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Artist Portfolio: Bryan Coombes

Painting of coconut tree with coconuts
"Hot Palm"


"Bryan Coombes is a BC painter who enjoys painting a variety of subject matter. He is often seen painting on location or walking the woods with camera in hand where he'll record vital aspects of his subject before starting studio work in oil or acrylic paint. Bryan allows room for spontaneity in his work, allowing the subject to guide his approach in terms of what he sees and how he'll describe it. If there is one thing he…

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Studio Sundays: the Studio of Edvard Munch

Black and white photo of Edvard Munch standing next to easel painting


Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of the famous Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch. 

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Celebrity Art Match

Can you match the artist with their art?


Did you know that Hitler was a painter who failed to get into art school after applying not once but twice? Check out this awesome quiz where you can match each of these images to the celebrity who created them. The famous people above are Adolph Hitler, James Dean, Eve Plumb (Jan Brady), Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Sylvester Stallone, John Wayne Gacy, Katharine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, Bill Maher and David Bowie. 


"It's not that unusual…

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Curated Art Collection: Over and Under

Abstract oil on panel painting

"Beige Walls, Clean Linoleum" Vanessa Maltese,  oil on panel.

Each week we present a curated collection of artwork. This week's Curated Art Collection is all on the theme of Over and Under.  As in the dizzing weave above surface and through sub dimensions. I love when elements of a piece of art are obscured and then reappear. The disappearing act let's us know that there are other depths depicted on the substrate. Featuring art by:…

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Photography Portfolio: Bill Westmoreland

Distorted black and white photo of girl holding head and looking down


Photograph by Bill Westmoreland


Today we are featuring the photography portfolio of artist Bill Westmoreland. When I look at the photos of Bill Westmoreland I am struck by the posture of the subject. Despite the variety in the style of the shot the posture, or the way the subject carries their pose seems to be a significant factor. The slight incline of the head in the photo below, the forward lean of the gentlemen in the theatre…

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Monoprint Your Art with the Gelli Plate

Photo of Gelli printing plate


I was offered a Gelli Plate by my local art supply store to test out the product and later demonstrate it for their customers. It has been a while since I have used any printmaking techniques and once I started using the Gelli Plate it all came back to me, the excitement of lifting the paper off of the plate to see what had been created, the fact that everything is backwards from how you see it while you are working on the plate! I…

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My Art Exhibition at Initial Gallery


Above is a video tour of my 2 person art exhibition Cipher Messaging. The artwork that you see here is by myself (the paintings) and Angela Fama (the photographs).  The day before the opening we saw that the curator had chosen to hang the show in a way that blended the work together instead of my work on one side of the gallery and Angela's on the other. I must admit that it would have never occured to me to do this but the effect…

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Studio Sundays: the Studio of Helen Frankenthaler

Photo of woman standing in art studio looking at large painting on the floor

Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of the famous abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler.

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