For this month, I decided to post some oil pastels that were originally created for a cafe in Victoria, BC. They were copied and used for signage, stationary and the logo. When I discovered them once again, I thought they would be ideal for an upcoming showing of my art at Centre Stage in New Minas, NS, in October of this year. I am very excited about this opportunity.
Hot Chocolate & Coffee
Cup of Tea
I used artist’s wooden panels,12″ x 12″ for the larger pieces and 8″ x 8″ for the smaller pieces for the frame. Each panel has a 3mm quality poplar wood board and a solid pine wood frame. I used acrylic paint on the background to match the oil pastels and moulding on the four larger pieces. Select each picture to enlarge it.
For this month’s “Artist of the Month” I chose a local Nova Scotian painter/designer. While scouting online for artists I came across Gail Sutherland. Originally from Montreal, Gail now resides in Bedford, Nova Scotia. I decided that since I too live in Nova Scotia now that I would like to show off the local talent. In fact I may do this for the next few months.
I liked Gail’s water colours mainly for their content. I love the landscape and sea side areas in NS and enjoyed the way she played with the colours. My favourite ones were those with vivid colours next to the subtle tones of the sand & sky as in the FACING the DUNES, Brackley Beach, PEI painting. Also, I loved the softness of END OF THE DAY, Peggy’s Cove, NS with bits of brilliance in the ropes and buoys. I liked many other paintings, but instead of telling you about them I’ll let you see for yourself. I chose 10 of my favourite paintings to share with you.
I discovered a new artist when a Facebook friend posted a piece of her work. I fell in love and just had to feature Jessilyn Park on my blog this month.
Jessilyn currently resides in Orlando, Florida and until two years ago she had never done any painting, artistically speaking anyway. When Jessilyn picked up a paint brush for the first time she discovered a great creative talent. She paints with bright, beautiful colours using broad brush strokes and her works are in great demand. You be the judge. Here are just a few samples of her work. If you’d like to read more about Jessilyn or see more paintings visit Jessilyn Park Art Studio Facebook page or the official web site Jessilyn Park Art Studio.
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This month I have chosen a very different type of artist. Her name is Theresa Young. She seems to combine two different styles using realistic yet very contemporary, with vibrant colours and an ethereal feeling. I love the flow of her lines and the beautiful detail of the end results. In the samples I’ve chosen you will also see some black and white pieces that I love for their intricate lines and realistic faces. But enough about how I feel, here is a short bio of the artist.
Theresa Young started painted in oils at the age of eight and sold pastel and charcoal portraits from the age of fourteen. She later took private art lessons with two professional artists on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These lessons resulted in her mature style which integrated both approaches into itself in different ways. Other artists that influenced Theresa are H.R. Giger, Salvador Dali and Gervasio Gallardo.
This month’s artist was recommended to me by a friend. She lives right here in my home town of Victoria, BC. I love the way she mixes her colours so that the rocks are blue instead of grey and how everything has a vibrance to it even the most stormy pieces. Here is a little bit about the artist.
Erica is mostly self-taught; aside from a very informative couple of years in Jean Bachynski’s art classes in high school in Winnipeg, her art instruction consisted of absorbing whatever she could from her talented and educated sisters, and from obsessively reading books and attending workshops.
Erica has dabbled in different painting media (watercolours, oils, ink), but loves acrylics for their versatility and the vibrant colours and textures which she uses to their full extent. If you would like to know more about Erica and view more art work, visit her website http://www.ericamessing.com/
Here are just a few samples of paintings by Erica Messing.