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Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 6:02:29 PM   
Harlan


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Greetings Friends and Patrons!!
 
As the New Year begins it is not uncommon for artists to look back over the work they have done and decide which is their favorite. This thread is precisely for that purpose, for EBSQ artists to post a photo of their favorite work from the year 2006 and to explain why it is their favorite.

I posted a thread similar to this in the private area of the forums and it was such a delight that we thought we should share with those of you who do not have access to those private areas. There is such a wonderful variety of work!!


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My professional name is Harlan but my friends here know me as Jeanne. I have been creating art for over 40 years and if you count what I did in high school, even longer if you count what I did before that time. I have always been interested in art. I grew up surround by art and artists. My parents were very involved with Cranbrook Art Academy and the students were always over at our home. I cant' recall a time when I wasn't doing something artistic.

I have, at one time or another, worked in just about every medium, from ceramics to metalsmithing but my passion is oil painting. While I have had a formal education in art, I am mostly self taught. I spent several years independantly studying the science of oil painting so as to understand why an oil painting is constructed as it is. I believe that it is important to adhere to sound practice so that my paintings will survive.

I have rather eclectic taste in art from the wonderful perspective of a viewer but as an artist I truly favor realism. When you look at the piece I have selected as my best for this year you might think that I am a photo realist. I'm not! While I admire the skill necessary to do photo realism I considered it a bit devoid of the artist themself. I refer to my work/genre as Sharp Focus Impressionism. I do things in my paintings that a photo realist would never do but that I love to do!

My work is primarily botanicals. I have often joked that I do portraits of Forest Floors. My compositions are always very intimate views of my subjects, taking something that is small in the real world and painting it on a grand scale. This is how I see the world. I am near sighted and I've discovered in talking to my husband and my friends that I really do see the world differently than they do. My husband who is far sighted can look at a grand, sweeping landscape and see it all. I can, but I can't take it all in. My eyes dart around from one thing to another and focus and then move on to something else of interest. How I see has had a profound influence on my work.

For 2006 I have chosen (g)Racing Stripes as my best piece.

 
The composition was a treat but it is the lighting in this piece that was especially captivating to me. Of course, I'm not convinced that I did it complete justice but I never totally content when I finish up a painting. Room to grow. Capturing the depth within this scene really enhanced that feeling of sculpting I get when painting. I love that feeling!! It's magical! :)


Soon there should be other posts from the members here showing off their favorite work for the year.

You're in for a real treat!  Enjoy!!







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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 6:45:41 PM   
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My Name is Elizabeth Fiedel.  I sell my paintings under the eBay ID Wrinklegrin and directly to the public from my studio.

For my best of 2006, it was a hard choice between 'Fall By the Lake' and 'Final Bows'.  They both represent a similar subject, but each is expressed very differently. 

'Fall By the Lake' is the first in a new direction which I like and want to pursue in 2007.  On the other hand, 'Final Bows' evolved from work on several previous paintings.  Since it is the result of a more fully developed idea, I have chosen 'Final Bows'. 

Final Bows, 11"x14", Oil Panting on Canvas



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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 7:04:04 PM   
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Hi, I'm Lisa Thornton Whittaker and I have returned to painting this year after a long hiatus.  I'm working to find what I like to do best.  Here are some examples of this year's work:






Thanks for looking!

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 7:08:49 PM   
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                   My Name is Heide Hibbard Reed here is my favorite it is an acrylic on 11 x 14 canvas




                       

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 7:27:35 PM   
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Hi, my name is Lisa Miller, this painting was done for a friend, her husband committed suicide in 2005. It may not be my best work, but it certainly was my most meaningful work this year. Sorry about the bad picture quality, I never intended to show the work.
36X24  Done in pastels.

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 7:30:52 PM   
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my name is S. Olga Linville...welcome to my world! 

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/5/2007 10:08:46 PM   
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Hi -

My name is Diane, but I go by the artist name of "Caseynrbq", and here's my favorite piece of 2006, it is textured acrylic on stretched canvas, 16x20", titled: "Fetch":





I like it because in my opinion it straddles the line between abstract and whimsical and the colors and texture appeal to my sensibilties. Oh, yea, and I love dogs! Can you tell?


Diane.

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/6/2007 4:36:42 AM   
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Hello Dear all,

My name is Poonam Southey. well this art work I already sold to one of my wonderful ebay buyer. This is my favourite specially I used new technique, and it came up quite beautiful...

I would like to share this painting with u all...:)




Thanks & Regards,

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/6/2007 5:01:22 AM   
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My name is Lauren Cole Abrams and have been working as an artist in one medium or another for over 35 years...this painting, done in response to a specific show theme was my favorite of the year because I was able to blend classical with modern and even throw some trompe l'oeil in there too...It's oil on canvas, 18" x 14"



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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/6/2007 5:59:19 AM   
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My name is Heather Sims.  I've only began to paint in 2005.  I do mostly still lifes of Polish Pottery but also do a series of Statues in Europe..

My favorite from my statue series is : Phantom Inn 24x30


My favorite from my Polish Pottery series is: Polish Pottery XI: South Beach



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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/6/2007 8:28:53 AM   
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I am Carolyn Schiffhouer.  I sell on ebay under the name, bromley2.  I have been working as a digital artist for the last 6 years.  I searched for a medium that fit me, and the computer just seems to be it for me!

I had trouble picking out a best for this year, but settled on this  Foglove one because I love the flower and the colors.  I also experimented with a newer technique on this one.



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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/7/2007 12:51:22 PM   
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I love the variety of artists that have posted so far,,,it would be terrific to see some photography, repurposed art, beading, more digital etc,,,,listed here. We have such a wide variety of mediums represented in the private forums it would be nice to see you representing here in this public showing,,,,,,come on,,,put em up

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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/8/2007 1:26:34 PM   
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Hello there!  My name is Donna Gill Colestock.  I am a self-taught artist, and although I dabble in many things, acrylic is the medium I use the most.  This piece is one in a series of Intimate Botanicals that I am working on.  It has been well-received, and I do hope you enjoy it. 

OXALIS
20 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas
August 2006
 


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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/8/2007 2:54:08 PM   
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Hi! My name is Robin C. McGee and I am an artist that specializes in metal, mostly precious metal work. The piece that I did in the last year that is my favorite (it was hard to choose, I have several that I loved) is the silver repousse and chased marini cup that I did for a show at the I/O Gallery in New Orleans called "Martini Squared".

Twister
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7" high, 5" bowl dia




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RE: Best art of 2006 - EBSQ Artists' Personal Favorites! - 1/8/2007 5:03:13 PM   
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Here's my best from 2006. It measures approximately 25x34. Acrylic, oil pastels, ink, and paper on stretched canvas. Title: I'm Not A Bully. It was more of a holistic type project than "just a painting", as it involved a lot of research and planning. It took 3rd place at the Oregon State Fair. The article that appears in the background around the dog can be found here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/07/03/BAGGMDILA41.DTL
The piece deals with pit bulls being unfairly targeted as "bad" when most likely, any problems are the fault of irresponsible owners and not the breed itself. The piece sold just last week! --Linda Falge





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