Tag Archives: Friday Faves

Friday Faves: Branching Out

23 Mar

Hubby and I are treehuggers.  Not in a holier-than-thou, I-always-recycle, never-ever-use-plastic-grocery-bags kind of way ( though there may be a little of that ), we’re more the Babe!-did-you-see-the-size-of-that-tree, doesn’t-that-tree-trunk-look-like-the-Venus-de-Willendorf, oh-I-want-to-hug-it variety.  As the days get longer and the weather gets slightly warmer, we’re beginning to plan lots of treks into the woods to do some tree-gazing.  One of our favorite things to do is lay on the ground and look up at the trees and their branches.  So to get you in the mood for perhaps a little tree-gazing of your own, here are a few artists who share our woodsy love!

Rumis Ladder by Adam Shaw, oil on canvas, 64x70

Rusted by Liz Ruest, digital collage, prints available

All Things Great and Small by Angie Renfro, oil on panel, 30x24

Eastern Redbud II by Susan Goldsmith, white gold leaf with pigment print, oil pastel, oil paint & resin on panel, 36x36

Adam ShawLiz Ruest | Angie Renfro |Susan Goldsmith 

So how about you, Artsies?  Any tree-hugging plans this weekend? 🙂

Featured image is The Truth Calls Us Into Being by Adam Shaw, oil on canvas, 70×50.  All images are via the artist’s websites, linked above.

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Friday Faves: The White Album

9 Mar

Once upon a time, I was bored by white.  The more color the better.  And around age 13, the more purple the better! 😉  But as my eye has grown and matured, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the purity and peace of white.  It calms us, brings shadows and textures to life and provides a place of rest in a saturated world.  Would you like to join me on a little mini-vacay from color today?

Untitled 11.6 ( detail ) by Natalie Abrams, wax on panel

Empathy by Lauren Browning, italian ice alabaster on black granite

Flutter by Sana Krusoe, porcelain, 30x4x5 ( via Davis & Cline Gallery )

Burqa by Shayna Lieb, glass, 6x30x5

Magnolia by Heather Knight of Element Clay Studio, ceramic, 9x9x3

Ahh.. don’t we all feel calm & relaxed now?  Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend, Artsies!  Be sure to check out the artists’ websites for more loveliness.

Natalie AbramsLauren Browning | Sana Krusoe at Davis & Cline 

 Shayna Lieb | Heather Knight 

Featured image is Remnant VII by Shayna Lieb.  All images are via the artist’s websites and shops, unless otherwise noted.

Friday Faves: Bookworms

24 Feb

I have a long, ongoing love affair.  With books.  I blame my grandparents, who were avid readers and every night spent with them was ended curled up in my grandmother’s lap listening to her read.  Growing up, books were a favorite escape, summers were often spent with my nose buried in story after story.  I came very close to pursuing a degree in literature rather than art history ( I was obviously never destined to be rich! ).  But one of the best things about studying art history was all the stories.  The best of both worlds.  Here are some artists who seem as obsessed with books as I am!

It's Story Time IV by Christopher Stott

Come With Me by Na Zhao ( via ArtLink )

Blonde But Not Forgotten by Harland Miller

Unicorn by Gala Bent

Books by Holly Farrell

Be sure to check out these artist’s websites below.  So I just finished a Frida Kahlo biography.  Any artsy reads you would recommend?

Christopher Stott 

Na Zhao on Artlink 

Harland Miller 

Gala Bent 

Holly Farrell 

Featured image is Off To School II by Christopher Stott, oil on canvas, 40×20.  All images are via the artist’s websites unless otherwise noted.

Friday Faves: Masters Remade

17 Feb

If you’ve ever taken an art class, I’m sure you’ve copied the work of a “master”.  Redrawing and painting great works of art is one of the tried and true methods used to teach basic skills.  I love the way some artists are taking masterworks and recreating them in fun and interesting ways.  Check ’em out!

Out of the Square by Cesar Santos ( via artrenewal.org )

Frida Dog by Clair Hartmann

Man Ray by Jocelyn Grivaud

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Sarah Ashley Longshore ( via Gallery Orange )

Have a fantastic weekend, Artsies!  Any plans for museum visits this weekend?

Cesar Santos ( His official website seems to be down. You can see some examples of his work at Art Renewal Center. )

Clair Hartmann 

Jocelyn Grivaud 

Sarah Ashley Longshore 

Featured image is Picnic in Central Park by Cesar Santos ( via Art Renewal Center ).  All images are via the artist’s websites, unless otherwise stated.

Friday Faves: Paris Is Always A Good Idea

13 Jan

Perhaps it began with too many pre-teen viewings of Funny Face or Gigi.  Or maybe it was even earlier with The Aristocats.  For whatever reason, France in general and Paris in particular, have always been a source of fascination and inspiration to me, as it has to countless artists through the ages.  Recently, it seems as if Paris is just in the air.  So, today, mon chere Artsies, I bring to you a few of my recent Frenchy favorites.  Vive la France!

April In Paris by Liz Lind, limited edition, 16x16, 24x24 or 32x32

Green Chairs by Lisa Abelson/Dasken Designs

Paris by George Butler

Pretty Maps ( Paris ) by Aaron Straup Cope

Be sure to check out the websites of my fellow Francophiles below.  Have a beautiful weekend, Artsies!

1.  Liz Lind 

2.  Lisa Abelson/ Dasken Designs 

3.  George Butler 

4.  Aaron Straup Cope; Pretty Maps available through 20×200.

Featured image is Le Petit Zinc by Irene Suchocki.  All images are via the artist’s websites unless otherwise stated.

Friday Faves: Turn the Tables

2 Dec

It’s the holiday season and that means lots of table time.  With family, with friends or even alone, rejuvenating from time with family and friends.. haha!  Today’s round-up features a few artists who show us that the capturing of those seemingly mundane moments can lead to the creation of magical images.

An Apple a Day by Liana Bennett, oil, 6x6

Lio de Faldas by Ann Chamberlin, oil on canvas, 24x24

My Father at Katz's by Max Ferguson, oil on canvas, 20x16 ( via Gallery Henoch )

Chelsea Square by Burton Silverman, oil on linen, 56x40 ( via Gallery Henoch )

1.  Liana Bennett 

2.  Ann Chamberlin 

3.  Max Ferguson 

4.  Burton Silverman

Friday Faves: Technologically Speaking

18 Nov

Technology is taking over ya’ll.  Almost every aspect of our lives is touched by technology in one way or another.  The art world is no different.  For today’s round-up, take a look at a few artists embracing the digital revolution:

Andy Gilmore

Mark Wilson

Carole Boyd ( all done in Microsoft Paint! )

Jason Fort

Now have some hi-tech fun and check out these artists’ websites!

1.  Andy Gilmore 

2.  Mark Wilson 

3.  Carole Boyd 

4.  Jason Fort 

Featured image is by Mark Wilson.  All images are via the artists’ websites.