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I have never been so happy to see mold. In fact, this might be the prettiest “mold” I have ever seen! UK based artist Elin Thomas crochets and embroiders these little art-meets-science specimens in the prettiest of palettes. Hurray for spores and fuzzy growths!

{via Brown Paper Bagps. if you’d like to own some of this pretty mold, you can find it in Elin’s shop.





mairi timoney

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So many beautiful bits & pieces that have been snipped & torn – birch trees, little run-down dwellings, that laundry line! Love! This is the collage work of Edinburgh based artist Mairi Timoney. She is a recent-ish (2013) graduate of Edinburgh College of Art… if this is what she’s making now I’m excited to see what the future holds for Mairi!

{ps. I have the piece with the little peach garage door in my gallery, the rest of the work can be found on Saatchi Art}

 





anne canfield

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Pretty. Weird. My favorite! This is the narrative still life work of Philadelphia based artist Anne Canfield… hm, I may have just made that up. Is “narrative still life” a thing? Well if it is, I think this is it! Here is Anne’s description of her work:

“I draw and paint on a tiny scale and am inspired by the detail, the whimsy and the geometric naturalism of both early Netherlandish and Indian Miniature painting. I use a variety of media as point of departure, ranging from personal photography to elements of film. Loosely narrative, my pieces reveal quiet, solitary moments as a sense of time or place is trapped and brought to stand still. ”

Some of her work can be seen until May 9th {that’s this Saturday!} at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, so if you can pop over there you should… and then tell me all about it!





anna westerlund

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Gasp! Ok, I fully understand that these are functional pieces meant for my kitchen, but I would be very tempted to put all of these on special little shelves in a gallery! I am totally in love with the ceramic work of Portugal based artist Anna Westerlund. Delicate flowers, decorative pencil lines, beads ‘n embroidery, and little hits of neon? Yes, please.

{These pieces are available in my gallery… ps. there are not many of each, they are all under $100, shipping is free… and they are selling fast!}





#creative UNblock no.5

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I am so, so, so excited for May’s #creativeUNblock project! {If you missed the first four projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, I was waiting ’til the weather was decent all over the world for this one, and so I think May is the perfect time for this assignment from Australian ceramics artist Mel Robson. All you need is a set of dice and a sense of adventure! Ready?!

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#creativeunblock // May // by Mel Robson p.213

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“This is a way to help move you out of your usual environment, an exercise in random experience and inspiration! It can be done on your own, or with friends [or with your kids]. Here’s how it works:

Choose a mode of transport – bike, train, foot, bus, car, roller-skates, unicycle. Throw a die to determine how long you will stay on that mode of transportation. A 3 followed by a 2 means you stay on for 32 minutes. A 2 followed by a 4 means you stay on for 24 minutes. 

Travel for this amount of time, and then stop. This is where you can spend the next hour (as long as you feel safe). Explore. Observe. Collect. Walk around, watch, draw, talk, sing, listen, sit, take photos, record sounds – whatever takes your fancy. Just explore somewhere new. Really take notice. The idea is just to let something completely random perhaps lead you in to something new.”

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Oh yes… my cruiser bike is coming out of her winter hiding spot, I’m dusting of the bell, and filling the basket with whatever I find at my destination! If you want to share your adventure AND whatever you make as the result of your adventure, just upload everything to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. See you out there!





judith eisler

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Oil paintings. What? Yes. These are oil paintings… masquerading as vintage film stills. This is the stunning work of New York based painter Judith Eisler, and this is part of her very poetic artist statement:

“Working with the pause button and a camera, I look for a precise instant that embodies an action, an emotion, and a psychological tension. Godard said ‘the cinema is truth at 24 frames per second”. I am interested in what happens when the temporality of cinema/reality is interrupted and explored with marks of paint.”

In. Awe.

{These pieces range between 2×3 feet to 4×6 feet}





seonna hong

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I love, love, love these bizarre landscapes by LA based painter Seonna Hong. Marbled mountainsides {that make me wish I knew how to wield a palette knife} being explored by small packs of tiny, curious, adventurous girls. Oh, and don’t even get me started on those little, beautifully painted animals… zebras and tigers and bears, oh my! {Sorry. I had to.} 

{Some of her work will be included in, “Ode to the Motherlode”, at Good Eye Gallery in LA. Opening reception Sunday May 3rd from 4-7pm}





stephanie k. clark

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I cannot get enough of these embroidered dwellings by American artist Stephanie K. Clark. I’ve written about her before, and I’ll write about her again! Her palettes, her composition, her embroidery skills… and her patience! Yep. Oh, so very smitten.

{ps. One of her trailers, not shown here, is available as a 21″x16.25″ print in my Land of Nod spring collection, and I happen to be giving one away on Friday to a lucky person on my “Art for your Inbox” mailing list!}





john tierney

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If you’re not able to spend the day in New York wandering around MoMA, here’s the next best thing… oil paintings of other people spending their day wandering around MoMA! This is a series by UK based artist John Tierney – his goal with all of his work is to, “create paintings that provide a strong sense of place, a feeling of what it is like to be there.” Well, I think he did it because I reallllly wish I was at MoMA right this very second.





rebecca louise law

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Oh my. I would love to stand underneath, and inside of, any one of these stunning floral installations by British artist Rebecca Louise Law. Literally thousands of flowers, both fresh and dried, connected by copper wire and strategically hung from various ceilings around the world! Why flowers? Her explanation is almost as lovely as the work itself:

“Rebecca traces her decision to be an artist back to a defining moment in her life. The day her dad hurried the family out to have a look at a field of daisies: “it was incredible, thousands of flowers as far as the eye could see, since then I’ve wondered how it would be possible to recreate that moment for others to enjoy.” Then while studying fine art at university, she replaced paint with flowers.”

Love.