Jan 19 2015

Featured Artist: Petra Terslova

Featured Artist: Petra Terslova

About the Artist:
Petra´s artwork is inspired by real places. She aims to capture a unique atmosphere and mood of locations of her interest using vibrant colours and expressive brushstrokes. Most paintings are executed in acrylics and pastel. However, her portfolio also includes charcoal portraits created on commission.

Despite her Czech origin Petra lives alternately in London and Prague. Urban scenes are the main source of her inspiration. Petra graduated from the Charles University in Prague with master´s degree in law. Her initial interest in fine art appeared at a very early age and developed dramatically during her legal studies. Her plain-air painting in London attracted the attention of passers-by and turned to be an unexpected success. This resulted in Petra´s decision to become a professional artist.
Currently Petra builds her career in fine art and simultaneously pursues her legal studies to gain JD degree in law.

Artist Statement:
I tend to paint places that I have visited or people I know or I have met. I aim to capture a unique atmosphere and mood of locations that I find inspiring. These places include both busy cities and peaceful landscapes.

The characteristics of my artwork are vibrant colours and expressive brushstrokes. Most paintings are executed with acrylic and pastel. My portfolio also includes charcoal portraits created on commission.

I paint because it brings me joy, excitement and pleasure. I enjoy the creative, though sometimes arduous process. I see the world in dramatic images which I desire to put on a canvas and share with others.

Website: http://www.petraterslova.com/
Blog: http://petraterslova.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PetraTerslova
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petraterslova
Artist Info Gallery: http://www.artistsinfo.co.uk/artist/petra-terslova/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/petraterslova.artwork


Jan 15 2015

Featured Artist: Alison Mann

Featured Artist: Alison Mann

Notes from the Artist:
I live in France with my family and 3 goats, 2 big dogs and 6 cats, I am very much a country girl and never happier than when I am with the animals and looking after my garden.
On moving to France we bought a house in need of restoration, infact all it really had was walls and a roof. That was 9 years ago and it’s nearly finished!

I was a Garden Designer in England but soon found that in rural France people were only interested in what they could eat, not on having a well designed garden. So I turned to my first love painting! Although it wasn’t until 9 months ago that I decided to turn my hobby into a business.

I have painted for as long as I can remember and although I have taken different classes and experimented with different mediums, oil paints remain my passion. I love the way they glide on the canvas, the way they mix together to create a hue that often can never be exactly replicated.

I love the distinctive smell of oil paints. I get such a feeling of excitement when I open the door and walk into my studio. It’s my special place, my little haven of tranquility away from the world and the chaos that is my life.

Flowers remain my abiding passion. I have created a large flower garden out of what was once scrub land full of nettles and brambles, the emphasis being on colour and scent for as much of the year as possible. My garden is often the source of my inspiration as well as the beautiful countryside around me.

Alison Mann on the Web: http://www.tarnart.com/
Alison Mann on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tarnart
Alison Mann on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tarnartcom/
Alison Mann on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.tarnartcom


Jan 14 2015

Featured Artist: Joanne Healey

Featured Artist: Joanne Healey

Notes from the Artist:
Art is usually the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing before I go to bed at night. When I close my eyes I see colors and textures and my body becomes fluid inside. I can work endlessly, not conscious of time, losing myself to some knowing inside of me that drives my hands to move, to experience and to create. My work expresses what is internal to me, and I never initiate a piece with a specific idea, color or shape. It evolves as I experience and allow myself to let go and to give expression to what is held deep inside of me. The colors, in particular, seem to nourish my spirit, and flow through me. Sometimes I get so engrossed in the colors I cannot seem to get them into form. I feel like swimming in them, breathing them in, or somehow being color itself. It is at these times, I am most prone to using my hands with paint. I build my work with layer upon layer of paper, paint, pastels, gesso, plastics, metals, sea kelp, leaves, flowers and whatever I feel called to use, until the colors and forms create a feeling that I connect with. From the chaos un- folds an image. I like to allow things to fall as they will, then work with what is there. I attempt to use color and texture to entice people to look deeper and deeper, at my art, and at life, stimulating the mind to wander over the edges and linger over the subtle variations of color. I have exhibited my work in California, Oregon, Hawaii, New Zealand, China, and Florida, and I have found that people are at- tracted to my unusual color and textural themes.At any given time, I work on several pieces. Since my work is reflecting an internal process, I often need to step away in order to sense how to proceed. I like to use recycled materials in my work and these pieces also contribute to my pro- cess. Each piece I create has meaning and value, and expresses themes inherent in being human, and in particular in being a woman in society.

