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Artist, Ceramics

Rebekah Miles Paints One-Of-A Kind Book Covers and Country Music Stars

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 Miles

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 Miles

Rebekah Miles






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.”









Laura Garcia Serventi Paints the Plants I Wish I Had

Laura Garcia Serventi

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!

Laura Garcia Serventi

Laura Garcia Serventi






Wearable Art: Anna Talbot’s Beautifully Sculptural Jewelry

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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)


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Artist, Illustrator

Eero Lampinen’s Beautiful Depictions of Strange Lands

Eero Lampinen

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.

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Wooden People Capture the Imagination of Children

melanie rustonI 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.

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Here are some non-wooden peo­ple, includ­ing a mural!

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Artist, Sculpture

Sandra Fettingis Expresses Relationships Via Bold Geometry

Sandra Fettingis

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.

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Art History on Your Fingertips… Literally.


Barry McGee

Barry McGee

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)





Shirley Jaffe

Shirley Jaffe


Andrew Masullo

Andrew Masullo


Julia Chiang

Julia Chi­ang


Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker


Artist, Drawing

In Gary Kachadourian’s Drawings, You Are The Character

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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.

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Artist, Illustrator

Jonas Löfgren Wields The Mighty Pencil to Illustrate Surreal Scenes


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.

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Sasha Unisex Tattoos Remind Me of Lisa Frank Stickers

Sasha Unisex

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.

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