Saturday, November 30, 2013

Logan Bauer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Pottery Under The Windowsill By Logan Bauer


L. BAUER SPENT MUCH OF HIS ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL YEARS OVERSEAS.  HE TOOK HIS FIRST PAINTING CLASS IN LONDON, ENGLAND AT THE AGE OF 13. UPON HIS RETURN TO ARIZONA HE CONTINUED TO TAKE ART CLASSES AT PHOENIX COLLEGE AND ARIZONA STATE  UNIVERSITY, WHILE HE PURSUED OTHER PROFESSIONAL GOALS.  IT WAS NOT UNTIL RECENTLY THAT PAINTING STOPPED BEING A PART TIME ENDEAVOR OR HOBBY AND BECAME A FULL TIME COMMITMENT




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Friday, November 29, 2013

Niki Gulley is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Swimming In Circles By Niki Gulley


"At an early age, having found that the grandeur of nature has the ability to uplift the soul, my feet became set upon the path that would guide my artistic life. This emotional view of the world is something that I’ve tried to translate through my canvas so that the viewer can journey with me. Having been inspired by the impressionists, I strive to capture the vibrant energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings." - Niki Gulley






Thursday, November 28, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Sheri Jones

© Beautiful Sunrise By Sheri Jones


"I have grown to love the process of painting from life, whether it be outdoors or from a set up in the studio.  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




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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Marzena Oberc-Habzda is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Renaissance By Marzena Oberc-Habzda

Marzena Oberc-Habzda is captivated, inspired as well as challenged by various subjects in nature.  Her focus is on nature's delicate yet powerful beauty, remarkable design and perfect color harmony.  She is driven by a need to explore and capture a certain sense of light to evoke desired emotion and inner feelings, not easily captured and expressed in words.
Marzena is fascinated with perfect unity, relationship of shapes and harmony of color that nature delivers with such ease and perfection.   This creates constant excitement, drive and a spontaneous approach to the subject.  Inspiration for each painting comes from seeing and experiencing something beautiful, something so captivating that it takes artist's breath away. 





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Autumn 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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Monday, November 25, 2013

Stanley Sherr is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Peeling An Egg By Stanley Sherr


"Abstraction can involve an application of a medium to a surface that changes it and the rectangle, and the evolving image, and continues to do so every time the pencil, pastel, or paint is applied. The image transforms by addition, alteration, or reduction until what is acceptable to me as a final resolution has been reached. Hopefully, the result presents an interesting configuration of forms, values, colors, and textures that produce a desirable drama, poetry, or intellectually stimulating image that moves the viewer.
With figurative work that same combination of elements should result in pleasing pictures. However with realism or figuration the final image is for the most part already in the mind's eye." Stanley Sherr



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Sunday, November 24, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Ricci Victorio


© Red Forest 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. The light is very different in Italy, different again in England, and yet again in my own backyard." - Ricci Victorio



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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Robert Fiacco is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Orskany Rendezvous By Robert Fiacco



 "I believe that art should be expressive and truthful.  Besides just realistically painting an aircraft, I try to create emotional and dramatic elements that make the painting exciting and engaging.  I have completed numerous tours with various squadrons during my active duty years (VXE-6, VP-24, VP-64, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), and VP-62) as a Naval Flight Officer/TAO and I believe that this has helped me to add elements to my paintings " 
- Robert Fiacco


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Friday, November 22, 2013

VL Magazine Artis of the Day is Laura Reed

© Gallileo's Moon 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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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kari Tirrell is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Pileup By Kari Tirrell




A self-taught artist, Kari Tirrell spent her formative years drawing people and animals in graphite, charcoal, and ink.  She won her first award in an art contest at age 11.  After many years of drawing, Kari changed direction and started painting abstracts in acrylic, selling her work to collectors around the globe.  She eventually returned to realism, and soft pastel became her medium of choice.



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Cheryl J. Smith

© Cherry By Cheryl J. Smith



"Art has been a personal endeavor of mine for years. Through all my life journeys, whether it was directed toward my personal or professional life, I would keep turning to my art and the desire to paint." - Cheryl J. Smith




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Monday, November 18, 2013

Sara Taylor Mills is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Iron Man in Stripes By Sara Taylor Mills

"As my work juxtaposes themes of simplicity with excitement, there are other paradoxical elements that play a role in making these ordinary objects opportunities for exploration and reconsideration.  I often work in series, focusing each painting or panel on a single object rather than in narrative scenes, allowing the interaction between these independent paintings determine the voice of the work. Drawn to objects with shiny or reflective surfaces, much of my work has revolved around childhood toys.  These paintings pull together themes of the hand crafted versus the mass-produced, childhood versus adulthood, and reality versus imagination.  As I continue to explore these reminescent toys in my current work, I have begun to introduce other everyday objects into my paintings." 
-Sara Taylor Mills


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mark Yearwood


© Place of Solace 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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Diane Fairfield is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Life By Diane Fairfield

"Bold, vivid expressions of color, light, perspective and texture compel me. My passion is to express the beauty and truth that exists in the natural and spiritual realms. To create the desired effects I use whatever tools my hands fall on first, including, for example, sponges, knives, rollers, grooming tools, even my own hands/fingers. My newest body of work incorporates various light reflecting materials such as metallic elements that sparkle and films that split light into its spectral colors. Layers of acrylics are applied followed by oils with the light reflecting elements being embedded in the various layers." - Diane Fairfield

Friday, November 15, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lelija Roy

© What The Ravens See By Lelija Roy








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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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Filomena Booth

