Now here’s a multitalented artist I can’t get enough of right now. Liz Toohey-Wiese is a Canadian bread, Icelandic traveled artist who creates brightly colored and boldly rendered pieces that my eyes just want to gobble up. Her creativity isn’t restricted to one medium. Nay, her talents meander across painting, drawing, photography, and fiber art, creating a diverse yet seamless collection of eye-catching pieces. Weaving together popular imagery and patterns (eyes, hands, polka dots) with natural landscapes, Toohey-Wiese depicts picture-perfect places I’d like to visit— each creation seems grounded in nature, place, a sense of belonging, and home. And the colors! Her paintings and weavings especially feature fun combinations of rich hues, dark shades, and vibrant tones. I can’t get enough!
Now for something a little different, I’m sharing some work from a very young artist that I love: my little brother Bryton. He was so excited to show me his drawings, knowing that I too loved to draw and color when I was his age. He was also adamant that I put his work on my blog. How could I refuse? Just look at all that color! I hope this piece brightens your day.
I find this Needlepoint Series by Dina Weiss truly amazing. Not just because it brings to mind fond childhood memories of Oscar the Grouch, perhaps my favorite Sesame Street character, but also because it completely rejects the flowery, sweet and delicate styles of traditional needlepoint. The scenes of city trash are gross but still beautiful. Dina has made some magic here.
The photography of Leilani Wertens is nothing short of breathtaking. She ventures into estate sales, not in search of vintage deals, but to capture the past, the silent stories that lie in the homes and possessions of people passed. At first, as an avid thrifter, I was drawn simply to the vintage decor and the thought of finding such amazing retro loot on the cheap! But then I was seized by the stillness of the discarded items and abandoned spaces. It’s calming, yet the mystery of each moment is gripping. I could stare and wonder for hours.
I love Romina Pelagatt’s work. It’s as simple as that. I love the sweet, delicate lines. I love the swirls of pastel colors that blur the sharp edges of rocky ground and bony knees. It’s youthful and imaginative. It reminds me of playing outside all day, not noticing when it starts to get dark and you’re ready to eat. You just want to play forever.
I’m living vicariously through Katie Rose Gill of Girl & the Deer. Sassy haircuts, sleek British style, European sightseeing, raucous partying and indie music gigs? Uh… yes please. Not to mention the ease with which she seems to spit out quirky doodles, band flyers, tote bag designs and one bizarrely fantastical collage after another. Katie, my darling, you’ve got it all. And I can only imagine your cute English accent.
I imagine that if you put all of Mia Christopher‘s illustrations together, you would end up with one kooky story about a circus family. You’ve got the contortionist jugglers, the expertly balanced human pyramids, the zebra wrangler and the ribbon dancing cat tamer. That sounds way better than any real circus I’ve ever been to. Luckily, we can each bring the magic home with a print from her shop.
With runaway vacuum cleaners and flower buds pretending to be flames, Natalie Kaplan‘s photographs delight the eye with a sprinkling of red and a dollop of peculiarity. It’s as if she’s caught these inanimate objects right as they forgot to be inanimate. She’s surprised them with a click and a flash. Continue reading →
Maria Lamar is in the business of making magic. I’m in love with the colors, the smudged graphite, the peculiar figures in her work. I wonder what goes through her head as she creates each piece. Does she just sit down to a blank piece of paper and then, voila, a seed of inspiration bursts forth, travels down her arm and jumps onto that unsuspecting piece of paper, creating an image that is both eerie and delightfully fun at the same time? I think… yes.