Exploring the idea of escape, tranquility and nostalgia for lazy summer days and childhood, Samantha French’s underwater paintings are truly magical. They remind me of a photo once taken of my brother underwater at a Florida theme park, I love the colours in her work and having personally found water extremely difficult to paint, French has the light and reflections just right. Her work is fun, bright and bold. Original oil’s range from $8,000 upwards. However, you can also buy prints of selected pieces on her Etsy store – small size from $26 and limited edition large format (24″ x 31″) for £550… I want one!
Today I am swooning over this brand new limited edition print by Ryder that has just been delivered into work. I first featured Ryder’s artwork back in August (see original post here) and he has a new edition that has just been released… I have fallen in love with it!
‘Winter’s Warm Hearts’ pictured below is part of a magical Christmas release by Castle Galleries. Isn’t this what enchanting winter memories are made of? ‘Winter’s Warm Hearts‘ evokes memories of family Christmases, snow days off school and staying out making snowmen until the last sunlight falls and your mum calls you in for hot chocolate.
You can buy Ryder’s ‘Winter Warm Hearts’ framed for £695.
Bec Winnel is an accomplished Australian illustrator and artist, her stunning portraiture combines the precision of a graphic artist with the emotiveness of a painter. She uses mixed media, from pastel, watercolour, coloured pencil and paper cuts to create soft, ethereal portraits of dream like women. She uses beautiful models to show us the romanticism and haunting feeling of femininity. Often with a pastel colour palette her girls are soft, hazy and hyperreal…
Her original pieces range from $300 (AUS Dollers) and you can also buy her prints from $40.
To celebrate being nominated for the award I have decided to hold my very first art giveaway. If you would like to win a hand signed print by Michelle Morin then all you have to do is vote for Brogues In A Coffee Bar (further details below) and you’ll be entered into the draw to win this stunning 11″ x 14″ archival print titled ‘Bird Sanctuary At Night‘…
Michelle Morin, an artist originally trained in horticulture who I previously featured on the blog here, uses watercolour and gouache to cultivate these stunningly bold and colourful scenes of plant and animal life living together. ‘Bird Sanctuary At Night’ is inspired a night time bird watching scene and pictures flamingos, Hellebore, ferns and Queen Annes Lace in the foreground.
I know a lot of you adored her work so to WIN this hand signed print vote for Brogues In A Coffee Bar and tweet/retweet me @BroguesinaCBar to enter. Voting and giveaway ends 1st December so it could be an early Christmas present for yourself!
It doesn’t happen very often but I recently discovered an image that literally made me stop in my tracks and actually gave me a shiver. The painting was ‘Falling Snow At Night’ by Malcolm Ryan (see below). Having painted and been creative since childhood he lived around Cambridge (although now based in Wales) and regularly visits my area of the woods. Malcolm paints the everyday domestic scene beautifully, I was entranced by the incredible colour and use of light. His work is magical and evokes lost memories using scenes that so often pass us by. Maybe we should all take a leaf out of his book and just stop and look at the beauty of life. See what he has to say about his painting below…
What is your painting about? My paintings are I regard, an attempt to record life about me. I have chosen painting principally as I have always had the facility, and photography is less expressive.
What is it about the everyday experience that’s makes them special enough to paint? The everyday experience is special. In the sense that we live only in the moment and should be aware of the moment. Without launching into Buddhist philosophy, my take on painting is to try to paint a moment, something seemingly ordinary to us. Viewing a painting is a form of contemplation, holy yet ordinary and familiar at the same time. Hence my realist style to make the picture accessible to as many as possible. Carefully planned compositions and colouring is all important to create a sense stillness, but I must stop here.
Where do you exhibit/sell your work? At present I show my work regularly at the Royal Cambrian Academy at their galleries in Conwy in North Wales. My motives for painting are not really commercial, although I tried to support my family on my work years ago. I would like my work to be seen in public places, be part of the times we live in.
