Monday, July 16, 2018

Realistic Pencil Colored Wildlife and Pet Portraits

Claire Milligan is a UK based self-taught freelance artist who specializes in highly detailed and realistic portraits. The recurring theme of her work is animals and birds that are created with colored pencils. She has a collection of over 300 different colors which enables her to create incredible detail that gives the surreal quality to her animal portraits. 

"I have been creating pet portraits since 2002 but it wasn't until 2015 that I made the move to make my dream a reality and I set up my business as a professional artist, and I haven't looked back since. I absolutely adore my job - I feel very lucky to be an artist for a living."  

She has created many pet portraits for her clients based in Canada, United States, Japan and Fuji. She has exhibited nationally and has won awards for her work. To view more of her work and to see her working behind the scenes visit her Instagram.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Rich Hand-Pulled Collographs by Bonnie Murray


I discovered the art of Collography when I was asked by a friend to help on a project. In the process of researching on the art, I came across the amazing work by Bonnie Murray. Suburban St. Louis based artist has created her unique style while modifying the Collograph technique for over 30 years. 

The artist has a great passion for painting and print making but at the moment she is focused on developing Collographs that entails an interesting process of creating a collage with all kinds of textures on a plate, inking it up and printing it out. You can read more about Collography by her here. She creates multiple plates, one which prints a silhouette of the design and the second to fill in the textures, simply put. When the printing part is done, she would hand-paint where the colors didn't transfer by the press. Each hand pulled Collograph is a unique piece of art which will become a great conversation piece in your home. 

She has exhibited in numerous cities and has worked for corporations including Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc. You can view more of her work on her online store.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Embroidery and Paper Combined to Make Artwork


Anne Brooke is a mixed media artist who is living and working in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. She uses fabric and paper as canvas for her artwork. She would create collages with layers of paint, ink, dye, and stamps before embroidering upon the surface with needle and sewing machine. To finish her piece she uses embellishments and buttons. 

She gives workshops at her studio and give talks. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Be Creative, Stitch and Sew Somerset. Visit her online store for diy kits to make your own unique piece of art at home. Each kit comes with hand printed fabric, hand dyed thread and step by step instruction to make an embroidered artwork.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Free Artwork Left In the Streets of London to Take Home


My Dog Sighs is an artist who has been creating incredible art for over a decade and leaving the pieces behind on the street for anyone to pick up and take home. My Dog Sighs is a street artist based out of England’s south coast who has been painting human and animal portraits on recycled cans. He is best recognized for crushed cans painted over with whimsical characters and teary eyes.

He is also one of the founders of Free Art Friday project that promotes the idea of leaving art out on the streets once a month in a corner of a street and public places for people to find and love.

"My Dog Sighs' work forms a narrative based on counterpointed poignancy that resonate with those that have the opportunity to find them. Moments of loss and then being found echo the materials used. Tin cans, once the receptacle of our sustenance, all too quickly rejected, thrown away, abandoned by a materialistic society keen to gorge on the new".

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hand-Painted Rocks With Simple Illustrations


I adore these rocks by Alison Kolesar for their simple illustrations and vivid colors. Alsion has always loved to paint and draw so much so that if anyone asked her as a child what did she want to be when she grew up, she would have said "an artist." She is a self-taught artist who has been illustrating books for over 20 years. You can find art prints, original paintings and hand painted rocks in her online store.