Oct 14 2014

“Sneaky Fox” by Skye Elizabeth Wieland

“Sneaky Fox”

Sneaky Fox is a mixed media artwork that was created with oil pastels and oil paints on cartridge paper with black gesso base. Sneaky Fox was inspired by my current interest in foxes and was the best work that came out of a series of commissioned pastels that I worked on.

If you liked my painting of Sneaky Fox, please don’t hesitate to visit my online store at RedBubble.com to purchase prints, clothing or other apparel with this design.
(These look particularly lovely on the throw cushions)

The creation of this painting can be viewed on my Speed Painting video on YouTube

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If you are on social media, more of my work can also be seen on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/skyewielandartist


Oct 14 2014

Featured Artist: Darryl Thomas

Featured Artist: Darryl Thomas

Notes from the Artist:
My name is Darryl Thomas and I am a 68 year old veteran and a stroke victim.
I was a professional musician for almost 50 years. During that time I managed to draw something every once-in-a-while until the last 10 years before an illness which devastated my beloved career. After the initial shock, I bought my second computer
and began teaching myself how to use certain art programs to produce the work I was doing before with brushes and paint, and create art work even more satisfying and more challenging than anything I had ever imagined before. The possibilities are absolutely endless. Not to mention cutting expenses of paint; brushes, and canvas; just to name a few.


Oct 13 2014

Featured Artist: Debra Spegal

Featured Artist: Debra Spegal

Davy Crockett Lake painting 2

November Morning 2

Notes from the Artist:
I am basically a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting at the age of 12. While most of my work is done on a commission basis, I do find time to paint the things I love. Flowers, landscapes, cats, are all a part of my life and my art. My work has been featured on greeting cards and posters. I love drawing and painting older homes, especailly old homeplaces that have character and family history.

Debra Spegal on the Web: http://debraspegal.fineartstudioonline.com/
Debra Spegal on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebraWilliamsSpegalStudio


Oct 12 2014

Featured Artist: Gail Kirtz

Featured Artist: Gail Kirtz

About the Artist:
Gail Kirtz has been a professional artist for twenty years and is known for her richly colored landscapes and expressionistic collages. She was born in Dundalk, MD and grew up in Ashland KY, where she still lives. Her formal art education included fine art studies at The University of Kentucky, specializing in painting and 3-D design. She works in a variety of mediums. Her works hang in private and corporate collections in several states.
She is inspired by the local as well as far afield. Her art is motivated by thought and feeling, using a variety of concepts, showing her growth in the practice of her profession.
Her mixed media collages, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings have won over two hundred awards in regional and national juried and open shows.
Images of four of her paintings were purchased by Hollywood filmmaker Wm. John Thinnes and included for use in his independent film “Cold Trail”. Mr. Thinnes is best known for his work on “Th
e Lion King”, Beauty And The Beast”, “Pocahontas”, “Aladdin” and more.

Her studio “Art Of The Redeemed” formerly was located in the Camayo Arcade and the Pendleton Art Center. She currently is creating and teaching
in her home studio.

She is known for her richly colored landscapes and her expressionistic collages.

Gail Kirtz on the Web: http://gail-kirtz.artistwebsites.com/


Oct 11 2014

Featured Artist: TQuinn

Featured Artist: TQuinn

About the Artist:
TQuinn has been painting for 2 years discovering his God given talent in retirement. He started sketching, then moved to watercolors and today he enjoys acrylics. He hopes everyone enjoys his paintings as much as he loves painting them.

TQuinn on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TQuinn-Art/445686945507785


Jan 09 2011

Lorrealism – Don’t look it up… it isn’t a word. It’s just my kind of reality.

Featured Artist: Lorraine Ulen

Lorraine has been drawing and painting a variety of subjects in varied mediums since she was a young
child in Connecticut, where she found great inspiration in her scenic surroundings. From farms to flower gardens to the abundant wildlife, she was sparked by the colors and moved by the richness of everything around her, and aspired to share her exhilaration through her artworks.

“There is beauty all around us – in facial expressions, in the way light moves across a room, in the isolated patterns and textures of every day objects. My goal is not only to reflect the world around me, but to also
convey the passion I feel for my subjects through my work. Whether creating a portrait or an abstract, I
hope to captivate the viewer by showcasing what initially compelled me to paint.”

