Have you ever commissioned a portrait of yourself, your family, or even as a gift for someone else? I can’t say that I have, but it’s something I’ve been thinking of more and more lately. It seems like every way I turn there’s an incredible illustrator or painter showing me yet another reason why I need one of me and my crazy pet menagerie. Here are just three that I’ve got my eye on, top to bottom they are My Little Buffalo, Jolly Edition, and Lili di Prima.
One winter during high school I took a watercolor class that was held on Wednesday evenings. As a person and as an artist I’ve always gravitated toward things that gave me a modicum of control, and working with watercolors made my feel anything but. However, when I look at Lisa Krannichfeld‘s ethereal women in The Glass Menagerie series it makes me realize that sometimes that lack of control is what makes something beautiful. (via The Jealous Curator)
01/ I know that guacamole is extra. It always is.
02/ Clever slouching book bookends.
03/ Not one. Not two. But thirteen ways to make hummus.
04/ We’re giving away three tickets to Alt For Everyone!
05/ Just some paintings of bodies hidden under rugs.
06/ Catastrophic disasters recreated as layered sculptures.
07/ Ten photos that look like hyper-realistic paintings. But aren’t.
08/ Your Last Shot asks what photo you’d want displayed at your funeral if you died tomorrow.
09/ Towering metallic men sculptures in Taiwan.
10/ Massive, beautiful stick sculptures.
This week on Design Crush:
Mix #28: All the Hands In Your Pocket
Taste Tour: POPS
UPPERCASE: Work/Life 3
52 Weeks of Dogs
Skin & Bones
Alt For Everyone (Ticket Giveaway)
Design Crush + Dodge Dart
Brazilian artist Gustavo Sousa collects raindrops from different places, then uses them to create his beautifully simple watercolor series entitled therainpaintings. Each one represents a cloud, which couldn’t be more fitting. So far the series includes pieces from the United States, Europe, and Brazil.
01/ Prices is a series of art made from, you guessed it, price tags!
02/ Students learn anatomy by painting a live body.
03/ Museum quality specimens of popular breakfast cereals.
04/ Overlapped photography reveals similarities between fathers + sons.
05/ Love these drawings with a fingerprint-like patterns.
06/ Street garbage gets turned into quirky characters.
07/ Japan’s summertime firework festivals are gorgeous.
08/ Billowing clouds of colorful smoke.
09/ A ballerina performing en point in knife shoes!
10/ Beautiful aerial photos of Poland’s lakes across the seasons.
This week on Design Crush:
And Five Years Later I Have a Guest Room
The Guest Room // The Paint
The Guest Room // The Lighting
Feel Good Wednesdays
The Guest Room // The Art
The Guest Room // The Wallpaper
The Guest Room // The Bedding
01/ Wunderblock creates rainbows out of dirt and spray paint.
02/ Dogs dress up as their owners in Underdogs.
03/ Day to Night, beautiful day/night composites of major cities.
04/ Surreal wire drawings of eyes.
05/ The Funnel Tunnel snakes its way through Houston.
06/ Time Is a Dimension creates cityscapes with slices of photogenic time!
07/ Detailed and intense African beach calligraphy.
08/ Useless plastic box covertly left on a shelf at Best Buy by artist.
09/ Realistic body paintings of recognizable Dr. Seuss characters.
10/ Just some Guys with Fancy Lady Hair.
This week on Design Crush…
Scoutmob (+ a Giveaway!)
DIY Color Washed Glasses
12 August DIYs
Calling All Cat Ladies!
Sarah Wiener for REISS
Alt For Everyone + Design Crush
I’ve noticed recently that I’m not as drawn to subject matter so much as as style and technique when it comes to paintings. And that holds true with the work of Guy Yanai. His brushstrokes glide across the canvas in a single layer of colored stripes, almost like a printer spewing out a beautifullly bright document. (via Design Mom)
01/ The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. (I knew it!)
02/ The world is fascinated by Twins, this portrait series is lovely.
03/ Book on Book, a book-shaped clear acrylic paperweight.
04/ Office Safari, where cubicle meets safari.
05/ Science is awesome, and now science is branded.
06/ Mirror City, a kaleidoscopic timelapse of major cities.
07/ You can finally make your own It’s-It Ice Cream Sandwiches!
08/ If we could see Wifi, this is what it would look like.
09/ Painted Jello has never looked so appetizing.
10/ If Manhattan were dropped into the Grand Canyon!
To wrap up this first edition of Oklahoma City Week we’re going out with an artist instead of a shop. Meet Jason Pawley, the brilliant mind behind these neoned, patterned, exciting works of art that I can’t stare at long enough. ( If you’re the observant type you probably noticed his handiwork on the back wall of DNA Galleries yesterday.) I like Jason’s patterns on their own, but am completely blown away by the pieces that include subjects tattooed with those same lines and angles. And I’ve just convinced us all that he would design great tattoos as well, right?
I’ve sung the praises of artist Lily Stockman before, last year when her Block Shop scarves first hit the scene (in a big way, I might add). I love art, I adore art. But it’s not often I see paintings that hit me in the gut like Lily’s do. Mouth agape, nose pressed against the laptop screen, trying to see as much depth and detail as humanly possible within the pixels. There’s just something about her style and technique that grabs me by the heart. It doesn’t hurt that Lily is one of the most incredible, genuine human beings I’ve ever met either. She just received her MFA in Studio Art, so I’m hoping she’ll have some time to turn a few pieces into prints sometime soon!