Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Dreamy Paintings by Catherine Hyde

Catherine Hyde is an artist and illustrator originally from South East of England, currently living in Cornwall. She trained in Fine Art Painting at the Central School of Art in London and in over last thirty years has exhibited her atmospheric and symbolic paintings in galleries all over the world. 

As a child she grew up in a house that was filled with story books and spent time playing outside, both ignited affection in her towards the nature and the changing seasons. Her work is inspired by her love for the animals that she observed in the English landscape. For the past ten years she has been illustrating dreamy and mystical picture books that has been gained much recognition. She has been nominated for The Kate Greenaway Award and she honored with the English Association Best Illustrated Book Award (Key Stage 2) for The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy. 

“I am constantly attempting to convey the landscape in a state of suspension in order to gain glimpses of its interconnectedness, its history and beauty. Within my images I use the archetypical hare, stag, owl and fish as emblems of wildness, fertility and permanence: their movements and journey through the paintings act as vehicles that bind the elements and the seasons together.” via 

She is currently being represented by The Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance in Cornwall and by Foss Fine Art, Battersea in London. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Earth-Friendly Dolls to Cherish For Life

Marlene Parra is the designer and the maker of all the lovely dolls at Filomeluna. She started her own studio in Antwerp, Belgium which is now moved to Mexico City. Marlene is a great nature lover so she made sure the material used in the construction of the dolls are natural and Earth friendly. The dolls are made with wool, cotton, linen, wool felt, alpaca, wool and mohair yarns, and stuffed with 100% wool. She brings her dolls to life by hand-stitching hair and hand-stitched clothes.

"We hope that these huggable and one of a kind creatures make everyone to connect or reconnect with their internal kid and trigger their imagination. Everything is possible and we think that we deserve a better world where we revalorate the products that are made in a healthier relation with our beloved Planet. These collectible dolls are our way to contribute to that."

Visit her online store to view one-of-a-kind owls, cats, acorn babies, bunny girls and other characters. They are sold in no time so if you want one for yourself then keep an eye out for soon to be released dolls.

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.