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Sherlock Artist – Vicki Siegel

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Every day this month we’ll be showcasing one of the artists and authors in the new ‘Art of Sherlock Holmes’ project – today it’s artist Vicki Siegel.

Vicki Siegel grew up in both NYC and Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, graduating with a BFA and continued with Master of Fine Art course work, focusing on photography, at Tyler School of Art, Rome. Vicki worked as an art director and later creative director in advertising in Milan, Chicago, and S. Florida.

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During her seven years living and working in Milan, Italy, Vicki’s large multi-image shows combining music and photography would be a precursor to her personal artwork. She has been an active part of the art communities wherever she has lived. Siegel is a full time working artist. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida. She instructs painting at the Boca Raton Museum School, the Armory Art Center and at Old School Square Creative Arts School. Vicki conducts painting workshops, speaks to art groups and juries shows. Her work is widely exhibited and collected.

For the Art of Sherlock Holmes project, Vicki produced a vibrant mixed media piece. Here is a glimpse:

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Vicki is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

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Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Artist – Lupe Lawrence

Every day this month we’ll be showcasing one of the artists and authors in the new ‘Art of Sherlock Holmes’ project – today it’s artist Lupe Lawrence.

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‘Paradise’

Lupe Lawrence is a self-taught fine arts painter who is best known for her landscape and cityscapes paintings. Born in Havana, Cuba, she migrated to United States at the age of five and lives in South Florida. Lupe loves to travel and takes inspiration from the cities that she visits. Lupe is a member of Artist Showcase of Palm Beach County, No More Starving Artist, Creative Center of Education, and the Norton Museum. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout Florida and South Carolina.

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‘The World Is Your Oyster’

“At the age of six, I saw the painting “Hay Wain” by John Constable and was mesmerized. I recall sitting for hours and staring at the painting while tears rolled down my face. I thought, “This is so beautiful.” It was in that instant that I knew I wanted to be an artist”

When it came to The Art of Sherlock Holmes project, Lupe’s cityscape skills really came into their own – here is a glimpse:

Lupe is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Artist – JR Linton

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Every day this month we’ll be showcasing one of the artists and authors in the new ‘Art of Sherlock Holmes’ project – today it’s artist JR Linton.

JR Linton’s parents recognized his gift as an artist. Once the paint was shaved off of the family dog, they encouraged him to move to other media. As his talent and desire to create grew, his dad would steal reams and reams of 11 x 17 paper from his office to feed his son’s growing habit. His mom would keep him on a steady diet of Kool-Aid and American-cheese-and-mustard sandwiches. This kept his mind sharp and his pencils sharper.

He received his first break in the world of professional graphic arts at the age of 16, working for a local comic book creator and publisher. Many a late night, he stayed up doing paste-up, inking and coloring on books that nobody read. When the company tanked suddenly, Linton found his way to the world of digital art and web design. Here, his highly analytical mind (an more Kool-Aid) helped him achieve an excellent understanding of interactive arts and computer programming. Having actually visited every page on the internet, he then began his journey into tattooing. Here, he could delve into his favorite two pastimes: art, and hurting people and getting paid for it. As a tattoo artist, Linton was able to return to his traditional art roots, yet still maintain a connection to the technology he has learned over the past ten years.

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(One of JR’s physical pieces, original acrylic art on a radiator……)

For the Art of Sherlock Holmes JR has created an iconic piece – one that Sherlock collectors will be fighting over when the Art of Sherlock Holmes gallery exhibition opens in May – here is a glimpse;

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JR is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Artist – Terre Rybovich

Every day this month we’ll be showcasing one of the artists and authors in the new ‘Art of Sherlock Holmes’ project – today it’s artist Terre Rybovich.

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Terre Rybovich’s method is fascinating. It’s best left to her to explain…..

“These large drawings each began with me charcoaling the entire surface and then lying down on it. The idea came to me years ago when I was delirious with the flu. “Drawing backwards” is how it initially presented itself. In other words, removing charcoal to create an image instead of adding charcoal to a white sheet of paper.

