Kim Alsbrooks

Posted in art with tags on May 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

In watching the brief video artist statement by Kim Alsbrooks (pasted below), it rapidly becomes clear that she is about as down to earth and unpretentious as an artist can be.

She is known for her portraits (of actual subjects garnered from antique photographs), painted on crushed cans.

She says:
The trash is found flat, on the street. One cannot flatten the trash. It just doesn’t work. It must be found so that there are no wrinkles in the middle and the graphic should be well centered. Then the portraits are found that are complimentary to the particular trash.


Generally I depict miniature portraits from the watercolor on ivory era (17th-18th century more or less). The trash is gessoed in the oval shape, image drawn in graphite, painted in oils and varnished.


Such a beautiful collision of contradictory worlds!

Kim Alsbrooks

5 Metres 80

Posted in animation, creatures, film with tags , , on May 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I received a link to this short film from a loved one last night with the introduction: I know you’re not a huge fan of CGI, but seeing this I think you’ll agree that it’s been put to some pretty good use.

Oh, INDEED IT HAS! I’m generally opposed to elaborate CGI that is used as a crutch to compensate for lackluster storytelling and character development.

High-diving giraffes, however, are clearly what this medium was truly invented for.

Can we just pretend this is exactly what happens in public swimming pools, after hours?

Thank you, GD!

Ryohei Hase

Posted in art with tags on May 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ryohei Hase paints captivating chimerical human-animals.



The creatures are simultaneously ethereal and vividly disquieting.

Some capture primal terror, confusion and raw instinct in a way that almost resonates viscerally.

Ryohei Hase

Marcin Kolpanowicz

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on May 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Marcin Kolpanowicz is a Polish surrealist painter who is especially talented with large, complex buildings in various stages of motion and decay.



I’m also a fan of his “Traveler’s Room” series, where we see a number of unconventionally arranged dwellings.


Marcin Kolpanowicz

Tinplate Studios

Posted in craft, monsters, sculpture with tags , , on May 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Tinplate Studios makes incredible creepy crawlies to add a little nightmare fuel to your tea parties.




The teacup creatures are my favorite, but you will also find wall art and specimen jars. Take a look!

Tinplate Studios

Ivan Hoo

Posted in art, hyperrealism with tags , on May 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

It may look like a snapshot of some garbage, but Ivan Hoo specializes in photorealistic sketches.



This is trompe l’oiel at its finest. Can you believe this dog is not three dimensional, but sketched with pencils and pastels on a flat piece of wood?

Look at the intricacies of human skin he captures!


Ivan Hoo

Gothic Alice and Wonderland Wedding

Posted in decoration, wedding with tags , on May 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve grown a little less (overtly) wacky in my advancing years, so a Gothic Alice in Wonderland wedding isn’t on my list of ideas anymore (though make no mistake about it, my wedding will not be anywhere near normal).

But I must give credit to this couple who really RAN with the theme and pulled off an aesthetic feat most of us will never encounter in the many nuptials we attend.


The color scheme somehow pulls off the seemingly contradictory fusion of dark and bright, and the black lighting is certainly a memorable touch!

This evening effectively transported guests into a completely magical landscape, as f the ceremony were taking place in another dimension. Entire prop sets were built for the occasion!

I applaud their uniqueness and creativity. This is not an event anyone in attendance will soon forget.



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