Wednesday, December 31, 2014

John Whitton Bria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Still Life With Guitar By John Whitton Bria
"Crashing against the rocks, the wave rises up in a fan of spray.  I take a quick step back and lower my brush.  Out of range of the wave, I will stay dry.  I am in the calm of my studio, but I want the painting on my easel to evoke the live energy of the event. 
 

Landscape painters often depict the lay of the land in a broad view.  With my current work, I narrow the field of vision.  Taking the focus of the eye's direct gaze, I put the viewer right in the thick of it whether the subject is the raw beauty of a Pacific wave, the remoteness of an Adirondack summit, or the serenity of local fields and a small nearby pond.



Calling myself a painterly realist, I keep the architecture of the landscape absolutely accurate and recognizable, but use my paint with a free hand, because for me, the thrill of painting is about the paint. " - John Whitton Bira



Monday, December 29, 2014

Connie Dines is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Sentinels In The Snow 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, December 28, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees


© 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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Friday, December 26, 2014

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© 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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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tension 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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Monday, December 22, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Isabelle Gautier


© Mountain Spirit I 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." 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Boob Coonts is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Indoor Weather Vane By Bob Coonts



"Colors, as used by the Fauvists, the challenge of composition and the excitement of discovery impact my work and style.  Animals, plants, landscapes and people provide a wealth of subject matter.  Combining a sense of warmth, graceful movements and detail give release to a style bordering on abstract by reflecting a true image." 
- Bob Coonts


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Janet Broussard is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© On The Riverwalk By Janet Broussard



Janet’s artistic talent came to fruition at an early age, winning her first award in fourth grade, for a watercolor seascape of California’s Bug Sur.  Constantly painting and drawing, with frequent milestones of recognition for her artistic talent, she followed her chosen path to the University of North Texas where she majored in Advertising Art.



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Richard Levine is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© An Artist Studio, Santa Fe 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


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© 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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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Michal Ashkenasi

© Falling Soldier By Michael Ashkenasi




"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



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roberta McGowan is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Sleepyhead By Roberta McGowan
"It's not about the camera or the technology; It's about the fragile whispers of life: Those images that are here and then gone in an instant; The eye that sees them; The visions of the artist; The stories to be told; This is Photography.

The images I create are dynamic and thought provoking. Strong colors and tones reflect the tough and gritty lives of the horses, cowgirls, cowgirls and the West where they live and work. My photographs are made from the perspective of the subjects.

Viewers are an integral part of the artistic process, hopefully connecting with the subjects emotions, and the subjects in turn appear to be responding to the viewers’ reactions.

With a photojournalist eye, my style is powerful yet subtle, I work to savor mystical human and equine connections within this special world. I, too, live in the West that still exists in the high deserts and sweeping grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Thank you for joining me on this visual journey." - Roberta McGowan


Monday, December 15, 2014

Elaine Vileria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Bridge After Sunrise By Elaine Vileria

Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.  She has been an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction.  She has coordinated and curated
numerous art exhibitions.  After facing breast cancer in 1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and has been published in "Quilting
Today Magazine".  She has also written and illustrated a children's book,  The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke.



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sanda Manuila is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Reality Is A Trick 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 future 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


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Judy Wilder Dalton is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Wildflower Abstract in Palette Knife By Judy Wilder Dalton

"
Whether I am painting a bold and abstract painting on paper or canvas, or painting a landscape or still life, or using the colors and texture of gemstones and wire,  I find that art is a part of how we live. I hope that my art reflects how I see life....with great appreciation and gratitude!" - Judy Wilder Dalton



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Jana Kappeler is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Water, Light, and Air By Jana Kappeler


"I have always loved color and use it freely in my work.  I believe that life is supposed to be vibrant and light filled.  Color enhances that viewpoint.  If life were black and white, it might be simpler, but it would also be boring.  I choose to live life in full color and keep my creative energy alive by experimentation.  I’m prepared to make and embrace mistakes and find little moments that work."-Jana Kappeler



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

James Russell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Downtown By James Russell

At E-scape Illustrations (“E-scape”) the mission is simple; to close our eyes and have fun imagining, designing, illustrating and writing about futuristic cities, off-world places, and how we travel on Earth and beyond in the future. As an architect and urban designer by training, I like merging structure, urban design and futuristic transportation systems into a futuristic genre to come up with fun structures and cityscapes of tomorrow. I like conceptualizing and illustrating space stations, inter-stellar vessels of all sizes and the docking platforms that serve them.   

