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Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

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When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

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In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

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I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

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What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
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She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

Nina Pak

Davide De Agostini

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on February 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A while back, I went right-click crazy and saved a giant folder of
images by Davide De Agostini. His work can be unsettling to look at in some cases, but is nonetheless utterly compelling.

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I poured through these beautiful, macabre images and admired his ability to fuse warm aesthetics with chilling, haunted faces and bones.

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I’m reminded of Stephen Gammell pieces, brought to life with color.
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Oh Lordy, I’ve been here…
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Davide De Agostini

Sarah Sheil

Posted in art with tags on February 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Sarah Sheil’s artwork has me mesmerized. Here is a detail from my favorite piece:

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She creates dark, mystical images that glow and swirl with light and shadow. We see shades of iconic figures…life and death.
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Her subjects seem poised between the earth realm and the cosmos (or the underworld).
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Magic is afoot, indeed.
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Leonora Carrington

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on February 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’m in the process of switching computers to a new laptop, so today we have a quick post. Enjoy the surrealist work of Leonora Carrington

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Leonora Carrington

Zsofia Dome

Posted in art, tarot with tags , on February 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Zsofia Dome takes my breath away with her detailed illustrations. It was this anthropomorphic root series that made me need to track down her work.

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I’m also particularly impressed with her tarot series, in which she loosely sticks to the themes of the universal Rider Waite deck, but takes some fantastic artistic liberty.

The Tower…
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Death:
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The High Priest:
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The Moon:
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I do hope she comes out with an actual deck at some point. I’d be thrilled to add it to my collection!

Zsofia Dome

Weird Valentines

Posted in anatomy, art, humor, valentine's day with tags , , , , on February 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I give you my heart…
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I’ve seen a lot of Nicholas Cage valentines, but never one with the expert coloring this one has. Those lips…hot pink…
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This isn’t a Valentine at all, but it’s fun.
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The perfect misanthrope cake.
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The only mustachioed volcano I’ve ever seen.
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Lest you think I forgot about the folks getting screwed over in a divorce at present:
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I could probably make a whole post about cards with some variation of this phrase:
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And if you’re in the mood for some vintage Valentines, check out:
Vintage Valentines: Monsters and Undead
Vintage Valentines: Ghosts, Witches and Skeletons
Vintage Valentine Roundup: Masochistic, Murderous and Meaty

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Mariko Ando

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on February 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My unbelievably talented friend William Basso introduced me to the work of Mariko Ando, an artist and printmaker born in Japan and currently based in Vancouver.

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What will you find here? BUNNIES. And lots of them. Which is fine by me, because I’m a fan of all things Lagomorphic.
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This is probably one of my favorite illustrations ever. One look, and I want to dive right into this place. A squishy, gorgeous bed in a tree, complete with chandelier, my own swing and the company of owls? YES PLEASE.
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I love her lush, finely detailed style.
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Is this fish holding a “recipe for vegans?” I’m surprised more animals don’t carry around vegan cookbooks.
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Mariko Ando

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