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Fabric and Hanging Objects: Art by Jacqueline Bell Johnson


A photograph of an installation in a room featuring large sheets of fabric and coloured lightsDeflated/Defeated, wood, fabric, PVC pipe, dye, vinyl, thread, coloured lights

Jacqueline Bell Johnson is an L.A. based installation artist. Her works use a variety of natural and synthetic materials to create large, room-filling forms that range from rigid wire sculptures to billowing sheets of fabric and hanging objects draped across gallery spaces.

 

The visual experience that Jacqueline creates with her sculptural work causes the…

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150 Sunsets: Paintings by Noah Verrier


A small, loose painting of a rural sunsetSunset No. 14

Noah Verrier spent a year painting sunsets in the same spot – 150 sunsets, to be exact. These paintings, available for viewing on his website, as well as for purchase in the form of a book, reflect the changing of the seasons, and the movement of the sun from season to season and provide a unique meditation on the passage of time as seen from a single point in space.

 

When installed, Noah’s 150 paintings are carefully…

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Celebration of Shape and Form: Paintings by Linda Henningson


A painting with some daisies inserted into an abstract, pink and blue backgroundDew, arcylic on canvas

Our featured artist for today is Linda Henningson. Linda graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, in 2006 and has been painting professionally ever since. Her works are colourful and expressive in their use and celebration of shape and form.

 

Many of Linda’s paintings echo natural forms, vaguely emulating the shapes of plants, or coral, or even microscopic systems and cellular diagrams. In her…

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Colourful, Swirling Abstracts by Luis Pagan


An abstract painting made by pouring layers of thin paint onto a surfaceRaven, house paint on board

Our featured artist today is Luis Pagan. Luis uses an innovative technique to create his colourful, swirling abstracts – house paint poured through a kitchen strainer. The result is paintings that are at once reminiscent of aerial landscapes, photos of outer space, or chemicals under a microscope. 

 

Luis’ work focuses very much on the behavior of the medium itself. His portfolio is partially organized…

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Paintings of the Irish Countryside by Dominic McNamara


An oil painting of two white cows in the shadeInto the Shade, oil on canvas

Dominic McNamara is a self-taught painter from Ireland. He paints with small, delicate brushstrokes, creating works of art that dazzle with tiny, intricate highlights and details.

 


Website screen capture of Dominic McNamara's paintingsPaintings of Ireland on Dominic McNamara's website


A painting of a view looking up at the Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Bridge, oil on canvas

Dominic’s varied subject matter showcases his use of oil paint – on his website, www.artworksbydominic.com, he has his artwork divided into…

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One-of-a-Kind Rocking Chairs by Ken Vick


A photo of a handmade mahogany rocking chairChair #1 Hard Work is Rewarded, mahogany

Our featured artist of the day is Ken Vic. Ken is a woodworker who uses his considerable skill and training to create lovely, one-of-a-kind rocking chairs.

 

Having spent over four decades as a scientist, Ken is now works full time in his workshop in Niagara Falls, Ontario, creating furniture to his customer’s specifications. The rocking chairs that are the mainstay of his production are…

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Charming Typographical Work by Rose Jackson Taylor


A series of rubber stamps with a hat, mustache, glasses, and bowtieesGents Stamp Set

 

Rose Jackson Taylor is an artist originally from Wales. Having studied English in college, I can certainly see the influence her background has on her art. Rose creates charming typographical work in the form of rubber stamps and chalk designs, as well as writing poetry all of which can be viewed and read on her online portfolio.

 


A typographic wedding invitationSheen Wedding Invitation

 


Website screen capture of drawings by Rose Jackson TaylorRose Jackson Taylor's gallery of drawings on her website…

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Paintings that Entice the Senses: Michelle Marcotte


A still-life painting of a loaf of bread, butter, and jars of jamJam Maker's Reward, oil

 


A screen capture of Michelle Marcotte's websiteFood paintings on Michelle Marcotte's web portfolio


Michelle Marcotte paints in a colourful, bombastic style that I find works particularly well in her still-life works, where she renders food and flowers in brighter-than-life hues, creating paintings that entice the senses.

