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!

P.S.: Win a $50 gift card by Black Baroque by participating in the giveaway at Facebook.

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

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.

Melamine Plates by Helen Dardik

{owl, polar bear, bear, sun}

{cat, dog, fox, monkey}

This brand new range of melamine plates are designed by a well known Canadian illustrator Helen Dardik for PSikhouvanjou. The plates feature fabulous geometric animals, girl and sun designs in bright and bold colors. They are available in 10 different styles to mix and match. I love the owl and the sun. You?