Introducing Amy McCartney

Our regular readers will be familiar with this week’s artist, Amy McCartney. Her beautiful and imaginative works have accompanied many works of our talented authors.

Amy is a BA (Hons) Fine Art student at Newcastle University, in her last year. She works predominantly in painting. Last year she completed a semester at the Kunstakademie in Münster, Germany. She exhibited work in the academy’s ‘Rundgang’ in January 2019 whilst there. She has also exhibited in ‘MASH’, a group exhibition at Hoochie Coochie in May 2018, as well as in her course’s first year exhibition ‘Saga’ at the Tyneside Cinema film school, in May 2017, and multiple in-departmental course exhibitions.  Last year she collaborated on illustrations for the Bridges 2019 anthology, published by Bandit Fiction  earlier this year. She enjoys drawing and illustrating, an interest which was stimulated during the Visual Communication strand of her Art and Design Foundation Diploma, and has since produced some Illustrative commissions, as well as a book cover design.

 

As always, you can use this stunning visual work as a launch pad for your own writing or other creative work. Today’s prompt: Reflection.

 

Left to right/to to bottom: Above Us; Church Window; Blue Lagoon; Reflection; Shoulder Carry; Bridging Hands;  Empty Home; Engigma with a Blackbird; Helderberg Mountain;A Loving Cup; Puddle

Introducing India Hibbs

If you read our pages regularly, you are familiar with India’s artwork. India Hibbs is a talented young artist. In her final year of a Fine Art degree at Newcastle University, United Kingdom, she focuses on art practice based on narratives created in paintings. She has exhibited her work at shows such as Saga at Tyneside Cinema School (2017), MASH at Hoochie Coochie (2018) and Bloc at Systems Galley (2018). She likes getting involved in publications that combine image and written word.  Most recently, she was one of the illustrators of the Bridges Anthology, published by Bandit Fiction in February this year.

Our today’s prompt, your launchpad for creative work is HIDING.

 

 

 

 

From left to right, top to bottom: Cockshell; A Collage;Garden Witch; Inner Spaces; Speak Easy; Dishwasher; The Gardener; 

Introducing Fabrice B. Poussin

Our readers already know Fabrice as a poet. Today we introduce him as an outstanding photographer. If you want to draw inspiration for your own creative work, think of SOLITUDE.

From left to right, top to bottom: To Her; To the Apse; To Jackson; To the Soul; Trouble Ahead; Twins; Trying to Come Alive;Welcome

About the Artist:

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications. 

Introducing Shannon Elizabeth Gardner

Today, we present an artist from the USA. You cannot stop looking at her images although the subject matter is quite grim. Her work has inspired us to think of a prompt: transformation. We hope it also inspires you.

 

Images left to right/top to bottom: Coffin Birth; Decay; Deprivation; driBdeR; Good night; Graveview; Incoming Message; Master of Decay; Sick Doctor; Smoker’s Breath

 

About the Artist:

Shannon Elizabeth Gardner is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and a Minor in Art History. Her interest in horror and the macabre came about while exploring nature and the paranormal. The work explores the natural and organic process of death, evoking empathy for decay. She believes that life is beautiful when left to fate, leaving art to chance assists the viewer to witness beauty hidden within imperfections. Her process imitates nature and discovers the earth’s imperfect beauty. The ethereal mood of her work reaches the extreme and addresses the taboo.

 

Introducing Carl Scharwath

Editor’s Comment: We were impressed by Carl’s play with light and shade. Do you think you can WRITE about light and shade in your poem or prose? Use these images as a prompt for your writing.

 

Images by Carl Scharwath (clockwise): Entrance; Embrace; Black and White; Art Colony; Building

About the Author:

Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography (His photography was featured on the cover of 6 literary journals.) Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press). and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv) have been published. His first photography book was recently published by Praxis. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a dedicated runner and 2nd-degree black- belt in Taekwondo.