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“It is my goal to lead the viewer on a voyage of discovery around the painting with the hope that they will be drawn in by the contrasting elements of light and dark, color and colorlessness, impasto and smooth brushwork, vertical and horizontal, geometric and organic, shiny and dull, soft and hard edges.”
“Plein air paintings is one of the most frustrating of artistic endeavors. Trudging off into the hills looking for a place to paint is exhilerating. Finding a perfect spot, setting up, painting for several uninterrupted (hopefully) hours and producing a painting can be an unbelievable high. The painting doesn’t even have to be good! Each of these excursions is an invaluable learning experience. Sure, I take photos along the way for use later in studio paintings BUT those small paintings produced en plein air are the ones of which I’m most proud. After all, I’ve had to hike in lugging an 18 lb. backpack with all my supplies, endured the heat and/or cold, fought off annoying bugs, been polite (usually) to passersby, set up all my paraphenalia and stood for hours working in the sun. It’s an accomplshment just to survive the day.”
“My goal is to broaden the concept of wearable art. Mixing textures, precious materials, and more common found objects in the same piece, I hope to change the expectations from what is typically thought as jewelry to art.I specialize in creating a fearless style of jewelry to inspire empowerment in the wearer. I am often asked, “Who collects your jewelry?” My answer is always, “Self-confident women.”
Artist: Stephanie Hager
Work: “Road to Heaven”
Archival Print on Aluminum
“By playing with light, color and patterns, my goal is to engage the viewer and have them feel something new and always unique to themselves. This is one of the things I love about art.” —Stephanie Hager
What feeling does this image conjure for you? Wanderlust? Serenity? Let us know in the comments!
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Artists: David Gallup & Nansi J. Bielanski
Oil on mounted canvas with 22 karat gold and custom handcrafted frame
Below, in the artist’s own words, they describe the process and inspiration for creating collaborative art together:
“Creating art is like a dialogue between the artist and canvas. Creating Collaborative Art adds the dimension of exchanging ideas with another person as the paint is added to the canvas….”What happens if you try this?….Can we take this in another direction?, etc.” Since we experienced the same dives in various parts of the world, we wanted to convey that shared experience on canvas. Beginning with flowers (that are similar to many of the life forms on the ocean bottom) we started working on each others canvases, eventually sharing the concepts and ideas of new paintings and the back-and-forth of both of us working on the same canvas. The following is the result of this collaboration.
People ask us all the time, “How do two people work on one painting?” Sometimes they add, “…Without killing one another”. I think this question comes from both the presumed attachment of the artist’s ego to the final work (perhaps an all-too-real stereotype of the egocentric artist),and a misconception of what it is to create a painting. Any skilled artist can make a successful descriptive mark in the desired color. Certainly the two of us are beyond the point where that is the challenging part of painting.So what is left? Only everything visionary and creative: concept, design, color harmonies, surface considerations, subject, mood, statement, style, innovations… all of it. These things are all easily discussed, considered, and then tested on the canvas. In the end, which of us makes the mark on the canvas makes very little difference so long as we agree on the intention.
Now, sometimes we think we agree, and when one makes the mark the other is surprised. This is more often good than bad, and the differences in our tendencies and stylistic interpretations has, at least for us, been a great strength. Our love and respect for one another greases the sticking points on finding a shared vision, and the work is complete only when both artists have been satisfied with every bit of the painting, and feels that their vision – though maybe improved- has been expressed.”