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Lush Abstract Images: The Art of Donna Bruni

A painting composed of cool blue and grey coloursWalking on Water Series, #2, oil on canvas

Donna Bruni is a painter who works primarily in oil, building lush abstract images with a focus on a single base hue. In her paintings, Donna layers shades and tints to create volume and the suggestion of vast seascapes or cloudy expanses of sky. 


An abstract image suggesting a dock floating on still waterFloating Dock, oil on canvas

The artist often paints on a large scale, with planes of a single colour sometimes taking up a space several feet wide…

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The Art Portfolio of Zara Spence

A drawing of a character from a fantasy seriesNight King Slayer

Zara Spence is an artist who creates portraits and other custom artwork on a commission basis. The artist’s style is cartoonish, allowing the artist to capture and exaggerate recognizable characteristics of her subjects to great effect. 


A drawing of a couple with two golden retrieversGift

 

I really enjoy the way Zara composes her images. Some recent works of the artists take on a kind of emblematic aesthetic, with a central figure and a text banner positioned…

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Pet and Person Portraits by John Langeveld

A black and white portrait of a girlUntitled

John Langeveld is a Calgary-based artist who specializes in portraiture. The artist’s current portfolio features both pet and person portraits, both black and white sketches and polished, full-colour paintings. 


A portrait of a dog in the back seat of a convertibleUntitled

 

I like the consistency of style in which John renders his subjects. The artist specializes in portraits of young children, and the slightly softened, rough-edged approach that he takes seems fitting to…

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A Stained Glass Mosaic Art Portfolio by Suzanne Coverett Earls

A mosaic portrait of a young boyFresh Faces Forward #1, glass on glass

Suzanne Coverett Earls is a mosaic artist and painter. In her practice, Suzanne creates images both abstract and figurative, often drawing inspiration from nature, animals, and the unique properties of the stained glass mosaic medium. 


A stained glass mosaic of a black catSally, layered glass mosaic

 

I’m really impressed by the amount of detail that Suzanne is able to pack into her mosaic artworks. The artist is adept at using…

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Wildly Colourful Landscapes: The Art of Marty Husted

A painting of a vibrant landscape with blue coloursVibrant Renewal, acrylic and mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas

Marty Husted is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in Columbus, Ohio. The artist’s current portfolio covers abstraction, plein air painting, and imaginative, wildly colourful landscapes


An abstract painting with primarily blue tonesDancing on the Edge, mixed media

 

I love the layered, complex appearance of Marty’s paintings -- whether it’s abstract shapes or mottled, vibrantly hued tree…

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Stylized Scenes: The Art of Dianne Falzon

A painting of numerous figures on a beachA Lovely Day for a Paddle in the Pacific Ocean

 

Dianne Falzon is an Australian artist with a background in craft -- jewelry and wearable artworks form part of the artist’s practice, alongside acrylic painting. In her current practice, Dianne uses thick, saturated layers of paint to express stylized scenes of wildlife and human figures. 


A painting of a flock of seagullsThe Seagulls

 

I like the loose, gestural quality of Dianne’s paintings, and the way that the…

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Inside the Studio of Kristan Kennedy

A photo of Kristan Kennedy's art studio

 

Kristan Kennedy was born in New York and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Kennedy works as both an independent artist and a curator. In her artistic practice, Kennedy produces works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, while in her curatorial practice Kennedy supports and promotes the work of emerging artists in traditional media, as well as performance and music. 

 

The artist’s studio in the above…

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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a…

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Forest Creatures: Painting and Illustration of David Keane

A painting of goats in a brown fieldRadar field, oil on board

David Keane is a painter and illustrator who works in mixed media, producing artworks that take forest creatures as their subjects. David is based on the west coast of Ireland, and as such many of his works seem inspired by local nature and wildlife. 


A drawing of two hares on an abstracted backgroundhares

 

I really like the combination of tight illustration and gestural painting that’s present in many of David’s works. The way the artist draws animals…

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Desire for Discovery: The Art of Melissa A. Owoc

A photo of moss-covered trees in a forest[Wood] Cathedral Grove -- Bear Spirit

Melissa A. Owoc’s artistic practice is born of a desire for discovery, both personal and external. In paintings and photographs, the artist explores the environment around her through a lightly spiritual, introspective eye. 


A photo of still water with floating plants[Water] Depth of Stillness

 

The artist’s photographs offer an interesting combination of straightforward, unedited imagery, and shots that have been deliberately altered…

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Landscapes of New England: Painting by Kim Senior

A painting of a row of poplar trees along a roadPoplars Shelburn Farms, acrylic on canvas

Kim Senior is a Vermont-based artist who captures the landscapes of New England in paintings. The artist uses a delicate, painterly hand to render trees, dappled sunlight, rolling hills, and running water with equal care. 


A painting of a river in a thawing snowbedLamoille March Thaw, acrylic on canvas

 

Kim’s painting portfolio features galleries for each season. It’s interesting to be able to see paintings of a similar location…

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Colour and Movement: Painting by Catron Wallace

A painting made up of textured blue huesSymphonies In My Head, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Catron Wallace is a Tennessee-based artist who paints primarily in acrylic and mixed media, producing large abstract paintings that focus on colour and movement. When she’s not at work in her studio, Catron runs workshops and classes to help other artists develop their skill sets. 


A painting with warm red hues and a circular figureIndian Summer, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the textured appearance of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Zhang Enli

Zhang Enli observing a large painting in his studio space

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Zhang Enli. Based in Shanghai, Enli is known for gestural paintings in oil and watercolour, often depicting overlooked elements of cities and civilizations -- maps, cast-off detritus, and other seemingly mundane details of urban life. 

 

I really like the look of Enli’s studio here. It’s bright, spacious, and airy, and though it contains a number of artworks, none seem to be competing with…

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Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio

A painting with warm yellow tones and small black abstract shapesTo a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton

Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art. 


A study for a painting made in abstract mixed mediaStage Setting 3, mixed media on paper

 

Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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