Christophe Gilland

Posted in art, surreal with tags , , , , on September 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Christophe Gilland has a very interesting history indeed.

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From his artist bio:
Christophe is an Irish-born Czech-Canadian yet French citizen; and after having lived in Orlando (Florida) and Vancouver, (British Columbia) he moved to Prague in 2009. The son of a classical animator, Christophe enjoyed a somewhat fairy-tale childhood spent behind the scenes at Walt Disney Worldโ€™s animation studios, which played a significant part in his early artistic influences.

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Themes since explored range from esoteric phenomenon and fairytales to science and alchemical practices. From childlike curiosities, monstrosities and psychology, to manโ€™s relationship with nature, the archaic and the otherworldly.

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I especially love his wildly creative take on the “anatomy” of common plants and creatures.

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Christophe Gilland

Aaron Smith

Posted in art with tags , , , on September 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Aaron Smith is clearly inspired by Victorian and Edwardian portraiture, in which the subjects possessed a kind of austere masculinity.

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Yet he belies this stark virility with the use of broad impressionist strokes and vibrant colors. Life force emerges from these stoic poses.

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Smith’s work seems to simultaneously conjure deeply rooted masculine archetypes, and surpass the cultural constraints generally superimposed on these archetypes.

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Hari & Deepti

Posted in paper, sculpture with tags , , , on September 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This post has been sitting in my draft folder for many months, but now that I’m about to try my hand at paper lightbox creation, Hari & Deepti are on my mind.

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Their technique is unparalleled; the use of layering, light placement and various techniques to manipulate opacity create a surprising degree of depth and detail.

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From the artist bio:
Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.

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The contrast between the plain pieces, and their inviting glow when lit is quite magical. It’s as if they literally come to life.

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Hari & Deepti

Jinen Design Cat Wallet

Posted in accessories, cats, japan, products, wish list with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Many times, I’ve looked at classy black wallets and thought “this needs a 3D cat face on it” (by many, I mean never…but now that I know this exists, I will). The effect is rather striking, don’t you think?

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I’m not sure if these are available for purchase in the US. If anyone knows an online store that features Japanese goods and carries them, please share!

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I also love their little tag/ID cases!

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Jinen Design Cat Wallet

Subway Doodle

Posted in art, monsters, street art with tags , , on August 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t know anything about the identity of Subway Doodle since I only have an Instagram handle (@subwaydoodle).

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The artist takes photos and draws over them with his iPad. The results are rather brilliant, and often hilarious.

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Keep in mind, our eyes and ears can only perceive a relatively narrow range of stimuli. Can we really be certain these creatures aren’t sitting next to (or looming over) us?๐Ÿ˜‰

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Subway Doodle

Annie Stegg Gerard

Posted in art with tags , , , , on August 29, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I believe I’ve posted a couple of images from Annie Stegg Gerard in compilation posts over the years, but her fantastical fine art truly deserves its own post. This axolotl painting and the Phoenix detail in the one beneath are two of my favorite scenes in modern mythologically inspired art. (Click images to enlarge)

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From the artist bio:
Annie has a special love for the 18h century Rococo painters who have had a large influence on her own method. She finds inspiration in their imagination, and the dreamlike palette and lively brushwork that combine to create a wonderful atmosphere of enchantment.

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She believes that they sought to transport us to different worlds and fantastic places though their works. In her own work, known for it’s beautiful, enigmatic figures and lively creatures, Annie strives to depict this same transportive effect to the viewer.

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Annie Stegg Gerard

Ellen Jewett Revisited

Posted in creatures, nature, sculpture with tags , , , on August 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about Ellen Jewett previously, but over the last three years, her work has continued to grow by leaps and bounds.

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If you haven’t been to her site in a while or kept up on her Instagram (or are seeing her for the first time here), definitely check out her current work!

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