Category Archives: Environmental Art

Artist Spotlight — Dietmar Voorwold: Creations In Nature

Land Art creations by Dietmar Voorwold

Images from our Land Art 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Each year we showcase a different artist in our Land Art wall calendar. The emphasis of using materials from nature and creating installations in nature is consistent among all of these talented artists. But the materials they choose and the themes they explore are as diverse as the splendor of nature itself. Sally J. Smith was our featured artist for 2015, when the calendar explored her ice sculptures, twig architecture, and leaf and flower mandalas. Sally also builds faerie houses for a living!

For 2016 we’re honored to present the work of Dietmar Voorwold, which shows harmonious palettes of light and color and seems to defy gravity. He spends much of his time along the coasts and rivers of northern Scotland, where, sometimes in the course of a single day, nature moves through the spectrum of color, light, and weather, creating a lively spectacle throughout the sky and in the interplay with the earth. “It’s a matter of finding the balance,” he says. “The perfect place, the perfect material, the perfect shape. The right moment. There’s always a chance that the sculpture will collapse, the incoming tide will come too early, the light will change too quickly, a dog will step over my mosaics.” Photography is another important aspect of his art. This is how he freezes a brief moment. The actual installation will be gone within a few days or even minutes, depending on the rhythms of nature. The never-ending coming and going, the creating and letting go, the transitoriness and changeability in nature are charming aspects of his artwork.

In response to the WordPress.com photo challenge, Dietmar’s exquisite sense of balance and observational skills are a sublime example of being Careful. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Sally J. Smith: I build Faerie houses for a living!

We asked Sally to share her thoughts and process on being an environmental artist. Her connection to nature and the magic within is captivating.  ~ Amber Lotus

Faerie Houses 2016 wall calendar

Image from the Faerie Houses 2016 wall calendar. Click image to see more.

When meeting new people in social settings, the inevitable question arises: “And what do you do?”

When this is asked of me there is often a long pause. The question hangs in the air. The querist leans in expectantly, waiting for me to fill in the void between us. Always a quick calculation has to be made: be vague and simplistic – “I’m an artist” – or more specific – “I’m an environmental artist.” But if the moment is right for either a shock or a smile, I will say, “I build Faerie houses for a living!” and wait for that idea to settle in. Continue reading

Exploring Nature Through Art

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we tend to hibernate during the winter months. My neighbors and I joke around about not seeing each other for months. In mid-March we suddenly start to converge on the street for spontaneous, tiny block parties to catch up and celebrate spring. (We also joke around about our coffee and beer consumption during winters in Portland, but that’s another blog post for another time.)

Spring is such a magical time with plants unfurling and blooming in vivid colors and divine shapes. The pale landscape starts to light up with color and dance with texture. It’s no surprise that so many artists are inspired and deeply connected to nature. Two of our calendar titles, Environmental Art and Land Art, show an extraordinary array of styles with nature and natural elements playing the central role.

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Spencer Byles, forest materials, France, 2012
Featured in the Environmental Art 2015 wall calendar:

Environmental art takes many forms. It can be a thought-provoking presentation of nature in an urban landscape or an illumination of beauty that draws our awareness to our earthly surroundings. It can also be sublimely emotional, as with “Three Portals,” created by Spencer Byles. Approaching the portals, looking through to the path beyond, evokes a primal mystery. The forest bears witness to a rite of passage that can symbolize whatever you wish. The surroundings are as much a part of a work of environmental art as what the artist contributes. Byles says, “When working in forests or mountains or by a river with natural materials, I might leave the work for a period of weeks or months to allow nature to weave its way back onto, around, and through the materials before I return to complete it. The sculptures look more grounded in their environment once this action takes place.” Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Andres Amador

We are honored to share this guest post written by one of our contributing artists, Andres Amador. His amazing, large-scale sand art delights and enchants viewers and we’re so glad he captures it all in photographs. His “Connections” image is featured in our Environmental Art 2015 wall calendar. We asked him to share some thoughts about working with an impermanent medium:

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Connections © Andres Amador from the Environmental Art 2015 wall calendar

Impermanence is a central aspect of the art I make. Yet for something that will exist so fleetingly, a surprising amount of forethought, planning, and energy is required. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Wia Stegeman

Our 2015 calendars have arrived! It’s so wonderful to see boxes and boxes of the final pieces — amazing artwork from so many artists; inspiring text from wisdom teachers around the globe; and the realization of months of designing and planning. Honestly it feels like a gift each year to see the full collection.

2015 Environmental Art wall calendarIn the 2015 Environmental Art wall calendar we’re featuring work by Manolo Paz, Sylvain Meyer, Wia Stegeman, and others. In this post, we’d like to share a bit more about Wia Stegeman.

