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Alice Wellinger’s Art.

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

* 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...

Peggy Osterkamp’s Fiber Art.

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber | 0 comments

* I love the delicacy of Peggy Osterkamp‘s fiber work. Once an apprentice to Jim Ahrens in a production studio, Osterkamp has introduced hundreds of students to weaving theory and production weaving. She is also a textile scholar, and offers individual and group weaving programs throughout the country. I invite you to visit the artist’s website to learn more about her work and books on weaving.  Images...

How to Become an Illustrator.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Etc. | 21 comments

* Today I’m sharing a personal e-mail that I wrote to a young man who’s interested in becoming an illustrator. We got connected through Janet Jetkins, a super talented art director whom I  have collaborated with in different projects. First, you will see his e-mail, followed by mine. I hope that this post brings you some general insights about the world of illustration. © Book cover by me ↓ Hi Elsa, Very nice to meet you too! I’m looking for a bit of advice on how to break into this type of work. My degrees are in fine art & biology, but I have no formal education in illustration and I...

New Handmade Boxes.

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

* 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...

Fabric Sculptures by Natalia Lubieniecka.

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

* 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...

Our Maple Tree Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Home, News | 19 comments

* Dear friends, family, and specially Bill who’s working on an exciting project in Spain at this time (we miss you Billy!), Here’s a report about how things are going regarding our Maple Tree farmhouse remodeling. Long story short: we’re right on schedule and super happy with how things are coming out. We should be moving there on March 1st, 2015. But let’s rewind the cassette a little bit (I used to be an expert at rewinding cassettes with a pen/pencil, a hundred years ago). OK, the remodeling of the house consists on adding a room that will be a provisional studio for me (and a guest room), until we build a larger...

Carlo Zinelli. And Turning the Art World Inside Out.

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts | 3 comments

* I want to thank Elizabeth Fens for directing me to Turning the Art World Inside Out, an important documentary that every creative person should watch, specially visual artists. This link will take you to a series of 5 videos (they split up the documentary into 5 videos), to watch them all without interruption just click where it says: Below I’m featuring one of the artists mentioned in Turning the Art World Inside Out. ♠ “Carlo Zinelli (1916-74), is one of the most fascinating and complex personalities among the more important artists whose works reflect the ideas of l’art brut elaborated by Jean Dubuffet, those spontaneous and autonomous creations conceived without reference to models...

Wallpaper Inspiration.

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

* 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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