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This Artsy Life: Weekend 38 [ when nothing goes as planned ]

We check the weekend forecast religiously throughout the week.  Here in the Northwest, especially in the Fall, the weather can change on a dime.  All week, the forecast was calling for periodic rain for Saturday.  So no hiking or biking for the Foragers!  We decided instead, to take a road trip down to Astoria, one of our favorite little Northwest towns.  But our MacBook, it seems, had other plans.. internet connectivity issues forced us to forgo a lovely day of traipsing around Astoria in the rain in lieu of a smack-dab-middle-of-the-day Genius Bar appointment in.. wait for it.. Tacoma.  Woo.  No offense to Tacoma, but it just hasn’t been very high on our list of places to see.  Actually I don’t think it’s been on Mr. F’s list at all.  I suspected hidden potential.

Imagine our surprise when we awoke to sunny skies on Saturday.  We decided to make the most of our Tacoma day, lining up some well reviewed eateries, but deciding to skip the Tacoma Art Museum because the Museum of Glass was closed for a private event.  We’ll go back when we can hit them both.  So it would just be a day for errands, eating, and exploring.

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After a rocky start– an hour long wait to be served breakfast meant we sped to our Apple appointment sans nourishment in our bellies– we finally explored a bit of the Tacoma Theater District on the unexpectedly sunny day.  Lots of lovely little antique shops ( oh how I wish my sis-in-law & fellow browser had been with me! ) and fantastic architecture, along with a very cool public art installation– The Garages, where it seems the city? owners of the  garages? have given over the walls of the structure as a place for creative expression in the form of street art and graffiti.

Though we were a bit disappointed in our food choices, we were pleasantly surprised by the part of Tacoma we explored.  We treated ourselves to a movie that evening, not much else to do at night in tiny Shelton and Sunday was spent running more errands and catching up on work.  Do you ever have weekends like that?  Ones that you look forward to all week, only to have them sabotaged a bit by the mundane problems of modern life?  Oh well.  High hopes for next weekend!

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All images by Artsy Forager.

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Delicate Immersion: Elise Wehle

I find it very refreshing to come across an artist for whom the most important part of her creative process in the process itself. For Utah artist Elise Wehle, the delicately intense, repetitive handwork in her cut paper collages provide an escape into her world of process.
Elise Wehle Elise Wehle It seems we can all suffer from tech and connection overload these days. Moments when we are completely disconnected and far away from a glowing screen of some sort have become fewer and farther between. These pieces in which artist Elise Wehle immerses herself with their deliberately tattered textures, precise cuts, and vintage feel are the perfect antidote to a world obsessed with tiny screens.
Elise Wehle It’s almost as it we’re glimpsing peek of an Instagram feed deteriorated. The photographic cropping of the images recall those ubiquitous scenes in our social media each day. But they have aged, maybe giving us a reminder that those moments are fleeting– perhaps too fleeting to be constantly clicking and updating.
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If you’d like to see more of Elise Wehle‘s work, please visit her website.  I’m thinking of starting a little daily painting study to help me unplug & disconnect each day.  What’s your method of getting away from technology?

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Design Foraging: All Roads Design

As a dutiful child of the 70s, I love crochet, macrame, all those disco-era handicrafts. Though I don’t always love that era’s color palette as much as my sister-in-law– you guys should see the 1970s era RV she is redoing, appropriately named Gertrude. Anywhoo.. I recently stumbled upon the work of All Roads Design, I knew I wanted to share it with you! It’s like art you can pet. And I so would, every day!



I think one of these would add beautiful texture to our one day Northwest dream home. He ( gotta be a he with all that hair ) would mix so well with all the other artwork I’m coveting. Hey, an Artsy can dream, right? Have a great weekend, Artsies! We’re hoping to take a little road trip this weekend, will fill you in on Monday!

All images are via the All Roads website.

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Artsy Dwelling: 4 Ways to Style Leaning Artwork

You know, there’s more than one way to skin a ca— I mean, hang artwork.  I hope I proved that in our last foray into Artsy Dwelling!  Be a rebel.  Don’t hang that art at all!  Go all crazy and casz.. just let it lean.

Leaning = layering.  If you keep your artwork relegated to the walls, you’re holding it at a distance.  You know, like that moldy fruit you found in the refrigerator.  But living with art should be about living with it, having it truly be a part of the way we interact in our personal space.  Leaning brings it in close.  We can study it, pick it up and touch it, live with it in ways we can’t do when it’s nailed to a wall.

