Friday, September 4, 2015

Still Life - what exactly is "still"?

The concept of still life

Still life is usually seen as a moment of beauty frozen in time. The topics that are captured involve food, flowers and vases.
But does it have to be that way? In a sense, a portrait is also a still life.
Seen from the point of view of the meditator, there is an absence of thoughts, an increase in awareness, nothingness or maybe the full vibrancy of life.
I like to look at it from that point, and see a so called "Still Life" as an abundance in aliveness, shown as peace.

The art

So how would that translate in actual visual imagery?
In my world that means playing with glass (the reflections and transparency refer to the meditative aspect as mentioned earlier) as well as metals.
And this is what that would look like:

Bridge to Eternity - art by Anne Vis

You can see how the metallic effects create a liveliness. From here I was playing some more:

Bridge to Eternity - art by Anne Vis

Bridge to Eternity - art by Anne Vis

As you can see, I kept the color palette similar, to create a unity and add the three pieces together on one wall ...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Romance and Rain in Art

Bridge to Eternity - art by Anne Vis

Modern Art

Lately I have been inspired by the trend of paintings with a couple walking in the rain under an umbrella ... very cozy and romantic of course. I've seen quite a variety of paintings, oftentimes with leaves in all colors of the rainbow, bright and eye-catching. Another variety is the bright red umbrella in an otherwise black and white setting. So as you can see, a wild array of options for the creative and romantic soul!
I first started with this painting, in which the water and it's reflections formed a center part:

At the end of the rainbow - art by Anne Vis

Another aspect is the rainbow ... when the couple crosses the bridge, they will find "the pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow ...
The painting on top of this post is a variety, which came about after I found I wanted to change the entire color setting and make it a painting that would also be great for a bedroom. Warm red and orange as well as peach colors create a soothing atmosphere and with a romantic subject, the painting will create the right atmosphere for a great night of passion.
Both these paintings have been created from a 3D computer render.

Vintage Art

And then I came across this vintage painting by Russian artist Ivan Shishkin, which is in the public domain. It is originally in landscape size.

Rain in an oak forest

It is so nice to find that this theme has been around for so long! So I created my own version of this painting, changing the light and adding some more color and sunlight, turning the summer into fall ... I also added a deer and some mushrooms, to brighten up the atmosphere.
Of course there is no place for a hunter in a romantic painting, so I edited him out :-)
This is the end result, hope you like it:

Romance in the Rain - art by Anne Vis

Monday, April 21, 2014

Portrait Paintings

A girl ... - art by Anne Vis
A Girl ...
In the course of the years once in a while the topic of portraits comes up. I am one of those artists who is all over the place and it seems to be very difficult for my creativity to stick to one topic for a while.
A couple of years ago I redid a vintage painting (blogpost), creating a new lady from an existing portrait.
Portrait of a Lady - art by Anne Vis
Portrait of a Lady

This time I have a "fresh" girl, as you can see in the top image, created from scratch. I am still working on finding the right brushes in Photoshop, but you can see it is a difference with the vintage girl. This is self-taught, so you can judge for yourself how I am doing so far :-)
Every portrait has an expression and whereas the vintage lady looks happy, the young "new girl" has a bit of a naughty look in her eyes ...

So I wonder what you make of this one (my very latest): Horses ... - art by Anne Vis
Horses ...

I find it interesting how different each horse is ... in that respect there is a similarity in painting humans and animals ...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A room with a view

An Ocean Away ... - art by Anne Vis
An Ocean Away ...
One of the advantages of art is that it gives you a view of a different reality. I was lately inspired by a French window shutter and decided to create a "room with a view". After all, there is a relationship between the window (eye) through which we are looking at the world and how we perceive what may or may not be "reality".
I did not set out to create a series of "rooms with a view", but apparently that is what happened and I would like to showcase several of them here, as it is nice to see them together and see how by changing just a few elements, the entire atmosphere changes. Thus you can also change your interior design and it will affect how you feel and how you look out of your "window". Fascinating, isn't it?
Tropical Paradise - art by Anne Vis
Tropical Paradise

Tea, Darling? - art by Anne Vis
Tea, Darling?

Happy Home - art by Anne Vis
Happy Home

Lounging - art by Anne Vis

Gazing at the Moon - art by Anne Vis
Gazing at the Moon

And another version of the first painting:
Enjoying the Sunset - art by Anne Vis
Enjoying the Sunset
And the latest one (so far ... ):
Vintage Angel Visit - art by Anne Vis
Vintage Angel Visit

Of course you can also use these paintings as sort of a "trompe l'oeil" ...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Free Christmas Ecards

free Christmas ecards
I usually make an ecard for the Holidays and this year this "tradition" is extended to my website, where you can now download the ecards of the past three years to send to your friends or family. The only restriction is that I ask you to leave the copyright notice intact.
As you can see, the ecard for this year features a beautiful kitty basking in the sun. Let's celebrate our love for animals this year!
Wishing you a great season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fukushima - you can't escape

Ok, So a couple of years ago I wrote a post about Fukushima and how the israelis have a motive to destroy Japan.
I really wonder why the media never bothered to look into the so called "earthquake" in Fukushima and just bought into the stories of the governments. Maybe blackmail?
Anyway, please read what I wrote in my previous post about Fukushima. As you can see in this YouTube movie, I am not the only one who thinks this might be a clear case of a nuclear attack:

Currently it becomes more difficult to keep the truth concealed and we will for sure hear more about this.
That is, if the current adventures of moving the rods in Fukushima, will not eradicate humanity ...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Is Atlantis resurfacing?

Atlantis revisited - surreal art by Anne Vis
After I created the painting you can see here, I decided to call it "Atlantis revisited", because somehow it reminded me of Atlantis. That is the interesting way art works: I first start working, and then after a while it starts to "talk" to me, followed by curious synchronicities in my life.
Even though I consider myself a "recovering New Agie", I have never been very interested in Atlantis.
Yet I did feel the need to find a healer and you already guessed: the first thing I came across was Atlantean healing, even though the word "Atlantis" was nowhere in my search keywords and I had not been looking for anything Atlantis at that point. Atlantis supposedly had a very high level of technological development and the quality of healing was supposed to be impressive. Not so in this time and age for so called "Atlantean healing" I am afraid. I did book a session and was not impressed with the healing, which turned out to be laying of hands ... indeed as old as the world. Depends on the individual if it is effective or not, and this healer was just not very good I guess. The key for me was in yet other synchronicities I was sharing with her in the personal flow of my life.
It still left me wondering what was going on with Atlantis and besides a new adventure series on BBC, at first I did not find any clue.
Until I saw that there had been powerful earthquakes in a region east of Florida, where Edgar Cayce had said Atlantis was ...
If it would be true that Atlantis is resurfacing, we expect a return of powerful healing techniques. Apparently it is already somewhere in the vibrations, otherwise you would never see this BBC stuff happening ...
In the worst case scenario it of course refers to the still present vibrations of the end of planet earth. Which could also be a way to read all these developments. After all we have a threat of collapse of the financial system and the rise of nuclear contamination around Fukushima (and elsewhere), combined with war mongering from the US and the israeli territories and not to mention the climate challenges. Let's hope this is about new ways to heal ourselves and how we live on this beautiful planet!