Stephanie Law‘s images dance along the boundary between dream and reality.She delves into the delicate language of allegory, exploring mythology in watercolors and inks.Early on, Law’s career moved through the illustration and the gaming world, but in recent decades she has focused more on her own delicate and yet intricate paintings.She interweaves texture, watercolor, gold and silver leaf, and ink to create intricate layered pieces with resin and custom designed frames.
Her art journeys through surreal other worlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.Her paintings are delicate and soft, full of magic and mystery and simple representations.Law has been a dancer for almost two decades, and her experience of how the human body moves and emotes connects to her art in the most basic of ways.Look close and find fairies, birds, cats, dragonflies, and all kinds of mystical creatures in her soft pastel colors.More of Stephanie Law‘s magical artwork can be found at https://shadowscapes.com/.
I know I’ve shared my friend Carsten Weiland‘s watercolors before — there is something about the rough strokes and hues of his paintings — especially mansions and landscapes — that bring an authenticity to all his work.
I used to live in a Second Empire home/mansion — a beautiful bed and breakfast in a small town. Times as they were, after eight years it was too hard to keep the business profitable. It was with a bittersweet sigh that we sold it and moved on. A wise and positive decision.
But Carsten’s paintings bring back the days of mansard roofs, balustrades, and stained glass windows, a delightful memory on a winter’s eve.
Do stroll through his website some time — it will be well worth your wandering.
Weathered Mansions in Watercolors
Paul Dmoch is a Belgian painter whose watercolors are playgrounds of light.In them, light sparkles, bounces, glows, splinters and plays hide and seek amid the complexities of cathedral interiors, Venetian canals, narrow streets, dappled courtyards, open plazas and architectural landmarks of several cities.Light is an actor in his paintings, alternately coy and bold, shining with bravado and peeking out from the shadows.His deft handling of color and value, backed with his solid draftsmanship, give Dmoch’s paintings of familiar landmarks a fresh interpretation.Dmoch especially likes to paint cathedrals. As he says, “I can feel all the mystery of ‘another space’ where we sometimes come, but not spend our lifetime.“Inside these structures we feel small and not so important as we sometime think we are. We can see that incredible, enormous structure, filled with endless lights pouring through a stained-glass window.“For me, light and shadow is a metaphor for the everlasting battle between these two basic elements of human existence. In the contrast between light and darkness lies the secret of every human beginning.”
More of Paul Dmoch’s amazing paintings can be found at https://www.grandmastersfineart.com/paul-dmoch.html and at http://linesandcolors.com/2015/02/17/paul-dmoch/.
Originally from Spain, Lana Privitera graduated in 1983 from the Fine Arts School of Zaragoza, where she majored in Fashion Design and Art History.After working in Advertising for a few years, she moved to the USA in the early 1990’s. After a long hiatus, she returned to painting watercolors again in 2014, focusing this time in highly realistic Still Lifes.Privitera’s large watercolors have been accepted and exhibited in numerous USA and International competitions, winning top awards in a number of them.Her work is incredibly clean, clear, and full of light and life.Sometimes you will find yourself asking — is this a photograph or a painting?Everyday things take on an extra depth and hue in Privitera’s watercolors.
More of Lana Privitera‘s amazing paintings can be found at https://www.watercolorsbylana.com/.
Tytus Brzozowski graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology.He also studied and worked in Finland where he was searching for severe Nordic art and design.Brzozowski presents the city of his dreams – full of decorative buildings, narrow streets and soaring towers.
Using the elements of architecture and landscape that are characteristic for Warsaw, he creates new worlds that, despite its fairy character, are still local.He looks for stratifications of history, collates buildings from different places and times.In the paintings of Brzozowski one can find intriguing, surreal elements, hidden threads and events.More of Titus Brzozowki‘s work can be found at http://t-b.pl/.
I was reading posts I follow, and came across Carsten Wieland’s watercolor paintings. I have highlighted his work here on Humoring the Goddess and on my Sunday Evening Art Gallery blog before, so you are kind of familiar with his work.
But I have to repost this here this afternoon. If you have three minutes, watch the video of him painting the ship. He makes the creative process look so easy, so simple.
That is what real artists do.
I am speechless. For I know that’s not true.
WATERCOLOR ON INGRES PAPER 2
Carsten Wieland is a watercolor painter from Essen, Germany.
During visits to the United States, Carsten fell in love with abandoned buildings, and began his watercolor journey.
Painting became his daily therapy and obsession.
Carsten believes the process is much more important than the result.
He believes the process of nature being taken back by nature will keep him painting for the next 10 years.
If you take a look at his art on his website, you hope he continues painting for a lot longer than that.
More of Carsten Wieland’s amazing watercolors can be found at https://brushparkwatercolors.wordpress.com.