Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fairies (Part I)

The Moonlight Fairy by Jayne Wilson
available for sale HERE

The point of this post is to show the many expressions and depictions of fairies by our fantasy artists. The fantasy artists whose works are featured here are part of the Fantasy Art for Home and Office group on the site, Fine Art America. Under each piece you will find a link where you can buy (if interested).

Fairies are a legendary or supernatural nature spirit from Europe (and probably originating from Celtic traditions). Fairies have wings in many varieties, and are typically found with light orbs. According to Wikipedia: "The word 'fairy' was used to represent an illusion, or enchantment; the land of the Faes; collectively the inhabitants thereof; or an individual such as a fairy knight."

Here are some other pieces from our artists:

Forest Sprite by David Griffith
available for sale HERE

Indigo Featherdust by Putterhug Studio 
available for sale HERE

A Fairy's Friend by G. Berry
available for sale HERE

Flower Pot Fairy by Ali Oppy
available for sale HERE

Fairy Cottage by Ka Fra Art
available for sale HERE

Visitors at a Fairy Blessing by Lise Winne
available for sale HERE

Sissy Fairy by Rob Corsetti
available for sale HERE

Growing Mushrooms by Brian Wallace
available for sale HERE

Pixie Glenn by David Griffith
available for sale HERE

Flying Flower Eve by Prar Kulasekara
available for sale HERE

Closer by Alice Chen
available for sale HERE

Many of these images are available in framed prints, on home decor, teeshirts and totes. Here is what some of these products can look like:

"Pixie Glenn" framed print by David Griffith available HERE
choose frame at mat color from tabs and drop-downs 

"Moonlight Fairy" pillow by Jayne Wilson available HERE
choose background color in drop down (this one is: #1f760f)

"Closer" extra large round beach towel by Alice Chen available HERE

click here for more fairies (plus mermaids) from our group

our home group page

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fantasy Art Sea Creatures Contest winners and a few other outstanding works in the genre

Seahorse - Spirit of Contentment by Carol Cavalaris
available for sale HERE
FIRST PLACE (shared with Artful Oasis)

For this contest, there were two first place winners, three second place winners and three third place winners. All were chosen by Fine Art America members. The honorable mention for "most inventive piece" is chosen by the administrator of the group, Fantasy Art for Home and Office. A few other pieces were featured too, to give the niche of fantasy art more exposure.

Carol Cavalaris who made Seahose - Spirit of the Sea had this to convey about her piece (a kind of poem):

Seahorse
creature of contentment
symbol of good luck
you roam the sea
slowly and gently
with the currents
like a tiny dragon
of the deep
accepting the ebb and flow
as you survey all that is
around you
with inner vision
teaching me
to look
with my physical
and spiritual eyes
at all that is around me
so I can see
what makes me truly happy

This is what the piece can look like framed and as a tote bag:

framed prints available for sale HERE
choose size, type or frame and mats from drop-down
(this frame is MQ8 under gold frames, with Pompano Beach white mat)

totes available for sale HERE
choose background color from drop-downs

Here is our other first place winner:

Wild Octopus by Artful Oasis
available for sale HERE
FIRST PLACE (shared with Carol Cavalaris)

Artful Oasis states that this is a digital art piece.

This is what this piece can looked like framed and as a weekender tote bag:

framed prints available for sale HERE
choose size, type or frame and mats from drop-down
(this frame is GL8 under black frames, with a Mist mat)

weekender tote bags available HERE

Next up, we have our other winners:

Mermaid by Rob Corsetti
available for sale HERE
SECOND PLACE (shared with Daniel Furon and Henryk Gorecki)

Star Fish by Daniel Furon
available for sale HERE
SECOND PLACE (shared with Rob Corsetti and Henryk Gorecki)

Poseidon by Henryk Gorecki
available for sale HERE
SECOND PLACE (shared with Rob Corsetti and Daniel Furon)

Rainbow Dolphins by Carol Cavalaris
available for sale HERE
THIRD PLACE (shared with Ernie Echols and Jo King)


Jellyfish Digital Art by Ernie Echols
available for sale HERE
THIRD PLACE (shared with Carol Cavalaris and Jo King)

note: the following piece is only partial to adhere to Google guidelines:
Les Fruits De La Mer by Jo King
available for sale HERE
THIRD PLACE (shared with Carol Cavalaris and Ernie Echols)


A River Runs Through It by Susan Schneider
available for sale HERE
HONORABLE MENTION (for most inventive piece)

Here are a few other outstanding pieces:

Enchanted Waters by Sherry Shipley
available for sale HERE

Marlin and His Friends by Ali Oppy
available for sale HERE

Chambered Nautilus by K.S. Rankin
available for sale HERE



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hard to Define Fantasy Art and Surreal Art (Part II)

The Secret by Prar Kulasekara
available for sale HERE

This is a continuation of the last blog post (part I) of featuring fantasy art work that defies category, but is jam-packed with creativity. This is a member post, of our group, Fantasy Art for Home and Office.

