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Thank you to all of the people who attended and to all of my Linked in friends who sent me good wishes for the opening of my solo exhibition “From Trees to Sky!”  

I especially wish to thank Wendy Blackshaw, artist and friend who gave me so much assistance both before and during the exhibition.  And Sylvia Morrison who managed the porfolio viewing!

Below is a great short home video that Wendy took of the event!

“From trees to sky” Laara WilliamSen solo exhibition

The exhibition will  be running until January 5th, 2012 at

SMALL RITUALS  COFFEE SOCIETY

1237 Johnston Street

White Rock, B.C., CANADA

Here are some more photos of the exhibition!

Original oil painting, SPRINGTIME 24 x 30 inches, (c) 2011 All Rights Reserved - ORIGINAL SOLD - Dick & Gail Kent, Surrey, B.C.

I am thrilled that Dick and Gail Kent of  Surrey,B.C.,  purchased “Springtime.”  Thank you so much for your patronage! 

Here are some more photos of guests and some of the art works!

Dawn Wilson and other guests at the exhibition!


More guests enjoying the opening!

Original Paintigs by Laara WilliamSen Sized 12 x 24 inches, AUTUMN, SUNLIGHT IN THE & INDIAN SUMMER (C) Copyrighted 2011 All RightsReserved

THE BUTTERFLY NEBULA Original oil painting by Laara WilliamSen 20 x 24 inches (c) Copyrighted 2011 All rights reserved

Laara on left and Sylvia on right! Thanks for managing the portfolio art works for me! YAY! SYLVIA!

I wish all  friends, family and all of my Linked in friends

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

SAFE HOLIDAYS

and

MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE IN 2012!!

Love, Peace and Light

Laara WilliamSen

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Author: Laara WilliamSen

Laara WilliamSen original oil PEACE RISES cropped square from 20 x 24 inches MOONLIGHT IN THE TREES (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved except for the Whole 9 exhibition Peace Rises.

The image submitted for Peace Rising is cropped to a square from an oil painting on canvas titled “Moonlight in the Trees.” Sized 20 x 24 inches. Laara WilliamSen International professional painter, author Vancouver, B.C. Canada http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=1306
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With thanks to JANE SHIREK for her original photograph of Jake Fernandez standing on statue of Elvis (c) 2009 All Rights Reserved Used with the permission of the photographer and the artist

Jake Fernanez is a professional fine artist specializing in landscape, including site-specific commissioned paintings for public and private spaces. He works in oil on wood panels, oil on canvas or linen, and pastel, both in small and large scale. It is easy to understand why Fernandez calls both New York and Florida home by the roster of galleries where he exhibits. What is harder to grasp is that this urban artist captures the very essence of nature while living in the city. The ability to sort out an essential natural order from a tangle of vines and branches or from rippling ponds and then to recreate this with altruism and vision is a measure of his innate creativity, his discipline and his particular art language. I am so very happy to introduce you to my Linked in friend, Jake Fernandez!

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1951, Jake Fernandez and his family moved permanently to Miami, Florida in 1961. At the age of six years old, Fernandez’ great interest in the arts and music was evident. Of his early years, he says,“I was mesmerized by paint on a flat surface. My grandmother had some 19th century genre and landscape paintings and I remember staring at them in awe. I thought they were magical.”He began drawing at the age of seven years and as well studied music. Later as a child he began to study under Felix Ramos, son of Domingo Ramos, a well-known Cuban landscape painter. Felix Ramos was a taskmaster who believed in drawing from life and who taught with an academic approach to learning the technical part of painting. Throughout his childhood, Fernandez parents were very supportive and they both encouraged him to find his own way. He attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1976 with a BFA and then went on to the University of South Florida where he received his MFA in 1979. Also he studied with the American painter, Hiram D. Williams, who was an important teacher to him. Although stylistically very different from Fernadez’ art work, he found his ideas about art were interesting and challenging. 

Jake Fernandez Original painting TIMPSON CREEK oil on linen 36 x 54 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Exquisitely formed details, colors that complement one another, a faultlessly integrated contrast of tones, rythmn and balance, high realism at it’s finest, mesmerizing; all of these descriptive nuances fail to completely describe the art work of Jake Fernandez with accuracy. From the moment we view one of his paintings, we are extended an invitation to dance within the layers and layers of his composition. Fernandez says, “I was influenced by musicians more than painters. The multi-track recording of les Paul inspired me to create a multi-layered way of working. One pass at a time.”   In “Timpson Creek,” above, we see sunlight bursting through purple branches, diffusing the branches of the forest. We are offered the experience of being present within the landscape first to look and then to glance back again and again at the sunlight and the array of foliage.


