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Scenes of Urban Sprawl: Paintings by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a snowy suburban street at dawnSnow Day Morning, oil on panel

Featured artist Shawn Demarest paints scenes of urban sprawl, specializing in highways, overpasses, and industrial areas. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Shawn captures aspects of city life that we might not immediately think of as beautiful, but through her paintings she imbues them with a certain, moody intrigue.


A painting of a parking lot in an industrial areaSE 2nd, oil on panel

 

A screen capture of the You Are Here gallery on Shawn Demarest's websiteYou Are Here gallery on Shawn's website

I adore Shawn’s…

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Bright, Bombastic Abstracts by Adam Daily

A painting composed of brightly coloured geometric forms

Saw 5, acrylic on sintra

 

Adam Daily’s bright, bombastic abstracts are the type of paintings that can catch your attention from across the gallery space! I love the solid, geometric shapes that Daily uses, and the way they fit together, each painting looking like a jigsaw puzzle of big, satisfying coloured blocks.

 

These paintings almost seem inspired by the more recent works of Bridget Riley, and the focus seems to alternate…

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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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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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Studio Sunday: Claude Monet


A photograph of Claude Monet at work in his home studio in France

 

Let’s look at the beautiful France studio of Claude Monet. The father of impressionism as we know it today, Monet took much of his inspiration from the landscape around his home, and took great pleasure in tending his large, wild garden. Monet spent his formative artistic years in Paris, close to the Louvre and to many other artists who would become famous alongside Monet.

 

Monet’s studio is large and somewhat sparse looking. I…

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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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Studio Sunday: Egon Schiele


A black and white photograph of Egon Scheile seated in his studio

 

 

It’s Studio Sunday again! Today we’re taking a look inside the studio space of Egon Schiele. Schiele was an Austrian artist who lived and worked in the 19th century, enjoying a well-followed and highly controversial artistic career before his death in 1890.  

 

Schiele’s works were highly illustrative, and mostly done on paper. He would have done a lot of his work sitting at a desk – probably the one pictured in the…

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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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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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Deep Colours and Wild Brushstrokes: Painting by Ella Sandow


A painting of a red, bulbous flowerFire in the Desert, oil on canvas

These deep colours and wild brushstrokes are the work of Ella Sandow, our featured artist for today. Ella finds much of her inspiration in nature, with many of her paintings focusing specifically on flowers and plants.

 


A gallery screen capture on the art website of Ella SandowDeviant Nature gallery on Ella's website

I find Ella’s use of black backgrounds interesting – it isn’t a tone I’d normally associate with floral paintings, however it does seem…

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Joyful, Positive Artworks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe


A painting of two African masks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeMask 02

Today’s featured artist hails from Brossard, Quebec – though she was born in Cameroon and has lived all over the world. Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates joyful, positive artworks that utilize clean lines and bright colours to create a great sense of exuberance in her subject matter.

 

"On The Road" painting series on the website of Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeCecile's gallery, "On The Road", on her website

I really enjoy the way that Cecile combines bright, splashy patterns and washes of paint with…

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Moods and Expressions: Painting by David Yawman


A portrait painting of a young woman looking directly at the viewerUntitled commission, acrylic on cradled wood panel

 

Our featured artist today is David Yawman, based out of Beacon and Brooklyn, New York. David paints a range of subjects in acrylic. I really love David’s portrait paintings, where he shows off his knack for capturing moods and expressions with his brush.

 


An abstract painting of a wild mess of colours atop a neckSatyr, acrylic on canvas

David also has a series of paintings where he captures dreams in an abstracted style. Most of these…

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Your Dream Easel: The Santa Fe Easel II



Best Lyptus Santa Fe Easel II

 

It really is a beautiful thing! This is my ultimate dream of an art easel! When you go shopping for an easel there are so many things to consider and this easel, dreamy as it may be, isn't for every artist.

 

The Santa Fe easel is designed for artists working on large pieces and can accommodate canvases that are 106" high. The feature of the double mast secures your surface at two point rather than one so there's no chance of slight…

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Studio Sunday: Susan Rothenberg


An interview photo of Susan Rothenburg seated in her art studio

 

The studio that we’re looking at today is that of New Mexico painter Susan Rothernberg. Rothernberg’s work has been compared to the likes of Georgia O’Keefe – this is especially apparent in the paintings that exhibit her desert surroundings, as she lives and works in the same area that O’Keefe frequented and enjoyed.

 

This comparison, however, hardly does justice to Rothernberg’s paintings, which are more like very…

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