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Creating Studio Storage For Large and Medium Paintings


Building studio storage for paintings
This year I created amazing studio storage for all of my large and medium sized canvases. No more artwork getting damaged! I had a friend build the storage unit for me so I can't take all the credit : ) I was finally ready to make the decision to build proper storage once I toppled a large leaning stack of canvas which resulted in one of them getting punctured. It was the last straw!

 

My friend who built the unit for me asked some…

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Expansive Landscapes: Paintings by Frank Kusch


A painting of waves crashing in the oceanStorm Brewing, acrylic on canvas

Frank Kusch is a Canadian painter who works with both oil and acrylic paints. His works tend to be expansive landscapes, both of earthly scenes, and in some of his work, vast areas of outer space.

 


A painting of the bare trees silhouetted in mistA Liturgy of Trees, acrylic on canvas

 


The front page of Frank Kusch's art websitewww.frankkusch.com


Frank paints in an almost impressionist style, with quick, small brushstrokes that blend together and express movement over large spaces. His…

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Painting and Set Design by Yvonne Shaffer


A painting of an overgrown garden in front of a houseRiverside Inn, oil on canvas

Our featured artist of the day is Pennsylvania-based painter Yvonne Shaffer. Yvonne works in several different mediums and styles, including oil, watercolour and coloured pencil, also moving between representation and abstraction.

 


A screen capture of watercolour paintings on Yvonne Shaffer's websiteA gallery of watercolour paintings on Yvonne Shaffer's website

 


An abstract painting featuring waves of blueBlue, oil on canvas

Yvonne’s paintings show a great deal of texture – regardless of the subject matter one…

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6 More Wacky Behaviours of Pigments


Semi precious stones and materials for pigments

When we buy our paint colours at the art supply shop we take it for granted that the contents of each colour come from remarkably diverse sources. Burnt wood, pregnant beetles, semi-precious stones, metals....it's no wonder that some strange behaviours may manifest with some of these colours!!

 

Here are 6 strange behaviours that are worth taking note of in your pigments. 

 

6 More Wacky Behaviours of Pigments as provided by Winsor +…

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Whimsical Murals and Powerful Paintings by Grace Ann Piano


A painting of a Sudanese woman holding a babySudanese, oil on canvas

Grace-Anne Piano came to art after a previous career in engineering and business. Her whimsical murals and powerful paintings can be found in a variety of public and private spaces.

 


A wall mural in a hair salon, depicting a woman with long, flowing hairUntitled wall mural

Grace’s style produces colourful paintings, full of movement themselves, as well as sculptural and large-scale public installations – for example, a parade float. There is something about Grace’s work that…

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Studio Sundays: Mark Rothko

 


A black and white photo of Mark Rothko standing next to a large monochrome in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Moody Abstract Works: Skai Fowler


An abstract painting with overlapping lines of orange and blue tonesConvergence 1, acrylic on canvas

Skai Fowler is based in Vancouver, British Columbia but her art exhibits internationally. Her paintings combine powerful, almost monochromatic planes of colour with smaller shapes and thin, spider-like dark lines, creating an effect that I find slightly reminiscent of the works of Kandinsky.

 


A screen capture of Skai Fowler's websiteDown This Crazy River series on Skai Fowler's website


An abstracted painting of salmon swimming upstream on a deep blue backgroundSalmon River, acrylic on canvas

Skai’s works are…

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Bright Paintings With A Sculptural Bent: The Art of Jordan Kasey


painting of a head with the face cutout and organic shapes inside

 

How epic are these?! These colour saturated paintings by Jordan Kasey have a strongly sculptural tone and I am inspired by their intensity. To me they feel very "close-up" perhaps because of how the forms absolutely dominate the negative space. The colour in these works is positively luminous and the bright colours contrast each other perfectly. I often like to fill background spaces in my own works but here I am in love with these…

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Colourful, Dreamlike Paintings by Timothy Innamorato

 
An oil painting of a blue parrot next to a bowl of fruitFruit with Blue Parrot, oil on canvas

 

Timothy Innamorato is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a vibrant palette and deeply layered images to create his colourful, dreamlike paintings. I enjoy the range of imagery and style that Timothy employs, and the wonderful amount of variety that this creates in his body of work. While he often uses a technique of partial abstraction – occasionally overlaying representational…

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Classical and Contemporary Portraiture: Greg MacNair


A realistic portrait of a youngUntitled

Greg MacNair, our featured artist for today, is an oil painter who uses techniques of classical realism to portray modern subjects.

 

I love seeing the attention to detail in each of Greg’s works. With his particular method of painting he manages to capture the exact image of his subject – be that a person, landscape, or pet – with both incredible accuracy and a loose, playful aspect. His images are never photorealistic…

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Studio Sunday: Wassily Kandinsky


An old black and white photo of Wassily Kandinsky working on a painting


It’s Studio Sunday! Today we’re taking a look inside the personal studio of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is best known as one of the pioneers of abstract art, using impressionism as a starting point and eventually finding a way of working that allowed him to compose images entirely from his own imagination. 

 

Kandinsky’s studio space, seen in the images, was a rather tight space, packed with books and bottles of pigment, with…

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Layers of Colour: Painting by Timothy J. Sullivan


abstract painting with white and yellow paintsLeaping Into Freedom, acrylic on wood panel

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist who works in a less traditional manner than simple brushstrokes. His technique of scraping away layers of media to reveal the colours and patterns beneath creates images that are at once grounded by grid-like lines, and made up of ethereal notions of colour.

 

Timothy’s arsenal of tools includes palette knives, brushes and even painting rags, all of which…

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Communicating Experience Through Art: Judy Southerland


artwork with text and characters walking across a lineConveyors, acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas

Judy Southerland, our featured artist for today, works in mixed media, exploring both materials and methods of expression.

 

In her work, Judy expresses the tension between words and images as ways of communicating experience. Her works are enigmatic, often combining photorealistic painted figures and abstract brush marks, lines and shapes. I also enjoy her occasional deployment of…


Organic vs. Geometric: the Paintings of Lili Phelouzat


digital illustration of geometric shapes and vibrant colorsFuture, digital illustration

Lili Phelouzat is Artist Run Website's featured artist today! Lili was born in France, and later moved to London. She is currently exhibiting in both France and the UK. Her body of work contains colourful, minimalist geometric illustrations, and complex, abstract paintings which combine the geometric, scientific, almost schematic imagery with more organic, tactile forms.

 


acrylic painting with dripping ink on canvas using bright colorsConscious of Repression, ink and…

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Studio Sundays: Painter Francis Bacon


messy artist studio of francis bacon with paintings on the wall and clutter and garbage everywhere

For Studio Sunday this week we’ll be taking a look inside Francis Bacon’s studio at 7 Reece Mews, in London. The above photo was taken in 1998 – while Bacon passed away in 1992, his studio remained exactly as the artist left it, until it and its contents were donated to a gallery in Dublin by Bacon’s heir.

 

To me, the idea of a studio remaining empty and untouched for 6 years after the death of its resident artist is somehow…

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