Friday, October 2, 2020

Coast to Coast Artist: Krystal Kramer

Krystal Kramer of Coast to Coast was born in Astoria, OR and grew up in Tampa, FL. I have been following her work on Instagram for a while now. Every time her painting pops up on my screen, my heart fills with delight. Her work is inspired by her travels and hiking trips all around the world. She draws a range of animals including owls, shoebill storks, mice, deer, peacock, and more. The creatures are drawn with fine micron pen and brought to life with watercolors. Her work has lots of lovely details that shows artist's patience and craftsmanship. 

You can find her limited edition art prints, stickers, notebooks, greeting cards and mini paintings in her online store

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adorable Halloween Characters By Whimsy Calling

I can't believe it's that time of the year when we start talking about the crisp air, pumpkins, costumes and candy. Due to the current state of the world, it's certain the festivals will be different for unforeseen time in the future. No matter how grim the situation is we all can still find some joy around us. It can be little things like doing yoga or enjoying the bliss after a meditation session. Today, I find my joy in these adorable little guys by Whimsy Calling.

Self-taught sculptor Dayna Corbitt of Whimsy Calling has been working on creating a series of cute figurines for Halloween. Her wonderful characters are hand-sculpted and painted in beautiful color palette of orange, yellow, grey, black and green. You can find what she is working on currently on Instagram where she also makes announcements regarding the availability of her pieces.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hand-Pulled Linocut Prints by Illustrator Meg Tannehill Justice

Meg Tannehill Justice is an illustrator and a print maker born in Georgia and now lives in the beautiful Tennessee Valley of North Alabama. She has created art ever since she was a little girl, from making clay animals to drawing horses for endless hours. She earned her graduate degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University and completed major in illustration.

Her prints are all originals from beginning till the finished piece. Each intricate design is first hand-carved into a linoleum block and printed onto paper with the help of a gentle rubber roller. Each design is pulled by hand off the block individually and dried in the artist's studio.

Her illustrations are inspired by her love for mountains, rivers and countryside where she lives. She is an avid gardener and is the happiest when she has her hands dirty. Her work reflects her passion for nature, often depicting animals, plants, and landscapes that she sometimes take photographs for reference.

To learn more about her process and to take a closer look at her work, visit her on Instagram. Her one-of-a-kind linocut prints can be found in her online store

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Illustrations By Freelance Artist Alexandra Finkeldey Of Scatterbee

Alexandra Finkeldey of Scatterbee is a freelance artist and an illustrator based in Ottawa, CA. Self-taught artist's work is inspired by her travels around the country and abroad. Her work often feature plants, and animals in playful style and in vibrant colors. 

The shown illustrations are from the series she did last October, I thought this is an appropriate time to showcase them considering the time of the year. The owls, cats, witches, and ravens are painted in the seasonal color palette of orange, black, and red. Her characters are anything but scary, they are sure to bring smile to anybody's face. She uses traditional mediums including watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink. You can follow her work on Instagram for new work this season which she makes available on her online store.

She welcomes commission work, if you have something in mind please contact her through her page.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Ceramic Wall Art Pieces by Marina Bauguil Will Create Calm Around You

Ceramic artist Marina Bauguil was raised in France, Africa and England, and currently living in Manchester. She creates amazing figurative ceramic creatures and animal heads inspired by her relationship with Nature. 

"It is her belief that human beings need a strong relationship with the natural world in order to live a balanced life. It is her understanding that we were once deeply connected, through our hearts, to forests, rivers, mountains, plants and animals and that through our modern way of life we are loosing this deep connection."

Her animals are generally depicted with their eyes shut who seem to be in deep meditative state. They are decorated with moon, sun, stars, flowers, snow flakes, or berries. The creatures are painted in peaceful colors - whites, greens, and blues - radiating calmness. The artist carves the facial features and hand-paints intricate details. They look almost real as if they will come alive at any moment. 

These animal heads can be used to decorate the walls of your house. You can find Marina's available pieces on her online store or you can follow her work on Instagram. If you are interested in buying any of her work, send her a direct message through her Instagram.