Happy Easter + “Sprung” Illustration of a Spring Flower

When spring is in the air, flowers leap from of the ground as if the flower’s stem was a coiled spring. That’s the inspiration for the illustration I created below. The refreshing nature of spring and the beautiful environment it creates is mirrored by the vibrant colors and the playful movement of this piece.

"Sprung" - Painting of a spring flower by Nicole Cleary

Sprung by Nicole Cleary

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Unnatural Mutation – Illustrations by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Caitlin Hackett is a traditional artist in my home borough of Brooklyn NY with a truly interesting style. Almost all of her illustrations start off with drawing all the lines with a ball-point pen on a large piece of paper. The size of which ranges anywhere between 4in by 6in to a baffling 4 1/2ft by 5ft. After Caitlin lays out each individual line, she goes back in with colored pencil and watercolor to add shading and depth. This technique that she has clearly mastered is a pain-staking process but yields amazing results. The final piece marries crisp, flowing line-work with subtle bleeds of color. Her technique alone is a work of art, but the roots of her inspiration behind the artwork creates a whole other level of interest.
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The Art of Paper Cutting

Paper cutting is certainly not a new medium, but Sarah Dennis’ paper cutting artwork has taken me be surprise. Her work has such beautifully delicate execution. Finished off by presenting each piece mounted in a shadow box, which I feel is perfect for this medium.

Polar Bear by Sarah Dennis

“Polar Bear” by Sarah Dennis

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Happy New Year | Day And Night Painting

Welcome to the new year with a painting I created over the holiday break that visualizes transition. I’ve been incognito the last few months due to work, drama, and overall busy-ness, but now I’m back. In the next few posts I will catch you up on all the artwork and life events you missed in the past couple of months.

I started this blog in March of last year, and have enjoyed every minute. Thank you all for your continued support. Here’s to another year of life, laughs, tears, and of course… art.

"Day And Night" painting by Nicole Cleary

“Day And Night” painting by Nicole Cleary

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Inspirational Artist Feature – Andy Goldsworthy

leaves - sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy

leaves – sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy creates sculptural artwork from the surrounding area’s environmental elements, commonly using rocks, sticks, and leaves, with the soul purpose of dissipating within a few weeks, days, or even just a few hours. Applying such a light touch to nature really leaves a lasting effect with the viewer. Even if the artwork has already worn away naturally. The way the natural light and shadow plays off his artwork in the course of a day is very thoughtful. Each piece is beautifully executed, but my favorite is the “Leaves” artwork above. Even though it seems very simple, it is actually very complex and time consuming. This specific piece was not edited with paint or anything of the sort. Instead, he sought out every leaf with a specific color tone and pattern. Then placed them artistically to create a natural gradient of color. After finishing every piece, the artist takes a photo to preserve the moment then moves on. The video at the bottom of this post shows some of his works in progress and also shows how his finished pieces degrade over time. Which is, quite simply, beautiful to watch.
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