Jake Fernandez Original drawing PERICO ISLAND pastel on paper 24 x 72 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

The warm blues and golds in “Perico Island” are stunningly accurate in their depiction of this reflection, water lilies and grasses.  This painting reaches out and offers the viewer an up close and personal point of view that can create a very real sense of intimacy.  It is as if we are present at the edge of the pond looking down into the calm water.

Jake Fernandez Original painting RIVER MANDALA oil on wood panels 97 X 96 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

When I asked Jake Fernandez about his creative process he said “My process starts with zeroing on a subject, either by just dreaming about it or simply coming across it by chance. I start by making geometric drawings like an armature. These patterns have more to do with my plan of action than anything else. At this point I am thinking about the sequence and process rather than describing visual imagery. Lately I have used mandala patterns and I am working my paintings from the center out towards the edge. I shoot many photographs, more like blurred or degraded snapshots, of the place of interest, randomly and without looking through the viewfinder. I sometimes return to the same location at a different time of day and repeat the process. This results in an arbitrary and incomplete “mosaic” of photographic information that I re-assemble in the studio. The gaps that vary from painting to painting are unified by imaginary marks that I apply. This completes the study or template from where I develop the finished piece.”

Jake Fernandez' STUDIO with works in progress. Used with the permission of the artist.

Fernandez further explained that he then uses a series of grids and coordinates to translate, transpose, redact and sometimes ignore the information in the template as he works one sector at a time until the painting is completed.

Jake Fernandez Original drawing MT DORA pastel on paper 40 x 60 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

His creative sensibilities would appear to be characterized by fluidity, light and a reverence for both the subject and the materials. Fernandez’ choices about how he creates his art work speak clearly of his dynamic sense of composition and his powerful connection to the overall natural image. To balance so much without effort, trusting in his creative process to supply him with all he needs, is the path of a true creative.

Jake Fernandez Original painting JUNGLE GARDEN oil on canvas 48 x 72 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Because he has lived almost his entire life on the East Coast of the U.S.A. in New York City and Florida he tends to choose locations for his paintings that he finds himself in by chance or circumstance. “I don’t quite understand what drives me to a given location. Sometimes is just a hunch or a totally arbitrary selection. Most places were random and of no extraordinary significance. For example: a puddle of water, a patch of grass, etc.,” says Fernandez.

Jake Fernandez Original painting HIDDEN MANDALA oil on wood panels 86 x 84 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

The South of the U.S.A., Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and the Carolinas are places that he chose to paint due to their relative proximity to his home bases. The scale of Fernandez’ art work ranges from very small to as large as 90 x 90 inches and yet he never looses sight of bringing forth the composition to completion in a way that is uniquely his.

Jake Fernandez Original painting SURF oil on canvas 33 x 96 inches COPYRIGHTED (C) All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

It is rare to find this combination of technical skill, vision and matured art language that together combine to form Fernandez’ creative authenticity. He is a Master Painter using traditional materials who brings to his art works both a modern eye and new methods. I personally believe that if his paintings were music, they would be grand symphonies with every instrument in perfect sync. And Fernandez is the composer, painting each stroke to a beat and each layer to a rhythm that only he can discover.

Jake Fernandez Original drawing LAKE BURTON II pastel on paper COPYRIGHTED (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Selected collections of Fernandez’ art works include the Florida State Capitol in the Florida Senate Building, Tallahassee, Florida, Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, Florida House of Representatives in the Florida State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida , Pepsico, Sarasota, Florida, American Express Corporation, IBM Corporation and St. Petersburg Community College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Selected exhibitions of Fernandez art works include ACA Galleries, New York, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Marcelle Fine Art, New York, New York, Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Flordia, Present Global Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, Westwood Gallery, New York, New York, Hammer Galleries, New York, New York, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, New York, Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach, Florida, Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee, Florida, Frances Wolfson Art Center, Miami, Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York, New York, Robert Friedus Gallery, New York, New York, Timpson Gallery, Clayton, GA, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida, Sori Fine Arts, Coral Gables, Florida, Now Gallery, New York, New York, Stokker-Stikker Gallery, New York, New York and the Gallery Gemini, Palm Beach, Florida.

Jake Fernandez in his Florida studio!

Fernandez says, “My only intention is to build upon (and sometimes destroy) what I already technically and conceptually know. I try not to choose depressing or shocking subject matter for I see no good reason to burden myself, or others by perversely offering what is abundantly common in everyday life.”And he clearly achieves his intention by magnetically drawing us into the many layers of movement within his artworks. Inescapably, as we view his art works, we cannot help but be reminded of all that is right and good in our world. Truly a purveyor of nature in all it’s splendor,  he summons forth his multi-layered compositions from seemingly chaotic tangles of branches, roots, lily pads and ever changing waters.   Jake Fernandez’ paintings can also create an uncommon awakening into the dimensions of the ephemeral,  for those who listen and look for the magic!

