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Studio Sunday: Josef-Peter Roemer

 


A photo of several paintings in the home studio of Josef-Peter Roemer

 

Josef-Peter Roemer was born in Germany, and today lives and works from the state of Wisconsin. Looking at his work, it is easy to see the natural talent that would have made him a skilled artist even in his youth. Roemer’s work is representational, using a realistic style that is reminiscent of the soft, glowing faces and shining fabrics of paintings in the renaissance.

 

Roemer’s studio space in Readstown, Wisconsin is a…

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Expressive, Dark-Toned Paintings by Bonnie Laird


An oil painting of a fisherman's profile on a blue backgroundWaiting for the Cod, oil on paper

Bonnie Laird is our featured artist for today! Bonnie’s website – www.bonnielaird.com – is packed with expressive, dark-toned paintings.

 

Bonnie’s figure paintings and portraits have a very particular style to them, one which calls to mind much earlier art movements where human features and colours were skewed to reflect a darker, more anonymous urban lifestyle. The human faces in Bonnie’s…

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Summer Trips Equal Art Inspiration

 
Cabin in the woods by the beach

 

Getting away can feel irresponsible when there are many pieces of art that need to be made with deadlines looming - but every time I push those pressures aside in favour of a little jaunt out of town I am royally rewarded with a creative burst! 

 

I know people love to talk smack about smart phones and how they suck away at our attention but I am really grateful for the ever-improving camera features on smartphones. Quick candid…


Movement and Texture: the Artwork of David Ferguson


A heavily textured abstract painting with tones of deep blueSky Event, cast cotton and acrylic on painted board

Movement and texture feature prominently in the work of David Ferguson, our featured artist of the day. David is not only a painter, but a dancer and choreographer, so it makes sense that he would utilize his own expertise and appreciation for moving forms in all of his work.

 


Several pieces of white cast cotton arranged on a white wallCourtyard for a Bird, cast cotton installation

 

I am fascinated by David’s use of cast cotton in his…

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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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