minimalist watercolor collage by claire oswalt

art by claire oswalt at www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Happy Friday, y’all! I’ve got a serious visual treat up on the blog for you today! It’s the work of very talented fine artist, Claire Oswalt. Her work is a collage of watercolor, pencil, and old book paper (sometimes containing snipets of text). As I’ve said before, I have a real appreciation for minimalism. Both in fine art and design, a minimalist approach is sometimes the hardest to get right. I really like claire’s eye for color, and they way she curates just the right shapes and text to create some really exciting composition. I had a hard time choosing my faves, so check out a whole bunch more after the jump…

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walking on eggshells: white on white sculpture by Anca Grey

eggshell sculpture by Anca Grey from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com

You guys, my mind and eyeballs are absolutely blown away by these images from Anca Grey (her name is almost as awesome as her work, right?). I saw one of them on pinterest and I couldn’t get them out of my head, so I did some digging to locate the original source. What I found is truly a visual treat… the material is thousands of eggshells pieces arranged thoughtfully and mixed with white acrylic paint. Damn, these are awesome. More after the jump…

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mixed media paintings by Jen Garrido

mixed media paintings by Jen Garrido from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

When I flirt with the idea of painting, this is the sort of imagery that I fantasize about. I love the loose, watery motion of Jen Garrido’s work. The way the images dance across the page really leaves me wanting to see more! I really love her choice of colors, especially the paintings that make use of varied blue tones. If I had the time, energy, and talent to paint on a regular basis, this is the kind of work I wish I’d find on my canvas. You can see a few additional samples of her lovely work after the jump…

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out of this world chalk typography by dangerdust

chalk typography by dangerdust on blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Hey guys! I am just blown away by the awesomeness of this work from Dangerdust. They are an anonymous duo who sneak into Columbus College of Art and Design every Monday, and leave a new work of art for their fellow students to enjoy. I especially love that this project is done without any expectations of recognition or money, just for the love of the craft. They’re truly extraordinary, enjoy a bunch more after the jump…

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friday flower mandalas by windsome hollow

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I’m tempted to grab a few spring blooms, and try my hand at creating flower mandalas like these by Katy of windsome hollow. I love how these are arranged in a mostly symmetrical way, but they don’t feel fussed over or neurotically perfect. It’s so interesting to see all the parts of a flower arranged two dimensionally, like pieces of a puzzle. Have a beautiful weekend, my friends!

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I’m In San francisco, but I won’t forget you!

gorgeous Genlux Magazine photo shoot images from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Happy hump day! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be safely in San Francisco! I am beyond excited for this trip, and it feels long overdue. It’s the first trip I’ve taken by myself for at least 5 years, probably longer. While I’m in the bay area, I’ll be spending time with dear college friends, doing a little sightseeing, and fully embracing the freedom of a vacation just for me.

I’ll still be posting, but I may be a bit slower to respond to your questions and comments. In the meantime, please enjoy these insanely gorgeous illustrations created by Katie Rodgers and Daniel Castro for Genlux Magazine (After the jump). I could get lost in this mix or real and fantasy world for days…

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I'm In San francisco, but I won't forget you!

gorgeous Genlux Magazine photo shoot images from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Happy hump day! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be safely in San Francisco! I am beyond excited for this trip, and it feels long overdue. It’s the first trip I’ve taken by myself for at least 5 years, probably longer. While I’m in the bay area, I’ll be spending time with dear college friends, doing a little sightseeing, and fully embracing the freedom of a vacation just for me.

I’ll still be posting, but I may be a bit slower to respond to your questions and comments. In the meantime, please enjoy these insanely gorgeous illustrations created by Katie Rodgers and Daniel Castro for Genlux Magazine (After the jump). I could get lost in this mix or real and fantasy world for days…

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water casting jewelry

Ashley Gilreath Enameled Water Cast Earrings from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Until recently, I had never heard of this technique, and I am completely mesmerized. When I think of “casting,” I imagine a sculptor carefully pouring plaster or molten metal into an intricately carved mold. The artist (in my imagination) has tested and edited this shape countless times, and can envision exactly what the final product will look like.

The process of water casting couldn’t be any more different than the picture I’ve painted for you. A jeweler can use this technique to make something lovely from scraps of silver of gold, the shape being formed quite organically as the metal cools, in water. I love it when my assumptions of a process are challenged, especially when it results in something SO beautiful!
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audrey kawasaki print sale

audrey kawasaki print sale- details at blog.cleanlinestudio.com If you aren’t familiar with the work of audrey kawasaki, oh man are you in for a treat! She’s a very prolific and celebrated artist based in LA. She uses the female form as the basis for her designs, and often uses pieces of wood as her canvas. She strikes me as a modern-day Klimt or Mucha. I’m a huge fan of both of those dudes, and my feelings for Kawasaki are no different.

I have this one hanging above my bed right now. Sean and I had been told that her prints are only sold in small quantities, on a first come first serve basis. We purchased ours the moment the print became available. By the time we’d finished out transaction, all the other copies had sold out!

Clearly, even prints of her work are difficult to come by, so I wanted to alert you to something special that’s going on tomorrow! The policy has changed a bit, and now anyone who buys a print on the day of the sale is guaranteed a copy(And the cost is half what we paid for ours)! The one that’s for sale tomorrow is appropriately called “Maybe Tomorrow” and pictured above. You can see more of Audrey’s work after the jump…

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