Thursday, 26 April 2012

Shana Rowe : Featured Artist

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Shana says "Born and raised in Maine, I am a self taught artist and photographer and have been doing art since I was a young child. I work mostly in acrylics and watercolors when I paint, but dabble in a bit of oils too. I do a lot of landscape work but like to paint a little bit of everything, whatever strikes me at the time really."

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"Right Hand Experiment" 11"x14" oil on stretched canvas
I did this painting entirely in my right hand. I am normally a lefty. I used painting knives and a fan brush. The only part done in my left hand was the signature."

I find it most interesting that Shana used an opposing hand to paint this image. If it's something you haven't tried - be adventurous and try it! I found it shut up the critical side of the brain - and I mean the nasty critique that all artists are aware of.

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Not content only with her paints, Shana Rowe is involved in many different facets of art.

She says, "When it comes to photography it is similar to my painting style in that I do a little bit of everything, I just point and click when I see something beautiful! The best part for me is editing the photos, where I get to use my artistic skill to make something beautiful even more beautiful."

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Hobit Land - lush greenery and reflective streams of water cascade over rocks.

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Inside the Fort - History at its finest!

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Feeling cold yet?

Shana goes on to say, "I also paint glass, make jewelry and candles. I'll try anything once when it comes to crafting. I have a bright, bold kind of style, and hope that you will find something in one of my galleries that brightens up your day."

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Sure to brighten any room, this artwork is filled with beautiful and vibrant color!

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Part of a Season's come and Season's Go Collection.

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Fall - or Autumn - colors we all love, or I am enchanted with the works I feature that have the magnificent colors of fall!

I shall end this with the most beautiful photograph I came across in Shana Rowe's portfolio, and I am sure it will warm the hearts of many.

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Images like this are unforgettable and touch the soul - a gift from an artist to his or her viewers.

Shana Rowe's portfolio is so filled with variety it has been my greatest pleasure to feature her, so please stop by and browse through her creations. Click her name below!

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Next week there will be more artists for you to peruse, so please stop by and view fine art and artists that are emerging today!

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Christi Kraft : Featured Artist



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Christi Kraft is a fine art photographer from Madison, WI. A life-long camera carrier, she began seriously pursuing photography more than 10 years ago.

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In college, she learned how to truly create photographic works of art, both in camera and in traditional and digital darkrooms.

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How many of us never knew a cabbage patch could be so colorful?

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The American flag and the flag of the state of Wisconsin blow in the breeze in front of the Wisconsin Capitol dome.

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Close up of a bright yellow sunflower. Some tiny water droplets from the morning's rain are still visible.

I must admit I adore sunflowers and really love this beautiful sunny image!

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Christi shows her skills here as an artistic photographer - her use of color theory and tone is excellent.

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There is something about some photographers that manage to bring out the sensuality in their floral work, and in this area I find that Christi Kraft truly shines in her artistry.

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Perspective anyone? This is it! The artists eye once again shows another unique side to the mastery of her artistic vision.

Christi Kraft's photographic artwork is a keen observation of the beauty, humor, and interest found in the intricate details of the world around her. Her photography has received accolades from artists and collectors across the globe. She is also a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America and the steering committee of 1stAngel Arts Magazine.

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Beautiful red and gold leaves of fall, or autumn, depending on where you live, but for me - I can't get the sound of the old song "Autumn Leaves" out of my head. There is something about fall that artists seem intrinsically drawn to, and Christi Kraft is no exception.

To complete my adventure into Christi's porfolio I am leaving off on a high note - who says a bird cannot have a color change?

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Peacock feathers in a whole new light and color! Beautiful color and rich tones - I really could hang this image in my study!

Please visit Christi Kraft and browse through her portfolio when you have time to spare. She displays a unique eye for beauty and detail, not only to her world, but the world we all inhabit but rarely stop to see. Click her name below!

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My sincere thanks to Christi for granting me permission to feature her work.

Until next time,
Zeana Romanovna










Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Kevin Callahan : Featured Artist

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Of the above painting Kevin Callahan says "Matisse's Odalisque in Red Culottes has long been one of my favorite paintings. I have always wanted to recreate it with my own model. One day my wife

(Karen) was laying on the couch and it struck me that she would make a wonderful Odalisque. I "borrowed" the striped couch and wallpaper from Matisse."

Not only this a masterful work, but it is also a beautiful tribute to Kevin's wife.

Kevin Callahan was reared on a small farm in Iowa and has been drawing and painting since he was five-years old. Not only a Master of paint, Kevin's portfolio now includes beautiful photography.

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"After the rain I found this water filled leaf on my deck. I like the way the colors look through the water. It reminded me of the leaf clasps in the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Lothlorien."

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Kevin explains the interesting origin of his shoes by saying "My son the fashion designer made these shows for me to wear to art openings. I have worn them three times now. The latest was for his

fashion show in NYC February 2012. BCalla presented the Lazy Hunter collection."

Fit for any artist!

Kevin Callahan philosophy is simple, "Composition, Story, Elegant Line." 'If you find the elegant line, your work will be lyrical.'

"I produce works in acrylic, watercolor and digital photo format. I also conduct artist-in-residence programs for young people. I completed a Painting Intensive at the San Francisco Art Institute,

studying with world renown Israeli artist Larry Abramson and at at the Ox-Bow School of the Art Institute Chicago under Phil Hanson and Michelle Grabner."

