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The Keeper of the Art

by Nola Kelsey

Some artist’s stories simply cannot be separated from one another or the canvas would be blank. I am not an overly emotional being. Not self-analytical, nor prone to spontaneous outbreaks of poetry, as many creative spirits appear to be. That was my mother,  artist/poet/teacher, Avonelle Kelsey (1931-2009), a diverse, unstoppable force in the San Diego area art scene for nearly three decades. Born to create, Mom lived life in full color. Much to her dismay, I was born fully dressed in dull beige Zoo Keeper garb – all Zoology, all the time. Life science was my true passion. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed great art, galleries, etc. After all, I was raised in her studios. But my life was 95% wildlife, 4.5% art and everything else (if there was anything else) blurred inconsequentially off to the sides. Such it was for 44 years. And then it happened.

Upon Avonelle’s death, I became responsible for an astronomical amount of artwork. I also had a significantly pesky oath. In her final years, Mom repeatedly made me swear to protect her creations. Along with that responsibility, I had inadvertently become the keeper of her creative legacy. Shit! This was not zoology. Yet, it was evolution. She finally got me.

My transformation from science fanatic to artist obsessive was startlingly was fast. A  year long art sale began with a growing intimacy to each of Mom’s paintings during multiple photo sessions.  Sculpture were matched to her written works and/or paintings. Questions were researched for collectors. So much packing and shipping. Lastly there was the book. That sneaky, buggery book. I was already an author. Years earlier my inability to play well with others had taken me from working with animals to writing about them, mostly in the form of educating travelers about animals within the pages of detail-heavy travel guides focused on global volunteer programs. But then came Mom’s book.

Working with all those images of paintings it hit me like a ton of clay. The formatting, creating of marketing materials, cover design–that was what I loved about writing books. I produced travel guides so efficiently because I was anticipating getting to the next cover design. Good news, I actually hated writing! Bam! I was back in college studying Graphic Design within a month. Three years later, I can’t imagine not creating every day. As an artist I admittedly am a fledgling,  still learning,  still growing. I am also still 4.5% zoologist,  communicating messages about nature and animals, care and conservation, but I have evolved to do so visually – much to my own dismay.

Deprived is a surreal artwork by Nola Lee Kelsey created as an editorial protest against the practice of depriving millions of girls and women around the world an education, for no other reason than they are female.

Deprived

The surreal digital artwork entitled, Colorist, was created by artist Nola Lee Kelsey as part of her series of abstract portraits. Accoring to the good peole at Wikipedia: "In comics, a colorist is responsible for adding color to black-and-white line art. For most of the 20th century this was done using brushes and dyes which were then used as guides to produce the printing plates." While the Urabn Dictionary say: "A colorist is anyone who partakes in the activity of coloring (digitally or traditionally) drawings, inked or penciled, which are typically rendered by other artists. Colorists can either work as professionals or amateurs, and utilize styles that are either very generic or very unique. Colorists work either for recreational or professional purposes. Recreational colorists usually color for one of two reasons: personal enjoyment, or popularity. Coloring gives those who struggle with rendering opportunities to shine in special art communities without doing what they lack in. Consequently, this is often seen as a shortcoming by critics, especially if the original artists of drawings or linearts do not specifically need the assistance of colorists." In any event, for the artist, Nola Lee Kelsey, this work was all about color!

Colorist

Naturalist is part of a series of surreal portraits I originally began creating as part of a digital artistry course. After my first artwork, 'Deprived' for the class, the muse just took hold of me. More portraits poured out of me. Naturalist is the fifth work in the series. No doubt, more will follow in 2016. As a zoologist who evolved toward art in mid-life, this is the portrait I think of most as being me. It is not a self portrait, but nature is always on my mind and part of my life.

Naturalist

'Honey' is one of several in an ongoing series of surreal women I have been creating over the last few months and I have no doubt there will be more to come.

