Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Colored Paper-Cut Images Assembled by Jessica Baldry to Create Magical Worlds

Jessica Baldry is a paper artist, surface pattern designer and an illustrator based in Suffolk, UK. While working in the field of art, she explored many mediums but she realized she loved to work with paper the most for the versatility it offers. Her work features tiny details that exist in nature and the world around us. She has created paper-cut collages as small as 4"x2" to larger pieces. Jessica hand-cuts small images from colored paper and assembles them in layers creating magical worlds.

She creates these whimsical, folk art inspired illustrations in her studio. She is available to work on commission projects, so if you have something in mind that you would like her to make for you then please get in touch with her. Her original paper-cuts, greeting cards, and stationery is available in her online store.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Artwork by Sarah Petkus

Sarah Leea Petkus is a freelance artist and an illustrator presently living in Colorado. Sarah creates dark and unusual art combining real creatures and characters from her imagination.

She has animals, nature, and the interaction between the man-made world and natural world as a recurring theme in her art. Her subjects are heavily detailed, incorporate traditional Baltic and Scandinavian motifs from her ancestral homes. She often uses mediums such as watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, ink, and acrylic. You can find her original artwork and limited edition art prints on her online store.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Chris Buzelli's Paintings Where Creatures From Real and Imaginative Worlds Live Together

Chris Buzelli is a freelance artist and illustrator born in Chicago and presently living in NY with his wife SooJin, who is also an artist, and their miniature pinscher, Sota. He creates surreal paintings depicting where larger-than-life creatures from the real and imaginative worlds co-exist. His whimsical work uses an array of vivid color palette and bold shapes.

"Buzelli's visual world is a dramatically lit, colorful and often uneasy parallel universe, populated by outsized creatures, real and imagined; childlike figures sometimes share this landscape, tiny and vulnerable beside massive predators or mythic monsters." via

After completing his graduation from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995, Chris moved to New York City and started his career as a full-time illustrator. The seed of creativity was sown in his consciousness when he was just a little boy and used to paint with his grandfather while watching the television. He still uses oil paints for his artwork.

He has created art for editorial and book clients including Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Harper's, Newsweek, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House, and Picador. His list of ad clients include ESPN Creative Networks, Taco Bell, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sundance Film Festival, Macy's, Sony, Facebook, United Airlines, MGM Resorts, and Saatchi & Saatchi to name a few.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Odin Parker Curates Toys That Help Feed Children In Need

Atila and Blakeslee is the couple who founded Odin Parker and run is out of their home in Oregon. The sweet little brand has a story behind it, when they were expecting their son they went shopping for cool toys. Much to their disappointment they could not find anything that matched their style, and at the same time was suitable for a baby boy.

That night, the couple searched online and came across small businesses who made the kind of toys they were looking but they were mostly sold abroad. This was the beginning to Odin Parker, a brand that curates gender neutral toys and accessories that are loved by the babies and parents alike. 

The lovely collection of wooden toys featuring adorable animals, objects, pretend play sets, and puzzles are made with ash and beech wood, and painted with non-toxic water based paint. Also, they have partnered with Children's Hunger Fund to feed children in need. Each product on their website is associated with a number meals which helps them know how much to donate to the non-profit partner. Find more details and the products on their website.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Paintings Nestled in Beautiful Glass Frames with Dried Flowers

Katie LeVan is a full time artist presently working and living in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 2013, Katie finished her graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Mercyhurst University. Besides being an artist she is an outdoor adventurer who explores nature through colors and textures in her artwork. 

Her paintings feature lot of elements from the world around us, dried flowers are often seen as an embellishment in her work. She picks up flowers on her walks with her dog and dries them by pressing them between books before laminating then for sturdiness. She then sands the sharp edges before they are set into beautiful glass frames along with her paintings.

"Nature is dually exciting and calm. The bold, quick strokes of the palette knife in my landscapes mimic the often fast and exciting energy we find around us, while allowing the paint to lay precisely where it wants to, as if it knows where it wants to exist in the world. In contrast, the pressed flower elements that I often incorporate are delicate, peaceful, and directly from the Earth. This harmonious balance is what makes each day in our world a beautiful thing. Through my work, I hope to portray the natural beauty that exists outside of each of our doors for others to appreciate."

She currently works as a Gallery Director at Stonewall Gallery. Her role entails finding fresh talent for shows, curating art, and displaying artwork, and working closely with her team behind the scenes work. Katie has received Honorable Mention at Campbell Pottery’s annual In the Garden Art Show and has been honored with a Purchase Award for two of her pieces from Mercyhurst University. These paintings are now in the permanent collection that the University on display at its main building.