Aren't the colors in this one captivating?

Here are some others in the hard-to-define catagory:

The Love of Two Souls by Ali Oppy
available for sale HERE

Ballerina Bouquet by G. Berry
available for sale HERE

The Train Never Came by KaFra Art
available for sale HERE

Part of Me by Jenn Teel
available for sale HERE

Dominance by Anna Deligianni
available for sale HERE


Hold the Key by Another Dimension Art
available for sale HERE


Chekhov by Victor Molev
available for sale HERE

Hierarchy of Needs by Solomon Barroa
available for sale HERE

Space Time by Brian Wallace
available for sale HERE

The Big Move by Eric Nagel
available for sale HERE

Don't forget that a lot of these images from our respective shops come as prints (metal, canvas and framed), and on tote bags, pillows, greeting cards and other products. Here are just a few from our featured artists:

Dominance by Anna Deligianni
her tote is available for sale HERE

The Train Never Came by KaFra Art
framed prints available HERE
choose type of frame and mat from drop down:
This one is in the black category (GL8) and the mat is "Antique White Mat"

Part of Me by Jenn Teel
phone cases available HERE

Friday, May 5, 2017

Hard To Define Fantasy Art and Surreal Art (Part I)

Alone by Louloua Asgaraly
available for sale HERE

The wonderful thing about practicing art is that pieces or ideas evolve into artworks that are often hard to define or pigeon-hole. 

We are a group of fantasy artists who often straddle between fantasy art and surrealism. They are both alike in a lot of ways.

This is the definition of fantasy art (according to the Wikipedia definition):

It can be characterised by subject matter – which portrays non-realistic, mystical, mythical or folkloric subjects or events – and style, which is representational and naturalistic, rather than abstract - or in the case of magazine illustrations and similar, in the style of graphic novel art such as manga.

Fantasy has been an integral part of art since its beginnings,[2] but has been particularly important in mannerism, magic realist painting, romantic art, symbolism, surrealism and lowbrow. In French, the genre is called le fantastique, in English it is sometimes referred to as visionary art, grotesque art or mannerist art. It has had a deep and circular interaction with fantasy literature ...

... Fantastic art has traditionally been largely confined to painting and illustration, but since the 1970s has increasingly been found also in photography. Fantastic art explores fantasy, imagination, the dream state, the grotesque, visions and the uncanny,[2] as well as so-called "Goth" art.


This is the definition of surrealist art (according to the Wikipedia definition):

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality".[1][2][3] Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.[4]

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur ...


Our group of artists primarily practice both styles of art. 

Because many of the images in this post do not conform "exactly" to the subjects of fantasy art (or story-telling), per se, they are being featured to show that the "realm of fantasy art" is also often the realm of "surrealist art". 

At any rate, they are very creative, which is the point of art.

Here are some more images from the members of our group that fall into that category:

 Bananas by Marvin Blaine
available for sale HERE

Fantasia by Martina Rall
available for sale HERE

A Separate Reality by Jim Rehlin
available for sale HERE

Boating on Clouds by Martina Rall
available for sale HERE

Midnight Tale by Psycho Shadow
available for sale HERE

Treasure Chest by KaFra Art
available for sale HERE

Greek Gift Right by Melinda Dare Benfield
available for sale HERE

Harbinger of Light by Alice Chen
available for sale HERE

Alone in the Clouds by Louloua Asgaraly
available for sale HERE

Lady of the Lake by Susan Maxwell Schmidt
available for sale HERE

Texas Blue by Pamela Smale Williams
available for sale HERE

Don't forget that a lot of these images from our respective shops come on tote bags, pillows, greeting cards and other products. Here are just a few from our featured artists:

Bananas tote bag by Marvin Blaine
choose background color from drop-down (this one is #ddd092)
available for sale HERE

Treasure Chest shower curtain by KaFra Art
choose background color from drop-down (this one is #2e5d70)
available for sale HERE
(note: the Fine Art America watermark does not appear on products)

A Separate Reality phone case by Jim Rehlin
 choose background color from drop-down (this one is #a7c5e2)
available for sale HERE



In the next post (part II) I will feature twelve more fantasy-surreal images.
See you then!