Joelle Somero

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Our world is one that rewards people for conformity. We like people who share our views. We are comforted by people’s appreciation of our good taste and acceptance of our choices. Have you ever felt edgy stepping outside your comfort zone? Wondered what people would say? How they would react if you made choices your family and peers did not understand? Here’s someone who did.

 Meet JOELLE SOMERO: Abstract Artist

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Why does a representational artist choose to paint abstract? It is a question I never considered until I met Joelle and her honest answer delights me.

For years Joelle painted representational work – realistic paintings that people could relate to … everyone that is, except Joelle.

“I wasn’t having fun painting realism anymore”.

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Her move to abstract art began when Joelle stepped past fear and allowed vulnerability to guide her creativity. She began painting abstracts.

And then this happened …

Joelle made and hung a pair of canvas curtains.

Inspired by the texture of the remnants she began glueing them to a stretched canvas as an experiment.

It’s an experiment that unknowingly served as a prototype for what would become Joelle’s Abstract Collage series. Joelle paints abstract oil paintings in neutral, natural colours with a duck cloth collage foundation.

Duck cloth is a high thread count canvas.

Joelle’s love for Abstract Collage grew and so did the practical reasons for this artistic expression. Unlike painting, collage allows this artist the ability to start and stop as necessary to accommodate her busy life as a mom to four children. It allows her to be equally present for her family and to her art.

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What I like: These works of neutral, layered texture are attractive in both modern and classic interiors.

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These works lend nuanced texture to neutral design and decor and offer serenity to bolder interiors.

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Read about the commission process at www.joellesomero.com Or reach out to me, Catherine, for an introduction.

World-wide shipping available.

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– Joelle is an abstract collage artist and an interior designer. She lives in Marquette, Michigan with her husband and four children. –

Find Joelle on Instagram.

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Amy Stewart

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FEATURED PAINTING | On Cloud Nine | Artist Amy Stewart

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Vancouver is home to numerous artists creating far and wide across our city, yet it is Granville Island that is best known globally as Vancouver’s arts and culture hub. Our feature artist had the good fortune of securing one of the coveted studios on the island.

Meet AMY STEWART: Abstract painter

fullsizeoutput_1b2cFrom her studio a full-height glass garage-style door gives Amy a private view of the north shore mountains and the thriving market activity as tourists and locals bustle past.

This glass front studio is set back from the road affording Amy both privacy and connection to the world outside. And it’s this connection to the outside that shapes much of the work Amy paints. Her mix of soft, cool colours and natural shapes balance uniquely with her exacting use of one single geometric line. This combination of soft forms and solid lines is the hallmark of Amy Stewart’s work.

In Amy’s newest series Sometimes Blue, these forms stand punctuated by a receding dark blue/black background.

More from the SomeTimes Blue series

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Fine and Dandy
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Dig Deep
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Happy As Larry

“When we don’t address our sadness in public, and when we receive such constant messages to be happy, we end up neglecting more difficult feelings for fear of bringing down or producing discomfort in ourselves or others.”

Sometime Blue acknowledges Amy’s belief that feeling deeply requires a range of emotions including sadness. Each piece in her series was given a happy name, reflecting the truth that we are sometimes blue yet, in most cases, also happy.

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Amy about her paintings. Listen in to hear about her current source of inspiration.

Click the audio players to listen in. Trouble with audio? Written version here. SPOTLIGHT | In Conversation With Amy Stewart

Five questions with Amy Stewart

1.  Artists name their paintings, how do you pick your titles?

2.  If I needed to pick out your work in a crowded gallery, what would I look for?

3.  What influences your work?

4.  When did you know that you wanted to paint full-time?

5.  You recently did an Art Pop Up Shop on Granville Island. Tell me about that?

 

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FEATURED PAINTING | On Cloud Nine | Artist Amy Stewart

About this featured painting

On Cloud Nine

Original Painting
Mixed acrylic medium on canvas
36″ x 30″ (92 x 76 cm)

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What I like: On Cloud Nine is soft and organic yet grounded by linear shapes. It is deep and dark yet feels light. This painting has a calming effect for me.

