Mature, as in grown up, works of art catch my eye too, I’m not always lured in by playful colors and characters. Take for example the soft and imaginative work of D. Ray. This artist holds a BFA in Illustration and with work featured in CMYK Magazine, it’s exciting to discover her Etsy store Ground Work and to learn that some of her originals are priced under $75 (such thoughtful and beautiful gifts).
Ground Work clearly has talent, her color and composition being both serene and comforting yet striking and mesmerizing. Her focus: the natural world around her. Exploring what’s out there and translating what she sees into soft sensitive forms, combined with a keen eye for color, resulting in delightful works of art. She has a definite style, and though no two paintings are alike, you certainly could group a collection of things on a single wall and create such a diversified focal point as displayed in the image above.
Stunning, mature, fresh, fluid, beautiful.
(images from ground work)
Today at Sea Spray Blue there’s a fantastic buy one get one free sale going on that you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect chance to own two beautiful prints for only $15 total – there are 35 so you have plenty of choices and the offer is only valid today, Wednesday November 7, 2007.
Charliemotel is a darling business owned by Megan and husband Dylan in the UK. They run their own design and production company, Colour Mafia, that keeps them quite busy, but on the side Meg decided to recently set up shop on etsy as an escape to pursue a creative life free of the pressures that come with taking on clients in her ‘day job’.
Here’s a glimpse of some of her illustrative work, she seems to really fancy sweet little deer, pretty little girls in sweet outfits, and pretty pastels.
Charliemotel carries writing sets, badges, gift tags, cards, prints, and so many pretty things you’ll want to fill your cart so you can have plenty on hand for gifts!
(images from charliemotel)
Jen Renninger from the Still Room Studio Print shop on etsy wrote to me about her sister’s new etsy store, Raydel Photography, with soft vintage-like photographs with a lovely patina. Each photo seems to hold special meaning, almost as if the corners of someone’s home and special collections inside are unfolding before our very eyes, revealing cherished possessions.
What I find the most inspiring about her is not only the body of work but her very brief history as a photographer, it’s quite amazing. Here’s what Jen has to say about it, “In August Della bought a camera, with the intention of becoming a photographer. We laid out the instructions (Bill and I were photo majors in school and he is a photo instructor now), helped to edit, and she shot. And shot. And shot. Thousands of pictures.” And now, only a few months later, Della opened an etsy store and just took part in her first art show at The Gala Corina in Tampa, Florida – wow!
And here are some of the photographs that you can own via her new etsy store. There’s a quiet beauty about her work, deep and dreamy, it really appeals to me.
A quick side point I’d like to make: Sometimes we let our lack of “history” or education in a certain area hold us back from going for it. We think that we don’t hold a degree as a painter, then we have no right to paint or if we don’t study graphic design, we can’t start taking on clients. Perhaps we discredit our work because we haven’t been at it since childhood as some of the most impressive bios sometimes intimidate us. I think Della shows us that good work is good work – whether you’ve been at it for 10 years or 10 weeks. Put your work out into the world and see what the response is. Just do it. Don’t hold back if you have passion for something. Isn’t that what the American dream is all about – going for it and having the opportunity to do so?
(images from raydel photography)