Please visit Jake Fernandez at the following websites:

http://www.jakefernandez.com/

http://www.facebook.com/jakefernandezart

http://www.askart.com/askart/studio/studio.aspx?Studio=11188912

http://www.linkedin.com/in/jakefernandez

 

Thank you to JANE SHIREK, Photographer, New York, USA for allowing us to include her photographer of Jake!

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“VANITAS VANITATUM II” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

UKO POST

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Uko Post, a Contemporary Fine Artist who was born in Meppel, the Netherlands, in 1954.   In his last primary school class, he became more interested in drawing because there was a project to complete for the national holiday for the queen. This project was organized in all the primary schools in Meppel. He received early recognition of his creativity when his  drawing was chosen to hang in the local newspaper window.  In 1969, he went with his father to the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam and viewed the Rembrandt exhibition.  He  was so impressed by the paintings of Rembrandt, that he decided to become a painter.  Although this was against the will of his parents, he did not loose his vision and he received his artistic training  at the Academy Minerva of Fine Arts in Groningen in the Netherlands from 1972 to 1978.   There he was introduced to realism and was taught by Diederik Kraay Poel, Wout Muller, Ger SIKS and Geert Meijer.  Uko Post is member of the Dutch Northern Realists also known as the Noordelijke Realisten.

“NEW BEGINNINGS” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Since 1994, he has lived and worked  in Belgium in the tranquil region of Sankt Vith, Eifel, known for the ancient Celtic magic of this region.

“ENTRANCE TROYE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

He has been deeply inspired by the Magical Realism of the nineteen thirties and painters that he admires from this period are Pyke Koch, Wim Schuhmacher, Raoul Hynkes, Dick Ket and Carel A.C.Willink. He is also a great admirer of the Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eick and Memling.

“VANITAS WITH HALF APPLE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Uko Post is a Master Painter who paints the fragility of our earthly existence. He is always seeking content that mirrors his feelings and he is often inspired by the history of mankind and the history of art.

"WHAT REMAINS?" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

“WHAT REMAINS?” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

He says, “I create what I create because it feels good for myself to work in that way.  It is a part of my vision on the world and on myself as a human beïng……I disassociate myself from the mainstream. I am not searching for the temporary but rather the timeless, that occupies and binds us as humans.

The same thing that binds us together, also divides us to the bone of the matter, where to there is no answer to be found.”

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“GRAVEYARD” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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In a metaphorical sense, each  painting created by Uko Post is a self portrait and yet once each painting is completed, it begins a magical life of it’s own depicting quintessential states of being.  When we view Uko Post’s paintings that evoke the various eternal stages of  life, decline and death or “vanitas,” it is obvious that these art works spring from his matured vision of that evolution which both builds and divides our lives.

“DEAD BULLFINCH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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There is an undeniable sense of the familiar and also of the mysterious within each of his art works.

“OLD WALL” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

“APPLE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

It is not surprising then that Uko Post’s paintings are also often associated with the Magical Realists of the twentieth century and that his art works are revered and exhibited throughout Europe.

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Some of his recent exhibitions include  Hospital Gallery Pruem, Germany, Gallery Hohenbusch Gruefflingen Gallery, Belgium, Gallery Dogan, Blaue Galerie, Schoenecken, Germany, Museum Altes Amt Schoenberg, Germany.

"THE BEACH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

“THE BEACH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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He has also exhibited at the Gaytalpark Umwelterlebnispark, Germany, Verbandsgemeindeverwaltung Ulmen, Germany, Culturhaus Pruem, Germany

“MONOLITH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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as well as Gallery Am Pi, Weissenseifen, Germany,Kunstroute Zijpe, Petten, Netherlands, and Burgkapelle Burg, Neuerburg, Germany and many other venues.

“WATERGATE,” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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Uko Post is a truth seeker, a visionary and one who does not compromise to accommodate modern trends.  The results are evident in each of his hauntingly beautiful works of art that challenge us to look and then look again at the very core of what makes our souls resonate with life and death.  Because of his uncompromising choice of subject matter and his excellent mastery of the technical skills of painting,  Uko Post’s creations provide us with an unforgettable journey through a  myriad of feelings and states of beings!

Please visit http://www.ukopost.eu to view more of Uko Post’s artworks and for more information!

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Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter and author

WOW, I’m so excited about new website!


CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PRIVATE TUTORIAL
Well, I spent the day working on my website and decided to include a page where I can market my Private Tutorials. Is it really this simple. After more than thirty years of teaching both in my own studios and for a wide variety of other venues; everything from Women’s Centres to a lecture for the University of British Columbia Women’s Alumni….well, yes it is. After writing over forty-five course of study and then teaching them to thousands of students, most of which were in individualized semi-private classes, well, it does seem to be this simple! I thought about writing up courses of study on the website but no, that was not simple. This way I can simply do one critique at a time. I am really happy about this.

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