{artist showcase: Fabienne Rivory}

How much do you love these pieces from Paris-based artist Fabienne Rivory? This is her 2013 collection named MiroirThe simplicity of the black & white reflective photos with the perfectly-places yet free flowing pops of watercolour are beautiful. Do you think if I moved to Paris I could make art this lovely? 

You can have one of these beauties in your own home – check out her print shop


{artist showcase: some fruit to brighten up your day}

Dare I use the term ‘hump day’. I know, you want to hit me. But sometimes you need something to get you through this non-eventful, smack in the middle of the week day that doesn’t give you much to be excited about. Well how about this bright and cheerful summer fruit illustration series by Amy Walters? How can you not smile at these cheerful fruit dancing on your screen? 

 

 

Fun huh? What’s even more fun is having one of these great pattern on your iPhone case. You can bring a childhood memory to life and have your very own banana phone!

Get the cases here and check out Amy’s work here

{artist showcase: a photographer & his gal travel the world}

Warning! Case of wanderlust may be a symptom of viewing this post. I came across this great Instagram photo series by Russian photographer Murad Osmann. Murad took a picture of himself being led by his girlfriend while traveling around the world. What a unique way to add a human element to travel photos. It doesn’t hurt that his girlfriend happens to be incredibly attractive. Can you tell where they are in each photo?

And finally a snapshot of the couple in action. See the whole photo series hereJust in case your curiosity is getting to you, this is what his glamorous model girlfriend looks like from the unseen angle. 

{artist showcase: sarah walton}

I think my two temporary four legged roommates in San Fran last week may have influenced this post. How great are these pieces by Sarah Walton?! I’ve always been drawn to illustration style embroidery. I like when an artist takes something expected, like pen drawings on paper, and recreates them on a more unexpected medium like thread & fabric. The pops of pattern & colour are lovely and really complete the pieces. Just a couple stylish ladies and their pups. Check out Sarah’s Etsy shop for these and lots more great pieces. 

{artist showcase: kelly reemtsen}

I came across these lovely pieces of art by Kelly Reemsten that made me smile. As a single gal with my own place I find myself doing lots of handy stuff. My ‘tool drawer’ is getting pretty full, it looks like I may need to start a second one. I’m also more familiar with my local hardware store than I would like to be. Basically I’ve become handy because I have to be. That’s why I love these paintings with the contrast between the feminine subjects wearing vintage dresses carrying some not so feminine tools. And don’t forget to accessorize – a colourful bracelet & ring will get noticed when you’re swinging that ax. 

I’ve never done any work in a vintage dress but I did install a light fixture in a black slip once…now there’s an idea for another painting. 

{artist showcase: Jasmine Berakha}

I was so overly inspired by one of my favourite blogs, Creature Comforts, today. So many beautiful images and art. It really sparked something in me. I was especially taken by this amazing embroidery art by Jasmine Berakha. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I just love it! I wish she was on etsy or there was a way for me to buy a piece.

As I’ve mentioned before I just love mixed media art and I also love colour. These pieces incorporate both so beautifully along with great pattern & texture. The detail is just amazing.
Take a look..
This is my favourite – I love the colour combos



But this is a close second

With a closer look at detail










{artist showcase: Klaus Ernflo & Christian Faur}

Aristotle’s quote, the subject of this blog, can’t be any more true than with these beautiful artistic examples. They are quite amazing. I love things like puzzles or connect the dots or anything that is made up of multiple elements and organized in a way to create a larger element.

Check out this first example by Stockholm’s Klaus Ernflo that I found on It’s Nice That blog. He’s taken a page full of type and just by strategically changing the colour he’s created a landscape image when you stand back and look at the whole document. When you look up close, it’s not much but all those millions of pieces work to make a whole image. I guess it’s the same principal as pixels in digital photography minus all the technical mumbo jumbo.



Close up view:


And here’s another amazing example, this one from artist Christian Faur. He’s taken one of everyone’s childhood favourites, the crayon and by using a ton of them created beautiful portraits and images. I love the added texture element from the tips that the crayons give in comparison to the type sample.


In all these cases, the detail just amazes me. The ability to work in such fine detail but be able to stand back and see the big picture at the same time and bridge that gap in your mind is what I find so fascinating.