Tuesday, December 31, 2013

VL Rees is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Wintergrove 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, December 30, 2013

Carolyn Hancock is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© A Technicolor Day By Carolyn Hancock


"I love painting people, getting just the right expression in their eyes, and leaving a little mystery, telling a story. Even when I'm painting a flower bloom, my thought is to give it personality. Sometimes just the curl of a petal does that, makes it flirty or serene. I paint with color, lots of color, colors you wouldn't expect, unusual combinations. But when I reach the finish, the step-back, I'm done, all those strokes of pastel blend to believability, and they are beautiful."
 - Carolyn Hancock


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Caroline Ratliff is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Evening Stroll By Caroline Ratliff



"Painting is my passion and joy, filling an inner need to produce something of beauty. My paintings are an extension of the way I connect emotionally with nature. Painting  from life gives me the opportunity to see the nuances of color and light and a sense of the location." - Caroline Ratliff






Saturday, December 28, 2013

Laura Reed is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Prism 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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Friday, December 27, 2013

Artspan Spotlight in VL Magazine with Katharine Cartwright


When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist? My parents recognized I was an artist before I entered kindergarten, and provided me with opportunities to learn about color theory and design beginning at age 3. Therefore, I’ve always self-identified as an artist and have never lost my love for creating art. Because I think in pictures rather than in words, drawing and painting come naturally to me and are the way I prefer to communicate with myself and others. 



Katharine Cartwright is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Ohm's Law By Katharine Cartwright

 "My natural tendency is to think in images rather than in words, and my  paintings are expressions of those thoughts. The foundation for my work is the intended concept, or idea, which derives from my unique perception of the world. When a concept forms, I explore it for years by creating a series of paintings that result in concept expansion and nuanced meanings. The lexicon I use for expression includes not only the common morphemes such as the elements and principles of design, but also a hybrid vocabulary of unique and unusual combinations that support the concept. Each series varies in duration and significance, and may occur simultaneously with another." 
- Katharine A. Cartwright


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Nelson


© Green And Blue Leaves 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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Monday, December 23, 2013

Mark Yearwood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


”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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Sunday, December 22, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Elizabeth Chapman


© Chichi By Elizabeth Chapman



"It brings me much joy just to be the brush in the Master Painter's hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all.  My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life."   -Elizabeth Chapman





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Saturday, December 21, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lelija Roy

© Winter Waterfall 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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Friday, December 20, 2013

VL Studio Visit with Colorado Artist Carol Nelson


I wasn’t always an “artist.”  I put that word in quotes because, to me, an artist is one who works at his or her craft diligently every day.  Besides spending time at the easel, in today’s times, being an artist also involves networking, researching, marketing, and spending a great deal of time on the computer.  It is far more involved than sitting at your kitchen table and painting a pretty picture once in a while.

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VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Nancee Jean Bussee

© Coyote Spills The Stars By Nancee Jean Bussee

"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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Linda McCoy

© Graters Raspberry Chocolate Chip 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







Wednesday, December 18, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Valerie Travers


© Marine 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




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Barbara Haviland is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Getting Ready To Ride A Rodeo By Barbara Haviland

"I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me.  I love taking workshops to further my learning.  You can never cease to learn something new.  I usually paint from my photos.  I love bright, bold, rich colors.  I feel satisfied when someone can see the love I have put into the piece that I have created whether it is a landscape, a floral, a portrait, or a seascape. At this stage in my art career, I enjoy painting in Plein Air.  It is both exciting and frustrating.  Light changes, and shadows move, but I love it!  A paint brush is my favorite tool.  You can just about do anything with a brush and some paint.  Painting brings out my passion.  It is like reading a book; you can go anywhere.  It is my escape.  The problems of the world fade away.  For a few moments, it is just me and the canvas.  I feel as though I am meant to create art.  GOD has blessed me in this way." - Barbara Haviland



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Monday, December 16, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Vanessa Katz

© Coming Home By Vanessa Katz



Vanessa Katz loves the freedom that abstracts give her to express her emotions and desires to evoke emotions through her work.  She is fascinated with shapes, colors, textures, movement and the shape between the shapes, nature and trees and this can be seen evident in her work.




