Carly Waito

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Toronto-based painter Carly Waito focuses on studies of geology, geometry, and light – and dare I say she’s mastered all three? Waito’s tiny mineral specimens in oil paint are intensely detailed and nearly indistinguishable from photographs. The high contrast lights and darks will really leave you scratching your head and wondering if she’s one upped nature.


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Sylvia Baldeva

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These watercolored faces from artist Sylvia Baldeva are mildly eerie… which I of course love. It’s almost as though you’re looking at these beauties from underwater instead of from under layers of blurry, translucent jewel-toned colors.


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Alan Reid

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Texas born, New York City livin’ artist Alan Reid manages to pull together three design elements in his paintings that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen employed together prior to this. Low-contrast, color blocks, and graphics. Honestly I’m loving the result. Reid makes a motley crew of elements pull together in harmony and manages to make you look deeper into his work all at the same time.


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Lizzy Stewart

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It seems like the artists I’m gravitating towards lately are extra whimsical in their style. Lizzy Stewart is case in point. Her work makes me simultaneously long for late summer evenings and crisp fall days. A tall order for a July day in the south!


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Jaclyn Conley

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I’ve always been a sucker for hair art studies, but I can’t even begin to tell you why because I don’t know. (Maybe it goes back to being a big Crystal Gayle fan in the 80s??) In the case of Jaclyn Conley‘s work, I think it’s a combination of the sticky sweet hues she paints with and the fact that maybe you wouldn’t even know you were looking at hair had someone not pointed it out to you.


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(via The Jealous Curator)


Erik Olson

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It looks like Canadian artist Erik Olson has found the intersection of cubism and expressionism, and I have to say I’d be happy to park myself there for awhile. I’m especially loving Olson’s New Portraits, full of thick paint and a deconstructed look that can make your eyeballs vibrate in your head.


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(via The Artful Desperado)


François-Henri Galland

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I couldn’t find much background about François-Henri Galland, so I suppose it’s a good thing that his work seems to speak for itself. The blurry, washed out portraits are my favorite. See those and more on his blog.


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Stella Maria Baer

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Forever a lover of the solar system and outer space, Stella Maria Baer‘s dreamy watercolors definitely strike a chord in me. From Jupiter’s moons to her expiration of crescent moons all of her work is so dreamy that I get sucked right in. Make some of her prints your own right here.


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(via Honey Kennedy)


Prints: July Edition


Pineapple by Linda & Harriett // Scorpio by Lori Langille //
About a Pearl by Leigh Viner // Le Ananas by Petit Reve



Canoe Haiku by London Print Studio x Alex Brady // Cactus by Polly Rowan //
Old Growth Pine Tree by Lintonheart // Blue Moon Field by YellowLion


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01/ Twenties is a tongue-in-cheek look at that magical decade of life.
02/ Sheer scarves printed with satellite imagery of cities by night.
03/ Pretty pressed glass knobs from Tom Dixon.
04/ The Pocket Art Director just made shopping for your designer friends that much easier.
05/ This abandoned Bangkok shopping mall hides a fishy secret!
06/ I’m 34 and I want one of these modern Miniio dollhouses.
07/ Painted typography created from manipulated paint splatters. WOW.
08/ Would you take on this dangerously fun cliffside Slip ‘n Slide?!
09/ Swing on your lawn with the Field Hammock!
10/ This dad created letters of food to teach his daughter the alphabet.

This week on Design Crush:
The mind-blowing paintings of Koen van den Broek.
The personal story behind the fresh ink of my latest two tattoos.
Screen prints layered over color washes from Vivian & Beverly Studio.
Eight canine collars for your partner in crime.
The beautiful, sometimes creepy art of Miss Take.
Another personal bit about how I (kind of) quite sugar (because I had to).
Pastel on vellum has never looked so good thanks to Cathy Daley.