Ruth Oosterman

Posted in art, kids with tags , on September 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I felt my heart well up when I saw these paintings, in which Ruth Oosterman builds upon the art of her tiny toddler.

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Parents out there, I encourage you to try your own variation of this collaborative effort. You don’t have to be a professional artist to create something truly memorable with a child. How beautiful that both people, in their own widely distant stages of life, contribute a life force to a single image.

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Ruth Oosterman

Mike Bombon

Posted in art with tags on September 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I love this painting, The Dead Cello, by Mike Bombon.

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Have you ever seen a dapper mosquito? He’s all dressed up to be one of the most annoying creatures on earth.
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Do you trust her to reveal your future?
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I’d like the think the cat made this decoration himself.
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Mike Bombon

Call For Halloween Submissions!

Posted in announcement, art, halloween with tags , , on September 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It’s a little early, I know. But I want to make a quick request: if you fellow admirers of the strange and unusual come across memorable Halloween art, decorations, products, costumes, clothing, food…or anything else that deserves a spot on SWS over the next month and a half, please comment or send links via the contact form on the right. I happily credit those who share articles with links to their personal pages/projects.

TREEEEEEEEEATS!
Robb Vision

I already have some goodies I’m excited to share and can’t wait to see what we come up with as a community!

Edgar Allen Poe Sweater

Posted in clothing, humor with tags , on September 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Are we ready to get into the spooky spirit of the best time of year? Archie McFee’s is selling this Poe Sweater in the comically accurate One size that fits no one well .

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This is a limited quantity, exclusive item! Some people prefer Halloween to any other holiday and this Edgar Allan Poe Sweater is for them. You could wear it as a Christmas sweater, but it’s designed to be worn on a brisk autumn evening as you contemplate your own mortality while sitting in a graveyard next to an abandoned church. Featuring an honest, but misguided attempt to accurately capture the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe, this sweater is sure to be a conversation piece with you and your friends as you play with a Ouija board and read poetry from your tear-stained journal. This one-size-fits-most sweater is sausage-casing-tight on a 2XL person and awkwardly loose on a medium frame. (I guess that means for me, it’s a dress)

The model photos are amazingly, perfectly awkward.
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Poe Sweater

Svetlana Karelina

Posted in anatomy, craft, sculpture with tags , , on September 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Svetlana Karelina made an anatomical plasticine piece that most certainly deserves a spot on this blog.

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She also appears to be working on a “7 Deadly Sins” series using animals, which is unique and wonderful so far.
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Svetlana Karelina

Isaac Cordal: Cement Eclipses

Posted in craft, sculpture, street art with tags , , on September 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Cement Eclipses is a series of installations in Chiapas, Mexico, featuring tiny skeletons in reflective poses.

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Often sharply dressed in the attire of the living, these little characters are contemplative, curious, melancholy…

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They hide in tiny crevices, carrying their thoughts and wishes in the often ignored parts of everyday scenery.
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Cement Eclipses

Pat Lillich

Posted in craft, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on September 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was captivated by this paper clay sculpture by Pat Lillich. She is called The Courtesan; a haunting memento mori of skin deep beauty.

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This one, a smooth, nearly alien angel, conjures feelings of redemption and transformation.
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And some characters are just plain fun.
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Pat Lillich

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