Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina [feedly]

  

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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D'Ospina
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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It's hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D'Ospina (previously). The artist transforms the street The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn't Happiness)


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How Watercolor Works: 4 Quick Tips for Beginners [feedly]

  

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How Watercolor Works: 4 Quick Tips for Beginners
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If you've been a part of the ArtistsNetwork community for even a short while, you've probably seen the watercolor paintings of Birgit O'Connor, demonstrated by the artist herself. O'Connor has been featured in Watercolor Artist and The Artist's Magazine, and continues to be a great resource for those learning how to master the medium. Scroll down for some of her quick tips on watercolor painting for beginners, and take advantage of these five step-by-steps as well (bookmark this link for future reference).

watercolor painting still life by Birgit OConnor

From the Garden (watercolor, 22×30) by Birgit O'Connor, featured in Watercolor in Motion

"Watercolor has always been perceived as a very unforgiving medium that offers very little control," says O'Connor. "This can cause a lot of frustration. But the effects and luminous washes possible with watercolor are unrivaled. In order to take advantage of the way watercolor works, there are some basic things you need to know."

Find the Proper Materials
Using brushes that are too small or a poor grade of paper are paths to frustration.

Think Backward
Instead of beginning with the darks and then adding the lighter colors, begin with the lighter areas and then move toward the darker colors.

Simplify
As a self-taught artist with years of experience, I have found that it is most important to simplify. I have tried to convey this through my articles, books and DVDs. You'll get a feel for my techniques with the very simple step-by-step demonstrations included in Watercolor in Motion.

Use Enough Water
Once you have an understanding of how to really use water and color to your advantage, the rest is up to you. The world is wide open. ~B.O.

Learn watercolor painting tips

Summer Rain (watercolor, 22×40) by Birgit O'Connor, is featured in her lesson on how to paint a water drop.

O'Connor's popular book, Watercolor in Motion, is newly available in paperback. Click here to get your copy, and don't miss these bonus step-by-step demonstrations that she gives on how to paint with watercolor.

Happy painting,
Cherie

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Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith [feedly]

  

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Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith
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Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract

Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints abstract oceanic landscapes that are at once menancing and serene, a clash of light and color that she refers to as "internal landscapes." Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith uses an additive and subtractive process by partially destroying her progress several times before completion. This cyclical process, much like the timeless crash of ocean tides against the shore, adds an additional level of texture to her work. She shares in a 2013 interview with NeverLazy Magazine:

My images are not at all real places or even inspired by real places. They are emotional and psychological places. Internal landscapes, if you will. The tidal pull and power of the ocean makes sense to me in terms of expressing these things, and I think that is why some of the work has a feel of water about it. My work speaks of things that are timeless, and I think that for most of us the ocean represents something timeless.

Currently based in New York, Smith generally doesn't work with galleries but instead interacts directly with collectors. You can see more recent work on Tumblr and Facebook. (via My Modern Met, Incomplete)


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