Saturday, May 31, 2014

VL Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Richard Levine

© Amsterdam, Early Dusk 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

Friday, May 30, 2014

Valerie Travers is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Sunburst 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

Click Here to see more week by Valerie

Thursday, May 29, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sterett-Gittings Kelsey

© Her Signature Move By Sterett-Gittings Kelsey

"To imbue each figure with an independent spirit, implied movements and an imagined soul, is the challenge in my art while capturing the essence of Dance in Bronze.  Sculpture in the hands of a Master should speak directly to the Soul of Man, as do the most moving words of Shakespeare or the most tender notes of Mozart."   - Sterett-Gittings  Kelsey 

Click Here to see more work by Sterett-Gittings

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Dyan Newton

© Los Ojos Hollies 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”.

Click Here to see more work by Dyan

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

VL Artist of the Day is Anthony Gonzalez

© Ann 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

Click Here to see more work by Anthony

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kay Crain is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Chicago Night Cityscape By Kay Crain

"My artist's statement should simply read "Not edgy." I love representational painting and take great pride and pleasure in creating a painting alive with color and light and with subjects that resonate with me. Like most artists, I paint because I have a compelling urge to create something that wasn't there before."
- Kay Crain

Click Here to see more work by Kay

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Studio Visit with Vanessa Katz.

Vanessa Katz was born and raised in England and now resides in Palm Desert, California. At an early age she was always fascinated with color and began painting as a teenager. The art she created in her youth and early career was comprised of only very detailed representational work.   

She resumed painting full time after her daughter left home for college.  Bored with the confines of realistic work and with a desire to paint freely, she began to develop an impressionistic style and to paint from her imagination.  Sometimes dreaming a painting or simply allowing it to evolve organically (effortlessly) from within.

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© I'm So Vain 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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Elizabeth Chapman is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Flowerburst 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

Click Here to see more work by Elizabeth

Monday, May 19, 2014

Vl Magazine Artis of the Day is Michal Ashkensal

© Independent Woman By Michal Ashkensal

"My work is the result of imagination and nature. The style is minimalistic, abstract-figurative and has sometimes a touch of surrealism. Although the colours and the contrasts are strong , there is still a harmonic oneness."
-Michal Ashkenasi

Click Here to see more work by Michal

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Visual Language Studio Visit with Digital Artist Rod Seeley

"The first question I’m asked when someone views my art is ”how did you do that”?...   Quickly followed by a puzzled look of disbelief when I attempt to explain the process and show them the “original” piece of Fractal Art used to create my unique style of artwork. " Rod Seeley

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Engles

© Yellow Green Cityscape By Carol Engles

I am a mixed media artist who lives in Murrieta, California. I work in acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and other water and drawing media. My main subjects are abstracts, abstract landscapes, florals and gardens, equine abstracts and dog portraits. I love to use color! I try to incorporate the three C's in all of my work - color, contrast and composition!  - Carol Engles

Click Here to see more work by Carol

Saturday, May 17, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sanda Manuila

© Where Did The Apple Go? By Sanda Manuila
"In my work, I aim to seize the paradox of the union of opposites, in particular the polar tension between life and death.  Nature's time is not linear, but rather cyclic, what happened once is destined to occur again.  Death is end, but also beginning.  The distant past is present in every moment, and the futur has already happened.  Rather than progression, it is repetition, like a Monarch butterfly, ending at the beginning.  It happens in the place where the grape vine dies, pulled out, to be replanted in the spring.  
In order to represent the connection between reality and illusion, I focus my emotions and thoughts to construct meaning, applying oil paint and glazes layer after layer, adding impressions of light.  I create inner landscapes from which exhude a metaphorical quality."

 -Sanda Manuila

Click Here to see more work by Sanda

Friday, May 16, 2014

Linda McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tulips 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

Click Here to see more work by Linda

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Suzanne Muldrow is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© High Society By Suzanne Muldrow

"I like to think of myself as an artist who paints with a camera. One of my favorite quotes is  "Photography has nothing to do with the things we see, and everything to do with the way we see them."" - Suzanne Muldrow

Click Here to see more work by Suzanne

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Studio Visit with Birgit Huttemann-Holz

Detroit- Inside the Pioneer Building, studio 303, February 2014

It is still frigid outside, a city frozen almost solid. I open the door to my sanctuary, turn on the light, plug in my electric tools, and turn on the heater.

I connect my IPod, listen a moment to myself, select the music and turn up the volume. Ready! I step into the U-form of my working space. It surrounds me and allows me to concentrate on my art, not finding things.  On the right are my paint griddle and electric skillets, my pigments and waxy brushes.

