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International Voices

May 2012 Volume 1 No 3

Cover Artist Nancy Medina

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Nancy's love of art and gardening originated on her childhood farm in Scurry, Texas, where her parents were organic gardeners. Her earliest memories are of standing barefoot beneath 10 foot sunflower stalks in her family's garden. Nancy studied art history and illustration at the University of London and oil painting and color theory at Texas A&M University. Today she resides with her husband and their 3 pugs in Flower Mound, Texas, where she paints daily from Flower Mound Art Studio. Nancy has worked professionally in design and publishing for over 20 years. Her original oil paintings have been featured in print and Web publications and on the covers of magazines. Nancy is a member of the prestigious Daily Painters Gallery, the original international gallery of 150 artists who produce new daily works of art for collectors across the globe. Her work is represented by galleries in Texas and California. She is a featured artist and art instructor for the Dallas Arboretum, which has used her paintings on the covers of their promotions and awarded her in their annual juried Garden Gallery competitions. When she is not in the art studio, Nancy is a volunteer for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue, the largest pug rescue charity in the nation.

Cover Artist Nancy Medina

The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The Earth laughs in flowers...." Texas artist Nancy Medina, CAE, has found a way to express that statement through her art. She is an award-winning artist whose oil paintings are in homes and private collections around the world. Nancy is known for her bold, impressionistic backyard flowers and large container gardens that are immediately eye-catching. Described by American Art Collector as " of today's best floral and botanical artists," Nancy is one of the most collected artists in the US.

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All Artwork is Copyrighted by the Individual Artists. May 2012 Vol 1 No. 3

Robert Genn’s Studio Book

Wonderful Faces April 3, 2012 Dear Artists,

Last Friday I saw the Norman Rockwell exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Having seen it twice before in other cities, this time I concentrated on the stylistic changes throughout the artist's lifetime. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was the best known illustrator of what is often called America's Golden Age. The butt of jokes by many critics, his popularity continues to rise. Unlike a great deal of art in public galleries these days, Rockwell's work is still connecting. The gallery was jammed with a cross-section of age and ethnicity. Apart from popularity, Rockwell may be one of the more interesting and valuable studies for artists. From his first Saturday Evening Post cover (May 1, 1916--a rich kid pushing his baby sister in a buggy while bully-boys jeer) when he was 23 years old, to his last (Dec 14, 1963--a portrait of the recently assassinated JFK), Rockwell painted 332 Post covers. Following these in chronological order is an education in the growth of capability, the progress of style, and the transformation of the artist. In the earliest covers we see the eagerness of a young, growing mind--often wooden gestures and overworked, theoretical faces. By his twenties and into his thirties we begin to see the well-defined personalities of his subjects. We also gain a new understanding of the power of symmetry, silhouette, vignette and devices like legs and arms as vehicles of expression. Sophisticated colour and fine, painterly surfaces begin to appear. Strokes become caresses of painterly love. Finally, in later life, we see Rockwell tightening up, become more photo-dependent, less stylish, less sensitive to colour and less confident of his craft. More than anything, we see an artist taking a lifetime to find out what he does well (faces in profile, expression of human nature and character, for example), and what he doesn't do so well (wide-angle scenes, crowds and overly complex busyness). Some of the middle-period magazine illustrations such as Checkers, (1928) and a Colgate toothpaste ad (1924) rival the masters in characterization and gesture. We've illustrated these and others at the top of the current clickback. Best regards, Robert PS: "I paint life as I would like it to be." (Norman Rockwell) Sign up for Robert’s letters on his site. Read this letter online and share your thoughts on talking about your work. Live comments are welcome. Direct, illustratable comments can be made at The Workshop Calendar: Here is a selection of workshops and seminars laid out in chronological order that will stimulate, teach, mentor, take you to foreign lands or just down the street. Many of these workshops are recommended by Robert and friends. Incidentally, if you are planning a workshop and have photos of happy people working, feel free to send them to us and we'll include a selection in the workshops feature at no extra charge.

