Friday, March 15, 2019

Shelley Aldrich's Vibrant Watercolor Paintings

Shelley Aldrich lives on a small green hill in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA with her husband and their two girls. She earned a degree in business from the University of Southern California and after that worked in a corporate world for 20 years. When she got tired of crunching numbers, she decided to turn her attention to her creative skills. Currently, she is interested in illustrating stories. She paints a wide array of subject matters from famous people to objects, to mushrooms, to birds and owls. Her artwork is a lovely combination of bright illustrations painted in watercolors and story telling.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Taksa Sobaka Sculpts The Most Well Dressed Dolls

I stumbled across an Instagram account Taksa Sobaka that showcases the amazing dolls by the artist Tanya Gromova. She makes detailed animal dolls who are dressed in best clothes and going about their mundane activities. She uses variety of fabrics with fun patterns to construct the dolls, and are accessorized with scarves, bags, shoes and tiny pieces of jewelry. The way she poses them to photograph makes you forget that they are dolls and not real people! If you have any question regarding her unique dolls, you can contact her through her Instagram page.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Paintings Made With Wool by Sue Prewitt

Sue Prewitt creates amazing wool paintings from her home studio in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. To make the paintings she uses wool that's humanely collected from the sheep living on the farms in the US. Her work is inspired by her surrounding featuring animals, birds and landscapes. "I hope you can see the echo of nature, and the love I have for it, in my art." She would use a combination of wet felting to replicate the color and texture and needle felting to add details in her work. Her pieces vary in sizes ranging from 6 inches hoop to larger paintings.

Not only is she a talented artist, she would also make a conscious effort of reusing packaging materials whenever possible to ship her work reducing the impact on the environment. You can find her one-of-a-kind pieces in her online store Tangled Roots.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Artist Combines Hand Craved Creatures and Vintage Tins to Create Unique Art

Karen L Howard is a mixed-media artist and a whittler who was introduced to the art of wood carving by her grandma when she was just a little girl. She dedicated herself to the craft full time when she had to spend all her time at home taking care of her husband who got injured in a car accident. She picked up a knife and started to carve but this time she didn't stop. She creates amazingly unique sculptures combining her original hand carved wood pieces that are perched and nested on top on charming vintage tins.

She received a Master Folk Art Grant from the San Joaquin Art Council and James C. Irving Foundation. She has shared her knowledge with many by giving talks to art groups, taught kids, given private lessons, and has shown her work in many shows.  She lives on the Northern California coast where she has a gallery in downtown Ferndale for last 10 years. She works from her home studio on the whimsical creatures that are available on her online store.