Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Gabrielle Bill has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Gabrielle is an award-winning artist who spends her time between Dorset in the South West of England and the French Alps. Gabrielle was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 18th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Gabrielle’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Gabrielle’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Gabrielle spends her time between Dorset in the South West of England and the French Alps. She specializing in oil on canvas, images painted often at large scale including the figure and botanical images. Her love of creating something magical on canvas started at a very early age. Between school and Art College she worked and travelled living in Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia where she carried a sketch book at all times until she had the opportunity to accomplish her dream of going to Art College, once her youngest child was at school.

Since graduating in Fine Art, she hasn’t stopped working and exhibiting. She has had a number of solo shows in Milan, Brussels, Gstaad, and the Alps, as well as in London and other galleries in UK. As well as taking part in on line exhibitions, she has also exhibited many times at the Mall galleries London, as well as with other group shows, articles often written.

Her time establishing and running a local Pop Art Gallery was certainly hard work, especially all the advertising etc. but was so worthwhile. Not only in the selling of her work but also in the social aspect of meeting artistically minded people, and forging good relationships with the wider community. The next showing of her work is at the’ Picture this Art Gallery’ Bournemouth in July 2021. She has also won several awards including 2nd prize in the Nadia Waterfield Gallery exhibition earlier this year.

Gabrielle’s main artistic influences through her career have been the works of Degas, especially for the series Women Bathing, for the way he portrays the figure; the Scottish Colourists in particular FCB Cadell for his use of bold colour; Peter Doig for his mark making and the story he portrays in his work; Georgia O’Keeffe for her dramatic way of depicting flowers and the Spanish still life painters for their dark back grounds and their use of light where it hits the subject.

Gabrielle’s philosophy has always been to keep working no matter what and not to be deterred. Her favourite quotes are from Georgia O’Keeffe –“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant - there is no such thing, making your unknown known is the important thing” and from Andy Warhol – “Don’t think about making art, just get it done, let everyone else decide if it is good or bad, whether they love it or hate it, while they are deciding, make even more art.”

Her goal and aspirations are to create work that though on the surface uplifts the spirits in this difficult time, also has a narrative for the viewer to interpret as their own. Of course, she also seeks recognition!

Artist Statement

My work is all about working directly from nature whether it be from the figure or a botanical setting or landscape en plein aire, or from detailed drawings from my sketchbook. Exploring where the light falls on the subject and exaggerating this effect brings me great joy. Spending time between the Alps and Dorset UK, painting mainly in oils on canvas, with images depicted often at large scale is what I am about.

Since graduating in Fine Art, I haven’t stopped working and exhibiting, gathering inspiration from a plethora of experiences of living abroad - in Italy, France and Belgium, and from my many visits to Nepal, as well as India and Sri Lanka. My work in the last year of Covid has included smaller en plein aire pieces, alongside more studio-based larger pieces that I am more known for. The joy of nature and the bringing together of the life form and botanical images, create a magical place of contemplation and meditation., which I feel we all need in this time of uncertainty. When creating a piece, mark making and depth of field is all-important, where the images grow, change and develop on the canvas. Exploring colour and form becomes an exciting new but sometimes exhausting and challenging experience! I find that quite often things from my subconscious reveal themselves in my paintings without me realizing. Worry’s I did not realize I had.

Typically, I work by first sifting through images either sketched or photographed where I have captured a fleeting image that could inspire the start of a new painting. The next stage often includes the life model. Once I have two or three lightly sketched figures on the canvas, my imagination gets working. Typically, I will use a loose acrylic paint to mark in an idea roughly, often taking time to get the right feel before I continue with oil paint, again loosely applied, working into it sometimes with charcoal, slowly but surely tightening up some areas and leaving other areas free and undefined. During the building up of layers, an image starts to appear and takes on an existence and personality of its own. Recently whilst living in the Alps, I re-visited my love of working outside in the fresh air for about 3 hours, 4 days a week. A good exercise and practice, though jolly cold at times. I would have to dress up very warmly as the temperature was often down to minus 10, I like the challenge of creating whilst battling against the elements.

However, looking like a Michelin man in multiple layers was not the most attractive look and painting with rubber gloves over fleece inners was a challenge on its own. After having produced about 15 small paintings on canvas panels, I realized that to frame these was going to be expensive so I am now framing my own small paintings. A tough learning curve but easier than expected, luckily not taking up too much of my painting time - it all fits in rather well!

