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Which to Choose: Canvas, Panel, and Paper

 

Canvas, panels and paper for artists

Some reasons you might choose PAPER:

 

You want to feel less precious about what you are making.

You want the end product to feel like less of a solid object.

You want to paint in thin, watery layers.

You need that bumpy texture of "rough" surface paper.

You want a cheap surface to do some fast and expressive pieces that are a bit experimental - You'll probably throw some of them out.

You want an incredibly smooth surface for fine…

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Digital Meets Traditional: Painting by Michiel Van Der Zanden


A painting of a restaurant made to look like a computer modelRecreation #4, oil and acrylic on canvas

Michiel Van Der Zanden’s paintings and sculptures are a bizarre marriage of realistic painting and computer generated imagery. Van Der Zanden frequently uses a computer modeling program to compose the sketches for his paintings, taking real objects and settings and isolating them in an uncanny digital space, where the laws of physics and architecture seem somehow less rigid than in reality.…

 


A painting of a temple made to look like a computer generated image

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Studio Sunday: Ken Vick and Michelle Marcotte


A photo of a home studio space with large windows

On today's Studio Sunday, let’s take a look at the home studio spaces of two of our Artist Run Website customers: Ken Vick and Michelle Marcotte. Ken and Michelle recently moved to a new home in Lewiston, NY, where they have set up two beautiful studio spaces, catered to their own respective practices.

 

As a master woodworker, Ken needs a full, professional level woodworking shop to build his custom furnishings and woodworking…

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An Exciting Collision: Artwork by Giuliana Grande


A primarily blue abstract painting with straight, geometric line artPrairie Lake Sky No. 8, oil and oil-based spray paint on canvas

The vividly colourful and formally packed paintings of Giuliana Grande draw my eye all across the surface – I find new details with every fresh viewing.  Giuliana’s abstract works create a visual space where geometry interacts with clouds of pure colour in an exciting collision.

 

I’m fascinated by Giuliana’s paintings – in particular those that combine small…

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Modern Surrealism by Matthew Grabelsky


An oil painting of a woman standing in front of a bear in the New York subwayExit Pursued by A Bear, oil on canvas

 

Matthew Grabelsky hold degrees in both art and astrophysics, lending an interesting perspective to his realistic representational paintings that combine very modern imagery and scenes with a touch of surrealism and classical embellishment. Grabelsky studied painting under great masters in Italy and France, allowing the viewer to see his contemporary conceptual style in a different, contrasting…

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150 Sunsets: Paintings by Noah Verrier


A small, loose painting of a rural sunsetSunset No. 14

Noah Verrier spent a year painting sunsets in the same spot – 150 sunsets, to be exact. These paintings, available for viewing on his website, as well as for purchase in the form of a book, reflect the changing of the seasons, and the movement of the sun from season to season and provide a unique meditation on the passage of time as seen from a single point in space.

 

When installed, Noah’s 150 paintings are carefully…

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Celebration of Shape and Form: Paintings by Linda Henningson


A painting with some daisies inserted into an abstract, pink and blue backgroundDew, arcylic on canvas

Our featured artist for today is Linda Henningson. Linda graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, in 2006 and has been painting professionally ever since. Her works are colourful and expressive in their use and celebration of shape and form.

 

Many of Linda’s paintings echo natural forms, vaguely emulating the shapes of plants, or coral, or even microscopic systems and cellular diagrams. In her…

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Colourful, Swirling Abstracts by Luis Pagan


An abstract painting made by pouring layers of thin paint onto a surfaceRaven, house paint on board

Our featured artist today is Luis Pagan. Luis uses an innovative technique to create his colourful, swirling abstracts – house paint poured through a kitchen strainer. The result is paintings that are at once reminiscent of aerial landscapes, photos of outer space, or chemicals under a microscope. 

 

Luis’ work focuses very much on the behavior of the medium itself. His portfolio is partially organized…

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Paintings of the Irish Countryside by Dominic McNamara


An oil painting of two white cows in the shadeInto the Shade, oil on canvas

Dominic McNamara is a self-taught painter from Ireland. He paints with small, delicate brushstrokes, creating works of art that dazzle with tiny, intricate highlights and details.

 


Website screen capture of Dominic McNamara's paintingsPaintings of Ireland on Dominic McNamara's website


A painting of a view looking up at the Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Bridge, oil on canvas

Dominic’s varied subject matter showcases his use of oil paint – on his website, www.artworksbydominic.com, he has his artwork divided into…

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The Modernist Painting of Gordon Smith


A painting of a tangle of grass and twigs near a creekCreekside Grasses #1, acrylic on canvas

Gordon Smith came into his own as an artist around the time that Abstract Expressionism was eclipsing the American art scene. He is now revered as one of the premier modernist painters of Canada, and has a solid following in the United States as well.

 

Smith’s paintings are, at first glance, impressionistic reflections on the forests and plant life of north America, featuring thin, wiry trees…

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Studio Sunday: Julie Mehretu

 


 

Today’s Studio Sunday will focus on the art studio of Julie Mehretu. Julie Mehretu is known for her extremely large-scale paintings that feature abstract, geometric motifs and lines that give a strong sense of movement.

 

Mehretu’s studio must be quite spacious to accommodate the large size of many of her paintings. One painting that was commissioned for an office building in Manhattan was 80 feet long and 23 feet wide. In…

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Paintings that Entice the Senses: Michelle Marcotte


A still-life painting of a loaf of bread, butter, and jars of jamJam Maker's Reward, oil

 


A screen capture of Michelle Marcotte's websiteFood paintings on Michelle Marcotte's web portfolio


Michelle Marcotte paints in a colourful, bombastic style that I find works particularly well in her still-life works, where she renders food and flowers in brighter-than-life hues, creating paintings that entice the senses.

 


A painting of several types of flowers that have different meaningsTahleen and Robert's Garden, oil on canvas

Michelle works with a variety of subjects in her paintings, exploring portraiture and…

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Heavy, Defined Brushstrokes: Paintings by Edward Bear Miller


A painting of a woman walking with a boat in water in  the bacjground

Begoia Afloat, oil on canvas

 

Edward Bear Miller, our featured artist for today, is originally from Washington, D.C. He paints landscapes as well as figures and portraits in heavy, defined brushstrokes.

 

Lines and layers of colour and shadow appear on the surface of Edward’s paintings like the shadows of tree branches, overlapping and building forms. The brushstrokes themselves become parts of his landscapes, which are divided on…

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Pop-Cultural Portraits: Paintings by Amber Petersen


A tiny portrait painting of Dale Cooper from Twin PeaksTwin Peaks - Coop II, acrylic and ink on miniature canvas

Amber Petersen, our featured artist of the day, is currently located in Toronto, Ontario. She

works in both painting and photography, and I find that her work shows an interesting contrast in the way she uses each medium.

 

I am particularly fond of Amber’s paintings, which are often pop-cultural portraits of known faces. Many of her paintings are on a tiny scale, as small as…

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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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