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Colette Calascione

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on April 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Colette Calascione creates beautifully odd surreal fine art. Many of her subjects are, quite literally, two faced.

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I think this is what’s inside my chest cavity too.
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I adore this brightly colored reworking of the original Max Ernst illustration.
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Colette Calascione

Desktop Goodies 4/17

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, food, humor, kitsch, oddities, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this edition of desktop goodies!

Would you buy Kellog’s corn flakes after seeing a child in the ad who looks like he’s be propped and posed postmortem?

Antique “eye massager,” for when your eyes need a little therapeutic squishin’!
Eye Massager.

AXOLOTL in a portrait! (See some axolotl info here, and an artistic interpretation here)

Don’t mind him…he’s really into that “sitting in a wall” thing.

The most complete system ever? Really?

I’m going to give you a great life tip here, folks. So listen up: be sure to set the iron to medium heat so as not to burn your crocodile.

The world’s most wistful butter substitute:

You can conveniently sell your sister by placing a check mark in the appropriate box.

Don’t say it, Dana…don’t say this piece of kitsch is…”corny.” D’OH!

Lukasz Wodynski

Posted in art with tags on April 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been staring at Lukasz Wodynski’s Human Light series, admiring his brilliant use of color. The glow he achieves in these flares of luminosity is rather lovely, isn’t it?



I also find Machinations of Dementia quite moving. Obscured faces manage to convey desperation and sadness…



See more of his work here.

Naoto Hattori: Nothing But Perception

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on April 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Naoto Hattori has a new show at the Dorothy Circus Gallery.


As I struggle to think of fitting descriptions for his work, the word “cyborganic” comes to mind. It’s not a real word. I made it up. But I’m sticking with it.



Naoto Hattori
See all the pieces in the show here.
Previous post on Hattori here.

Adrian Baxter

Posted in art with tags on April 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Adrian Baxter defines his work as Traditional illustrations, based on life, death, the Universe, the natural world and human philosophy.


Rich in symbolism, gently calling forth sacred geometry, alchemical principles and the intricacies of nature, each of these pieces has a lot to say.



Adrian Baxter

Paul Roustan: The Camouflaged Moth

Posted in art, surreal, video with tags , , on April 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Paul Roustan is an extremely gifted body painter. Can you tell there is a woman in the center of this moth?


Watch her emerge:

I recommend looking at his whole body of work (pun intended) here.

Jason de Graaf

Posted in art, hyperrealism with tags , on April 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

While the whole concept of hyperrealism is to defy the eye in mimicry of real scenery or photographs, I’m nevertheless stunned to see the heights of talent some artists reach in this area. Case in point: Jason de Graaf.

vesalius skeleton (small)

The exactness of proportion and contour needed to pull off multiple reflective spheres in this kind of work is nothing short of incredible.


In reference to his work, he states “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”

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Jason de Graaf

Camille Rose Garcia: La Danse Macabre

Posted in art with tags on April 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Roq La Rue now has the latest collection from one of my all time favorite artists Camille Rose Garcia: La Danse Macabre.


And I must say, she delivers once again with this one!


Her worlds come alive in the ambiguous ground between a fairy tale and fever dream.


She makes each of her collections unique with their own distinct color scheme (ah, it was a pink/beach/black that drew me in all those years ago!). I’m definitely digging the royal blue here.


I LOVE the way she paints hands; delicate, sinister, long bony fingers…



Camille Rose Garcia
La Danse Macabre

See also: Camille Rose Garcia’s Alice in Wonderland

Alicia Martin Lopez

Posted in art, monsters, surreal with tags , , on April 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Alicia Martin Lopez drew me in with this ambiguous, fascinating mural (stare at it all you want…you’ll never really know what it is):


And I was pleased to discover a cadre of surreal, grotesque creatures on her website…




Alicia Martin Lopez

Michael Halbert

Posted in art with tags on March 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Michael Halbert has a series of “inventors” that look like antique etchings. I love seeing revivals of this style.




And enjoy a bonus video of the scratchboard illustration for this great piece for Steamworks Beer:

Michael Halbert


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