Olivia Knapp

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on May 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ive been meaning to post about Olivia Knapp for quite sometime. I saved her entire portfolio, because I love looking at these images so much.


From the artist bio:
Olivia Knapp’s intricate hand drawn pen and ink style is influenced by European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th to 18th centuries.


Her tight cross-hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.


Most of Olivia’s content explores the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance. Her current body of work uses the head and heart as contrasting characters in an on going story.


Olivia Knapp

Russell Dickerson

Posted in art, film, horror, monsters with tags , , , on May 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Russell Dickerson has unique renditions of some horror-lover classic favorites.

The Brundlefly! (Just watched this movie again recently, and decided that “Goldbluming” should be a verb)


This Gremlin looks even more menacing than those little jerks in the movies.


The following creature must be what happens when an Angler Fish mates with a zombie (marine-undead pairings are quite rare, I hear).

Russell Dickerson

Mandala Cakes

Posted in art, cake, food with tags , , on May 7, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

As someone easily entranced by patterns in art…and cake in general…and as a diehard Jungian, I adore Stephen McCarty’s mandala cakes.


I believe these are raw, vegan confections (a culinary area I know very little about, but should probably explore due to food allergies. These cakes are luring me into inspired exploration).

It’s meditative art you can eat! Amazing.

Many more at the source.
Stephen McCarty

Sam Guay

Posted in art with tags on May 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I was fighting a migraine when I stumbled upon this image by Sam Guay yesterday and thought “Yep, that’s how I feel.” I love that this illustration is somewhere between traditional fairy tale illustration…and muted psychedelic art.

He says:
I’m a freelance illustrator working and wandering in the dark forests of New England. My watercolors steal their essence from dreams and travels where my strange encounters have built themselves into complex, mythical worlds.

An intriguing image…what do you make of it?

Sam Guay

Julia Lillard Art

Posted in art, skulls and skeletons with tags , on May 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Julia Lillard makes bizarre collages with a hefty dose of vintage inspiration.


Anyone who incorporates antique medical charts in art has a special place in my heart!

I found her through this unique interpretation of the classic Head of John the Baptist paintings.

She has a series of unusual, eye-catching wall clocks available for purchase (as well as many other items and accessories).

Julia Lillard Art

Eye Poetry Photography

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on May 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I can think of no better name for Irene Suchocki’s work than Eye Poetry Photography.


Don’t you want to just walk this past and get lost among these trees?

I used to love this ride as a child.


Make a wish…

Eye Poetry Photography

Oswaldo Guayasamin

Posted in art with tags on May 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Here are a few of my preferred selections from Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamin.

Absolute favorite:


I adore the way he paints hands and faces; long, lean, full of expression.

Guayasamín dedicated his life to painting, sculpting, collecting; however, he was an ardent supporter of the Cuban Revolution. He was given a prize for “an entire life of work for peace” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. His death on March 10, 1999 was marked by a day of national strikes by the indigenous people (whom he spent his life supporting).



Some information here.


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