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lynne Miller Jones

© Grateful Roses By Lynne Miller Jones

"There is beauty all around, every day. I do my best to do it justice. "  -Lynne Miller Jones

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Laura Reed is VL 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

Click Here to see more work by Laura

Monday, May 12, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is V.L. Rees

© Tomato Pie By V.L. 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.

Click Here to see more work by V.L.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Eric Bodtker

© Casa In The Hills 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.

Click Here to see more work by Eric

Saturday, May 10, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Roseanne Snyder

© Because I Said So By Roseanne Snyder

"I returned to painting and found that it is very relaxing as long as everything goes right. I love abstract art and play with it's colors all the time." - Roseanne Snyder

Click Here to see more work by Roseanne

Friday, May 9, 2014

Isabella Gautier is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Three Little Houses By Isabella Gautier

Isabelle Gautier was born and grew up in Normandy, just a few miles from the Mont-Saint-Michel, in western France. Surrounded by creative people Gautier remembers designing her own clothes or decorating houses with her mother. She loved sharing long hikes with her father taking pictures at the change of seasons. Her artistic awareness is the result of all these childhood memories. Gautier’s art has been influenced by her European heritage and adopted American culture. Her extensive travels across all continents have left a lasting impression on her oeuvre, making her artwork both personal and universal.

Click Here to see more work by Isabella

Thursday, May 8, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Terrye Philley

© Bluebonnet Sonnet By Terrye Philley

"I have loved painting for as long as I can remember.  Drawing and painting have always been a way to recreate and refresh my spirit.  Painting is not something I have to do or I shall die sort of is just that I have a joy and passion for oil painting and feel more whole when in front of a canvas with my paint brushes in hand." - Terrye Philley

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Visual Language Artspan Studio Visit with Corey West Watson

“It sounds so clich├ęd to say that I was practically born with a brush in my hand, but it’s the truth,” says Corey West Watson. 

Throughout a childhood spent drawing and painting, Watson knew she wanted to be an artist. But she had little idea what such a calling would entail, or how the journey would test her to her limits.

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Kay Reinke

© Turquoise Matrix By Kay Reinke

Painting has always been an exciting endeavor for Kay. The mixing of creamy paints and the application of vibrant colors provide a sensual experience. She wants her paintings to suggest encounters and feelings in a way that sparks viewers’ imagination.

Click Here to see more work by Kay

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pat Meyer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Getting Ready By Pat Meyer
Pat is currently specializing in oil and her clients express their enjoyment for her refined representational style of art.  Her still life and landscape creations demonstrate her love of color. Pat’s balanced approach of personal expression and technical refinement is portrayed in each of her paintings.  Her artistic drive attempts to capture the beauty of God’s natural creations and present them in such a way that they will invoke a special feeling to be enjoyed throughout life.  Each and every painting should spark the sole of the viewer, as they are glanced upon throughout the day. She hopes that her work will bring joy and serenity, a blessing if you will, to all that she encounters.

Click Here to see more work by Pat

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Morning Magic 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.

Click Here to see more work by Lelija

Sunday, May 4, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Birgit Huttemann-Holz

© Between Heaven and Earth By Birgit Huttemann-Holz
"I am exploring our desire for a lost Eden. In our fast changing world the infinite splendor of the natural process of entropy and decay becomes a metaphor for the continuum: A fallen world, but free to overcome form and purpose. It is just a state of transition, of change, of evolution.  Fail has a dual nature of its own. It is at once a leap forward and a fall downward, one that can only be made by free human beings. The motivation for such a leap is triggered by curiosity and/or anxiety about the future and about being a human itself.  The cycle of nature is endless; a work of art is an expressed glimpse of the eternal. Wax and powdered dry pigments have been the consistent medium in my paintings.  I use fire and razorblades to attack and challenge my paintings. I leap and fail, but where creativity and failure dance, I approach the truth.  When I succeed I transcend tragedy and see the genesis of beauty and the ephemeral."  
Birgit Huttemann-Holz

Saturday, May 3, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Aida Birritteri

© Still Life Apples and Oranges By Aida Birritteri

"I find that my watercolors can express a better and more distinct point of view through the visual language as opposed to the written word. When I began to look at my watercolor work as an effortless endeavor, allowing spontaneous energy and accidents to happen, I began to find my voice through the artwork. I learned so much from my mistakes and integrated them into the composition as a whole. A focus on humility to keep the work pure and humble is required from me even though there is an overall boldness in the application and composition."
- Aida Birritteri

Click Here to see more work by Aida

Friday, May 2, 2014

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

Click Here to see more work by Filomena

Thursday, May 1, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© A Georgia Bulldog 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

Click Here to see more work by Carol