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Classical Facets: The Art Portfolio of Francesca Profili


An art print depicting a sculpted maskWater Art Mask, art print on canvas

Francesca Profili creates painted mask sculptures that project landscapes and scenery onto human faces, combining two classical facets of painting into a very contemporary whole.


An art print depicting a mask reflected in still waterStill Water Mask, art print on canvas

 

The artist’s masks have a theatrical edge, but a different function than the masks of Pamela Schuller, for example. Francesca’s masks aren’t meant to be worn but rather seen from…

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Headlines: NEA, Texas, Memorial

1) Proposed Cuts to NEA Voted Down


The Capitol building in Washington, DC

 

In Washington, DC, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly against a proposed amendment that would have cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts by 15 percent. In what is being hailed as a victory for arts advocated in the United States, 297 representatives voted against the amendment, while only 117 voted for it. The Amendment was proposed by the republican representative…

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Abstracted Viewpoints: The Portfolio of Stuart Diekmeyer


A photo of some berries with water droplets on themNandina Berries

Stuart Diekmeyer is a photographer who grew up in England and now lives and works in Maryland. Throughout his practice, and in recent works, the artist has experimented with minimalism and abstracted viewpoints.

 


A photograph of a covered window on a streetErice 2

 

I really appreciate the way that Stuart’s photography exposes new angles to everyday objects, plants, and other forms that might seem mundane at a glance. In the artist’s series Artomatic 2017,…

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The Digital and Traditional Photo Portfolio of Pamela Pitt


A photographic print with a silhouette over grave stonesMother's Day, photographic print

 

Pamela Pitt has been taking photographs for decades, developing a unique style that blends an eye for detail with a love of surrealism and abstraction. The artist uses both digital and traditional photo manipulation techniques in her portfolio.


A double exposed photograph with Japanese architectural elementsStream of Consciousness, photographic print

 

I really enjoy Pamela’s Spirit Guide series. In this series, photographs of grave stones or spiritual…

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Evoking Emotions: The Portfolio of Drew Noel Marin


A painting with a small seedling on a textured grey backgroundRooted, acrylic on textured canvas

 

Featured artist Drew Noel Marin is based in Michigan, where she creates painted works in acrylic on textured canvas. Drew’s paintings showcase the artist’s eye for color-blending and abstract composition, evoking emotions or distant memories more than specific images.


A diptych painting of grey abstract planesNew Trail (diptych), acrylic on textured canvas

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Drew’s gallery of available artworks – the…

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A Portfolio of Patterned Abstract Works by Jeanie Auseon


A pattern of silkscreen prints on canvasThe Improvisation Continues, silkscreen prints, dyes, and paints on canvas mounted on cradled wood

 

Jeanie Auseon is an artist and long-time art educator whose current practice explores abstraction and mixed media. Using materials like silkscreen, cloth, and stencils, the artist creates patterned abstract works that often have an almost quilt-like aesthetic to them.


A pattern of prints on dark fabricMotion Series #4, Stripes, stenciled images on monoprinted cloth…

 

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Studio Sunday: Edward Gorey


A photo of Edward Gorey in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Edward Gorey. Gorey was an American artist who specialized in pen-and-ink drawings and was best known for his illustrated books. The artist often approach his work with a sense of macabre humour, and many of his drawings depicted children and other figures in Victorian or Edwardian styles.

 

The first thing I notice in the above photo of Gorey at his desk is all the cats! I love to see an artist…

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Playing With Perspective: The Art Portfolio of Jane Zednik


A painting of an abstracted ice storm and a captured birdIce Storm, oil paint on heavy archival paper

 

Jane Zednik practices playing with perspective, exaggerating some elements of a painting and minimizing others to create a sense of depth and symbolism in what might otherwise be straightforward imagery.


A painting of a lost and found gloveWinter Saga, oil on heavy archival paper

 

I like almost illustrative aesthetic that Jane works with in many of her paintings. Sometimes she incorporates text, which gives off a friendly,…

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Ellen Kappes' Lively Watercolor Paintings


A watercolor painting of a row of trees in front of a body of waterKing's Point at high tide, watercolor

 

Ellen Kappes creates delicate yet lively watercolor paintings in blue and green hues. As subject matter, the artist favours landscapes, rendering lush green trees in daubed brush marks over deep blue washes as oceans.


A watercolor painting of trees overlooking a body of waterOtter Point surf, watercolor

 

I like the way that the artist utilizes the medium of watercolor – Ellen doesn’t try to force the thin paint into fine details, but rather runs…

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Land-Based Sculptures by Nls Udo


An artwork made up of grass in a diamond pattern among treesAu Dessus de la Rivière, grass planting (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France)

Nils Udo is a German artist who has been creating land-based sculptures since the 1960’s. The artist’s style is well-defined and almost stark, if not for Udo’s use of the materials of the surrounding land, creating a fascinating tension between what could exist in nature, and what is necessarily man-made.


An artwork consisting of a moss-covered den in a forestLa Mousse I, (Forêt des Vosges)

 

I really love the…

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Accumulated Earth: The Portfolio of Carol Ross


A painting of a burning tree after a lightning strikeLightening Strike, oil

 

Carol Ross’ art portfolio is packed with heavy, natural-hued paintings that speak of accumulated earth and dust, and long, winding roads. The artist tends toward open spaces and large bodies of water as subject matter, painting her scenes in a style that varies from sunny to dark and dramatic.


A painting of a rode with orange pylons scattered over itShe Blew Right Past the Cones, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the works in Carol’s oil and acrylic painting…

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A Portfolio of Softly Abstracted Images by Amy Kaufman


A hand-painted monotype of yellow tulipsYellow Tulips, hand-painted monotype

Amy Kaufmann is a mixed media artist who creates textural, softly abstracted images of seascapes, still-life subjects, and flowers. Amy’s paintings have been featured in films and in magazines, and the artist offers her artistic talents on a commissioned basis for people looking to create the perfect backdrop or finishing touch for an office or home.


An abstracted painting of grass with a yellow skySunshine Field, hand-painted monotype

 

Many of…

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Ghostly Images: The Art Portfolio of Felix Dolah


A charcoal drawing of some odd, simplified figures

Unerträglicher Lärm in absoluter Stille

Felix Dolah is an artist based in Mainz, Germany who works in diluted charcoal, creating ghostly images that play with simple figures and negative space. The artist’s works embrace sharp contrast and are devoid of color.


A drawing of several elongated figures clustered togetherAccattone

 

My first impression of Dolah’s works is that they’re slightly creepy – the elongated limbs and slightly off-kilter silhouettes of these maybe-human figures…

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The Figurative Painting Portfolio of Arquimedes Mejia


A painting of a woman in harlequin dress reclining19

Arquimedes Mejia is originally from the Dominican Republic and now lives and works in New York. The artist’s practice is highly experimental, with a backbone of figurative painting that serves as foundation for his forays into different media and styles of mark-making.


A still-life painting of a basket of orangesMandarinas 1

Browsing through Arquimedes’ online portfolio, I’m fascinated by his Arlequines – in these works, female figures in Harlequin-patterned outfits…

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Studio Sunday: Per Kirkeby


A photo of Per Kirkeby's art studio

 

Per Kirkeby was a Danish artist who worked in painting and sculpture. The artist was especially well-known for abstract paintings that focused on structure and composition, even occasionally incorporating an architectural sensibility. The artist had a formal education in geology which tended to inform his practice.

 

Kirkeby’s studio is messy, paint-splattered, and has the slightly dark, crowded atmosphere of studios like those of…

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