Udayan Dalal: Passionate Perception
Oct22

Udayan Dalal: Passionate Perception

By Udayan Dalal Passionate Perception The artistic nature of Laguna Beach drew me in. After immigrating from Ahmedabad, India, I found my new home. I fell in love with the beach environment, lifestyle and people I met. Capturing the world around me, whether it was sunsets at Thalia, nature landscapes or local wildlife, influenced me greatly and allowed me to develop my artistic abilities. 2011 was a turning point in my life...

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HAHN: The Big Picture
Aug19

HAHN: The Big Picture

What happens when two people proficient in art, music, writing and sales, marry and combine talents? You get the artist team of James R. Hahn Productions. James R. Hahn is a Florida native who, for the past 37 years, has created custom art for major companies worldwide. Kay Hahn is an artist and accomplished author with her second book coming out this year. The Back Story While James was earning his college art degree, a young...

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101 Vagina by Philip Werner
May05

101 Vagina by Philip Werner

By Carisa Carlton Philip Werner created a  photographic journey of 101 nude, frontal lower-abdomen views of women spread across races, ages, and body types, and in one case, even across gender. Despite the coffee-table book’s title, the black and white images are not of the vagina, neither are they pornographic. The 101 Vagina photographs are framed and lit identically, which results in you only seeing each woman’s unique beauty. Each...

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Master of Light: Lorenzo George
Feb21

Master of Light: Lorenzo George

By Carisa Carlton I first contacted Lorenzo George in the spring of 2011 to request that he participate in the St Regis Monarch Beach hotel celebration of Laguna Beach’s finest artists. Even though local artists assured me of George’s kindness, I was a bit intimidated when I previewed his work online, as I was faced with the most romantic contemporary master and my fine arts knowledge was limited. My fine arts vocabulary hasn’t...

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Jorg Dubin: Feast for Active Minds and Hungry Eyes
Dec04

Jorg Dubin: Feast for Active Minds and Hungry Eyes

By Kraig Blue I recently had the pleasure of meeting artist, Jorg R. Dubin, at his Laguna Beach canyon art studio. I could sing accolades to the beauty of his color choice, or I could dazzle you with intellectual art jargon that would confuse the layman and tantalize the informed art patron, but that would do no justice to Dubin or his work.  I choose to write about Dubin not only because his art is provocative, but because he is his...

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Kraig Blue: The Human Condition
Nov11

Kraig Blue: The Human Condition

By Carisa Carlton The first thing you will notice about Kraig Blue is the passion he radiates. Passion for everything in life, and passion for life. Growing up in the Ghetto, three homeless years in LA, losing two brothers in four years, jailed for protesting, beaten by law enforcement, losing friends to AIDS, and a passion for education created a character that cannot be matched. Blue is the man you want to talk to when you want to...

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Ron Azevedo:  Spellbinding Laguna Beach Photography
Oct12

Ron Azevedo: Spellbinding Laguna Beach Photography

By Carisa Carlton As one of the most directional and vital international photography talents fueling the Laguna Beach scene right now, Ron Azevedo presents spellbinding style with a new tone of voice that enchants color lovers, draws them in, and seduces them like a tawdry voiced chanteuse. Light a stogie, swirl a scotch, and fix your sights onto Azevedo’s warm sunset glow over a mysteriously inviting blue body of water. Like a light...

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Jason Dowd:  The Comedy of Life, the Death of Caesar Augustus
Aug28

Jason Dowd: The Comedy of Life, the Death of Caesar Augustus

By Jason Dowd As an instructor at Laguna College of Art and Design, I tell my students that in order to find fulfillment in art, they must seek what truly inspires them. Once they apply this fundamental inner reflection, supported with course instruction, the desired results are palpable. Art inspires me. Continuously seeking the works of past artists is both a privilege and a joy. Experiencing old masters’ works helps guide my...

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James Shilaimon: Majesty of Light | Laguna Beach Artist
Aug11

James Shilaimon: Majesty of Light | Laguna Beach Artist

By Carisa Carlton For centuries artists have played with our heads by creating illusions that lead us out of ourselves and into dreamy realms. James Shilaimon’s paintings follow that tradition. Using sharply linear imagery, Shilaimon evokes emotion in modern home exterior paintings like a real-enough-to-smell Rembrandt flower. Other times his soaring spiritually laden infinity pools ensconce the viewer like a Michelangelo...

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