Artists On Demand ~

In his newest sculpture, David Varnau has encapsulated a sense of freedom and letting go. His models pose and the wind blown effect of her clothing ‘convey the notion of surrender or abandon, almost appearing to defy gravity’.

Titled ‘Yes!’, he states that this piece “hearkens to those times in our own lives when we let go of control and open ourselves to what life has to offer.”

In the video below he shares his artistic technique and the message behind his beautiful sculpture.

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Artists On Demand ~ Gary Word Glass Instruments

Our only glass artist at the gallery, Gary Word is a man of exceptional talent. We are currently showcasing his fused glass salmon pieces, but he is also incredibly well known for his playable (yes, playable!) fused glass instruments. Scroll down to check out a video of Daniel Lennon playing Gary’s ‘Epiphone Guitar’.

“Since 2000, I have been working in fused glass. The thrust of my present work in this medium is the continuation of a seven-year journey of the production of stringed instruments. The instruments – electric guitars and classical stringed instruments, adding to vast and unique contemporary American art and culture.”

Epiphone Guitar (hollow body) produced of Spectrum crystal glass, modeled from (Casino style / many famous musicians performed) this instrument is 100% playable and has been performed at music venues, accurately designed and fabrication consists kiln forming 39 sections of glass and all Epiphone hardware actual size weight 9.8 pds

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Artists On Demand ~ Andy Eccleshall ‘Why Do I Paint’

After a brief hiatus, Artists On Demand is back! We are pleased to resume this series with a video of oil painter Andy Eccleshall talking about ‘what drives him as an artist to paint what he does. The film explores his works, inspirations, and passions in a studio conversation with filmmaker Shannon Black’.

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Artists On Demand ~ Russian Impressionism w/ Pam Ingalls

Renowned Russian Impressionist Pam Ingalls stuns us again! Her thick, buttery texture and stunning use of color, combined with her simple choice of subject matter, draws the viewer in again and again. Even after watching her technique, the finished painting appears as if it’s magic!

In the video below, Pam “demonstrates her portrait technique at the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio. Her model is Celina Dill.”

Of course, it’s not magic. But if you want to learn the secrets to her stunning painting techniques, sign up for her next workshop, “Oil Painting in the Russian Impressionist Tradition” this month!

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Artists On Demand ~ The Proposal & Angela Bandurka

‘Tis the season for weddings. Just last week we sold six pieces of sculpture to a couple who had six weddings to go to this summer! Angela Bandurka has been commissioned to paint a few wedding proposals, and this is a video of her most recent one. We highly suggest taking the time to watch the entire video – her process is inspiring and eye-opening (and hey, what better way to propose to your love than with a heartfelt, beautiful piece of art!?). If you’re thinking about popping the question to that special someone, check out Angela’s paintings here, or contact the gallery for commission inquiries.

Don’t miss more of her amazing work in her upcoming show Nocturne ~ Night Scenes featuring Angela Bandurka and Ron Stocke his July!

Fine Art As Narrative ~ Susan Diehl

I was asked to write a little something about fine art as narrative for the show coming up at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. First, what makes something art? One could say that art is unity…a balance of all the elements between chaos and boring. Another word for art is form. Art with a SDiehl_Mid Day Shade_9x12_oil_900 300 DPInarrative ‘tells a story’. Art without a narrative – in other words, paintings that exist without subject matter (pure abstract art) – relies entirely on form to make its statement.

Form is the ‘stuff’ in art that is not subject matter such as color, texture, value, line, edges etc. Form is the ‘stuff’ that creates beauty. Once an artist puts representational symbols or subject matter into their work one could say the artist has directed the viewer to an easier ‘way’ in to the painting leading the viewer to a conversation within his /her own mind, thus eliciting an emotion. This viewer response is a considerable and perhaps ultimate goal of the artist. Subject matter in a painting is to a painting the same as the lyric is to the music.

Now on to the narrative painting. Sometimes art is hard to talk about as it is visual communication. But let’s imagine a series of paintings. The first one is a large yellow canvas. The second is a landscape. The third is a still life with flowers. Yet another is a city street with cars and pedestrians. Now imagine one that has a little more for the viewer to use to step in to the paintinSDiehl_Warmth_9x12_oil900_300 DPIg, for example a little girl clutching a favorite stuffed animal.  That subject matter is giving a little more direction ‘in’ to the paintings meaning than, say, a pure landscape, although the goal of any painting is to elicit emotion. Now lets imagine a painting that has a little more narrative, or visual story – a man on a boat catching a fish and having a very happy look on his face while his hungry looking wife and kids look on. That is getting more toward a story line with less left up to the viewers own imagination; it is about a man happy to feed his family. Without the family and the happy look on the fisherman’s face, the painting would be less narrative. Imagine a man in a far away boat fishing at sunrise?  There is a lot more the viewer could imagine or make up on their own about how the painting should make them feel.

So when is a painting a narrative painting verses an illustration?  I think a good answer to that is that a painting is an illustration when the narrative is more important than the form of the painting. Norman Rockwell did paintings that were highly narrative, but when seen in person the form is incredible art.
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Narrative is on a sliding scale. One end of the scale is non objective, while the other end tells more of a story or is illustrative. In creating a narrative in painting, the artist is limited in some respects. We do not have ‘time’ as movies and books do. We do not have ‘sequencing’ as a carton strip might have, using many illustrations to tell the story. Our story is an image of one moment in time that has to keep the viewer engaged for the lifetime the patron owns the painting.

This show is themed narrative painting. Each viewer will enter into their own world of emotions reacting to the various paintings on the walls. You, the viewer will come to your own story within each painting. The artist is no longer present or needed. Once the painting is hung the artists work is finished…now it is up to you, the viewer, and your thoughts!

Enjoy!

~ Susan Diehl

Artists On Demand: Lori Twiggs

Congratulations are in order! Two beautiful and luscious paintings by Lori Twiggs have found new homes, ‘Winter Blush’ and ‘Tulips and Cherries’! We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to post a video of her showing the process of how she created ‘Tulips and Cherries’. Painting in the chiaroscuro style, Lori uses “bold contrasts between light and dark as a concept for a composition. Paintings that are atmospheric with a focus on light and shadow express the mood, mystery and quietness” she is trying to achieve. To see more of her work, visit her artist page on our website.

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