Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Amazing Bird Paintings With Bold Brushstrokes By Rachel Altschuler

Rachel Altschuler grew up in bucolic Chester County, Pennsylvania where she spent time playing in the woods and exploring nature trails. Her fondness and love for outdoors eventually influenced her artwork. Rachel earned a degree in Bachelor in Fine Arts in Art Studio and her M.A. in Art Education from Coastal Carolina University.

She has always been passionate about birds which has become a primary theme of her paintings. She tries to capture their unique energy and spirits in her paintings. Her birds are painted in rich colors and bold brushstrokes which makes her work stand out. Every bird has it's own set of traits, so when the artist is painting a bird she focuses on faces and eyes which sparks life into her birds and brings out their unique personalities.

"I believe the eyes are truly windows to the soul, so capturing them is the most important aspect of my process. I also try to accentuate the features I see with each piece through bold use of color, and creation of texture through purposeful brushstrokes."

She has exhibited at numerous galleries in Philadelphia, Colorado and Maine. You can keep an eye on her website for more information on her upcoming shows. You can find her originals, art prints and note cards in her online store.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Liz Sexton Creates Papier-Mâché Masks Of Human Scale


Liz Sexton is a 37 years of age papier-mâché artist living and working in Minneapolis. She grew up making colorful piñatas and Halloween costumes with her father. 

When we hear the word papier-mâché, we are reminded of a sloppy craft activity by kids who are spending their afternoon at home tearing old newspaper and soaking them in water with flour. Sexton on the other extreme of the spectrum creates large, hand-painted animal heads and helmets worn by humans who look like hybrid beings who often appear on a subway car, a deserted beach, and staircases of an abandoned building. These wearable pieces can take weeks to create. Her aim is to highlight how the existence of species is threatened, pushing them closer to extinction.

“I often work on threatened species, particularly sea creatures, and photograph the masks worn in very human habits, highlighting the displacement that many creatures are currently experiencing...I also work on more common animals that we might share our surroundings with but don’t necessarily notice or engage with. Presented on a human scale, they share our world, becoming visible members of our communities."

The artist recently created 70 different threatened species - owl, rhino, bear, zebra and turtle - for each guest that attended an event hosted by The New York Times Style Magazine. You can hop on to her Instagram to take a closer look at these miniature menagerie.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Japanese Artist Creates Botanical Arrangements Inspired by Nature

Raku Inoue is a Japanese artist and a photographer who presently lives in Montreal, Canada. He creates botanical arrangements into shapes of various animals and insects. The delicate portraits of owl, tiger, whale, flamingos and more are created using flowers, twigs, leaves, and seeds from his backyard. He also gets flowers such as roses and baby's breath from his nearby florists, and people from all over the world send him plants to help him along his creative adventure. 

Recently, he hosted a giveaway to raise awareness about endangered species and to raise fund for an organization that helps animals. You can view more of his work from the past and get updates on his new creations on Instagram.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Vibrant Gouache Paintings Against Dark Background by Namasri Niumim

Namasri Niumim is a traditional illustrator and a graphic designer. She was born and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, currently living in New Zealand.

She graduated with a Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in Communication Design from School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. She started to explore gouache painting in 2016 and has been working with gouache ever since.

Her paintings are inspired by the natural world often depicting plants, birds, animals, floral motifs and scenes. She chooses dark background which is perfect for her subject matter painted in vibrant color palette. 

You can find her art prints in two different sizes in her online store.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Rustic Jewelry Inspired by Birds by Justyna Krupkowska

Justyna Krupkowska is a jewelry designer, creator and an artist based in Poland. She makes unique handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pins inspired by nature and woodland creatures - mostly birds. Her rustic pieces are made of silver, and copper that are embellished with beautiful stones.

These are perfect jewelry pieces for anyone who loves animals and likes wandering in the forest. 

You can find more of her creations on InstagramHer one-of-a-kind pieces are available on her online store - JustynaKrupkowska.