ArtShrink: I have been painting for fifteen years and am represented locally by Mo’s Gallery here in Tucson. My work tends to be on the expressionist side of realism. I love the land where I grew up (near Prescott, Arizona) but also the southern part of the state where I live. I teach art to disabled adults. I cook. I drink wine.
I’d like you to meet the art of Sarah McNeil! I would say her style is delicate with pinch of nostalgia. The soft colors and sturdy lines draw me in. Sarah’s sketches and paintings each produce a small friend to collect.
Have a furry friend that you would love to have captured in a painting? Sarah McNeil does that to! It’s special when an artist can combine their personal style & portrait work to create unique pieces. I’m sure it’s both challenging and rewarding.
Sarah writes this about herself:
“Sitting in my studio making pretty things and drinking tea and coffee at the same time.”
To me, that sounds simply lovely. I wish I could join her!
I just adore this sweet collection of art. You will find originals, prints and even some soft, knitted brooches (cutest little things ever). All available in her online shop, Sarah McNeil! She also maintains a blog entitled Everything for your viewing pleasure!
There’s so much lame art out there for small people. And that is a terrible thing. I’m convinced bad art rots little brains. It’s why I ended up eschewing popular mass market toddler art for framed pages of retro books for my kids. I spent ages hunting down old books from the 60’s and 70s with interesting line art, decoupage prints etc. Lucky for you now, there is Etsy and Jonty Bloom.
Let’s face it. Babies, toddlers, etc look at their walls a lot, what with all the time they spend hanging out in their rooms. Do you really want to trap them in there with nothing good to look at? With some insipid cartoon-y depiction of jungle animals and fairy ballerinas? Or do you want them looking at something a little better, more thought provoking? The kind of art that tells it’s own story and gives you more to look at each time you examine it?
I thought so. Chances are you’ll spend a fair amount of time in the room with your kid too. Buy something that you like, that they like, and that your grand kids would probably like too, if you save it for them. Good graphics make the world a better place. Let’s work together to make ugly primary colored vinyl dinosaur wall appliques from mass market chains, go extinct. Yay art!
Even though St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, I wanted to make up for the fact that I completely forgot about it this year. It’s probably because for the the first time we celebrated two birthdays within a two week period of time at our house–my daughter turned 3 and my son turned 1. So the end of February until well into March was a bit of a whirlwind. It wasn’t hard to find really great items in Ireland, I actually had a really hard time choosing just three to show you.
Truth be told, I’ve been coveting Bonzie’s fashion designs for several years now. Her romantic, Victorian style has a modern edge that makes everything she designs totally wearable yet totally unique as well. The shop is run by Bonzie and her Auntie Ger out of her studio in Waterford, Ireland. isn’t that just the perfect dream of running your own business, being able to work with your own family?
Embellishments…now there’s a word only people who handcraft know and understand. I have many embellishments that are so precious to me I don’t use them when I probably should! Geraldine of LittleSnippets has been embroidering since she was 4 years old. She was taught and encouraged by her aunt Maureen Ryan. I never even thought about making my own little embellishments like these celtic birds, but what a great way to make use of leftover material, thread, buttons, etc.
This piece of wearable art is the creation of Artist Lisa Falzon of Malta, but who is now living in rural Ireland. You will find more wonderful art in her shop Meluseena, which is taken from the name “Melusine” who is the heroine of a French fairy tale. Each piece of art in her shop is amazing, and her technique involves collage, painting, and other techniques to achieve the dreamy, beautiful images. She says that selling her art online is much more gratifying than working through a gallery or an art agent. It’s just stunning how much talent one can find by just poking around a bit.
I just had to post a second illustration, this is Snow White and Rose Red two sisters from the Brothers Grimm. I always say my little girl looks like Rose Red, and most people don’t know what I’m talking about. This illustration is a perfect gift for my daughter, I can save it and give it to her next year for her birthday–I’m sure it will be here before I know it!
Do you know someone who’s favorite book is Like Water For Elephants by Sara Guen? Have they read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn till their paperback has gone soft? Does this friend think it’s a travesty that HBO’s Carnivàle series was canceled? Then you my dear have a true carney lover on your hands.
Chances are one of their favorite sensations is flying weightlessly through the air on a creaky, metal carnival swing. Gift them with this fine art print (above) found in bomobob’s etsy shop, “Summer Dreams”.
The best part of carnivals? The food of course. Corn dogs on a stick, roasted corn, cotton candy and candy apples. Though most of these delicacies are served out of questionable trailer with neon lights, they are impossible to resist. Relive those sticky moments with KcSoapsNmore’s caramel apple soaps. Her shop is filled with other sweet delights like pastel macaroons and brightly colored ice pop soaps.
And keep the taste of that delicious warm funnel cake on your lips with themorbidthemerrier’s lip balm. Best part? You won’t choke inhaling the powdered sugar while you enjoy.
Vintage carnival art is a scrumptious clutter of words and color drawing you into strange and mythical attractions, like YeeHaw’s letterpress poster advertising mule sniffing and Earl the singing chicken.
And while we’re daydreaming of old time carnivals let’s not forget the bearded lady. At last we have access to the secret of her well groomed beard thanks to scodioli’s gorgeously dark Etsy shop.
Don’t leave the fairgrounds without getting your fortune told. I predict a trip, a dark stranger and wealth from a surprising source in your future. These vintage fortune cards from ImagineArt7’s shop were used to fill fortune telling napkin holders. I adore them and often use them myself to tie on top of a gift package.
Always happy to be your sideshow,