Archive for August, 2009

Rob Croxford

Monday, August 17th, 2009


What do you get when you combine pre-1950’s advertising imagery, old quotes and current landscapes? You get Rob Croxford! More to the point, you get a Rob Croxford painting, which is a wonderful thing to behold. As an added bonus, he is also something of an environmental activist, donating 10% of his art sales to the David Suzuki Foundation.  Not too shabby.


Elizabeth Livingston

Friday, August 14th, 2009


Quiet suburban scenes that appear to be the calm before the storm are Elizabeth Livingston’s specialty, and like a good filmmaker, she composes her canvas to maximize the tension and unease in the scene.  Great work!

Jim Thalassoudis

Thursday, August 13th, 2009


Filmmakers refer to the hour just before sunset as “magic hour” because at that time of day the light in the sky is so, well, magical.  Jim Thalassoudis seems to have made it a specialty of his to capture just this quality of light in his paintings.

Ambera Wellmann

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009



Moody and powerful exteriors? Not a problem.

Dramatic and compelling interiors? Absolutely.

A highly entertaining and informative blog about her work?  For sure.

What more could you ask of Ambera Wellmann?  Go forth and enjoy.

Richard Hanson

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


Watercolour as a painting medium can, in the wrong hands (mine), call undue attention to itself.  Of course, in the right hands (Richard Hanson’s) watercolour has limitless potential, as demonstrated by the many incredible paintings available for viewing on his site.

Mario Mirkovich

Monday, August 10th, 2009


Mario Mirkovich is clearly a skilled painter on many levels, but I find myself most impressed with his ability to create varied organic textures with his brushstrokes.  I’m also jealous that he has southern California to explore for inspiration, it looks like an amazing place to spend some time.

Jane Lafarge Hamill

Friday, August 7th, 2009


My high school art teacher was ardently against using outlines to define form, his argument being that objects aren’t “outlined” in reality, so we shouldn’t put them into our work.  Since I wanted to write and draw comics at the time, his advice was a bit disconcerting to me. Today however, I finally realized that he was trying to get me to create something that neared the refined and fluid brush strokes found in Jane Lafarge Hamill’s portraits. No outlines here, just incredible, incredible paintings.

Timothy Daniels

Thursday, August 6th, 2009


Whether he is painting a fall day in the park or an early morning in the city, Timothy Daniels does a great job using light and colour to re-create atmosphere and mood. Very nice.

Kristi Ropeleski

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Kristi Ropeleski is incredibly adept at capturing the physicality of the human body, and with her series “White Noise” she combines that sense of weight and mass with images of floating weightlessness, resulting in some fantastic paintings.

Craig Wylie

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


There is a power and intensity in Craig Wylie’s hyper-realistic portraits that I can only imagine is heightened by their scale when viewed in person. However, as a trip overseas is not in my immediate future, I suppose I’ll have to make due viewing the works online.