Honey

Songwriter is a digital artwork filled with many musical symbols. Thank you to Faestock (http://faestock.deviantart.com) for use of the underlying model photo.

Songwriter

Birder is a digital artwork by aritst Nola Lee Kelsey. Birder is the 6th in my series of surreal digital portraits. All animals fascinate me, but this particular portrait comes with a special little story. The week I worked on 'Birder' I, as with most my artwork, became so engrossed in the art that I skipped my morning bike rides. Meanwhile, three feet away from my desk, through the outside wall, something ironic, yet charming, was happening. As I walked into my carport one morning I noticed a bird nest in the basket on my long-ignored mountain bike. Had I found it, picking it up to take a photo then forgotten? Why had I just spent a day working on the nest in the art work when I had this one? Did a bird actually build it here among the dogs and motorcycles? The answers became obvious when two days later I found two small eggs in the nest inside my bicycle basket. As I write this description, mamma bird is sitting on them just outside my window. Life is funny sometimes.

Birder

'Ocean' was created by digital artist Nola Lee Kelsey. It is the 8th piece in her surreal portrait series. This artwork is an editorial statement against the polluting of our seas and ongoing drilling for oil, despite the fact that in the end we will still need to harness renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Why not just do it now? We need healthy seas to exist - not oil spills. No amount of cleaning and technology can repair the balance of life it took nature billions of years to perfect. Oil and water do not mix.

Ocean

Flora and Fauna is a surrealistic artwork by artist Nola Lee Kelsey. Flora and Fauna is considered part of Kelsey's surreal poortrait series.

Flora and Fauna

"Crested Gibbon" by artist Nola Lee Kelsey capture in Cambosia

Crested Gibbon

“A single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.” is what the text across the image reads. An old Chinese proverb states that a butterfly's gently flapping wings in China has the power to dramatically affect weather on the other side of the world. The butterfly effect metaphor encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.

Contemplating the Butterfly Effect

Asperger's

Asperger’s

Rift

Rift

About the Ostrich

About the Ostrich

Kanji Zen with Enso

Kanji Zen with Enso

Live Art

Live Your Art

Nola Lee Kelsey is an American-born Digital Artist living in Southern Thailand. In addition to creating and selling prints from her own artwork, Nola also has a wide range of online shops where her digital images, and her late mother’s fine art paintings, are used to create a wide variety of uniquely artistic merchandise.

Nola Lee Kelsey Gallery: http://www.NolaKelsey.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Nola_Lee_Kelsey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nola_Lee_Kelsey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nolaleekelsey

Avonelle Kelsey Gallery: http://www.AvonelleKelsey.com

Conversations

by K.D. Rose

K.D. would like to thank the incredible artist George RedHawk (DarkAngel0ne on social media) for permission to combine her words with his art.

What Belongs to You

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Ethereal

Gif animation by DarkAngelOne

 

Rides in the car
loosening in the still light,
running like a deer through God’s house.
Skywalker.
Mindbender.
A leap into the glimmering.
Traveler.
One with something like air and water but neither.
Feels like music.

 

KD Rose Ethereal

 

Futures

He stands in the doorway
ecstatic in the book of the sun,
thinks he bought me,
so I offer him fare trade−
the luxury of commerce
on a wet night of uncertain weather.
We unbutton the horizon.

 

The Tall in the Small

You will never be a stone in the sky.

With both hands dancing,
you will nurse wild forests,
seek matter uneven,
holy antennas reaching,
footlights for the blind,
living candlelit lives
while ghosts rail with bad advice.

You are the naked light.

 

KD RoseK. D. Rose is a poet and author who has books published in multiple genres. Her newest release is The Brevity of Twit. K. D.’s poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. Her poetry has also been accepted for publication in The Stray Branch Fall/Winter 2016 issue. K. D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won the Readers Favorite 2013 International Silver Medal for Poetry.

