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Abstract Explorations by Wayne Pitchko


An abstract painting with orange tones and textured paintScorched Earth

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Wayne Pitchko! Wayne’s abstract explorations appear in a range of different styles,

 

Though he currently lives and works in British Columbia, many of Wayne's landscapes reference the appearance of the sky and prairies of southern Alberta. I’m particularly fond of these landscapes. Overall they are a very cohesive collection of works, with large expanses of colour and distant…

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Nostalgic Images: Painting by Nate Burbeck


A panoramic painting of children playing in a suburban streetLakeville, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Nate Burbeck’s paintings take everyday scenes as their subjects, often featuring rural settings, cars, and small town dwellings in landscapes across the Midwestern United States. There is something vaguely melancholy about Burbeck’s works, like a certain sense of disrepair or entropy in the images of deserted streets and graffiti on bridges.


A painting of the long grass and puddles under a concrete overpassLong Meadow Lake, Bloomington, Minnesota, oil on canvas…

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Desert Foliage and Mountains: Paintings by Crystal Di Pietro


A painting of springtime foliage in a Nevada canyonSpring Morning in Kolob Canyon, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artworks of painter Crystal di Pietro! Crystal currently lives and works in Nevada. Her paintings are made with small brushstrokes and vibrant colours, often featuring desert foliage and mountains. I love the bright, vibrant colours that Crystal uses, creating a rather cheerful image of the scenery in question.

 

The gallery of available work on Crystal di Pietro's art websiteAvailable work on Crystal's website

In these…

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Portraits of Maryland by Michael Gaudreau


A painting of a skyline with the tops of evergreen treesThe View from Tim's Porch, oil

Today’s featured artist is Michael Gaudreau. Michael’s paintings include portraits of Maryland and the Adirondacks, pastoral depictions of rocks and rivers, and ceramic works.

 

Working primarily with oil paint, Michael creates landscape works that really celebrate the feeling of the outdoors. His paintings are often heavily textured, and this is particularly effective when his subjects are rocks and…

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Observational Painting by Bryan Coombes


A painting of a modern train in a rural areaBC on Rails, oil on canvas

Bryan Coombes has experience as a commercial pilot, a mountaineer, and a photographer. All these experiences inform his observational painting practice, where Bryan depicts Canadian landscapes, trains, highways and urban scenes with beautiful lighting and detail.

 


A blue-toned painting of a float plane on waterDe Havilland Beaver Blue, oil on canvas

I like the way Bryan puts a small description under each of the works on his portfolio, noting his interest…

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Western Canadian Landscapes by Lisa Printz


A landscape painting of a prairie under a blue skyHay Sheds III, oil on board

Lisa Printz is a Vancouver-based artist who works in a number of mediums including oil, pastels, encaustic and acrylics. Her western Canadian landscapes are rich and layered with colour.

 

A pastel drawing of poppies in a fieldCotignac Poppies, chalk pastel

Lisa’s decadent oil paintings are made with large, textural brush strokes in colours that perfectly balance blending with contrast. Her subjects are mostly pastoral prairie scenes but her…

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Coastal Ecosystems: Painting by Vicki Beamish


A painting of still water in a sloughSlough

Vicki Beamish, our featured artist of the day, is a painter who is fascinated by coastal ecosystems. Her photorealistic style of working goes well with the documentary sensibilities that drive the artworks.

 

Born in British Columbia, Vicki takes photos whenever she is travelling or outdoors on the west coast, later using the photos as reference for her paintings. The way she paints is smooth and even, with great attention to…

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Studio Sunday: Claude Monet


A photograph of Claude Monet at work in his home studio in France

 

Let’s look at the beautiful France studio of Claude Monet. The father of impressionism as we know it today, Monet took much of his inspiration from the landscape around his home, and took great pleasure in tending his large, wild garden. Monet spent his formative artistic years in Paris, close to the Louvre and to many other artists who would become famous alongside Monet.

 

Monet’s studio is large and somewhat sparse looking. I…

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Highlight and Shadow: Paintings by Lully Schwartz


A colourful painting of a wooded clearingHow Long is Forever?, oil on linen

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Lully Schwartz is a painter who specializes in landscapes and still-life, while occasionally exploring portraiture and figure painting. Her painting style is loose yet controlled, resulting in paintings that emphasize the highlight and shadow of their subject matter.

 

Lully’s works are beautiful to look at, and the scenes she paints are quite diverse. I particularly…

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Spaces both Real and Imagined: Paintings by Margaret Bowes


A series of small oil paintings, each depicting one letter of the word "nowhere"Sometimes You Have To Go Up Really High To Realize How Small You Are, oil on canvas

Margaret Bowes, our featured artist for today, uses her artwork in a unique exploration of spaces both real and imagined, and our relationships to those spaces.

 

Working primarily in painting, Margaret crafts exquisite images that evoke feelings of familiarity and a certain, poignant lonesomeness. These are not all happy places, though some of them are…

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Environmentally Concerned Works by Edie Marshall


A loose oil painting of plumes of grass in yellow and pink tonesPlumes, oil on canvas

Edie Marshall is a painter from Saskatchewan. Her often environmentally concerned works are painted with a loose, gestural hand and put the focus on colour, tone and mood rather than capturing every detail of a scene.

 

Painting with both acrylic and oil, and using these on different types of substrate, Edie’s impressionistic images are defined by notable skill in the medium of paint. While landscapes and the…

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Summer Trips Equal Art Inspiration

 
Cabin in the woods by the beach

 

Getting away can feel irresponsible when there are many pieces of art that need to be made with deadlines looming - but every time I push those pressures aside in favour of a little jaunt out of town I am royally rewarded with a creative burst! 

 

I know people love to talk smack about smart phones and how they suck away at our attention but I am really grateful for the ever-improving camera features on smartphones. Quick candid…


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