Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Cupcakes That Look Almost Real

It's been a while since I featured cupcakes. While browsing through Instagram, the owl cupcakes (the first image) popped up in my feed and made me do a second take. They looked so real!

Kitty Girl Bakes is a vegan bakery in Brighton, UK. The bakery specializes in character bakes, unique cupcakes, cookies and more. Falkor, Artax, Harry Potter, Hedwig the Owl, Peppa Pig, Corpse Bride and Mr. Punch are only a few of the popular character cupcakes they make. They also custom make animal, and bird themed cupcakes and cakes with lovely details. Their collection of cupcakes is too cute to be eaten. To find more of their creations, you must visit their account on Instagram.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Surreal Japanese Painter Chie Yoshii

Chie Yoshii is a painter born in Japan currently living in California. She specializes in creating surrealistic oil paintings inspired by human psychology and mythological tales. “I am inspired by the analogy between mythological tales and the human psychology. In my paintings, layers of allegorical images create syncretic, dreamlike worlds. A profusion of symbols forces the representational images to be abstract as a whole, allowing the viewers to create their own personal interpretations.”

In 2000, she completed BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and studied for 6 years with realist painter Adrian Gottlieb from 2002-2008. She is an admirer of vibrant colors and details of Flemish painters such as Jan van Eyck and Caravaggio. She was also influenced by the captivating mythic world of Gustave Moreau. Her paintings feature celestial women figures accompanied by owl, birds, and butterflies in saturated colored images in the surrounding that are far from reality. The softness, texture and illuminous quality in her work is impeccable.

Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries all over the world including Dorothy Circus Gallery in Italy, Urban Nation in Germany, Thinkspace in Los Angeles, and William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Good and Strange by Soft Sculpture Artist Julia Osminina

Julia Osminina is a soft sculpture maker behind Good and Strange. The artist makes characters entirely by hand using yarn, cotton, wool, faux leather and other embellishments. A general form is constructed out of wire on which then legs, arms, head, tail and fingers are attached. These unusual bird sculptures are one-of-a-kind, each one with ample of personality.

The birds are dressed in hand-stitched removable clothing and shoes. Julia has worked on number of pieces in collaboration and has made custom soft sculptures. They are perfect for anyone who likes to collect unique art pieces to decorate their house with. For available works visit her online store Good and Strange.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Ceramics from Fun to Elegant Designs by Sveta Kilyakova

Sveta Kilyakova is a ceramic artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She makes all kinds of ceramics - plates, bowls, cups and vessels - that are suitable of everyday use. The ceramic collection is handmade by the artist herself and painted with nature inspired designs. The pieces are individually made and are left rough especially on the edges. Sveta's style is not limited, her ceramics feature a range of designs from fun to elegant. Her ceramics while on one hand can be in one solid color with a dash of color or a tiny motif on the other hand the pieces can surprise you with bright colors and golden accents.

You can view her creations from the past and the ones that are available for purchase on Instagram.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Paper Cut Sculptures by Peggy Rose

Peggy Rose was born in NYC in 1953. She grew up in a family of artists and most of her childhood was spent outdoor riding bike, playing tennis, and wandering in the woods. Her parents had a huge influence on her becoming an artist, she started working in her father's silk screen factory at the age of 13. She used to take her watercolors with her to the factory and after selling hundreds of paintings in the summers on Cape Cod she never stopped.

Besides painting she loves to create with paper. She makes sculptures using hand-cut paper, paper mache, embroidery, and finishes with ceramic teeth and claws. The fur and feathers of these creatures show incredible craftsmanship. You can find more of her work on her website