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Halloween Countdown: Hilary Wallace

Posted in art, halloween, monsters, undead with tags , , , on October 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Hilary Wallace suggested her portfolio for my Halloween countdown, and I feel it fits.

This was done in colored pencil:

I adore this vampire’s hands.

Well, miss…your hair looks lovely.

The perfect zombie mouth:

Hilary Wallace

Legan Rooster

Posted in anatomy, art, collage with tags , , on September 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

One can tell that Legan Rooster studied architecture when viewing his intriguing collage work.


Human anatomy mingles with pieces of the natural world as the lines and curves of geometric figures lend a sense of universal coherence and integration to the images.

You will find a lot of “third eyes” in his work (which I love), and some pieces seem transcendentally meditative.


Legan Rooster

Yulia Brodskaya

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on September 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Yulia Brodskaya has a mindblowing portfolio of expressive paper craft.


She talks a bit about her perspective on quilling here.

Yulia does indeed elevate this medium to create compelling portraits. I would love to see these in person to experience the 3D effects up close.


Yulia Brodskaya

Philippe Fernandez

Posted in art with tags on September 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

As generally dark as my aesthetic preferences tend to run, Philippe Fernandez reminds me that I am indeed a romantic at heart, and I easily get lost in glowing fantasy landscapes filled with mystery and wonder.

Part of me is always somewhere…doing this:

There is not a single one of his paintings I wouldn’t want to climb into (and climb around in).

Can this be real life, please?


Philippe Fernandez

The beinArt Collective is Back!

Posted in announcement, art, surreal with tags , , on September 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Many years ago, when I was beginning this blog, I could always find inspiration at The beinArt Collective. After a hiatus and a complete site makeover, it’s up and running again!


The beinArt Collective is an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for surreal and imaginative themes. Over the years we have published books, curated group exhibitions and maintained a strong online presence under the beinArt banner. Our projects have helped generate opportunities for our artists to network, collaborate, share resources and connect with a broader audience. We delight in sharing their work and hope that by viewing the journeys of these artists, those who light upon them will be inspired.


The Collective hosts many of my all time favorite visual artists. So glad it’s back, and I look forward to its evolution through the years.


The beinArt Collective

Stephen Gibb

Posted in anthropomorphic, art, satire, surreal with tags , , , on September 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Stephen Gibb paints comically unsettling bits of surreal scenery, teeming with anthropomorphic foods, inanimate objects and animals.


One of my favorite things about art in this vein is that it seems to gently hint at some rather serious themes…while never taking itself too seriously.

I encourage you to read the titles of each piece, if you explore his online galleries.

From the artist bio:
The gory details…..
Stephen was dropped on his head as a baby while his mother was visiting the Museum of Modern Art. Ever since, he has been drawing, painting and scratching in a non-stop orgy of creation. His paintings are psychological offerings, rich in irony and distortions, bristling with sublime, psychotropic colours. Human forms struggle in an existential blending of mind and machine yet up through the conflict a subtle black humour percolates. Always wear your helmet.



Stephen Gibb

Charles Robinson: The Sensitive Plant

Posted in art, Books, illustration, poetry with tags , , , on September 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Every now and then, a painting captures me with a brilliant element of subtlety. This Charles Robinson piece from Shelley’s The Sensitive Plant did so with its faint outline of hooded figures in an illuminated procession behind lush, colorful flora. The placement and the vague outlines create a chilling moment of recognition when the eye first fixates on that part of the scenery.


And on the fourth, the Sensitive Plant
Felt the sound of the funeral chant,
And the steps of the bearers, heavy and slow,
And the sobs of the mourners, deep and low

The Sensitive Pant- Percy Bysshe Shelley (full text)


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