Joanne Healey on the Web: http://www.joannesvisionaryart.com/
Joanne Healey on the Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/joannehealeyart/
Joanne Healey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanneHealeyART
Joanne Healey on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/joanne-healey/18/719/ab0
Joanne Healey on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoannesVisionaryArt/timeline


Jan 05 2015

Featured Artist: Sandi Lear

Featured Artist: Sandi Lear

About the Artist:
A retired Paramedic & Physician Assistant, Sandi has travelled and lived all over the world, providing enormous resource for her paintings; beginning her journey with and passion for watercolours in 2012.

Largely self-taught, Sandi attended various workshops exploring & gaining experience in her art.

Ongoing mentorship by noted artists and heavily influenced by semi-abstract, semi-impressionism, Sandi strives to represent light & life in all subjects.

A special interest in endangered species and cultures, both wildlife and human, Sandi captures moments in time that are evocative and suggest the beginning of a journey the viewer can conclude for themselves.

Notes from the Artist:
Why the passion for watercolours?…
What happens when you drop a kernel of beautiful pure pigment into water? well, that depends, some creep gently, insinuating into the paper, following the path of the water, taking over your heart; some join hands and create their own special melange – others EXPLODE with life, sending tendrils of colour through the paper……………….nuff said!

Sandi Lear on the web: http://www.sandilear.com/
Sandi Lear on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandi.lear


Jan 02 2015

Featured Artist: Helena Mernissi

Featured Artist: Helena Mernissi

Website: http://www.mydreamseed.se/


Jun 27 2011

A Tale Of Two Sisters And Their Serious Eye For Art

Post Provided By: Weekend Edition Sunday

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Though many people consider themselves collectors — whether it’s postcards or books or stamps — there are few collections that rival the acquisitions of Claribel and Etta Cone. The Cone sisters, natives of Baltimore, were collectors of some of the greatest and most innovative art of their time. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, they acquired 3,000 pieces, including the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of works by Henri Matisse.

A sampling of their impressive collection is now on display at the Jewish Museum in New York. The exhibit, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, features more than 50 pieces of art on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art, where the sisters bequeathed the entirety of their collection.

Karen Levitov, associate curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, and Katy Rothkopf, senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, recently joined NPR’s Susan Stamberg to talk about the sisters and their remarkable collection.

Like their collection, the Cone sisters were extraordinary for their time. The eldest, Claribel, was one of the country’s first female doctors, says Rothkopf. Etta — a woman who was known for her warmth and generosity — was responsible for beginning their collection and contributing the majority of its pieces.

When Etta made the sisters’ first art purchases in 1898, the pair never intended to give the collection to a museum. Rothkopf says the sisters originally began their collection for simply aesthetic reasons, “Early on, I think it was to decorate their apartments,” she says.

But what began as ornamentation quickly became a passion. The sisters’ interest in art grew after they met Gertrude and Leo Stein, who were studying at Johns Hopkins University in the 1890s. The pair of siblings struck up a friendship and began to travel together. In fact, it was while the sisters were in Paris with the Steins in 1905 that they first encountered the work of Henri Matisse at the Salon D’Automne.

At the time, Matisse’s use of vibrant and unnatural color created a stir in the art world, says Rothkopf. Many people, including the Cone sisters, were shocked by his unorthodox style. “At first, the Cones … really found [the art] quite scary,” she says.

But after the Steins began to purchase his work, the Cone sisters visited Matisse’s studio and warmed to his artistic style. It helped that Matisse was a “proper” gentleman, and the Cones found that they could relate to him, Rothkopf explains. “He was their kind of people. They liked him, and so his paintings and drawings and sculptures started to appeal more.” Soon they were regularly buying Matisse’s art.

The sisters were also interested in other experimental painters of the time, including Pablo Picasso. Gertrude Stein introduced Etta to the painter in 1905, and by the end of their collecting career, the sisters had purchased more than 100 pieces of his work.

