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Artsy on Escape Into Life: Lee Price

24 Jan

My post this week on Escape Into Life features an incredibly amazing artist with a poignant story to tell.

Blueberry Pancakes II, oil on linen, 31x64

Don’t miss out on Lee Price’s work.

Lee Price on Escape Into Life

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Good Enough To Eat

26 Sep

Today’s artist is a painter whose collection of candied still lifes are so sweet, you’ll get a cavity just looking at them!  New Mexico artist K. Henderson creates fabulously graphic paintings of the sweetest treats.

Gumballs and Crystal, oil, 6x6 Liquorice All Sorts, oil, 24x18

Part of the appeal of these candy coated canvases is not just the subject matter ( who doesn’t love candy?! ), but the way the artist has juxtaposed the brightly colored sweets against a rich black background or graphic-pop black and white stripes.  Old fashioned candies appear fresh and modern.

Liquorice All Sorts, oil, 24x18

Any artist who can make licorice look delicious has my vote.  I mean doesn’t that look scrumptious?  And I normally hate licorice, but I think I might be persuaded by the pretty colors and textures.

Red Tootsie, oil, 8x10

Peanuts and Gumballs, oil, 24x18

To see  drool over more of K. Henderson’s work, please visit her website.

The featured image is A Kiss.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

Not Your Average Photo Realism

20 Sep

So there’s really nothing average about photo-realistic painting.  Being a lover of abstract work,  I usually find photo-realistic work to be, well, a little boring.  Yes, it takes tremendous skill and talent ( I certainly can’t do it ), yet something about it typically leaves me cold.  BUT not so when I saw the work of Leslie Parke!  Not only does she possess a spectacular name ( if spelled incorrectly *grin* ), she also has a fantastic way of presenting realistic work in a unique and interesting way.

China In The River, oil on linen, 20x28

For instance, China In The River ( above ) takes everyday objects and places them in an unusual circumstance.  China is floating in the river– how did it get there?  Shipwreck?  Flood?  The light glistens on the surface of the water and on the floating cups and saucers as they are carried downstream.

Janet's Shelf, oil on linen, 40x60

A collection of glassware becomes a box of sparkling jewels.  She finds the beauty in the thrown away and disgarded.

Not From Concentrate, oil on linen, 60x42

Please visit Leslie Parke’s website and Facebook page to see more of her work.  Her work will be on display at Gremillion and Co. Fine Arts in Houston, TX, November 10- December 10, 2011.  If you are in the area, check it out!