Miguel Velit and His Completed Sculpture


 

 

Here’s Miguel Velit, in triumph before the sculpture he completed  at the beginning of August at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky where he was a guest artist.

 

 

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Miguel Velit is a Sculptor from Lima, Peru. His sculptures include a whimsical but powerful exploration of dynamic space. I have known him since our days together at Vermont Studio  in Johnson Vermont and his work has always been a testimonial to the relentless pursuit of art and its ability to influence and alter the world.

 

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This Summer, he was  in residence at the nearby Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky as a guest artist where he was working on a variety of large metal sculptures from scrap metal gathered from local metal scrap metal yards. He has completed his sculpture and I have included photos of the results.

 

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Miguel has built sculptures all over the world for a variety of parks, interior and exterior spaces. Countries where his work is on exhibit include China, Poland, the United States, Argentina, Mexico and of course, his beloved hometown Lima, Peru.

 

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Embracing a vigorous investigation of building materials and spatial explorations, Miguel builds sculptures that are arrestingly confident, playful and memorable.

 

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Kentucky was honored to host Miguel as he continues his lifelong  artistic quest.

 

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The World is Upside Down!


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I just wanted to alert you to my free book on Amazon. Dec 22-26 2016!  Just  just click here to get your free copy!

 

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Vortex is an anteater; Scoop is a lioness. What’s unusual about the two is not that Vortex likes to count how many ants he eats each day, or that Scoop likes to measure how fast she runs because she’s the fastest runner in the jungle. What’s unusual is that Vortex the anteater and Scoop the lioness were born together, attached at the shoulder and torso. Vortex and Scoop are one, even though they’re also two different animals. And this has become a problem. While Vortex wants to eat all the ants he can, Scoop wants to run as fast as she can, so neither one is happy with how the other goes about their business. So, what do they do? Do they seek surgical separation? Or do they learn to accommodate each other and live together in harmony?

Author and artist Janis Adrian Kirstein has written a charming, fantastical story in Fantasy Animals (Volume 1), complete with her own illustrations. The story reads like a treasured parable, a storyteller’s treat that also teaches valuable lessons. In this case, the lessons to be learned are about understanding, cooperating, resolving differences, and learning to live together without conflict in spite of differences. Everyone is born different, unique, and we all must learn to respect these differences, not criticize them. Vortex and Scoop had to learn how to negotiate, how to find something good in each other, and how to make allowances for the other’s differences. These are important lessons for all of us, young and old, to learn over and over again. A great story to share many times.

 

If you read this book and feel so moved, please feel free to write a review on my Amazon author page!

 

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated in Our Classrooms


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Dawn Smith’s Spanish class and my Visual Art class joined together for a week long unit on creating paintings influenced by Mexican Alebrijes this week at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Painting and creative writing combined together for a learning experience in Social Studies, Spanish and Fashion Design.

To learn Global challenges of how to resolve conflicts, students had to work in groups and combine at least 2 animals from 2 different continents. They had to paint the animals, list their conflicts, how the animals could resolve those conflicts and capture these conflict resolutions in their choice of creative writing from poetry to dialogue to narrative writing. The writing portion was inspired by the book “Fantasy Animals” by Janis Kirstein, where a South American anteater and African lion are joined together and have to learn how to get along. This book was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes from Mexico, created with bright floral patterns in the 1930’s of conglomerations of various animals all in one being.

To see lesson plans for this unit,  go to:  https://kirsteinfineart.com/2016/07/27/lesson-plan-for-fantasy-animals/

To see the book written by Janis Kirstein inspired by Alebrijes,  go to: www.amazon.com/author/janiskirstein

 

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This Painting was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes, by Janis Kirstein in Mercedes Harn’s art class this summer. This class was for a teacher Inservice given by The Academy with the Kentucky Center for the Arts, combining the teaching of Social Studies, Visual Art and Spanish Language.

 

 

Fantasy Animals by Janis Kirstein NOW ON AMAZON!


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By Cynthia Johnson on July 28, 2016
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This absolutely delightful children’s book by author and artist Janis Kirstein had me laughing in enjoyment as I read it. I can’t wait to read it to my granddaughter, who loves animals. It is a story of two delightful fantasy animals who are joined at the hip and must learn to get along with each other’s quirks and craziness, but who realize that they really do love each other. I was charmed by the artwork from this author who is also an award-winning artist. I recommend it highly!

