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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.

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

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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.

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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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Winnie Truong

Posted in art, skulls and skeletons with tags , on September 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It’s just occurring to me now, while looking at Winnie Truong’s work…I really should have had a “skulls and skeletons” tag on this blog (I originally lumped any bony treats under “anatomy”). I wonder if I should start one now, six years late. Yes. I will.

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Winnie weaves these skeletal impressions into a palette of wispy pastel strokes (where’s the curling iron that would make my hair do this?). Most of her works involve these elegant masses of braids, knots and flowing tresses that take on a life of their own.
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Winnie Truong

Līga Kļaviņa

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on September 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was instantly drawn into Līga Kļaviņa’s work by this piece entitled Cold Hands.

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Even when faces are obscured, there is (e)motion in the composition.
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The frailty and gentle nature of her subjects, combined with an ethereal sense of lightness and movement make for lovely illustrative work.
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Līga Kļaviņa

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

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