I have also taken on commissions during the Covid lock-down period; I painted three portraits and some landscapes alongside my usual bigger works, as well as giving some private painting classes when allowed by the restrictions. Taking time to practice by sketching, whether it be with charcoal, paint, pastel or visiting art shows and sculpture parks is an all-important part of my artistic journey. I feel so lucky to have this passion in my life even though it is a sort of compulsive disorder some might argue!

Gabrielle’s website is www.gabriellebill.co.uk.

The gallery’s competition for April 2021 was the 11th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s May 2021 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best abstract and/or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in March 2021 and concluded on April 27, 2021.

The gallery received 1,002 entries from 29 different countries from around the world, as well as from 36 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2021. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 11th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

 

The gallery’s competition for April 2020 was the 10th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s May 2020 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best representational and/or abstract art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in March 2020 and concluded on April 26, 2020.

The gallery received 844 entries from 26 different countries from around the world, as well as from 36 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2020. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 10th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the  Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 10th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition for the month of April 2020.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s May 2020 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best botanical and/or floral art.

The “Botanicals” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of botanical and floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects. Artists should submit their best abstract or representational botanical and floral art before the deadline of April 26, 2020.

Here is a link to the 10th "Botanicals" Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (April 1, 2020). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of May 2020. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   March  10, 2020
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   April    01, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries   April 26, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   May    01, 2020
Art Exhibition Opens   May    01, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived  

May   31, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 10th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best botanical and/or floral art before the deadline.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Kong Ho has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Kong is an award-winning artist based in Pennsylvania, USA who specializes in representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings. Kong was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 14th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Kong’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Kong’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Kong Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist professionally trained in both Chinese and Western art. Ho is a full-time artist since 2018. Ho earned an M.F.A. in painting and drawing at Texas Tech University in 1994. Since then, he taught as art professor and practicing artist at several universities, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in Shanghai, China (2018), University of Brunei Darussalam in Brunei (2011-17), University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (2001-11), Western Texas College (2000), Hong Kong Baptist University (1997-00), and University of Hong Kong (1994-1997). Ho has received a Visiting Research Fellowship (2013); Fulbright U.S. Scholarship (2009-2010), taught mural painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria; VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship (2008-09); Hong Kong Baptist University Fellowship (2006); Sasakawa Fellowship (2005); Fellowship for Artistic Development (1999).

Always looking for new opportunities to inform the public of the cultural value of community murals, he founded the Hong Kong Mural Society in 1997. He has since designed and painted numerous murals in the past 20 years. In addition to his mural art, his representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings have been exhibited in more than 110 international and national exhibitions including United States, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong.

His art work has been exhibited in venues such as the United Nations Headquarters, Chelsea Art Museum in New York City, the US Ambassadors' Residences in Macedonia, Clymer Museum and Gallery in Washington, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in California, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Canada, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, National Academy of Art and New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria, Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, National Institute of Education Art Gallery in Singapore, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts in Thailand, University of the Philippines Visayas in Philippines, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

His research in community murals and transcendental paintings led to the publishing of his two books, Larger Than Life: Mural Dreamscapes and A Stroke in Time: An Artist's Memoir of Kong Ho in 2016. Moreover, his research papers have been published in several journals, such as Teaching Artist Journal, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Journal of Art and Design, The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings.

Artist Statement

Sumptuously painted in a technique consisting of free-flowing wave-like patterns held in check by subtly controlled washes of glaze and exacting trompe l'oeil floras and shells, my floral-spiral paintings exemplify the theme and style indicative of my ongoing body of work, the "Luminosity Series."

Although I used the nautilus shell, lotus and the Chinese jade disc bi in my early paintings, I have revived my use of bisected nautilus shell and various floral motifs and given them a more contemporary feel though my use of a contrasting scheme and expressive colors.

In my recent series, I have created an asymmetrical composition by offsetting the circular shapes of the primary spiral of the nautilus shell and the floral images against the angular edges of the squared off canvas. Further interest is added to the composition through the articulation of the nautilus shell's segments and the structure of natural flora. I achieve a feeling of dramatic motion by obliterating portions of my ornately patterned objects by merging them with a background of sweeping ribbons, rippling draping, folding petal veins, floating seashells, and dancing stripes.

