Monday, August 26, 2019

so far, much of 2019 has been a blur

I have fallen behind on updates here, but hope to make up for it in the coming days. My dad passed away this year and much of anything else has been a blur. I've continued to work, and have a lot of new work to share that I've done this year so far, and some new work I can't share just yet. Some exciting news, some roller coaster riding, and a lot of hibernating while working. To anyone who reads this, thank you for the amazing support throughout my journey, for celebrating with me during the high moments, and especially for being there in the difficult times when I needed it most.

I hope you enjoy these few images in the meantime until I can organize my new updates here.

The Acquisition Of The Sun, oil on panel, 14x11" (sold)

The Rune Writer, oil on panel, 10x8" (sold)

Keeper Of The Sentient Landscape, 10x8" (available through Modern Eden Gallery)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

More new paintings in 2018 - featuring The Left Hand Of Darkness


I am really excited to share these! The 8 new paintings finished this year for a Limited Illustrated Edition of The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. (Easton Press/MBI, Inc) - I also posted an article on Muddy Colors with more explanation of the project and a bit about each piece, and I've included the link to that at the end of this post.  Here are the paintings in the order they appear in the book:

So Foreign As I (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 20x16"

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Take Back My Name And My Shadow (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 27x17"

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I Am The Light (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 24x18"

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They Are The Same (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 10x8"

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Center Of Time (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 30x20"
(this original is sold)

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So Long As We Waken (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 20x16"

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Both And One (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on panel, 16x12"

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Other Worlds Out Beyond The Stars (The Left Hand Of Darkness), oil on yupo paper, 19x13"

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And here is a sketch of a hand that is included as the signed page in the book:

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This Limited Edition Illustrated Edition of The Left Hand Of Darkness is available through Easton Pressclick here to visit the Easton Press website for more info and/or to purchase this new edition.

To read my article on Muddy Colors, click here to visit the Muddy Colors website.
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More new paintings in 2018 - featuring paintings from IX Arts

Here are some of the paintings I finished in October 2018 for IX Arts.

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The Dragon Whisperer, oil on panel, 8x10" (sold)
The Dragon Whisperer, oil on panel, 8x10" (sold)
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The Voyager, oil on panel, 16x20" (sold)
The Voyager, oil on panel, 16x20" (sold)
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Golden In A Sea Of Echoes, 12x16" (sold)
Golden In A Sea Of Echoes, oil on panel, 12x16" (sold)
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Cocoon, oil on panel, 9x12" (this painting is available through Rehs Contemporary Galleries)
Cocoon, oil on panel, 9x12"
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The Mage Of Candor, oil on panel, 9x12" (available, inquire via email)
The Mage Of Candor, oil on panel, 9x12"
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Hatchling, oil on canvas, 4x12" (sold)
Hatchling, oil on canvas, 4x12" (sold)
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Where We Connect, oil on panel, 5x7" (sold)
Where We Connect, oil on panel, 5x7" (sold)
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Holding Her Fire, oil on panel, 5x7" (available, inquire via email)
Holding Her Fire, oil on panel, 5x7"
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Spirit Of Taryn, oil on panel, 5x7" (available, inquire via email)
Spirit Of Taryn, oil on panel, 5x7"

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For more info about IX Arts, click here to visit the IX Arts website

I also included these paintings in an article titled Giving Thanks on Muddy Colors. You can read the article by clicking here to visit the Muddy Colors website.

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More new paintings in 2018

Still attempting to get caught up with updates and posting all the new paintings I finished in 2018.  I counted 49 new finished painting this year and that's not including many WIPs I've got going as well as unfinished/current commissions in the works, so I might not be able to post them all, but I do have several more I'd like to share before the turning of the New Year.

Here are a couple paintings that were finished recently for group shows:
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Melina, Nymph of the HoneyBees, oil on panel, 5x5" - Painted for the Little Big IV small works group show at Haven Gallery. (sold)

Melina, oil on panel, 5x5" (sold)

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Do Not Go Gentle, oil on panel, 5x5" - painted for the Phantasmagoria group show at Thumbprint Gallery. The title is from the Dylan Thomas poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do Not Go Gentle, oil on panel, 5x5"

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and here is my latest painting posted on Every Day Original:

Avalyn, oil on panel, 3x3.5" - Avalyn means beautiful breath of life.
For more info and to view more pics, click here to visit the Every Day Original online gallery page.

Avalyn, oil on panel, 3x3.5"


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Be sure to check out the other recent posts (above this one) to view more paintings from 2018, including the paintings I showed at IX and the paintings I did for a new illustrated limited edition of The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin!

Friday, November 2, 2018

More new paintings...

Getting caught up on posting some new paintings from over the past few months.  Here are two more paintings finished a couple months ago for Rehs Contemporary Galleries.