5.0 out of 5 starsSuch a terrific book!
By Betsy on August 6, 2016
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The artwork (and story behind it) are fantastic in this book, and the plot is both hilarious and deeply thoughtful. I can see it being used in classrooms in so many ways with so many different subjects. The vocabulary is excellent and will have an appeal to several teachers I know, from 1st through 5th grade. In addition, I can see it used in middle and high school art, Spanish, and sociology classes. I am so glad Jan has marked this as “Book One.” Can’t WAIT for the next one.

5.0 out of 5 starsso happy for you and what a blessing you are to …
By Cindy Fox on July 28, 2016
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Congratulations Janis on your first book, so happy for you and what a blessing you are to the World!

 

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Fantasy Animals Paperback by Janis Kirstein Hits Createspace Today!


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In three to five days:  www.amazon.com/author/janiskirstein

 

 

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: Alex Ruiz


 

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“I’ve always been a big fan of contrast. Light against dark, sharp against soft, gruesome against adorable. This is a contrast of the latter.

I’m also proud to say this was the winner for the Redbubble Monster Challenge! Thanks so all of you who voted for this image!!!!

And so here we have our vibrant little girl running and skipping, pulling her new friend along. Where did she find him? Why hasn’t he not eaten her yet? And why is she not afraid?? Is SHE the monster???? All of this is up in the air for you to decide:)

Created in photoshop, mostly hand painted and photo textures added here and there. I love doing art that raises questions and creeps people out a little, so thanks so much for looking! ” Alex Ruiz

 

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About Alex Ruiz

The visions of Alex Ruiz range from dark and disturbing, all the way to vomit inducing cuteness and hilarity. In his paintings, the creatures of his thoughts crawl off the page and transplant themselves into the unsuspecting brain, hopefully taking residence there as well. Born in the Cuevas Negras( the Black Caves) of Hermosillo, Mexico, Alex began engraving murals on the cavern walls, and soon after, the walls of family and friends’ baby nurseries. To this day, he continues to explore the roads and depths of the heart and mind, especially the odd and strange ones, and bury the findings within his art. Alex is now a freelance concept artist/illustrator living in Los Angeles, California, lending his talents to the film, television, and video games industries.

 

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Starry Night

“I’ve often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted ‘Starry Night.’

This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky…probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it’s well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled.

I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.

If you see the original painting, you see so much motion…it’s as if he saw the vibration on all the objects, as if he wanted to capture the wind!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it:) Done in Photoshop in about 7 hrs using matte painting techniques.

If you are interested in learning my techniques, I have downloads for sale at my store:http://conceptmonsterstudios.blogspot.com/ ”  by Alex Ruiz

 

 

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‘The Embrace’ V2

“This is an updated version of this painting, touching up/lightening the characters and adding vines and butterflies to the borders for a more whimsical touch….much like the movie.”

See the video of this being created:

http://youtu.be/DDropJVkmrg

 

 

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Post Apocalyptic Disneyland

” I understand some people will get upset with this image. Let me first say though, I absolutely LOVE Disneyland! What I’m really trying to covey here is a contrast of ideas. I don’t want this to happen in reality, but it COULD. Look where we live, floating on a rock in space and being shot at by other rocks!: So let’s hope and pray a meteor doesn’t hit us, ad let’s not take images like this too seriously.
“It was a blast making this image, I actually went to Disneyland to take reference photos for it and to make sure I was placing things correctly. Done in Photoshop in about three days.

I created this as part of a tutorial for Concepteez, an digital magazine created by Concept World, a great group right here on deviantart! http://gdsworld.deviantart.com/#/d46c2fe 

If you’d like to learn techniques like the ones used in creating this image, visit my download store. http://conceptmonsterstudios.blogspot.com/ 

 

Drawings and Studies by Alex

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Other Amazing Art Works by Alex

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I am so thrilled to feature the fantastic art of Alex Ruiz. Truly, I would say he is the Mary Shelley, (author of “Frankenstein”)  of the Visual Art World!  And so I challenge you Alex: Take this photo of Mary Shelley and superimpose your face and/or any character you have invented on to this image of Mary!!   Janis Kirstein

 

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