, October 4, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Judy Mackey

© All That Matters By Judy Mackey

"I have always been interested in art and took painting lessons as a child growing up in Japan but I entered the world of Fine Art as a Professional Artist in 2005.   I paint mostly with a palette knife, with a heavy build-up of paint which gives my paintings a lot of texture.  I like working with a limited palette of colors using either Ultramarine blue or Prussian blue for my blues, Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium red medium or Alizarin Crimson for my reds, and Titanium white, and occasionally adding Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and or Magenta. I love being able to mix and derive new colors with the limited palette of colors.   I strive to create beautiful colors and capture the light and shadows along with the textures in every painting.  My painting style is impressionistic with simplicity." - Judy Mackey

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Soniya Patel is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Hand Grenade By Soniya Patel

"As an artist, I believe that any artistic creation ought to be spiritual, intellectual and take advantage of emotions. We do not always need a revolution to be revolutionary. There isn't even the need to be public; it could simply be an intimate and personal journey. Art may not always directly lead to social change, but could provoke and prepare us for those changes.  It can open our eyes to what we have failed to see previously, what we refuse to see, what life inadvertently tells us.  Art speaks of the sensitivity and gravity of imbalances.  Through art, something considered normal could take on the form of abnormal or spectacular, or something considered ugly could become beautiful, that considered trivial could take on importance and vice versa." 
- Soniya Patel




Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Pies By VL Rees


V. L. Rees is best known for contemporary realism executed in oils.  However, on hot summer afternoons, she has been known to give in to the abstract.


She draws inspiration from her appreciation of the beauty found in the everyday.  Unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature's intricacies all capture her attention.



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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Lelija Roy

© Edge Of Summer By Lelija Roy

Denver-based artist Lelija Roy offers glimpses into the western landscape. Lelija’s mixed-media work expresses texture as color and color as texture. She works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Her textures combine various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals with acrylic mediums. The painting process includes mono-printing, watermarks and numerous painting techniques. Resulting pieces can include as many as twenty layers.

Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. Lelija seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass: the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.



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