Salute the sketch danish colorful textile art

colorful textile art

Isn’t this image just SO beautiful?! These colorful textile art studies come from a workshop called “We Salute the Sketch,” done by textile designers Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen. This work was done in conjunction with Gemakker Studio, in the heart of Denmark. I love the mix of color and pattern, and the addition of what looks like watercolor. More captivating images from this project after the jump! Happy almost weekend!

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Simone Massoni synchronized swimmer illustrations

Simone Massoni synchronized swimmer illustrations

I’ve always been kind of charmed by the idea of synchronized swimming. When I was young, I would spend some time with my grandma in South Carolina every summer. I was allowed to bring a friend with me, and Grandma would spoil us with homemade pies, late night movies and downtown Charleston shopping trips. My friend and I always spent a lot of time in her pool during our stay, and we usually prepared an amatuer synchroinized swimming routine to share with Grandma and her old lady friends on the last day of our trip. We weren’t the least bit good, but those happy childhood memories instilled a fondness and appreciation for the sport.

I love the patterns that Simone Massoni has created using this synchronized swimmer theme. Her illustrative ladies are so fun and playful! I adore their swimwear styles and color palette. Check out her website, and more swimming ladies after the jump!

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jenny odell: digital collage with google maps

jenny odell digital collage with google maps These images have been making their way around the internets for a while, but I still really like them and wanted to share! Jenny Odell uses primarily google maps to create collages of imagery. It could be anything from sports stadiums to salt ponds, even swimming pools (pictured below). These collages remind me of a certain crazy sculpture professor I had in college. He had a ridiculous Louisiana Creole accent and used bizarre catchphrases like “makes me wanna slap my mama,” but when it came to sculpture, the man knew his stuff. He suggested that when it came to sculptural pieces featuring repetition, you should just keep going until several people told you that you were crazy. In his opinion, the part that makes it so amazing is the scope, volume, and how it all fits together. I think that same idea applies here. Click through to see more examples of Jenny’s work!

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muted illustrations by HSIAO-RON CHENG

muted illustrations by HSIAO-RON CHENG, flower portraits, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, pastel portraits, illustrated portrait WOW! Just wow! I stumbled across these insanely gorgeous muted illustrations by Hsiao-Ron Cheng, and knew I just had to share. She is a Taiwanese digital artist and illustrator. She just started working in 2012, which absolutely blows my mind. You’d never suspect her recentness when looking through her portfolio, each piece is incredibly strong and refined. Hsiao-Ron has been seriously busy for the past few years! She’s also painted many a red-headed muse, which makes me like her work even more. I specifically chose these images because c’mon, faces crammed in flowers just radiates an irresistible spring time vibe, don’t you think? I strongly advise you to check out her website and print shop, and have a super lovely weekend!

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watercolor lovelies by satsuki shibuya

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Watercolor is such a lovely medium. I remember back in elementary school, I had a friend who’s father was a painter. I still remember his words as he taught us how to embrace the strengths of the paint by using it as it was intended, with lots of water. My first thought when I discovered the work of Satsuki Shibuya was that she’d done exactly that. I love how the shapes and colors flow together with such ease. So simple, but just so perfect.

I wanted to say thank you for your love and excitement about my big announcement on Wednesday. My family and I received SO many warm wishes, and it really means the world to me. I had such a good day on Wednesday, mostly thanks to all of your virtual love. This little babe in my belly is just the luckiest bean around. Have a beautiful weekend, and check out more of Satsuki’s watercolors after the jump!

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ceramic art inspiration

ceramic art inspiration by laura letinsky, ceramic art, ceramic art inspiration, pottery, ceramics, pottery inspiration

Hey Guys. It’s been a seriously weird week with a holiday, snow day and surprise teacher inservice, so this is my first chance to pop in and say hello! At the Saturday calligraphy workshop a few weeks ago, I got talking with one of the students about flexing creative muscles away from the confines of my laptop. I think it’s a really important thing to do, and time being creative away from one’s computer screen actually does make you a better artist, designer or creative whatever at the end of the day. That conversation was the last little push I needed to sign of for a ceramics class I’ve had my eye on for about a month. Last Saturday was my first session and I’ve been waiting all week to sink my paws into some clay! I’ve been pinning inspiration like a mad woman, and it’s just too lovely not to share with you!

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colorful figure studies by teil duncan

colorful figure studies by teil duncan, figure studies, figure drawing, nude drawing, life drawing, figure art After my very special visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art last week, I was reminded that it’s been quite a while since I posted any fine art on the blog. I’m hoping you’ll take a few moments from your hectic holiday preparations to admire and absorb the work of Teil Duncan. You’ll find several more images, and info on the artist after the jump….

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Halloween means porcelain skulls, of course

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Happy Halloween! What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that phrase? Porcelain skulls, duh! I’ve been eyeing these creepy beauties on etsy for quite a while now, and decided that there’s no better day to share them than halloween! They’re made in Brooklyn by Christine Facella under the brand name Beetle and Flor. She worked previously at the Museum of Natural History, drawing turtle skulls and recreating prehistoric plants. Each skull consists of several molds, and can in total add up to 20+ mold pieces. Once cast and dry, the pieces get fired to over 2200 degrees before 14k gold luster is added on, and then fired once again. I love that the only added detail is a touch of gold. There’s something very cool to me about the combination of the matte white and shiny metallic gold. I think the crow is my fav.Have a nice weekend, I hope your teeth don’t turn to gold from excessive amounts of Halloween candy!

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ATMOSPHERE SERIES by MACARENA RUIZ-TAGLE

ATMOSPHERE SERIES by MACARENA RUIZ-TAGLE from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com

I’m not sure how these will go over. Maybe you guys will think they’re dumb, but I just find them to be so beautiful. I’m teaching Eva about how important the order of letters are as we write and spell words, and I think the same applies here. These acrylic beauties would spell out a totally different story if you switched them around. These simple color fields just make my eyeballs so happy! See them all after the jump…

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striking Fashion Illustration by Leigh Viner

striking Fashion Illustration by Leigh Viner at www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Hey Friends, happy Friday! Sorry for the late post. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week, but when I cam across these gawgeous fashion illustrations on etsy, I just had to share. The artist behind all this loveliness is named Leigh Viner. She refuses to settle on a specific type of art. She works as an illustrator, photographer and designer from Denver, Colorado. I’m really into her work, especially the more abstract fashion illustrations! Have a great weekend and check out more of Leigh’s work after the jump!

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