Monday, July 28, 2014

Incredible Photorealistic Drawings by Karla Mialynne

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a restful weekend. I would like to start our week here with these drawings by Karla Mialynne that'll bring more cheer in your day. Karla Mialynne is an artist based in New York who creates these incredible photorealistic illustrations using watercolor pencils, colored pens and acrylic paints. At the end of her work she photographs all the tools she used right next to the drawings. Her work is just amazingly textured and filled with realistic details that it'll make you forget that what you are looking at are not photos.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Joseph Bradley

I shall leave you for the weekend with the lovely work of Joseph Bradley a nationally known artist from Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated in 2007 from Bob Jones University with degree in B.F.A. Studio Art.

Joseph Bradley was the youngest of four children and grew up in Greenville, SC in an old, ramshackle farmhouse with no heat or air-conditioning.  “I was really embarrassed by what my house looked like.” His life experiences plus a tragic incident during his internship in college where he was held up in a bank robbery made him evaluate and energized him to understand and develop his unique concept of beauty. 

“My work is about noticing and appreciating the things around us and discovering our relationship to our environment and our emotional responses to it.” He considers intuition and experimentation to be primary in his process. “I need variety to stay fresh, so it’s natural for me to change what I’m doing, sometimes drastically.” His paintings have been published in a book by Chronicle that was carried at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.

Have a great weekend!

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Easy Needle Felted Owl DIY Tutorial

It will be fun to try this wonderful tutorial on how to make a needle felted owl. The tutorial is so simple to follow that it really doesn't matter if you are only a beginner and have no experience in felting. Just go to Donni's blog The Magic Onions for the entire step by step instructions which are super clear and come with pictures. 

Things that you'll need for the project:
Wool roving
Wool roving string
Needle felting needle
And, a protective board

Freebie: Aztec Owl Wallpaper

Don't you love this adorable little guy? You can download the "Aztec Owl" and "Polka Dots" wallpaper to instantly bring cuteness to your phone for free! Click on the links above to download the wallpaper of your choice.

To find more owl-some freebies that I featured in the past click here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book with Beautiful Illustrations - Uilen Geluk

Thank you Petra for translating. Here it goes:
'Uilen geluk' 
 'Owl happiness'

In een oud gebouw leefde eens een uilenpaar. Zij waren zeer gelukkig het heele jaar.
In an old building once lived a couple of owls. They were very happy throughout the year.

In de wereld beneden hen waren vele hoenders, die niets deden dan drinken en ...
In the world beneath them there were lots of fowl, who did nothing but drink and….

Eten, en als ze dan met eten en drinken klaar waren, ...
Eat, and when they were finished eating and drinking,……

En na zich nog eens extra gepoetst te hebben, stapt hij er al pronkende heen.
And after grooming itself an extra time, he steps down showing off…..

De uilen zetten groote oogen op en zeggen: "wel pauwtje, ga jij je vriendjes maar halen, dan zullen wij je alles vertellen!"
The owls opened their eyes wide and said: „Well little peacock, you go get your friends, then we will tell you everything!”

"Als het lente is, zien wij alles herleven. De boomen krijgen hun knopjes en bladen, het gras zijn duizende kleine bloemen, en alles juicht om ons heen.
   “When it is spring, we see everything revive. The trees get their buds and leaves, the grass sits thousands little flowers, and everything cheers around us……

Vlinders fladderen en verzamelen honing uit de gouden zonnebloemen, dan is het zomer.
Butterflies flutter and collect honey from the golden sunflowers, then it is summer.

En de vogels, die liever wilden blijven pronken, eten, drinken en vechten, keerden hun rug naar de uilen, en zetten hun oude leven voort.
And the birds, that rather kept showing off, eat, drink and fight, turned their back to the owls, and continued their old lives. 

The other day I stumbled across these beautiful images from the book Uilen Geluk (The Lucky Owls) here. It's authored by Tine Hogervorst van Hoytema and the illustrations are by Theodorus van Hoytema, published in 1895 by C.M. van Gogh, Amsterdam. I don't understand any of it, but I REALLY like the illustrations. If you know Dutch and want to translate the text for us then send me an email or leave a comment. I'd love to know the story behind these images.