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.


Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Posted in film, music with tags , on May 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Bleach, on cassette tape, was the first album I ever spent my own money on as a kid. Nevermind was my first CD. Nirvana was a tremendous part of my young life, and I still love them.

Although countless Nirvana documentaries and articles have poured out over the past two decades, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is not to be missed.


Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only ever fully authorised portrait of the famed music icon. Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, never seen before movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly acclaimed, follow Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings. Plus, in an exclusive interview for cinema audiences, Brett Morgen discusses his unprecedented, intimate access to Cobain’s family and past.

This film is raw, emotionally evocative, and masterfully put together; perhaps the truest window into an enigmatic, tragic artist ever made.

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Cobain is a fascinating character; so sensitive to the suffering, corruption and malice of the world that he could not bear to stay here. Internally, he lived in the shadows most of us hide from and deny. It’s shocking to look back at his photos and videos…to see the cries of pain in his eyes.


Did you see this movie? What did you think?

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Julie Alice Chappell

Posted in craft, creatures, nature, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on May 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Julie Alice Chappell describes herself as “Portsmouth Artist/Painter/Photographer/Creator of miniature worlds and subversive taxonomies exploring themes around the exploitation of nature.”


These gorgeous creatures are made of old Nintendo consoles! (Hopefully broken ones…I love the idea of re-purposing).


Julie Alice Chappell

Tomoyoshi Sakamoto

Posted in art with tags on May 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Tomoyoshi Sakamoto paints strange, thought provoking “Tokyo Girls.”



I want to know what happened…

Some of them appear oddly serene or happy in the midst of rather grotesque scenes.



Tomoyoshi Sakamoto


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