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Meticulously-Arranged Artworks Reveal Adventurous Little Worlds

Little worlds by Celan Bouillet

Artist Celan Bouil­let cre­ates “lit­tle worlds full of ani­mals, green­ery, and adven­ture.” The col­or­ful, high­ly-detailed pieces fea­ture places that are every­where and nowhere. Sloths, giraffes, trop­i­cal leaves, and peacocks—all paint­ed at the same scale—occupy the same com­po­si­tion. They are, how­ev­er, so care­ful­ly arranged while togeth­er, they nev­er ful­ly inter­act. This is Celan’s design. “The­se mixed media pieces are high­ly detailed and manip­u­late scale along with pat­tern to cre­ate com­plex nar­ra­tives,” she writes.

To pro­duce the­se pieces is an exer­cise in metic­u­lous­ness. Every branch, rock, and ani­mal is paint­ed gouache on paper which is then cut out and placed on a back­ground. Celan’s com­po­si­tions are so seam­less that at times, it’s hard to tell—but her in-pro­gress works on Insta­gram show­case her beau­ti­ful process.

Celan sells her work as large lim­it­ed edi­tion in her Etsy shop, The Bay­ou Botanist.

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Illustrated products, Illustration, Painting

Deal Me In! Illustrated “Gender Cards” of Trailblazing American Women

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Illus­tra­tor Andrea Spara­cio paint­ed over 54 por­traits that depict “trail­blaz­ing wom­en who make Amer­i­ca great” for NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­i­ca’s Gen­der Card deck of play­ing cards. Each card fea­tures a wom­an (or wom­en) who has/have achieved cul­tur­al and/or his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. For each indi­vid­u­al, Spara­cio has immor­tal­ized their face in her charm­ing style.

The deck show­cas­es wom­en through­out Amer­i­can his­to­ry. Icons like Har­ri­et Tub­man, Ruth Bader Gins­burg, Glo­ria Steinem, Bey­on­cé, and Hilary Clin­ton are part of this set, but there are many more—including some you might not rec­og­nize. It’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­i­ca and learn more about the amaz­ing sheroes who have helped shape the coun­try. You can pur­chase your set of cards here.

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL

Andrea Sparacio "Gender Cards" for NARAL
Painting

Bold and Beautiful Watercolor Paintings of Tropical Plants

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Big, bold, and beautiful—that’s how I describe the work of Jen­ny Kik­er, aka Liv­ing Pat­tern. Her water­col­or paint­ings fea­ture the strik­ing leaves of plants like Mon­stera deli­ciosa, Val­ley Oak, and good ole ferns. To cre­ate the­se pieces, Jen­ny says that her process “starts with a com­bi­na­tion of draw­ing from obser­va­tion and imag­i­na­tion,” let­ting the leaf (or leaves) inform “where the line wants to go and how it wants to feel.” The results show­case the exquis­ite sub­tleties of the­se plants as well as the col­or achieved from water­col­or paint.

Jen­ny sells her work through her web­site, but be sure to fol­low her on Insta­gram for fre­quent botan­i­cal inspi­ra­tion!

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern
Illustrated products, Painting

Cassie Byrnes Explores Her “Weird Side” With Beautifully Bold Clothing

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Beau­ti­ful sur­face design can trans­form ordi­nary objects into func­tion­al works of art. Mel­bourne-based design­er and illus­tra­tor Cassie Byr­nes high­lights this in her label Vari­ety Hour, a print-focused endeav­or that’s an out­let for her to “get as weird as she wants” and to exper­i­ment with new, crazy ideas. Each sea­son, she hand-crafts a col­lec­tion of prints that are then applied to cloth­ing, scarves, clutch­es and more.

Fol­low Cassie on Insta­gram to see beau­ti­ful col­ors, pat­terns, and works in pro­gress. (via The Design Files).
Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes

Variety Hour by Cassie Byrnes
Illustration, Painting

Marion Barraud Demonstrates the Power of a Few Brushstrokes

Marion Barraud

A long week­end is quick­ly approach­ing us here in the US, so if you find you’ve got some extra time, why not try this fun exer­cise: Use water­col­ors to dab or brush a spot of paint on the paper and then cre­ate a char­ac­ter from it (in pen or pen­cil). Illus­tra­tor Mar­i­on Bar­raud reg­u­lar­ly does this to great effect—her doo­dles are imag­i­na­tive and delight­ful. With just a few dif­fer­ent flicks of the brush, she’s able to pro­duce diverse mon­sters with a ton of per­son­al­i­ty.

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Marion Barraud

Painting

Sometimes, You Just Wanna Look at Beautiful Flowers…

Carrie Schmitt
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: some­times, you just wan­na look at beau­ti­ful flow­ers. Artist Car­rie Schmitt cre­ates vibrant com­po­si­tions of blooms in a cou­ple of visu­al­ly-strik­ing styles. Some of her paint­ings fea­ture thick sculp­tural strokes, while oth­ers uti­lize expres­sive lines and hap­haz­ard drips. Both are love­ly.

