Splendor in the Glass. Amber Cowan

I have a soft spot for vintage pressed glass.  My grandmother had tons and in a few boxes in storage somewhere, I have my own collection of milk glass.  So when I spotted the work of Philadelphia artist Amber Cowan, I was immediately in love.

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Cowan creates her magical sculptures from a process of flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting thrifted American pressed glass.  The most amazing form of creative upcycling!  With its tightly bunched flora and peek-a-boo fauna, Cowan’s work takes on a wonderfully gothic, fairy tail-like effect, like intricate illustrations come to life.

To see more of Amber Cowan‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Evading Realities. Lara Zankoul

From the outside, this traveler’s life must seem incredibly exciting and adventurous, and yes, in many ways it is.  But even so, Mr. F and I still deal with life’s drudgery like work, insurance, and laundry.  Add to that worries about illnesses among family and friends and we’re both craving an escape from reality.  In her conceptual photography, Lebanese artist Lara Zankoul provides her own retreat into dreamland.

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The surreal situations painted in soft, dreamy palettes make Zankoul’s work visually stunning, but it is the human element that packs the punch.  Figures in enigmatic scenes allow the viewer to eschew the bounds of reality.  Floating in a tea cup sounds so lovely, doesn’t it?

To see more of the work of Lara Zankoul, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Summer Lovin’. Belinda Marshall #makegood

Surprise!!  I know a few days ago I shared that I would be slowing things down a bit for a while, but then I heard about the #makegood Great.ly campaign and well, I just had to join in! If you don’t know about Great.ly, it is a super fabulous site where artists and artisans AKA Makers stock an online “studio” with work from which “tastemakers” ( bloggers like me & other influential folks ) fill their Great.ly boutiques and share the work with their readers.

Already there are lots of incredible Makers on the site and I wanted to pop in and introduce you to one of my favorites, Melbourne artist Belinda Marshall.  Belinda creates these gorgeously sunny and happy abstracts teeming with color.  With their bright popsicle palettes, these babies are my summer love affair!

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All of these pieces are available as prints in The Trove, the Artsy Forager boutique gallery on Great.ly.  Which one is your favorite?  Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine!

Be sure to check out some other Makers my fellow Tastemakers are posting about today!  Shout out to The Artful Desperado, Bird & Beau, Mai Autumn, & The Jealous Curator!

All images via The Artsy Forager Great.ly page.

*This post contains affiliate links. As a Great.ly Tastemaker and curator of The Trove, I receive a small commission on each piece sold from The Trove boutique gallery.

Everywhere There’s Signs. Kellie Talbot

For the last century or so, signage has become a ubiquitous part of the American landscape. In the mid twentieth century especially, neon signage became not just advertising but an art form unto itself.  These letters in light have been slowly fading from view and Seattle artist Kellie Talbot  captures their spirit in her work.

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In her oil paintings, Talbot crops closely into the neon letters, where we can see not only the bright paint, but the signs of age and wear.  In daylight, we see not bright colored lines of light, but milky white tubes and bulbs.  What I love most about Talbot’s work is the way the pieces are composed, slight glimpses of shapes that we can just make out as letters.

To see more of Kellie Talbot‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Distilled Visions. Micah Crandall Bear

The other day Mr. F and I hiked up a hill in nearby Trinidad to a spot looking out over the ocean.  As we gazed out over the Pacific, I wondered at the way the colors in the water faded into each other in distinctive strips.  Sacramento artist Micah Crandall-Bear paints color field paintings that distill the landscape into saturated lines of color.

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Gentle washes of color sweep over the canvases, light filtering softly through, each piece recalling a moment in time and place, never to be experienced again.  Saturated skies reflect their colored light and bathe every other hue.

To see more of Micah Crandall-Bear‘s work, please visit his website.  His current solo show at  Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento is up through the end of July, see it if you can!

