inspired prints from l’affiche moderne

i am truly enjoying the wonderful contemporary print, illustration and photo works offered at the french online shop l’affiche moderne. their pieces are strictly limited to editions of 300, and feature an eclectic inventory filled with the bright talents of folks including anthony peters, mathilde aubier, véronique joffre, cyril auvity, limoon, franck juery and nod young (pictured in order, below).

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lucky for us they ship overseas too. 🙂

they are adding inventory regularly, so pop over and see what is for sale on their website.


ryan beshara’s modern pop prints

here’s a win-win: these fun number and alphabet prints from california artist ryan beshara. kids can enjoy the twirls of color while parents appreciate the contemporary styling.

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 see more and purchase at ryan’s etsy shop.


kristen flemington photography

interesting ideas in the work of portland artist kristen flemington. this series is called a trust in winged things and is pencil and paint drawings combined with photography. it is meant to explore the delicate relationship between humans and nature and to recall a time when neither was afraid of the other.

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see more at kristen’s website (where there are more though-provoking project sets like the unofficial study of indiana) and also on her flickr stream.


dave stolte illustrations

lots and lots of fun characters in this layered digital illustration work from talented california artist dave stolte.

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LOVE the hoopbacca!

see more at dave’s website. find select prints at his etsy shop.


newness, and two new art blogs from me

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though you all know by now that this blog is not about me, today this post is. i’m ankle deep in some new creative projects right now that i want to share with you…

1. my new digital painting blog.

i have had a burning curiosity about painting for a very long time. just last year i finally took the plunge to do something about it. i bought some mini canvases and paints and brushes several months ago, and while i had intended to start my resolution to really go for it and put paint to paper last year i never managed to make it happen. i’m not sure why. maybe it was the slightly intimidating fact that i have never painted before? i was always intensely involved in my academic studies as a child, all the way through my college years, and i guess i never really pursued balancing that with creative studies. i’m not going to say that i wasn’t encouraged, but in my house, the emphasis was always on academic excellence. that’s just the way it was.

so fast forward to now. when my husband bought Art Rage 2 for the computer i thought i’d give it a try, because i was already spending copious amounts of time in front of the computer writing and researching for this blog. i tried it, and you know what? i love it. seriously love it. it could be the greatest thing that i have discovered doing in a very long time and i can’t believe i never did it before, virtual or otherwise. it is so relaxing, and has quickly become a regular part of my daily routine. it adds surprisingly pleasing balance to my life. from a beginner’s standpoint i will declare that the program is wonderful. it is so user-friendly and thoughtfully designed. we have it on my hub’s christmas present, the new HP touch screen computer, and i can even put a brush up to the screen to paint instead of using a mouse if i want. quite novel! i highly recommend it.

anyway, here is one of my digital paintings. i call it Structure.

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i still have yet to paint on actual canvas while sitting at my table, but i know that’ll come this year and soon, because i’ve started digitally. i really want to sort out the differences between the 2 methods. right now, i know at the very least that using actual paint for the pieces i’ve made so far would take much much longer, because everything is so heavily layered and drying time would be distinctly different. it’ll be fun to discover all the nuances of each style, and my style in the process.

from a painting perspective, i am attracted to and think in abstracts. if you want to see more of what i’ve made so far, my blog is called because i can’t draw. because it’s the cruel truth.

2. my new photography blog.

yup, that’s right. a daily photo blog. no words, just pictures. i’m not chattering away on my painting blog either, because i talk enough. i do welcome and enjoy YOUR clicks and comments though, anywhere you want to put them!

eventually i’ll get myself a fancy photography website with flash and make the images much bigger, but i’m not committing to that yet. i think i need to approach my photography in a more orderly and logical way before doing that, think more in terms of thematic structure. i like the images i’ve put into my etsy shop but it feels more loose than i prefer it. i would give it a good edit but i don’t have a large body of inventory to pull from, so some thoughtful building of the portfolio (as well as my skill set) is going to take place this year. i got the incredibly powerful nikon d90 camera for christmas, which makes the little kodak i had been using look like a fisher price toy. it is a beast that takes incredible photos, and i am enjoying the learning process of growing into and (hopefully eventually) mastering it. it also has great video capability, so don’t be surprised if i bust out into that mode this year either. i will continue to use both cameras as appropriate, as well as my iphone, but the d90 is totally suited to what i am talking about with regards to addressing photography in a more encompassing, thematic way; it was the perfect gift for me.

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my photo blog is just a bit of what i see around me in my daily life, and it continues to aid me in slowing down enough to enjoy the present. some of my shots on that blog might cross over with snapshot sundays here, though i am trying to avoid overlap. each place is a different facet of me, and i am trying to respect that. the blog is called rods and scones, because rods and cones was already taken.

that’s enough about me for now. i’ll clam it up and talk about others next time. 🙂


kareem rizk collage art

ooh am i loving these fun limited and open edition collage prints from melbourne graphic designer kareem rizk today. to create his traditional collages, kareem uses a multitude of materials including oil pastels, acrylics and pencil. he also uses digital techniques to add pieces to his collection. to me either technique produces a consistently meticulous assembled piece, with strong retro-modern influences and intelligent use of negative space.

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see more at kareem’s website and etsy shop. he’s also got some of his lovely bird prints available at thumbtack.


tilman faeker illustrations: miniview

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i derive great thrill and pleasure when i discover handmade collections, in any type of media, where i can find emotion or humor interwoven with that beauty and cleverness i yearn for. don’t you think when those elements combine, a certain alchemy is created which serves as a throughway to the personality of the hand behind the work? i do. and i like that connection. that’s why i am really enjoying these illustrations from stuttgart-based artist tilman faeker. the restrained color selections compliment the delicate line work and subtlety in the subjects he chooses, and it all flows, one piece into another into another. when i finish looking i want to look again because i don’t want to miss anything. as it turns out, tilman provided me with some illuminating thoughts on the subject of handmade work too…

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q: have you always been drawing, even as a child?

a: truth is, i hadn’t done any proper drawings for about 15 years when i went out of art school/university. while studying i was doing a lot of film and interactive media-related stuff (3d animation, sound design, sound art, etc.). everything was very artsy with a lot of theoretical issues involved, and illustration was never a subject.

after i finished my studies, i realized that i was always missing something in my work, which in fact was some kind of manual labour. i couldn’t imagine spending the next 30 years in front of a computer screen pushing around pixels the whole day or becoming some kind of new media artist who does stuff that only other artists can relate to, because they read the same books. i then remembered how it felt to draw, the combination of rational decisions and subconsciousness (there is this saying that drawing is seeing), working with materials and with your own hands, not having to operate a computer and its software all the time… so i started to draw again, put together a portfolio and started shopping it around.

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q: can you tell us a little about your process?

a: i draw everything by hand first, then scan it and then put the different pieces together digitally and colorize them. i’m not so happy about this part, but it is very economical.

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q: what appeals to you most about illustration?

a: the best part of this work is that everyone can relate to it. you can look at an illustration and just like the colors or the quality of the lines – regardless of the visual concept  – or you can approach it in an intellectual way, when you try to “read” it.

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you can see more from tilman on his website. he’s producing some reasonably priced limited edition prints too, and you can find those right here.

thank you tilman!


the art of katrine kalleklev

i am love love LOVING the beautifully expressed moods through the mixed media, collage and digital work of skillful norwegian artist katrine kalleklev.

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these pieces feel so lonely to me and there are lovely grey tones which really match the color of the sky every time i look up around here lately. it just fits.

see more charming work on katrine’s website. she has an invite-only blog too.

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