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Current Newsletter Fall 2020

"A Work In Progress"

Quarterly Newsletter   |   Fall Edition 2020

 

 

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my first ever, quarterly Newsletter, "A Work in Progress"!    I'm excited to share insights from my studio, creative inspirations, and other bits of news about my art that you might be interested in. 

 In this letter, I will share what art I'm working on, a recent 'discovery' I made that is helping me navigate the travel restrictions, and new directions that Emilie and I are exploring together.  I hope you enjoy it!  

 

 

Recent work

A few months ago I discovered the work of an incredibly talented aerial videographer, Eugene Belsky, who operates high definition photography drones from his base in New York City.   Travel restrictions aside, my ability to access first hand aerial reference of New York City is very limited.  The city has strict regulations in place for flight over much of the area, and receiving permission for operating a drone over the city is as scarce as a hen's tooth.  Lucky for me, Eugene received that permission and was excited to see his work used as a reference for my paintings.  My most recent series of New York City aerial landscapes are a result of this connection.  

The painting above is from Manhattan towards Central Park, 24x48 inch, oil on canvas, now part of a private collection.  The perspective highlights two very iconic buildings including, the Chrysler Building and what is now recognized as the world's most slender skyscraper.   If you're interested in this series of aerials, be sure to check out other recent paintings from New York, Vancouver, and San Francisco here.  I'm also available for commissions if you have a different cityscape that you would be interested in, send me a message and we can discuss it further!

 

Sketchbook

As many of us have been contemplating the travel restrictions since March of 2020, I found myself struggling to compensate for the loss of adventure, and freedom of exploration.   

A fortuitous visit to our local art supply shop re-introduced me to the magic of urban sketching with pen.   I wandered the isles of art supplies like a kid in a candy store and discovered the Pigma Micron pen and sketchbook.  Knowing that I could explore the medium without the pressure of making a finished piece to sell, it felt like the perfect way to fulfill my sense of loss and draw the places I want to go!    It's been very rewarding to refocus my struggles into pen sketches of some of my favorite cityscapes, if you would enjoy seeing how they are done, be sure to check out a recent time lapse of Calgary Canada here.

Youtube

The previous link to my sketch video will take you to a very new and exciting platform where Emilie and I have recently joined forces to create a dedicated art channel on YouTube!  The channel is very new to us, so far we have uploaded a couple of sketching videos, interviews and a demonstration on how to stretch an artist canvas.  We are currently working on more videos, including the painting process,  time lapses of painting and sketching, and others.  We are excited to give people another way to connect with our practice/obsession and get a unique way of seeing art, "From Our Perspective".

 

I am so grateful to you, for taking time to read this letter, and allowing me to share my "work in progress".  

 

Take good care,

Mike Fantuz

 

 

 

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"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"   Henry David Thoreau

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  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri
  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri
  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri
  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri
  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri
  • Mike Fantuz, wall art, visual artist, oil on canvas painting, fine art, palette knife painting, aeri

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