Thursday, May 20, 2010

Carol Henry

The Summer 2010 Digital Color Artist is Carol Henry. Carol is a fine art photographer who does not use a camera. She projects light in the darkroom to create images of unique clarity and saturation. She prints on the archival darkroom material known as Ilfochrome paper. She has been perfecting this experimental process for more than 20 years. She is known for her one-of-a-kind botanicals.

Carol has also painted a series of portraits of Barack Obama that tracks his administration through art. The series is known as the Obama Painting Project. It is about abilities, ideas, and ideals converging to leave a visual record of our changing planet.

Carol Henry's work often reveals playful compositions of water related imagery and thoughtful abstraction. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette with a BFA in photography. She continued exploring the art of light transmission in her Ilfochrome darkroom at the Lab Ciba in Burbank. She is represented in California by: the Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite, Photography West, Carmel and the Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach. Her studio is located in the historic Whizin's Center Arcade in Agoura Hills, California.

New Contemporary Artists
Welcome to these newly registered artists:

1. Walt Chaney. Watercolors. A background in commercial sculpture and toy art.
2. Mamta Herland. Painting, digital art and video from Norway.
3. John Currin. A dark morphing of subject and medium.
4. Edwin Villavera. Bright watercolor and oil impressions.
5. Pia N8sheim. Warm mystical art from Germany.
6. Helena Szawlowska Human beings, covered by a mild fog. From the Czech Republic.
7. Carol P Kingsley. A beautiful array of light and shadows.
8. Gary James. Ballpoint pen works are of the stipple pointillist tradition.
9. Igor Gustini. Abstracts from Croatia.
10. Atelier Aant-seize Collectif. Life of African women photos.
11. Made gede Suardika. Iron, steel and meteorite sculpture from Indonesia.
12. Wesley Rowe. Watercolors, airbrush, oils, digital photos and silkscreen.
13. Christopher Paul. Light and color acrylic abstracts.
14. Michelle Wrighton. Up close pet portraits from Australia.
15. Linda Paul. Egg tempera painter and bas-relief sculptor.
16. Simon Kontarge. Classical Italian manner portraits and psychological surrealism.
17. Jude Thaut. Brush and blade landscapes.
18. Marco Ambrosini. Trompe l'oeil and affresco from Italy.
19. Craig Hitchens. The auras of living beings from Australia.
20. Nikolay Lukashuk. Realistic landscapes from Russia.
21. Thom Millsap. Impressionistic acrylic seascapes, still life and landscapes.
22. Edward Myers. A generalist photographer and printmaker.
23. Carol Henry. Projection on Ilfochrome. Fine art photography without a camera.

To view their work click on their name at or enter it at

New Galleries
Gilbert Abric, Jason Jenkins, Marijan Gal, Nirvana Blues, Kevin Barr, Nese Ikbal Sen, Barbara Rose Guada and Judy Puckett have added new artwork to their galleries:

News from the Artists
The geniuses behind the Mutant Vehicle Photo Booth are going mobile themselves. They are building a rolling studio with a 16 foot high climbable tripod. It will not have a fabric backdrop, or any backdrop at all, except of course the varying themes of the metropolis.

Southern California Art Events
This summer, consider visiting these art walks, gallery nights, festivals and studio tours:

* Jun 3, 2010 Santa Barbara Art Walk (monthly)
* Jun 4, 2010 First Fridays Ventura (monthly)
* Jun 5, 2010 ArtWalk Culver City
* Jun 5-6, 2010 Conejo Valley Art Museum (Thousand Oaks) ArtWalk
* Jun 10, 2010 Downtown Los Angeles Artwalk (monthly)
* Jun 12, 2010 NELAart - Northeast L.A. Gallery Night (monthly)
* Jun 19-20, 2010 Pasadena Chalk Festival
* Jul 2010 Malibu Arts Festival
* Jul 1, 2010 Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk (monthly)
* Jul 2, 2010 First Fridays Long Beach (monthly)
* Jul 3-4, 2010 Pine Knot Village Art Walk (Big Bear Lake)
* Jul 10, 2010 Montrose-Verdugo City Art Walk
* Jul 17, 2010 Miracle Mile Art Walk
* Jul 24, 2010 Glendale Open Studio Tour
* Jul 31, 2010 Pomona Last Saturday Art Walk (monthly)
* Aug 5, 2010 El Paseo Artwalk (Palm Desert) (monthly)
* Aug 6, 2010 Claremont Village Art Walk (monthly)
* Aug 7, 2010 Santa Ana Artwalk (monthly)
* Aug 14, 2010 Long Beach Art Walk (monthly)
* Aug 21, 2010 Santiago Art District Art Walk (Santa Ana) (monthly)
* Aug 28, 2010 Frogtown Artwalk
* Sep 2010 Autumn Lights LA
* Sep 2, 2010 1st Thursday Downtown San Pedro (monthly)
* Sep 25, 2010 Santa Monica Glow Festival

For details and many more listings, follow the links at:

Hopefully these will be as wonderful as the events spring. Highlights include the Angel's Gate Studio Tour (in San Pedro,) the Santa Fe Open Studios, and the Laguna and Santa Barbara Art Walks. At Angel's Gate, one artist created fantastical ceramic musical instruments. As she played one, it emitted many sounds reminiscent of various other instruments, from a flute to a didgeridoo. She played another one which sounded like electronic feedback. And one was a two-person instrument, each blowing into opposite ends while standing and crouching, with a ball rolling inside to change pitch as the instrument's relative elevation changed.

