Other Artists

To become a better writer, one reads a lot. To become a better artist, I continuously seek other artists and their art. I find that this is the best way I can learn new techniques and get new ideas. Here are some contemporary artists whose sites I’ve encountered recently.

Richard MacDonald Richard MacDonaldSculpture/Graphics

There are very few artists’ sites on the web compared to sites on other topics and there are even fewer sculptors’ sites. Richard MacDonald’s sculptures celebrate the beauty of the human body in a way I haven’t seen done since Rodin. His characters can be strong and tough and yet poses a lot of grace. The slideshows of sculptures on his website, I can watch over and over again.

Tom Haney Tom HaneySculpture/Artifacts

I don’t know if I could call Tom Haney’s work sculptures. His art probably fits better in the artifacts category, but he does create 3D objects, so they do fit in the wider category of sculptures. He uses metal, wood, wires, electricity to create the most complex and ‘cute’ objects. Toys would be an appropriate word to describe them. They’re a show of creativity and ingenuity that’s rarely found. The best part is, they come to life too.

Ana Duncan Ana DuncanSculpture

Ana Duncan’s sculptures are a show of beautiful simplicity of form and complex themes. The female form is apparent in most of her work, stretched and pulled by gravity displaying softness and strength.

Ralph Heimans Ralph HeimansPainting

When I look at his paintings I have to remember to breathe. Each of Ralph Heimans’ paintings holds so much beauty and emotion it’s hard for me to look away. They are not just paintings, they all have a story to tell and I have to stay and see it through.

Dan Krall Dan KrallPainting

Here is an artist who really knows how to have fun. Dan Krall’s art can be equally enjoyed by a younger audience and a more mature one. A child would be attracted by the cartoon like drawings and rich colors, an older person would find and ponder the hidden messages.

David Reeves David ReevesPainting

For me, watercolors are a frightening medium, David Reeves is a god. I don’t remember seeing anywhere else so much control when it comes to watercolors as I’ve seen in his paintings. His paintings are an unbelievable show of mastery, but also of interesting and captivating subjects. He is  Canadian and his art celebrates Canada and its culture.

Ralph Goings Ralph GoingsPainting

I’ve never been much of a fan of realism. I’ve always thought that it would be easier to just take a photograph if the painting is not going to look any different, but on a closer look I cannot but admire the incredible skill and the patience involved in creating his paintings. Ralph Goings’ art embraces the American culture with its dinners and pickup trucks signifying freedom of movement.

Chris Buzelli Chris BuzelliPainting

I look at his paintings and I try to find the meaning, I think I understand what’s going on, but then I read the title and it’s like a bulb that goes on and I say “of course”. Often I’m very close to the original intention. He seems to find the most creative and intelligent way to represent anything. Chris Buzelli’s paintings are captivating and what I really like about them is that there are so many ways one can look at them and understand them. In a way, they are very personal to the viewer.

Melissa Moss Melissa MossPainting

Melissa Moss’ art is simply beautiful. Her paintings float me away to a simple world where there are no conflicts just peace and beauty. There is a calming quality to her art. I can’t help but remember a perfect day floating on a lake keeping my hand in the water over the boat’s edge and listening to the wind and birds and nothing else.

Rafal Olbinski Rafal OlbinskiPainting

Rafal Olbinski’s art is my kind of art. His level is where I aspire to get. His art stretches the bounds of the imagination, creating a marvelous new universe.

Jovi Schnell Jovi SchnellPainting

Some of Jovi Schnell’s works look like drawings for a science project, one of those where a ball travels from one end of the construction to the other and on the way it sets off a triggers to light bulbs, open traps, pull levers, set off another ball. One has to stop and see where the maze ends. Her paintings have a poster like quality to them, being created with flat colors and simple lines, but they are also extremely inventive and wacky.

Duy Huynh Duy HuynhPainting

I find Duy Huynh’s work to be quite melancholic, somber. His paintings often have a single person in them in a surreal landscape and to me they talk about the fact that we are all alone on our journey. We might get help at some point or other, but in the end, we’re by ourselves.

Loretta

Loretta is the blonde blue eyed girl with rosy cheeks that every boy in our class had a crush on.  She is kind, gentle, somewhat quiet and a very talented artist.  I went to school with her and she used to be the most meticulous person I had ever seen when it came to her painting.  She still pays the same attention to detail in her art. Check her out here: Loretta Stats. She also has a flair for foreign languages and speaks a few quite well, and picks new ones up quickly.

Loretta

Loretta

Athos

This is getting to be fun.  A few days ago, when I drew Ivan, I vowed to myself to never do such a challenge again. It felt like a chore, I drew to get it done, but yesterday and today, I really enjoyed myself.

I do need to practice drawing hands though… that part was a bitch.

This is Athos, my childhood friend.  It’s not her real name, of course.  I was d’Artagnan.  She is the girl who brought magic to my childhood.  I miss her and I miss our adventures full of secret codes, secret letters, secret locations, secret missions.  Our school used to be a Franciscan Monastery (that’s what we were told) and then it became a communist building and then in 1989, after the revolution, it became our school. Now, about half of the school got returned to the owners from before second world war, so it’s not the same.  In the big courtyard (there were two), behind a fence, that never deterred us, was a cave with two entrances that connected through the cave and that we knew with our eyes closed.  We spent most of our recess time there. The biggest room in the school was right at the top of the building, which had four floors. One day we found papers stuck inside a wall at the back of the room. We imagined we found big secret letters (they were just floor plans).  Underneath the paint on the walls in that same room, we discovered the remnants of some fresco and tried to scratch to uncover more, but we got found out and the room was locked afterwards.  That school was amazing, full of passages, small rooms, some built right into the rock, so that they had an actual cave look to them, small creaking wooden stairs missing steps and wooden bridges.  It was the perfect setting for our imagination.  They should build all schools like this.  We had as much fun as they had at Hogwarts.

The town, like all medieval towns, had, and still has, a citadel in the middle of the city up on a hill and old walls surrounding the old town. The best part were the tunnels underneath the city.  Once they were a path from the citadel to outside the walls as an escape route in case of a siege, but most of them are now caved in, of course, but still a fantastic place to play.

Athos is also an artist, whose art I’ve always found touching:

http://wwwdecopainting.blogspot.ca/

http://www.unspe.com/ana-alfianu-coperte

http://wallspainted.blogspot.ca/

 

Athos

Athos

Aletheia Rio

I really wanted this portrait to be a good one.  I think I did okay, not entirely happy.  I wish I had more time.  I need to do her justice because  she’s an amazing artist, who’s done some incredible portraits of me.  I owe her a good one. Check her art here: Aletheia Rio.

The sun finally came to Vancouver, I think I might have even gotten a sunstroke.

Here’s Al still wet:

Al

Al