My composition is supported by a dense spatial field of interpreted interactions of forms and patterns found in nature. These patterns include repetitive clusters of meandering lines and portioned color filled areas that suggest ambiguous space. Rhythmic movement is created from a simultaneous growth and dissolution of both shell and flora with the background. A sense of fundamental transformation for which no beginning and end can be discovered evolves from this body of work. Contrasting colors with meandering lines, and precisely rendered floral images and improvised random patterns, add to the feeling of engagement with rather than separation from my life experience of Eastern and Western cultures and transcendental belief in Taoism and Zen Buddhism.

Life is full of contradictions and so is art. Just as with everything else in life, the images in my painting appear to have fluid meanings and even to take on different physical characteristics when one contemplates the image as a whole. On one level, my paintings can also be considered visual interpretations of the Taoist order of nature and Buddhist spiritual enlightenment because my paintings reflect the spirit or essence of the Buddhist/Taoist belief that there exists a harmonious wholeness and eternal order that connects human beings to nature and to the Yin and Yang forces that govern the cosmos.

On the other hand, vibrant color adds to the feeling of engagement with rather than abstraction from my bicultural life experience. My representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings are about new sensory experience mingled with memories of familiar old one. My art is about the experience of transition, a sense of the bittersweet, of the time in-between, a feeling of the loss for the past that left behind, and the excitement of the new phase in my life.

Kong’s website is www.kongho.com.   

The gallery’s competition for July 2019 was the 9th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s August 2019 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in June 2019 and concluded on July 27, 2019.

The gallery received 678 entries from 28 different countries from around the world, as well as from 32 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into two media categories.  Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

To view the artwork in each media category, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images.

Artists can now post their images directly to their social media networks (See lower left-hand side of the Lightbox).  In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 2019. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our  9th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Mary Ahern has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Mary Ahern is a New York based artist whose art is as intricately entwined as the gardens surrounding her studio. Cultivating and tending those gardens are the first stage of creating the art that grows in her studio.  Mary was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #11. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Mary’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her landscape art in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below is Mary’s Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Statement

VORACIOUSLY CONSUMING LIFE

Through the twisting paths and obstacles in life, the two constants for me have been my Art and my Garden. These are my anchors. They keep me balanced, complete, secure. The arrival of spring flings me from my studio where I’ve been creating my Art all winter, into the emerging garden surrounding my studio. The colors shout optimism to me. The joyous season has begun again. This is where I grow my subjects and gather the imagery for my work. I’ve been an Artist for eons, exploring as all true Artists do, a myriad of subjects and with enough mediums that fill drawers and cabinets throughout my studio. I’ve been zigging and zagging throughout my journey with all the bumps and joyous bursts I could grab. Some of my work through the years has had autobiographical underpinnings, some of it was icy flat. I’ve worked big and I’ve worked small. But when it comes down to it, I love color.

RIFFING ON CLASSICAL ART

I love studying Art History. I’ve been doing it steadily now for decades. My personal library still contains the first book in which I saw the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. I wept each time I opened it. I had to limit myself to 10 pages a day since I was exhausted from looking, from feeling, from studying. I remember stroking the large pages hoping to absorb something, something unknowable to me at the time. Her work somehow spoke to my soul. Though I’ve absorbed some of Georgia’s iconography, when I’m painting in traditional oils I reach backwards to techniques of the Old Masters. I enjoy the process of grisaille painting with the painstaking layers of glazes but I do it with a modern flair. Speaking of modern, I may reach backwards to compositions inspired by Raphael’s Madonna del Prato but I may do the painting using digital mediums with Siberian irises as subjects. My classical Art education in New York City was probably the last gasp of formal training before the onset of conceptual and performance art took hold. My professors were all active and renowned in their fields, Wolf Kahn, Herb Aach, Robert Birmelin and Louis Finkelstein. The foundation in color and design they taught is still the basis of all my work. I am indeed fortunate to have studied with professors who opened their SOHO studios and used the NYC art scene as an integral part of their classroom. The proximity I still have with my studio one hour’s train ride from the array of museums and galleries in NYC is rejuvenating, inspiring and jump starting. My education never ends.