Witchery and Thievery

by Yazmin Basa

Anthem

Anthem

Eons It Seems

Eons It Seems

Blue Autumn

Blue Autumn

Outside the Fairy Kingdom

Outside the Fairy Kingdom

Ode

Ode

Portrait of a Lady Amidst A Red Damask Background

Portrait of a Lady Amidst A Red Damask Background

Ennui Hamper

Ennui Hamper

Indigo

Indigo

Invisible Strings

Invisible Strings

Medieval Angel

Medieval Angel

My Breath Quits

My Breath Quits

Be Still Your Heart

Be Still Your Heart

In Good Company

In Good Company

Artist: Yazmin Basa

Art and yoga have been center stage in Yazmin’s life. She hails from the world of commercial art, having produced and art directed various in-house broadcast promotions for top TV brands. She has moved around to work for top cable companies in Hong Kong , New York, and Singapore. The discipline and work ethic in the commercial world keeps her grounded and she appreciates being able to understand the needs of a business to have reliable people to keep promotions alive. Now an executive for Video On Demand space for a Silicon Valley company, she is also setting her sights on worthwhile after hours activities – creating more paintings, dabbling with oils and watercolors and also making decoupage art with upcycled bottles. She also sells her artwork at Fine Art America, Society 6, Red Bubble and will open store in more Print On Demand sites. She has also written for various spa, yoga and travel publications. An active wiccan, she has a profound love for nature, and is often found creating artwork and writing poetry during frequent excursions in the countryside or by the sea. She is now mid-way through her first illustrated poetry book titled “Witchery and Thievery”. All the artworks shared here are her works in progress for this book.

Website: http://witcherythievery.blogspot.com/

FAA link:  http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/yazmin-basa.html

Society 6 link:  https://society6.com/yazminbasa

Red Bubble link:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/yazminbasa

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Yazmin.Basa.Art/

Things To Do With Yesterday’s Paper

by Andrew Hitchen

Surprise

Surprise

 

Guilty!

Guilty!

 

Escape

Escape

 

Laundry

Laundry

 

Umbrella

Umbrella

 

Paper Christmas Tree

Paper Christmas Tree

 

Yoga Mat

Yoga Mat

 

Paper Moon

Paper Moon

 

Origami Fish

Origami Fish

 

Paper Boat

Paper Boat

 

Bandages

Bandages

 

Paper Stars

Paper Stars

 

Owl Impression

Owl Impression

 

Paper Bird

Paper Bird

 

Duvet Cover

Duvet Cover

 

Andrew HitchenAndrew Hitchen is a freelance illustrator based in London, UK. His distinctive style of drawing has earned him numerous commissions for magazines, newspapers, theatre groups, events and indie record labels over the years. His current artwork is now a fascinating blend of traditional and modern techniques, drawing inspiration from Pop Art, Graphic Novels. Surrealism, Cartoons, Music and Children’s Literature. Andrew is also the creator of the popular ‘Things To Do With Yesterday’s Paper’ series – a collection of whimsical drawings involving a mischievous black cat and its various creations with a sheet of old newspaper. The illustrations in this series have been described as “unique, memorable, and lively” and have been attracting the attention of both children and adults alike.’

 

Redbubble: www.redbubble.com/people/hitchen/shop
Website: www.andrewhitchen.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/paperclaws
Society6: https://society6.com/andrewhitchen
FAA: fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrew-hitchen.html.

 

…and other Green Collar Dilemmas

by PK Donson

Backyard

Backyard

Carpetbaggers

Carpetbaggers

Diva

Diva

Erp!

Erp!

Hung the Moon

Hung the Moon

Lost

Lost

Musical Swamp

Musical Swamp

Personality

Personality

Reflection

Reflection

Rhino in the House

Rhino in the House

Sleeping Elk

Sleeping Elk

Super Cow

Super Cow

Swan Walk

Swan Walk

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

 

PK's AvatarPK Donson (1954 Anniston, AL)

PK’s work investigates the pixels by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society. She creates intense personal moments masterly created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round.