© Blue Bouquet 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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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Laura Brown Is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Snowman By Laura Brown
"I am moved to paint by the same spirit that inspired me at two years old to render Humpty 
Dumpty in crayon on a white cupboard. Only now, it is with oil paint and watercolors that I try to communicate what inspires me. I find myself changing and trying new ways of creative expression yet, somehow I always return to the narrative. It is the story inspires me to paint. The story that is told by each new painting I begin  is what interests me. I love the celebration of rich color balancing strong composition."
- Laura Brown 


Monday, November 11, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Nelson

© Glowing Stones By Carol Nelson

"I live to be creative.  I am inspired by things I see around me - a line, a shadow, a texture, a color.  Form and shape and how color masses interact - it's all part of what gets me going in a creative pursuit.  It seems that many of my artistic ideas come to me early in the morning, when I'm half way between sleep and wakefullness." - Carol Nelson



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

VL Magazine Artis of the Day is Shawn Morrel

© Urban Moment #2 By Shawn Morrel


"Creating original artwork and sharing it with people is one of the earliest passions.  I had a hobby of drawing cartoons from television as a child, and it has evolved into fine art paintings.  
Having lived in three different countries over the years (Canada, United States, and United Kingdom), along with much travel, has given me new insight. Inspiration has been found in exploring different lifestyles and customs. My latest work, the Urban Moment, collection focuses on people in everyday urban settings around the world. With an international audience, I create content that brings people to a common place. Documenting different cultures, cityscapes, and international sports are amongst some of my favorite subjects. "  - Shawn Morrel



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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Visual Language Magazine . Artspan Studio Visit with Kari Tirrell



I never intended to be a professional artist.  Like many artists, I drew constantly throughout my childhood.


Pamela Blaies is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Keepsake By Pamela Blaies

"I create representational oil paintings using the alla prima technique.  With alla prima painting, a work is completed while the paint is still wet.  Using this wet-on-wet technique, I often employ thin, transparent washes along with impasto texture which add depth and interest to my paintings.   The time limitation of this technique motivates an energetic pace to my work and helps to keep my inspiration fresh. I prefer to paint from life and am inspired by the effects of light and shadow in the world around me.  Black paint is not part of my palette.  I use color mixes and complements for shadows and lowering color intensity.  My limited color palette offers a virtually infinite color range and helps me to organically achieve color harmony.   I enjoy exploring the new inspirations I find each day." - Pamela Blaies




Friday, November 8, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Richard Levine

© Cafe Life, Havana By Richard Levine



"I like to paint in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate;  where these elements identify and characterize a locale.  Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic "sense of place"."
- Richard Levine









Thursday, November 7, 2013

Shirley Quaid is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Heart Beat By Shirley Quaid



"Heart tugging scenes, character lines, life lived long, if not well, these are things that pull me in and keep me painting. I am an artist who has the rare privilege of living my dream to paint. What a life! Finally." - Shirley Quaid





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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

VL Magazine Artis of the Day is Tatiana Roulin

© Harajuku Girl By Tatiana Roulin



"Art wasn’t something I just discovered. It has been a part of my life from a very early age. For me art is a way of life and I create 24 hours a day, maybe not by holding a brush, but by seeing, thinking and feeling. Creating art to me is an additional way to communicate with this world around." - Tatiana Roulin



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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Linda McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Blue Bayou 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 drives me to share my perception with others; and is a reminder to cherish the nuances of life." -Linda McCoy



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Monday, November 4, 2013

Photographer Connie Dines is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

StaMonicaPier By Connie Dines

"One thing I do notice is that regardless of where we are, nature is always a factor in our lives and we crave to see what's going on outside. "

Sunday, November 3, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sharon Hodges


© The Diner By Sharon Hodges


"Finally, painting is allowed priority. 
Finally, rejection is merely a learning curve. 
Finally, when the work sells, I am thrilled, intimidation be damned.  
Finally, time is stolen to 'shut up and paint'.  
Life is good." - Sharon Hodges





Saturday, November 2, 2013

Visual Language Magazine/Artspan Interview Naval Artist Robert Fiacco


 Visual Language Artspan Interview

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist? When I was about 11 years old my father started a small business that involved selling reproductions of famous paintings;   READ MORE HERE...

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Shirley Anderson

© Michigan Morning By Shirley Anderson

"Some would say that artists must give up the “arts scene” to live in an out-of-the-way place with the natural beauty that we enjoy. But I say, not so. We have it all here - nature’s beauty, a climate conducive to plein air painting, and a healthy focus on art education. It doesn’t get any better than this." - Shirley Anderson



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Friday, November 1, 2013

VL Magazine Artis of the Day is Nancee Jean Busse

© Trust By Nancee Jean Busse

"I paint the things that make life worth living for me: landscapes, the natural world, and wildlife, especially birds. These things remind me that life is elegant and beautiful. Sometimes I paint simple things that feel vivid and full of life, like flowers or pets, or an image I can’t get off my mind.
I paint using acrylics, brushes, and panels or canvas. The vibrant colors and creamy textures of modern acrylic paint make me happy. Depending upon the subject matter, I either apply the paint thickly and pay close attention to each brushstroke, or use layer upon layer of thin, light-refracting glazes. My subject matter is important in determining the method with which I paint.I paint realistically because I developed my drawing skills from an early age. Now I am exploring ways to combine my realistic style with less representational elements. I am striving to honor the beauty of the natural world within the context of my own inner vision.  I paint because I love it!" - Nancee Jean Busse