Saturday, January 31, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Logan Bauer

© Are You Sure? By Logan Bauer

© Dock On The Lake By Logan Bauer

© The Big Vase By Logan Bauer


Friday, January 30, 2015

VL magazine Artist of the Day is Michal Ashkenasi

© A Patch Of Blue By Michal Asheknasi

© Fruit In Green By Michal Asheknasi

© Ball Of Fire 3 By Michal Asheknasi

"My work is the result of imagination and nature. The style is minimalistic, abstract-figurative and has sometimes a touch of surrealism. Although the colours and the contrasts are strong , there is still a harmonic oneness."
-Michal Ashkenasi

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© After Hours By Connie Chadwell

© Jivin' Their Way By Connie Chadwell

© Woman In A Blue Dress By Connie Chadwell

"I have always loved to draw the face and figure. If I'm not actually drawing from the posed model or sketching people going about their everyday lives, I'm probably thinking about it. I seldom miss an opportunity to draw or paint from life and I strive every day to capture not just a likeness of my subjects, but also the more elusive qualities of spirit, mood and emotion. "- Connie Chadwell

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is John Whitton Bria

© Last Light, Carmel, California By John Whitton Bria

© Shawangun Series Sunset from Sky Top By John Whitton Bria
© Adirondack Series - The Barkeater Cliffs By John Whitton Bria

"Crashing against the rocks, the wave rises up in a fan of spray.  I take a quick step back and lower my brush.  Out of range of the wave, I will stay dry.  I am in the calm of my studio, but I want the painting on my easel to evoke the live energy of the event. 

Landscape painters often depict the lay of the land in a broad view.  With my current work, I narrow the field of vision.  Taking the focus of the eye's direct gaze, I put the viewer right in the thick of it whether the subject is the raw beauty of a Pacific wave, the remoteness of an Adirondack summit, or the serenity of local fields and a small nearby pond.

Calling myself a painterly realist, I keep the architecture of the landscape absolutely accurate and recognizable, but use my paint with a free hand, because for me, the thrill of painting is about the paint. " - John Whitton Bira

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Connie Dines is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Looking Below The Surface By Connie Dines

© Storm Ahead By Connie Dines

© II Canale By Connie Dines

"One thing I do notice is that regardless of where we are, nature is always a factor in our lives and we crave to see what's going on outside. "- Connie Dines

Monday, January 26, 2015

VL Rees is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© 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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lelija Roy

© 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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Janet Broussard

© Cupcake By Janet Broussard

© Perfect Ending By Janet Broussard

© Nu-Way Cafe By Janet Broussard

Janet’s artistic talent came to fruition at an early age, winning her first award in fourth grade, for a watercolor seascape of California’s Bug Sur.  Constantly painting and drawing, with frequent milestones of recognition for her artistic talent, she followed her chosen path to the University of North Texas where she majored in Advertising Art.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

Live Again - A Memorial Painting for Jessica M Moore By Jonelle McCoy

Seduction By Jonelle McCoy
A Pair of Scissors By Jonelle McCoy

" I thank my great granddaddy for passing on the artistic genes to me; he is my guardian angel. His plain gray easel, spotted with his past smears, dots of painting, and little holes from pinning his reference materials to it is what I use; it makes me feel close to him. I still have some of his brushes, well-used, worn-out nubs that they are. One of my prized possessions is his pencil self- portrait. His favorite story told over and over when we visited him was about Van Gogh."- Jonelle McCoy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Bob Coonts

© Southwestern Symbols By Bob Coonts

© White Roman By Bob Coonts

© Indoor Weather Vane By Bob Coonts

"Colors, as used by the Fauvists, the challenge of composition and the excitement of discovery impact my work and style.  Animals, plants, landscapes and people provide a wealth of subject matter.  Combining a sense of warmth, graceful movements and detail give release to a style bordering on abstract by reflecting a true image." 
- Bob Coonts

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Isabelle Gautier is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Circus By Isabelle Gautier

© The Posture By Isabelle Gautier

© Wendy's Style By Isabelle Gautier

"Is there a better way than art to bring people from all over the world together in a celebration of beauty? Painting is the way I reach out to people.  My favorite tool, the palette knife, allows me to keep the deep pigments in the acrylic paint, my preferred medium. In each painting there is a little something unexpected, a small “je ne sais quoi”, at the point of creation, which makes my art original.  It can be an odd stroke, an unnatural balance, a particular color or design… My inspiration is to paint until I find my own balance where the art lover can feel an emotional and/or intellectual connection. My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and composition the inherent nature of the aesthetic object or feeling." 
- Isabelle Gautier

Monday, January 19, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Eric Bodtker

© Kauai Red Dirt Waterfall By Eric Bodtker

© Wailea Starry Night By Eric Bodtker
© Capturing El Capitan 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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Blue Butch By Carol Jo Smidt

© Gus By Carol Jo Smidt

© Fancy Rooster 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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Richard Levine is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Father Sky, Santa Fe By Richard Levine

© Red Roofs, Dubrovnik By Richard Levine

© Amsterdam, Early Dusk 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

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Elaine Vileria

© Compartmental Overflow By Elaine Vileria

© Emotionally Drained By Elaine Vileria

© Segmented City By Elaine Vileria

Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.  She has been an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction.  She has coordinated and curated
numerous art exhibitions.  After facing breast cancer in 1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and has been published in "Quilting
Today Magazine".  She has also written and illustrated a children's book,  The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke.