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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!

Michael Hutter

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on September 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I saw the follow painting by Michael Hutter:

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There was a story by its side…

At Sea

On another occasion the Kranzedan had gone on a cruise, fancying that it would be a relaxing pastime. However, one night, whilst on the high seas, someone shouted ‘Man overboard!’; a child was said to have gone over the rail. In the dark, the child’s light dress could be seen floating on the green-black waves. At once a dinghy was made ready and let down into the water. But the Kranzedan, for whom all of this did not happen fast enough, grabbed a lifebelt and jumped with it into the choppy sea. Though once in the waves he quickly lost his bearings and went astray.

And when the dinghy finally arrived at the child’s body, the seamen discovered that they had gone to the rescue of a large doll. Its young owner was soon clasping her wet darling happily in her arms again. Yet, from that time on the smell of salt and algae emanated from the doll, resisting all attempts at cleaning. Whenever the child lay in bed cuddling her doll, she was afflicted by harrowing nightmares: she was threatened by bizarre anglerfish with bulging eyes; entwined by the muscular tentacles of enormous kraken, whose horny beaks pinched her tender calves and thighs, or; she was swimming through the endless canyons of a town overgrown with coral, in a panic-fuelled flight from something large…

The Kranzedan, however, was never recovered on that strange night on the high seas and he has been missing to this day.

Now onto other works…
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Hutter’s work is largely NSFW, so be warned! There is much nudity and debauchery, but his painting are highly reminiscent of the ghostly, ghastly spectacles of Hieronymus Bosch.

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Transforming into a flower bed seems, to me, a decent way to be dead.
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Michael Hutter

Alex Griffiths

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on September 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you (a quick post) featuring the illustrations of Alex Griffiths.

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Love his style!
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Alex Griffiths

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