March 9, 2017

Roger Leege’s Amazing Photoart

Roger Leege’s Amazing Photoart

Editor’s Note: Roger Leege’s Photoart combines analog photography with digital artist’s tools, resulting in a blending of reality and fantasy. The images below are from a series of “portraits”, both animate and not quite, that he’s been working on during the past couple of years. Click any image to enlarge.                 * * * About Roger Leege: I am a former painter, printmaker, and analog photographer (BA and MA, Visual Arts, Goddard College) who, as an early adopter of small computer technology, has become an advocate and evangelist for digital art and artists’ tools.  I’ve been fortunate to have print, gallery, and online publication credits in the US, Canada, the UK, and Germany.  I keep a portfolio site at rogerleege.net and use roger-leege.pixels.com for custom printing and online…

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February 9, 2017

Art Exhibit: The Ink Paintings of Lee Yuan-hai

Art Exhibit: The Ink Paintings of Lee Yuan-hai

While touring Taiwan in December, 2016, I was fortunate to attend an exhibition of Lee Yuan-hai’s ink paintings at Taipei’s National Museum of History. I’d never been to this museum before and knew nothing of the painter, but learned about him quite by fortune or serendipity. Here’s how it happened. My wife and I were in Taipei to attend our niece’s wedding. Wanting to give her a and her husband a gift of art and lasting permanence, I had chosen on of the few remaining serigraphs from my mother, who was a well respected artist in her own right. I brought it rolled up in a cardboard tube and intended to have it matted and framed upon arrival. That worked out quite well. The framing shop was about four blocks from our hotel and when we…

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January 10, 2017

Julia Dent’s Black and White Photography

Julia Dent’s Black and White Photography

Editor’s Note: We hope you enjoy the sights of downtown Philadelphia. We think that the true beauty of the city can be seen through Julia’s use of black and white photography, capturing the grandeur and minutia all around her. Please click on any image to enlarge.   * * *                           * * * Julia is a freelance photographer and photo editor in Philadelphia where she explores the city with her camera and Siberian Husky. She enjoys shooting black-and-white photography to get the look of classic film photography, and she aspires to capture beauty in the every day aspects of city life with details and texture that may get overlooked in color photography. Julia is an aspiring travel photographer and dreams of being…

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December 14, 2016

The Black and White Drawings of Martha Leduc

The Black and White Drawings of Martha Leduc

From Martha Leduc: I like symmetry, I like things to feel connected. Maybe being an only child, I longed for connection. My paintings explore order and chaos, tension between shapes and colors in order to then unify them. Expressive lines and ambiguous images appeal to me. In some cases, the work looks chaotic but there is always an underlying line or shape striving to unify the elements.                     * * * Martha Leduc is an artist living in New York. You can see more of her work on her website. She’s also a friend of Fictional Café member and former Featured Writer/Artist/Musician Phil Demise Smith. She does small illustrations of New York in pen and animal paintings on paper. She really enjoys doing both realistic little…

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November 4, 2016

Sophie Vincent’s Winsome Ceramics

Sophie Vincent’s Winsome Ceramics

In the French village of Dourdan, the sculptor Sophie Vincent carries on a tradition of making ceramics which dates back to the first century BCE, a period when France was known as Gaul and part of the Roman Empire. It was a time when clay kitchen and tableware changed from being purely utilitarian to becoming more expressive and decorative shapes and figurines – in a word, art. And thus Sophie, working in her studio in Dourdan, just south of Paris, brings this ancient Dourdan tradition into the twenty-first century. Here is a sampling of her work, with titles in their original French. Please click on the images for a gallery view.             * Sophie says, “After four years of training and nice meetings with other artists, I opened my own ceramics studio in Dourdan. Since then, I spend most of my…

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October 30, 2016

Little Red Riding Hood’s Halloween

Little Red Riding Hood’s Halloween

The folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood has a long and varied history in its telling, which does nothing to diminish the charm of the following photographs, which have a distinctive mood and charm all their own. Thanks to our friend J. Stirling for sharing these images. Enjoy.   Please click on the images to enlarge them.    If you go off to the woods… Be sure you take some lunch with you…   My apple was delicious! I’m so glad I brought some along.  The woods are a wonderful place for memories and secrets…   But now it’s growing dark. Time to go home before the Big Bad Wolf finds me. Besides, I’m getting tired and I miss mommy and daddy!    

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October 19, 2016

Woodsybug’s Eerie Stop Motion Films, Just in Time for Halloween!

Woodsybug’s Eerie Stop Motion Films, Just in Time for Halloween!

We’re pleased to bring you more work from Woodsybug aka Nicole Beauchaine. You may remember her guitar art from last year. Well, her stop motion films are another of her super-fun creative outlets. Here are just a few of the videos she has to offer on her Youtube page. Some are spooky, Halloween-y films, while others are sweet and touching, while others are just plain cool! Enjoy. * * *                         * * * Nicole Beauchaine is a Boston-based guitar designer. She says, “Art is the tool I use to discover myself, and the confidence I gain from knowing who I am. Thanks for checking out my work, commissions are welcome anytime! www.woodsybug.com”

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October 13, 2016

Galerie ZonZon Presents The Fine Art of Isabelle Zutter

Galerie ZonZon Presents The Fine Art of Isabelle Zutter

We’re delighted to have Daniele Maguet and her wonderful Galerie ZonZon in Brest, France, as an art partner with the Fictional Café. Every so often, Dany will suggest an artist whose work is going on display at her gallery for us to present here in the Café, and it is our pleasure this month to welcome Isabelle Zutter. She lives and paints in Montpellier, France, which is 10 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean Sea. Although the city has roots back to the 1300s, it is a very hip place, home to three universities and a vibrant community of the arts. Isabelle has shared her artist’s statement with us: “My Mediterranean is in Montpellier, but it might as well be in Athens, Casablanca and Barcelona. The light and contrasts I play with rely on odors, sounds that we share…

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October 12, 2016

The Mystifying Photography of Alyce Underhill

The Mystifying Photography of Alyce Underhill

Editor’s Note: Alyce shares a little bit about her art. “Art is not just an object… a painting or a sculpture. It is a culmination of human energy, human emotions… joy, grief, hope or hunger… all things that connect us as humans. When these emotions and energy come together as a piece of art or music the ordinary is made special. That is why art becomes an experience between the “creator” and the “experiencer”. A connection is made. We are joined through our humanness. Always striving to infuse my images and music with a quiet power, I invite the experiencer to contemplate, to feel… to make a connection. The act of making something that never existed before is mystifying.” Crow Dance   Restless Waters   Water Lillies   Water Reeds   Fox Phantom   *…

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September 13, 2016

Jessica Edouard’s Inspirational Artwork

Jessica Edouard’s Inspirational Artwork

                                    * * * Jessica Edouard is a historical romance novelist from the Pacific Northwest. She created her website, Send Sunshine to “touch as many people as possible with a vision of positivity and squelch our acceptance of negative influence.” You can find more of her writing on her website or at her Etsy shop.

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