Check out some of my favorite ways to style leaning artwork–

1 | On a ledge

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found here here here here and here

Take advantage of those architectural details as a natural resting spot for artwork.  It’s kind of Decorating 101 to put artwork above a fireplace, but leaning it on the mantle, especially when layered with other pieces creates a visually rich display that’s easy to change up with the seasons or just on a whim!

2 | On a piece of furniture

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Same rules apply for furniture.  Wait, forget that.  There are no rules!  Big art, small art, doesn’t matter, as long as it makes an interesting impact and puts a smile on your face.  It all goes back to that layering thing.  Leaning artwork connects itself better to the other objects in your vignette when it is sitting on the same surface.  It’s like bringing your artwork into the half-time huddle.  Now he feels included!

PS– If you’re gonna lean artwork on your headboard, might be a good idea to secure the back with a little 3M velcro, you know just in case things get a little, shall we say frisky?  Oh come on, you know you were thinking it!

3 | Behind a piece of furniture!

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found here here and here

My favorite rule to break.  Used to be, no art lover would dream of putting artwork, which let’s face it, we probably paid a lot of money for, even partly hidden behind a piece of furniture.  But that little artsy game of peek-a-boo leaves me wanting more!

4 | On the floor

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Maybe you have the perfect spot for a piece of artwork, but hanging just isn’t practical.  Just lean that baby on the floor.  The perfect solution especially for super oversized pieces of work that it would take an army to hang!  Or for when we want a splash of color but don’t want to commit to holes in the wall.

Of course, it should be noted that leaning artwork, especially on the floor and behind furniture isn’t the idea solution if you have small children, rowdy teenagers ( ok, really any kids at all ) or clumsy husbands.  😉  Do you have any artwork leaning around your house?  Share a photo over on the Artsy Forager Facebook page, I’d love to see!

All image sources linked above.

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Avian Flesh: Amy Judd

Birds must have magically wonderful lives, don’t you think?  I’m always envious of their freedom and grace, their ability to walk on land, swim through the water ( well, some birds ), and fly to far off places.  As delicate as they may seem, birds are strong, hearty creatures.  In her series of avian paintings, London artist Amy Judd beautifully explores the relationship between woman and bird that has been the subject of many a myth and tale.

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In Judd’s work, the feathers serve as armor, a sign of strength and dignity.  Their delicacy belies the protection they offer, just as in their avian counterparts.  Classically lit figures glow ethereally as if somehow transformed by their gossamer shields.

To see more of Amy Judd‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website and Facebook page.  Artist found via My Modern Metropolis.

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Color Harvest: The Blush of Faded Blooms

As summer passes into fall, those vibrant brights we’ve embraced in the heat slowly begin to fade into pale grey and warm, rosy light.  I’ve always loved this in-between season, when the afternoon light begins to glow with the promise of cool evenings and coming snows.


With the change brings a turn back to delicate, cool tones echoing the coziness of the months ahead.  I want to bathe myself in these gentle hues!  Below you can see just a few of the dustings of blush I’ve been foraging over on Pinterest..

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 clockwise, from top left: Rue de Emily | Stephen Edwards | Andrea Gulickx | Susan Hall | Amanda Clynehiperboles

I’m ready to embrace this new season in all its guises.  How about you?  I’m collecting more autumnal inspiration over on my new Pinterest board, Artsy Welcomes Autumn.  Come over and check it out!

All image sources linked above.

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Organic Liquidity: Julie Evans

Do you ever find yourself fascinated by the way certain substances act and react?  I’m always intrigued by how different types of liquid interact.. the way oil floats on water, how you can make those pretty drinks by layering the heavier liquid at the bottom of the glass.  New York artist Julie Evans takes advantage of liquid reactions in her abstract creations of water-based media on mylar.

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These Rorshach-like works seem to take on different forms depending on your perspective.. appearing at once botanical, sea creature-ish, even like organs in our own bodies.  What I’m most intrigued by is the various consistencies that the media seem to take on throughout each composition, lovely transparently thin layers melt into deep pools of pigment.

You can see more of Julie Evans‘ work on her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Sears Peyton Gallery.

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What Lies Beneath: Antonio Santin

So here’s the thing.  When I first saw these paintings by Antionio Santin in my Pinterest feed courtesy of designboom, I loved the palette and hyperealism and unusual subject matter.  I immediately repinned them for featuring later on the blog.  Then, before I had a chance to write about these paintings, I started seeing other people post about there being bodies under the carpets!

