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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
October 25, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 19 plus ones
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From this weekend's Art Toronto exhibition where many local and international galleries are represented. This is David Blackburn at Messum's Gallery, London, UK.

In an exhibit filled mostly with oil paintings, Blackburn works in pastels. Influenced by Gerhard Frankl who was interested in the psychology of colour, Blackburn is subdued in this example but produced some hot images from the Australian outback.

Another one of my picks from the Art Toronto show.

http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/david-blackburn-the-sublime-landscape

You can explore the Art Toronto show at Artsy: https://artsy.net/art-toronto

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October 25, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 8 plus ones
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One of the artists featured at Messum's Gallery (London) exhibit at Art Toronto this weekend is Rose Hilton, a UK painter whose work is reminiscent of Bonnard and Matisse.

Interesting background on this lady who fought her parents who didn't want her to go to art school and her husband who didn't want her to paint. Now she's doing it. And very well.

Life in Full Colour: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9614902/Life-in-full-colour-the-artist-Rose-Hilton.html

You can explore the Art Toronto show at https://artsy.net/art-toronto

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October 21, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 22 plus ones
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"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Another picture of nothing, from the Curonian Lagoon in beautiful Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania. Not that it needed enhancement but I ran it through Topaz Impressions "Coloured Pencil" because I like that plugin.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/YS8T1

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October 20, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 10 plus ones
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Emil Nolde, one of the first Expressionists. Member of  Die Brücke. His portraits and masked figures are unforgettable. Who knew he also painted the eternal sea? h/t Paul W Ruiz (on Facebook) and at http://www.paulwruiz.com

Check out Nolde's wild and crazy portraits too. Just Google him.

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October 18, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 10 plus ones
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"Route de Tadoussac" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

North of Quebec City, in the Saguenay National Park. Mountain enhancement with Topaz Impressions Impasto.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/WfCHl

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October 17, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 10 plus ones
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Waterhouse's "Lady of Shalott" has always appealed to me. Tennyson agreed with Waterhouse that the artist needs a certain amount of disengagement with day-to-day life to thrive.

The Art + Therapy exhibit had this take on the Lady:

"Today she might be cooped up in the finance department. Outside her window, life is going on. Other people are setting out on adventures, falling in love, making this happen, making a difference...We are supposed to be successful. And sometimes the sheer pain of admitting distress can lead us into denial: “I’m fine, honestly.”

"Problem: Saying I’m OK when I’m not really."

Kind of a visual "Games People Play"...

http://www.ago.net/art-as-therapy-love

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October 13, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 29 plus ones
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Winter in Montreal. A B&W photo taken on my beloved old Nikon FE, digitized and tarted in Topaz Impressions' DaVinci filter. 

You can't step in the same river twice, but the memories are sweet.

Musical accompaniment: Leonard Cohen | Hey, that's no way to say goodbye | Anthem Ring the bells |

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October 13, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 24 plus ones
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"Old Montreal" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Playing with Topaz Impressions' Impasto filter. It would take hours to paint this but it would be fun.

The original GSV was a winter scene. The same location, in a warmer season, is here: http://goo.gl/maps/qVMjs

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October 09, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 11 plus ones
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It's by James McNeill Whistler c. 1875 - Nocturne in Black and Gold - The Falling Rocket as part of the Art-for-Art's-Sake movement. It is a fireworks display in a London park on a foggy night.

It was executed in a limited palette of blue, green and yellow. Apparently Whistler spent years perfecting Hiroshige's spatter technique. Years. (I get this). Whistler insisted that his Nocturnes were not pictures, but rather, scenes or moments, using colouristic effects as a means of creating a particular sensation.

Affronted by The Falling Rocket, the critic John Ruskin accused Whistler of “flinging a pot of paint in the public's face”, a term that has been used to describe the works of the Group of Seven.

This piece is brilliant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocturne_in_Black_and_Gold_–_The_Falling_Rocket

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October 09, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 9 plus ones
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Our first acrylic painting challenge is to take the colours down a notch to a limited palette of two-three plus black and white, I was thinking something along the lines of this for the Burano houses - a capture with my old manual Nikon FE tarted in the Nik suite.

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