One of my very favorite artists in the Grand Rapids area is the talented Rebecca Green (well, was. Word on the street is that she moved away). Anyway, I’m a big fan of her quirky illustrations and unique phrases she often includes in her art. Below are a few illustrations from the last couple of years (Eek! I had a hard time choosing just a few. Check out the rest here!)
These Stone Fields are by Italian designer/artist Giuseppe Randazzo. He describes working on the pieces as “a trial and error hierarchical algorithm”. Whatever the process is, the project turned out to be quite beautiful. I’m in love with the first one.
Remember the first Cabin Time videos I posted? Well, they’re back!
This time they spent some time on Bogus Lake in Minnesota. Beautiful. I love the lightning at 2:50.
Video by Nice.
Music by Dark Dark Dark.
My extremely talented friend Todd Freeman had an art opening at Miscellany this past Friday. The four pieces below are Risograph prints all done my friend George at Issue Press, and all I can say is…wow. Not only is his art really impressive (as usual. Please do yourself a favor and check out his other art on his website), but it’s AFFORDABLE. The prints are only $8 each, and the book that includes all the prints (and more) is only $12! I don’t think it gets any better than that.
A little background information about his opening called Gather:
“In GATHER, Freeman creates a portrait gallery for an iconic craft; illustrating how a simple form can be abstracted to fit so many different needs – each with their own story to tell. For these editions, Freeman focuses in on four of these, highlighting the diverse manifestations a net can take.” (quote via Issue Press)
If you love what you see, you can purchase any of the prints online over at Issue Press!
There’s something about Amanda Acker’s art that completely reminds me of home. Each piece puts me at ease. I fell in love when I saw her work at my friend Patrick’s new store/gallery called Miscellany on Friday.
Barn Back II
I am pretty much obsessed with Charley Harper’s illustrations.
His style is…just perfect. It’s described as “minimal realism.” To me, it’s playful and fun and beautiful and it simply makes me happy. It doesn’t hurt that he’s done a lot of prints featuring robins, which were a childhood favorite of mine.
His prints bring me back to trips to the library as a little girl with my mom. Actually, birds in general make me think of my mom and her father, so there is a lot of added sentimental value. He also spent a lot of time in the Midwest. So, you know…we have that in common.
I had trouble narrowing down which prints to feature because I love so many of them. I think his work from the 50′s might be my favorite, but there is good stuff from beginning to end. If you like the few I chose, you should check out the full shop at Charley Harper Prints. Also, you better believe I’m going to check out Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life from the library.
Vigilant Vireo, Lithograph
Black and White Warbler
Blue Jay Breakfast, Notecard
Apparently I have a thing for abstract art. I had no idea. Lately, these gorgeous pieces have grabbed my attention. Maybe it’s just the colors, but I find them to be a breath of fresh air.
A Shower When the Sun is Shining by Jun Tsunoda
Abstract #6 by Luli Sanchez
Double Bubble by Diana Delgado
Exclusive LPP Print 1 by Mara Caffarone
Also, check out all of these amazing abstract tattoos by Amanda Wachob. If I ever got a tattoo, I would want one by her!
It’s rare when you walk into a gift shop and actually want to buy everything. This seems to happen to me every time I go to the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) of Grand Rapids. It’s always so bright and colorful, and they sell unique art made by both local and national artists.
One of the last times I was there, 1Canoe2 caught my eye. Take a look.
Letterpress Paper House Kit
Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box
Things That Are Long Letterpress Poster
Here are a few random things that caught my eye this week:
1. Vintage Printable - This site is kind of the most awesome thing ever. It is a beautifully curated collection of out-of-copyright scientific illustrations. It’s seriously amazing. Do yourself a favor and take a look around.
Vintage Printable via The Jealous Curator
2. Niels Datema’s Bread Scoops - One scoop from each spoon with its labeled ingredient is supposed to make the perfect dough for a delicious loaf of bread. I don’t see any pricing, so we have to assume they are quite pricey and/or not actually attainable. They are, however, adorable.
3. Swimming Art – All of these swimming related pieces makes me long for warm days and warm water. Bring it on, weather!
1. Samantha French / 2. Clare Elsaesser via frolic / 3. Chamton Julie
I was so excited for my friend Beth when she recently announced that she is going to be working as a full-time artist. What could be better than that…I mean really?! It’s every artist’s dream come true.
I remember being in awe the first time I went over to her house and seeing all of these beautiful paintings in her entryway. For some reason, out of all the different forms of art, I’ve always been partial to painting. It seems like it requires an incredible amount of patience, which I think is so so admirable.
Anyway, to celebrate Beth’s new chapter as a full-time artist, I thought I’d share some of her amazing pieces! (FYI: I had a really hard time choosing just a few. Go check out her site to see more!) They are anywhere from the years 2004 until now. Enjoy!
Bird Portrait 4, 2004, oil on paper
Wealthy Market, 2006, oil on canvas
D'Amico's, 2006, oil on canvas
Gulls, 2009, oil on canvas
Grapefruit 3, gouache on paper
New Year's Day, 2011, oil on canvas
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElizabethMayville
Recent interview on Poppytalk: http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/2012/02/sharing-process-elizabeth-mayville.html