James Gurney art

Windows to a Forgotten World

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Although it’s been many thousands - if not millions – of years since ancient civilizations and some extinct animal species flourished, their legacies continue to fascinate and live on through the creative vision of artist James Gurney. Welcome to Dinotopia and other lost worlds.

Nature and Experience

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It took William Nichols some time to develop a visual vocabulary that accurately expressed what he saw and experienced emotionally in nature. However, once discovered, the creativity — and paint — flowed in ways that continue to enthrall viewers and collectors.
Contemporary Realism - David Bowers - FineArtConnoisseur.com

Narrative Art > A Life of Their Own

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Learning more about the creative process of this painter, one could get the sense he’s simply a conduit of pure inspiration. Focusing on technique, his pictures frequently result in beautiful works with unconventional narratives.
How to paint from a reference photo

How This Artist Gives Life to Cityscapes

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Pastel artist Nancie King Mertz works from photo references and from life en plein air. Known for her cityscapes of Chicago, here she explains how she takes a dull reference photo and creates from it a lively scene.

Spotlight on FACE Faculty: Max Ginsburg Tackles Social Realism and Modernism

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Max Ginsburg is a painter with a conscience, using traditional realism and exquisite technique to explore his feelings about the human condition. Unafraid to paint the provocative and controversial social issues of our times, Ginsburg is helping bring representational painting into the contemporary age — a venture that began some 70 years ago.

Fresh Faces

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Created in a diverse range of wet and dry media, Jon Sours’s subjects have a freshness that sets them apart from their abstract surroundings.
PleinAir Salon winner - Beth Moran-Handzlik - FineArtConnoisseur.com

Community Garden New Year’s Day: An Oil Painting

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“Community Garden New Year’s Day” by Bethann Moran-Handzlik a winner in the bi-monthly Plein Air Salon. Here, the artist tells about how the oil painting came to be.
“Burning Mist,” 30 x 36 in., oil on canvas, (c) Sergio Roffo 2020

Achieve Sanity Through Art

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Many view making art as a meditative practice that calms the nerves, provides clarity, and is fulfilling. For painter Sergio Roffo, that feeling of serene sanity is often achieved with brush in hand and beauty in mind.
Plein Air Salon paintings - Richard Boyer

The Challenge and Joy of Painting San Francisco

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Congratulations to Richard Boyer, whose cityscape oil painting, "Last Light" won First Place in the June 2020 Plein Air Salon. We asked him to tell us about his winning work in this exclusive feature.
Watercolor painting by Dan Mondloch

The Character Watercolor Creates

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For Saint Cloud, Minnesota, native Dan Mondloch, personal connections with all things Midwestern and family tradition have allowed him to blossom into an accomplished watercolorist.

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