Martha’s Vineyard based artist Omar Rayyan‘s bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting. Although looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century, he has picked watercolor as his medium of choice.
Omar’s primary market is geared towards children’s and young adult’s magazine and books, doing cover and interior illustrations. He has also illustrated several children’s picture books.
Bennett Slater is an illustrator, designer and graduate from the BAA interpretive illustration program at Sheridan Institute. Bennett’s work draws inspiration from the relationship the future shares with the past; new from old, life from death.
Utilizing traditional oil methods on wood, Bennett plays with a mixture of traditional flemish and dutch disciplines, with bold geometric forms linked to the contemporary avant-garde school of design. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.
You can’t beat this, Otis Redding, 1967, Oslo, Norway, live performance at a Stax Records revue and concert tour. The band looks dope, the fans are so into it, and Otis is just belting a version of “Try A Little Tenderness.” He was only 26 YEARS OLD!!!! Holy, holy… enjoy.