PK’s whimsical photos directly respond to the surrounding environment and she uses everyday experiences as a starting point. Often these framed instances would go unnoticed in their original context.

By applying abstraction, she approaches a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way and likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes emotional. The results are deconstructed to the extent the meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

Her works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, cliches and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic
appearance of an image, with a conceptual approach. PK makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky. At other times, they seem typical by-products of American super abundance and marketing.

PK currently lives and works in Davidson, NC.

Facebook: PK Donson
Google Plus: +PK Donson
Website: www.pksphotos.com
Email: pdonson@gmail.com

 

 

The Art of Emili Yi: Mind, Material, Manifestation

by Emili Yi

Watercolor Emotion Series

The Watercolor Emotion Series aims to explore the relationship between emotion, color, shape, and context through water media.

“Optimistic Thought,” Watercolor, 30cm X 40cm

“Emotional Man,” Watercolor, 30cm X 40 cm

Mind Manifestation Series

The Mind Manifestation Series comprises a collection of paintings that were started and completed during the summer of 2013 using watercolors and charcoal. The inspiration for this body of work stems from the Emili’s exploration of the relationship between mind, image and actionable experience within material existence.

“Mind,” Watercolor and Charcoal, 30cm X 30cm

“Mind 2,” Watercolor and Charcoal, 30cm X 30cm

“Mind 3,” Watercolor and Charcoal, 30cm X 30cm

Expressive Symbolism

“Caged Dancer,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 15″ X 15″

“Caged Dancer” uses symbolism, a diverse color palette and fluid line stroke to express a story of irony and confined fancy. It marks Emili’s first work since emigrating to the United States and in digital media.

“Red,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 15″ X 15″

“Red” is an exploration of emotion expressed in symbol and color to represent context, mood and atmosphere.

Visual Syntax Series

“Visual Syntax,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 15″ X 15″

“Visual Syntax” is an abstract painting which contemplates the evolving function of human visual syntactic processes during a time of emerging information and media technologies.

“Escapade,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 15″ X 15″

“Escapade” continues to explore human mindscape in a time of transition. The image presents a visual landscape rich in organic shapes and colors inspired from nature. The aim of the image is to present an abstract concept based created from shapes inspired from nature and contrasts from that of mathematical abstraction and straight line.

Watercolor Bodies

These images work to present the human figure through color and the virtues of watercolor media.

“Watercolor Body 1,” Watercolor, 30cm X 30 cm

“Watercolor Body 2,” Watercolor, 30cm X 30 cm

“Watercolor Body 3,” Watercolor, 30cm X 30cm

Homage to Picasso

“Bullfight,” Watercolor, 160cm X 110 cm

“Bullfight” was created to pay homage to Pablo Picasso during Emili’s Junior year in art school.

Photo Realism

“Woman,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 32″ X 24″

“Woman” demonstrates Emili’s skill sets in Portraiture work.

“Leopard,” Digital Media (Acrylic), 24″ X 16″

“Leopard” demonstrates Emili’s skill-sets in Portraiture work and photo-realism.

Emili Yi was born in Liaoning, China February 24, 1987. At an early age Emili displayed artistic ability and was enrolled into a private art school by her parents at the age of six. In 2001, Emili trained under the tutelage of Professor Song Wei who is a practicing professor at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and widely recognized as a wood-block painting and print master. In 2007, Emili studied at the Yi Yuan Private Art Academy and in 2008 enrolled into the Northeast University Fine Arts Program. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Major in Oil Painting. Emili moved to the United States on July 4, 2013 and currently lives in Walnut Creek, CA.

Website: http://www.emiliyi.com/

Twitter: @emili_yi

Facebook: Emili Yi

Artsexcreations

by Artsexcreations

Artsexcreations is a collaborative series of artwork by Bruce Neeley and Lesley Bentley. We call it ‘artsexcreations’ because our art is like babies from the commingling thoughts in our personal mind-theatre whereby we share our collaborative view of the world as how we desire to see and create it. Life can be difficult and painful at times and we hope that our art shares our love and humor with the world. Bruce Neeley chooses pieces from Lesley Bentley’s drawings and performs his artistic artsex digital magic to produce the final pieces you see displayed.

