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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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Soft Realistic Portraits: Claudette Webb


realistic painting of red haired woman holder a black catLisa and Bo, oil

Today we’re looking at the portfolio of Claudette Webb. Claudette is an artist currently living and working in Hunstville, Alabama. In her art she uses oil paints, as well as pencil crayons to create soft realistic portraits of people in their day-to-day lives.

 

The style that Claudette uses lends to her work an interesting tension between photorealism, and a softer, more lenient way of painting. The result is…

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Paintings of Cloudscapes by Ian Fisher


oil painting of white clouds in a blue skyAtmosphere No. 38, oil on canvas

Today’s we a taking a look at the artwork of Ian Fisher. Ian was born in Nova Scotia and is currently located in Denver, Colorado. His artworks walk a delicate line between conventional realism and deeply conceptual.


charcoal drawing of a shirtless man wearing white shorts#19, charcoal on paper

I truly adore Ian’s oil paintings of cloudscapes, both from a purely aesthetic, and a critical standpoint. The decision to keep the focus of the works on the sky…

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Sketches en Plein Air by Brian Buckrell

 

acrylic painting of trees at sunset with a glowing red backgroundMcKenzie Beach Sunset, acrylic

Brian Buckrell came to painting after a career in veterinary medicine and agriculture at the University of Guelph in Ontario. He specializes in landscape and figurative work.

 


acrylic painting of a woman smelling a vase of flower on a bright red backgroundFragrance, acrylic

I particularly enjoy the use of colour in Brian’s work, and the slightly reduced, expressive views of the landscapes he paints. The scenery is arranged into larger blocks of colour which are immensely…

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Curated Art Collection: Strange Nature

purple tree painting using watercolour techniqueJanuary Morning, watercolour and gesso on paper, Agnes Friedlander

Today I have put togther a collection of artworks by various artists, all depicting nature in a way that is strange, bizarre, or just slightly off-kilter. Sometimes the image is an almost recognizable landscape, simply rendered in an interesting, unusual style, and other times the image leans closer to being more completely abstract.These paintings, drawings, and mixed…

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Art for Dog Lovers: Nicoletta Poli


oil painting of two dogs playing in a lake with mountains in the backgroundLittle Sister, oil on canvas

Nicoletta Poli is a painter with a particular affinity for seaside landscapes, and dogs. Nicoletta’s style seeks out the basic elements of a scene and renders it in a minimal but colourful image. In her watercolours especially, individual brushstrokes can form major parts of the scenery, land or water.


oil painting of a road with a lighthouse in the backgroundNorth Wind, oil on canvas

Nicoletta primarily paints in oil. I find the Dog Art series, in which black…

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Arctic Paintings by Linda Lang


oil painting of an iceberg with purple skyArctic Light, oil on canvas

 

Today we are taking a closer look at the artworks of landscape painter Linda Lang. Linda draws inspiration for her paintings from numerous expeditions into Canada's arctic circle. She is a passionate conservationist and brings a clear love of the northern wilderness into her arctic paintings.

 


painting of an arctic fjord with glacier and mountainsView From Glacier, Pangnirtung, oil on canvas

 

I find Linda's use of shadow and large, simplified forms very…

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Art Portfolio: Trevor Pye

 

painting of two small houses in a hilly landscape"Dwelling in Landscape 4" Acrylic on Paper by Trevor Pye

 

Today we feature the art portfolio of painter Trevor Pye. These pieces are from Trevor's recent works and they are excellent works of style and colour. I love the soft coziness of these pieces and I think of the idea of the safety of community and the harmony of life away from the city. The range of patterns used to stylize the forms is really quite delightful and helps…

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Chaotic Colour: Jeffrey Newman


acrylic painting of a city with black paint. The background is a rainbow of colors painted in vertical stripesDiverse City, acrylic on canvas

Today’s artist, Jeffrey Newman, is a painter whose art portfolio is filled with frenetic, paint-splattered abstract images that I find to be at once dark and playful.

 


words and paint on paperMy Feelings Embarrass Me, mixed media on paper

 

Jeffrey’s works range from densely packed canvases that are entirely coated in paint, to those he has left almost completely white, with lines of dripped paint crossing the surface.…

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