How it looks on a wall:

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Amy’s work is currently on exhibit at Vancouver International Airport. Her work has been purchased internationally and can be see in galleries across BC, Canada.

Additional works by Amy Stewart

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Walking On Air
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A Bit Of Bliss
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The Long Road

 

Say HI to Amy! By Appointment studio visits are always welcome.

See more original works and prints at AmyStewartArtist.com.

Find Amy on Instagram.

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Photo by Kyrani Kanavaros

Amy Stewart lives and paints in Vancouver, Canada

Find me, Catherine Sprod on Instagram.

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Laurel Swenson

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FEATURED PAINTING | Stay Here | Artist Laurel Swenson

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Seeing Laurel Swenson’s artwork at the 2018 Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl was all it took: I wanted to visit her studio, see more of her work and get a sense of the person behind her powerful paintings. We made a date.

After climbing a flight of stairs and winding my way through a dark maze of corridors, I find Laurel in her light-filled studio. She shares the space with 3 other artists yet she is alone today.

Meet LAUREL SWENSON: Abstract painter

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Laurel invites me to observe a work-in-progress and gives permission to snap some pics as she puts the finishing touches on a large-scale painting. I’m excited to be here. I didn’t expect her to be painting during my visit. Laurel tells me that this is the point that she can “wreck everything.” The camera shutter clatters in the silent studio as she stands, thinking, looking at the canvas. I’m concerned I’m a distraction.

Laurel collects brushes. Mixes paints. Stands back. Looks. Takes a deep breath and walks towards the canvas. She holds the brushes in ways I did not expect. Marks the canvas with strokes I’ve never seen before. She stands back. This back and forth – call and response, as Laurel calls it – continues until she feels that she has painted what she can in this session.

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– Laurel Swenson

Laurel is an artist deeply inspired by human development and the theme of struggle, transition and growth run through her work. She makes a connection between struggles with the creative process, painting and the struggles we each face by simply being human.

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I sat down to chat with Laurel and asked a few questions. Listen in for her responses.

Click the audio players to listen in. Trouble with audio? Written version here. spotlight | in conversation with laurel swenson

Five questions with Laurel Swenson

1. When did you first start painting?

2. Has painting always been your primary creative outlet?

3. What advice would you give someone who is undecided about an artwork?

4. When you are working … silence or something else?

5. Artists name their paintings. How do you name yours?

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About this featured painting

Stay Here

24” x 24” (61 x 61cm)

Acrylic and polymers on canvas
Light grey painted sides

Available for purchase

World-wide shipping available by arrangement

Where to hang it: This painting will look great on a narrow wall, in a niche or as part of a grouping.

What I like: This painting is colourful yet somehow neutral. It is rich with texture. It’s pink without being pretty and it perfectly marries colour with a small amount of black while maintaining a light and fresh look.

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Other works by Laurel Swenson:

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Bundle Of Emotion Acrylic and polymers on wood panel white painted sides 12×14 in.
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I Love You Because We Hate The Same Stuff Acrylic, charcoal, pencil, and polymers on canvas 56×56 in.
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Life is Tough But So Are You Acrylic, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and polymers on canvas. Grey painted sides. 40 x 40 in.
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It Hurts Because It Matters Exploding Bouquet series Acrylic and polymers on canvas 24 x 30 in.
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Your Focus Determines Your Reality Acrylic and polymers on canvas 40 x 40 in.
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It Matters To You Acrylic, polymers, pencil and charcoal 36 x 36 in.

 

 

Laurel’s works range in size from 10”x10” to 56”x 56”.

Original works starting at $200 CDN.

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Photo Credit: Rennie Brown

– Laurel Swenson lives and paints in Vancouver CANADA –

See more of Laurel’s abstracts at LaurelSwenson.com.

Find me HERE on Instagram.

If you’re a fan of abstract art, tell me why. I’d love to read your comment.

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