medium /// painting




yigal ozeri

yigal_ozeri_paintings

THESE ARE OIL PAINTINGS. I felt the need to put that in all caps + bold so that you’d fully understand that these stunning portraits are not photographs, THEY ARE PAINTINGS by New York based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri. How does he do it? … “Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power.” Yeah, you can say that again.





kristin vestgard

KristinVestgard

Will I ever get tired of writing about this woman? No, no I won’t. Norway-born, UK-based painter Kristin Vestgard creates dreamy scenes with mysterious women in pattern-covered dresses… add a few starry nights and couple of pastel-hued palm trees … and voila, yet another post! Happy Friday.

{You can find some of Kristin’s work for sale at REN fine art}





eddie k

eddie_k

These gorgeous, action-packed pools are cool, blue, and BIG. Yep, these are the large scale {40″x60″} oil paintings of London based artist Eddie K. I found his work over on Uprise Art, and there’s an interview with him there too. I discovered two tidbits that I really loved… No.1. He uses a palette knife to create these beauties!? And No.2. This quote:

“My art making process is quite solitary. On one hand, I love it as it’s quite personal and focused. Then, on the other hand, you can go a bit crazy spending hours alone in a studio living in an artificial beach environment in your mind.”

Ha! Maybe, but what a gorgeous place to go crazy.





marina dunbar

marinadunbar

Oooooh! So many layers of resin… if I could dive in, I totally would! These ocean-inspired pieces are the work of Belarus-born, US-based artist Marina Dunbar. I had to include that final piece of Marina at work – the size, the shine, the depth. Ahhhh, now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go find a pool to jump into. Aloha!





ulf puder

ULF_PUDER

Quiet chaos. I feel like I can’t take a deep breath or all of those colorful homes will topple into the sea. I had to include the close-ups, because at first glance I didn’t realize these were paintings. Small, perfectly stacked sculptures maybe? No… really big, absolutely gorgeous oil paintings. They are the work of renowned German painter Ulf Puder. I still haven’t exhaled.

{Found at Marc Straus Gallery, NYC}





eva magill-oliver

evamagilloliver

Artsy experiments literally jumping out of the sketchbook! This is the work of North Carolina based artist Eva Magill-Oliver. Her portfolio is full of gorgeous paintings {both abstract and landscape}, but these frame-worthy “sketchbook” pieces, from her inspiring Instagram feed, grabbed me and would not let go. Those pink leaves…

{via Brown Paper Bag}





abigail mccallum

abigailmccallum

Gasp! They look like close-ups, and they are, but they’re also the final pieces… sigh… oh, so many big, beautiful blooms! These large-scale oil paintings are the work of American painter (and classical ballet dancer) Abigail McCallum. She has only been painting for six years… Yeah. I know. I think we should all keep an eye on this prima painter.

Some of her work is available via Hang Art.

ps. scale, and ballet skills:

abigailmccallum_Scale





justin margitich

justinmargitich

Watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper … figured I’d put that list out there right away, seeing as that was the first thing I asked myself when I saw the work of American artist Justin Margitich. I would love to jump into one of his magical / weird worlds, but since I can’t, I guess the next best thing would be to see them in person. If you’re in LA you can see his current show that just opened on Saturday January 14. It runs until February 25 at Moskowitz Bayse Gallery. I’ll be in LA mid-February, so that’s my plan!





esthera preda

estherapreda

She had me at birds on skateboards. Sigh. This is the surreal, sweet, weird work of Canadian artist/illustrator Esthera Preda. Watercolor, gouache, and ink mixed with a healthy dose of odd, and voila… stunning work! Where does she come up with her ideas? Perhaps this will shed a little light:

“As a child, [Esthera] was read Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm fairy tales every night by her mother who escaped the iron curtain. She lived across the hall from her grandmother who was prone to night terrors. Although, she had wonderful parents, one of her favorite pastimes was to pretend that she was an orphan so she could build, with her brothers and sister, multi-level cardboard houses in the summer and igloo villages in the winter. The world that her art exists in lies somewhere between those ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales.”

Ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales… a perfect description, indeed!





ekaterina popova

ekaterinapopova

Monday, amirite? Sigh. I would love to curl up in any of these cozy, disheveled rooms. These are the candy-hued oil paintings of Ekaterina Popova. Not only is she a talented artist in her own right, she’s also the woman behind Create Magazine… a fabulous artist that supports other artists? Yep, that’s my kind o’ woman!