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All Artwork is Copyrighted by the Individual Artists. May 2012 Vol 1 No.3

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Colleen Sanchez

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Delilah Smith

New York A Taste of Spring 30 x 40 inches

Sallie-Anne Swift

Australia, California

Commissioned Paintings hanging in client’s home in Australia.

Nancy Standlee



March Winner Best of Show The Art Challenge “Nourishment”

Nancy Johnson Standlee, a native Texan from Arlington, loves working in a variety of water media and collage, both torn paper and hand painted paper, and mixed media. She uses some watercolor in her illustrated journals. She has a background of working with textiles and batik. Nancy is a founding member of the Texas collaborative painting 8 member group, Canvas by Canvas. She says: “Painting has been a faithful companion on this creative journey and a tool for an introduction to an amazing group of people who travel beside me.”




First Place March Art Challenge “Pomegranates�

Sheri Farabaugh



Second Place March Art Challenge “Grapes”

Rebecca Zook


Third Place March Art Challenge “Suntini�

Pat Meyer


Honorable Mention


Colors On My Palette

Judy Crowe

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be ‘an artist’? When I was a kid, I drew a lot and even did a few pastels in middle school. I also loved drawing the dresses for my barbie dolls with flowing skirts and lacey things. Actually 'playing' with the dolls never interested me but drawing their dresses and clothes was the most fun! When I got to high school I joined the choir which took up most of my time. I actually wanted to become a singer but then college, marriage, kids, etc came along and I got a real job as a sales representative. I always admired artists and by the time we moved to Houston, I had dabbled in a few oils but only to the extent that I could do when I wasn't busy with job and family. After our move though, my company did not have an opening for me. I began to take a few lessons from well known Houston artist Lindy Daly. I credit Lindy for giving me inspiration and my love and passion from painting was born. So, I started later in life. I did not 'feel' like an artist until I started getting some recognition for what I was doing by family friend and entering a few local art competitions. Now, I feel it would be hard to do anything else.

Colors On My Palette

Colors On My Palette

Judy Crowe

Colors On My Palette

Colors On My Palette

Carol Nelson

Colors On My Palette

Colors On My Palette

Carol Nelson

Colors On My Palette

Kay Crain





David Larson Evans

Logan Bauer

Sally Fraser

Art Review Hall Groat II

Art Review by Hall Groat II Running Whitetail Oil on Canvas by Diane Whitehead

The Hermit (Il solitario) John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

Painter Hall Groat II, professor of fine and media arts at Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

by NY Art Critic Hall Groat II

Hall Reviews the work of Utah Artist Diane Whitehead Utah-based artist, Diane Whitehead, gives new meaning to the expression “prolific painter”. Whitehead states “Animals are my muse”, however her adventuresome paintings explore diverse themes, ranging from boldly painted and vivid colored floral and landscapes to heartfelt interpretations of wildlife and the human figure. Her depictions of animals within their natural environments are poignant and perhaps socially relevant based on increasing threats to wildlife due to natural disasters such as forest fires and drought. The sense of empathy expressed in her work is also quite refreshing based on how frequently Mother Nature is exploited these days. In a 24 by 24 inch piece entitled Running Whitetail, Diane portrays two deer dynamically leaping into and across the picture-plane before a row of dark forest trees. The deer are completely enveloped by the landscape through the same visceral and fluid paint handling that visually unifies the forms. Running Whitetail is handled in a manner that is conceptually quite similar to the Hermit that was painted by American artist, John Singer Sargent in 1908. Sargent’s piece, included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, depicts two deer and a hermit totally immersed within a rocky forest. Both wildlife and the natural are represented ambiguously as one. The lush, saturated colors that Diane uses lend themselves to a dramatic sense of light—both directional and resonate. Within her poetic landscape called String Lake Landscape, the bright sun is depicted streaming through a row of trees forming rhythmic cast shadows within the irregular forest terrain, while illuminating the tall yellow-green grass along the water. The warm juxtaposed against the cool spots entice the viewer through color vibration. Then there are other pieces such as her still life of cantaloupe called Fancy Fruit that possess more of a resonate light quality whereby the light emanates from all areas as if there exists an internal glow within all forms. Common to all of her work is this uncanny sense of light that interweaves and expresses metaphorically the profound resilience of nature. This is the content of Diane’s work.