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Because I was focused on figurative work, the body seemed like the most promising means for removing charcoal. And it was. The imprints were subtle but they were also powerful, even edifying. One unexpected outcome of this technique is how my mind reacted (and still reacts) when confronted with creative input that it did not generate. Every new drawing requires a period of slow absorption, or acquiescence, before the mind can yield to the body’s input. Yet then the imprint guides the process of completing the drawing.

Terre explains that she went on to also create “Small drawings made from full-size body imprints. With the risky addition of birds.”

The effects are fascinating, especially for me when she adds colour – here is a glimpse of her piece for The Art of Sherlock Holmes:

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Terre is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Artist – Tracy Guiteau

Tracy Guiteau was born in New York to traditional Haitian parents, She says her decision to pursue art was often met with criticism. “My parents wanted me to be a nurse, and coming out of high school I received a full scholarship for nursing school,” Guiteau says. She headed to Providence, Rhode Island to attend the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design in 2007. During her training at RISD, she travelled internationally to learn and broaden her artistic experience at the University of Westminster in London.

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Guiteau has a very distinctive style illustrated in ‘Rise’ above and ‘Lotus’ below.

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Guiteau aims to keep her paintings rich with color, with hints of complexity through the use of detailed lines. Often, words and phrases are hidden in the painting, expressing themes that inspire the individual piece.

Here is a glimpse of Tracy’s artwork in The Art of Sherlock Holmes – and yes, there are several hidden words in it – well, it is Sherlock Art after all;

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Tracy is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Author – Robert St. Croix

Every day this month we’ll be showcasing one of the artists and authors in the new ‘Art of Sherlock Holmes’ project – today it’s artist Robert St. Croix.

Robert St. Croix’s career as an artist began in the early 1970’s in San Francisco, where he gained a reputation for metal wall and table designs made of copper and brass. He also became very well known for his innovative water sculptures in copper, driftwood and bronze. In 1974, he opened an “Arts and Crafts” gallery at Bodega Bay in Northern California. He also began showing water and metal sculptures in the San Francisco area. In 1976, he moved to Lake Tahoe, Nevada and opened a sculpture studio and art gallery, allowing him the freedom to create increasingly complex metal sculptures, such as life sized figures, mobiles, and small figurative bronzes.

Perfecting his craft, Robert moved to Hawaii in 1978 and enrolled in University of Hawaii to learn art foundry practices and techniques. There he began to gain wider recognition, showing sculptures in prestigious spaces such as Gallery Hawaii and Center Art Galleries. Moving back to the United States mainland in 1983, Robert began producing limited edition bronzes and showing sculptures at Art Expo New York and Art Expo Los Angeles.

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St. Croix’s most recent move was in 1990, to West Palm Beach, Florida. There, he established a reputation for creating life-size figurative bronzes. In 1998, he began a series of life-size, limited-edition bronzes, “Homage to the Masters,” which are drawn from paintings and works on paper by contemporary masters, which he then casts into three-dimensional bronzes – like ‘His Place’ above.

Robert’s piece in The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a fantastic haunting digital collage. Here is a glimpse:

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Robert is one of fifteen artists who have created new pieces for The Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm Beach Edition which is published in May and available now on Kickstarter – The Art of Sherlock Holmes.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Review of A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Revised 2018 Edition

A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Brian W. Pugh (2018 MX Publishing) was first published in 2009, revised and expanded in 2012 and 2014, and an Addenda & Corrigenda was published in 2016. This 2018 edition has been completely updated and includes information located during research since 2016. The first section contains a family tree and a detailed chronology of the life of ACD and his family from 1755 to 1930. This is followed by sections on events from 1930 to 1998. An Arctic Voyage in 1880, maps of Conan Doyle’s travels, the residences of Conan Doyle and his family, locations of plaques and statues, Conan Doyle and cricket are just a few of the topics covered. A list of biographies and semi-biographical works will aid future researchers in finding the seminal works, a list of facsimile manuscripts that have been published will help some collectors assess their own library. Finally, there are several photographs of ACD and his family at various times of his life; some have not appeared in print before. This publication proves that there is far more to Conan Doyle than just Sherlock Holmes. If you have an interest in the life of Conan Doyle or plan on writing or researching anything dealing with him, this book should be on your bookshelf today.”

Reviewed by Mark Alberstat, Canadian Holmes, Winter 2018/2019

A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Revised 2018 Edition is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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