Friday, August 3, 2018

Embroidered Feathered Creatures That Look Like Drawings

Jennifer McBrien is a Baltimore based artist who creates these beautiful bird portraits by free hand stitching on a sewing machine. All the birds are based on her original designs and patterns. The series of bird portraits are stitched in black on heavy duty cotton canvas fabric with dark thread which makes every stitch amplify. You can clearly see the overlap of the thread that brings wonderful texture to her work. The birds look like drawings that are made with a pencil.

"On numerous days, I walk to my studio in Baltimore, MD through a treasured wooded pathway, listening to the bird stories and surrounding urban sounds. These sweet sounds and thoughts are the inspirations for my daily creations..."

She will be exhibiting her work in the upcoming events on 26th August and 9th September among other shows in other major cities in the US. You can find more information on the events on her website. To see more of her bird portraits, kitchen linens, oven mitts, aprons and bird sculptures visit her online store.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Jennifer Davis Paints Whimsical Characters on Wooden Panels

Minneapolis based painter Jennifer Davis is well-known for creating whimsical characters who live in an imaginative world. She paints primarily in acrylic, graphite and charcoal on paper or round pine panel. What makes her paintings stand out is the eye-catching colors and intricate patterns mixed in with rich textures.

Jennifer has exhibited her work in number of solo and group exhibitions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The DeVos Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park , Soo Visu al Arts Center, Foster Museum, Bloomington Art Center and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Her paintings have be exhibited in many galleries across the United States. The artist received the Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council, McKnight Foundation in 2013.

You can find more of her work including original paintings, prints, collages and cards in her online store.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Romantic Portraits Hand-Painted Wooden Necklaces

Happy August! I hope you are having a great year so far. While writing this post, I realized more than half of the year is gone by. It's only four months more before we enter the new year. Isn't it crazy how fast time flies!

Back to the post. I love bold, colorful art! It's a cherry on the top if one can wear it like these hand-painted pendants by Patrizia Nigro. Her work is a unique combination of beautiful illustrations that have a vintage feel to them. The wooden pendants are cut in various shapes and hand-painted with female portraits who are framed with floral, feathers and can be seen with their companion animals. You can find her one-of-kind pendants in her online store - Alma Patrice.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Realistic Paintings of Animals and Kids Walking the Streets Together

Kevin Peterson is an artist based in Houston, Texas who paints these hyper realistic paintings where fearless kids are exploring the decaying cities with the animal companions. The recurring themes of his work is innocent children accompanied by wild animals such as owls, bears, lions and foxes with a backdrop of abandoned and disintegrating buildings.

Through his work he is explaining the journey of life that we all take. "My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior."

More of his work can be viewed on his website and to watch him work behind the scenes visit his Instagram.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Imaginary Worlds Turned Into Illustrated Jigsaw Puzzles


Good Morning everyone! Let me start this fine day with the beautiful work by Andrea Kürti. Andrea Kürti is a freelance illustrator based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She creates illustrations for children's books but before she realized that's where her heart lies she worked as a children’s clothes and costume designer for theaters. She has a great time creating imaginary worlds with watercolor and gouache.

Her portfolio includes impressive clients' list including D-Toys a brand with which she has worked in collaboration designing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. To view more of her work visit her on Instagram and her website.