medium /// mixed media




rocio montoya

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I am a scissors kind o’ girl when it comes to my own collages, but the work of Madrid based artist/graphic designer Rocio Montoya really makes me want to give x-acto blades another shot! Oh, those little peek-a-boo windows to the florals just below the surface… so gorgeous. Her final work is stunning, but I have to admit, I am head over heels for her in-studio shots! I want to see all of her plans, and cuts, and layers, and more cuts! ps. Those hands. I LOVE those hands.





krista svalbonas

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I love pretty much any piece of art that features houses, apartments, or buildings of any kind – so when these collages by Chicago based artist Krista Svalbonas found their way into my inbox I knew I had to share them. They are part of her “Migrants” series:

“Ideas of home and dislocation have always been compelling to me as the child of parents who arrived in the United States as refugees. Born in Latvia and Lithuania, my parents spent many years after the end of the Second World War in displaced-persons camps in Germany before they were allowed to emigrate to the United States. My family’s displacement is part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanent definition and undermined by political agendas beyond their control. Perhaps as a result, I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the impact of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human environment.”

Lovely, thoughtful, so good.

{Thanks to Jeanne Heifetz for sending me a link to Krista’s work}





#creative UNblock no.3

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Oh, hello #creativeUNblock project no.3! {If you missed the first two projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, so the next unblocking project from Creative Block : I have to admit, I tried this one before the book even hit shelves… and I’m gonna to do it again because it’s just that good! This project is given to us by Chicago based artist/illustrator Kate Pugsley. Ready?

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#creativeunblock // March // by Kate Pugsley p.175

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“When I’m in a creative rut, this simple activity always helps me to get excited. Start with a stack of white or off-white papers. Sometimes I use scraps or sometimes I take large pieces of drawing paper and cut them into pieces around 8×10 inches. Then get out your watercolors, acrylics or other paint and mix up some of your favorite colors. Paint the surface of the papers. Sometimes just seeing all the lovely colors together on the papers inspires me. Once the painted papers have dried, get some scissors or an x-acto knife and cut out some shapes. They can be totally arbitrary, or they can be recognizable as objects, animals, faces, etc. Open your sketchbook or get a blank sheet of paper and start arranging shapes. Just play with the shapes and colors, layering until you see interesting combinations. You can start gluing them down in your paper or book, painting on top of them, or just save the pieces you like. I keep envelopes around full of colored pieces for loosening up when I am stuck. Working with these painted shapes helps me see things that I may not see just drawing or painting directly because my mind wanders and there are always a lot of surprises.”

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Love! Now, If you get hung up on what recognizable shapes to cut out (I did!) just start chopping! Triangles, squares, bits ‘n pieces, whatever. I can’t wait to see the colors you choose, the shapes you make, and the compositions you come up with… and if you’d like to, please post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock. Let loose, have fun, and I’ll see you out there!

 





sanda anderlon

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Um, how do I get an invitation to this collage?! I want to pop a bottle of champagne, grab a seat, and be a fly on the wall inside this two story collage by Croatian artist Sanda Anderlon. Yes, I said “two story” collage… there’s a giant, layered, detailed party going on in the living room, and all sorts of crazy cut ‘n pasted stuff going on upstairs! This large-scale {40″x17″} fabulous piece is titled, you guessed it, “Party” – and Sanda describes it as “a drunken jungle”. I’m so in. Who’s with me!?

ps. She’s also got a similar piece titled, “At the Beach”. That’s the collage where I’ll be spending my next winter vacation.





melissa arendt

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I spy with my little eye, so many things that are fantastic! Yep. I love this series, titled “Bowie”, by California based artist Melissa Arendt. There are so many lovely little gems in there! Hm, what do I love most? Is it the teepees, the geometric landscape, or the tiny David Bowie in full-on Ziggy Stardust attire? Hm, I think it might be the fine blend of all of these beautifully drawn/painted bits ‘n pieces living happily together… oh, and a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s reference never hurts either!





alison foshee

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Staples. Whoa. This is the very clever, very careful work of Portland based artist Alison Foshee. Why staples you ask? I’ll let Alison explain:

“Thumbtacks and pushpins explode into extravagant floral arrangements. Staples trace the jagged contour of a leaf. Office labels spin out in hot, firecracker explosions. Over the past 20 years, I have been exploring the artistic potential of everyday stuff. I enjoy working these raw materials with the geeky intensity of a Rubik’s cube puzzle master and relish the challenge of finding new meanings in objects that have become banal…”

Oh. So, so good! Many of her originals {and custom commissions!} can be purchased through Good Eye Gallery.





hollie chastain

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Vintage meets contemporary, and they fall madly in love! Found images, bright pops of color, and simple/modern compositions… hm, I think I’m madly in love too! These four collages are the work of Chattanooga based artist Hollie Chastain. They were in my show at the Bedford Gallery in California – what an absolute thrill to see them in person. The show came down yesterday, and I’m feeling a little bit sad… but you know what’s cheering me up? I just added these four pieces as prints {insanely affordable prints … $25!} to my online gallery! There are only a few of each so pop over now if you want to scoop one up. Happy weekend!





Ignacio Canales Aracil

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Pressed flowers. Just flowers. Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil collects flowers from the private gardens of the most renowned landscape designers in Europe and then presses them into large molds. He gets no help from adhesives… just a month long drying process and the loving, miraculous touch of mother nature. When they’re complete he adds a spray of light varnish to protect them from moisture. So amazing… delicate and stunningly beautiful.

{via Colossal}





andre yi

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If I was a bird I would absolutely want to live in one of these gorgeous, layered, mixed media bird nest collages by Los Angeles based artist Andre Yi. Pencil shavings, paint, paper… and is that pink masking tape I see? Love, love, love!

{Thanks to Good Eye Gallery for showing me Andre’s work}





#creativeUNblock // january project… almost done!

There is one week left to go for January’s #creativeUNblock challenge {by New York based artist Trey Speegle, p.79 in Creative Block}, and I’ve been loving every second of it… and it looks like lots of you have too! There are so many pieces that you guys have made/posted. Here are just a few of my favorites so far … oh, so many techniques at work!

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Ahhh, so good! I hope you get as much out of this challenge as I have! If you want to do it this week before the month is out, find the details here. February’s project is going up next Sunday. Ok, I had originally said the first Saturday of each month, but I can’t wait til February 7th for the first Saturday, can you? I didn’t think so! See you on Sunday February 1 for the next #creativeUNblock assignment!