And continuing on with my painting obsessions, I’m also obsessed with Colin Davison’s work. I discovered him when I was listening to Glen Hansard’s latest album and noticed his amazing portrait as the cover art. Two clicks later, I was on this guys website. Love the way the images look like photographs taken with a slow shutter speed, still life in motion.
Cover art for Glen Hansard.
Look at the eyes. Amazing.
My days in the studio have mostly been consumed by painting. Specifically, I’ve gotten more and more obsessed with abstract painting. I’ve noticed my paintings have gone from (trying to be) realism to more and more experimental shapes and patterns. I guess I’m trying to paint things I’d like hanging on my wall and I’ve always been drawn to colors and shapes. Also now that I work full time as a graphic designer, my brain seems to want rebel from strict measurements or fine lines and run wild and messy at night. I’m only halfway through with my first painting since moving so instead I’ll show you paintings that are inspiring me at the moment. I thought I was into a variety of styles when it came to art but my pinterest artboard made it very apparent to me that I love two distinct types of work: neon abstract and interesting looking women. Weird.
My dream for years has been to get a little art studio space. A little haven just for creating and dreaming in. For whatever reason, I’ve always been hesitant to fork out the cash to rent out a space. I tried to convince myself that I could work from home and an art studio was unnecessary. But when I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m a total procrastinator at home. The home has waaay too many temptations. For one there’s the fridge, and when I’m finished snacking I get sleepy and take a nap, then there’s my cute cat who wants to hang out and be lazy with me. Soon I look up and it’s 10 pm and I’ve only made a few scribbles on a piece of paper. Luckily, my darling friend Taylor helps co-run an amazing studio space and gallery in east Austin called Up Collective. I’ve been stalking her there for the past 2 months and last week I finally took the plunge and rented out a room! I’ve only started decorating but I’m already inspired by chatting to other artists about their work and watching people create. I’m soo excited!
P.S. The picture above is not my studio space. I WISH.
P.P.S. I read a great article on etsy about where people do their best work. Many etsy sellers seem to prefer working alone at home. I guess I’ll find out soon which works better for me.
JAPAN! Why you so funny? I love these poster illustrations by Bunpei Yorifuji. You can find these images all over the Tokyo Metro to gently remind commuters to behave themselves while on the train. My favorite is the first poster. I don’t know how many times I watched bored business men practice their golf swing with their umbrella. I thought it was pretty entertaining. I miss Japan.
I’m already noticing people on the interwebs posting about the color of the leaves changing and pumpkin spiced lattes! Here in Texas I’m still in sandals in sun dresses. I kind of have an obsession with fall. Growing up in the military, I’ve always moved to new countries in early fall so it reminds me of new beginnings and starting fresh. I’m also obsessed with fall nature. I’m pretty close to becoming one of those people with a calendar of Vermont foliage in my living room. So since I’m still swimming in the woods down south, I’ll post this picture of my trip to Bergen, Norway. I looked up and saw these trees above me. Beautiful!
Print available at my shop.
Yesterday, I was doing my new routine of DRIVING back home from work and saw my next door neighbor in the sunset, next to a long horn cow, holding up a shot gun. TEXAS.
P.S. Found these in my yard. You think he’s trying to kill me?
Check out this really simple video. Dutch people from 1 to 100 years old stating their age. I love it.
The good news is I get to spend this week at work animating graphics I drew last week . The bad news is, I’m so rusty at After Effects, its been a while since I dove into the program. So I decided to do some research and found this sexy monster of a music video. I don’t know how they did it, even after I read their behind the scenes instructions. Isn’t it purty?
It only took me three months to get my pictures developed from my trip to Italy. I’ve been known to take years. That’s the beauty of film, it’s like a little surprise every time you pick up the prints. We decided to go all out with the Italian Riveria theme and take posed shots around the neighborhood.
No big deal, just picking olives in the front yard. TAKE ME BACK.
My friend Verity got me hooked on listening to music by Jessie Ware (below). She has a Kate Bush gone R&B feel to her. I watched her “Wildest Moments” video over and over and I couldn’t figure out why I was so drawn to it. The video is literally the singer sitting in front of the camera, nothing special but so enticing at the same time. So I decided to check out the director’s bio and discovered the lovely Kate Moross. Unlike this music video, this London based designer/illustrator/creative seems drawn towards complex patterns and bright neon colors. Her style is very distinct and I really love it when a creative can just as easily design a pair of adidas one minute and direct a beautiful music video the next.