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LoveThisLandia: This Is Oregon

26 Apr

My husband and I love Oregon.  George lived for a while on the Northern Coast of Oregon and last year, we lived in Southern Oregon while he worked in Grants Pass.  The beauty and natural diversity there is just absolutely incredible.  So when Joe Stevens of Shwood Eyewear emailed me about This is Oregon, a photo project “to inspire others to get up, go out and start exploring”, I told him I was more than happy to share it with you!

This Is Oregon, photo by Julian Bialowas

Shwoood Eyewear teamed up with photographer Julian Bialowas to photograph 10 magificient locations, all within a 90 minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon.  The project’s aim is to “showcase the awe-inspiring landscapes waiting to be explored.”

Columbia River Gorge by Julian Bialowas

There will be a This Is Oregon photo show and party at The Ace Hotel in Portland on May 3rd, admission is free and so is the beer! ( If only we were closer, we would be there for sure! )  Super cool prints of Julian’s This Is Oregon work can be purchased here.  I can’t decide which one I love best.  Each one is more beautiful than the next, just like the landscape in Oregon. ( I’m leaning toward the Columbia River Gorge piece above– it’s one of our favorite OR places! )

I hope you’ll check out the This Is Oregon website and see for yourself.  If you haven’t been to Oregon– plan a trip.  NOW.  You’ll never regret it.

And make sure you watch this video.  It’s almost like being there.  But you need to see it for yourself!

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Art to Inspiration: Pakayla Biehn

4 Apr

This blogging world is chock full of creative and inspiring people.  I am so excited to participate in the collaborative blogging project, Art to Inspiration!  Art to Inspiration is a monthly collaborative blogging project in which bloggers around the world post how the same piece of artwork has inspired them on the first Wednesday of every month.  So let’s get started!

I was pumped when I saw the artwork inspiration for April, 2 Years, 264 Days and This Morning by Pakayla Biehn, an artist whose work I love and recently featured!

2 Years, 264 Days and This Morning, oil on canvas, 26x18

In my gallery days, one of my absolute favorite tasks was to help curate, design and plan how the work was hung in the gallery.  Laying work out, figuring out how pieces relate and the best way for them to work together visually.  So for my first Art to Inspiration, it felt natural to curate my own gallery of work inspired by Biehn’s piece.

RIGHTTORETURN(DONAUDELTA) by Markus Linnebrink, c-print, epoxy resin on wood, 60x72

Floral Study by Kristina Bailey, acrylic on canvas, 60x48 ( via Gregg Irby Fine Art )

The Unending Amends We've Made ( Imperishable Wreath ) by Lauren Clay, Acrylic on cut paper,papier-mâché, wire, wood, 30x25x6

Z.T. by Wil Jansen, oil on canvas, 40x30cm

The Things We Miss by Lissy Laricchia

Eggplant by Michelle Armas, acrylic on canvas, 30x40 ( via Gregg Irby Fine Art )

Pakayla Biehn

Markus LinnenbrinkKristina Bailey | Lauren Clay | Wil Jansen | Lissy LaricchiaMichelle Armas  

Visit the artists’ websites, linked above, for more inspiration!

You can find more information on Art to Inspiration here and if you would like to participate in the next Art to Inspiration, just fill out this form! Follow me and all the other Art to Inspiration bloggers on Twitter by subscribing here.  Let the inspiring begin! 
All images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.

Towing the Color Line: Matthias Heiderich

2 Apr

Recently I’ve been hesitating to feature certain artists’ work because though I’ve had them in my queue for quite sometime, I suddenly starting seeing their work popping up all over other blog sites.  And the last thing I want to do is seem like a copycat.   But then I said to myself, Artsy Forager, why should you let that stop you from featuring talent that inspires you?  I answered, I shouldn’t.  Simple as that.  Case in point, Berlin photographer Matthias Heiderich.

Spektrum Eins series

Heiderich has over ten series of images showcased on his website and any one of them are beautiful enough to be featured.  But I’m currently in love with his most recent series, Spektrum Eins, so this post is full of his signature architectural loveliness.

Spektrum Eins Series

He is a master at finding the most interesting buildings and composing their intersecting angles and colors into striking, graphic compositions.

Spektrum Eins Series

His compositions are so simple yet so crisp, his colors so bright and bold.  The architectural forms take a backseat to line, color and shape.  Each photo is a celebration of simplicity.

