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Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Painting | 24 comments

My Happy Sheds.

My Happy Sheds.

Today I’m excited to share what I did to my sheds. I painted flowers on them! They don’t look sad anymore. The larger one will have to go eventually, because it’s not in good shape. But I’m happy to look at it now. The smaller one has a little broken corner on the left side of the roof. I didn’t try to fix it because I discovered that some little mouse uses it as a door to get inside the shed. I washed that shed with water before I painted it, and a tiny mouse came out all wet and confused. He didn’t understand what was going on. I felt really sorry for him. He was so so so cute with his tiny round eyes. There is so much to do in the area around our house. It has great potential for turning into something beautiful and special. But it will take time. Right now I’m focusing on enjoying the process. Here’s a closeup of the painted door. It’s a tree that produces different...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Artists, Blog, Illustration | 2 comments

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

  Dear friends, Today I want to share a beautiful project that Victoria Antolini is trying to bring to life through a Kickstarter campaign, in collaboration with a wonderful team of creatives. Victoria is a super talented Italian artist and her project is called The Real Boat. The Real Boat is an inspiring story written by Marina Aromshtam, perfect to read to your children in a cozy rainy day. The story is about courage, tenacity, and the wonders of the sea. It all starts with a tiny paper boat that is not satisfied with life in a puddle, and dreams of going far away to the wide and deep ocean. Many of us have been that little paper boat at the beginning of our journeys. The idea is to bring the story of The Real Boat to life in a digital format, (phone, tablets, and computers) so we can experience it with motion and sound. You will also be able to interact with it. I’m excited about the visual part of this project. Victoria is the perfect artist for it...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic | 1 comment

Alex Sickling’s Ceramics.

Alex Sickling’s Ceramics.

* I love Alex Sickling‘s ceramics so much! Based in Newcastle, UK, she creates one-of-a-kind objects with a playful and naive quality. The artist is available for custom orders and commissions. You can contact her through Etsy, or via email at alexsickling@hotmail.co.uk Images © Alex...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 3 comments

Vipoo Srivilasa’s Porcelains.

Vipoo Srivilasa’s Porcelains.

* In 1997 Vipoo Srivilasa moved from Thailand to Australia to undertake a Master of Fine Art and Design (Ceramics) at the University of Tasmania. He now lives and creates in Melbourne, but also travels back to Thailand often.  Vipoo works predominantly in ceramics but he also likes to explore other mediums such as animation and paper . Vipoo’s recent work has been concerned with the ideas of contemporary social, political and ethical issues as well as his experience living between two homes, Australia and Thailand. The works also show his passion for historical ceramic production. You should check his website to see a lot more. He’s so prolific! Images © Vipoo...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 1 comment

Thérèse Lebrun’s Porcelains.

Thérèse Lebrun’s Porcelains.

* “Since 2004, Thérèse Lebrun has focused on mastering the potentials of paper-thin porcelain. Lebrun creates shapes, objects that are utterly empty. These are reminiscent of remnants of former living things and—dare we say it—living beings, that evolution must have forgotten to finish. Hers is the forgotten world of the past; fossils, petrified plants, and the leftover plant structures with traces of ancient rhythms, order and disorder. She continues her research using the vestiges of a past world or forms that exist only in her imagination. This is evolution that Darwin never dreamed of. Lebrun gives us fragility, translucence, and boundaries in porcelain that touches all manner of once living surfaces. She creates hiding places for imaginary new life forms yet to evolve.”–Puls Contemporary Ceramics Images ©...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 1 comment

Aneta Regel’s Ceramics.

Aneta Regel’s Ceramics.

* Aneta Regel grew up in northern Poland, and graduated from the Royal College of London in 2006. I’m so in love with her ceramics. Below is what the artist explains about her work: “I create objects that exist neither in the natural or in the manufactured world, but which, once brought into being, can reflect and transmit information and feelings about nature and my own existence. Forms of nature and natural materials fascinate me. My aim is to juxtapose the natural and human in order to create a dynamic friction. The main focus of my forms lies within the exploration of material qualities and its combinations.” Images © Aneta...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 0 comments

Elizabeth Shriver’s Ceramics.

Elizabeth Shriver’s Ceramics.

