1.12.2012

Art Hunt

I went on a bit of an Etsy binge today, and found some fantastic art that makes me itch to get going on some new art projects of my own. Here are two of my new favorites that you should all go check out immediately:

The first artist I'm sharing today is Diana Behl of papersleuth. I found her shop awhile ago, but she has recently added some work that I'm in love with. This one is probably my favorite:

check it out here

This is another awesome one that is unfortunately (for us, at least - great for the artist!) sold:

from here

I love all the textures and subtle shifts and changes from one area to the next. I'm getting really into mixed media work, and yet I've really only made either oil paintings or cut paper collages in my own artmaking, so I'm thinking that I need to come up with a good marriage of those two. We'll see what happens...

Diana Behl also makes some sweet cut paper collages that are really fun:

check it out here

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Fun fact: all the cut paper collages only cost $25 for an original piece of art! They're a pretty decent size, too. Now I'm thinking maybe I should buy one to add to the gallery wall in the living space that Chris and I are planning to update. Hmmm...

Here's one of her crazy graphite drawings with collage elements:

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I love the waves of graphite marks in combination with the simple paper collage pieces, especially the two vintage portraits along with "They Know" and the arrow. So subtly hilarious... it's like your art is spying on you.

I think Diana has a great sense of whimsy. All her work is super creative and varied. She definitely has a lot of fun, crazy stuff going on in her head, which is always a good thing.


Our second artist is Catherine Mellinger, another interesting new (for me) Etsy find:

check it out here

Catherine's otherworldly collage, ink, and watercolor work is very intriguing in its simplicity and visual strength. They are all called "shadows", which I think is really interesting, as they are like holes into another space. The artist's statement on Etsy made a lot of sense to me in relation to explaining her work; here's what she had to say:
"I am a mixed media collage artist who has a fascination with paper, glue, ink, and watercolour, and what those four magical ingredients can create. The current focus of my work is the creation of image-based narratives founded in fables that explore memories of times past and those yet to be experienced; those of remembering, searching, wondering, longing, and losing."

from here
Some of them are dark and almost disturbing, while some are very humorous, like this hippo! I call it "Baby Hippopotamus Eats Giant Bubble."

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Overall, a very interesting series and a great use of negative space. And I'm always a fan of some well placed body parts on a page. I have a big envelope full of cut out body part pieces to use as source material for paintings and collages... it would probably be really creepy for anyone who hadn't seen my paintings (you can see them on my artist page here).

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Chris loves these. He wants to buy one, and at $60 for an original piece of art, they're a pretty good deal.

Good stuff. I hope you enjoyed checking out some art on this very grey day. I guess it may not be grey wherever you are, but here in the Northeast it is raining up a storm (HA).

Do you have any favorite Etsy artists to recommend? As an artist, it makes me very happy that Etsy exists and allows me to find out about all sorts of artists I would never normally hear about (and allows others to find me! woo!). 

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