At E-scape, I celebrate the “traditional art form.” I don’t use computers to borrow from existing photographs or futuristic art to generate new ideas. I imagine the worlds I want to visit, and I go there! I capture it the old-fashioned way; using a pencil, pen and a 5x8 inch sketchbook. All of my larger, primary illustrations begin from a new or pre-existing sketch hiding in one of many sketch books lying around the house. Once I decide which sketch grabs me the most, I start hand-crafting each detail on a larger board, using any combination of pen, marker, acrylic and maybe air brush until I arrive at that unknown destination that is a completed work.   

Whether it’s tomorrow’s cities on Earth or to a distant off-world place and back in the blink of eye, E-scape allows me to take my audience on a trip to some of the crazy, futuristic and sometimes fantastic places that I get to visit all day long. 


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Engles

© Bay Stallion 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



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scott McIntire is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© 7Up Energy Field By Scott McIntire

"Color is of primary importance to me. It has been a focal point since I studied under the color theorist Albert King at the Art Center College of Design. As one of his protégés, I went on to teach color theory and drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Because of this interest in color I use enamel paint in order to achieve a higher chromatic brilliance and to gain a greater variety of colors.
The genres in which I work are related to cityscape, landscape or still-life, with important variations. I want a more complex statement about the subject, one that will elevate it to iconic status. For me the subject is more than just its physical self, it exists in an energized environment that reflects my experiences with it.
Space is an evolving element in my paintings. I have moved away from the traditional space of photorealism to a more ambiguous space that exists on the canvas surface where an object participates in a nonlinear narrative with other images and marks. This layering of ingredients is a more satisfying way for me to make visible the barrage of information that we are exposed to each day." - Scott McIntire


Monday, December 8, 2014

Sue Ketcham is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Checking It twice By Sue Ketcham

"I want to paint beautiful things. I want my paintings to remind you that beauty often resides in the tiniest corners and in the simplest of circumstances. I want you to experience a moment of wonder that so simple an object as a pudding cup, a bird's nest, a rusty bucket of daffodils, or an old tabletop covered with apples and grapes can be beautiful. For me, painting is actually seeing what I am looking at, knowing it intimately. To capture the wetness of an eye, the distortion of glass, reflections in brass, the fragility of an Iris, the down of a feather..............is just a wonderful way to really see the world." - Sue Ketcham


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Aixa Oliveras is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Ascension By Aixa Oliveras


"My paintings center on the space between the conscious and unconscious self.  I juxtapose the human figure (conveyed in a figurative, realist style) against a dreamlike narrative, which in turn conveys a sense of unreality, mystery and displacement. 

One of my favorite quotes that serves as inspiration for me is from Shakespeare - "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Through my paintings I endeavor to express one of the ideas behind this quote, that the extraordinary can be found in the midst of the ordinary." - Aixa Oliveras



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Saturday, December 6, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Howard Tweedie

© Wharf By Howard Tweedie
Born in Malaysia of Aussie and Scots parents, Howard is an emerging artist who is lucky enough to live and work mainly in Australia. His passions are for colour and movement and the strange wonder of what we’re seeing – in people, places and objects. 


Howard has a particular interest in impressionistic plein air landscape painting and in portraiture in oils and pastels - taking inspiration from artists such as Monet, Cezanne, Serov, Augustus John and Sorolla as well as many other contemporary artists. 

He enjoys the never-ending challenge of attempting to master the tonal richness, subtleties and daring of oil as well as the freshness and vitality of pastel. Somehow to balance subtlety and boldness. Painting outdoors gives that extra sense of life, sometimes!


Howard currently works mainly outdoors and from his Artarmon studio. He studied at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, the Royal Art Society of NSW and with Studio Escalier, France.  



Howard’s works are held in prestigious private collections in Australia, UK, France and Vietnam.



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Tracy Miller is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Two Step By Tracy Miller




"My Contemporary Western Expressionist paintings are based on my love of the West. My Dad exposed me to the great outdoors, instilling a love of the land and wide open skies. My Mom influenced my love of art and culture." - Tracey Miller






Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Helen Buck is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Deep End Of The Pool By Helen Buck



"Observation and intuitive response to a visual stimulus are the two main contributing factors to a successful execution of meaningful art in my humble opinion; this and the overwhelming awe of an inspired natural world that surrounds me." - Helen Buck


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Roseanne Snyder is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© A Very Distinguished Pelican 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






Monday, December 1, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Logan Bauer

© Behind The Golden Nugget - LV 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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