Images via the artist’s website, the Elliott Fouts Gallery website & the EF Facebook page.

Finding My Own Artsy. Slowing down. Gaining Focus.

Summer is the perfect time for slowing down and regrouping.  Lately I’ve been feeling pulled in a dozen different directions, like a jack of all trades but master of none.  In the back of my mind, I knew I needed to regroup, but I kept putting it off.

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All of that would have been enough to prompt a good long look at what I was doing, but getting some difficult news last week threw things into perspective.  If you follow along on Instagram, you may know, but my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Peritoneal Cancer last week.  She begins four months of chemo next week.  She is in Florida and for the moment, Mr. F & I are still in California, so there isn’t much I can physically do for her from here.  But her fight for her life has made me rethink how I’m spending my time.

At least for the next month or so, I’m going to ease up on blogging a bit– they’ll still be a new “Daily Artsy” each Monday through Friday but I won’t be posting extra features like Design Foraging, Don’t Miss Artsiness, etc. on a regular basis for a while.  I have lots of freelance work coming up that needs to take priority, a special project I’ve started for my mom, and I’d like to devote some serious time to painting.  I’ll still be here and on Artsy Forager’s social media, just taking a little time to slow down and think about what’s really important.

Painted Air. Clara Fialho

It’s true, I love work filled with deep color and contrast.  But occasionally I crave something that feels fresh and light as air.  The work of Brazilian born, New York based artist Clara Fialho feels like such a breath of fresh painted air.  A balm for this artsy’s spirit.

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While some of Fialho’s work has a much more saturated palette, it was to these lighter paintings and drawings I found myself drawn.  There is such a delicacy to them, not just in the lightness of hue but in the way many of the shapes seem to float weightlessly above the surface.  There seems a sense of freedom to these pieces, the shackles of saturation cast away and a dance of joy begun.

To see more of Clara Fialho‘s work, please visit her website.

All work via the artist’s website.

Design Foraging. Studio Arhoj

If you’re a painter in the studio, you know what a challenge it can be to avoid getting paint splattered all over yourself!  When I came across the wonderfully whimsical work of Studio Arhoj, I loved the glazes melting over the tops of ceramic shapes, reminding me of various objects that tend to get covered in paint in a studio.  Plus, who couldn’t love those expressive little eyes?!

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To see more offerings by Studio Arhoj, please visit their website.  You can find a list of retailers all over the world there, as well!

All images are via the Studio Arhoj website.

Shapes Surrounding. Joshua Abarbanel

Whenever Mr. F and I go hiking or beach walking, I get a sore neck.  That might seem a bit weird, but it’s really not when you learn that I spend a lot of time looking down.  Not just because of my klutzy tendencies, but because of all the amazing shapes and patterns to be found beneath our feet.  California artist Joshua Abarbanel fashions incredible wood sculptures inspired by nature’s forms and shapes.

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Abarbanel uses a mix of technology, mechanical tools, and handiwork to craft these amazing sculptures.  The way all the elements fit together seems perfectly in sync, a delicate balance like the life on a coral reef or gears of a clock.

To see more of the work of Joshua Abarbanel, please visit his website.  His work can currently be seen at Hinge Parallel in Culver City, CA.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Hiding in Plain Sight. Flora Borsi

It can be so easy to push what we are or what we’re feeling back into the depths.  Everyday life necessitates that we “get on with it” and we genuinely want to.  But not being real with ourselves and with the people around us leads to surface relationships in which we just can’t be real.  This series by Hungarian artist Flora Borsi beautifully seems to illustrate the struggle to balance self protection and vulnerability.

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We need those people in our lives we can get real with.  The ones that will cry with us, listen to us, laugh us through the weeping.  Maybe we think no one else will understand our struggle.  But if we never give them the chance, how will we know?

Borsi mixes photographic elements with painting techniques to create these emotionally charged images.  To see more of Flora Borsi‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via I Need a Guide.

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