Friday, January 9, 2015

Body Painted Animal Portraits by Shannon Holt

Shannon Holt is a body painter from Florida who has been body painting since 2009. She uses human body as her canvas to create stunning, hyper-realistic animal portraits. The pieces shown are from Holt's “Florida Wildlife Series" which is a collection of several animal portraits all painstakingly drawn on human bodies. Her amazing artwork is often applied to bare human skin and consists of multiple models.

The series include total of nine portraits of animals including great horned owl, blue heron, red fox, alligator with a baby, panther, snowy egrets, armadillo, bees and deer. Each portrait took Holt about 6 to 12 hours to complete. You can view all the animal portraits from the series here. If you like, you can also buy her masterpieces which are available as limited edition prints from "I Love Body Art".

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers Glass Panels








Holly Sears is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She gained Master's degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has won several awards for her work including three times fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts at Sweet Briar and Basil H. Alkazzi Award by New York Foundation of the Arts for Excellence in Painting. She has taught at Princeton and has been a master printer at The Robert Blackburn Studio. Her paintings are included in the Sidney and Francis Lewis collection, and the corporate collection of ATT, among many other public and private collections.

The shown paintings are from the series titled "Hudson River Explorers" that were fabricated by Tom Patti Design into 11 glass panels in the South and North overpass corridors on the Hudson Line beginning at the Tarrytown Metro-North Station. The series feature six above and five underwater riverscapes, populated by dreamy plants and animals. "The scenes are fantastic, magically real, yet firmly grounded in naturalism. From east to west, the panels in each overpass create the experience of one day—from dawn to dusk with light, color and subject."

The paintings include a combination of native and exotic species like a bobcat and house cat, polar bears and black bears, white-tailed deer, ducks, shad, seahorse and sturgeon, hawks and owls, herons and swallows, elephants and horses. "Sears places a particular emphasis on those animals that are threatened or endangered enjoining us to consider and protect the natural world that surrounds us."

To view a more images and to learn more about the Hudson River Explorers, visit this link. You can also find these gorgeous paintings in a book form.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Decorative Owl Plate by Manu Ceramiche

This one-of-kind ceramic owl plate is handmade and hand painted by Manuela Panzeri of "Manu Ceramiche" in Lecco, Italy.

Semi-Precious Stones Paintings by Elena Plekhanova

"Polar Owl"

"Arowana" (dragon fish)





"Summer afternoon"

Elena Plekhanova is a geologist who lives with her husband in Vyshgorod, Kiev region. She graduated from Mining and Geology Department, Donetsk University, specializing in Minerals and Environmental Geology. Elena and her husband both love and are passionate about stones. They create these paintings using varieties of semi-precious stones like rock crystal, citrine, topaz, carnelian and petrified fossil wood. Their unique paintings have a wonderful texture and delicacy provided by the rich color palette of the tiny stones.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Round-Up 2015 Calendars Part - I

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday break and took time to relax with family and friends. Let's start 2015 with a bunch of whimsical as well as beautiful owl calendars that'll help you organized all year long!

If you like an owl calendar that didn't make the list then please let me know about it by leaving a comment below so I could share with everyone.