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Crashing Waves: Paintings by Grace Clark


A simple painting of a birch tree on a blue backgroundBirch 1, acrylic on canvas

Grace Clark is a Calgary artist who has a colourful and varied body of work. As a painter, Grace experiments with many different styles, from abstract, to simplified figurative subjects.

 

A simple painting of an orange coffee cup5 Cups 022, acrylic on canvas

Grace’s works explore the tactility of her media, and the different ways in which acrylic paint behaves depending on the substrate and the way it is applied. Some of the artist’s favourite…

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Frescos in Mixed Media by Nella Lush


An abstracted painting of a figure in oil and enncausticFeeling Blessed @ Cortile, P-Town, oil, cold wax, marble, oil sticks on canvas

Nella Lush is our featured artist today! Nella creates abstracted paintings and frescos in mixed media and encaustic. Her paintings, layered thickly with various media, are reminiscent of ancient and weathered wall-based artworks.

 

A main page screen capture of Nella Lush's art website

Nella's art website front page

 

In her paintings and frescos, flowers and scenery are slightly blurred at the edges, obscured…

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Nostalgic Images: Painting by Nate Burbeck


A panoramic painting of children playing in a suburban streetLakeville, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Nate Burbeck’s paintings take everyday scenes as their subjects, often featuring rural settings, cars, and small town dwellings in landscapes across the Midwestern United States. There is something vaguely melancholy about Burbeck’s works, like a certain sense of disrepair or entropy in the images of deserted streets and graffiti on bridges.


A painting of the long grass and puddles under a concrete overpassLong Meadow Lake, Bloomington, Minnesota, oil on canvas…

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Desert Foliage and Mountains: Paintings by Crystal Di Pietro


A painting of springtime foliage in a Nevada canyonSpring Morning in Kolob Canyon, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artworks of painter Crystal di Pietro! Crystal currently lives and works in Nevada. Her paintings are made with small brushstrokes and vibrant colours, often featuring desert foliage and mountains. I love the bright, vibrant colours that Crystal uses, creating a rather cheerful image of the scenery in question.

 

The gallery of available work on Crystal di Pietro's art websiteAvailable work on Crystal's website

In these…

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Studio Sunday: Lucian Freud


A black and white photograph of Lucian Freud's studio, with "Two Brothers from Ulster" sitting on the easel

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lucian Freud. Lucian was born in Germany but moved to Britain prior to World War II, where he began pursuing his figurative painting career.

 

Known in his later career for painting portraits and full-body nudes, generally in deep earthy skin tones, using thick, heavy layers of paint. His subjects often have serious or neutral faces, and combined with the overall tone of the paintings, are…

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Complex Surreal Worlds: Art by Hannah Yata


A surreal painting of a bat sitting in a cluster of blue flowersMorpho, oil on panel

Each of Hannah Yata paintings are complex surreal worlds, where part-human, part-animal subjects interact with bizarre alien landscapes.

 

A painting of a female figure with two swan headsDemeter, oil on canvas

Technically, Yata is quite skilled, rendering her subjects in extreme detail, creating almost photorealistic depictions of these strange dream worlds. She usually works in oil on panel, using bright colours and fine blending techniques to achieve a smooth…

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Sketchy, Painterly Scenes: Artwork by Madeline Shea


An oil painting of several figures lounging on the beachBeach Bummer, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of painter Madeline Shea. Madeline creates sketchy, painterly scenes of the everyday, as well as gorgeous nude studies in watercolour.


A painting of a woman next to a dogMag and Pen, oil on canvas

Madeline’s paintings almost always feature human subjects. While these subjects are occasionally posing for the painter, many of them seem to be going about their day unaware of any observation. I really…

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Repetition of Form: Paintings by Ben Stansfield


A purple and blue abstract painting with many tiny rectanglesCilia, oil on panel

Let’s have a look at the paintings of Ben Stansfield! Ben uses a very specialized painting method based on repetition of form. He creates abstract and figurative images using many duplicates of a small, clean rectangular shape in different colours.

 

An abstracted painting of an aerial view of a city, in grey and red tonesRed Bridges, oil and acrylic on panel

Ben’s dense paintings are sometimes reminiscent of impressionist styles of artwork wherein many small markings, whether brush…

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Studio Sunday: David Hockney


A black and white photo of a young David Hockney posing in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday looks at David Hockney’s work space. Hockney began his career in the 1960’s and eventually proved himself to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

 

Hockney is a figurative painter whose works range stylistically from hyper-realistic to highly abstracted. His subject matter has ranged from urban, suburban and pastoral landscapes to domestic scenes and candid portraits, to…

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Spiritual and Cosmological Images by Emily K. Grieves.


An acrylic painting of a grassy skyline with symbolic markings in the skyAbierto (Open), acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Emily K. Grieves! Emily received her BFA from the University of Montana, and now resides in Teotihuacan, Mexico. In her artistic practice, Emily creates murals, paintings, and drawings Influenced by spiritual and cosmological images.


A painting of a female saint in front of a roseOur Lady of the Sacred Rose, acrylic on canvas

In her recent works, Emily focuses on human figures, drawing from the idea of muses and…

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Conceptual But Friendly Paintings by Erin MacKeen


A bright yellow abstract painting on raw canvasThat Thing They Say About Time, acrylic on raw canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of Erin MacKeen. Erin is a geometric abstract painter creating conceptual but friendly paintings that focus on bright colours, shapes, and lines.

 

An acrylic painting on raw canvas with geometric shapes and neutral tonesPaul's Silver Square, acrylic on raw canvas

Erin’s recent works are bright and playful, focusing on large, central shapes. Frequently working from a single block of colour as the focus, the…

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Frenetic Lines: Paintings by Karine Molloy


A bright painting composed of overlapping three-dimensional lines and yellow tonesPiece 10, mixed media

Influenced by many different types of artwork over her lifetime including writing and theatre. That enthusiasm for all forms of art seem evident in her painted works. Frenetic lines and splashes of colour rule Karine’s art. Each piece is imbued with an incredible sense of movement and energy.

 

An abstract painting created using only black and primary coloured paintUntitled

I’m really taken by Karine’s most recent works, where she seems to channel Piet Mondrian through the use of…

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Abstracted Portraiture by Boudewijn Korsmit


A portrait painting composed of layers of thin, drippy paintMulticolor 2

Boudewijn Korsmit is an artist and art educator who has been teaching both children and adults for nearly forty years.

 

The artist paints on large sheets of paper, sometimes using folded pieces of paper to create shapes of branches, grasses or other elements of nature in abstract form. His portraits use an interesting technique of layering sketchy brushstrokes and drips of thin paint to create the volumes and shadows of a…

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Studio Sunday: Karin Mamma Andersson


A photo of Karin Mamma Andersson sitting in her studio

 

Karin Mamma Andersson, our Studio Sunday artist, was born in northern Sweden and now resides in Stockholm.  Her first notable solo exhibition was in 2007 in Stockholm and she has since had several exhibitions in New York.

 

Andersson is a figurative painter whose subjects are mostly everyday activities and spaces often with a touch of the surreal elements added by the veil of dreams or memories. She also frequently paints scenes of…

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Portraits of Maryland by Michael Gaudreau


A painting of a skyline with the tops of evergreen treesThe View from Tim's Porch, oil

Today’s featured artist is Michael Gaudreau. Michael’s paintings include portraits of Maryland and the Adirondacks, pastoral depictions of rocks and rivers, and ceramic works.

 

Working primarily with oil paint, Michael creates landscape works that really celebrate the feeling of the outdoors. His paintings are often heavily textured, and this is particularly effective when his subjects are rocks and…

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