Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Calef Brown III


Todays spider is from American illustrator Calef Brown, I knew with his love of mini-beasts that he would have a spider or two spinning in his portfolio.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Spider week


A happy spider on the ceiling, far above the maddening crowd of squashers (people).

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rob Dunlavey

A wonderful geometric spider, who also seems fearful of heights, from the sketchbook of Rob Dunlavey. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Haliyaa II


Autumn is coming and the spiders are becoming emboldened to enter the house and find snug corners, or bejewel the hedge with their fine silver webs and garnet like bodies. So this week I am celebrating them with illustrations starting with this hairy toed, chomping jawed example from Haliyaa.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Geran Knol IV


A painting by Geran Knol capturing those brief seconds where you are overwhelmed with joy and beauty, Geran is a musician, artist and illustrator who sometimes works collaboratively with Bloeme van Bon on self initiated projects, illustrations and sculptures.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Pauline and the Matches




Last night as a special treat, I was taken to Art Late at the Edinburgh Festival. At the final art space; Custom Lane, 'Pauline and the Matches' an anonymous group of performance artists performed their collaborative project, which is based on Heinrich Hoffmann's cautionary tales. This featured an amazing rendition of Bohemian rhapsody by the 'fire assembly point' and cigaret smoking legs, culminating in a surreal performance of a pedal driven orchestra, a air pump in a kettle and a giant bellows.


Matías Krahn III


Matías Krahn is a Chilean artist based in Barcelona he does bold abstract impasto paintings full of colour and joy. I featured his work on this blog many years ago and it is interesting to see how his work is evolving, becoming calmer and simpler in its compositions.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Josias Scharf


It is time for some love letters, these are some examples from a series of twelve abstract works by Berlin based artist Josias Scharf where words and symbols have all but disappeared replaced by gesture, line and hints of colour to express emotions.



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Haliyaa I



Haliyaa, what can I say? this is love! I love her ideas and style. This is a page from her sketch book to introduce you to the magic of Haliyaa.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Michèle Gravel


Michèle Gravel takes children's art and cleverly and sympathetically collages it into dynamic, bright, wonderful, large compositions for the family home.





Monday, 14 August 2017

Jae-Hwa Yoo


Jae-Hwa Yoo uses acrylic on muslin, on panels, her works though abstract are like ancient texts, tiny brush strokes making their own language.



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Deb Laurence II


A series of works by Deb Laurence called 'Don't worry be Happy' using collage and mixed media in a primitive book form.




Saturday, 12 August 2017

Deb Laurence I



Deb Lawrence's works traverse craft and fine art mixing them together to create work that binds many themes and ideas together. She uses mixed media on antique linen creating abstract 'quilt canvases'.

"My handling of materials is intimate and engaging as I fold, crease and paint, creating structural dimensionality and imbuing my work with a veritable soul. Collectively termed Self-Help, my titles serve as wry provocations to cope with contemporary life and get comfortable in our own skin.                                                                                                 The antique linen I use is integral both to the conceptual basis and visual aesthetics of my work. Hand woven by women in the 1800’s, it was originally used as bed sheets and duvet covers, security blankets in their own right. The coarse threads, hand stitched seams, and occasional repairs highlight the vestiges of the female hand and engender a sense of strength, authenticity and beauty in that which is genuine and imperfect."       Deb Laurence




Friday, 11 August 2017

Sara Matson Westover


Two pieces from Sara Matson Westovers' exhibition at M A Doran Gallery. Sara's work is inspired by daily events, words and memories, her pieces range from soft and abstracts to almost graffiti-esque statements. Sara is from Tulsa and trained in textiles and literature.