Largely self-taught, she has honed her skills through years of careful observation and rendering, and she
has stretched creatively by attending workshops with a number of locally and nationally recognized artists.
Her award winning art is displayed at shows and venues in Florida, Georgia and Connecticut, and her
pieces are in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

You can also check out Lorraine’s Blog


Oct 11 2012

The Sculptures of Absorb

The Sculptures of Absorb

Notes from the Artist:
By night I rummage through your trash, scavenging your unwanted items, broken toys, smashed electronics, cracked mirrors… symbols of pain, scraps of joy … everything contains a story. I save your forgotten memories from the landfill and upon the altar I bring them new flesh and the breath of another life.


Oct 18 2010

All Things Bacon Sizzled At NYC’s Bacon-Palooza

 Credit To: Margot Adler


At the Bacon-Palooza in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, attendees could get everything bacon: bacon the movie, bacon the musical, bacon songs, bacon art, bacon products, and, of course, bacon food and drink.

Many fundraisers feature women in designer gowns and men in tuxes, but over the weekend in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood — known for art galleries and hipsters — one gallery held a different kind of charity event: The Bacon-Palooza.

The dress was casual, the people were young, and the cause was to raise money for kids with autism.

Diet Coke with Bacon can

In this photo widely circulated on the Internet, a fake Diet Coke with Bacon can has caught bacon lovers’ attention.

The event had everything bacon: bacon the movie, bacon the musical, bacon songs, bacon art, bacon products, and, of course, bacon food and drink. And the people who paid $50 to get tickets to the three-day affair said bacon — not vegan — was the hippest food.

John Ordover, who runs the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, says he decided on the bacon theme because — except for those with a religious requirement against pork — everybody he knows loves bacon. “It crossed all the social lines — rich, poor, happy, sad, outgoing, introverted,” he says.  “If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s bacon.”

There was balsamic bacon-wrapped shrimp with chipotle sauce, bacon sweet potato hash, bacon-wrapped dates, bacon dipped in chocolate — to mention a few. Then there were the drinks: a BLT with bacon vodka, tomato juice and a sprig of lettuce, and a bacon egg cream, which consisted of bacon vodka, chocolate syrup, seltzer and milk.

Attendee Danny Comer tried the egg cream. “I can’t taste too much bacon-flavored vodka,” he said, “but I could drink these things all night, pretty delicious.”

Alla Shynkin says she even has a dog named Bacon. “This is my favorite thing in the world,” she says. “I like it almost burned, and I like it rare. It’s just the best food ever.”

I like it almost burned, and I like it rare. It’s just the best food ever.

- Alla Shynkin

Then there are the bacon products. Keith DeCandido reels them off, starting with a book: Bacon a Love Story. “It’s a heartwarming tale, or at least stomach-warming tale,” he says, laughing. “We have bacon-flavored lip balm; we have Mr. Bacon’s board game; we have a bacon-shaped wallet, bacon air freshener, bacon soap so you can smell like bacon.”

The bacon jelly beans tasted pretty awful; the bacon-flavored popcorn was not bad at all.

Patti Stone bought Mr. Bacon’s Big Adventure, a board game. “There’s Wiener Wasteland and the Sausage Sea,” she says. “You have to get to the Gristle Grotto, and I have a 6-year-old at home, so this is fabulous.”

Mr. Bacon's Big Adventure board game
Courtesy McPhee.comMr. Bacon’s Big Adventure board game

We won’t dwell on the bacon burlesque striptease where the pasties were — you guessed it — bacon. There were Gregorian chants based on bacon recipes sung by the Sugar-Cured Singers, and there were movie clips and musical offerings. There were bacon-related cartoons and art on the walls, and since this was a gallery of digital art, it was not surprising to find Lauren Pollack with her cell phone out.

“I just texted a picture of the event to a co-worker whose wife does meat art and mostly bacon-themed art work,” she said.

Kim Kindya, Ordover’s partner at the gallery, said simply: “SoHo is an old Italian neighborhood.” That means, “cold cuts and cured meats. New Yorkers love their corned beef, their pastrami, and their deli meats.”

But Ordover, who has an 8-year-old son with autism, is perfectly willing to have another charity event for those averse to bacon — perhaps chocolate-covered tofu.


