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Poppy Jane – New!

Consider this news fresh out of the oven! Poppy Jane in Australia just told me about her new shop and now all of you are in the know along with me. Original works of art in gouache, ink, and watercolor on wood panels, they sell for around $100 each. I love the fairytale like feel, that lost in the woods vibe in each of her paintings reminding me of the stories I read as a child. Delightful!


Congratulations Penelope!

(image from poppy jane)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on June 18, 2008

Brand New from Ubiki!

Sion shared with me today some of his new works. I’m a big fan of Ubiki, his new building/house/city artwork is so colorful and simply darling. These colors are dreamy!


His 3 latest prints include:

* She Always Left The Light On – Dedicated to those who are always there for us.
* Tall Buildings – Whimsical artwork of tall buildings.
* My Village – A western-style take on traditional Chinese folk art.


You can purchase these online right here in case you are interested. Thanks, Sion!

(images from sion lee)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on June 17, 2008

Unravelling: Susannah Conway

What a lovely way to wrap up the week… I just discovered the fine art photography of Susannah Conway, also known to some as Unravelling, who lives in coastal south west England. She has this ability to create stories through everyday objects that really speak to the viewer, and a real eye for composition, light, color, and beauty. Her photos are very transporting. See for yourself.


It’s a journey worth taking to simply view her Flickr photos and portfolio. I enjoy viewing the world through her lens because it makes me look at the seemingly mundane things around me in a new way. These photos remind me of where I live here in New Hampshire since I’m in the country and of the New England coastline and have inspired me to take my camera out this weekend and head to the shore. Susannah also has an etsy shop if you are interested in owning some of these magical works.

(photography by susannah conway)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 13, 2008

Kareem Rizk: The Suitcase

I could fill my walls with the work of Australian collage artist Kareem Rizk from The Suitcase. I felt a connection to it immediately so sharing it with you right away felt oh so necessary.


It’s exciting to find work like this, I see so much on a daily basis as a blogger that often one thing blends into the next and I can feel a little lost in the great sea of it all sometimes. Not because what I am exposed to isn’t lovely, but in order to write about something it needs to reach me on some level, I need to somehow relate to it or understand it in a creative sense. This is all so hard to explain in words as it is very emotional and emotions are never easy to put into words. The point is that I filter a lot of work on a daily basis and in the end, I write about what truly grabs me. Like Kareem Rizk.

These collages made my day as they are composed of the exact colors that I’m into right now and the layered elements make me think of some of my most cherished activities like foreign travel, hitting flea markets, journaling, and relaxing by the sea. Most of the art that I purchase is mixed media art. There’s a story in the layers, all of the found elements, paint, torn pieces of vintage papers, everything creates an emotion, a bigger picture. Something about the texture and imperfection, how random pieces connect to form a beautiful picture, it feels very alive and real.

Do these inspire you as well?

Psst: His website + portfolio can be found here.

(images from kareem rizk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on June 13, 2008

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