the art of eric fortune

the delicately bold, poetically dynamic paintings and illustrations of ohio supertalent eric fortune.

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the light is stunning.

see more on eric’s website, say hi on his blog and purchase a beautful limited edition print (bottom photo) at paper tiger. he’s participating in a group show too, opening on april 25th, 2009 at the gallery nucleus, so pop over if you’re in or near los angeles.


jay kelly paintings and sculpture

i need order, some defined sense of balance and neutrality today and what better way to get it than through looking at these mixed media sculpture and oil works on vellum from artist jay kelly?

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 see more at roy boyd and jim kempner.


molly cranch paintings

these softly styled acrylic bird paintings by chicago artist molly cranch are the perfect way to ease into your workweek, don’t you think? i love the gentle color choices and the light in each piece, and i can definitely relate to molly, an urban dweller, when she says that is quite enchanted by the idea of exploring nature through her work.

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see more from molly and purchase her work here.


brigette barrager art print(s)

UPDATE: hurrah! brigette has loaded her shop up with many more fun prints and some original works too!

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right now there is only one print available in los angeles artist brigette barrager’s etsy shop, which shows us a kinder, gentler scene of urban living i wish i could jump into for a little while. actually i can and i do, now that i have found it! among other things, i’m enjoying brigette’s cats and lace curtains in the windows, her lighthearted stylings and soft color combinations in this piece, created from her original gouache painting.

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while we wait and hope to see more of brigette’s whimsical prints soon in her shop, let’s say hi to her on her blog and view her portfolio here.


lisaur collage art

looking through the postcard section in resale shops is one of me and my husband’s favorite pastimes. we peep at the penmanship and wonder what state of mind the senders were in when they sent their correspondence, as well as the receivers. that is part of the reason why i am drawn to this small scale mixed media art from etsy seller lisaur, made from recycled postcards and collaged on the written sides.

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the rich color combinations only serve as a compliment to the mysterious torn stories told on their papers.

see lisa’s full collection here.


michelle armas paintings: let’s chat!

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the world connects us in mysterious ways. you know how last week i interviewed suzanne shade of the beholder? it was so funny because in her answers she mentions the work of graphic designer michelle armas, who is one of the artists her gallery represents. the funny thing is i had contacted michelle and asked her for an interview before my interview with suzanne was complete. call it six degrees of separation or odd coincidence, but without further ado may i present these engrossing oil on canvas works. when i look at them i think that i could be anyplace at any moment, moving closer and closer to the canvas. there are sweeping curves and jagged peaks and wispy lines and cool splotches of color that are harmonious and flowing and make me wish i was in a gigantic room using my peripheral vision to see all of them at the same time, my eyes greedily scanning the corners and walls so as not to miss one bit of it all. let’s have a chat with michelle and find out more!

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q: where do you live, and where do you create your art?
a: i live in a house in atlanta, and my studio is the whole top floor, the master bedroom, but who needs a huge bedroom? i have lots of natural light, that is great for painting, and just a few steps from the kitchen, very important. my intern coco (below) is frequently working with me too.

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q: what is your background, and did you study art formally?
a: i have a masters of graphic design in branding. i moved to new york after i graduated and worked in branding and i really didn’t like it. i was way stressed out, so to feel better i started painting, and it kinda grew from there.

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q: do you have a favorite medium to use?
a: i love oils so much, so fluid, i even love the smell, it is like there is some serious science going on when i smell that oil. but, i am experimenting with acrylics now too, they dry so much faster, and since i layer so much, i can make a whole painting in a few days, it changes how the end product looks. very cool.

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q: do you think your painting style influences your graphic design work, or vice versa?
a: i am so much a graphic designer, i start with a concept or a story first, then explore basic shapes that communicate the idea, however abstract. then when i have a clear voice, i let go and just create. that is how i design too. i can’t just say, oh i want to do some flowers. it will end up looking crappy.

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q: what is the price range of your collection?
a: very inexpensive actually. canvases around $400-$600, with prints from $20-$30. but i do have another project that i will reveal soon, that involves textiles.

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q: what is your inspiration for these works? do you have a message you want to send through these pieces?
a: my first series was inspired by science. i am a huge science person, i love the idea of cells upon cells working together to create a body, and bodies together, very special to me. also i love history, i read historical books all the time, so i was researching early biologists and their reactions to the discovery of bacteria and single celled animals. how wonderful, i thought, to learn about these things that are all around, and how that would trigger your imagination. i don’t send messages really, i like to just create a fantastical environment, a place to let your brain just go and dream.

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q: can we go to see your collection in person anywhere? are you currently exhibiting in any shows or is there anything else meaningful you would like to include here?
a: i am participating in a show at the tinlark gallery in september with some very talented artists via little paper planes. i keep selling paintings, that is good, but that makes it hard to have a permanent exhibition anywhere when i don’t have a very large body of work.

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say hi to michelle on her blog, view her graphic design portfolio here and see more work from her in her etsy shop and (of course!) the beholder.

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thanks michelle!


bill frederick watercolor and graphite art

oh my word. if you haven’t thought about your summer travel plans yet, get ready to plan a road trip immediately after looking at these terrific watercolor, ink and graphite works on paper from the fabulously talented bill frederick.

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i’ve got the car gassed up — who is with me?

bill is currently exhibiting these pieces and many others in his lovely in the distance solo show at the zg gallery, now through may 31st, 2008. get there online or in person if you can!


spring print collection at tiny showcase

jon buonaccorsi and shea’la finch, aka those clever folks with the great eye for beauty over at the tiny showcase have revealed their spring print collection. i have having a hard time 1) deciding which one i like best and 2) showing some restraint and not buying ALL of them! check them out below and decide for yourself:

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weaving by josh keyes

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he knew that he had to leave by jack long

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mississippi by jennifer davis

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the town spring found by nigel peake

bonus: they are using highly renewable hahnemühle bamboo printmaking paper for these prints, which is less harmful to the environment.

these prints are an open edition until the season changes and a new set is presented; at that time they will become unavailable. in addition to the seasonal set, jon and shea’la release new artwork to the public every tuesday. you can sign up for their mailing list and peruse other quality work on the tiny showcase website. have fun!


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