Friday, March 26, 2010

Artists in Bloom - Artful Friday Finds

Can you smell it? Spring has Sprung! And what better way to celebrate than to discover blooming artists with a true talent for bringing glorious Spring blossoms to life?

Petal by Petal
As each is unfurled, here are the full scale, gorgeous floral paintings by these Amazing artists - take a deep breath of Spring air, and just enjoy :)

original watercolor painting

original watercolor painting

original watercolor painting

original art card edition

acrylic on canvas

acrylic on canvas

Friday, March 19, 2010

Art Nouveau Paradise - Favorites on Fridays

I can't keep it hidden any longer. While I have a great love for all artistic expression and movements, Art Nouveau has got to me my all time favorite! I'm hopelessly mesmerized by the swaying, swirling movements and touched by the message it sang from it's origins - of using art to make our daily lives more fulfilling and beautiful, whether it be on a painting, vase, or jewelry - is is still art. Last week's feature of the amazingly talented Emily Balivet renewed my Art Nouveau passion and so for today I'm adding one more type of Friday Feature to add to the mix called Favorites on Fridays.

Here is the one-by-one listing of today's Favorites on Fridays - the gorgeous finds from Etsy. Here is everything you need to create your own Art Nouveau Paradise!

How adorable! They are less than 3 inches large and I want them all - especially the M-U-S-E :) :) :)

Are they birds in love or is it one admiring it's own reflection? Whatever you decide, the gorgeous symmetrical design and ivery, green combination is so sweet and gorgeous. A lovely piece of home decor!

3. Peacock Pouf footrest by RECOVERED

At first I did not know what this was, but upon closer inspection, I found it is a recovered ottoman/footrest fit for a princess. Can you imagine this in a modern room with black, white and peacock blue accents? Sigh.. I really want to rest my footsies on this!

4. Eva II original painting by Six06

Obsessed, much? Yes, yes I am. I love the smooth shading, her twisting, curling locks, and smoldering stare. The tonal color story makes it a perfect and sophisticated accent for any wall in your house. Such a statement piece and truly a treasure.

Love this colorful, patterned little box to bring a little pop to your dresser. You can keep jewelry or hidden love notes in it. Whatever you keep, it should be as precious as it's holder. :)

These amazing vintage vases should be filled with expensive champagne and shared with all the royal court (well, if that is what you call your closest friends, anyway). They take my breath away, truly! Go ahead, you can wear your tiara with these babies on the table.

7. Tangled Poppies original painting by AmandaMueller

Can't... stop.. staring.. swirly.. twirly.. LOVE this beautiful painting and I'm completely mesmerized with the flowing line work and rich contrast of ruby red flowers against the aqua blues. So beautiful!

For the super cool musician, what a gorgeous guitar and fine nouveau etching. Be the envy of the band with this gorgeous piece while you play all your favorite tunes.

A lovely way to add a little special touch to your kitchen cabinets. After all, Art Nouveau is all about making our day to day lives more enriched with art and beautiful pattern :)

10. Peacock Feather Linen Pillow by Giardino

Love this pillow! The colors are a little retro and the pattern is so fun. The exotic feathers bring happy elements of nature and a bit of the tropical, while keeping the Nouveau theme. Love, love love! Did I mention I love it?

11. Cloud Rider original painting by AmandaMueller

Groovy, baby. This amazing artwork is painted on wood panel. As the elegant cloud goddess bike rides her way across the sky, it feels so whimsical and modern at the same time. Where would you hang it?

12. Familiarity screen print by estasketch

There is something quite captivating in this piece. Who knows, maybe it's because I'm a Gemini that I'm drawn to these twins enjoying the comforts of familiarity. The teal blues and off white colors have a cool, vintage feeling and I love how their hair takes the form of ribbon like waves. They seem weightless and immortal.

13. Tree of Life original painting by JohnDHarmon

The full moon, night sky, and blooming tree against the gold seem quite regal, and just a bit spooky. What a wonderful, magical piece! Love the ornate scroll work around the edges - perfect for the Witchy Woman in you.

You cannot have a Peacock pouf and pillow without the vessel to match! Love this gorgeous piece. It is, of course, hand crafted and so lovely. The feathers wrap around this piece as if they are floating in the wind on an afternoon day. Just looking at it makes me happy!

I feel like this is the Art Nouveau version of Snow White escaping into the woods. She looks so innocent and beautiful, while the clawing branches reach out for her and the dark shadows in the background represent the foreboding danger ahead. Despite the pastel color story, the painting feels quite dramatic - and I want to eat it up!

Wondering what to toss your favorite fruit in or do you need a pretty bowl to hold some floating flowers in? This is it! Hand painted, gorgeous detailed line work all around the edges make this beauty a one of a kind treasure. I would like a whole set, please.

