I love receiving submissions, so for all who have sent me things thank you so much for reaching out to me. Today I’d like to show you the work of Shelby Healey who is an artist living in the largest of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa in Tenerife.
Shelby studied art and textiles which is evident in her work as it’s filled with color and pattern. Trees, homes, small children in big coats and black cats are a constant theme in her body of work. Playful objects, lots of splashy hues — count me in as a new fan of your work, Shelby!
(images from shelby healey)
Linda’s work appeared on decor8 last year but I thought I’d remind you again of the lovely Linda Kruger who is a video producer by day and an artist by night living in Sydney, Australia. I find her work delightful and would like to share a glimpse into some of her latest creations with you.
I especially enjoy seeing these framed and that Linda takes the time to do so over in her shop called Yellow Monday. I wondered where her business name came from and learned that Yellow Monday is a cicada native to Australia. What I like about Linda’s work is that her hand is obvious despite the use of digital color and texture because most of what she does starts off as a drawing or painting and then evolves through layering and reworking digitally. Although I like work that is 100% digital, I always favor what is created by hand a little more, but that’s just a personal preference above anything else. Neither is better art to me. I think what grabs me about work by hand is that you can see the progress made whereas most digital work does’t leave a trace of its past, mistakes included. That’s why I appreciate that Linda begins work on her table, you can still see these lines in the finished piece and that appeals to me. She skillfully merges the best of both worlds and I appreciate the results very much. Nicely done!
(images from yellow monday)
The internet is such a rabbit hole and down I jumped immediately after viewing the portfolio of Melanie Molesworth. It was there that I discovered two talented photographers, Lisa Cohen and Lina Ikse Bergman. I’d like to share Lisa’s work with you because I find the story of how she got started as a photographer very inspirational as the unfolding of it all was quite organic and it’s something I can closely relate to in my own life since I’ve not followed typical paths myself. For her and other creative types out there it so often isn’t about finding one particular career in life and sticking to only that, instead it’s about exploring several paths and doing what you love today. If that changes in 5 years, well so be it.
Lisa has a creative eye that was trained from spending several years working as an Interior Stylist in London and then she went on to become a Decoration Editor over at British House & Garden. Working alongside so many talented photographers and designers created in her a fascination with the finished work and how one obtains the perfect photo – conveying the right mood, proper lighting, balancing layout and composition, working within an environment to create a moment that is captured perfectly on film.
Lisa decided that photography was her calling, now quite evident as you look at her body of work, and proceeded to develop her skills and eye to the point of launching her own studio. She has now worked all over the world shooting the homes of inspirational people to, “create images of how many of us would love to live,” Lisa says. She trained her eye through several different careers and has now established herself as a successful photographer. Isn’t that inspiring?
On another topic (though related), I’m sure some of you have stories to share about the merging of paths and how the career you started off in didn’t lead to what you decided to pursue long term. It’s interesting to sit down sometimes and sketch a diagram, nothing complicated — more of a flowchart, showing your starting point (birth) and where you are today. I did this just recently as a fun exercise and discovered some interesting bits about myself along with revealing a few patterns that I hadn’t noticed before. Often these diagrams help when we’re unsure of taking the next step, so give it a try and see what this creative exercise reveals to you. Perhaps there’s an inner photographer, teacher, artist, writer, interior designer in you waiting to break forth. Or maybe you’ll learn that where you are today is your perfect spot and the exercise will confirm that fact for you, handy to remember during times when you’re full of self-doubt.
Please note: Many of the images here and on Lisa’s website are available for purchase, please contact her directly for more information. lisa AT lisacohenphotography.com
(photography by lisa cohen)
I’m always looking for new fabric and wallpaper so the second I came across this photo in the March issue of Livingetc magazine, I had to learn more about the headboard. The fabric is called Birds and Butterflies and is hand printed by Rapture and Wright, a company based in the UK that I’d not heard of before.
The headboard itself is custom made by The Dormy House, but I can’t stop thinking about how easy it would be to DIY this idea with plywood (or an old door), cotton batting, your favorite fabric, a staple gun, and some mounting hardware for the wall (easy video here on You Tube). It’s also amazing to me just how great this particular print looks in person as I don’t think I would have given it a second glance if only seen on their website. Livingetc really grabbed my attention with birds and butterflies – I love the serene neutral space with a pop of black and yellow. Heaven!