Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jaclyn Conley, a Canadian painter, did this series of heads turned away from the viewer. Most of them look like children, but I'm not sure. The paintings are weird and lovely, and I especially like that her website doesn't include an artist's statement that removes all the weirdness and mystery.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A friend just sent me images of some fun furniture upholstered with suzanis...and inspired me to seek out the fabric itself. These Central Asian pieces look great framed, made into pillows, draped over a bed or sofa—and they're best in a sleek, fairly minimalist setting. (I especially like framing them; it's like you're taking something tactile and humble, and elevating it.) I prefer the slightly more modern, stylized examples, but the classic styles are great too. Etsy and eBay have tons; click through to the ones I've found, or just search your own. The amateur photography (fingers in the frame, wrinkled surfaces) is part of the charm.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Should I be examining the fact that I feature overwhelmingly female artists on this blog? Female artists whose work is pretty and decorative? Or should I just let it be, and accept my taste? Emma Lipscombe is Australian, female, and the creator of some pretty paintings. Rendered in oil paint on timber board, her work is a little more geometric and hard-edged than my recent picks—but still in a springy, "feminine" palette.