Artsexcreations-Expanded Thought

Expanded Thought

Artsexcreations-Ethereal Escape

Ethereal Escape

I’m Lost, I’m Scared, I’m Rock Hard

I’m Lost, I’m Scared, I’m Rock Hard

Modern Child Psychology

Modern Child Psychology

The Descent

The Descent

Pocahaunted

Pocahaunted

Priestess of the Heavens

Priestess of the Heavens

 

From Bruce: Lesley and I are a good fit on a psychological level, and my process fits in well with our approach. I take from a file of work Lesley sends me and work with it as though it were my own. We really are about the acceptance of the other. We work to create a piece of art for the greater good. It is about trust and respect at a level comparable to a an intimate relationship. It’s a very unique experience to be working so closely with another person’s work. I would say even spiritual. My strongest motivation is to please Lesley, and as with any work, give the public in general a memorable experience. I have never met Lesley in person, although we have talked. I think it would be fun to have a solo exhibit and meet there for the first time. This project has been a joy for both of us. We both have a good sense of humor and as artists we just enjoy the play. We share a sandbox.

 

Original work by Lesley for “Fantasy and Reality”:

Artsexcreation-Original work by Lesley for %22Fantasy and Reality%22

“Fantasy and Reality” (finished collaboration):

Artsexcreations-Fantasy and Reality

Fantasy and Reality

 

This is the original work Lesley sent to me which I added to “Dat Bitch Got Crabs”:

artsexcreations-Original work from Lesley for Dat Bitch Got Crabs

“Dat Bitch Got Crabs” (finished collaboration):

Artsexcreations-Dat Betch Got Crabs 100

Dat Bitch Got Crabs

 

 

Learn more about Artsexcreations:

Websitehttps://artsexcreations.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/artsexcreations

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/artsexcreations

 

Bruce NeeleyArtist Bruce Neeley:

I was primarily self-taught. I had 3 solo exhibits of oil paintings at various alternative spaces in my early 20s. In my 30s I attended the Kansas City Art Institute via scholarship. My course of study was drawing and painting. It has been about two years since I started working in a digital medium, although most of my work has its origins in drawings and paintings. Usually I draw, photograph it, and work on its manipulation electronically.

Awards and Exhibits to my credit include:

1995 Annual 5 State Juried Exhibit in Salina KS. Jurors award by Charles Moffet, Senior Curator of Painting from the National Gallery in D.C.

1997 Annual 5 State Juried Exhibit in Salina KS. Jurors award by Robert Workman, Senior Curator of Painting at The American Federation of Arts in New York.

1998 Solo large scale drawing exhibit ( Torments of the Self ) at the Mingunbach Arts Center in Lindsburg KS.

2010 14th Annual Northeast Arts Juried Exhibit in Kansas City. Award for best 2D work.

2012 16th Annual Northeast Arts Juried Exhibit in Kansas City.

2013 17th Annual Northeast Arts Juried Exhibit in Kansas City. Award for best 2D work, and Award for best themed.

2014 18th Annual Northeast Arts Juried Exhibit in Kansas City.

2015 19th Annual Northeast Arts Juried Exhibit in Kansas City. Award for best 2D work.

Currently preparing for all digital solo exhibit here in Kansas City of next year.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Neeley808
Twitter: @Breton1924

 

Lesley BentleyArtist Lesley Bentley:

I am a self taught artist from Houston, Texas. I grew up drawing with my mother and aunt who were artists. My drawings come from dreams and recurring thoughts about energy, manifesting thoughts, creation, recreation, healing, desire, humor, love and animals. I almost always include my face in my drawings. Sometimes I include the face of my deceased aunt. I think art heals people, introduces new thinking patterns and improves humor which increases joy in your life.
In addition to Artsexcreations I have my personal drawings on the following links:

https://fefelovemindtheatre.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/fefelove99

 

 

Moods and Moments

by Josephine

Night Birds

Night Birds

Wind Lovers

Wind Lovers

Distance

Distance

What’s up?/In the Churchyard

What’s up?/In the Churchyard

Heat

Heat

Gallery Goers

Gallery Goers

 
 

JosephineJosephine is a German-based artist and photographer.