HURLING MYSELF THROUGH LIFE

Once I recognized that I was an Artist, I’ve always maintained a working studio even when at times circumstances prevented great productivity. Then I would sit in there and study my books of the masters, absorbing not only their techniques but also an understanding of the enormous obstacles most of them had to traverse in order to continue forward with their work. They kept me going. I make lemonade out of lemons. To remain in the world of creativity and support my sons as a single parent, I navigated into the nascent world of computer graphics during the 1980’s. Here I sold graphics and electronic paint systems to the Television & Production industry for use in on-air graphics and advertising. My Art training was put to good use as I demonstrated the systems to my target market of creative professionals who were just converting from traditional mediums to digital. After receiving a concussion on the glass ceiling, I began my own graphic design business. Designing print media for my clients turned into repurposing their material once they recognized the value of the Internet. I built my first website in 1995, the year after the Internet became publically available. Having a low threshold for boredom has helped me shape my ongoing career in the Arts by pushing me to continually try new ideas, concepts and mediums.

AND THEN FOR A REAL CHANGE OF PACE

Exactly 20 years after I graduated with my Fine Arts degree I graduated with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture with a focus on Landscape Design. I am combining my Art and my love for gardening that was instilled in me as a child by my favorite Uncle Teddy. I am absolutely driven with these two passions. In fact, in 2000 I rebuilt my home and added two studios overlooking the gardens I’ve designed over the decades. These gardens that surround me in the quaint town of Northport on Long Island and beyond are the main inspiration for my Art. I demand excellence in my work and continuously strive to be a subject-matter-expert in my fields of study. My expertise, not only in the mediums I choose but also in the subjects of horticulture and landscape design that I represent in my close-up florals and landscape paintings of gardens is critical to me. I have a passion for life and learning. It is at the core of my being and who I am as a person and as an Artist.

Mary’s website is:  www.MaryAhernArtist.com

 

The gallery’s competition for July 2018 was the gallery’s 8th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s August 2018 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art for this competition.   The submission process and competition for the artists began in June 2018 and concluded on July 27, 2018.

The gallery received 760 entries from 28 different countries from around the world, as well as from 36 different states.

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3D Art.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

To view the artwork in each media category, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the outside of the large images in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 2018. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other media, 3 Dimensional Art and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

 

The gallery’s competition for July 2017 was the 7th Annual “Botanicals” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s August 2017 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “Botanicals” by submitting their best representational or abstract art.  The “Botanical” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of botanical and floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects. 

The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in June 2017 and concluded on July 27, 2017. The gallery received 720 entries from 17 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  In addition, the gallery received entries from 37 different states.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Media and 3 Dimensional Art.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 3 media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

To view the artwork in each media category, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on any of the large images in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 2017. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other, Photography & Digital and 3D Art media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the  Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

 

The gallery’s competition for April 2016 was the 6th Annual “Botanicals” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s May 2016 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “Botanical & Floral” by submitting their best representational and non-representational art which depicts this theme. “Botanical & Floral” art subjects include flowers, fruits, herbs, leaves, and plants.  

The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in March 2016 and concluded on April 26, 2016. The gallery received 764 entries from 20 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Egypt, Hong Kong,  Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 38 different states.   

The exhibition has been divided into two media categories.  Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital Media. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 2 media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

To view the artwork in each media category, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on any of the large images in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2016. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 6th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any 3D art, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that artist Paula Montgomery is the gallery’s newest featured artist.  Paula will now be presented and promoted in the gallery’s Artist Showcase for the next 30 days.

Lively, effervescent color rhythmically pulsates through the paintings of American artist Paula Montgomery.  Beginning each composition with a particular hue or design, Montgomery then lets her materials and concept guide her process as she produces breathtakingly exquisite canvases. 

Primarily focusing on flora as a subject, Montgomery passionately transforms everyday flowers into painterly visual poems.  Utilizing either a lithe, expressionistic brushstroke or a purposeful palette knife, the artist boldly applies paints with a poetic flourish.  Unwilling to limit herself to traditional materials alone, Montgomery embraces mixed media techniques and materials in order to accumulate the abstract quality of her works.  Thus the paintings hover gracefully between abstraction and representation.

Elegant and independent, these paintings exude a sense of peace and joy.  “If my work can bring a moment of happiness to the viewer, then I feel I’ve accomplished something worthwhile,” Montgomery explains.  “I am always looking for that inner expression to make its presence felt in my work.”  Paula Montgomery lives and works in North Carolina.  Her website is www.paulamontgomeryart.com 

 

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