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}





jeremy miranda

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Sigh. Gorgeous. This is the exquisite work of American painter Jeremy Miranda. I’ve written about his lonely icebergs, and his magical greenhouses, and now I’m writing about these… these beautiful spaces, which I assume to be his studio, completely overgrown and intertwined with his dreamy landscapes. This series feels like a lovely glimpse into Jeremy’s world – where reality meets imagination. I’m not sure if that was his intention, but that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it {Jeremy, if you read this, let us know!}





#creativeUNblock no.2

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Well hellooooo, February! You know what that means…  time for #creativeUNblock project no.2! {If you missed the January project – or have no idea what I’m talking about – no worries,  you can catch up right here.} Ok, so who’s ready for the next unblocking project from Creative Block? Me too! I’ve been wanting to do this one since the moment I got the interview back from the always inspiring, super duper creative, Portland based artist Kate Bingaman-Burt. Why didn’t I? Hm. Good question. No more procrastinating… let’s do this:

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Catalog the contents of your medicine cabinet/bathroom shelf : Draw, paint, photograph, or collage everything you have, and then make a poster or small book about the objects. {constraint = creation}

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I love this. So much. When in your life would you ever document everything on your bathroom shelf, or make a bathroom zine/lotion poster for that matter? Never! {I’m not even sure what’s in there to be totally honest!} Ok, ready? Let go, have fun, and post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock… can’t wait to see what you’ve got in your cupboards ; )

ps. Just because Kate draws everything, doesn’t mean you have to. Paint, photograph, collage, write about… document all of those bottles, jars, and random bits in your drawer/shelf/cabinet any way that suits you!





nicole crock

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Gasp! Vintage images that have been found, copied, mirrored, and folded into beautiful installations by American artist Nicole Crock. Both of these stunning pieces are from her series titled Tessellate… I think my heart might be tessellating a little bit.





the land of nod & me!

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I’m so excited to finally tell you guys about this! Last April, The Land of Nod asked me to collaborate with them on a series of “Jealous Curator” art collections for nurseries & kids rooms… um, OK! I immediately reached out to ten artists who I thought would be perfect for the Spring collection. I chose them as a curator, but I also had my mom hat firmly on! You see, when my son was a baby, I had a really hard time finding cool art for his room – art that he would like, but also something that I wanted to look at while rocking him in the middle of the night, and during diaper changes, and when we were lying on the floor pretending to be [insert any farm animal here].  That’s what this collection is all about. I chose fun, fresh, candy-hued pieces that your little ones will love, but that can also transition smoothly into the “grown-up” areas of your home… you know, art that you’d be happy to hang in the living room when your baby turns seven and decides to cover his walls in Minecraft posters. Trust me, it happens.

I’ve had to keep this collaboration top secret until the Spring 2015 collection was finally released, and at long last, it’s here! I’m beyond thrilled with this grouping, and so honored to have been able to work with these ten incredibly talented artists. Watercolors, embroidery, paintings and photographs… I love each of them on their own, but also kinda crazy love how they work together! Here’s more info on the full collection {snatched from the LoN site}:

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And a closer view of each one {links at the bottom}:

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Ahhh, I love them all so, so much. {ps. there are only 100 of each piece!} Thank you to The Land of Nod for bringing me into the family, and thank you to the artists… you’re all insanely talented, kind, and really fun to work with!

1. Sarah Gee  2. Stephanie K Clark  3. Trey Speegle  4. Cassia Beck  5. Aimee Bee Brooks  6. Alice Ferrow  7. Valerie Chiang  8. Joël Penkman  9. Alicia Bock  10. Melissa Ryder

 





seth clark

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Sigh… collapse and decay has never looked so beautiful. This is the gorgeous, really BIG, layered mixed media collage work of American artist Seth Clark. I wrote about him in 2011 and, after seeing his new work, I’m writing again! I love Seth’s artist statement/description of his process, so I’ll let him do the talking today:

“My work focuses on deteriorating architecture. I see an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. These man-made structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are now collapsing in on themselves. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. It is as if the buildings were content with their circumstance. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. They are on the brink of ruin, yet appear dignified in their state. Something very energized and present is trying to escape out of a slow history of abandonment.

These images are created through an ambitious layering process. I collage with found paper to reflect the fragmented and complex tactility of decay. Once a dimensional foundation is achieved, various mixed media are used to bring definition and depth to these raw materials. The processes of collage and drawing alternate between themselves lending to a seamless blend of the two mediums.”

Love. ps. most of this work ranges in the 4 – 6 foot range!





amanda senneby

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Rich, colorful gouache and portraits of women… two of my most favorite things! Speaking of “two”, how fabulous are these two-faced ladies by Stockholm based artist/illustrator Amanda Senneby?! I want all 3 of them… or 6 of them? Anywho, this series is titled “You & You” – here is Amanda’s statement:

[These are] portraits of unknown women. Women are often portrayed in a specific way, passive and simple. I wanted to show the diversity of a person, we are often more than what shows.

{prints available on “Arrivals”}





paco pomet

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Flowing bubble gum, gold dipped mountain tops, and hot pink slices through the landscape. Yep, I am totally in awe, and completely in love with the work of Spanish painter Paco Pomet. Stunning monochrome oil paintings {that would be amazing all on their own} made even more stunning by a perfectly bizarre, colorful pop of surrealism… love.

{via Honestly WTF / Artful Desperado}





#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!