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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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Local Fine Artwork at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery


An interior view of Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery in SaskatchewanAn interior view of the gallery

Today’s feature is a whole gallery full of artists! Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, showcases local fine artwork and also offers a selection of art supplies and classes for beginners.

 

An abstract alcohol ink painting with bright green tonesEmerging, Alcohol ink on Yupo paper, Jocelyn Ducheck

The artists represented by the gallery are all local to the town of Esterhazy and produce a wide variety of interesting artworks, from oil…

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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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Grace and Clean Lines: Photography by Doug Berry


A photo of a model standing in front of a shadowed backgroundRachel Kivlighan

Today we’re featuring the work of photographer Doug Berry. Based in Houston, Texas, Doug specializes in model photography as well as images of ballet dancers in action. I like the bright, sunny tone that Doug brings to the majority of his photographs. Often shooting in full sunlight, the artist captures the way the natural light reflects off of his subjects’ eyes, hair and faces. 

 

A screen capture of the front page of Doug Berry's websitewww.hotshufoto.com

A photo of a woman in a very long pink dress near the waterFairytale…

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Controlled Yet Casual: Art by Adele Knowler


A painting of a Northern Saskatchewan lakeNorth Saskatchewan Blue, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alberta-based artist Adele Knowler. Adele works in mixed media to create paintings of figures and landscapes that have a controlled yet casual air about them.


A painting of a woman wrapped in a Hudson's Bay Company blanket on a beachHudson's Bay Series - Big Lake, oil on canvas

The work currently available on Adele’s website seems uniformly thematic – figures and faces that appear prominently in one series are seemingly echoed or…

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Studio Sunday: Lucian Freud


A black and white photograph of Lucian Freud's studio, with "Two Brothers from Ulster" sitting on the easel

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lucian Freud. Lucian was born in Germany but moved to Britain prior to World War II, where he began pursuing his figurative painting career.

 

Known in his later career for painting portraits and full-body nudes, generally in deep earthy skin tones, using thick, heavy layers of paint. His subjects often have serious or neutral faces, and combined with the overall tone of the paintings, are…

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Magical Illustrations by Laurey Foulkes


An oil painting of several ghostly figures travelling through a fieldEvening Stroll, oil on wood

Today we’re featuring the magical illustrations of Laurey Foulkes. Laurey grew up in California where she received her BFA from, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Her drawings often explore the connections and similarities between the dream world and the real world.  The results are drawings that seem like they each tell a story, or perhaps are all scenes from one overarching plot.

 

A collage made up of fragmented imagery from dreamsDream Collage 1

The painting gallery on Laurey Foulkes' art website

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Headlines: Giant Art; Videogames; Reality TV

1) Artists Create A Synthetic Beach Inside a Museum


 

An installation by Brooklyn design firm Snarkitechture, titled THE BEACH, is turning over 10,000 square feet of the National Building Museum in Washington DC into a fake, ultra-modern beach. Guests to the museum are encouraged to lounge around and interact with the multifaceted art piece which includes lawn chairs, a snack bar and a ball-pit “ocean.” 

 

2) Norway Mural is…

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Improvisational Style: Textile Art by Maday Delgado


A quilt made from many small triangles of patterned fabricVibrations 2

Today’s artist feature looks at the textile art of Maday Delgado! Maday uses an improvisational style to create quilts and textile works celebrating her own heritage and life story.

 

Maday often uses repurposed fabrics such as old tee shirts in her quilts. Her online portfolio features several examples of custom quilts made from sports or school related tee shirt logos. I really like the effect – the quilt becomes a…

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Complex Surreal Worlds: Art by Hannah Yata


A surreal painting of a bat sitting in a cluster of blue flowersMorpho, oil on panel

Each of Hannah Yata paintings are complex surreal worlds, where part-human, part-animal subjects interact with bizarre alien landscapes.

 

A painting of a female figure with two swan headsDemeter, oil on canvas

Technically, Yata is quite skilled, rendering her subjects in extreme detail, creating almost photorealistic depictions of these strange dream worlds. She usually works in oil on panel, using bright colours and fine blending techniques to achieve a smooth…

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Sketchy, Painterly Scenes: Artwork by Madeline Shea


An oil painting of several figures lounging on the beachBeach Bummer, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of painter Madeline Shea. Madeline creates sketchy, painterly scenes of the everyday, as well as gorgeous nude studies in watercolour.


A painting of a woman next to a dogMag and Pen, oil on canvas

Madeline’s paintings almost always feature human subjects. While these subjects are occasionally posing for the painter, many of them seem to be going about their day unaware of any observation. I really…

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Repetition of Form: Paintings by Ben Stansfield


A purple and blue abstract painting with many tiny rectanglesCilia, oil on panel

Let’s have a look at the paintings of Ben Stansfield! Ben uses a very specialized painting method based on repetition of form. He creates abstract and figurative images using many duplicates of a small, clean rectangular shape in different colours.

 

An abstracted painting of an aerial view of a city, in grey and red tonesRed Bridges, oil and acrylic on panel

Ben’s dense paintings are sometimes reminiscent of impressionist styles of artwork wherein many small markings, whether brush…

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Studio Sunday: David Hockney


A black and white photo of a young David Hockney posing in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday looks at David Hockney’s work space. Hockney began his career in the 1960’s and eventually proved himself to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

 

Hockney is a figurative painter whose works range stylistically from hyper-realistic to highly abstracted. His subject matter has ranged from urban, suburban and pastoral landscapes to domestic scenes and candid portraits, to…

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Ethereal Photography by Dawn Herlihy Reilly


A close up, sepia-toned photo of a delicate flowerWishes Waiting To Be Made, photograph

Dawn Herlihy Reilly is an artist who specializes in ethereal photography. She’s also our featured artist for today! Dawn makes great use of natural lighting and shadows to add a natural yet magical touch to her photos.

 

Dawn’s gallery features landscapes and portraits as well as black and white experiments that the artist calls her Adventures in Analog. These photographs capture the mystery…

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Headlines: Polaroids, Pigs and Destructive Kids

1) Air Artists Auctions Infamous Rock n' Roll Props

 

A 2011 photo of Algie, Pink Floyd's inflatable pig

 

The UK-based company Air Artists, frequent creator of props for big-name rock bands, is selling 30 years worth of its works at auction in September. Among the items up for sale are props used by bands including Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. No estimated prices are available due to the "unusual" nature of the items. 


 

2) You Can Make Up Background Stories…

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