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)


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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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.


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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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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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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(via The Jealous Curator)


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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Caroline Larsen

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At first glance I guessed Caroline Larsen‘s works were embroidered, or maybe a modern take on tapestries. Both wrong. (You’ve caught on that this is one of my favorite games by now, right?) They’re freakin’ oil paintings. Tiny daubs and strokes create the textured appearance of each vintage-style piece. Check out a close-up of one of the pieces below – they essentially border on being sculptures.


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(via The Jealous Curator)


Clare Elsaesser

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I’m completely enamored with paintings of women lately, the more mysterious the better. Enter Clare Elsaesser and her beautiful ladies. Clare’s original paintings as well as giclée prints are available in her Etsy shop, each one just as full of expressive and textured brushstrokes as the last.


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(via Miss Moss)


Jenny Andrews Anderson

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You should know by now that if you work with a palette that draws my attention you’ve already won half the battle. Jenny Andrews Anderson is no exception to that statement with colors that make me want to dive right into her perfectly balanced abstracts. I love that each one seems to have one unexpected element – a line through the center or a swipe of unexpected color.


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