Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Pies By VL Rees

© Urban Meltdown By VL Rees

© Wintergrove By VL Rees

V. L. Rees is best known for contemporary realism executed in oils.  However, on hot summer afternoons, she has been known to give in to the abstract.

She draws inspiration from her appreciation of the beauty found in the everyday.  Unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature's intricacies all capture her attention.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Carolyn Hancock is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© LBJ Junction School By Carolyn Hancock

© Velvet By Carolyn Hancock

© A Technicolor Day By Carolyn Hancock

"I love painting people, getting just the right expression in their eyes, and leaving a little mystery, telling a story. Even when I'm painting a flower bloom, my thought is to give it personality. Sometimes just the curl of a petal does that, makes it flirty or serene. I paint with color, lots of color, colors you wouldn't expect, unusual combinations. But when I reach the finish, the step-back, I'm done, all those strokes of pastel blend to believability, and they are beautiful."
 - Carolyn Hancock


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Caroline Ratliff is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Pathway By Caroline Ratliff

© Cabin In The Woods By Caroline Ratliff

© Evening Stroll By Caroline Ratliff

"Painting is my passion and joy, filling an inner need to produce something of beauty. My paintings are an extension of the way I connect emotionally with nature. Painting  from life gives me the opportunity to see the nuances of color and light and a sense of the location." - Caroline Ratliff



Saturday, December 28, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Laura Reed

© Lost By Laura Reed

© View From The Top By Laura Reed

© Prism By Laura Reed

"The inspiration for my abstract work comes from my life experiences; travel, nature, my environment, all culminating in a magical sort of way. It is usually subconscious, and impetuous, sparked by something seemingly as trivial as a word or a feeling. I strive not to answer the question of what my images mean but to encourage the viewer's curiosity. When the work invokes the feeling of "curiouser and curiouser" (thank you Alice) then I have achieved my goal." - Laura Reed


Friday, December 27, 2013

Katharine Cartwright is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Charles' Law By Katharine Cartwright

© Ohm's Law By Katharine Cartwright

© Weaving the Fabric Of The Universe By Katharine Cartwright
 "My natural tendency is to think in images rather than in words, and my  paintings are expressions of those thoughts. The foundation for my work is the intended concept, or idea, which derives from my unique perception of the world. When a concept forms, I explore it for years by creating a series of paintings that result in concept expansion and nuanced meanings. The lexicon I use for expression includes not only the common morphemes such as the elements and principles of design, but also a hybrid vocabulary of unique and unusual combinations that support the concept. Each series varies in duration and significance, and may occur simultaneously with another." 
- Katharine A. Cartwright


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Carol Nelson is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Gemstone 17, 13033 By Carol Nelson

© Ocean Blue By Carol Nelson

© Green And Blue Leaves By Carol Nelson

"I live to be creative.  I am inspired by things I see around me - a line, a shadow, a texture, a color.  Form and shape and how color masses interact - it's all part of what gets me going in a creative pursuit.  It seems that many of my artistic ideas come to me early in the morning, when I'm half way between sleep and wakefullness." - Carol Nelson


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from Visual Language Magazine!

© Special Delivery By Suzy "Pal" Powell

© Snowman By Laura Brown

© Spirit of the Season (Green Ornament Version 2) By Kyle Wood

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mark Yearwood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© New Spirit By Mark Yearwood

© Tactile Impression By Mark Yearwood

© Warm Thought By Mark Yearwood

”My desire, though, is to stimulate art viewers to explore their own interpretation of my work.  When they connect with the art, I’ve succeeded. This is a process balanced between the artist’s creative desire and the interpretive acts of viewers. Art is ultimately about that human connection.” - Mark Yearwood


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Elizabeth Chapman is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Eminence By Elizabeth Chapman

© Soft Wood By Elizabeth Chapman

© Chichi By Elizabeth Chapman

"It brings me much joy just to be the brush in the Master Painter's hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all.  My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life."                          -Elizabeth Chapman

