Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What’s Hot In Art Right Now


Just like Interior Design always has those colors and styles that are “in” right now, Art and Fine Art for interiors are always trending, too. Right now, there are a lot of things that are very popular with both Interior Designers and Collectors.

1. Encaustics / Faux Encaustics / 3-D Textured Abstract Art

"Breeze" © Elizabeth Khorey [Encasutic]

"Timeless Grace" © Wendy Froshay [Textured 3-D Art]

Abstract Art has been “in” for a long time, but we’ve recently seen a great deal more interest in very specific genres of abstract art – specifically that which has texture and even objects embedded within the painting. The most popular style of this type of art is Encaustics --  a very old technique of layering beeswax, plaster, and organic objects together to create a piece. People love bringing that extra dimension into their space, as it integrates the art into the interior design more seamlessly.

2. Metallics

"Awake" © Terri Leo [Photography on Metallic]

"Sacred Bath" © Terri Leo [Photography on Metallic]

Regardless of whether it’s Art or Photography, all things metallic are definitely “in” right now. Printing both on directly on metal as well as on metallic paper is extremely popular and an elegant way to enhance the beauty of any piece. Photographers especially are loving the way the gorgeous metallic sheen highlights the colors of their work and collectors are ohh-ing and ahh-ing over the effect.

3. Landscapes

"On the Horizon" © Steve Henderson [Landscape Painting]

"San Gimignano Tuscany" © Richard Harpum [Landscape Painting]

Landscapes have always been popular, and I feel confident in saying that they will probably be “in” forever. This is because no one ever gets tired of breathtaking landscape art and photography. Our love of this beautiful world that we live in keeps us constantly inspired.

4. Digital Art / Stylized Photography

"Crystal Cove Boardwalk" © Tom Griffithe [Stylized Photography]

"No Limits" © Tien Frogget [Digital Art]

A fusion of photography and design, this style of art was created by photographers who wanted to take their work further and create something similar to a painting or unique piece of art, but in an entirely digital way. Using software instead of a paintbrush, they manipulated their photographs to create something entirely new. Collectors are loving these unique creations.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Private Art Auction Benefiting Cancer Research


You could be invited...

To a one of a kind private art auction hosted by Yorba Linda Cancer Center and OCDesignerSource.com! A portion of all sales will go to fund Cancer Research.

We will also be having a cheese and wine tasting, and for one night only all pieces will be starting at just 50% of their original retail prices. This is going to be an exclusive opportunity to discover and take home extraordinary original art from both foreign and local artists. You might just find that gorgeous painting you've been looking for and at the same time help give back to those families who are struggling with cancer.

This private event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at Michele@OCDesignerSource.com. You will need an Invite to attend.


Featuring fine art from:

Wendy Froshay
Charaka Simoncelli
Steve Henderson
Elizabeth Khorey
Marsha Tudor
Lucia Gòmez
Bonnie Kelso
Tien Frogget

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Magic of Still Life


"Chimu" © Steve Henderson
The still life has always been one of my favorite subjects for art and photography. It may seem simple, but finding just the right objects, arranging them in just the perfect composition, and finding light that really bring out the best in them is no easy task. There’s something so peaceful about a still life hanging on the wall that makes it worth all the effort to get them right.

My fascination with the still life began when I was a kid. Both my mother and grandmother are artists, and both are teachers. No matter how many times we moved, my mom always had a studio in our house. Dozens of students were always parading in and out, toting giant sketch pads and easels and canvases and boxes full of paint. They were eager to learn how to take all of the beautiful things they had in their mind and translate them into something tactile, and my mom is a great teacher.

"Asian Tea Time" © Mona McGuire

"Golden Abundance" © Marsha Tudor
And… I was a stubborn kid. I wanted to learn, too, but I didn’t want to be taught. I wanted to do it myself. This always resulted in me getting frustrated that I couldn’t draw something the way I wanted and crumpling up papers and grumping about it until mom came in and very carefully, gently wore down my resistance and showed me something that I didn’t know how to do. She was good at that; she never pushed me or insisted on teaching me anything until I was ready to learn.

It didn’t matter how much she taught me or how many times she guided me more quickly towards what I wanted to do, showing me shortcuts and giving me knowledge that improved my drawing. I didn’t want to hear any of it until I knew for sure that I couldn’t do it myself, first.

As one of my elementary school teachers put it to my mom at parent teacher conference one night, “Wendy, your daughter is… tenacious.” My mom laughed and said, “that’s a nice way of saying she’s stubborn.” And it’s true. I’m not sure what caused me to be this way, but it ensured that even to this day I have never been particularly good with a pencil or paint brush; I found my creative calling in photography and writing instead. Maybe I just didn’t want to take after my mother and grandmother; I wanted to do my own thing. Because of this, I never sat in on any of my mom’s classes. Looking back, I probably could have learned a lot from her.

