Fun fact: I found Rebekah Miles’ work totally by chance. I was Googling someone of the same name, and her Instagram popped up as one of the top results. Thinking she was that someone else, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a portrait of Reba McEntire and June Carter.
Rebekah creates faux book covers in the same gestural style as her portraits. Describing this on-going project, she writes:
I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on specific artists, photographers, and some literature. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cover illustration based on qualities such as poignancy and visual graphics. If the book is not illustrated, I find an image that is complementary to its contents.
Rebekah also makes ceramics. They are, as she describes, “interpretations of images that appeal to a sense of place and beauty, such as an antique loteria set (Mexican bingo) from the 1800’s, a seed savers exchange catalogue, and a California native plant identification book.”
Using acrylic, gouache, and watercolor pigments, Laura Garcia Serventi paints the plant collections I wish I had. The colorful scenes feature tall succulents and flowering cacti, neatly potted and sitting on a geometric floor. They’re healthy and flourishing, which is more than I can say for some of the plants in my apartment.
Purchase these images as prints in Laura’s Etsy shop!
Norwegian craft artist Anna Talbot produces colorful jewelry that’s beautifully unconventional. Vibrant, bold shapes are layered and create complex scenes featuring birds, floral arrangements, and tall trees. Each piece is special and dazzling, and conjures fairy tales and other fantastic stories. Wearable art indeed. (Via Lustik)
On both Monday and Tuesday of this week, I’ve featured illustrations that are strange. So, how about I make Wednesday just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Instagram to great response. And, why not? The beautiful images are really well drawn and feature odd, interesting depictions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over stylish young people who dare to venture into lands unknown.
I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Considering the way they set up a single scene, panels upon panels of them would be amazing.
I posted about some wooden people earlier, so why not more? Melanie Ruston is a Baltimore-based artist who’s studying to be an art teacher (and about to graduate!). Her paintings are influenced by working with children as a camp counselor and an intern; specifically, them drawing from their imaginations without fear of the final result.
“When I paint, I take characters from my sketchbook and flesh out their existence in imagined stores, where they deal with embarrassment, triumph, and relationships with others,” she writes in an artist statement. Melanie goes on, stating, “Combining a Renaissance technique with the artistic skills of a child, I leave clues for the viewer to solve and understand these moments for themselves.”
Follow Melanie on Tumblr.
Here are some non-wooden people, including a mural!
Denver-based artist Sandra Fettingis creates bold sculptures, installations, and murals using a variety of geometric shapes. “…I strive to demonstrate relationships, communication, change, and mindful attention,” she writes in an artist statement. “I mix and layer materials such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and utilize the laser for its precision, while formulating systematic guidelines, repetition and purposefully restrained color palettes.”
Sandra strives to combine art and architecture seamlessly. Her beautiful pieces, strong shapes are a perfect match with beams, floorboards, and of course, walls.
One of my favorite discoveries of this weekend was when I stumbled upon Nail Art History Tumblr. The name is sort of self-explanatory. Taking inspiration from artists of both the past and today, art lover Susi Kenna gets an awesome manicure. Her nails are inspired by the likes of street art, abstract art, and more.
All work is done by Mei Kawajiri / @ciaomanhattan2012. The details on these tiny surfaces is amazing! I’m really impressed by the Barry McGee interpretation.
(H/T The Creator’s Project)
Gary Kachadourian is a Baltimore-based artist who takes over rooms and creates site-specific installations with his drawings. I was able to stand in the middle of his work years ago when he was the recipient of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and had his work exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art. And, let me just say that it was incredible. The entire space was covered in his enlarged photocopied drawings and it was the world according to Kachadourian. It was not only the wall, but the ceilings and floor, too.
His work differs from the full-size drawings of Charlotte Mann (featured earlier today), as Kachadourian’s uses graphite to render these engaging depictions of urban life. Once you step into one of his installations, you are a character in his drawings. Do so and love it.
All images via his website.
I’ve featured graphite drawings once this week (see Josephin Ritschel), so how about some more? Jonas Löfgren is a Swedish artist who uses the medium to craft images that are somber, surreal, and overall haunting. The delicate works give us a glimpse into a story where the protagonist is often a young girl. We can’t be sure if anything bad is going to happen to her, but Löfgren is very good at making us think so.
Images via his website and Spoke Art.
Do you know that I write for the site My Modern Metropolis? I do! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a blog that celebrates visual creativity. The content is a bit different than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writing about the wide variety of content that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Anyways, I wrote about these tattoos on My Modern Met earlier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.
As you may or may not know, I love tattoos and have several. All of mine are outlined, unlike these colorful tattoos by Sasha Unisex. Her work strays from a conventional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are brilliant, and remind me of a permanent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Unisex is based in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’d love to get something done by her!
Also, for readers that have tattoos, how do you think they’ll hold up? Will the subtle color fade over time and them loose their shape?
All images via her Instagram.