Santa Fe Walk Through was also very good. One artist had an impressive huge papier-mache elephant head and leg coming out of the wall. A light/video artist had a video playing which from a distance looked like horses galloping. Upon closer examination, one discovers that it's actually made up of many human hands and fingers collaged together.

In Laguna, the art museum, featuring a survey of contemporary art and culture in the OC, had a few unusual pieces, including one in an unlimited edition, with viewers allowed to take one home. It was a printout of all of the punctuation and spaces from M. L. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Also, a favorite piece was a tree sculpture with many electronic abstractly bird-like objects in the branches. At seemingly random times, some or all of the "birds" would flap their "wings".

In Santa Barbara the art museum featured an exhibit "Delacroix to Monet: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Painting from the Walters Art Museum" (in Baltimore). It included works by Pissarro, Degas, Millet and many others. It's always great to see new Monets and Pissarros, but the favorite piece was a cafe scene by Manet. Outside the museum was a group performing Celtic music. The Granada theater is a beautifully restored place, which had an interesting exhibit with photo portraits of famous musicians, actors, dancers, and other personalities such as The Beatles, Rudolph Nureyev, Paul Newman, and Michael Jackson.

Exhibiting your Artwork
Registered Artists can use the Edit link at the bottom of their Artist Page to edit their display. It is inconspicuous in the background under the main table. Artists with Digital Consciousness Gallery Service can create and edit on-line galleries from a control panel. These galleries contain no ads and are among the most prominent pages on Digital Consciousness.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Nese Ikbal Sen

The February 2010 Digital Color Artist of the Month is Nese Ikbal Sen (b. 1956)
Nese was born in Manisa, Turkey. He holds postgraduate degrees in business and has worked as a teacher and a health manager. He also has had formal training in art history. He paints realistic oil portraits, usually working long hours in his studio. He has exhibited at several group and one-man shows.

New Contemporary Artists and Galleries
The following artists registered in the last month. To view the work of an artist enter the artist's name at To see these most recent artists go to

1. Jerome Maggiore. Expressionistic paintings that engage intellectual senses.
2. Michael Sturdy. Abstract-expressionist painter and author.
3. Jerome Poitevin. Giclee, fine art inkjet and digital chromogenic prints.
4. Kalliope Amorphous. Conceptual self-portrait photographs.
5. Cyril Vandenbeusch. Eating time and food and photography.
6. Elin Bogomolnik. Palette knife oil paintings from Israel.
7. Amelia Miholca. Oil abstracts of color and light
8. Elizabeth Lynn Moon. Mystical jewelry.
9. Megan Coyle. Fine collage from portraiture to landscapes.

Gilbert Abric, Kevin Barr and Lisa Putman have added new artwork to their galleries.

Southern California Art Events
At the January San Pedro artwalk, one gallery featured bold, colorful paintings by Muriel Olguin. It was dramatically lit by projector lights focused on each artwork. Another gallery's exhibit consisted of side-by-side photos. One photo of each pair was of a famous work of art, and the other was a local San Pedro resident recreating the pose as closely as possible.

"Let There Be Light", a project of Phantom Galleries L.A., showed that the bad economy is good for the arts in one respect: temporary "phantom galleries" pop up all over the place in vacant properties. This time, the phantom galleries all consisted of light-themed installations meant to be viewed from the sidewalk through the windows of vacant storefronts. There were 25 locations, each of which contained the work of one to seven artists. This was a very cool experience. There were lots of multicolored neon lights, some kinetic sculptures, some video displays, and just about any medium you can imagine interacting with just about any form of light.

Ongoing is a very good Mercedes Matter exhibit at Pepperdine University's art museum. She's one of those artists whom nobody's heard of, but they should have.

In February 2010 please visit these art walks and gallery nights

* Feb 4, 2010 Santa Barbara Art Walk
* Feb 4, 2010 Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
* Feb 4, 2010 1st Thursday Downtown San Pedro
* Feb 4, 2010 El Paseo Artwalk (Palm Desert)
* Feb 4, 2010 Riverside Arts Walk
* Feb 5, 2010 First Fridays Ventura
* Feb 5, 2010 Claremont Village Art Walk
* Feb 5, 2010 First Fridays Long Beach
* Feb 6, 2010 Santa Ana Artwalk
* Feb 11, 2010 Downtown Los Angeles Artwalk
* Feb 13, 2010 Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk
* Feb 13, 2010 NELAart - Northeast L.A. Gallery Night
* Feb 13, 2010 Long Beach Art Walk
* Feb 20, 2010 Santiago Art District Art Walk (Santa Ana)
* Feb 26-28, 2010 Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts
* Feb 27, 2010 Pomona Last Saturday Art Walk

For details, follow the links at: