Fantasy Animals Paperback by Janis Kirstein Hits Createspace Today!


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Take a look at this inspiring book by an amazing artist whose every word and design is done with loving, witty intention.”- Judy Ann Sato


“Deep in the dark jungles of the Amazon a most highly unusual birth took place in the animal kingdom of Balta. Two animals were born as one on a tremendously humid day in the middle of August.” 
By Janis Kirstein

 

Jump on in and see this beautifully illustrated children’s story about two animals joined together in the Mexican tradition of the Alebrijes. Born in the Amazon jungle, these two animals, an African Lioness, and a South American Anteater are joined at the hip and are forced to learn to get along with each other for survival.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Debora Stewart


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Debora Stewart

Artist Statement

For most of my life my artwork was very realistic. I devoted most of my time to rendering figures, portraits and flowers representationally. I became frustrated and stuck and wanted to go beyond realism. I entered into a period of searching and experimentation.

 

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I had always been drawn to abstraction so I began to experiment. I cut images apart, looked at things differently, drew from intuition, began to use color more expressively and tried new materials. I took small steps and grew more excited as I began to develop my own process of abstraction. Early works were mostly charcoal and pastel. I combined various underpaintings to create an abstract composition for my pastels. Pastel soon translated to mixed media acrylic paintings. Now I am in the process of teaching others and am excited that so many also want to go on the same journey.

 

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My current theme is titled Return to the Garden. I am revisiting themes of my past which include plants, flowers and figures. I have returned to drawing from life and am combining these drawings with my abstractions for a new vision. My new paintings and pastels are based on drawings created in gardens. Plants and flowers are drawn from life. This is truly a meditative experience for me and allows me to center myself. I take these drawings back to my studio and they are used as the foundation for subsequent works. I follow their lines, remember the day and recreate garden impressions in my abstractions. In many ways I am creating an inner garden for myself. The garden is symbolic of emergence, growth, change and the fleeting beauty of life.

 

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Pastels en Perigord

Event Dates: 7/1/2016 – 8/1/2016

St. Aulaye, France
I have been invited to exhibit three of my pastels paintings in the upcoming Pastels en Perigord which will be held in St. Aulaye, France during July and August of 2016.

 

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Everything I do is just an excuse to play with line and color. It doesn’t matter whether it is non-objective, bouquets, figures, animals or most recently these abstracted landscapes. Making lines with charcoal is probably the most fun I have in my art. I love the act of taking a stick of charcoal and creating lines on paper. I love the tactile feel and even the sound of charcoal on paper. Some lines may have some reference to something I have seen and others are lines I feel need to be there. Some are also internal surges of energy (too much coffee).

 

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Color is always an experiment and challenge. More subtlty is what I am after now. More variation in hue and value. These abstracted memory scapes are an excuse to play with variations in blues and greens. Those colors do lend themselves to landscapes. I’m not a landscape artist but I am inspired by all that I see and experience. I am surrounded by fields, water, sky, trees and earth. I can allow this daily experience to influemce my line and color choices. Last year I was inspired by the rocky coast of Maine and did a few abstractions based on that experience. The Arizona desert has inspired more subtle color choices. I want to let nature inspire me and influence me. I don’t want to render anything I see in a realistic way. I allow it to enter into me, mix with my own emotions and experience and come out onto the paper or canvas.

 

 

I would like to give special thanks to Debora Stewart for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Catherine Redmayne


Above image:  “Little Red Riding Hat,” by Catherine Redmayne. ‘Found subject’ on random monotype .  Below: “Spotted Boots,”  by Catherine Redmayne. Sharpie drawing and gesso over collage.

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Catherine Redmayne

London, England
“Colour really excites me and colour next to colour is endlessly amazing. When the weather is cold, I feel warmest working with colours.

 
People often say of painting as a pastime that it must be so relaxing. Well, not really, as it can be very frustrating and make whole days vanish when you meant to do something else. But it is gripping and exhilarating on good days – we will not mention the failures!

 
I won a painting competition at school when I was about 9 and I have just one picture I painted at that time (squirreled away by my mother and found in her treasures) which I could not achieve now – paintings done by children have such a freshness.

 
Since those distant days, I have played with all sorts of different techniques, been to many workshops, exhibited many pictures, sold quite a few, bought hundreds of books, run workshops for fun and for cash, visited dozens of exhibitions – and generally been interested in art.”   Statement by Catherine Redmayne

 

Green-Bridge-Redmayne“Green Bridge,” by Catherine Redmayne.  Collage, sanding, gold leaf.

 

Floodlights-Redmayne“Flood Lights,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.

 

Cheerful-garden-Redmayne“Cheerful Garden,” by Catherine Redmayne. Drawing over ‘patchwork’ collage.

 

 

 

Catherine’s love of making art stems from her childhood, when she found her true gift of expression through the visual world. Upon looking back at a work of art she created at age 9, she recognized the joy and power of the creative child, and looks to this spirit to empower her works to this day.

 

 

 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” said the master artist Pablo Picasso. I would say that Catherine has definitely maintained and nourished her creative inner-child artist, by looking at her current creations. The joy, simplicity and child-like wonder of a story-tale world surrounds us as we look at each of the images shown here.

 

 

 Spontaneity and exuberance dance across the surface of each image, from “Cheerful Garden,” to “Little Red Riding Hat.”  Most definitely not contrived, these original pieces bring to the foreground all sorts of childhood memories that were once lost to a layer of rushing adulthood demands.

 

 

 Look at these pieces and you may remember your own joyful childhood moments, and feast on the joy of all lost childhood, found once again.

 

 

Written by Janis Kirstein

 

 

 

Little-landscape-Redmayne“Little Landscape,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.

 

Paradise-gardens-Redmayne“Paradise Gardens,” by Catherine Redmayne.  Monotype layers.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Patricia Strand


 

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Dreamy, atmospheric works are created from my own photographs. When winter comes, the deciduous trees in the Northwest bare their branches.

Digital art works are created from my own photographs. I use various digital editing techniques, such as painting and textural enhancements.
Infrared Trees With Texture is a piece of digital artwork by Patricia Strand, March 11th, 2016. The digital art has colors ranging from battleship grey to white and incorporates tree, silhouette, and collage design themes.

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Patricia Strand

Olympia, WA – United States
About Patricia Strand

Welcome to my art and images.

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(All images © Patricia Strand. All rights reserved. Copying and/or distributing without my permission is strictly prohibited.)

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Blue Teal Leaf

Closeup of a leaf and raindrop in a Pacific Northwest forest. Image taken along the Watershed Park Trail in Olympia, Washington.

Mystery and magic permeate the images of Patricia Strand. The natural context of each art piece, whether digital, photographic, or painted reveals the quiet wonder of what is miraculously right with a world unmodified and unmarred  by human dominance and ego. 


The colors range from natural teals to flaming red and capture the variable combinations of stark contrast as well as subtle gradations found in nature. Her Waterdrops Series shows us the quiet reflections found in the contemplation of rain on foliage.


A startling beauty rises from the combinations of natural colors and textures saturated in glistening waterdrops.  Quiet is the key. Finding joy in everyday nature is the enlightenment.  Janis Kirstein

 

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Wet Red Leaves – Waterdrops Series

One in a series of photographic works made by superimposing two photographs together. One image contains waterdrops, and the other is made of leaves showing vibrant fall colors of red and green. Blended together, they express the beauty of early Autumn in the Pacific Northwest, when rain starts to fall, and the leaves turn.

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