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Stylized Scenes: The Art of Dianne Falzon

A painting of numerous figures on a beachA Lovely Day for a Paddle in the Pacific Ocean

 

Dianne Falzon is an Australian artist with a background in craft -- jewelry and wearable artworks form part of the artist’s practice, alongside acrylic painting. In her current practice, Dianne uses thick, saturated layers of paint to express stylized scenes of wildlife and human figures. 


A painting of a flock of seagullsThe Seagulls

 

I like the loose, gestural quality of Dianne’s paintings, and the way that the…

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Inside the Studio of Kristan Kennedy

A photo of Kristan Kennedy's art studio

 

Kristan Kennedy was born in New York and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Kennedy works as both an independent artist and a curator. In her artistic practice, Kennedy produces works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, while in her curatorial practice Kennedy supports and promotes the work of emerging artists in traditional media, as well as performance and music. 

 

The artist’s studio in the above…

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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a…

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Forest Creatures: Painting and Illustration of David Keane

A painting of goats in a brown fieldRadar field, oil on board

David Keane is a painter and illustrator who works in mixed media, producing artworks that take forest creatures as their subjects. David is based on the west coast of Ireland, and as such many of his works seem inspired by local nature and wildlife. 


A drawing of two hares on an abstracted backgroundhares

 

I really like the combination of tight illustration and gestural painting that’s present in many of David’s works. The way the artist draws animals…

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Desire for Discovery: The Art of Melissa A. Owoc

A photo of moss-covered trees in a forest[Wood] Cathedral Grove -- Bear Spirit

Melissa A. Owoc’s artistic practice is born of a desire for discovery, both personal and external. In paintings and photographs, the artist explores the environment around her through a lightly spiritual, introspective eye. 


A photo of still water with floating plants[Water] Depth of Stillness

 

The artist’s photographs offer an interesting combination of straightforward, unedited imagery, and shots that have been deliberately altered…

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Landscapes of New England: Painting by Kim Senior

A painting of a row of poplar trees along a roadPoplars Shelburn Farms, acrylic on canvas

Kim Senior is a Vermont-based artist who captures the landscapes of New England in paintings. The artist uses a delicate, painterly hand to render trees, dappled sunlight, rolling hills, and running water with equal care. 


A painting of a river in a thawing snowbedLamoille March Thaw, acrylic on canvas

 

Kim’s painting portfolio features galleries for each season. It’s interesting to be able to see paintings of a similar location…

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Colour and Movement: Painting by Catron Wallace

A painting made up of textured blue huesSymphonies In My Head, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Catron Wallace is a Tennessee-based artist who paints primarily in acrylic and mixed media, producing large abstract paintings that focus on colour and movement. When she’s not at work in her studio, Catron runs workshops and classes to help other artists develop their skill sets. 


A painting with warm red hues and a circular figureIndian Summer, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the textured appearance of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Zhang Enli

Zhang Enli observing a large painting in his studio space

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Zhang Enli. Based in Shanghai, Enli is known for gestural paintings in oil and watercolour, often depicting overlooked elements of cities and civilizations -- maps, cast-off detritus, and other seemingly mundane details of urban life. 

 

I really like the look of Enli’s studio here. It’s bright, spacious, and airy, and though it contains a number of artworks, none seem to be competing with…

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Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio

A painting with warm yellow tones and small black abstract shapesTo a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton

Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art. 


A study for a painting made in abstract mixed mediaStage Setting 3, mixed media on paper

 

Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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Material and Texture: The Art of Jan Swinburne

A digital artwork made in response to an audio fileTime 09

Jan Swinburne is a Canadian artist who produces work in both traditional and digital media, often taking an experimental approach to her process. The artist’s practice tends toward abstraction, and appreciation for material and texture


A digital artwork with a topographical, mountainous appearanceblack sky 06

 

I really enjoy the works in Jan’s recent series WAVEFORM LANDSCAPES. In these works, the artist transforms short audio tracks into mountainous landscapes, using various…

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The Art Portfolio of Addison Paige

An artwork made with abstract marks of acrylic and charcoalThe Elegance of Nature and Chaos, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Addison Paige is a traditional artist working a combination of traditional painting and drawing materials. The artist’s works are abstract, and utilize the unique line-making qualities of charcoal and acrylic paint to draw the viewer’s eye across the canvas. 


An acrylic and charcoal painting depicting an abstracted windy dayWhen The Wind Takes Things Away From Us, acrylic, ink, and charcoal on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous…

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Figurative and Conceptual Artworks by Tom O'Rourke

An abstract painting made in deep blue and red huesNight music, acrylic on canvas

Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy. 


A heavily abstracted painting of a jazz musicianJazzman 2, acrylic on paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Chelsea Gustafsson

A painting of a chair on fireGeelong

Chelsea Gustafsson is an artist from Barwon Heads, Australia. In her artistic practice, Gustafsson works primarily in paint, addressing themes of manufacturing and consumption and the environment. 


A painting of various household items arranged against a beige wallYou Snooze You Lose

 

I really love the artist’s recent paintings of furniture -- the works are composed in the manner of still life or vanitas paintings, depicting familiar furniture and other household objects in arrangements…

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Spiritual, Esoteric, and Introspective Art by John Keaton

An abstract painting with pastel colours and a female figureThe Understanding

John Keaton is a New York based artist, painter, and illustrator. John produces both figurative and abstract works, often taking inspiration from spiritual, esoteric, and introspective ways of thinking. 


A painting with deep purple tones and organic linesThe Lavender Moon

 

It’s interesting to see how John’s style varies across different media and subject matter. In his recent series See No Evil (No Ver El Mal), the artist takes on a loose, painterly approach,…

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