Mixed Media

Hope (pastel) by Libby January

Fast, Flexible, Forgiving Pastels | Libby January

Many artists yearn to express themselves in a freer, less representational way. One such artist is Libby January. The former primary school teacher, whose lifelong love of art took her back to college as a mature student, faced a long struggle to find an approach that satisfied her creative needs. “I did a lot...

Making Art a Practice

Making Art a Practice

Cat Bennett's new book isn't really about actual pipes, even if the title is Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to be the Artist You Are). Instead, the title is a reference to Magritte's famous "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" painting, where a pipe is used as a vehicle...

At the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market © a Polished Eye. All rights reserved.

International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

Perched on top of Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM is a yearly festival called The International Folk Art Market. It's brilliant with color and ripe with international artists excited to show you their craft, all impressive and masterful. This year was my second attending, but it was no less exciting. The art...

Masquerade of Wits by Lisa Cyr

Lisa L. Cyr: Embrace Inspiration, by Neely McLaughlin

Lisa L. Cyr’s mixed-media fantasy-inspired work invites the viewer to participate in her imaginative vision. That vision inspires both Cyr’s paintings and her desire to encourage others in creative pursuits. “Create from the heart, innovate without boundaries, strive for greatness and speak to the culture in ways that inspire and motivate,” she says, explaining,...