"Amaryllis" © Richard Harpum


"Still Life in the Sun" © Tien Frogget
But the one thing that I do remember is watching her do the still life setups for her classes. The way she would take a table and arrange fruit or flowers or vases and other objects on it and then do various lighting setups to teach them about the direction of light and how it touches different objects. Still life is all about the way light will bounce off of some things, and bend through the more translucent objects, like glass, and the way it makes shadows and defines shape and color.

For some reason, out of all the things she taught, this was the one that held my attention and fascination, and one of the few things that stuck with me through the years. It caused me to experiment with my own still life photos when I later got into photography, and instilled within me a lifelong love for the relationship between stationary objects and light.

I really appreciate an artist that can capture that on canvas, for truly, it doesn’t matter what creative medium you choose: we are all ultimately painting our own light and shadow.

"Tea by the Sea" © Steve Henderson

"Time" © Tien Frogget


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Surreal Artistic Photography of Erin Sparler

"Green House" © Erin Sparler
Erin Sparler’s artistic photographs are dizzyingly beautiful creations,
multiple exposure shots that were all taken in-camera, with no editing in Photoshop. Delving into the abstract by photographing her physical world and then adjusting it, she transports you into an altered state where ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Sparler’s creative career stems from her high school days, when she first began doodling and drawing. After winning first place award for the Student Art Awareness Month competition and seeing her work printed on a billboard, she became completely hooked. She continued to draw and paint and study art throughout college, and graduated from the University of Vermont with a major in Studio Art and Product Design and Development. She later moved to San Francisco to study Computer Animation. Yet she could not stay away from art; three years later she received a Master’s of Fine Art from the Academy of Art College.

"Hallway Rotation Blue and Gold" © Erin Sparler

"Rocky Stream" © Erin Sparler
While she was in graduate school, Erin needed to escape from her computer, as she was spending 12-14 hours a day working on her thesis. It was then that her mother sent her a little 35mm point and shoot camera. She made a point to get up every day and go for a walk before sitting down in front of the screen for another long session. She soon became fascinated with the stairways of San Francisco and began photographing them as well as the vistas she discovered along the way. Photography ended up becoming a deep passion of hers that she couldn’t have stopped doing if she tried; her walking habit increased and cameras and photography equipment began to stack up.

"Stained Glass and Live Oak" © Erin Sparler
Though Sparler has extensive training in art and places a lot of emphasis on her understanding of color theory, composition, and sacred geometry, she is primarily self-taught when it comes to photography. It was her knowledge and experience, as well as the desire to continually learn more and grow as a photographer, that was the segue into her teaching career; Erin moved to Harrisburg, PA to became a Professor at a local private college. She has shown her photography and fine art all across the country, and is the author of numerous educational and academic publications.

“I believe that photography is not about capturing the moment in crystal clear, tack sharp images; it is about capturing the essence of the moment. Artistic, enticing photography attempts to convey an emotional experience and a mood to the viewer.  The essence of the object, its function and its form, must be expressed in a unique way so that it entices the viewer to see it in a novel and new light.” – Erin Sparler




"Passage II" Erin Sparler


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Visonary Computer Art of Bill Ladson

"Annual Visit" © Bill Ladson
The imaginative inner landscapes of Bill Ladson’s computer-created art awaken endless possibilities within. Potential transforms into that which is tangible through his depictions of futuristic worlds and technology-inspired abstracts. You easily find yourself transported to another dimension where dreams and science fiction awaken. The imaginings which have always been confined to the mind’s eye are breathed to life by Ladson’s gift for translating unreality into visual representations that we can see, taste, and touch.

"Pryamid Cities" © Bill Ladson


"Bowls and Balls" © Bill Ladson
Ever since he could hold a pencil, Bill discovered that his hand seemed to draw of its own accord – he couldn’t keep himself still from doodling his favorite cartoon characters across every spare bit of paper he could find. His work diversified in high school when his art teacher encouraged him to work on putting together a broader scope of styles for his portfolio that he could present to potential art schools admissions. As a result of this advice, he attended The Philadelphia College of Art (Now the University of the Arts) and later graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in visual communication.

"Shore Leave" © Bill Ladson
It is very important to Bill that he consistently re-create himself through his images, and so he is always learning new things and taking his skills to increasingly greater levels. His wide and diverse body of work includes logos, clothing designs, cartoon characters, landscapes, and various types of abstract art. Though his original training is in drawing, painting, illustration, and graphic design, Ladson’s work took a major leap forward when he stepped into the computer age and began using a mouse, or a stylus and a tablet in exchange for a pencil or a paint brush. His most recent works include a line of toy designs, graphic t-shirts, and science fiction art. Bill frequently sets his images apart by the scale of his subjects and the unique perspective which is conveyed through his love of complex forms, bright colors, and geometric patterns.

"10 Mile Continent" © Bill Ladson

"King of the Mountain 2" © Bill Ladson
He often gains much of his inspiration from the worlds imagined in science fiction and fantasy stories and films, as well as the ongoing challenge of creating something that he has not yet attempted before. Both motivate him to push his limits and discover a way to materialize the things that begin only in the mind. Bill Ladson frequently thanks God for the creative gift that he has been given, and loves that he can use it to inspire the imaginations of others as well.