Crafty Feast was a success!!
It was such a great day. The response I got to all of my pieces made me feel so great. Thank you to each and everyone of you that came out and checked out my booth! I know a lot of people grabbed business cards for potential custom orders, and I’m excited to see what everyone has in mind around the start of the new year.
In the meantime, I have done several updates to my website to make it easier to view the pieces that I have available (for ORDER). If you click on the link for String Art at the top, it will tell you more about my process and materials, as well as show you galleries of my work.
Lately I’ve been taking a break from blogging to focus on growing my string art ventures. I hope you’ll all take a look at the pieces that I have created, and enjoy them! You can check them out with the link up top, or the link to the right that will take you to my etsy shop.
I’m also proud to say that my pieces are being sold in a retail store in Columbia, SC called Bones, Rugs, & Harmony. Many thanks to Merle and Steve for giving me that opportunity.
I hope to be able to take part in the Crafty Feast happening this December. If you guys haven’t heard about this festival, check it out here.
Please keep in mind that it is always great to spread my name, so feel free to tell your friends to tell their friends! I am always taking custom orders, and will be glad to work with anyone who is interested in getting a piece made.
A mixture of old books, old papers, collage work, paintings, and an eye for the bigger picture comprise these awesome pieces created by Italian artist Ekaterina Panikanova . Painting on a backdrop of old books, and old documents, she creates large scale pieces of art that are hard to define. Are they collages? Paintings? Installations? I’m not sure. But I am sure they are neat. Check these out:
I love the idea of these pieces! It’s almost like two works of art in one.
The beautiful paintings she has created, but also the restoration of these old documents and their re-positioning and careful assembly to create a unique backdrop.
I bet if you were to view these in person, you could spend hours reading the documents behind the paintings.
And I love the unexpected pops of color that the books provide — the hand written diaries, the colorful illustrations, and the annotation within the books.
I also find Ekaterina’s choice of where to paint and where not to paint very interesting. It adds yet another dimension to her artwork — her careful discretion.
I love discovering new artists and sharing them with all of you! I hope you enjoy it, too!
My favorite thing about finding a new artist is when the artist has explained his or her art. I can sit back and speculate the meaning, feeling, or thought process all day long. I find it much more fulfilling to actually read an explanation straight from the artist. I find his or her work so much more relatable and enjoyable.
So imagine my joy and surprise when I came across some amazing installation pieces that I fell completely in love complete with a description from the artist! The pieces come from Dutch artist Joris Kuipers. His installation pieces are large scale floating colorful creations that evoke a happy feeling within me. One description I read compares them to brightly colored clouds, or flower petals.
Okay here’s the neat part about these pieces.
Joris bases all of his art on anatomy. These pieces are mainly inspired by CT scans and MRIs. His works are just an interpretation of these images. Especially showing “blood and adipose tissue but also the tendrils of homeopathic plants. These issues relate to the detoxifying or anaesthetic effect of medicinal and narcotic plants” (Kuipers). His pieces represent the deconstruction of these medical scans and then are purposefully reconstructed in a “ non-rational manner, in order to reveal emotional significance” (Kuipers)
How amazing is that?! Much more than colorful clouds or flower petals. Kuipers fills his installations with extensive research, thought, and science background.
He also says, “colors and planes seem to whirl and turn into a dazzling display…they refuse to allow the spectator’s eye to comfortably rest anywhere. Often one doesn’t know where to look, where to concentrate, exactly where and when things may get into focus” (Kuipers). And that quote is the EXACT reason that I love these pieces so much.
Do you love them?!
Don’t you love the way old photographs look? The muted colors of black and white and sepia? There are not bright colors like in today’s photographs. Artist Fabienne Rivory has found a way to add bright colors to old photographs in a most unusual way. Her current project entitled “Miroir” takes older photographs she has collected over the years, mirrors them across a horizontal axis, and fills in the top with just a touch of bright watercolor paint.
The part of the image that would be the original then becomes the painting, with the original image shown below as a reflection. It’s a brilliant concept that causes one to question what is reality and what is imagination. Rivory blurs the lines between a carefully constructed memory and what was real.
I am so in love with these. There’s just something about them that makes me feel all peaceful inside. I’m not sure if it is the soothing black and white photos, the small hints of color, the striking landscapes, or some strange combination of all of these. But I do know that I am a huge fan!
Have you guys seen these double exposure photographs yet? They seen to be really popular right now. While I’ve enjoyed perusing different styles and different photographers’ take on this style, I haven’t really been wow-ed enough to share any examples of this with all of you. That is until I stumbled across the photographs of Jon Duenas. I couldn’t look away from his beautiful creations. Jon’s photos are taken using a variety of different cameras, but the majority of the double exposures (if not all) are done manually within the camera.
How amazing are these?! I love these so much. I love the way the background is captured within the model’s silhouette. I love the colors. I love the lighting. I love the choice of background image. I just love it all. What do you guys think?!
Etsy is the best thing that ever happened to my life. Okay maybe not THE best, but certainly one of the top 5. I can’t wait to share this store with you guys today. You’re going to love it! The store is called NaneHandmade. The store is run by Nadia from Cyprus. She makes awesome keychains with beautiful designs on them. Check out some of her creations:
How cool are these? And check this out:
I love the idea of recycling wood or driftwood to create these unique pieces. Each one will be different due to the variations in the wood, and I love that.
What do you guys think?
Amanda Catherine Designs is my new favorite etsy shop. I’ve come across her “unique affordable prints” many many times, but I’ve never taken the time to share them with you all. But today is the day! Amanda Catherine is a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago, and currently resides in Indianapolis, IN. You will love her adorable sayings, bright colors and bold designs. My favorite items that she has in her shop are her pencils.
There are so many adorable prints with cute sayings in her etsy shop. I highly recommend you check them out. You won’t be sorry. These prints would make a perfect gift for one of your BFFs! Don’t you think?
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared any street art with you guys. Actually, it’s been a long time since I’ve shared much of anything… But I’m trying to make up for that!
Today’s street art can be found on the streets of Brazil. Painted by artist L7M, these spray paint pieces mainly depict birds. I love the bright, colorful, fluidity within these paintings. Check them out:
How about that?! There are so many things I love about them.
I love the drips from the spray paint.
I love the way there are so many lines and circles all around the bird. Have you ever noticed how busy birds are? They are always on a mission to get something done, fly over here, eat this seed, tweet in that direction, etc. I feel like these lines and circles are representative of the busy nature of birds.
There is just so much going on in each of these pieces, and I think that is completely indicative of a bird’s life.
What do you think?
There’s something about the summer that makes me love white. I usually stay away from white, because you guys know how much I love color. I don’t even own a single white clothing garment! Except for an undershirt or two. But I love the way all shades of white look against tan skin, and aganist bright blue summer skies or rich green summer trees. White sand against the dark blue ocean is not necessarily a summer image, but for some reason in my head it always is. Today I thought I’d celebrate the whites of summer. After all, summer is almost upon is. Enjoy!
Ahhhh white. So clean and simple. What are your favorite white things? Share with me! I’d love to see!