Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Featured Artist: Yangyang Pan and Her Lyric Abstracts

We are happy today to have on our blog an interview with the talented Chinese artist Yangyang Pan who lives and works in Canada. Enjoy her joyful and colorful abstracts.

Please tell us about yourself. How you decided to move to Canada? 
My name is Yangyang Pan. I graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute, which is one of the top 8 art schools in China. I received BFA and MFA and after that I became a permanent instructor in this school. My life was in a small circle at that time and I really wanted to explore the western art world. After I married my husband who was working in the U.S., I made the decision to follow him and moved to Canada in 2006. And now I am happy to say I am fulfilling my artist's dream.

Abstract Landscape 3

What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from everything. It can be the small but elegant garden of the neighbour or an image from the web. I like to travel. The fresh air of a new place always inspires me. I enjoy using my iphone to record the things which inspire me in my daily life. And the music, I always paint with music which makes me happy.

Abstract Landscape 5

How you would describe your style? Your favorite subject to paint or draw?
I am pleased to be an abstract expressionist. But my paintings are anything about anger or depression. They always express a happy mood. One of my representing galleries called my abstracts as Lyric abstracts. I think that is closer to my style. My favourite subject is all beauty of things natural and their exquisite colors. 

Beach Fun

What you are working on? 
I am now working on the series of paintings for my solo show in the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery in April 2012. Most of them are with vibrant colors and are very expressive.

Images: Yangyang Pan 

Visit Yangyang Pan website, her etsy shop become a facebook fan, follow her on twitter

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Moodboard: Shades of Yellow and Orange

Today the moodboard is joyful and yellow! We hope that you'll like our picks.

Botanica. Colors. Original watercolour painting and ink drawing from Francesca Lancisi
Knitted Cowl - Grey and mustard Valentine's gift for him from the Yarn Kitchen 
6 Sunshine Felt flowers applique sew from Flower by Kara
La Fleur Bag - Juicy Orange from Star Bags 

If you wish to see more Monday Moodboards, please visit the Star of the East blog. If you have missed for some reason our previous moodboard, here it is

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Black and White: Curly Willow

This fantastic curly willow is called Salix Tortuosa or Salix Babylonica.  Look at its beautiful lines created by nature. Simply wonderful, isn't it?

Check out our black and white minimalist print series here

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

French Country Dandelion Print

Fine art print for home decor, wall art, and gift. Original hand signed fine art photograph.
Title: A Dandelion in The Sun
Size: 8”x10” image on 8.3" x 10.3" paper. 

This fine art photograph is professionally giclee printed with archival pigmented inks on finest quality Hahnemuhle 300 grs. textured matt museum quality archival photo rag that will last you a hundred years.

Well, this is our view on dandelions :) :) :) See more fine art prints here. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Moodboard: Fishes and Wishes


The Beach Bus - Driftwood and StarFish from Gifts and Stars
Small Fish brooch Paper mache hand painted OOAK from Fishes Make Wishes
Fish antique print from slinkymalinkicat
A knitted baby overalls full of fishes from tenderblue

If you wish to see other monday moodboards, visit Star of the East blog. If you missed our previous one, click here. Have a great week!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter Roses Floral Art Print

Shabby Chic Floral Art print for wall decor and home decoration. Original hand signed fine art photograph 8x10.
Title: Rose J'ADORE 
Size: 8”x10” image on 8.3" x 10.3" paper.

A translucent portray of delicate pink dreamy roses inspired by the French Romanticism style. These photos represent unique and unrepeatable flower compositions that we arrange for the shooting. Professionally giclee printed with pigmented inks on finest quality Hahnemuhle heavyweigh textured matt museum quality archival paper that will last you a hundred years.

Find more roses in DUEALBERI Fine art shop. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Playing With Magenta Carnations

Good morning. Magenta petals exploded in the sky. Here they are.

Don't miss our Valentine hearts print collection

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Moodboard: Keep Your Feet on The Ground

Red keeps your feet on the ground. We love the vibrant energy of this fantastic color.
Red + vintage. This is our mood board today. Take some red and be happy!

Throw pillow: hand printed little houses print on white cotton pillow cover from EarthLab
French vintage tin box from La Pomme
Raku Fired Red Ceramic Caftan with White Tulips from derinmavibodrum
Vintage Enamel Coffee pot from ShopArcheologie

See other monday mood boards on the Star of the East blog.  If you have missed our previous colorful board, you will find it here

Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine Love Photos Featured on Ever So Lovely Blog

Good news. Our Valentine hearts have been featured on Ever So Lovely Blog. This is what the editor Brandi Moody writes: ""Since giving flowers is somewhat of a standart on this day, why not give your sweetie something that will last years than several days in a vase". Read the DUEALBERI feature here.

