Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FATuesday Artist Spotlight #47

I created Featured Art Tuesday Artist Spotlight, to showcase inspiring Artists and to provide a forum for all Artists to share their work with one another -- this includes every type of medium, sculpture, beading, watercolour, restoring vintage cars, pen and ink, oils, gardening, interior decorating, photography and crafts, including writing and poetry. The list goes on and on. 
Each one of us is creative in one way, or another -- FATuesday Artist Spotlight celebrates the creativity found in every person.  
See the bottom of the page.  
I hope you will join in the fun!
The artwork of Stephen Bennett is extraordinary.  When I first saw his wonderful portraits, I gasped.  His use of colors is so creative and inspiring.  His subjects touched me to the soul--there's something almost mystical about his art--something which captures the imagination and fills one's eyes to the brim with tears.  At least that is how his work affects me personally.

Stephen writes, "I am a portrait painter because of my passion for the world's people. For the last 20 years I have explored over 30 countries worldwide, seeking out indigenous and traditional people to paint.  My mission is to use my portraits to preserve and celebrate the cultures I encounter. I would like to invite you on a fascinating journey to experience the diversity of our world through my colorful paintings."

To view more of this extraordinary artist's portraits, visit Steve Bennett Portrait Painter.  Happily, you can also purchase Giclee prints at Stephen Bennett, Art.com.

My darling sister Clytie first introduced me to Prospero, of Serendipitous Garden.  His wonderfully imaginative, digitally enhanced photos are eye-catchingly beautiful.  The haunting loveliness of his art, coupled with the profound nature of the words he chooses to accompany each photo, always causes me to stop and ponder.  Sissy and I have adopted Propero as our own dear brother--which gives us much license to tease the daylights out of him.  (grin)

On a more serious side, from one of his most recent blog entries, Prospero writes, "Words like conscience, tenderness, and autumn light have already disappeared.” A profound thought, indeed.

To see more of Porspero's fabulous photos, visit Serendipitous Garden, Mirror, mirror,on the wall...

I first found Jeanne Klaver, an artist from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania,  through her blog.  Her photography -- especially the set of photos (the first of them seen above) chronicling bird against scary snake  -- was gripping.  I hope the birdie did get away!

Then I found Jeanne's art blog, full of wonderful sketches and imaginative drawings.  I loved the caption she has in the header of her blog.  "The essential element is imagination."  This is the essence of Jeanne's inspiring work.

She quotes Joel Hass, "I just make stuff that transports me to a happier place where I can hum and whistle.  Art can do that."  That is the sweet place Jeanne's art takes us!

To see more of Jeanne's fascinating photography visit Daily Reflections from Atwater Pond.  To see more of her imaginative artwork visit Atwater Pond -- Where Art Matters.

I found Adrian Mills through one of my favorite artists, Valerie Greeley.  The simplicity of line and vividness of color are absorbing.  His inspiring work not only appeals to children, but to adults.  That is quite an accomplishment for any artist.  Adrian is presently working on a picture book.  I am excited to see what this talented artist has in store for us. 

Adrian writes,  “I am a freelance artist and children's book illustrator currently based in the South East…  My work primarily consists of pen and ink drawings with a vibrant mix of colour.  I enjoy creating characters and aim for my work to be contemporary, quirky and fun.”   

To see more of this artist's charming, yet wacky work, visit Adrian Mills Illustration. 

I found Jane Gray  quite by accident.  This wonderful writer, photographer and artist, from Bronteland, Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, has inspired me to try my hand at writing again.  I was so intrigued by the storyline she shares.  But not only that--her charming photography and incredible artwork add a riveting note.  Set in the Yorkshire moors and marble mountains of Tuscany, her "time-slip" novel tells of the love between a young painter and a sculptor who are neighbors, but who actually live half a century apart.

Jane writes,  "I have been a folk singer, a fashion designer in London, run a gallery and coffee shop in the lovely Yorkshire Dales, written newspaper articles and magazine features, short stories, songs, poetry and even greetings cards...  The Time Sculptor’s Secret is my first novel.” 

To see more of Jane's art and photography, as well as to read excerpts from her intriguing novel, visit The time Sculpture’s Secret

If you'd like to take part in FATuesday Artist Spotlight:
*Blog the art you'd like to share.
* Don't forget to leave a link on Linky tools.
* Visit other artists who have left their links.
* Leave a comment when you visit each artist's page.
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
* Add a link to FATuesday in your blog entry.


Grannie Annie said...

Great works all Sissy but Stephen Bennett's protrait is to die for just amazing...thank you for sharing all these wonderful artists with us!!! Love you.

Jeanne Klaver said...

Thank you so much for featuring my work! I will definitely keep up with this blog (and your others, of course).

Adrian Mills Illustrator said...

Thank you so much for featuring my art work,i am now following your many blogs .thank you again for being so kind.

Penelope said...

Hi Beth! I haven't made my blog rounds in several weeks...been crazy. But I so love what you find to feature! I need to go explore the posts I've missed, but as always, thank you, thank you for your continued support. It means soooo much! And I have NOT forgotten anything!

Prospero said...

Dear Beth, thank you for featuring me again.

I'm commenting on my little Zephyranthes Labuffarosa flowers because you wrote an insightful comment regarding them on my blog:

'flower glowed unattained' is an unstable phrase. It has no clear semantic meaning.

But the mind rejects instability and searches for meaning. If the flowers glowed, have they not already attained something? But, as you suggest, perhaps that bluster (the glowing) is meaningless once attained. This interpretation may be supported by the fact that the flowers, while pristinely simple, are set in a dark void.

Your other suggested meaning is similar to the glow of youth. Does youthful beauty fade into a void, or does it metamorphosize into attainment on another plane?

About "Words like conscience..." This is a quote from Alphaville, where the central authority of a heartless, brainwashed society is destroyed by its very antithesis: a poem by Jorge Luis Borges.

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

I´m your new follower. Clytie invited me to visit your blog :) I have also put you on my list of photo challenges which you find on top and on the sidebar of my blog :)