Monday, May 16, 2011

The Abstract Naturalist Paintings of Wendy Froshay

Journey ©Wendy Frosh
Get ready to be transported to another world. A lifetime of dedication, passion, and intense creativity set the stage for some of the most incredible works of art you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Wendy Froshay’s mastery and versatility are awe-inspiring and will floor you the moment you set foot in her studio. Golden sunlight spills through the high-ceiling windows, illuminating a dozen easels, cabinets full of paint supplies, and wall-size canvases depicting an incredible diversity of subjects.  Horses race across the savannah in a blaze of fiery dust and heat. A bare winged woman with eyes that are pools of sadness sits softly in a sea of unfamiliarity, unprotected.

Defining Expansion I ©Wendy Froshay
Emotions speak through visual splashes of hue and color in abstract form, expressing a whole new language of the soul. It would be easy to spend hours soaking up the beauty and sense of possibility that permeates this serene space.

Looking around, one would quickly notice that there are not only a wide variety of subjects, but also mediums.  unlike some artists who focus on just one thing, Wendy goes beyond, excelling in oil, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, and contemporary textures. She likes to mix different things together and is always experimenting and playing. There is nothing that this artist cannot paint.

If you ask any of her students, you will also discover that there is nothing that she cannot teach, either.

Fire ©Wendy Froshay
“It’s hard to put into words all the ways Wendy Froshay has helped me develop as an artist,” her long-time student Anjali gushes. “I have taken oil painting classes in the past and I have never had someone gently guide me to my own discoveries the way Wendy has. Through a combination of practical demonstration and inspirational anecdotes, she has brought me a long way in a relatively short period of time.”

Being around her enthusiasm and passion is infectious; you cannot help but feel inspired talking to her. It is this fire for life and joie de vivre that touches all those who know her and radiates from every one of her paintings. It is easy to see why collectors gather from all over to purchase her work and brag that they own a Froshay original. She has attracted an incredible following and continues to live the artist’s dream.

Ms. Froshay is represented by OCDesignerSource.com.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Impressionist Ballet Art by Janina Pazdan

Janina Pazdan captures the beauty and form of the ballerina.  Graceful, flowing lines and soft smudges of color dance slowly across the canvas in a swirl of sweet pastel.  Pazdan captures the essence of the dance with gentle and loving strokes.  There is an elegance about her work that is rare in the art world, and it is clear that she is very passionate about what she paints.
Jennifer's Shoes ©Janina Pazdan
One of the most striking and compelling aspects of her style is the way her figures are abstracted; you have the opportunity to fill in the rest of the blanks yourself.  Your eyes wander through the various lines and streaks of color; looking, searching, and looking some more.  She puts just enough down on canvas for you to visualize each ballerina stretching or moving, and not a splash of paint more.  The result is three-dimensional bodies enveloped in pools of glowing light that embody not just a dance studio scene, but the emotion and feel of the ballet itself.

Janina was born and raised in Poland. She spent 10 years studying ceramics, sculpture, and oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw before graduating in 1983. It is no doubt her practice with these forms that gives her work it’s incredible dimensionality.

Rehearsal ©Janina Pazdan
Much of her inspiration for her impressionistic style is gleaned from many of the greats: Edward Monet, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry Toulouse-Lautrec, and Diego Velasquez. In fact, she found tremendous insight and knowledge by painting copies of their masterpieces. She was commissioned to recreate several of their works on the walls and ceilings of a home. Initially, she was terrified that she would not be able to do it, but with a little time and study she was able to complete them, much to the pleasure of the owners. It was the discovery of how to emulate their paintings that led to further mastery in her own work and development of her own style.

Dancer's Dream ©Janina Pazdan
Pazdan delights in painting a wide variety of subjects. She has painted flowers, gardens, landscapes, oceanscapes, animals and people (although she admits that people and animals are a joyful challenge for her!) Janina enjoys finding ways to create abstracts and is inspired by through music and poetry.

It is easy to see why Janina Pazdan’s art has found an audience in the interior design world; she has captured a well-loved niche and done so in such an entrancing way.  Ballet-lovers and appreciators of art alike are sure to treasure these extraordinary gems.

Ms. Pazdan is represented by OCDesignerSource.com.

Meet Janina

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Photography of Kurt Weiss

   written by Tien Frogget

Kurt Weiss has an unusual way of capturing shape and texture that makes his photography a joy to contemplate. His work depicts a unique variety of subject matter and endlessly fascinates his audience through subtle repetition of shapes, lines and calming colors. The careful and delightful way in which each element is placed in the frame reveals his innate talent for composition. There is perfect balance and flow working together in harmony.
Archway and Light ©Kurt Weiss

The most intriguing aspect of his photos is the way he creates a sense of atmosphere in each and every one. Through frequent use of long-exposure and unique use of light he produces this mysterious, ethereal ambience. It hangs in the air like a blanket of soft mist, settling in and filling the viewer with a sense of peaceful stillness. Some of his more rustic pieces have a totally different look but still manage to reflect this same feeling of quiet serenity. It is no great wonder why his work is so perfectly suited for interior design; who doesn’t want to bring tranquility and peace into their home?

Weiss was born in 1960 and raised in Woodland Hills, California. He first took an interest in photography when he was 16 and would frequently venture out into the hills near his house to experiment and take lots of pictures. He enjoyed it so much that he continued to pursue photography. Later he attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated in 1983.