Spektrum Eins Series

Spektrum Eins Series

To see more of Matthias Heiderich’s work please visit his website ( and I highly recommend you do! ).

All images are via the artist’s website.

Discarded Innocence: Fausta Facciponte

28 Mar

I have a feeling that I held on to my childhood dolls longer than most young girls.  I think I may have been almost thirteen before I finally stopped playing with them, although my favorites still held a place of honor in my room while I was young.  Those were the symbols of childhood that I couldn’t bear to part with.  I never wanted to forget the countless hours of play and joy those plastic babies had brought me.  In her Doll series, Canadian artist Fausta Facciponte, confronts us with imagery of the forgotten dolls of our childhood, reminding us of the innocence we’ve left behind.

Peter, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

When we’re young, many of our toys teach and shape who we may eventually become.  Dolls seem especially important to teach children how to care and nurture.  How many times have you “personified” a doll so that a child will know to be gentle with a baby?  I can vividly recall a niece swinging a doll by her hair..

Shirley From Ebay, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

We dress and undress them, feed them plastic food, bathe them, swaddle and cuddle them.  But as we mature, we reach a point where we realize that it is all pretend.  That caring for a real baby is much more work, much more complicated.  As we transition from childhood, perhaps we realize that the doll play mimics a much more scary reality.

Emme, archival pigment print

So we put away the childish toys, discarding them as infantile.  But maybe what we are really putting out of our prepubescent minds is the inevitable reality of growing up and being faced with the actuality of the world we were playing and preparing for.

Emma For $1.15, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

Walter For $5.00, archival pigment print ( via Stephen Bulger Gallery )

To see more of Fausta Facciponte’s work, please visit her website.  Are there any childhood toys that were touchtones for your transition from childhood to the adult world?

Featured image is Peter by Fausta Facciponte, archival pigment print. Images are via Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Elly MacKay

28 Feb

Like attracts like.  So it’s no surprise that many times, I find great artists by way of other great artists!  Today’s Escape Into Life artist, Elly MacKay is just such a case– thanks to Dolan Geiman for introducing me to such lovely work!

They Tied Their Hopes to a String by Elly MacKay

Elly MacKay on Escape Into Life

Color Harvest: Orange & Indigo

23 Feb

While digging through my Pinterest inspiration boards, planning my features for next week, I noticed a color trend in a few of my pins.  It’s funny how our minds gravitate toward certain palettes some days, isn’t it?  Apparently, my eyes are loving the combination of orange and indigo these days!  I thought you might enjoy a few examples from my boards..

Christina Otero ( via My Modern Metropolis )

Michael Rice

Neil Wax ( via Skidmore Contemporary )

Frances Seward

Henry Domke

Christopher St. Leger

Any color combos you’re enamored with these days?  Guess this native Florida girl can’t escape the Orange & Blue!

Featured image by Stephanie Paige.  Sources can be found by clicking on each image.

Chiarosuroed Life: Sarah Ann Loreth

9 Feb

When I paint, I tend to turn the lights off at certain points of progress, in order to view my work in the dark.  The darkness reveals the light.   The work of New Hampshire artist Sarah Ann Loreth explores this same notion in a conceptual way, through imagery that is at once eerie and haunting, yet strangely peaceful.

The Standpoint of Daily Life

Loreth seems to be feeling her way through the reality of humanity– her work is emotional, bringing to the forefront our own fears and anxieties, but somehow quieting them.  In each work there seems to be a small voice whispering, It’s okay, this life and your troubles are only temporary..

The Ground is Too Cold to Bury Our Dead, self-portrait with milk in a bath with cow skull

We’ve all had those moments when life just seems unbearable.  When we question why we are here and why it is just so plain hard sometimes.  Loreth isn’t afraid to recreate those moments in her self-portraits, letting us know, we are not alone in our suffering.

The Irreparable Nature of Humans, self-portrait

Just as light cannot be seen without the darkness, so also does joy need sorrow in order for it to be truly felt.  Hope is always with us, we are forever watching for its return.

The Dreamer's Dream of Morning, self-portrait

The Watcher, self-portrait

To see more of Sarah Ann Loreth’s beautiful photography, please visit her website.  This artist was found via Escape Into Life.

Featured image is Where My Heart Still Is, self-portrait.  All images are via the artist’s website.