This is a quilt. Yes, I'm serious - a quilt! Quite possible the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen. Just look at all the tonal shades of gorgeous reds, browns, greens, golds. The modern slivers of the design. I just may run out of words here, but all in all, I'm beyond impressed with the skills it took to create such a masterpiece. And the fact that it is in the nouveau style, well excuse me I think I'm drooling.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Featured Artist: Emily Balivet

While strolling along in Etsyland searching for the Muse Friday Finds this week, I realized slowly that all the paintings I was drawn to the most belonged to one single store. The amazing colors, beautiful goddesses and mythical, swirling landscapes, and art nouveau patterns were all created by one, amazingly talented force. Who WAS this fantastic, creative force? Her name is Emily Balivet, and she has been so kind to allow an interview for Muse's first solo artist feature!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and the moment you realized “I am an artist”!

A: I was about 17 years old when I decided to be an artist for a living. I grew up in Alaska where finding something creative to do indoors for extensive spans of time was a necessary survival skill. Painting was my top choice, but I also explored a number of mediums including, fiber arts, woodworking, sculpture, and so on.

Q: As a self taught artist, how did you acquire such amazing figurative drawing skills?

A: It's a rare day that goes by that I don't spend some time painting, so I've had plenty of years to practice. Certain aspects of the human form have come easily, though there are plenty of areas I'm aware I still need to develop a better understanding of. I think the key is to challenge yourself by not shying away from those areas you find difficult.

Q: Please describe your creative process and what you are currently working on.

A: Sometimes I approach art with a specific intent or vision in mind, but most of the time I begin with chaos and find some form to pull out of it. I almost always have many projects and the present moment is no exception… Besides commissioned work, I'm painting the nine muses, an Oak King/ Holly King set, portraits of my own children. Basically, I have a set up where I never get bored!

Q: What draws you towards the Art Nouveau style?

A: The most attractive aspect of the painting in the Art Nouveau style is the playfulness of it. I appreciate many art movements, especially the Pre-Raphaelites and the great skill and concentration it requires. But for me, the art nouveau curves and patterns are like recess for my mind, like a sunny Saturday morning when you can just do whatever ;)

Q: Do you find it hard to part with your paintings when they are sold?

A: I may have brought my paintings into the world, and some I love them dearly. But with my art in the public arena, other people are bound to form their own independent relationships with my paintings. In fact, I'm sure they get more appreciation from the buyers than I can give them ~ simply for the reason that I need all the extra space in my studio I can get!

Q: What do you find to be your biggest challenge with your art business?

A: Marketing. It's so unnatural to me. Once in a blue moon I actually enjoy it though. I've learned to drop everything and strike while the iron is hot because the mood quickly passes and marketing becomes a chore again.

Q: Name your top 5 most admired artists (living or dead).

A: The Pre Raphaelites, Waterhouse, Millais, etc., Hieronymus Bosch, Dali, Aubrey Beardsley, Mucha, and all the 1960s psychedelic poster artists such as: Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Wes Wilson.

That was more than five, I know.

Q: How do you let the world know about your art?

A: I'm almost strictly a web based artist. I have my own website, and have my work posted on a number of sites (Etsy has proven to be the best avenue for me). But through exposure on the internet, I've had features in magazines, publishers contact me to use my art for wall calendars, date books, and jigsaw puzzles (coming soon!), requests for commissions, and wholesale orders. I've also done a few gallery shows locally, but with my plate this full, lugging around art and hanging it up for shows can be quite a hassle.

Q: Who is your biggest supporter?

A: My customers! In my own small sphere though, it's my children. I think they know that having a work-at-home mom is pretty cool. I'm here whenever they need me and not a lot of families have that luxury. They're also very respectful of my artistic space.

Q: What advice would you give to budding artists?

A: Internet marketing! What is happening in the current art market is so exciting. When I was a kid and declared I wanted to be an artist for a living, people (especially my parents) shook their heads and were sure to tell me it would be a tough row to hoe. The advice I received for getting started in the world of fine art was so daunting to me, I stuck with markets and fairs for many years. Obviously, the internet has changed everything. The exposure my art has received by marketing my work online is phenomenal!

Q: What does the future hold in store? Any exciting projects or adventures you would like to share?

A: I have to pinch myself sometimes to realize I am living my goal - This is it! So my main hope for the future is more of the same and that I meet interesting people and travel to fascinating places along the way!

Q: Tell us where we can find your work.


Online Art Gallery

Etsy Shop

Thank you, Emily, for sharing your creative musings with us today. Looking forward to seeing your new projects bloom and wishing you continued success!