Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year, It’s Contest Time!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year

It’s the last day of 2009, and so today I’m going to do something a little bit different. Rather than come up with my own “top ten” or “best of the year/decade” list, I’ve decided to hold a contest to find out who your favourite PaintBlog artists have been these past two years. The contest is open to all readers of the blog, and to enter all you need to do is comment on this post with your pick(s) by Friday January 8th, 2010.  Please include your email when submitting your comment (I promise not to collect or share them) so I can contact the winner.

I will choose the winner at random, and the prize will depend on the winner’s country of origin, but will consist of one of the following books:

cb2

or

New American Paintings

Have a great New Year’s Eve everyone, and I look forward to sharing more amazing artists with you in the coming decade.

Sam Wolfe Connelly

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Sam Wolfe Connelly

The play of light against dark is a well-worn tool of the artist, and Sam Wolfe Connelly uses it well, but surprisingly, he also seems to be applying this method to his sense of mood. I can’t help but feel a sense of lightness in even the darkest of his works.

Be sure to check out his blog as well, he has a lot of great in-process images there.

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Angela Bentley Fife

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Angela Bentley Fife

It really doesn’t seem to matter what her subject matter is, Angela Bentley Fife brings incredible brushwork and a refined colour palette to every one of her paintings.  Her site doesn’t appear to have been updated in a while, but she remains fairly active over on her blog. Enjoy!

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Todd Bonita

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Todd Bonita

I do love the holidays,  but they usually mean a lot of  frantic traveling and visiting and eating and more traveling and then some more eating, so at this point in the year I can usually do with a period of calm.  Todd Bonita’s serene images of the New Hampshire sea coast are just the thing for that. Hope you had a great weekend!

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Andrew Hem

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Andrew Hem

Happy Holidays everyone!  I will not be posting tomorrow, as I will be far too busy celebrating Christmas to get near the internet, but I leave you in good hands.  In fact, I leave you in the astonishingly fantastic hands of Andrew Hem, whose work makes me jealous and awestruck beyond belief.

Have a great long weekend, and thank you for visiting!

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Josh Keyes

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes uses brilliant absurdity to comment on current and pending climate disasters, and now I’m torn between loving the work, and fearing for the future of this planet. My recommended course of action? Spend some time on Keyes’ site, the large image sizes and detail images are fantastic, then go do something nice for the planet.

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Claire Sherman

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Claire Sherman

The thing that hooked me on Claire Sherman’s portraits of the natural world were her loose but deliberate brushstrokes.  For me, creating brushstrokes that possess both those qualities has always been one of the biggest challenges, so I usually take a little extra time to appreciate it in other’s work.

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Amze Emmons

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Amze Emmons

Combining strong, bold colours with fine, deliberate lines, Amze Emmons portrays ruined landscapes in a very captivating manner. His  storybook-like style visually conflicts with the broken and abandoned subject matter, but somehow these opposing forces come together to produce a stronger image than either could alone.

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William Steiger

Friday, December 18th, 2009

William Steiger

William Steiger reduces his subject matter, usually man-made objects, into simplified geometric forms and stylized colours, and then places these objects into stark white backgrounds. The end results are iconic, quietly stunning, and filled with an odd sense of mystery.

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Jake Longstreth

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Jake Longstreth

Human figures are noticeably absent in Jake Longstreth’s painted landscapes of manufactured playgrounds and boxy outlet malls.  A hopeful look at a future society that no longer flocks to the familiar regardless of value (or lack thereof), or a bleak outlook on the death of the individual in the wake of corporate driven consumerism?  Maybe neither, you decide.

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