Peaceful Solitude ©Kurt Weiss
Over the years he has assisted top photographers and worked in Los Angeles doing various jobs in commercial photography including weddings. Though comfortable taking pictures of a multitude of different subjects, Kurt has a passion for landscape photography and continued to pursue this in his spare time. Now his landscapes and fine art pieces have become some of his most praised and well-loved works.

Bridge Japanese Garden ©Kurt Weiss
His signed limited edition black and white prints of Hawaii have been published and sold nationwide. Kurt Weiss has made a name for himself and his style, garnering much appreciation and praise from critics and followers alike. He now lives in Orange County, California, where he continues to build his portfolio and sell his work in the interior design industry.

Mr. Weiss is represented by OCDesignerSource.com

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Smash Hit!!!

OCDesignerSource Network Party 2011
If you missed the first quarterly OCDesignerSource network party at Walker Zangers in Tustin, CA and sponsored by TKOart...  here are some of the highlights.

Will Pena of Sapient Business Solutions, Inc. was our featured guest speaker. Will gave us some great tips on how to get on the first page of google in less than 30 days... AND! He offered everyone who showed up to the event - a free consultation!

I took advantage of Will's offer, which lead to another generous offer from him to attend a 1/2 day workshop on how to increase your website traffic overnight... again, absolutely free!

Don't miss out on our next network party! Because we've a long, long list of New Phenomenal things coming your way, so check us out at OCDesignerSource.com

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Master of Stain Glass and Oils Isaac Smith

Swirls of vibrant colors and waves of glowing gradients set the tone for every Isaac Smith original. His work features the simplicity of elegant curves and shapes that flow across the canvas like a river gently coursing through its banks.
Pianist ©Isaac Smith
Smith focuses his work primarily in two areas: oils and stained glass. Although the methods of creating in these two contrasting media are vastly different, it is clear to see why they overlap so easily in his world. His oil paintings are strongly reminiscent of stained glass windows in several ways.

Isaac was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska with a BA in art and spent most of his life there before moving to Spokane, Washington in 2004.  Growing up in a part of the world where there was an excess of light in the summer and a lack of it in the winter impressed upon him a deep sense of contrast. It was because of this that the themes of light and dark became a major influence on his style.

Ash Room Divider
©IsaacSmith
In order to learn how to work with stained glass, Smith spent 4 years as an apprentice to glass artist John Dobbs.  He fell in love with the idea of blending the architecture of a home with the style of interior design in order to create a window that will invite more flow into the room it is in.  He also thoroughly enjoys creating subtle three-dimensional works of art that play with the changes of light that come from each season. In 1996, Isaac started his own stained glass business and has clients in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, California and even Japan.

It was his mentor and friend Joan Kimura that first inspired him to take up oil painting. She encouraged him to learn from the work of others but most of all to find his own unique voice – which he definitely has. Much of Isaac’s work is abstracted, with a wonderful balance of recurring themes and compositions that are endlessly pleasing to the eye. His paintings speak like a visual song, ribbons of notes and lines weave in and loop out in a soul-symphony of light and color.
Doubt ©Isaac Smith

Looking at his work, one can tell that intense care goes into the crafting of each image, and there is a deep well of passion that acts as the catalyst for his artistry. Isaac smith captures the essence of a subject and breathes it to life.

Isaac Smith is represented by OCDesignerSource.com.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Magical Fine Art Photography of Tien Frogget

  ... written by Wendy Froshay

Tien Frogget strides beyond the traditional limitations of photography to entrance and enchant the viewer. There is a vast diversity of subject matter in her portfolio and yet they all speak with a singular voice. Each photo whispers joyfully: this world is magical.

Lotus Flower 2
©2010 Tien Frogget
The primary element that leaps out of her work is the incredible use of light. Her oceanscapes radiate with an ethereal allure - the sun-kissed water sparkling so sweetly you can almost imagine that the waves might begin to ripple to life before you. The leaves and flora in her photographs simply glow, seeming to emanate a luminous fire from within. As for the flowers, it's almost as though she took each one and gently dipped them in spun golden honey by the way the warm sunlight melts across each of the silken petals.

Walking Alone 2
©2010 Tien Frogget
  Where did this young artist develop her
  technique for capturing light and
  her astounding knack for composition?
  Incredibly, Frogget is primarily
  self-taught. She confides, “I didn’t take
  any classes.  I’m very much a
  kinesthetic learner and I know that the
  fastest way to get better at anything
  is to just do it over and over. I learned
  to use my D-SLR by reading the
  manual, and then I went to the library.
  I checked out a stack of books every
  couple of weeks and read until I ran
  out of material. I also went out and
  took pictures almost every single day. I
  just couldn’t get enough. I fell in love
  with photography and it fell in love
  with me, too.”

Some people might see her lack of conventional education as a disadvantage, but Tien firmly believes that in order to discover your own style as an artist of any kind you must be willing to listen to the voice within you way more often than the voices around you.

Heart in the Sand ©2010 Tien Frogget
She elaborates, “Yes, it can be very beneficial to learn things that work for other people and gain an understanding of the tools that they use – to a point.  However, if you want to truly stand out from the crowd, you have to be willing to do things differently. You have to be willing to break the rules. So many photographers are stuck in the box that goes something like this: everything needs to be in perfect focus; you can only take good pictures at certain times of day; all of the details have to be just right in order for it to be any good. Yet when we look at those photographs that touch us the most deeply, often none of the above is true. Be willing to do things differently, and you will get different results. There is no such thing as a good photo or a bad photo – only what you like. That is all that matters.”

Miss Frogget is represented by OCDesignerSource.com.