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Santin began his artistic journey as a sculptor and has since focused much of his work on the figure, namely women who seem to have met their fate, with pattern often playing a large role in his compositions.  A natural progression then, to place the body instead of on top of the carpet, under it?  Much more subversively sinister, to be sure.  But nonetheless, beautifully rendered work!

If you would like to see work by Antonio Santin, please visit his website.  You can also read an interview with the artist and get a peek into his Berlin studio here.

Antonio Santin, Painter in his studio in Berlin Wedding


All art images are via the artist’s website.  Studio image via Freunde von Freunden.

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This Artsy Life: Weekend 37 [ The Rains Come, Fall Begins ]

I know it’s not officially Fall yet, but this weekend it finally began to feel as if it is on its way!  the Pacific Northwest has had an utterly gorgeous, yes, but uncharacteristically warm and long summer.  And as a Florida girl who moved to the Northwest hoping to never experience 90+ degrees again, I am more than ready to welcome my favorite season!

When we were in this area two years ago, we loved being so close to Olympic National Park, but since we were closer to the coast then, we explored more along the West side of the park, never making into the Hood Canal side.  It was a cloudy and foggy morning, but that just added to the beauty of our Saturday hike.  The Olympics, to me, feel the most “Northwest” of all the parks in these states.  You get a little taste of everything– big mountains, crystal clear streams, giant ferns and moss covered trees.

20130916-081819.jpgThis little hike was so beautiful, I felt like I was grinning the entire time.  While the long, arduous hikes usually reward us with panoramic views, sometimes these quiet woodsy hikes are just as nice.  It’s on these traipsing-through-the-woods hikes that we really talk and connect and check in with each other.  ( I’m usually too out of breath on the more strenuous hikes to do much chatting! )

20130916-081853.jpgAt one point, we sat quietly on a felled tree along the riverbank, just soaking in the smells and sounds so different from what we’d been experiencing recently.  We agreed that although we both felt some sadness that Seattle didn’t work out for us, our decision was right.  We need quiet.  We crave peace and wildness and beauty.  And while you certainly catch more glimpses of such in Seattle than perhaps other cities, we knew we would long for more than glimpses.

We talked about how much we loved the landscape in this region– this perfect mix of mountains and rainforest, how much good stuff is such an easy distance away– a short drive and we’re at the Pacific, in Seattle, in Oregon wine country, in Portland, at Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, even the drier, more desert-y Eastern Washington, if the rain ever gets to be too much.  We reflected on how funny it would be if we were to end up settling in the first Northwest place we came to together.  We’re still not sure what the future holds, but the Olympic Peninsula is still on our list of possibilities. 😉

The rain held off and gave us a perfect day on Saturday, while Sunday was a more typically Northwest Fall-ish sort of day.  Quiet, sporadic drizzly rain made for the perfect day for a day at home, Mr. F in the kitchen and I on my laptop catching up on blogs and watching a lovely, autumnal movie.



We have so much to look forward to, so many trips to take and plans to make and dreams to nurture.  In many ways, it feels like this Fall is a new beginning.  I can’t wait to see what else is in store!

How was your weekend, Artsies?  Did you enjoy fine weather?  Dream and make plans?  If you’d like to see more from This Artsy Life, follow me on Instagram.

First three images by Artsy Forager, last image foundhere.

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The Freshmaker: Heather Landis

In some ways, it seems like collage work is on the downside turn of its recent resurgence.  There is so much of it out there, it can be a challenge to find work that feels fresh and original.  Los Angeles artist Heather Landis uses a tight palette of color, cheeky use of typography and just the right mix of vintage and modern in her collages.

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Her palettes are filled with those decidedly vintage-feeling hues of peaches and pinks, accentuated by the steely greys that were so indicative of the atomic age.  Much of her work seems to deal with the coming loss of “innocence” brought on by turbulence of the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, and well, just the end of what many perceive as the The Golden Age of pop culture.

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The women in Landis’ collages seem to be blissfully unaware of what is soon to come.  Beatific domesticity will give way to struggling to push through the glass ceiling and climbing the corporate ladder.


But Landis isn’t hitting us over the head with messages.  Just subtly drawing us in to her happy-go-lucky world, then subversively reminding us that what used to be wasn’t always better.

Want to see more of Heather Landis‘ work?  Go on over to her website and her Society6 shop.

All images are via the artist’s website and shop.