Friday, March 13, 2020

Happy Friday + Stunning Watercolor Paintings by Candace Fincher

Hi everyone! I hope you have been enjoying your time on the blog because I had a great time finding all those wonderful artist and their work to share with you here.

Before we wrap up for the weekend, let me introduce you to the beautiful work of Candace Fincher. Candace Fincher is a watercolor artist presently living and working in the small southern town of Carrollton, Georgia. Her paintings are inspired by nature, depicting birds and insects in vibrant color palette. There are so many details in her work which "causes the viewer to pause and often draws them in. I frequently see people put their face very close to my paintings to see all of the fine details. I love that!" via

To paints vibrant and bold paintings the artist uses mainly watercolors, and rarely uses pen and ink to add details in her work. The paints that she uses are made from rocks and minerals that are harvested and manufactured in the US. You can find art prints, cards, magnets, stickers and shirts in her online store.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Crocheted Faux Taxidermy Heads by Nothing But a Pigeon

Taylor Hart is a crochet artist based in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in photography in 2003, specializing in alternative processes. She got introduced to the world of crocheting 9 years ago when she moved to Bastrop from Columbus, Ohio. In the beginning of her career she crocheted amigurumi toys and sold them to friends, and now she makes her own crochet patterns and kits. As a full-time crocheter she creates adorable amigurumi creatures and crocheted taxidermy heads, she calls it "Crochetidermy". She makes a range of woodland animals, safari friends and nautical creatures. These animals come already mounted on a wooden plaque ready to hang on a wall. 

Taylor's work has been featured on Knitting Daily TV, Austinite Magazine and LadyATX Magazine. She published her first pattern book “Crochet Taxidermy, 30 quirky patterns from mouse to moose”. Her crochet taxidermy are available in several stores in Texas as well as on her online store - Nothing But a Pigeon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Metal Screen Sculptures by Janet Brome

Janet Brome is a mixed media artist who grew up in San Diego and now lives in Virginia. She gained a major degree in art and has studied at The Maryland College of Art and Design, The Corcoran College of Art, and The Art League in Virginia. Since 2000 she has been dedicated completely to her artwork.

She creates massive sculptures using metal screen and paint. "I am intrigued by metal screen and what it does when manipulated." She cuts, twists, shapes and layers the metal screen into owls, herons, rooster, vulture, birds and chicks etc. She captures the spirit of the subjects she has chosen to depict.

She has been awarded several grants including The Front Royal Women's Resource Center and The Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of the Blue Ridge Arts Council , the Washington Sculptors Group, and is one of a group of Virginia artists known as The Six Pack. Janet has taught art at Lord Fairfax Community College, the regional Governor's School for the Arts, and many in local studios. Her work can be seen at various locations including Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC, the R.H. Ballard Gallery in Washington, VA., the Meghan Candler Gallery in Vero Brach, FL, and The Cottage Curator in Sperryville, VA.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Life Like Adorable Characters Hand Painted on Stones

I have blogged about painted stones in the past here and here. While browsing on Pinterest, I came across these delightful creatures painted by Varunya Khamhuatoei an artist based in Bangkok, Thailand. She turns the stones and rocks with animal paintings that would fit in your palm. The idea of what she is going to paint the stone as is often dictated by the shape of the stone. She imagines the character that'll be painted on the stone as soon as she has inspected the natural shape of the stone. From owls to dogs, from hippos to pigs, from mice to an entire turtle ninja family, each character is painted with utmost care that they look alive and real. Her pieces have so much character and are expressive.

To see more of her work you can visit her online store ArtofIsIdeaStone.