Red Roses Heart © Duealberi 

This Floral Art Print is for home decor, interior design, valentines day gift, romantic wedding, anniversary gift. It is original hand signed and numbered limited edition fine art photographic print.
Size: 8”x10” image on 8.3: x 10.3" paper. 
Title: Grass Heart Red Rose

This fine art photograph is professionally printed with pigmented archival inks on finest quality Hahnemuhle heavyweight textured matt museum quality photo rag that will last you a hundred years. If you are looking for more Valentine hearts, check out our post about minimalist grass hearts.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Artist Sonya Johnson: "Life is short, it's important to live it fully, engaged in the moment"

Today we have the pleasure to interview the American artist Sonya Johnson. Her painting style ranges from colorful expressionist depictions of landscape elements to a more representational style for figurative and still life subjects, with the majority of her work falling within a looser, impressionistic style, particularly her plein air landscapes. We were attrached by the spectacular colors of her paintings, as well as by the feeling of blissful serenity and quite joy of her landscapes.   

Please tell us which are the five most important things to you. 

Spending as much time outdoors and traveling as possible. I'm lucky to live in what I feel is the most amazing and beautiful part of the US, and I try to take advantage of that by spending time outside, whether that is hiking or camping in remote areas, or walking or trail running along the many urban trails here in Durango, Colorado.
Winter's Reflections
12x12 inches - pastel on black cardstock
© 2012, S.Johnson
Learning new things, whether that would be a new skill, painting technique, or about almost any subject, particularly if it is science, nature or the arts. I'm an avid reader and collector of books, magazines and anything that will expand my knowledge base about subjects I'm passionate about. 

Always working on improving my craft and skill, whatever discipline that may be. I'm often reminded of my favorite quote from author and surgeon Atul Gawande, in his wonderful book titled Better: "Betterment is a perpetual labor". It is an important reminder that there is no finite endpoint in the pursuit of excellence; it is really about the journey. 

Spending time with friends and colleagues that have a positive attitude and influence on my life. This includes the local plein air group I paint with, along with the wonderful network of artists I've met through blogging and other social media sites. 

Taking the time to see the beauty in the small things, and finding some positive in every situation possible. Life is short, and it's important to live it as fully as possible, engaged in the moment. 

"Serenity"   -   12x18"
Pastel on Strathmore 400-series paper

What inspires you?

Nature. The southwestern landscape. Works from the Old Masters, as well as countless contemporary artists and photographers. The artists whose blogs I follow.

Riverside Trio
9x12 - pastel on Artagain
© S.Johnson

Your favorite subject to paint or draw?

Definitely the landscape, and even more specifically, the landscape of the Colorado Plateau where I live.
Towards Hidden Valley
9x12 inches - pastel on Artagain
© 2011, S.Johnson

Impending Storm
11x14 inches - pastel on w/c paper with Golden pumice ground
© S.Johnson

What you are working on?

I'm loving painting the winter-themed landscapes at the moment, and plan to continue a series of those. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head it can sometimes be overwhelming, but I also have been growing an idea for a series of studio-based stlll lifes that I'd like to try while waiting for plein air season to resume when warm weather returns.

11x14 inches
pastel on acid-free construction paper

Read more about Sonya and enjoy her fantastic landscapes on her blog, join her studio on facebook, or visit Sonya Johnson etsy store.

Images Sonya Johnson.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hanami Blossoms

This floral art print is inspired by the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers. You can find large sizes and canvases on our Fine Art America site. It has been selected as part of the Artslant Floral Collection Curation Category. 

Hanami Art Print by DUEALBERI

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Love Photos: Minimalist Hearts

We would like to thank Susana from Tenderblue Portugal. She has been inspired by our latest collection of hearts and featured them on Tenderblue blog

These minimalist grass botanical art prints can be used as home decor, Valentine's day gift, romantic wedding, or anniversary gift. They are original, hand signed and numbered, produced in limited edition.

Size: 8”x10” image on 8.3: x 10.3" paper. 

They are giclée printed with pigmented archival inks on finest quality Hahnemuhle heavyweight textured matt museum quality photo rag that will last you a hundred years. Check out our fine art prints shop for more heart prints. Have a wonderful week.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Light Monday Thoughts

Today we are glad to be featured in the Star of the East Monday Moodboard! Thank you, Estrella and Esther!

Here is our mood board today: fresh, colorful, light, joyous, and full of fun. This is how we feel. Take a look at other interesting moodboards here. If you missed our previous one, you can find it here.

Life is multicolor.

Colorful Linen Pillow from My Dream Home
The Rainbow Samurai - Limited Edition Print from Katlix Design
Amateur ink and watercolors drawing print from moonandlion
Silk quilted beaded pendant small fish with yellow head from Bozena Vojtaszek 

The quote of the day : "Words have power".  moonandlion

Saturday, January 7, 2012

DUEALBERI Print on Daily Dream Decor

Do you remember our minimalist print series? One of the fine art prints has been featured on the interior design blog Daily Dream Decor. Take a look at Denisa's blog post and find out her home decorating suggestions here.    

Check out more prints from our minimalist series on Duealberi fine art site.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Moodboard: One Love

This is our first 2012 monday moodboard! A heart, a cloud, a minimal necklace and art!
Wishing you all a New Year full of love, creativity and success!

Sterling silver handstamped heart pendant by dindi
Four tiny round mini paintings Party set by ARTinVENICE
Teal Green Grass chevron necklace - geometric minimal by LineaLinea
Parisian Cloud Photo by magalerie

If you are curios to see other European Street Team members monday moodboards, please visit the blog of the Star of the East who is hosting this event. 

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