Feb 22 2011

Memories Lost and Found: The Hopeful Recovery of My Early Work

“Study in Sienna” – watercolor in monochrome

Memories Lost and Found: The Hopeful Recovery of My Early Work

This is a story about Memories “lost and found” and makes you ask the question, what are those artifacts really worth? What is art really worth? What are memories worth?

It is a complicated story with a few twists, but it’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to me in a while. I’ve been creating art for at least 30 years, so it all started years back when I stored some of my paintings and drawings in a box under my bed. It was a long, 4-foot long cardboard storage box and had everything from sketches to some completed pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, and even oil on panel. Many of my earliest works were among them, carefully stored for years, following me with every move into my adult life, from Denton to Boone to Raleigh to Holly Springs to Richlands to Bristol. And then where?

“Mountain Sunset” – an early 12″ x 16″ oil on panel

I had a troubled time when I lived in Bristol, VA and had amassed an extension collection of furniture, books, memorabilia and other belongings, including art supplies, vintage frames, tools and supplies, and completed paintings. I packed to move and had to move quickly to take a job. I had a dilemma. How could I take everything? 30-some years of belongings filling over 6,000 square feet….I had to make some choices. I even made a few trips back and forth once I had made the “big move,” but still only made a dent.

“Reaching Out” – pencil study

I moved mainly what I needed and could sell for money, including a single bedroom of furniture, my art essentials, only the choicest books, and my clothing. I sold the remaining belongings (everything left in the house) to an investor. I did not realize it until it was too late that among those items was that box of my early artwork. Nothing could replace that. It was gone. And so I adjusted to the fact that all of those memories and traces of my early artistic development were gone forever. All I had left was the memories.

Fast forward nearly 10 years. I got an email from a thrift store employee saying that the owner had bought at an estate sale a stack of artwork signed by me (presumably) and dating back to the 1980’s. Was it me?

I gasped when I read the email! I couldn’t believe it. At once I felt thrilled, cheapened, frustrated, angry, and anxious. I wasn’t even dead, and my former belongings had gone through an estate sale. I’m not a dead, famous artist, and already my “early works” are being pilfered through to see what is worth “saving.” This store employee I am extremely grateful to for contacting me. He had the decency and respect that I would want anyone to have in this situation. This was obviously an intimate collection of artwork, and not just a few pieces from a collector. This employee even took pictures for me, and from these rough photos I contorted and reconstructed the few images you see here. I was told how much the owner had paid, and although it wasn’t the price of a newly discovered Vermeer, it wasn’t a drop in the bucket, either. It was a large enough amount for me to have to think whether it would be worth it to pay for these items that I had lost through my own fault and doing. I had, after all, already “said goodbye” to them.

During the day, so many thoughts stirred in my head about these issues. What value would these early pieces have to anyone? I didn’t and don’t even consider them anything other than “student” pieces. It was years before I considered my work Good Enough to market. These early works, in my mind, were just as well lost and gone forever, for no one to see. Now that I look at them retrospectively from 20+ years in the future, maybe I can view them with a more objective eye. In the “Study in Sienna,” I see skill in the rendering, in the perspective, and the treatment of the objects. I have no idea where I got the original image or idea from. It kind of reminds me of a Vermeer, actually. I wouldn’t have had access to an antique drop-leaf table, so I can only assume I saw this image in a book.

In the “Mountain Sunset” I can see the bravado of the brush strokes and the bold use of color. I like the use of tonal and aerial perspective and I think the clouds are nicely rendered. Not bad for a 9th-grader, I think to myself! And lastly, although I do not consider myself a good “drawer,” in the pencil drawing “Reaching Out,” I can see the bold use of line and expressive nature of this work.

Can I look back at these early works and say that at an early age I had a natural “talent”? That is such a sticky question, because as soon as you call something a talent rather than a skill, you nearly deny the ability that these qualities can be taught or learned. I would conclude in compromise and say — that I had an “aptitude” and that at an early age I spent hours and hours developing it, mostly on my own and in the dark ages before the internet — through books and the Artist’s Magazine. You can learn more about my early stages in an online interview HERE.

The last chapter of what happened to this treasure (to me) of my early artwork hasn’t quite been written. Let’s just say it may end up with a happy ending. I sure hope it does.

I will be sure to let you know.

—Whimsical Artist Scott Plaster

Please tell me your comments about this story by posting below!


Mar 09 2011

Leah Baldonadi

Featured Artist: Leah Baldonadi


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