Zhongwen Yu

One of Saatchi Art’s ’21 Emerging Artists to Buy Right Now’, Zhongwen Yu graduated from LUXUN Fine Art College in 2008. His paintings are beautiful, and he conveys what he wants to through them – memories of sorrow or sweetness of times gone by.

'i thought i could live in your world.'

‘I thought I could live in your world.’

'There are countless civilizations and art which have been created by humans. It's just people are to busy to stop and enjoy them.'

‘There are countless civilizations and art which have been created by humans. It’s just people are to busy to stop and enjoy them.’

'Will you be here next year?'

‘Will you be here next year?’

'in the receding light'

‘In the receding light’

You can see more of this up-and-coming artists work on his Saatchi Art page.

Maya Angelou

Alone

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Maya Angelou
1928-2014
mayaangelou.com

Dino Tomic

This artist was born in Croatia and is currently an amazing tattoo artist living in Norway. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in art and opened his tattoo/airbrush studio in 2011. His work is amazing.

I’m reading the series ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ right now and haven’t watched the show, but this is an amazing pencil drawing of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s character:

'Game of Thrones' Jaimie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

‘Game of Thrones’ Jaimie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

The artist noted that he was going to change her up a bit, but found her hair too fun to draw!

'Brave' Merida Color Pencil

‘Brave’ Merida

I will be ostracized for this, but I am not a pet person. Still, this is a beautiful drawing for all of you who are!

Schaefer [Dog]

Schaefer [Dog]

This one is for a friend of mine who absolutely loves flamingos!

'Best Friends'

‘Best Friends’

You can see more of his drawings on his deviantART page, and scope out his tattoo and airbrush work on his website, atomiccircus-tattoo.com.

 

Mary Jane Begin

My Little Pony is the new big thing at my house.  My daughter just loves Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy.  While searching the library online card catalog, I noticed My Little Pony Under the Sparkling Sea was available at the library.  Woo hoo!  A perfect surprise for my daughter!  This will make bedtime story extra special!  I checked it out on my way home from work, and as I was looking through it in the library, I found myself really impressed with the art.  The first thing I noticed was her realism; the mermares fins resembled the fins of a beta fish.  Then I noticed her thoughtful use of color and texture.  She also captures the My Little Pony character personalities very well.  Pinkie Pie is bubbly, and her curly mane and tail bounce along with her.  Rainbow Dash is ready to fly off to the next adventure.  Under the Sparkling Sea is beautiful children’s book, that inspires me to check out more of her work.  Mary Jane is a well known children’s book author and illustrator.  She has won several awards and also teaches online art classes.  She has a terrific website where she shares her work, and you can learn more about what art courses she offers.  My daughter loves books, so I have read a lot of children’s books.  It’s always a treat to find exceptional books that send my daughter off to slumberland, and inspire me at that same time.

 

My Little Pony Under the Sparkling Sea

My Little Pony Under the Sparkling Sea

 

My Little Pony Under the Sparkling Sea.  King Leo of Aquastria's home.

My Little Pony Under the Sparkling Sea. King Leo of Aquastria’s home.

 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

 

Willow Buds Inspired by the Wind in the WIllows

Willow Buds
Inspired by the Wind in the Willows

 

*All images belong to Mary Jane Begin.

Jae Lee

Jae Lee’s art stands out, and has only gotten better through the years.  He is the kind of artist, that you almost hate to see someone put color over his stunning inks.  His use of negative space is genius and beautiful.  Oh, and did I mention that I’m a fan?  :)  Jae has worked on a plethora of comic books.  Currently he’s working on Batman Superman for DC Comics, and does not disappoint.

 

 

Batman Superman #2 Interior Art

Batman Superman #2 Interior Art

 

Dark Tower #6 Cover B&W

Dark Tower #6 Cover B&W

 

 

Art from the comic adaptation of Stephen King's The Wind Through the Keyhole

Art from the comic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Wind Through the Keyhole

 

Transmetropolitan #14 Cover

Transmetropolitan #14 Cover

 

 

**All Images Belong to Jae Lee**

Mikael & Ren Seffer

The next stop on our little cruise is Grand Cayman. Here we find White Dog Art, studio of Mikael and Ren Seffer. Mikael is a native of the island, while Ren grew up in Australia. Together they create art that is full of life and color, just like the island on which they call home.

'Red Sky Morning' Lyrical Abstractions Collection Mikael Seffer

‘Red Sky Morning’
Lyrical Abstractions Collection
Mikael Seffer

'City Haze' Paper Transitions: NY Expressions Collection Ren Seffer

‘City Haze’
Paper Transitions: NY Expressions Collection
Ren Seffer

'From Above #1' Abstract Expressions Collection Ren Seffer

‘From Above #1′
Abstract Expressions Collection
Ren Seffer

'Off the Dock #1' Island Whimsy Collection Ren Seffer

‘Off the Dock #1′
Island Whimsy Collection
Ren Seffer

I particularly like Ren’s Island Whimsy collection – it’s just fun and reminds me of the laid-back lifestyle that the beach brings. You can see these and more on their website, whitedogart.com.

Eldon Spence

Thanks to Shiloh for holding down the fort and sharing some most fabulous artists while I was on a cruise! And in honor of said amazing week of paradise, I’ve decided to feature some artists from the three stops we made.

The first is Eldon Spence from Falmouth, Jamaica. He loved art from a young age, and later worked with Wildred Black, developing his own painting style. In addition to his painting, he is also an accomplished musician and singer.

Eldon Spence 1

Eldon Spence 2

Eldon Spence 3

Eldon Spence 4

 

I found a couple of these images here, and did a Google image search for two. I had a difficult time finding much, maybe mostly because I am still attempting to recover from my vacation!