Carrie’s career in the arts came lat­er in life.  In 2009, she devel­oped a life-threat­en­ing aller­gy to heat and couldn’t leave her home for months. She turned lemons into lemon­ade, how­ev­er, and used the time indoors to pur­sue her dream of becom­ing a painter. Car­rie explains, “Cre­at­ing became my ther­a­py and escape as I strug­gled with being home­bound.”

Carrie’s work—originals and prints—are avail­able in her Etsy shop.

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt

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Artist, Illustration, Painting

Saddo Uses Naturalism to Illustrate His Colorfully Strange Worlds

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Sad­do is an Roma­ni­an artist whose career has switched gears. Start­ing out as a mural­ist, his style was was noticed by adver­tis­ing agen­cies and gal­leries in cities around the world.

Saddo’s visu­al lan­guage has many dis­parate influ­ences, includ­ing hor­ror movie posters, comics, Hierony­mus Bosch, Hen­ri Rousseau, nat­u­ral­is­tic illus­tra­tions of plants and ani­mals, pop sur­re­al­ism, and reli­gion. Wow! This is reflect­ed in his paint­ings and illus­tra­tions, which fea­ture real­is­ti­cal­ly-formed fig­ures that are often in busy, lus­cious­ly-col­ored sce­nes.

If you’re a long-time read­er of this blog, you might remem­ber when this artist col­lab­o­rat­ed with Aitch on Mem­o­ry. Check it out—it’s my favorite iter­a­tion of the clas­sic card game.

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Illustration, Painting

Tension and Tragedy: Beautifully Haunting Works by Alice Wellinger

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Artist and illus­tra­tor Alice Wellinger cre­ates sur­re­al imagery that deals with the trou­bles of dai­ly life and of child­hood mem­o­ries. Her real­is­tic approach to the­se fig­ures and accom­pa­ny­ing sub­jects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actu­al­ly exist, but in a way that’s sim­i­lar to a vivid dream. Did the­se things real­ly hap­pen or was it just a fig­ment of your imag­i­na­tion?

Her conceptual—and often, the­mat­i­cal­ly dark—work lends itself well to things that aren’t so cheery. Most recent­ly, she cre­at­ed a series of illus­tra­tions about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Oth­el­lo.

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Painting

Colorful Abstract Landscapes Take You on an Ethereal Journey Through Nature

Tiel Seivl-Keevers

Some­times, a paint­ing can take you some­where excit­ing and new—a place where you’ve nev­er been, much less imag­ined going. That’s how I felt when look­ing at the work of Tiel Seivl-Keev­ers, an Aus­tralian artist cre­at­ing ethe­re­al abstract images. With pock­ets of col­ors and organ­ic marks, Tiel com­mu­ni­cates places of of both splen­dor and despair, where the path ahead is unknown but there’s an awe­some jour­ney along the way.

I build lay­ers. I erase. I assem­ble. I alter, until I am sat­is­fied that I have cap­tured the mood and beau­ty that nature pro­vides,” Tiel writes on her web­site. “Nature is rep­e­ti­tious and each sea­son brings a mem­o­ry; a visu­al, over­lapped map that tells a sto­ry of new life and death. The destruc­tion that rain and fire can bring, and the beau­ty that results. Each pod, seed, peb­ble and shell share a sto­ry.”

Tiel’s work is for sale on her web­site!

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Artist, Painting

Keri Oldham’s ‘Labyrinth’: Fashion, Demons, and the Search Within Ouselves

Keri Oldham

Brook­lyn-based artist Keri Old­ham has recent­ly opened her lat­est solo exhi­bi­tion at Kirk Hop­per Fine Art in Dal­las, Tex­as. Enti­tled Labyrinth, her beau­ti­ful water­col­or paint­ings are an alle­gor­i­cal series that’s inspired by the 1980 cult-clas­sic film, as well as the ancient myth of the Mino­taur.

The gallery describes the work in Keri’s show as com­bin­ing “images of demons and war­riors with trag­ic fig­ures and vic­to­ri­ous ones. With armored wom­en at its cen­ter, the­se pieces spin a new sto­ry on The­seus enter­ing the maze and con­fronting the beast with­in.” The allur­ing pieces fuse medieval beasts with fash­ion and fan­ta­sy, rep­re­sent­ing inner tur­moil and desires the many of us feel—to find mean­ing and suc­cess in our adult lives.

I love both the con­cept of Labyrinth and the style of Keri’s at-times grotesque paint­ings. They’re cre­at­ed with pig­ment, graphite, and applied paper pulp, adding the­se bril­liant tex­tures to her dizzy­ing col­ors and pat­terns.

If you’re in Dal­las, check out her exhi­bi­tion! It’s up until Novem­ber 14 of this year.

Keri Oldham

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