Art Kaleidoscope

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Russian artist Anastasia Blinova

Russian artist Anastasia Blinova. Love and friendship

Love and friendship. Drawing by Russian artist Anastasia Blinova

Russian artist Anastasia Blinova
Born in Moscow, Anastasia Blinova was fond of grawing since childhood, engaged in various art studios. From 1981 to 1990 Anastasia studied at the Art School in Moscow. She graduated from the Russian State Humanitarian University in 1996, Faculty of Arts and museology. But the current work of Anastasia is not connected with art, and she paints mostly in her spare time. Her favorite media is watercolor and oil. Sometimes she draws with crayons and pastels. Anastasia Blinova likes to paint landscapes, flowers and trees, mainly in the realistic – impressionistic style.
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Finnish watercolor artist Minna Laukkanen

Painting by Finnish watercolor artist Minna Laukkanen

Winter joy. Painting by Finnish watercolor artist Minna Laukkanen

Finnish watercolor artist Minna Laukkanen creates paintings that immerse the viewer into the world of childhood. With the expectation of magic and the most favorite holiday of all children and adults – Christmas. It’s amazing how the artist herself has kept children’s outlook on life. Born 23 January 1964 in Posiolla, Minna Laukkanen (maiden name Immonen) graduated from Lapland Art School (1980), Liminka Art School (1981), and Artisanal School in 1982. Unfortunately, there is not much information about the artist on her website, and that’s all what I have found. According to the artist, she spent her childhood in Rovaniemi, then moved to Oulunsaloon. Minna Laukkanen Immonen – married to Lauri Laukkanen and they have 7 children; Topi, Emma, Hannes, Severi, Fanni, Amanda and Lydia. Besides, she has three grandchildren – Aaron, Edvin and Aida. The family also have a favorite pet dog called Senni (Lhasa Apso).
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Miranda van Dijk hidden memories

Miranda van Dijk hidden memories

Leaf brooch with the printed om cotton image. Miranda van Dijk hidden memories

Miranda van Dijk hidden memories
Dutch craftswoman, jeweler and artist, Miranda van Dijk (Puur Anders) is from the city of Oud Beierland, the Netherlands. She loves making up stories about the relationship between nature and humankind. Different stories from old photographs hidden in the leaves and flowers framing them. According to Miranda van Dijk, hidden memories is a nice way to keep a memory close to your heart, literally, worn as a brooch or a necklace.
First, she prints the photos on cotton from which she makes flowers and leaves. The inspiration came from the photo album of her passed away grandmother. After graduating from Artemis Styling Academy, the heart of Miranda van Dijk lies in poetic textile art, as she herself states.
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Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

Hyperrealistic etching by Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

First snow. Work by Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei

Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei
Traditionally, ancient art of etching has been the most important technique for prints. One of contemporary followers of the old masters technique is Japanese etching artist Tanaka Ryohei. In particular, he creates photo-realistic etchings of rural Japanese landscapes, deserted houses, and details of architecture. Noteworthy, no image of a human at all. According to great and unique artist Tanaka Ryohei, he does not invent places, and each print image he took from the trips.
Born in 1933 in Takatsuki City (Osaka Prefecture), Tanaka Ryohei is a talented Japanese artist. He began studying etching techniques quite late, at the age of thirty, taking lessons from Foruno Yoshio. And three years later Tanaka Ryohei began to exhibit with the Japanese Print Association, which member he became in 1973.
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Polish artist Justyna Kopania

Landscape painting by Polish artist Justyna Kopania

Moonlight Landscape. Painting by Polish artist Justyna Kopania

Polish artist Justyna Kopania
The owner of incredible skill, Polish artist Justyna Kopania creates expressive and sweeping works devoted to the sea. She is able to maintain the transparency of the fog, the ease of sail, gentle rocking of the ship on the waves and even cries of seagulls. Her paintings are striking in their depth, volume and saturation. And the texture is so attractive that we even want to touch it. “Art is my refuge, life, poetry, music, delicious cigars and strong tea, it’s everywhere. My works reflect the world as I see it, all my senses, the people I meet and the love of nature, which I admire, and things that surround and affect me”, states the Polish artist Justyna Kopania.
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Family workshop of woodcarving art

The Duboviks Family workshop of woodcarving art

Winter landscape. The Duboviks Family workshop of woodcarving art

The Duboviks Family workshop of woodcarving art
Talented artists working in the family workshop of woodcarving art create beautiful works out of wood. Noteworthy, the masters live in the Russian city of Bryansk, which is famous for its neighborhood dense forests.
Meanwhile, all members of the family – talented and devoted wood carvers. And even female half of the family (wife Tatiana and daughter Olga) also professionally engaged in wood carving.
Born in 1963 in the village of White Birch of Bryansk region, Viktor Dubovik is the head of the family. He graduated from the Bryansk Art School (1987), and worked as a senior engineer for the promotion and advertising. And two years later, in 1989 he became an artist designer, deputy director of the wood production company. However, from 1996 Viktor Dubovik has been a freelance artist and a permanent participant of art exhibitions of wood carving art in Russia and abroad.
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Photo artist Ron Jones

The Intruder. Photo artist Ron Jones

The Intruder. Photo artist Ron Jones

Photo artist Ron Jones
According to American artist Ron Jones, he has been photographing for more than thirty years. Photography art became his main passion fifteen years ago. As the artist himself explains, when he had learnt about the possibilities of the digital technology as an artistic tool. Meanwhile, creating these beautiful images Ron Jones uses camera and Photoshop processing of images. Creative and talented photo artist Ron Jones has participated in several group and solo photo exhibitions, where received awards. Photographs by Ron Jones decorated the covers of statewide and international magazines. He is a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia. Ron Jones is currently living in Kenna, West Virginia.
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