Though they were quite fond of Picasso, the Cone sisters could never fully accept his radical ways. “They found [Picasso’s] lifestyle a little more shocking,” says Rothkopf. “I think they felt a little more comfortable with Matisse. He was a proper gentleman, married with a family, wore three-piece suits — he was very clean and well put together.”

Over the years, their collection increased along with their interest in art. “The photographs of their apartment show that there’s art just floor to ceiling, wall to wall,” says Levitov.

Eventually, the collection became so large that it overtook their homes. “Claribel’s collection became so large that she, in fact, rented another apartment in the building,” says Rothkopf. “She gave over her apartment just to what she called her museum.”

Amassing a collection of this size was undoubtedly a pricey hobby, and the Cone sisters were fortunate to come from a wealthy family of textile industry entrepreneurs. Their two eldest brothers and their father opened the lucrative Cone Mills in North Carolina, which became the main supplier of denim during World War I. After the family’s wartime success, it became even easier for the sisters to continue their collection. “There was much more money to spend on works of art and baubles and fabrics and all kinds of wonderful things,” says Rothkopf.

The money allowed them to travel all over the world — and collect art along the way. “Many of the purchases they made were souvenirs of this amazing time they were spending out of the country,” says Rothkopf. While many travelers bring home postcards or trinkets from their adventures, the Cone sisters brought home some of the greatest art of the time.

Perhaps as remarkable as their collection were the close relationships the sisters fostered with some of the most famous artists of their day. Levitov says the painting she has grown the most attached to from the sisters’ collection is Matisse’s 1935 Large Reclining Nude ­­— in part because Etta played an active role in its creation. “While he was painting it, Matisse had it photographed and sent 22 photographs to Etta Cone in Baltimore,” she says. “So she got to be involved in the process and see it in its different stages.”

Additionally, Etta commissioned Matisse to paint a portrait of Claribel after her death, Levitov says. What she received was four drawings of Claribel and six of Etta, which Matisse gave as a gift to the sisters who had been such strong supporters of his work.


Jan 09 2013

Featured Artist: Christine Karron

Featured Artist: Christine Karron

Note about the Artist:Christine Karron
Christine Karron was born and raised in Estonia. Her exceptional drawing skills were discovered and supported by her parents from a very early age.
As a child, she visited the Art School for Gifted Children in Tallinn, Estonia and later, after her and her family moved to Germany, she attended and graduated from Willy-Brandt School in Art and Design.
Christine’s career as an artist began with publishing her cartoon character ‘Wolly the Bear’ in 1998. After years of illustrating for leading publishers and painting for commercial and private customers in Germany; she, along with her husband and their three children, moved to Alberta, Canada.
Christine paints in various media and her work ranges from realism to abstract art. Her artwork has been shown in many group exhibitions and sold to private collectors worldwide.


Nov 09 2010

In the Courtyard

Featured Artist: Romel De La Torre

See other works of Romel’s at the Water House Gallery


Oct 04 2010

Monet The Gardener: Life, And Art, Grow At Giverny

Featured Artist Susan Stamberg: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128245987

Listen to: Monet The Gardener: Life, And Art, Grow At Giverny

By the time painter Claude Monet moved to Giverny, 45 miles outside of Paris, he and his first wife, Camille, had already lived in Le Havre, Paris, Etretat, Argenteuil and Veutheil. In fact, the Monets moved around a lot — sometimes at night to avoid angry landlords — but it wasn’t until the painter spotted the village of Giverny from a train in Normandy that he began to build himself a home.

“He looked out the window and saw this charming village. So he just got off the train,” says Normandy tour guide Brigitte Mueller. “He walked until the first pub, sat down, had a big jug of cider and talked to the local people.”

Monet learned that a local carpenter had recently inherited a farm that he didn’t need. Monet rented it in 1883 and moved in with his future wife, Alice — Camille had passed away in 1879 — along with his two children and her six.

By the time Monet died in 1926, the 86-year-old painter had spent almost half his life in Giverny. 

Monet's House At Giverny

Fondation Claude Monet: Claude Monet bought his house in Giverny seven years after he first started renting it. He worked hard to create the gardens, later featured in his paintings, around his home.

‘All The Color And The Life’

Alice was pretty authoritarian by most accounts, but that didn’t stop Monet from enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

“He loves eating; he likes women; he loves smoking,” says Lauren Eshobar of the Monet Foundation.

Monet was a big, hearty, disciplined Norman who loved his life in Giverny as much as he loved his work there. And when you see his house, you understand why. Its ivy-covered pink facade and bright green windows make for a striking combination. It was in that house — which the painter bought in 1890 after his work started selling in America — and in its carefully designed gardens that Monet devotedly and deliberately created works of art that today’s visitors to Giverny can actually walk through.

With the help of his family and six gardeners, Monet planted, nurtured and composed his garden — a world of flowers made up of yellow, pink and red roses arrayed on the ground and draping over metal arches; patches of bright red geraniums; pale purple lavender; deep purple pansies; irises; impatiens; peonies and more.

“It’s almost like he’s flicked his paintbrush and it just landed on the green,” says visitor Nigel Whittaker of Birmingham, England. “It just looks like one of his paintings, and brings out all the color and the life.”

The splendor of Monet’s garden is available outside and inside the house.

“The most beautiful thing here is the look out of the window,” says Mueller. “If you’ll look through the window, it’s like a frame, it’s like a picture, it’s like a painting.”

“It’s amazing; you can almost imagine Monet here in his garden,” says visitor Sara Whitham of London. “His spirit is here.”

Claude Monet
Sacha Guitry/Courtesy of Fondation Claude Monet: Monet loved his life at Giverny, and the town attracted tourists and other artists alike — but Monet never allowed visitors to interrupt while he was painting.

The Pond Of Monet’s Inspiration

Before Giverny, Monet had painted what others had created: the cathedral at Rouen, haystacks and steam locomotives. But at Giverny, Monet made the subjects of his paintings. By placing the flower beds just so and shaping the paths in pleasing curves, Monet built his canvases first in flowers, then in paint.

He bought some adjacent land and put in a pond with small green footbridges, clumps of bamboo along the edges and willows that bend toward their watery reflections. He added lily pads — floating circles of green, with spiky white and pink blossoms that open up when the water reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Monet loved the pond’s reflections and the way light seemed to shift the space when moving over it. In his final years, he became obsessed with his patterned, abstract paintings of the lilies.

But according to Mueller, the pond of Monet’s inspiration wasn’t particularly easy to maintain.

“Monet had one gardener who was in charge of the pond, and his task was to fish out all the dry leaves and prevent the water rats from eating the waterlily bulbs,” she says.

Monet himself took daring steps to realize his masterpieces.

“He needed water to have his pond,” Mueller says, “so without any official permission, he brought one arm of the river through his garden.”

The town tried to fine him when he tapped the Epte River, but his friend George Clemenceau — a powerful journalist, politician and future French prime minister — stepped in, and Monet got to have his pond.

Two centuries later, the canvases Monet created of his gardens are found in some of the world’s major art museums, as well as in the new Museum of Impressionism in Giverny. Even today, they serve as reminders of the sweetness of the French countryside — or “Douce France” in the words of the old Charles Trenet song — painted so lovingly by Claude Monet.


Aug 29 2011

Murals by Renee

   Are you looking for a special way to personalize your home???  Consider handpainted murals.

Handpainted murals may be the solution you are looking for. Murals are a wonderful way to enhance the personality of your home or business.

   Whether in a bedroom, a doctor’s office, a library, a child’s room or play area, it often needs an extra special touch to make it just right.  That’s where I come in.  I love painting for little children especially.  So that is where I have directed my skills. Using bright, bold colors or soft, calm shadows, a mural will become part of your home or office.


     Hand painted murals from Murals by Renee, are perfect for creating a special place just for kids (adults too will enjoy them).  I will create a special children’s area that they will remember for a lifetime. 


      Just imagine; sleeping under the sea or in the middle of a field of brightly colored flowers or a rainbow above the baby’s crib, or even a tree by the bed, a vine trailing along a door frame might add just the right amount of pizzazz needed to liven things up.    



If plainly painted walls are beginning to bore you Call Renee to paint your walls.  Creating beautiful walls in your home or business is what Murals By Renee is all about!


Please browse through my gallery to see what I have painted and to get some ideas and then contact me for a free consultation!


Let Murals By Renee create something special for just for you!


Thank you and enjoy………………



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