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Sunday, December 15, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mary Jo Zorad

© Courtyard and Flowers By Mary Jo Zorad




“I am fortunate now to realize my expression and passion for art and make a living with this creativity.  It is the expression of life and nature surrounding me that I seek to portray. I paint what I see and feel in my soul.  Nature – closest to our soul, creates the vibrant colors that sparks the eye and warms the heart”. - Mary Jo Zorad



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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Diane Whitehead is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Bruno Bear By Diane Whitehead

"Animals are my muse. The scratch of the paw, pounce of a hoof, gesture of the head, alert ear, quiet stride, powerful shape, ancient wisdom. All come to play with the shapes I see as I paint.I am drawn to the natural beauty and coloring of an animal and am aware of how it must adapt to it’s surroundings, to become invisible to the hunter, visible to the same species to mate, and powerful enough to scare off predators. The bold color I see is like an animal aura, with such energy and emotion, it is difficult for me to ever tone down my color palette."-Diane Whitehead 




Friday, December 13, 2013

VL Studio Visit with Slav Krivoshiev



“The Mythological Constructivism – this is each one of us”

Slav Krivoshiev

Member of :
ARTIST TRADE UNION OF RUSSIA
WORLD ART FOUNDATION- USA.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ARTIST (ISA)


Debbie Grayson Lincoln is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Bandit Betrayal BY Debbie Grayson Lincoln

“Many of my neighbors are real cowboys and horsemen/women. The photo opportunities are endless and the inspirations are bounded only by one's imagination. I feel blessed to be able to indulge two of my passions in such a fashion - painting the country and people around me and riding the horses that are bred here. I am still ‘evolving’ a style. When I was in desktop publishing and designing logos, I drew like an engineer - precise and exact - photographic-like reproductions were my mainstay. Now, as a cherished friend says, I want to ‘hang loose’.  My style is not yet established (and may never be!). I am having too much fun trying new things...but I predict if you follow me for a while, you'll enjoy the variety and the evolution!" - Debbie Grayson Lincoln


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Barry Scharf

© Abstract 55 By Barry Scharf




"I am an artist that has over my lifetime explored and expressed the experiences of life through my painting, sculpture and Photography. I am interested in those directions of expression that best communicate the concepts of a life immersed in the exploration of creative theory and spiritual awakening. To live fully, a life of excellence guided by heartfelt emotion and to capture those experiences within my artworks. "
-Barry Scharf



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© My Hero 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, December 10, 2013

Photographer Connie Dines is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Green Water Reflections 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.
 "

Monday, December 9, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is David Terrar


© Cold Day On The Marsh By David Terrar

"I am now at a point where I can devote myself entirely to painting.  For the past few years I have been working full time painting with some considerable success and sales even in the current economic downturn.  I love Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region.  I find there is a spiritual connection by painting  plein air landscapes in the marshes, swamps, wet lands, a lot of grass, water and workboats of crabbers and oystermen.  My ideas for paintings come from observing rural Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region, particularly late in the day as the sun is about to go down.  When I am alone in solitude near the Bay, I feel the presence of the Creator.   We have been given a brief glimpse of beauty.  It is our duty to share the beauty." - David Terrar


Sunday, December 8, 2013

VL magazine Artist of the Day is Shirley Anderson


© Los Carneros 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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Saturday, December 7, 2013

VL/Artspan Studio Visit with Elizabeth Chapman




ADVENTURE...in one word that would be how I would describe my love for painting abstracts. 

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VL magazine Artist of the Day is Sallie-Anne Swift


© View From The Lighthouse By Sallie-Anne Swift


With a keen awareness of her environment, her great love of nature, wildlife and music, Sallie-Anne's work reflects our extraordinary environment. Clever use of mixed media and texture convey an immediate message and feeling. Bold brush strokes that are harmonious and well balanced, her work speaks for itself in strength, color and vitality.



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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Vic Vicini is VL Magazine Artist of the Day



© Stars! By Vic Vicini

"My paintings would be considered a type of contemporary still life realism. My interest for the past 20 years has focused on objects of nostalgia and modern American advertising in products and magazines. The iconic objects and symbolism in products such as advertising, automobiles or still life's, has always captured my imagination. Weather it is vintage cars with their bold colors and unique designs or the wonderful colors and design of American iconic hero's - such has in our comic or vintage magazines. In my recent series, I am capturing the ultimate hero's of the comic world and have incorporated it into my still life. The classic hero in our Comic books have and always played a part in my development as an artist. From Superman to Batman, these characters that are generated from our past plays a part in all our lives. In the world of challenges, the American icons of heroism - Super heroes, please a major part in our perspective and attitudes on how we view our modern lives. I attempt to add a sense of irony and humor in these still life's. My work plays a humorous trip down memory lane into a time when we saw the world as children where the American heroes wore caps and a mask." - Vic Vicini


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Eric Bodtker is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tahoe 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.




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Monday, December 2, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Dyan Newton

© Los Ojos Mission 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”.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Judy Mackey is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Night Fall 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