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Class Reunion By Lelija Roy

© Silver Bells By Lelija Roy

© Winter Waterfall By Lelija Roy

Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. Lelija seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass: the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Nancee Jean Bussee is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Ivory Billed Aracari By Nancee Jean Bussee

© The End Of Davis Gulch By Nancee Jean Bussee

© Coyote Spills The Starts By Nancee Jean Bussee

"I paint the things that make life worth living for me: landscapes, the natural world, and wildlife, especially birds. These things remind me that life is elegant and beautiful. Sometimes I paint simple things that feel vivid and full of life, like flowers or pets, or an image I can’t get off my mind.I paint using acrylics, brushes, and panels or canvas. The vibrant colors and creamy textures of modern acrylic paint make me happy. Depending upon the subject matter, I either apply the paint thickly and pay close attention to each brushstroke, or use layer upon layer of thin, light-refracting glazes. My subject matter is important in determining the method with which I paint.I paint realistically because I developed my drawing skills from an early age. Now I am exploring ways to combine my realistic style with less representational elements. I am striving to honor the beauty of the natural world within the context of my own inner vision.  I paint because I love it!"
 - Nancee Jean Busse

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Linda McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© My Blue Heaven By Linda McCoy

© Snow White By Linda McCoy

© Graters Raspberry Chocolate Chip By Linda McCoy

"Sunlight fuels my passion to create art. I am fascinated by the way it passes through a transparent flower petal, how it dances through glass, warms the top of an apple and appoints sentiment to ordinary objects. Capturing that transformation when an object is illuminated into something previously unseen is what truly inspires me. This light is what drives me to share my perception with others; and is a reminder to cherish the nuances of life." -Linda McCoy


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Valerie Travers is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© A Whisper Away By Valerie Travers

© Beneath The Surface By Valerie Travers

© Marine By Valerie Travers

"Painting is a huge part of my life and I try to work several hours each day. Surrounded by sea it is natural to be influenced and inspired by such changing beauty and this I try to capture in my work.  I paint in oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media and my subjects vary according to my passion at the time. However, I am particularly drawn to seascapes and skies as they have moved me for as long as I can remember. Creativity is a wonderful gift which I use in many ways, but art is very close to my heart and something I could not live without. " 
- Valerie Travers

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Barbara Haviland

© Night Time In The Bayou By Barbara Haviland

© Snow Day In The Mountains By Barbara Haviland

© Getting Ready To Ride A Rodeo By Barbara Haviland
"I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me.  I love taking workshops to further my learning.  You can never cease to learn something new.  I usually paint from my photos.  I love bright, bold, rich colors.  I feel satisfied when someone can see the love I have put into the piece that I have created whether it is a landscape, a floral, a portrait, or a seascape. At this stage in my art career, I enjoy painting in Plein Air.  It is both exciting and frustrating.  Light changes, and shadows move, but I love it!  A paint brush is my favorite tool.  You can just about do anything with a brush and some paint.  Painting brings out my passion.  It is like reading a book; you can go anywhere.  It is my escape.  The problems of the world fade away.  For a few moments, it is just me and the canvas.  I feel as though I am meant to create art.  GOD has blessed me in this way." - Barbara Haviland


Monday, December 16, 2013

Vanessa Katz is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Light and Dark By Vanessa Katz

© Whispers By Vanessa Katz

© Coming Home By Vanessa Katz

Vanessa Katz loves the freedom that abstracts give her to express her emotions and desires to evoke emotions through her work.  She is fascinated with shapes, colors, textures, movement and the shape between the shapes, nature and trees and this can be seen evident in her work.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mary Jo Zorad is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Arabian Horse By Mary Jo Zorad

© Splash of Blue By Mary Jo Zorad

© Courtyard and Flowers By Mary Jo Zorad

“I am fortunate now to realize my expression and passion for art and make a living with this creativity.  It is the expression of life and nature surrounding me that I seek to portray. I paint what I see and feel in my soul.  Nature – closest to our soul, creates the vibrant colors that sparks the eye and warms the heart”. - Mary Jo Zorad