When & why did you start painting? I started painting as a small child, as we all do, but kept at it when others moved on. It was my only obvious skill right from infancy. Serious painting began in my early 20’s. I worked as an illustrator all of my working life, skilled, as a session musician might be, but obliged to do what was asked by any who paid me. Yet in tandem, in a separate world always engaged with my paintings.
Who are the people you paint? The people that I paint are family and friends generally. However, I look for the right person to fill the role needed in a painting, rather as a casting director would for an actor in a play. Sometimes I include someone now dead, if I have a photo or reference drawing of them. A wish to include them, as some sort of tribute to their memory – It helps to keep them here, those I loved and liked.
The light in your work is very romantic, do you paint from real life and/or photographs? I paint from life, from photos (especially details of dress, buildings and so on) and from the imagination. Most of my paintings are generated from seen places and people in the streets,then worked up into compositions which if taken further are done as full size drawings on greaseproof paper. Hardly ever is the setting how I imagine it ought to be. So much is invented, or made up from several sources to achieve the right result.
Tell me about yourself and your daily routine… I am 76. Now living on the coast of West Wales overlooking the sea. A great grandfather, sharing the house with four generations of us until this week, when our grand daughter and family moved out to live four miles away. My wife Maureen and I have the upper floors. I have an attic studio and a large collection of paintings; nearly all my own! I paint all of the time in theory but am interrupted by the tasks of daily life and duties to be done.
Who are your main artist influences? My constant admiration has been for the work of Piero della Francesca, Georges Seurat, George de la Tour. All painters of monumental work that I aspire too. A host of other influences would include Balthus, for making subject painting permissable in the late 1960s to me, when abstract painting seemed de rigueur. Manet and Renoir for the everyday subject of people, and Edward Hopper for his settings of urban life. So many others too.
Being a Norfolk girl I have a love for windy beaches, rainy walks along the sand and picking up the flotsam and jetsam found on the seashore (if you’re new see more about me here) so the photographs of miniature collections artist Jennifer Steen Booher speak to my heart. It seems that even from the other side of the world in a different climate the coast has the same pull for people and their wild imaginations. Jennifer lives off the coast of Maine and using photography and her curating skills she documents finds from her daily beachcombs.
Her images (seen below) are nostalgic, they speak of memorable coastal walks and my childhood picnics – we used to have a cold new years day beach breakfast when I was younger that I have fond memories of. The discarded man made objects such as: tin cans, rope and the occasional plastic children’s toy included amongst the natural forms of shells and sea glass illustrates our human relationship with the coast and tell their own story. Who lost the found skateboard wheel? Who ate from the smoothed shard of china that began life as a plate? And what journey ave they been on since?
You can buy prints of Jennifer’s beachcombing adventures as well as other objects directly from Jennifer’s website and via her Etsy shop. Sizes range from 5″ x 5″ up to 40″ x 40″ and starting at $50 how could you not! Here are some of my favourites…
When browsing through by favourite online art gallery Buy Some Damn Art (curated by Kate SIngleton) I stumbled across the work of Jordan Buscher. It is little wonder that her acrylic painting’s are all sold out, the colourful still life paintings popped out at me and hold a mystery which I simply could not take my eyes off. The groupings of books, stacked or on shelves, act as a stand in for one person’s accumulated knowledge and memories….
Her paintings have been exhibited around America and original acrylics can be bought for approx $600-$700. See her website here.
Delphine Lebourgeois, a graduate from Central Saint Martins has been working in London as an illustrator for more than 10 years, her works and prints are now extremely collectable and on 16th-19th October she will be launching an exciting new collection at The Other Art Fair, Brick Lane, London.
Primarily interested in the power of crowds and the masses her new collection of artwork titled ‘The Girl Has A Gun’ depicts army like groups of women layered with rich colours and transparent human forms. Her women are both elegant and menacing, some in protective head gear and unusual fashions….
Delphine has been the winner of Image 29 critics award (2009) and Nominated by public Vote for the Club Monaco Emerging Artist Award in November 2011. You can buy very low edition prints of her illustrations from approx £300-£700. Contact here here but even better go and see her new collection in the flesh at The Other Art Fair (visiting info here).