Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gauche Paintings by Matte Stephens


It's been a while since I shared the amazing work of Matte Stephens. New Hampshire based artist makes paintings with great modern design and charming retro style. He loves mid 20th century industrial and graphic design such as the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson/Irving Harper and artists like Ben Shahn and Paul Klee. His quirky characters and cities are painted in muted colors and have humor to them. "I love light-hearted subjects. I try to stay away from anything with angst in it. To me, life is tough enough, so adding to it with disturbing images just seems a little silly to me" via here

He has a very impressive list of clients including Tiffany & CO, American Express, Herman Miller, Uppercase, Jonathan Adler, Oxford University Press, Chronicle Books and Disney to name a few. He has shown his work at the places like Office PDX, Together Gallery, Outre Gallery, Cheeky B, Nahcotta, Bear and Bird Gallery, Alphabets, Renegade Craft Fair shop, Velocity Art and Design, Reform School, Rare Device, Super 7, Subtext, Nucleus and Jonathan Adler. His work has been featured all over the internet on several blogs and websites. 

You can find the artist's originals and limited edition prints in his online store.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Porcelain Boxes and Figurines Inspired by Mythology


Eleanor Bartleman a ceramic artist is based in North Devon who was brought up on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast. She studied ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art. She has always been interested in mythology, her work is inspired in particular by Reynard the Fox a series of medieval folklore tales. Over the years she has developed her own style of ceramic figurines. Her ceramics are sculpted in animals shapes and human forms. Each treasure box and porcelain figurine is hand made by the artist in porcelain clay.

"She is interested in developing her own mythology in which different animal and human characters play out their relationships, actions and emotions."

Her work can be viewed and purchased from number of galleries in the UK. She is an elected member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Surreal Miniature Scenes Painted on Rocks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. Allow me to dive right into today's post featuring Yana Khachikyan's gorgeous miniature stone paintings. The series of stones are painted by the artist with great attention to detail that makes it impossible to pick a favorite. She collects the stones from her travels all over the world and paints them with animals, birds and stunning sceneries. It can take anywhere from several hours to several days to finish a painting depending on the complexity of the picture. 

You can view her original painted stones and find the one-of-a-kind paintings in her online store.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Countryside Landscapes Interpreted in Paintings by Mary Sumner

I shall wrap up for the weekend with the beautiful artwork by Mary Sumner. Her work is filled with colors and rich textures, truly a visual treat of the viewer. She enjoys to paint farms, animals with lush, sprawling landscapes. Her paintings are inspired by her imagination as well as photos, drawings and found objects that she collects on her daily walks. She captures and interprets the natural world of her immediate surroundings in her vivid paintings.

"I try to convey how I feel about my subject matter through colours/ forms & rythms in my work & sometime humour, I most enjoy the gathering of information for the paintings i.e.walking through a chosen landscape then reliving the experience in a painting in the studio. There is always something visually that strikes me everyday, however small, that I want to record & share because it will (hopefully) lift the spirits" she shares here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Self-Taught Artist Makes Art for the Whimsical Heart


Dayna Corbitt of Whimsy Calling is a self-taught designer and sculptor who has been creating whimsical figurines since 2013. Her work is inspired by the natural world and its beauty, as a child she used to spend time outside playing with rocks and studying insects that influenced her work. Besides that Dayna loved movies such as The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and Never Ending Story.

Her characters are a born of her imaginative mind that are familiar and yet seem to be from some other planet. An owl with the wings of a moth or a tiger who has a mermaid body look absolutely adorable and quirky. The artist spends hours sculpting the figurines and paints them in acrylic before sealing them with a protective coating for durability. The figurines can be as small as 1 inch to 2 1/4 inches tall. You can view more of her on her website and on Instagram.