 


A painting of several types of flowers that have different meaningsTahleen and Robert's Garden, oil on canvas

Michelle works with a variety of subjects in her paintings, exploring portraiture and…

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Heavy, Defined Brushstrokes: Paintings by Edward Bear Miller


A painting of a woman walking with a boat in water in  the bacjground

Begoia Afloat, oil on canvas

 

Edward Bear Miller, our featured artist for today, is originally from Washington, D.C. He paints landscapes as well as figures and portraits in heavy, defined brushstrokes.

 

Lines and layers of colour and shadow appear on the surface of Edward’s paintings like the shadows of tree branches, overlapping and building forms. The brushstrokes themselves become parts of his landscapes, which are divided on…

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Divine Line Art: Tattoos by Anastasia Proudnikova


a drawing of a mermaid sitting in an underwater sceneUntitled

Anastasia Proudnikova is our featured artist for today. Anastasia works as a tattoo artist, as well as creating her own original art and photography which is available on her webpage.

 


A composite image of several black and white tattoosUntitled

 


A screen capture of Anastasia Proudnikova's tattoo websiteAnastasia Proudnikova's online art gallery - www.divinelinestudio.com

Rather than a traditional commercial tattoo studio, Anastasia has a studio set up in her home, where her tattoo clients can have their design done in the utmost…

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Pop-Cultural Portraits: Paintings by Amber Petersen


A tiny portrait painting of Dale Cooper from Twin PeaksTwin Peaks - Coop II, acrylic and ink on miniature canvas

Amber Petersen, our featured artist of the day, is currently located in Toronto, Ontario. She

works in both painting and photography, and I find that her work shows an interesting contrast in the way she uses each medium.

 

I am particularly fond of Amber’s paintings, which are often pop-cultural portraits of known faces. Many of her paintings are on a tiny scale, as small as…

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Insect Motifs: the Art of Tina Tavolacci


A painting of a bee over scraps of old paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a Michigan artist who specializes in painting and jewelry, incorporating insect motifs, as well as animals and plants into much of her work.

 

The recurring images of different items from nature – insects, sea creatures, leaves and branches of trees – are interesting when placed on jewelry. Something that is often refined to be as smooth and shiny as possible is, in the case of Tina’s work, left a bit…

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Bizarre Landscapes: Painting and Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel


An abstract painting with many long colourful brushstrokesUntitled

Looking at Jonathan Hertzel’s work is like seeing an image transformed into different mediums. A sculptor and a painter, Jonathan’s bronze sculptures seem like fragments of his chaotic paintings, pulled off the canvas and made three-dimensional.

 

The sense of movement in Jonathan’s paintings is incredible. Despite their strictly abstract nature, I find myself viewing them more as landscapes, if quite bizarre landscapes.…

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Experiments in Film and Animation: Guillaume Vallee


An abstract painting on a film negative with bright, strange coloursUntitled Collision IV, paint and collage on 35mm film negative

Guillaume Vallee is a French-Canadian artist who takes a particular interest in film and animation and experimental techniques involving the technology used to create these moving pictures.

 


A website of abstract landscape photos by Guillaume ValleeLandscapes from Mexico on www.gvallee.com


An installation view of a projector screen showing film negatives that have been painted and scratchedSouvenirs de sable a la ferme, installation

In Guillaume’s style I see an appreciation for digital mediums, and an eagerness to manipulate…

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Expressive, Dark-Toned Paintings by Bonnie Laird


An oil painting of a fisherman's profile on a blue backgroundWaiting for the Cod, oil on paper

Bonnie Laird is our featured artist for today! Bonnie’s website – www.bonnielaird.com – is packed with expressive, dark-toned paintings.

 

Bonnie’s figure paintings and portraits have a very particular style to them, one which calls to mind much earlier art movements where human features and colours were skewed to reflect a darker, more anonymous urban lifestyle. The human faces in Bonnie’s…

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