Wia lives in The Netherlands and has a BA of Visual Arts from Academy Minerva, Arts Academy of Visual Arts, in Groningen. She’s a muti-faceted artist who explores painting, performance, photography, and installations. She describes her work as being “about the hidden reality.” Continue reading

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2015 Cover – Menhirs for Peace by Manolo Paz

The 2015 edition of the best-selling Environmental Art Calendar will be available to purchase July 2014 — this will be our 8th year for this title. Andres AmadorManolo Paz, and Sylvain Meyer are just a few of the artists that will be featured.

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2014 Cover Image
© Bob Verscheuren

NEW – Check out this wonderful access to our Environmental Art Calendar Archive and links to information about each featured cover artists: Bob Verscheuren, Patrick Dougherty, Martin Hill, Nils-Udo, Jason de Caires Taylor and others.

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2013 Cover Image
© Patrick Dougherty

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2010 Cover Image
© Martin Hill

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2008 Cover Image
© Nils-Udo

View all the Calendar Covers with links to the Artist’s latest projects here!

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New Amber Lotus Holiday Cards

Introducing our latest holiday cards, featuring Duirwaigh Hearts and Moons, Furturtle Show Prints, Celtic Mandala art with seasonal 
blessings, classic Peace Posters and the whimsical Tree-Hugging Santa.

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New Holiday Boxed Sets

Our cards are printed on recycled cardstock with 
soy-based inks. Cards are 5″ x 7″ and sold in clear boxes of twelve cards with envelopes for $13.99.

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Peace and Love and Christmas Moon Holiday Boxed Cards

Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of the husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They specialize in the three Es: enchantment, enlightenment and entertainment. The Duiwaigh Studios inspiration comes from old-world fairy tales and myths and the natural curiosity for anything that explores the space between heaven and earth.

Furturtle Show Prints

Furturtle Show Prints Holiday Boxed Cards

Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints pairs witty words with whimsical illustrations. Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed Gig posters. The Furturtle card lines are printed on recycled textured watercolor paper, which gives it a wonderful artisan feel.

Celtic Mandala Holiday Cards

Celtic Mandala Holiday Boxed Cards

Celtic Mandala art with seasonal blessings by Jen Delyth, a Welsh artist whose work is founded in her deep connection to her Celtic heritage. She creates intricate paintings and illustrations using traditional egg tempera and contemporary digital techniques. Her original, iconographic style is inspired by the Spirit in Nature and expresses our mythic connection to the natural world. The Celtic Mandala card lines are also printed on recycled textured watercolor paper.

Peace Poster Holiday Cards

Peace Poster Holiday Boxed Cards

Godzilla & King Kong by Steff Geissbuhler. Geissbuhler is among America’s most celebrated designers of brand and corporate identity programs. His work also includes posters, brochures, books and illustrations. Peace Now, Artist unknown. Poster Image courtesy UC Berkeley 1970 Workshop / Lincoln Cushing collection.

Tree-Hugging Santa

Tree-Hugging Santa Boxed Cards

Tree Hugger: a person with strong environmental beliefs who embraces eco-conscious living and all that is good for the earth and its inhabitants. There are a lot of good reasons to love trees, whether for their majesty and diversity as living creatures or because of their crucial role in the global ecosystem. Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped rehabilitate environments across the globe by planting nearly 65 million trees since 1988. Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a partner in this wonderful program.

All these cards are available to purchase on our website and at select retailers.

14 New Calendar Titles for 2014

We have an amazing lineup of new calendars this year, including Farm to Table, Tree Huggers, Lunaria and Sacred Celtic Sites. We’re also bringing back an old favorite, Hafiz, with Persian-inspired illuminations from  Silas Toball, designer extraordinaire and co-creator of our best-selling Duirwaigh card line.  Other new titles include Steampunk, Day of the Dead, Bee Happy, The Garden Sanctuary and On Sacred Ground. We are also adding four new titles to our Healthy Pet series: Healthy Dachshund, Healthy Golden, Healthy Lab and Healthy Pug.

Bee Happy Calendar Sacred Celtic Sites Calendar Day of the Dead — Sugar Skulls Calendar Garden Sanctuary Calendar The Healthy Dachshund The Healthy Golden The Healthy Lab The Healthy Pug Lunaria Calendar Steampunk Calendar Tree Huggers Calendar Farm to Table Calendar Hafiz Calendar On Sacred Ground Calendar

As we move forward with our mission to illuminate spirit in the world, we remain mindful of our responsibility to the planet we share. We are full of optimism and goodwill, and we extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, artists, authors, representatives and friends all over the world.

Namaste — Amber Lotus Publishing