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Whimsical Murals and Powerful Paintings by Grace Ann Piano


A painting of a Sudanese woman holding a babySudanese, oil on canvas

Grace-Anne Piano came to art after a previous career in engineering and business. Her whimsical murals and powerful paintings can be found in a variety of public and private spaces.

 


A wall mural in a hair salon, depicting a woman with long, flowing hairUntitled wall mural

Grace’s style produces colourful paintings, full of movement themselves, as well as sculptural and large-scale public installations – for example, a parade float. There is something about Grace’s work that…

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Promoting Your Illustrated Book


Author standing in the doorway of a book shop

 

I recently had the opportunity to read my illustrated book to a group of people in Vancouver at a fancy little book shop called The Paper Hound. Here are some tips for promoting your illustrated book by engaging the public.

 

1. I was late : ) Don't be late - but don't arrive too early as this can make you feel a little flustered if you get a little nervous about public speaking. The best option is to arrive 30 minutes before and…


Studio Sundays: Mark Rothko

 


A black and white photo of Mark Rothko standing next to a large monochrome in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Text, Choreography and Performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater


PhotodocumentaA photo of a woman dancing while another woman plays cello in the backgroundGrain(s), documentation of live performance

Tanya Lukin Linklater is an artist who uses text, choreography and performance to address both personal and social concepts. Tanya often employs two or more of the aforementioned disciplines in a single piece, resulting in multilayered performances that are both aesthetically

pleasing and thought provoking.

 


A screen capture of Tanya Lukin Linklater's websitewww.tanyalukinlinklater.com

 


A photo of a man looking at a banner draped over a rock jettySlow Scrape, site-specific installation

Tanya’s…

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Moody Abstract Works: Skai Fowler


An abstract painting with overlapping lines of orange and blue tonesConvergence 1, acrylic on canvas

Skai Fowler is based in Vancouver, British Columbia but her art exhibits internationally. Her paintings combine powerful, almost monochromatic planes of colour with smaller shapes and thin, spider-like dark lines, creating an effect that I find slightly reminiscent of the works of Kandinsky.

 


A screen capture of Skai Fowler's websiteDown This Crazy River series on Skai Fowler's website


An abstracted painting of salmon swimming upstream on a deep blue backgroundSalmon River, acrylic on canvas

Skai’s works are…

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Bright Paintings With A Sculptural Bent: The Art of Jordan Kasey


painting of a head with the face cutout and organic shapes inside

 

How epic are these?! These colour saturated paintings by Jordan Kasey have a strongly sculptural tone and I am inspired by their intensity. To me they feel very "close-up" perhaps because of how the forms absolutely dominate the negative space. The colour in these works is positively luminous and the bright colours contrast each other perfectly. I often like to fill background spaces in my own works but here I am in love with these…

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Colourful, Dreamlike Paintings by Timothy Innamorato

 
An oil painting of a blue parrot next to a bowl of fruitFruit with Blue Parrot, oil on canvas

 

Timothy Innamorato is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a vibrant palette and deeply layered images to create his colourful, dreamlike paintings. I enjoy the range of imagery and style that Timothy employs, and the wonderful amount of variety that this creates in his body of work. While he often uses a technique of partial abstraction – occasionally overlaying representational…

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Works by Women Artists: N.A.W.A. Massachsetts Chapter


An abstract oil painting mainly composed of blue tonesFeelings...#47, oil on canvas, Liana Moonie

Today we are featuring not a single artist, but an organization of them.  The National Association of Women Artists (Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.) is only one chapter of an organization that was started in 1889 by five women who were unjustly barred from participation in important but extremely male-dominated art societies at the time.

 


A very loose oil painting of a grove of bare trees, using blue and yellow tonesEnchanted, oil on linen, Lully Schwartz

I think it’s…

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Studio Sunday: Pierre Huyghe


Artist Pierre Huyghe looks up at a camera in his white, brightly lit studio

Pierre Huyghe, the focus of this week’s Studio Sunday, is a French artist who uses his practice to build environments and stage situations. Huyghe’s Paris studio appears large, and naturally lit – a typical example of a modern artist’s studio, with a large table in the centre, buckets of paint and sketchbooks strewn in every corner. The source for the above image even mentions a bubbling aquarium, a smaller version of one of the…

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Are Your Favourite Paint Colours Likely To Fade ?


Piles of brightly coloured pigments

Some pigments are going to fade faster than others. It's a simple fact! If you have any concerns about the colours in your paintings fading you can rid your paint box of colours that have crummy lightfast ratings for a start. 

 

There are scientific labs that exist internationally that provide these ratings. The common place that provides ratings for north american art supplies is the ASTM (The Amercian Society for Testing Materials).…

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