With his abstract landscape paintings Micah Crandall-Bear “examines Earth’s intrinsic resources and our disposition toward their accelerated transformation. His concept is infused with linear layers that cascade from atmospheric to subterranean. Landscape details hint at daily and seasonal shifts in light, evoking a sense of evolution and balance. In an ever-increasing technological world, his work reminds us to pause and admire our wild and natural surroundings. He presents abstractions that inspire a deep and effusive connection to nature.”
What a beautiful way to start the new year with this series by famous Dutch painter Jan van Huysum called “Twelve Months of Flowers”
Jan van Huysum (1682 – 1749) was a still life painter, who gained a long-lasting international fame with his exuberant floral arrangements and technical virtuosity (kept in secret even from his family). His profuse bouquets were organized with sweeping rhythms that draw the eye in circular patterns throughout the composition. He was born and lived his whole life in Amsterdam, but insisting on working out the details of his paintings he spent every summer in Haarlem, already a major horticultural center in his day, to study the state of flowers in bloom and demise.
Valériane Leblond is an artist who originally comes from Quebec but since 2007 she was magnetized by the Welsh diverse and distinctive landscape and settled down there. She has chosen the wood as a main “canvas” of her works and with fine brushes she reproduces in lovely images the pictorial beauty that surrounds her and the traditional way of living of the locals.
Official site – http://www.valeriane-leblond.eu/home.html
When I saw for the first time the works of the Georgian artist David Martiashvili, I wondered from what children’s story they were. It turned our that they are paintings and not book illustrations. Though they depict a reality which sends us back to the pleasant times of the near past, they are also powerful storytellers that unfold the imagination for amazing tales to be written.
official site – http://www.martiashvili.com/
I could not help smiling seeing the works of Des Brophy, but reading also their joky titles, I could not longer refrain from laughing. They complement each other perfectly to reveal a palette of cheerful characters inspired from the local society – drunks, sports’ fans, gossips, female competitors for “the guy” or just ordinary men simply enjoying their time in the pubs far from the women presence. The artist imprints in his paintings trivial scenes he is used to see daily, but presents them from the funny side with his humorous vision.
official site – http://desbrophy.bigcartel.com/des-brophy-fine-art
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DesBrophyFineArt
The last thing one could say about the following images is that they are sweet. But the works of the Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski are so powerful portraits of the social, political and cultural reality we are living in, that I couldn’t just skip them when accidentally stumbled upon. And sadly, this is the reality we have been living in for centuries. Nothing has changed in the human relationships – wars, money, poverty, hunger, greed, political power and so on. We haven’t learned from our mistakes at all. And these works are created exactly to show us the “Matrix” we are part of nowadays and provoke us to question it.
official site – http://www.pawelkuczynski.com/index.php
on-line shop – http://www.pictorem.com/profile/Pawel.Kuczynski
Vanessa Bowman is a British “contemporary artist in oils” as is written in her web site. However, she is more than this formal description.
With limited palette of colours and variety of patterns in each of her paintings, she creates a quiet and beautiful reflection of our daily life. Her works are like pieces from a mosaic that follows the ordinary path of nature, and of course our own lives: winter, spring, summer, autumn, primroses, pansies, lemons, tangerines and so on. Life goes on and cherish each day of it is that subtle feeling one could sense enjoying Mrs Bowman’s art.
Official site – http://www.vanessabowman.co.uk/
Some of her works are also published as postcards.
Louise Rawlings is another talented British artist to admire. She grown up and still leaves in Birmingham with her family. Mrs Rawlings states that she could be inspired by anything but it seems that her dog Alfie is her greatest ‘muse’. Each of their daily walking turns into a journey needed to be told in pictures.
Visit Louise Rawling’s official web site http://www.louise-rawlings-art.co.uk/ for more of her works and information where could be purchased.
Marfa Timchenko is one of the icon Ukrainian artists lived in the 20th century. She is highly praised for her unique style of vivid and colourful scenes depicting folk traditions. She was born 1922 and died 2009 and during her life she experimented with different kind of medium like china, books, wood and so on, but always remained true to her way of expression and technique. Her most famous works though are primarily her paintings.