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"

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

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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!







Friday, April 20, 2018

a few EDOs after being MIA

..whoa! where'd the time go?!  The last few months have gone by extremely fast.  I've been busy working on some new work that I will get to share soon, as well as some other stuff that I look forward to sharing too.. but I realized I hadn't shared anything here on my blog for a a while, so.. here are my last few Every Day Original pieces I've done:

For January:
Drasya - oil and collage on panel, 5x5"
To view more info and pics, click here: "Drasya" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO
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For February:
Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me) - oil on panel, 5x5" (sold)
To view more info and pics, click here: "Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me)" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO
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For March:
First Flight - oil on panel, 5x7"
To view more info and pics, click here: "First Flight" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO


...more soon!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting

Listen - oil on panel, a WIP that I now call "The Lost Painting" because it has since morphed into something a bit different

Sharing my most recent article posted on the Muddy Colors blog - Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting.  The article is mainly about resourcefulness and mindfulness - which are innate qualities we all have, and it's up to us to cultivate them.
To read the article, click on this link:  Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting by Vanessa Lemen

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! - some new, some old(ish)

Starting off the new year sharing an article in the January 2018 issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.  I have been featured in their list of 10 Stars of San Diego this year for their 10th Anniversary of Stars of San Diego. If you're a San Diego local, you can pick up the magazine at various magazine stands in the area- or read the digital version of my 2-page feature here (click the image to download and/or view larger):

photo on left by Martin Mann / article/interview by Mark Hiss

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I also want to share a couple paintings finished just before the end of year in December 2017.

This painting, Diana, was finished for a commission.  Oil on yupo, 9x12"
Diana, oil on yupo, 9x12" (sold)
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And this painting (below) was my last for Every Day Original in 2017.
Aki (The song in her eyes), oil on acrylic on yupo, 4x6"
She stirs the soil and sings it back to life: "Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are."
Aki (The song in her eyes), oil/acrylic on yupo, 4x6" (sold)

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I also want to share a few of my last articles on Muddy Colors, which I had forgotten to post links to here when the last few months were very busy.

From October, in my article "Promise, Process, and Beyond", I go over a bit about my painting, Promise, and the process and a bit about how the painting came about.
click here to read that article:  Promise, Process, and Beyond by Vanessa Lemen

on left: beginning stage of my painting, Promise / on right: the finished painting



From November, in my article "Subconscious Riffs While Painting", I share a bit about the everyday thought process, how thoughts come in and go out from conscious to subconscious, and how I've learned to assimilate them and use that as part of the process (because it's inevitable). Mindfulness is good.
click here to read that article:  Subconscious Riffs While Painting by Vanessa Lemen

slivers of a few of my newer paintings



From December, in my article "Artist Inspiration - James Gleeson", I share one of my favorite artists' work along with excerpts/quotes that demonstrate a bit of his words and philosophy as well.
click here to read that article:  Artist Inspiration - James Gleeson by Vanessa Lemen

Portrait Of The Artists As Evolving Landscape by James Gleeson



Thanks for a great 2017!  I'm looking forward to an even better year in 2018!