Tuesday, May 31, 2011

APRIL's Line and Lyric WINNER IS... Julia Finucane!!!

The votes are in, and we're happy to announce that we have our very first winner of the ASG Line and Lyric Contest... Julia Finucane!  With April's Line and Lyric theme of Sunshine in England as inspiration, Julia created a lovely painting featuring one of the whimsical, doe-eyed girls in which her art is known for. And now, a little glimpse into the whimsical world of the enchanting Julia Finucane...

A special thanks to all of the wonderful participants and voters in the first ever Art School Grad art contest! We hope to see all of your talent represented in the coming Line and Lyric contests.

Valentine Shrine by Julia Finucane

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Julia Finucane. I am a fantasy, fairy, big eye girl, whimsical themed artist. I am currently a freelance, self-employed artist. I travel back and forth from my hometown of Buffalo, NY and NYC pursuing my love of art creating.

Where do you find  inspiration for your paintings?
I have had a love for fantasy and fairy tales since I was young. My favorite books and movies were Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Cinderella. I still love the fantasy world and I feel my art represents these themes with a story behind each piece.
Golden Mermaid by Julia Finucane

The themes that are dominant in my artwork are whimsical based and combine reality and the fantasy world. I also get inspiration and ideas from events that happen in my everyday life which I include in my artwork as well. I paint fairies, whimsy birds, and Victorian styled 'Big Eye Girls' which resemble porcelain dolls. I work with many mediums, but acrylics are most dominant in my pieces. I use a lot of metaphoric symbols and colors to show emotion and to portray the stories I am telling. All my pieces have stories behind them, but I encourage everyone to interpret their own stories from my pieces.

Three words that describe you.
Happy, understanding, loving.

When did you first discover your creative side?
I have been creating art since I was a little girl.

What is your greatest ambition as an artist?
To create a fantasy based world through my art that I can shear with others. We all need alittle fantasy sometimes.

*What artists do you admire?
Monet, Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci... to name a few

What should the world know about Julia Finucane?
I am happily married to my husband Christopher, who assists me with all my art adventures and creations. I am an animal lover and happy to be able to shear my life with many. I have two ferrets named Thelma and Louis, two cats named Smokey and Penelope, and a doggy named Puppy.

work in progress by Julia Finucane
Where can we find your work? 
Website Gallery & Gift Shop: http://juliafinucaneartstore.blogspot.com

Be sure to check out more questions and answers with Julia Finucane in the Artist du Jour mini interview session by Allison Weeks Thomas.  Allison is the amazing interviewer and creator of Line and Lyric as well as ASG's co-leader!

Use code: LINELYRICSALE and get 10% OFF in Julia's Etsy shop, including Original art

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Creature Collaboration - Brienna Pruce (part I)

first rectangle of creature collaboration by Brienna Pruce

Keep your EYES PEELED for a chance to WIN the finished painting!

Six artists from around the world are shipping a painting from one person to the next, adding their own interpretation to the Creature Collaboration.


What kind of beast will they create?  Find out in each new installment!


Your own personal art critique

This is an opportunity for us to provide the much-sought-after classroom critique, with honest, constructive criticism from your colleagues. No more "interestings" or "nice" from friends and family, we need REAL feedback to improve.

  
Only post if you are willing to accept critique comments and only critique if you are trying to help the artist grow. Be considerate, but helpful!  Sometimes we have different opinions, but the best quality of a successful artist is our ability to appreciate advice so we can improve, whether or not we agree with it or use it.   

Work will be refreshed/removed weekly so check back often.  
THANK YOU for last week's posts, we are now beginning a new critique!

RULES:
  • post below up to 3 in-progress fine art pieces for critique per week
  • you may link to your blog, website, or shop
  • type a question in comments that you wish to have answered
  • critique using thumbnail number to at least 1 other person


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Art Contest, Line and Lyric: Hellgirl

CREATE and POST artwork inspired by this month's Line & Lyric winning poem:
(must become a member of Art School Grad to be eligible)

 "Styx" by Rachel Q Landers
Hellgirl by Anastasia Brown
  
The dust of eternity
It blows around my feet.
I laugh and pity those naïve and sinful souls,
that lie around me.
I walk the empty streets


of a city once lively... 

(click for complete poem
  
 
POST DEADLINE:  May 31st, 11:59 PM/ EST 

VOTE:  May 31st 11:59PM/EST until June 5th, 11:59PM/EST


VOTE BELOW by clicking the star above your favorite piece
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