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Delicate but Realistic Portraits by Shannon Coyle


A graphite portrait of a boy in hockey gearNicholas, graphite

Shannon Coyle is a figurative artist specializing in graphite drawings of pets and children. Currently based on The Bay of Islands in Newfoundland and Labrador, Shannon draws on artistic training in drawing and painting to craft delicate but realistic portraits.


A graphite portrait of a fluffy dogMoses, graphite

As we noted in our previous feature of Shannon’s graphite portraiture, the artist tends to work with a very soft touch, relying on blending…

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Studio Sunday: Vija Clemins


A photo of Vija Clemins working in her studio

 

This week for Studio Sunday we’re looking at the work space of Vija Clemins. Clemins was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1938 but was relocated to the United States as a refugee at the age of 10, following the events of World War II. As an artist, Clemins has experimented with many mediums and techniques but is perhaps best known for her monochromatic drawings that mimic natural textures.

 

Clemins’ studio looks fantastically bright…

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Playful Cat Illustrations: Art by Kamwei Fong


A drawing of two cartoon catsMoo & Inky

Kamwei Fong is an artist based in Malaysia. Fong’s has recently become known on the internet for his playful cat illustrations that utilize a distinctive style of monochromatic ink work.


A drawing of a cat seen from behindKitty No. 12

 

Fong has a great eye for negative space in his works – most of the pieces focus on a central figure positioned in a way that draws the eye elegantly across the image surface. I can see definite allusions to the aesthetic…

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Motorcycles and Machines: Art by Dave Wishart


A drawing of a famous antique carThe '32 Five Window Deuce Coupe from American Graffiti

Dave Wishart is an illustrator and photographer who creates detailed, photorealistic drawings of motorcycles and machines. Relying on traditional drawing media, Dave creates his images both as a personal passion and on a commissioned basis.


A drawing of a 1935 FordGrill -- 35 Ford Project

 

I really appreciate how Dave manages to convey a sense of dynamic movement in his works while still adhering to…

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Compositions in Ink: Art by Matina Galati


An abstract ink painting on paperink on paper

Matina Galati creates compositions in ink that focus on the texture and pattern of brush marks. In many of Galati’s works, the soft, tapering lines left behind by the hairs of a brush form natural textures that reference waves, rocks, and wood.


An ink painting with thick black and white linesink on paper

I enjoy the soft aesthetic that Galati achieves through her use of cream-colored paper and substrates. Rather than black ink on a harsh white background, the artist’s…

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Charcoal and Ink Renderings by Bill Hayner


A charcoal drawing of some wood behind a fenceAmerican Chi #27, charcoal on paper

California-based artist Bill Hayner has been producing artwork and teaching drawing and painting for several decades. In his personal practice, Bill utilizes texture and gesture to great effect, switching easily between realistic charcoal and ink renderings, and pure abstract forms.


A charcoal drawing of something bundled with stringAmerican Chi #12, charcoal on paper

 

While in our previous feature of Bill’s works of growth and change we looked…

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Classically Influenced: Art by Greg MacNair


A painting of a garlic clove and a seashellUntitled, oil on canvas

Artist Greg MacNair specializes in portraiture and still-life painting. Working in a very classically influenced style, the artist creates oil paintings and charcoal sketches that capture the energy and vitality of every subject.


A still-life painting of a glass vase and an onionUntitled, oil on canvas

 

While our previous feature of Greg’s modern subjects with classical style focused mostly on his portraits, I’m also really impressed by his still life…

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Meaning of Objects: Art by Craig Brumwell


A drawing of a rail with lots of negative spaceRail (Switch), charcoal on paper

Vancouver-based artist Craig Brumwell uses his practice to explore the cultural and allegorical meaning of objects, especially those objects that appear disused or nearing the end of their life. The artist uses a range of media to explore these concepts, presenting imagery in a straightforward, documentarian fashion.


A drawing of a rail overgrown by grass and treesRail (Backshore Crossing), charcoal on paper


In our previous feature of Craig’s

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Gestural Works and Abstractions by Guy Grogan


A painting of greenish stripes of color with an interesting textureShowing My Stripes #1, mixed media on gesso board

Artist Guy Grogan creates gestural works and abstractions that seem infused with deep feeling. Working in paint, drawing, and sculpture techniques, Guy uses a distinctive color palette and a talent for building volumes to evoke mysterious concepts.


A painting with black and pale glossy stripesShowing My Stripes #10

 

I’m really enjoying looking through the works in Guy’s Showing My Stripes series. The works here are easily…

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Geometric Intersections: Art by Angela Britzman


A sculpture made from a wooden ball with drywall screwsDeath Star, wood, drywall screws, vinyl paint

Angela Britzman works in two and three-dimensional media, creating abstract art pieces that emphasize geometric intersections. Recently, Angela’s sculptures have taken the form of spheres in varying sizes with ray-like projections emerging from every angle.


A set of two spherical sculptures with long, sharp protrusionsSputniks (Howard and Pussycat), wood, bamboo, vinyl paint

 

Angela’s sculptural works are quite charming in their relative formal…

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Free Flow: Art by Robert Malte Engelsmann


An abstract drawing on neutral paper

 

Robert Malte Engelsmann works under the pseudonym Kaeghoro, creating abstracted illustrations that draw inspiration from a range of sources both recognizable and hidden. The artist often creates his works using a free flow state of mind, allowing his pen or pencil to move freely, without too much planning.


An abstract drawing with a plane of black pigment

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Kaeghoro’s portfolio. The works are diverse, but cohesive, with elements of line…

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Studio Sunday: Norman Rockwell


A photo of Norman Rockwell at work in his studio

 

Today’s studio Sunday artist is Norman Rockwell. Rockwell was an American author, illustrator and painter who was active throughout the beginning of the 20th century. Rockwell became known for his paintings and illustrations of American life, and his name and style have become synonymous with the aesthetics of vintage Americana.

 

Rockwell’s studio looks charmingly neat and tidy in the above photo. The wood floors in particular…

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Human Gestures: Art by Scott Lee


A charcoal drawing of a smiling homeless manHappy with a smile, charcoal

Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Scott Lee is an artist who works to capture a sense of narrative and emotion in simple human gestures. The artist’s currently portfolio is especially focused on dignified portrayals of poor and homeless people.


A charcoal drawing of an elderly woman smoking a cigaretteUntitled, charcoal

 

I’m quite impressed by the works in Scott’s gallery of charcoal portraits. The subjects in this gallery are mostly elderly and…

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Quiet Dignity: Art by Claudette Webb


A portrait of three young children in formal wearChelsea, Keelyn, and Kailyn, Prismacolor on Stonehenge paper

Claudette Webb is a traditional artist who works with oil paint, graphite, and colored pencil. Utilizing a self-described “gentle realism,” the artist portrays people, pets, and wild animals with a sense of quiet dignity and care.


A portrait of a woman in close-upArletta, Prismacolor pencil

 

I really enjoy the feel of Claudette’s Prismacolor pencil drawings. The gallery of these colored-pencil artworks…

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Horses and Hounds: Art by Jamie Holland


A pencil crayon drawing of a horse and an equestriansnuggle

Featured artist Jamie Holland depicts horses and hounds in smooth detail as well as psychedelic patterns. Jamie works in colored pencil, creating realistic images that stand up to close scrutiny, and have a wonderfully soft texture.


A drawing of a dog taking a napNap

I find Jamie’s drawings really impressive, especially in the way the artist utilizes near photorealism while maintaining a distinct and recognizable style. In her Traditional Style gallery, a…

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