Featured Artist… Aaron Westerberg!

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“Intent” by Aaron Westerberg

This painting, “Intent” has been awarded Finalist in the Raymar Juried Competition. I wish I was as eloquent as Michael Godfrey, ha ha… I totally agree with his comment – you have to wonder! At first you think she looks like a “nice girl” until you see what’s in her hand… is she going to go edge a patch of unwieldy grass growing over and spilling into the driveway, or is there a small tree that needs removing… or…. EEEEEEk! Intriguing works of all kinds are on his website… check it out!

Judge’s Comments: I was drawn to this work by the subtle use of complimentary colors of the background in contrast to the model’s coat. It is simply composed in a very shallow space and exhibits technical mastery of the medium, but it goes further. I was so captivated by the beauty of the work that I initially missed the fact that the young woman is holding a hatchet. I laughed. This detail totally changed my thinking about the piece. What is she about to do? – Michael Godfrey

I highly suggest checking out the HOW TO DRAW tutorials that Aaron has posted on his blog! What fabulous information! A great blog full of so much good stuff!

Here’s a blip about Aaron from his website:

Native California Aaron Westerberg grew up in San Diego.  It was a class in Traditional life drawing that drew him to continue his Art training.  He studied with Jeff Watts and later attended the California Art Institute, where he taught and expanded his focus to include the works of nineteenth century American and European Masters. Aaron feels a connection to these great painters of form and light. In his paintings, he strives for elegance and timelessness while striking a balance between classic techniques and contemporary subject matter. Currently Aaron lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Jennifer and four children Stella, Lucy, Violet, and Sen Sei.

 Aaron Westerberg is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and The California Art Club.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Kentucky Derby this Friday and Saturday (May 4-5, 2012)! Poster by artist Robert Joyner…

Official Kentucky Derby Poster for 2012 by artist Robert Joyner 

Image: The Kentucky Derby online store 

Ahhh, the Kentucky Derby. It’s this coming Friday and Saturday (May 4th and 5th, 2012), so mark your calendar! Robert Joyner was selected to do the Kentucky Derby art this year. Fabulous and loose, these posters (and much more) are a nice addition to any room. Check out the Kentucky Derby online store as well as Derby Art Gifts website, there are so many “Derby gifts” available for purchase!

Robert has a wonderful  website and blog … his work is wonderfully loose! Robert is located in the Chasen Galleries in Richmond, VA. If you’re in the area, stop in and take a peek, otherwise they have a wonderful website!

Here’s a video demo he did of the Kentucky Derby 2012 poster.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

A router to rock your world!

Image via http://homestore.cisco.com

I am someone who loves gadgets. I love computers and all the fun stuff that comes along with them… until it gets super technical… I am creative. I learn quickly. But I draw the line at super complicated code talk… I might as well be in Siberia… We have an iPad, but couldn’t watch the videos… seemed like a shame. After taking it to the Apple store and trying their network, I determined it wasn’t the iPad itself, next I thought it might be our cable service, maybe I wasn’t paying for high speed Internet, a call to Comcast said I was paying for it… hmmm, then WHY did everything take so long to load, why could I not watch a short uTube clip? Hmmm, only thing I could think of would be the router, so I called Linksys. They couldn’t determine a problem with our router. So back to Apple, tried again, and the iPad was fine… I could watch video at my parents and they have Comcast and a Valet router… SO… maybe it IS the router! Off to Staples we went, armed with a 15% coupon and we are now proud owners of a Valet Plus. They say it’s easy. Whattttt? It’s so easy we did it in NO TIME! This is brilliant for those of us who don’t need the complicated settings that many of the other routers provide. I can watch painting videos again! Woohoo! If you’re in the market for a router and are dreading setting it up… LOOK NO FURTHER! This thing is awesome! Until tomorrow…

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