This Goddess of Art really got Talent – Kseniya Simonova

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Yesterday night my boyfriend showed me an incredible video about a sand animation. I decided to do some research on the artist and discovered #Kseniya #Simonova (@kseniyasimonova) This lady is the 2009 winner of the TV contest Ukraine’s Got Talent. She is a performance artist in sand animation and a philanthropist. I think her work is incredible and very original!

Sand performance was suggested by her husband. Initially, Simonova was unsure, but she decided to try it in the absence of other viable options to improve their financial situation. When tests with beach and river sands proved both unsuitable, Simonova’s husband began researching better options on the internet. He sold his printing equipment to buy 3 kilograms of expensive volcanic sand.
Simonova began experimenting with the medium at night, after serving as a full-time mother throughout the day. She found it challenging, but persisted in spite of early impulses to give up. Physically grueling, the art form required her standing for long periods of time and also required her to retrain her vision to adapt to the unique medium.

The sand story Kseniya presented live on TV was an eight minute story of a young couple separated by the war. She was hoping to get some exposure as an artist, but it became much more. The audience was moved to tears. As soon as she finished her performance, applause erupted and she received a standing ovation. Check her performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo

This Goddess of Art has more than 200 sand animations but in this opportunity I would like to introduce to you one of my favorites “Beautiful Morocco”

Children Power painted by the Incredible Craig Davison

Yesterday I was having a coffee at a pub, and all of a sudden I began chatting with the two English men that were sitting next to me watching a football match. I don’t remember why we began talking about art, but I love it happened. One of them introduced me to his favorite artist: Craig Davison. Now is my turn to introduce him to you.

Born in Sheffield in 1965, Craig Davidson drew even from a very early age. He began working as a cartoonist, moving to the animations world as a Games Designer and finally became a Freelance Sculptor.

More years passed by and sculpting work became increasingly harder to find and in a quick rush painted a piece for a contest in which the famous fine artist Alexander Millar would select the winner as his apprentice. Surprisingly, Davidson finished in the top three and from the encouragement of his near-victory began painting with a passion. Davidson has been painting as a professional artist for galleries ever since.

Memories are everything. Golden. And if you were a child of the 1970s it’s a safe bet to assume that those memories centered on carefree summer afternoon riding your Raleigh Chopper bike, bouncing around on a spacehopper or climbing trees. All whilst clad in your Batman or Darth Vader costume.

The works of Davidson are set within a child’s mind, the children in the images take on the forms of famous fictional characters and stereotypes. The character’s shadow standing atop the image to depict the child’s mind as the child takes on the character’s posture and attitude below. The paintings capture a distinctive style of painting, helping to reveal an aspect of the imagination that can only be seen through art.

If you want to know more about this great artist visit his webpage: http://www.craigdavisonart.com/

The Secret Side of Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood)

Did you know that The Rolling Stone is also a great Artistic Painter?

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Ronnie Wood was born in Middlesex, England, into a musical and artistic family. Before beginning his musical career and achieving worldwide renowned with the Faces and the Rolling Stones, he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London. He grew up surrounded by his two later passions – music and art, something that has stayed with him during his life as a rock and roll icon.

As his musical career has progresses Ronnie Wood has continued his passion for painting and drawing. His subjects range from immediate colleagues in the rock and roll band, to other famous rock and roll musicians he has admired, known and has sometimes played with. Family, friends, animals and of course the self-portraits perhaps show a more private side.

Much like the music he composes and plays onstage, his painting style is thoughtful yet spontaneous and full of feeling. About his work in the art studio Ronnie has said, “There is no kind of therapy like the one you have from starting and seeing a picture through to the end.”

On Tuesday 4th February, Castle Fine Art, Bruton Street, will be launching the ‘Ronnie Invites…’ series, which will see various artists, invited by rock legend Ronnie Wood, to display their work over the course of 2014. (http://www.ronniewood.com/News/ronnieinvites) I will be there!!!

If you want to know more about Ronnie’s artistic facet, don’t hesitate visiting his own webpage http://www.ronniewood.com/Artwork/Menu or his Gallery! http://gallery.ronniewood.com/

Ronnie definitely Rocks!

Painting the Neighbors! By Brett Amory (@brettamory7)

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Painting the Neighbors! By @brettamory7

Brett Amory is an american artist. He began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (where the artist lived for fifthteen years). Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to.
He feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to fit in socially.

In the past year he’s had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.

If you want to know more about this great artist, you should visit his website!

Hit the road Ray!

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Hit the road Ray!

Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business”. Although his difficult life, Ray always had THE BRIGHTEST SMILE. I think this great musician deserves a portrait, and here is my version!

BTW, the movie “Ray” is strongly recommended! It’s the story of the life and career of the legendary musician.

Blending Creative Software and traditional hand drawing to generate Magic #Illustrations!

#Amy #Hamilton (@AmyMHamilton) is a graphic design student at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario. Her experience as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator has given her the opportunity to strengthen and demonstrate her passion, creativity, and ability to get work done.

Amy creates #visual #designs for digital and print media which include illustrations, typography, layout, branding, and photography. She works mainly with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. But she also uses traditional mediums like graphite, gouache, ink, and watercolour.

She loves what she does. I love what she is creating!

If you want to know more about Amy visit her website

Pop Geometry by Andy Burgess

Pop Geometry refers to Burgess’s love of Pop Art and the incorporation of found vintage ephemera into his collage, much of it referencing a golden age of American graphic design and advertising. The geometric elements, and the use of text and typeface also reference early Twentieth century modern movements such as Supermatism and Constructivsm, and a time of extrodrinary creativity in Russian and European art. By combining geometric form with American graphics, Burgess constructs a playfull meeting of two distinct artistic cultures, East and West, old and new.

I discovered him first because of his amazing Collages. My favorites are the cities! Born in London and living in Arizona, Burgess travels the world for inspiration.

But then I realized that he is also very good at painting! He is very versatile, going from the abstract to the very detailed painting. Look at these cars!!

See his website, here.

Illustrations and Collages by Bjorn Copeland

“@BjornCopeland guts and recombines found materials into psychotropic Pop assemblages. Having founded the experimental noise-rock band Black Dice while studying at RISD, Copeland’s artistic and musical careers have developed simultaneously. A crossing of audio and visual ways of thinking have become almost second nature to him; when conceiving of Pop, it is with Paolozzi-style collages, DIY record covers, 50’s rock-and-roll and pop-electronic beats in mind.”

Turning trash into treasure by Bernard Pras

Bernard Pras is a French Artist with a green message. In his work,he uses a technique known as anamorphosis, the art of sticking objects on a canvas to give the work texture and dimension.

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Pras uses only found objects in his creations and literally turns trash into treasure. Look closely at his art and you’ll find everything from toilet paper and soda cans to slinkies and bird feathers. Pras often reinterprets famous photos and paintings — such as Hokusai’s famous woodcut “The Great Wave,” which this piece reimagines — through his art of upcycled anamorphosis.

If you want to read more about this great artist and practice your French, don’t hesitate to visit his webpage: http://www.bernardpras.fr/