Aug
22

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01/ Crazy psychedelic soap bubble planets by Santiago Betancur Z.
02/ Career R.I.P. is a hilarious series of tees paying tribute to deceased careers of celebrities.
03/ These edible chocolate LEGOs look melty, delicious, and so much fun!
04/ Recipes is a high-speed photo series that captures ingredients in mid-air.
05/ Photos of the homeless and their canine companions that will have you hugging your pets.
06/ Crazy cool underwater crochet installations off the coast of Mexico!
07/ This teapot looks like about five other things than its purpose, but I love it.
08/ A Dutch boxer who paints by wearing his gloves and wrapping canvas around a punching bag.
09/ Has (I Drivhuset) In the Greenhouse grown too big for her britches?
10/ Garden Fresh manipulates photos of wild animals inside supermarkets.

This week on Design Crush:
An Instagram Moving Sale for Oklahoma City locals – there are still a few pieces left!
We’re giving away 2 copies of Lisa Congdon’s book – Art, Inc. –  all about making your art your full time job.
Take a peek at these 10 August DIYs that are almost too good to be true.
Dreamy blurry paintings from Philip Barlow.
The new school year means a fresh start and new notebooks to me!
Steven Quinn has managed to create the only clown art I will ever endorse.
There’s color and then there’s COLOR. Boo + Boo Factory does the latter so right.
Beautiful woodworked pieces for the kitchen and home by Ariele Alasko.
Colorful, geometric, hand-strung Sputnik Lamps.
A dishware pattern – Unsealed – created with the idea of showing off the porcelain in mind.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Nine graphics prints that are perfect in the kitchen.
Gettin’ boho in the home and the perfect floor rugs for the job!

Aug
19

Philip Barlow

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Whenever I take an accidentally blurry photo on my phone I don’t trash it, I put it into a folder with other “mistakes” that turned out to be beautiful in their own unintentional way. I guess that’s the same level that Cape Town artist Philip Barlow‘s paintings resonate with for me. Though he paints in a traditional landscape style, Barlow’s work rides the line of physical and spiritual through his mastery of light. To me they perfectly capture the lazy days of summer and time spent in every large city.

 

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Aug
12

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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Jul
30

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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Jul
29

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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Jul
24

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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Jul
23

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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Jul
21

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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Jul
17

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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Jul
10

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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