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The Great Basin in Utah.

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Kevin says, "earned my BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. My studies included an emphasis in painting and printmaking. My work is hanging in private collections throughout the United

States and Europe. In 2009 I received the Tony Award, a traveling art award honoring individual artists on Fine Art America."

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I love the sense of movement and happiness in Delta Deutschland Blues!

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Kevin truly puts the life and melody into his blues paintings. One can almost hear the lyrical melodies and foot tapping.

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Kevin says "This was painted "live" at OxBow in Michigan in 2006. I did several paintings based on what I was seeing from where my easel sat. We jokingly refer to these as the Agoraphobic Paintings."
I like the form in these paintings. The shadow in the wall shows Kevin's mastery of color theory.

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I like the manner in which Kevin has painted this beautiful woman. Her entire pose is captured without a show of great emotion, and yet the emotion seems almost with-held. Very captivating art!

To complete this feature, I leave my readers with one final work, and anyone who knows what my past studies consisted of will know why I chose this work.

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This painting is not a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting, but rather of Kevin Callahan, the artist himself as Rembrandt. It has a modern twist on a theme of Rembrandt's own self portrait - and is a very interesting work and beautiful dedication.

Featuring the work of Kevin Callahan has been a wonderful pleasure for me, and I suggest that anyone who has not spent some time in his portfolio grabs a cup of coffee, put on some blues music, and enjoy the ride.

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I hope that each of you is enjoying a wonderful start to your day with lots of sunshine.

Until Next Week,
Zeana Romanovna

Leslie Manley : Featured Artist

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Leslie Manley was born and raised in West Virginia. She is a self taught artist and has created artwork all her life.

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Beautiful watercolor art which is slightly different for Lesley as she usually loves to work with her acrylics.

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Leslie Manley says "I am an animal lover so therefore I have been doing a lot of animal art work. I lot of items I do on furniture such as; tables, chairs, benches, etc."

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A very engaging photograph!

"I also do calligraphy, pen and ink and have done some watercolors. Most of my work is done in acrylics."

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An acrylic painting of a 1920's flapper girl portrait.

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For cat lovers!!

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Beautiful landscape photography.

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Whimisical take on two Siamese cats - For all the cat lovers out there and especially the Siamese cat lovers.

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I can taste this. Literally, my mouth is watering! Why do artist create such luscious food exactly where I can find it. Beautiful colors and tones in this work. Leslie Manley certainly has a way with her subject matter.

To complete this feature, I leave you with a painting of a beautiful red cardinal.

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It has been my pleasure to feature the work of Leslie Manley and I am sure you would enjoy perusing her entire portfolio.

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Thank you to the readers and followers of this blog. I am sure you will enjoy the features this week!

Have a beautiful week!

Zeana Romanovna

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sean Griffin : Featured Artist

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Sean Griffin is an award-winning American photographer living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States. His work has been recognized by The Smithsonian, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, The Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and FineArt America.

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A Bald Eagle ruffles its feathers to discourage the presence of an approaching photographer. A beautiful artwork of a Bald Eagle in all its glory!

Sean Griffin was born in the tiny northern California lumber town of McCloud, located on the slopes of Mount Shasta, but was raised mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. He developed a passion for photography in 1974 when a friend lent him a 35mm SLR Pentax camera to take on a week-long bicycle tour of the California coast. During that journey (which also launched a 21-year career in journalism) he stopped at the Weston Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, fell in love with Edward Weston's breathtaking photography, and resolved to learn how to use a camera to capture the right thing at the right moment in the right way. The same friend who lent him the Pentax encouraged his pursuit by lending him his darkroom equipment and the multi-volume Time-Life Photography series of books.

In all honesty, after viewing Sean's beautiful portfolio, Sean has certainly taken the right career path.

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Spring's eruption begins in the orchards of the Pacific Northwest.

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A cowboy transfers from his horse to the steer in the steer-wrestling competition at the Grays Harbor Mounted Posse Rodeo in Elma, Washington, USA

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Beautiful capture of a Rough-Legged Hawk In Flight.

Sean Griffin seeks the extraordinary in the ordinary; a bias that forms much of his work. With his abstract imagery he exploits the unique qualities of digital image capture and finds a delicate and unseen grandeur.

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Graffiti Magic!!

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Taken at night at slow shutter speed with the camera in motion to tease out some of the wonderful effects possible in digital photography.

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I adore Kaleidoscopic art and this once reminds me very much of the begining of a Mandala artwork; the beauty and reflectivity pull the viewer into the many prisms.

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What is more beautiful than a perfect rose? Many things, but few.

To complete my wonderful journey through Sean Griffin's portfolio, I present this charming work that for me, is one of those images that once seen is not forgotten.

Babes In a Manger.

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This artwork not only appeals to the animal lover within, but on an artistic level the talent of the artist is seen so clearly. Seans presents us with a scene that embodes us with a feeling of endearment for all creatures great and small.

I would sincerely like to thank Sean for granting me permission to feature his works, although the pleasure has truly been mine.

Please visit Sean Griffin's works; you won't be disappointed. Click Below!

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Enjoy your visit to Sean's world.

Zeana
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