* Elizabeth Shriver‘s work is so beautiful and organic. In the artist’s own words: “I work with clay to create an array of graceful, organic forms.  These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, I use textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest.  I am drawn toward neutral earth tones, and my work reflects the natural landscape, plant, and undersea life that are my inspiration. The curving lines of nature inherent in my work generate an illusion of movement, giving each piece an almost lifelike quality.  A successful piece is one that begs to be touched as well as explored visually.” Images © Elizabeth...

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

* Alice Wellinger is a very talented artist and illustrator based in Lustenau, Austria.  Her work is surreal, ironic, and it deals with the troubles of daily life and childhood memories. I invite you to visit the artist’s website to see more of her paintings. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Alice...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Illustration | 14 comments

New Handmade Boxes.

New Handmade Boxes.

* Here are 2 more boxes that I made for the new house (first one is here). Can you guess what I used for the bottom of this round box? Surprise! You can try to guess in the comments. I made the lid out of thick paper board (the one used for book binding). Then I decorated it with acrylic paint. I wanted this little one to look like something old found at a flea market. The bird is an imaginary creature; a mix of a giraffe and an extra large turkey. It doesn’t sound very romantic, but it sounds intriguing. I’m planning to use this one for small earrings. What’s the connection between a big bird, a ship, and earrings? Mmm, let me see… While I think about the meaning of the first box, let’s take a look at the second one. Made of foam board, covered with paper and painted with acrylic paint. I always apply several layers of acrylic varnish on these boxes for protection. But I didn’t...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber, Sculpture | 1 comment

Fabric Sculptures by Natalia Lubieniecka.

Fabric Sculptures by Natalia Lubieniecka.

* Natalia Lubieniecka is a textile artist based in Austria. She creates one-of-a-kind birds and other curious animals using vintage fabric, lace, and other materials. The result is fascinating and intriguing.  Her sculptures seem to belong to some old cabinet of curiosities from the past. I invite you to like her Facebook page for updates and here is her shop. Images © Natalia...

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Design | 1 comment

Wallpaper Inspiration.

Wallpaper Inspiration.

* Patterns on the wall can turn a regular space into a special one. Here are some beautiful examples of wallpaper for inspiration. I’m tempted to paint something on one of the walls in our new farmhouse. Right now it’s only an idea. But if the muses really insist that I should do so, then I will turn in into a reality. It’s now up to the muses. Let’s see! Happy Monday! Image from vtwonen.nl ↓ Image from www.elitedecor.es ↓ Image from Robert Slack’s Flickr ↓ Image from thepoetryofmatertialthings  ↓ Image from Anthropologie ↓ Image from houseandgarden.co.uk ↓ Image from degournay.com ↓ Image from domainehome.com ↓ Image from domino.com ↓ Image from mobelpobel.blogspot.no ↓ Image from hyggeandwest.com ↓ The wallpaper on the banner is from...

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 16 comments

A Portrait of my Daughter.

A Portrait of my Daughter.

* Here is a portrait that I painted inspired by my daughter Natalie. She’s turning 12 this year. What an important age! It was around that age that I experienced the things that impacted me the most in my childhood. Some were very negative and some very positive. This is the age where you start building your character and opinions about everything. I’m loving seeing Natalie grow up and get closer to being a teenager. One of the first things that I did when Natalie was born was to read ‘Staying Connected to your Teenager‘ by Michael Riera. It’s never too early (or too late) to learn the ABC of how to have a strong relationship with your teenager. I decided back then that I was going to make of that complicated phase a positive one, and I stick to that idea today. The bottom line of what the book that I mentioned above taught me applies to any phase of life. No matter what age we are, the things that we...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Mixed Media, Painting | 15 comments

I Made a Box for my New House.

I Made a Box for my New House.

* After reading the number 1 book on organization (highly recommended!), I decided that every single thing in our new house will have a designated place. Not just any place, but one that makes life easier on the daily basis. To accomplish this, I’m building some special boxes to contain things. This box in particular is for my skin products and it will be located in my bathroom, on a nice piece of furniture with a marble top. I can’t wait for you (and me!) to see this box in its final destination. We’re getting ready for our move on March 1st. Time is flying fast and the construction is going as planned. Our contractor and his crew of brave men have been working really hard regardless of the weather. If I had to rate them in stars I would give them 100 stars! That’s how amazing they have been. To make this box I first built the “bones” using acid-free foam board. I glued the pieces together using this acid-free glue. Then...

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