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Glow, oil on panel, 8x8"
available through Rehs Contemporary Galleries - click here


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Rayen, oil on panel, 12x9"
available through Rehs Contemporary Galleries - click here


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I do have other work available at Rehs Contemporary Galleries.  To view my Artist page and other works available on the Rehs Galleries site, click here

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Thanks, and check back for more very soon!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Some new work, shows, and articles

Apparently, posting every few months or so here has become a thing for me.  I'll say it again- time seems to be flying by fast...
So.. these aren't exactly in any specific order, but here are a few new things since I last posted a few months ago:

Courage Is A Shapeshifter - 10 x 10", oil on panel

(this painting is sold)


This painting was originally finished for the Perfect 10 Show at LaBodega Gallery in San Diego, CA in Sept/Oct and then joined me at IX in October as well.  I also posted an article about the process of the painting on Muddy Colors: Progression of my Painting 'Courage Is A Shapeshifter' - click here to read the article
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A couple of other articles I've recently posted on Muddy Colors are:
Independent Artist As Team Player - click here to read the article

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and Artist Inspiration - Mark Green featuring my dear friend Mark's amazing work - click here to read the article

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New painting:

She
 - oil on panel, 10 x 8"


painted for the Personal Gods group show at Copro Gallery curated by Allen Williams, running at the same time as his solo show at Copro in August.

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Here are some recent paintings I posted on Every Day Original:

Addalla, Warrior of Concord - oil on acrylic on panel, 3.25 x 4.25"
(this painting is sold)


click here for more info on the Every Day Original online gallery
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Adara - oil on acrylic on wood panel, 5 x 5"
(this painting is sold)


click here for more info on the Every Day Original online gallery
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Fiona - oil on acrylic on panel, 3.5 x 3.5"
(this painting is sold)


click here for more info on the Every Day Original online gallery
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Kira - oil on panel, 5 x 7"
(this painting is sold)


I painted this painting while in our booth at San Diego ComicCon in July, which is a lot of fun because I get to talk with people who come up to ask about the painting and process while I'm painting.
click here for more info on the Every Day Original online gallery

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Speaking of San Diego ComicCon, we had another great year in our booth there.  This time, also including Sean Murray as we have for a few years now, and Allen Panakal joined us this year too.  Ron gave a few awesome lectures again this year, and I joined a panel about Artists as Entrepreneurs with Greg Spalenka and several other artists.

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New painting:

Time Will Tell - oil on canvas, 16 x 20"

This painting was for the Time group show at Haven Gallery in NY in May/June, and now will be showing in the ASFA group show Infinite Worlds: The Art Of The Fantastic opening in November in Austin, TX.
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Lots more to post, including several new paintings finished recently for IX Arts which I will share in another post very soon!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Some Recent New Work, Shows, and Articles

It seems like this year so far has been on warp speed!  I'm posting a few recent works, features, and events here to get caught up a bit.   So, below is a recap of the last couple months for me... featuring new paintings, ImagineFX, Marvel/Upper Deck, Gold Medal Exhibition, EveryDay Original, Muddy Colors, and La Bodega Gallery.

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Gaia, May 2018
My auction painting, Gaia, on EveryDay Original in May was a great success, and I'm sharing here both the painting on the EDO online gallery as well as my article on Muddy Colors in which I share some process pics, videos, and info about the process/progress of the painting:

Gaia, oil on panel, 9x12" (sold)

To view more info and pics on the EDO online gallery, click here: Gaia by Vanessa Lemen on EDO

And here is the link to the Muddy Colors article with more pics, videos, and info about the process: Progression of Gaia by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors
a few progression shots of Gaia


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Below are a couple more paintings I posted on EveryDay Original in the months of May and June:

Sky, May 2018
Sky, oil on panel, 5x5" (sold)

To view more pics on the EDO online gallery, click here: Sky by Vanessa Lemen on EDO
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Theia, June 2018
Theia, mixed media (oil and acrylic), 3x3" (sold)

To view more pics on the EDO online gallery, click here: Theia by Vanessa Lemen on EDO

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CAC Gold Medal Exhibition - June/July, 2018

My painting, Holding On And Letting Go, was selected to exhibit in the 107th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition at The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
Holding On And Letting Go, oil on canvas, 30x24"

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I also did a couple small pieces for two recent shows at La Bodega Gallery in San Diego, CA

Waiting in the Wings, June 2018 for the Spirit Animal group show
Waiting in the Wings, acrylic on panel (sold)

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Frida, July 2018 for the Frida Kahlo group show
Frida (with Filigree), mixed media (graphite and acrylic) on panel, art is 2.75" square (sold)


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ImagineFX Magazine - May, 2018

I was interviewed for the article "How Artists Can Beat Back Negative Thoughts" in the May issue of ImagineFX Magazine (issue 160).  Here are the pages of that article (you can click to enlarge and read/download):


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Marvel / Upper Deck - March, 2018

I also did an oil painting of Squirrel Girl for Marvel / Upper Deck and there were limited edition signed 18x24" prints as well as limited edition prints of the variant as well.
Upper Deck posted an interview with me about this painting and my work and art/life in general, and you can read it here: Artist Spotlight: Vanessa Lemen on Upper Deck blog

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And here are a few more of my articles recently posted on Muddy Colors

Sketching in Ballpoint Pen, June 2018
Sketches using ballpoint pen, with some soft gel matte and acrylic

Click here to read the article: Sketching in Ballpoint Pen by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors

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Starts And Finishes, May 2018
an example of what my Start and Finish to a painting looks like

Click here to read the article: Starts And Finishes by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors

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The Pursuit, April 2018
pic of me painting when I was a wee little one

Click here to read the article The Pursuit by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors

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Cultivating A Sense Of Wonder, March 2018
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by Sargent

Click here to read the article Cultivating A Sense Of Wonder by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors

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Thanks for checking out all the new work, events, and articles!  More soon!