Following her studies in Munich and Salzburg she was mainly working as a interior designer and textile artist with a love for collages and paintings.

During years of travelling she discovered her passion for photography.

Today the camera is her daily companion.

She does her individual art projects by using digital processing creating image composings and expressive colour looks.

Josephine´s work prefers exploring the theme of moods and tensions in modern urban life and the various relationships between humankind and powerful nature.

In May 2013 she started to share her work on her blog lemanshots.wordpress.com.

Chromosome of Conflict

by Enrico Gaveglia

These photos are impressions from walking through countries plagued by years of civil wars and conflict. They’ve rarely been able to return to a normal, peaceful life. The drama of war remains for generations in the DNA of the people; it doesn’t matter if you experience the tragedy firsthand. Even new borns, in relatively quiet moments of peace,  have the tag of the sorrow in their genetics, and it takes time to get rid of it. Places, buildings, art expression on streets–all speak as tokens of lives who perished too soon and can talk no more.

Always Cocacola, Morocco

Always Cocacola, Morocco © http://kikontheroad.wordpress.com/

 

 Journey, Central African Republic

Journey, Central African Republic © http://kikontheroad.wordpress.com/

 

Enrico GavegliaEnrico Gaveglia was born in 1975 in Tuscany, Italy. He developed kikontheroad some time back as he travels around the world. Direct life experiences often in countries plagued by latent conflicts have allowed him to walk through places of great charm and put him in contact with extraordinary people. Every now and then he collects accidental shots in testimony of his passages through places. It is only much later than he feels the need to internalize those unique experiences in intimate moments of reflection stolen from his daily routine as digital products of his work come to life in a reproduced altered reality.

Social media links:

http://kikontheroad.wordpress.com/

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/enrico-gaveglia.html

Semantic dementia

by Rey Foret

The human being is cast in two parts, visible and invisible. It is not my purpose to tell of the visible one, except when it is needed to serve as a likeness. For what could possibly better serve as a likeness than things that are alike? However, I will have more to say about the invisible, about which first of all the following example should be heeded. The visible body has an effect on all things; and all of its motions and actions are seen by the human being. But all of this is only half of the action performed; it is only that which we see. The other half is seen by no one. It is performed by the invisible body.

The nature of signs is deceitful and false, like a word that passes from the tongue without seriousness or heartfelt sincerity. Hence the mere fact of colors in things should not induce you to make a judgment and to submit to it; for neither the heavens nor the earth will stand by you: it is above all these things. But you should not think nor be assured of anything but that all things are in the image. That is, all things are formed. In this formation lies their anatomy. The human being is formed: his image is his anatomy.

There is a recurring structure in our (human) nature.
The way we feel, the way we move, our posture- all has an origin and counterpart in the wild.
Some coherences are hidden, some obvious while others must be guessed from what is left out.
There are patterns resembling the line of a poem. Sometimes they tell us about ourselves.
Like signatures.

(First two paragraphs quoted from the 2nd and 3rd book of Paracelsus, written around 1530)

scars #01

scars #01

scars #04

scars #04

scars #06

scars #06

scars #07

scars #07

scars #08

scars #08

scars #09

scars #09

scars #11

scars #11

scars #14

scars #14

scars #16

scars #16

 

The pictures shown here are an excerpt of the photography „scars” series, taken in 2014.

 

Rey Foret-solitarynude bio photoRey Foret (b. 1966) works and lives in the unattended forests in the south of Berlin, Germany.

Website: http://reyforet.com

 

 

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