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Affectionate Narrative Paintings by Kate Scoones


An oil painting of animals in a birch forestRascals at Home, oil on collaged paper

Kate Scoones is an artist originally from Victoria, British Columbia. Kate has been working in the arts for most of her life, and her affectionate narrative paintings are currently in private collections all over the world.

 


A painting of the outline of a young man writing, surrounded by coloured flowersCounting Flowers to Measure Grief, gouache on wood panel

Working with oil paints, gouache, and mixed media, Kate’s paintings really seem to tell a story – or many…

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Bright, Jazzy Pastel Works by Marilyn Riopel


An abstracted pastel drawing of a city skylineMusic Series - Gotham, pastel and gershwin

Today’s featured artist is Marilyn Riopel! Marilyn was born in New York to a creative family, but it wasn’t until her art career took her to Canada that she discovered her love for the medium of pastels. Marilyn’s bright, jazzy pastel works sometimes echo landscapes, and other times are abstract, expressing musical themes. I’m really impressed with the amount of deep, saturated colour…

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Moods and Memories: Art by Amy D. Graham


An artwork composed on paint and layered cardboard sheets, with images of chairs on themBack Shed Chair, mixed media

Amy D. Graham’s painted and mixed-media works focus more on capturing moods and memories than on realistically depicting their subjects.

 


An abstract image with swirled pencil marks and shades of brown and greyEva's Toy, mixed media on pizza box

Her works often remind me of old houses, where scraps of ornate pattern and colour mix together with bare cardboard, like wallpaper peeling off an old wood wall. Amy tends to oscillate between simple, impressionist paintings, and more…

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Individuality Within Culture: Art by Prav Pillay


A photograph of a banner of a wolf's eyes hung over an urban tunnel"Wolf" - Witness series, digital print installation

Today we’re looking at the artwork of Prav Pillay. Working as a curator, researcher, and educator as well as a practicing artist, Prav explores the ideas of individuality within culture, technological advancement, and our own changing relationship with our earth. The artist has a background in studying science with art, biochemistry in particular, and has lived and traveled all over…

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Strange, Surreal Portraiture by Rachael Siminovitch


A watercolour painting of an eyeless fox dressed in grandmother's clothingUntitled, watercolour on paper

Today’s featured artist is Rachael Siminovitch. I'm really enjoying Rachael’s paintings and drawings, where strange, surreal portraiture meet memento mori.  

 


A pencil drawing of a bear walking over a pile of stones, with a cow's skull in the foregroundBear Creek, pencil on paper

The shadow of death seems to feature in a lot of these images – bones, skulls and other signs of decay frequently appear in the backgrounds of her portraits. The portraits themselves are often drawn in a simple,…

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Barns, Pets and Bright Colours: Paintings by Lesli Devito


A painting of a barn using bright colours and flat planesHollylane

Our featured artist today is Lesli Devito! Lesli currently lives in Virginia in a country house- a house which has become inspirational to many of her paintings of barns, pets, and bright colours.  

 


A painting of a sad-looking dalmatianPatches

I really like Lesli’s unique painting style, and the ultra-clean treatment of her subjects. She places stylized images of buildings, farm animals, cats and dogs against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds. Lesli uses…

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Combining Disciplines: Art by Adrian Molina


A sculpture made of an object with strands of dried paint attached in three dimensionsDescarga

Adrian Molina lists his works as “sculptural paintings” and “painterly sculptures” – and the artist certainly enjoys combining disciplines in his work. Adrian attacks his works from a philosophical, and even scientific standpoint.

 

A screen capture of the "sculptural paintings" gallery on Adrian Molina's websiteAdrian's Sculptural Paintings gallery on his art webpage


A painting of a man thinking, with the thought bubble made three dimensionalConsider Not Becoming

True, his sculptures are about as painterly as possible without being actual paintings. It looks as though the…

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Stunning Geographic Scenes: Photography by Ivan Petrov


A photograph of lighting over a city skyline in AlbertaUrban Chaos

Photographer Ivan Petrov uses his camera to capture stunning geographic scenes, showcasing the wildly different landscapes and unique beauty of each of the many destinations that he travels to.

 


A photograph of a sunset over water in NewfoundlandSunset in Rocky Harbour

I like the way Ivan categorizes his photos by place – each gallery on www.ivanpetrov.ca is like a travel book, allowing the viewer to get a feel for the region through many different photos. Ivan captures…

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Ghostly Fairytales: Art by Paige Moore


A mixed-media artwork with the figure of a woman flying over housesShe flew with torches lit..., acrylic, charcoal and watercolour pencil on masonite panel

Artist Paige Moore’s love of the dark, mysterious and fantastic is palpable in each of her works. These paintings and drawings, or “stories,” are ghostly fairytales that make it easy for the viewer to fill in the whole narrative. I love the way Paige uses her brush, creating images that are very loosely structured, and yet form perfectly real…

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Portals, Altars and Mythological Figures: Art by Chía Ortegón


A contour-line painting of a woman with blue skin in a yellow dressBlank Mood

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Chía Ortegón.  Chía is a prolific artist with her own practice and several collaborative projects on the go.

 

Many of Chía’s works are self portraits, and the female figure appears in a vast majority of them. Her technique celebrates line, with brightly-coloured figures that are built up using contour lines. Sometimes these lines are echoed in her backgrounds as well, or become…

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Custom Art Prints by Vesa Peltonen


A digital print image of a woman floating in calm waterUnder the Water, artist print 

Vesa Peltonen is a an artist of many talents, working in many different areas of the arts including education, design, writing, and of course, visual arts. For today’s artist feature let’s take a look at his custom art prints!

 

A digital print image of red and purple clouds over a morning landscapeSky Forms in the Morning, artist print 

Vesa uses a unique and interesting style to create his artworks. What looks like photographic images form the basis for his images…

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Musical Paintings by Marilyn Nelson


An abstract painting with swirls of purple, yellow and blue"Octopus's Garden" - The Beatles, oil and acrylic on canvas

Marilyn Nelson, is our featured artist today! Marilyn is currently working mainly in abstract painting, taking the inspiration for her images from music. These musical paintings vary widely in colour and tone, but all are painted with swirling, carefree brush strokes that seem to mimic the movements of dance.


An abstract work meant to emulate the feeling of K.D. Lang's Hallelujah"Hallelujah" - K.D. Lang, oil on canvas

It’s easy to see where the…

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"Anthropocentric Specimens": Art by Stephanie Cormier


A bulbous, doughy sculpture made from pink polyurethane foam with bread ties stuck in itAnthropocentric Specimen 033, polyurethane foam, found objects 

Today let’s look at Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier. Stephanie uses many different techniques and materials to make her work, which is often sculptural or project-based.

 

Stephanie’s "Anthropocentric Specimens" are lovely – they are all very obviously constructed from found and non-organic materials, and yet they do have a biological feeling to them, like…

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Delicately Layered Images by Sandra Sugimoto


A collaged image of several baby birds in a nest

Untitled


Sandra Sugimoto is a children’s book illustrator and art teacher, who creates delicately layered images of paper and fabric scraps.

 

Sandra’s professional illustrations feature children and animals in scenes both fantastic and calm, using bright colours and simple shapes, overlaid to form more complex forms. I find Sandra’s illustrations so adorable and relaxing to look at! The subtle repetition of shapes and the…

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Loving Portraiture by Graham Hall


A realistic portrait of a woman with blonde hair and glasses on wood panelJohanna Heldebro, acrylic on wood panel

Montreal artist Graham Hall is an accomplished painter and illustrator, jumping between styles and subjects with apparent ease. Graham’s style ranges from cartoonish, quickly done line art in his drawings, to very smooth realistic portraits and clean, geometric lines.

 


An abstract geometric painting with a honeycomb pattern covering the substrateMorpeheon, acrylic on wood panel

All of Graham’s work is wonderfully expressive, and it’s nice that it doesn’t lose…

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