Diane Whitehead is indeed a prolific painter to investigate during your travels out west. You won’t be disappointed!

Art Review Hall Groat II

Contemporary Fine Art Review

State of Art Texas


Spring Gift by Sheri Jones

Blue Rain Iris Painting by Nancy Medina

Trans Pecos Vista #1 by Sally Fraser

Three's a Crowd by Sandra Reeves Cutrer Watercolors by Liana Yarckin

Daughter of Israel by V Kohn

Birch Tree by Niki Gulley

Figurative Painting by Nancy Standlee

Little Slice Of Color by Kay Wyne

Enigma - by Abstract Artist Filomena de Andrade Booth

Clementines by Tempy Berg-Gilbert

Flower and Buds by Linda Bein

State of Art Texas

Road to Big Bend by Linda Popple


State of Art Colorado

Summer Glade by Carol Nelson

Malibu Cliffs by Carol Hein

Lee’s Ferry by Pam Holnback

Cow Study by Tracy Wall

Tools by Kelli Miller

Pink Dress by Janice Warriner

Endurance Dave Reiter

Autumn Glow by Barbara Churchley

Single Rose by Martha Kisling

Cypress and Poppies by John K Harrell

Sunset Meditation by Astrid Paustian

Spring Time Serenade by Dianna Fritzler

State of Art Colorado

Soul’s Dream by Kit Mahoney

Cheri Homaee

Carol McIntyre

Susan Santiago

Amy Whitehouse

Carol Engles Autumn Oaks, oil, 6x12

Daily Painters

Diane Whitehead

Becky Joy

Malibu Cliffs by Carol Hein

David Larson Evans

Felicia Marshall

Monique Straub Blooms by Kimberly Conrad

Debbie Lincoln

Kay Crain

Suzanne Berry

Joe Mancuso

Tom Brown

Connie Chadwell

Nancy Eckels

Daily Painters

Deb Kirkeeide

Kay Smith

Anthony A.

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Barbara Churchley

Barbara Churchley is an award winning artist who captures the moods of the landscape one canvas at a time in an expressive style all her own. Signature Member, Signature Member, Signature Member, Associate Member, Associate Member,

Alegria #2

Alegria #1

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Annie O'Brien Gonzales

Elaine Monnig

Pat Meyer

Carol Hein

Sheri Jones

Melody Cleary

Originals or fine art prints at Fine Art America Notecards at Zazzle Facebook page "Melody Cleary - Oregon Artist"

Becky Enabnit Silver

Nancy Medina

Ione Citrin



Dianna Fritzler

"Celebration" 36" x 18" x 2"


Nancee Jean Busse

The Artist's Magazine's 28th Annual Art Competition 7500 entries; 30 winners "Under the Surface" Acrylic 30x30 Honorable Mention, Still Life Category

Brad Rickerby

Svetlana Novikova

Art by Paula Peacock cfai.c Featured Artist Januar

Blossoming Trees

Autumn Oaks, oil, 6x12


Jane Robinson

Judy Nocifora

"A Breath of Spring" Original Works in Oil by Judy Joy Nocifora Studio

Lynn Rushton

Forces of Love.

Gabriele Bitter


Kimberly Conrad

Pouring Color into your life.

Mary Jo Zor


Diane Whitehead

Art Out West

Texas Contemporary Western Illustrator

Debbie Lincoln

Laurie Justus Pace

Laurie Justus Pace



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