Saturday, January 31, 2015

Logan Bauer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Big Vase 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, January 30, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Michal Ashkenasi

© Ball Of Fire 3 By Michal 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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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Woman In A Blue Dress 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

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

John Whitton Bria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

©Adirondack Series - The Barkeater Cliffs 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


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Wrightsville Morning 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.





Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Looking For Robins 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, January 23, 2015

Janet Broussard is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Nu-Way Cafe 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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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© A Pair of Scissors 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





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bob 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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Isabelle Gautier is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Wendy's Style 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." 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Eric Bodtker is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Capturing El Capitan 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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Fancy Rooster 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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Saturday, January 17, 2015

VL 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"."


Friday, January 16, 2015

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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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Elaine Vileria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Segmented City 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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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sanda Manuila is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Thrown Off Track 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





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Judy Wilder Dalton is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Timberline 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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Monday, January 12, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jana Kappeler

© Torchbearers 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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Sunday, January 11, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Corey Watson

© Bright Day By Corey Watson

"I paint because it is what I love to do. I am inspired by almost everything because I embrace the moments I am in. When it is time to paint, I am in it with my whole heart. When it is time to play with my children, I embrace it fully and forget everything else. Because of my ability to completely be in the moment and go with the flow of life's unexpected turns I can use the richness of those experiences to bring my paintings to life." - Corey Watson

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Friday, January 9, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

© Will Work For Food By Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

Phyllis believes that her own introduction to sculpture was by design. From her earliest experiences of completing a sculpture, seeing a form emerge from a lump of clay, she has delighted in creating. Out of this personal joy she also senses responsibility, as a sculptor, to create work that adds value to our existence, to evoke a smile, to touch someone’s heart and for a moment to capture his or her emotions. When someone relates to her sculpture from their experience, it gives the work meaning and keeps it alive. Her desire as a sculptor is to be someone who represents goodness in life by creating, teaching, learning, discovering, sharing, and serving.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mark Yearwood

© Warm Thought 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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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Victoria Pendragon is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Peace The World Desires By Victoria Pendragon

Most of my work is on the small side, so that the viewer can experience intimately, as one might experience one’s own self in contemplation or a lover in the act of love, the depth and complexities of attachments, attraction and energy in the physical world. Men and women, where they appear in my work, represent all men and women, my couples, all couples of all kinds. My work is about our One-ness, our same-ness, and, perhaps ironically, our marvelous diversity and uniqueness. I see woman as Goddesses, men as Gods and all of us as the creators of our realities...personally and passionately empowered. I see the earth as nothing short of a wonderland. I stand in constant awe of every aspect of life and I create to honor it.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Aixa Oliveras is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Labyrinth 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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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Valerie Travers is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© 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



Saturday, January 3, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Scott McIntire

© Short Black Watertank 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

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Roseanne Snyder is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Colorado Mountain 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







Thursday, January 1, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Logan Bauer

© 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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