I spend a fifteen or so minutes on Tumblr a day (yes, impressive, I know) scrolling and queue-ing various art forms. Lately I’ve run across some of the most beautiful pieces and could not pass up the opportunity to share. I may end up incorporating more features in the future. These artists inspire me, and I hope they flick gasoline upon your creative flame. Here’s to five artists who deserve a standing ovation.
1. PRETTY’S ON THE SIDE. I may or may not have made an impulse buy. I suppose art does that to you sometimes. I’ve just purchased this print from Mica Angela Hendricks (aka busymockingbird) after being introduced to her three minutes ago. This collaboration is more than the word. It’s a life lesson. On letting loose and shaking things off. On not being so rigid. Which, as artists, we often can be.
The story starts with a brand new sketchbook and an inquisitive four year old.
One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered. It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to. I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share. (Note: I’m all about kid’s crafts, but when it comes to my own art projects, I don’t like to share.) Since she was engrossed in her own project, I thought I might be able to pull it off.
Ahhh, I should’ve known better. No longer had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look. “OOOH! Is that a NEW sketchbook? Can I draw in that too, mama?” I have to admit, the girl knows good art supplies when she sees them. I muttered something about how it was my special book, how she had her own supplies and blah blah blah, but the appeal of new art supplies was too much for her to resist. In a very serious tone, she looked at me and said, “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share.”
I urge you to read on as I leave you with this:
2. Dancers Among Us. Jordan Matter captures dancers in random situations.
3. String figures. It’s almost so simple, you ask yourself why you didn’t think of that. And maybe you did. Someone must have. More than likely, Jose Romussi and Rocio Aguirre weren’t the first to combine forces of photography and emobroidery. But. There was something about this work that tugged on my sleeve.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection.