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Illustrations of Houses by Joel David Abramson


A black and white ink drawing of a large, stately houseLake of the Isles

Joel David Abramson is our featured artist of the day! Joel makes lovely illustrations of houses, storefronts and landscapes.


A painting of a army surplus shop windowArmy Surplus Store Brill Building, acrylic

A gallery of house portraits on Joel David Abramson's websiteHouse illustrations on Joel's website

Joel does a great job of imbuing each of his buildings with personality. His style is highly detailed, but retains a sketch-like essence. The drawings are mainly done in pen and ink, and most of them are in black and…

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Coastal Ecosystems: Painting by Vicki Beamish


A painting of still water in a sloughSlough

Vicki Beamish, our featured artist of the day, is a painter who is fascinated by coastal ecosystems. Her photorealistic style of working goes well with the documentary sensibilities that drive the artworks.

 

Born in British Columbia, Vicki takes photos whenever she is travelling or outdoors on the west coast, later using the photos as reference for her paintings. The way she paints is smooth and even, with great attention to…

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Traditional and Experimental Techniques: Art by Clayton King


A painting with traditional First Nations style painted in luminescent inkGuardians, ultra violet luminescent acrylic

Today we’re taking a look at the artwork of Clayton King. Clayton is a member of the Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario, and uses both traditional and experimental techniques to create his art.

 


A stylized digital drawing of a cougarCougar, digital drawing

In some recent works, Clayton uses UV luminescent paint that adds a second appearance to each painting, with figures that glow under black light. I love the idea of…

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Alien Structures: Sculpture by Abbie Weinberg


A clay sculpture with many indents and spikes coming upward to a pointTopanga Spire

Our featured artist today, Abbie Weinberg, works in clay to create gnarled, alien structures that appear like weird trees or bones. Abbie’s sculptures combine nature and architecture in new and interesting ways, allowing for a narrative to open up as the viewer contemplates the origin or purpose of each of these structures.

 


A sculpture made to look like a curling, blue-tinged spike

Little Blue Wave

 

I like being able to see the progression in Abbie’s works from a few…

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Photorealistic Portraits by Judith Elsasser


A painting of a young woman sitting on the floor of a dance studioAli, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser’s incredible photorealistic portraits capture the heart and soul of her subjects. Most of her portraits appear candid, with her subjects immersed in everyday activities or work.

 

In Judith’s Soul of the Market series, the artist paints shop owners and artisans at a food market, at work or surrounded by their wares. Judith’s other series include portraits of children and family members, still…

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Sharp, Sculptural Paintings by Pierre-Luc Deziel


A side view of a painting with sculptural elements on the surfaceThe Saberwings (Perspective), mixed media

Pierre-Luc Deziel is interested in exposing the constructed nature of reality, and he does this through sharp, sculptural paintings that are part of the canvas and yet seem bent on escaping it.


A painting made up of schematic-style lines that jut out from the canvas in a sculptureFlowship Flips the Fool, mixed media

I find that Pierre-Luc’s three-dimensional works have an almost street-art, graffiti-like aesthetic. The sharp lines of material have the look and feel of a steel…

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Drippy, Half-Abstracted Paintings by Laura Flowers


A painting of a young girl sitting on a man's shoulders in a forestUntitled, oil on canvas

Laura Flowers creates drawings, paintings and sculptures that beautifully combine abstraction and representation. Drippy, half-abstracted paintings echo the techniques that Laura uses in her drawings, bringing together interesting objects, portraits and styles.

 

Some of her drawings seem like they might have been ideas for her installations. They have a structure that echoes both the rigid sculptural forms, and…

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Crystalline Temples: Paintings by Jon Harris


A painting of red architectural lines leading upward to a "portal"The Red Portal, acrylic on canvas 

Our featured artist today is Jon Harris! Jon’s brushwork is incredibly controlled and the paintings themselves are geometric and exacting in perspective. It seems like the large, crystalline temples and other mysterious, meditative structures that dominate the paintings are always ascending toward a certain point in the distance, or opening up into a lighter point in the background. Jon’s portal…

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Flat, Bright Paintings by Jeffrey Fine


An abstract painting with tones of pastel purple and blueMust Be a God, oil

Our featured artist today is Jeffrey Fine. Jeffrey’s flat, bright paintings often feature spiritual, animal or otherwise anthropomorphic forms. Their simplistic style is reminiscent of ancient paintings from various cultures.

 


An abstracted oil painting with strange figures and stripes of patternOctet2, oil on canvas

Bright colours and repetitive patterns factor heavily in Jeffrey’s works. In many instances, dark figures appear layered over of lines of pattern reminiscent of the…

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Pop Art Style: Paintings by Stephen Middleton


A painting in red and orange colours of a woman sitting in a long dressNice Dress, acrylic on canvas

Stephen Middleton paints in a highly graphic, pop art style. His close-up portraits and urban scenes are simplified into stark shadows and blocks of colour.

 

Stephen’s subject matter is often scenes of his hometown of Vancouver, BC as well as painted renditions of famous celebrity portraits. The artist works mostly from photographs, simplifying the image to make it bolder and more interesting. I like the…

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Stunning Photorealistic Watercolours by Travis Poelle


An acrylic painting of a water tower over some buildings in brooklynBrooklyn Water Towers, acrylic

Travis Poelle is our featured artist for today! Travis paints stunning photorealistic watercolours and acrylics. He has exhibited his paintings in several galleries in New York and California. His paintings can be viewed on his website at www.travispoelle.com.

 


A watercolour painting of people on an urban staircaseColumbus Stairs, watercolour

Travis has an amazing control of the watercolour medium. I’m especially impressed by his human figures. The people…

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Print Collages and Assemblages by Morgan Wedderspoon


A digital print of many tiny fragments of images in a cloudPhase 4, digital print on rag paper

Our featured artist today is Morgan Wedderspoon! Morgan specializes in printmaking of all different kinds. Many of her works utilize digital print techniques, and she creates print collages and assemblages of many small images.

 


A collaged assemblage of woodcut printsSwirl 6, woodcut assemblage on Okawara paper, rag paper backing

Morgan’s works are strange constructions and deconstructions, often with everyday images or objects at their…

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Venetian-Masked Figures: Art by Daniela Nica


A painting of two figures wearing Venetian Carnaval garbVenice Carnaval III

 

Today we’re taking a closer look at the art of Daniela Nica. Daniela’s works are dominated by mysterious, Venetian masked-figures. The artist’s painting technique layers loose brushstrokes over well-rendered realistic images, creating the illusion of viewing the figures through a sheet of fogged glass.


A painted image of an old-fashioned suit of armourAmura si dantela


A screen capture of Daniela Nica's websitewww.danielanica.com

In some of these artworks, what looks like textured pieces of fabric…

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Lines and Layers: Drawing by Thea Yabut


An abstract drawing created with various media and types of linesA form of extension, chalk pastel, charcoal, pencil, pencil crayon, paper, wire, string and glue

Today for our artist feature, let’s take a look at the artwork of Thea Yabut! Thea’s practice of abstract drawing uses lines and layers to create images that are both ethereal, and yet endowed with an incredible sense of depth.

 


A photo of a small wall installation of paper and inkConstant Negotiation, paper, ink, wire


An abstract drawing with layered lines and shapes in black and whiteDrawn Over

Many of Thea’s drawings are almost sculptural, or at…

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Installations that Celebrate Structure: Paul de Guzman


A small sculpture created from blue Lego blocks and a photograph of a buildingPerspective on Textile School, Lowell, Mass. diptych, digital c-print mounted on aluminum with UV laminate

Paul de Guzman creates installations that celebrate structure. His works have a collaged, somewhat unfinished aesthetic, often using books and architecture as their starting points.

 

In one recent installation series, Two sides of a flat surface are not the same, Paul uses the wooden skeleton of a stripped down wall as a kind of…

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