Mar
30

Amy Bennett

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Lately I’ve found myself wondering why there aren’t more summer camps for adults. Places to unplug and unwind, with or without family in tow. Amy Bennett‘s At the Lake came along at the perfect time, making me think that maybe it all really is possible through her paintings and tiny pastel cabins.

 

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Mar
27

Happy Weekend

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01/ Great. Now I want to rescue a magpie as cute as this one.
02/ What happens when the elderly model street fashion?
03/ Christopher Rimmer photographed cows on the beach and I really like it.
04/ A restaurant where you can order champagne with the push of a button.
05/ See meticulously iconic scenes in miniature thanks to the Ikonen project.
06/ Pop Idol Devotion Candles are a modern riff on religious iconography.
07/ Looking forward to the upcoming documentary on Iris Apfel!
08/ Artist Maria Aristidou uses coffee as watercolor.
09/ A woman in Germany is using an unlikely medium to discuss feminism.
10/ Hey Seattle, look out for Peregrine Church‘s art that only appears when it rains!

This week on Design Crush:
Miranda Lorikeet works what can only be called magic in MS Paint.
Try rice pudding 10 ways.
Laurent Chéhère creates dreamy depictions of flying houses.
A jewelry collection from Seaworthy that’s begging for summer days.
Embroidered mantras from MaricorMaricar.
Mid-century inspired illustrations by Masako Kubo.
Step away from the screen and put the Social Preparedness Kit into action.
Take a peek at the fun, whimsical illustrations of Aiko Fukawa.

Mar
18

Hyunryoung Kim

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Some of Hyun Ryoung Kim‘s observations about her own art struck a chord deep down, that resonates on some level I’m only aware of every once in awhile.

It seems all is spontaneous and unintended in disorder, however one can observe some sort of order in them just like the universe, nature, human, birth, death, and relationships between them.

 

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Mar
17

Brenda Cablayan

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I’ve been jonesing for a vacation in the worst way this month. Thankfully the snow days have disappeared and the sun has been hanging around a bit more, but I’m still daydreaming about the tropics. Brenda Cablayan‘s landscapes of Hawaiian landscapes and urban life are definitely either making it better or making it worse.

 

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(via The Jealous Curator)

Mar
16

Ali Cavanaugh

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You’ve probably heard of (or know someone) who lost one of their senses at an early age and in turn found that the others were all heightened to compensate. Artist Ali Cavanaugh lost her hearing at the age of two through spinal meningitis. She looks at it as a blessing in disguise because it made her more sensitive to the people around her and the unspoken language of the human body, all of which shows in her unique paintings of watercolor layered over kaolin clay.

 

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Mar
13

Happy Weekend

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01/ Bandages that will make your wound look worse than it actually is.
02/ This bar in Louisiana has a built-in chilled strip to keep beverages cold.
03/ Cloud iridescence is a real thing.
04/ Weapons of Mass Instruction is a 1979 Ford converted into a book-toting tank!
05/ I love the idea of creating a grazing table instead of appetizers.
06/ The Lotus Building in China depicts the three states of a blooming flower.
07/ A hair freezing contest!
08/ These approved catcalls are hilarious.
09/ It turns out activated charcoal is really good for our skin – have you tried it?
10/ Danny Quirk‘s realistic anatomical paintings expose our inner workings.

This week on Design Crush:
Pat Perry‘s illustrations will transport you to another world.
Temperatures are slowly climbing and I have my spring wish list ready!
Beautiful modern female portraits by Annie Kevans.
How things are going after being back in Pittsburgh for six months.
The storytelling embroidery pieces of Michelle Kingdom.
These 8 great apps are some of my recent favorites.
Energetic abstracts from Kerri Rosenthal.
Ten March DIYs to keep you busy this month.
Take a peek at Gus Hughes‘ right-out-of-the-tube paintings.

Mar
13

Gus Hughes

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I’m having a moment of attraction towards heavy-handed paintings, basically the art of smears right out of the tube layered on thick and intense. Today I’m admiring the work of Ireland’s Gus Hughes.

 

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Mar
12

Kerri Rosenthal

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Kerri Rosenthal‘s inspiration flows from her past working in the fashion industry and northern Europe, as well as her present focus of contemporary furnishings and life in Connecticut. I can see hints and glimpses of these elements in her works on canvas with their fluidity and color choices.

 

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Mar
10

Annie Kevans

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Annie Kevans is a master of minimal portrait paintings, and everyone seems to know it. Kevans has sold a series of 30 paintings of dictators to Charles Saatchi, collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on a series of 32 muses, and created a series of presidents’ mistresses among others. Her latest is Women and the History of Art, which I very much appreciate.

 

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Mar
05

Hiroyuki Izutsu

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Tokyo’s Hiroyuki Izutsu is a trained illustrator, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his paintings. The most grabbing series is entitled Don’t Give Up Japan. Hiroyuki put brush to canvas after the tsunami and ensuing struggles as a tribute to his country.

 

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