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Ian Anderson

Posted in art, creatures, nature with tags , , on November 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ian Anderson paints fine art pieces that highlight oppositional environmental forces.


We see the struggle and contrast within nature, of ideology and technology, in depicted in striking detail.


Read an interview with him over at Redefine.



Ian Anderson

Desktop Goodies 11/27

Posted in absurd, art, clothing, comics, craft, humor, retro, sci-fi, sea, toys, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Did anyone have these toys?

Inbread people…

This is an excellent shop concept because it enables you to shoot the people who disturb your reading without making extra store stops.

“BURST WITH THE TERROR OF A BREAKUP!” You better believe I’ll be turning this into a sympathy greeting card if my friends ever need it…but I hope they don’t.

Ah, I knew it. See you in hell.

This makes me cry like the ASPCA commercials. I want to rescue every one.

Pretty much the greatest photo of all time:

Love this rare art nouveau piece, complete with giant fish.

A bookstore sign in the Netherlands. Amazing…

Time to bundle up for winter! I’m always freezing. I don’t know how I’ve lived without a knit Facehugger in the winter.

I’m never going to be part of Tinder culture…but this would be useful in real life if it were possible.

Gorgeous painting by Megan Buccere.

Great advice!

Jacqueline Gallagher

Posted in art, undead with tags , on November 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Jacqueline Gallagher skillfully mixes vivid beauty with a sense of revulsion in her lovely ladies (and animals) of the undead persuasion.


She states:
I’m painter of Zombies and the Disturbed. Or Disturbed Zombie Painter…I forget which. These figures are contractions, beautiful and grotesque at the same time.


They float through their worlds driven by craving, vanity, and addiction, caught in moments of comedic indulgence. They put themselves on display for the world as their bodies and minds slowly decay. This is how I see myself and most everyone around me. We are the Dead Living, but we sure do look good.



The paintings above are done in oil, but here’s a random bonus selection from the pencil/gauche section! Isn’t he great?

Jacqueline Gallagher

Haven Gallery: Little Big

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on November 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

When I was growing up, people often spouted the old adage “good things come in small packages” at me. For those of average stature who may not be aware, this is what well-meaning folks say to short kids. I did grow, no pun intended, to appreciate the intent behind the (albeit mildly patronizing) statement.


But in the art world, this adage rings true. Some artists are masters at depicting an impressive amount of detail on impossibly small canvases (who remember’s Mark Ryden’s Blood Show years ago?). Haven Gallery has rounded up a brilliant team of such artists in the Little Big group show, opening tonight.


All pieces in the show are 8″ X 8″ or smaller. I hope some of you can see the exhibition, as pictures don’t do justice to the skill required to create these works.


View the entire show online here, or stop by in person if you can!

Haruko Maeda

Posted in art, skulls and skeletons with tags , on November 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Born in Japan, now based in Austria Haruko Maeda draws from the Shinto traditions of her homeland, the baroque architecture that abounds in her current location, and produces luxuriant Vanitas with a twist. A sizable twist.

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Although she depicts a great deal of death, it is often counterbalanced by profusions of beautiful life.



Some of her work also includes technology…

…or Hieronymus Bosch-ian modern/futuristic dystopian scenes. I wish I could find large, HQ versions of her pieces online!

Haruko Maeda

David Griessel

Posted in art with tags on November 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I love David Griessel’s quizzical vingettes…

Most of these whimsical creatures and the various contraptions that accompany them are drawn in ball point pen!

The titles and descriptions are fun to read as well. For example, this one is entitled “Tea Party for the Perplexed.”

I’m particularly fond of the texture he achieves in his Fynbos Animal Hybrid series (click to enlarge these next two images, so you can see what they are made of!).

Truly beautiful…

David Griessel’s

Peter Goode

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on November 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today, I bring you the creatures of Peter Goode.


From the excellent description in the artist bio:
His rich and detailed paintings depict emotive creatures in various stages of self reflection and spiritual illumination.


They are neurotic do-gooders, abandoned explorers and sentinels, estranged lovers, wooly bodhisattvas, aimless angelic oracles, whispering wratihs, reformed scoundrels, weathered widows, impish frolickers, and hungry ghosts.


I really should start a “monster pathos” tag on this blog, for the sweet, forlorn, misunderstood monsters who make their way onto these pages.

Peter Goode


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