Aqua Chandelier, 8″ x 10″, colored pencil on Pastelbord
“I have just tried scratchbord as well and I was surprised to discover so much potential in this medium too! Its rich, black surface offers artists an opportunity to create high-contrast, variously textured images that look striking and one-of-a kind even when the subject itself is quite ordinary.” ~Veronica Winters Florida artist Veronica Winters has been actively teaching, writing and working as an artist since she came from Russia to the U.S. in 1997. After receiving her BFA from Oklahoma State and her MFA from Pennsylvania State, Veronica studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Grand Central Academy. She currently resides in Naples, Florida, spending time teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Collier Adult & Community Education Center.
Promises, Oil on Gessobord, 2014
Venetian Boy, 10″ x 8″, oil on Gessobord
Veronica grew up in Moscow with a strong art influence from the ballet, theatre and concerts, but it was when she came to the States that she began her own fine art career. She found colored pencil through one of her instructors and Ampersand panels through an artist peer and a match was made. “I really like the fact that I can combine lightfast colored pencils with archival Pastelbords to achieve the result I’m after-long lived artwork,” she explains. Veronica works in both colored pencil and oils, choosing the medium for her work based on the subject matter — for studies in light, she will use colored pencil. When a subject calls to her emotionally, Veronica works in oils. “Figures are symbolic of emotions and colors ‘talk’ about specific mood or atmosphere in painting. Masked figures blur the obvious connections people otherwise make with faces and thus anyone can find himself hidden behind the mask. Masks also bring mystery and the unknown into my work and I have infinite inspiration for that coming from Venice, Italy. Rich history of the place, its atmosphere, architecture, and abundant beauty supply visual elements for my paintings, including fabric patterns, costumes, and masks,” she says.
Veronica’s work is viewable online on her website, blog, and Facebook page. You can also get a feel for Veronica’s process through her YouTube channel.Veronica is represented by Gallery on Fifth in Naples, FL and by Saatchi online. Currently, Veronica teaches one on one workshops at her studio in Naples. You can schedule a lesson through emailing her at her website, or look into her instruction books. All things Ampersand, Karyn Meyer-Berthel Artist & Social Media Specialist Ampersand Art Supply Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.
The Messenger, 48″ x 36″ x 2″, acrylic, oil, collage
& assemblage on masonite with wooden framework
Painting the Mythical Figure in Mixed Media, a new webinar through North Light featuring the work and process of Lisa Cyr, live on November 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST This highly visual presentation will take the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the webinar will cover how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics will include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. In addition, conceptual development strategies will be discussed, including working in journals and sketchbooks, research techniques and reference gathering to create compelling figurative works that tell imaginative stories. With visually inspiring imagery, insightful tips and innovative approaches, artists will discover a plethora of image making strategies as well as exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques to employ in their own fantastical figurative works. For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this webinar will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Bonus videos and other downloadable materials will be included, like step by step demonstrations, interviews, and articles. You can register for the event here: www.northlightshop.com
Lisa L. Cyr (www.cyrstudio.com) is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr’s artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Lisa’s blog, YouTube Channel, Facebook Page and Twitter Profile All things Ampersand, Karyn Meyer-Berthel Artist & Social Media Specialist Ampersand Art Supply Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.