Friday, February 28, 2014

Laura Reed is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Luck By Laura Reed

© Secreto By Laura Reed

© Essence 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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nancee Jean Bussee is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Lilies On The Windowsill By Nancee Jean Bussee

© The Legend of Aurora Boealis By Nancee Jean Bussee

© Why We Howl 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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Eric Bodtker

© Looking Towards Di Rosa By Eric Bodtker

© When We Walked In Fields of Gold By Eric Bodtker

© Tahoe By Eric Bodtker

Eric believes art creates the atmosphere in the home or any space. It can make good times better or sad times more bearable. Eric's brilliant colors define a living space in a profound way. Collectors have often described their rooms where his art resides as more bright, positive, and happy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Annie O'Brien Gonzales is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Afternoon Roses By Annie O'Brien Gonzales

© Perspectives By Annie O'Brien Gonzales

© Spring Finally By Annie O'Brien Gonzales

Annie O'Brien Gonzales studied painting and art history at Oregon State University. Proficient in oil, acrylic, and mixed media, she is a colorist who creates expressive images inspired by nature. She has appeared in numerous shows throughout the West and her work is in private collections across the country.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Linda McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Balloons II By Linda McCoy 

© Second That Emotion By  Linda McCoy

© The Last Knock-Out Rose 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

Sunday, February 23, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Rick Nilson

© At The Derby By Rick Nilson

© Cakes By Rick Nilson

© VooDoo Shrimp By Rick Nilson

“Creating big worlds with little brushes is a gas and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.” 
-Rick Nilson

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mark Yearwood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Seasons Change By Mark Yearwood

© Throwing Compliments By Mark Yearwood

© Place of Solace 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

Friday, February 21, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Richard Levine

© Contemplation, The Seine By Richard Levine

© Unseen Presence, The Olson House By Richard Levine

© Being In Bruges By Richard Levine

"I like to paint in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate;  where these elements identify and 
characterize a locale.  Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic "sense of place"."
- Richard Levine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Path Less Traveled By Carol Jo Smidt

© The Who By Carol Jo Smidt

© Sun Down By Carol Jo Smidt

"My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process. Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting. One of my goals is to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As a creator of art, I want the viewer to have a positive connection with my paintings." Carol Jo Smidt

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Caught In The Rain By Lelija Roy

© Dream Walking By Lelija Roy

© Looking For Robins 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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Valerie Travers

© Peaceful By Valerie Travers

© Twilight By Valerie Travers

© Earth, Wind and Fire 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

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gabriele Bitter is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Buddies By Gabriele Bitter

© Cityscape By Gabriele Bitter

© Venezia By Gabriele Bitter
"I like being in the moment when I work and I try to limit the amount of colors I use.  Generally I use vibrant colors especially reds and blues. I apply the paint with large brushes which  I usually purchase from the local paint store. My trusted palette knife is another piece in my arsenal that gets used regularly. Textured surfaces fascinate me. They seem to have a life of their own. Many of my canvas have been around for years getting more and more paint applied until the perfect picture emerges."- Gabriele Bitter

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Glenn Moreton is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© 17th Street Promenade By Glenn Moreton

© Creperie By Glenn Moreton

© West Side Market By Glenn Moreton

"When I paint, my primary goal is to create a composition that is aesthetically exciting." - Glenn Moreton

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kathy O'Leary is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Morning Tide By Kathy O'Leary

© Scotts Valley Wild Flowers By Kathy O'Leary

© View From The Dunes By Kathy O'Leary

"Painting beauty is the theme of all my work." - Kathy O'Leary

Friday, February 14, 2014

Barbara Haviland is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Old Blue Truck By Barbara Haviland

© Strawberries In A Glass Jar By Barbara Haviland

© Roses and Roses 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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© L. Johnson Dragonfly By VL Rees

© Tomato Pie By VL Rees

© Wrightsville Morning 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Rod Seeley

© Color Dreamer By Rod Seeley

© Color Maze By Rod Seeley

© Green Heart By Rod Seeley

"I am a mixed technique Digital Artist, the computer; a mouse and imagination are my tools. Vibrant colors use of shapes, abstraction and fractal art are the base of my creative artwork. I use a variety of graphic and paint programs combined with Photo Shop to create unique and colorful art. I am self taught but do have an Art background. I enjoy experimenting with new concepts, ideas techniques; this is reflected in my always changing artwork style." - Rod Seeley