Haha - sometimes the web can be a funny little land. After seeing I love you more than blank - at http://www.iloveyoumorethanblank.com/, I want to send little greetings to friends and loved ones about how much I love them (more than something that I obviously love already!).
Here are a few of my favorites:
New artist inspiration for a sunny Thursday - Siiso on Esty. Check out these bright but tasteful paintings - abstract and easy to enjoy!
A little bit about the artist:
"I am an artist currently residing in Toronto and working in a variety of mediums. I graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in China with a BFA in Painting in 1998 and MFA in Design in 2002. I was working as an art teacher in this Fine art school before my husband and I moved to Toronto. My work has been shown in various art spaces. I start sell my art through Etsy since 2008.
Painting for me is a process of discovery. My works inspired by plants, textures and the natural world combines exuberant color. I work mostly with a palette knife giving much texture to the finished product. I created mixed-media abstract paintings in which I explore my interest in the wonder and the curiosity I feel about the world I live in. My fascination with old crumbling buildings and walls also inspires much of my work.
I like to explore all..."
On Etsy, I randomly stumbled upon a painter who made it her mission prior to her 43rd birthday to create 43 paintings in 43 days. What a great way to create affordable artwork for collectors just starting a gallery of their own and for an artist to truly challenge themselves with an achievable but challenging project! Follow Ms. Betsy on Etsy at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/msbetsy?ref=pr_shop_more
She describes the project in the following words:
"A painting every day for 43 days straight, is the challenge I created for myself to commemorate the last 43 days of my 43rd year. And in keeping with the “43” theme, each painting in the series is priced at 43 dollars.
Each piece is an original work of art, not a print or a giclee. It is priced so affordably, nearly anyone can own an original.
I wanted to do something silly that would challenge me to create each and every day and promote artist made work. It was serendipitous that the idea came to me just in time to begin the 43 day countdown till my next birthday."
Here are a couple of my favorites from her Etsy shop:
High Gloss at http://www.highglossmagazine.com/read
Matchbook at http://matchbookmag.com/
Nothing beats my Bon Apetit and Real Simple subscriptions (Thanks Mom and Dad!), but these online magazines are full of great ideas, inspiration and fun facts.
Happy reading day,
I am so drawn to the geometric, yet not quite perfect look of mosaics. From Barcelona (In Parc Guell, Gaudi's wonderland) to the Moroccan influenced tiling in Spain to everyday mosaics that can be painted in bright hues or built from broken tiles, I love them all! Check out a couple inspirations from my googles and travels while I decide how and where to put my next Mosaic project...
Anyone who studied abroad or traveled in the past goes through those days where the daydreams take over and they take a little trip down memory lane. Luckily, the digital camera had just been invented (teehee) when I studied in Spain and traveled all over Europe and there are still GIANT jpeg files that have survived to keep the memories alive. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from travels around Spain and Europe. Enjoy the daydream. :)
I love all things Spanish, especially the capital city, Madrid. After studying there for three summers, I feel drawn back to the city from time to time, a feeling which my classmates call "spain sick". Here are a couple of photos so that you may daydream about Madrid in the summer during these cold winter months. Can't you just feel the warm summer air and the sunshine? !Te echo de menos Madrid! (I miss you Madrid!)