Currently Coveting

Here’s a little bit of my own inspiration for the week. I was really struck by this particular piece of art by Sally West. It has stayed in my mind for a few days now and I wanted to share. I think I’m most struck by how spare, yet bold the strokes are. It’s just a bunch of little blobs and smears of color on a canvas, yet you feel the brightness of a blue sky beach day immediately.

It makes me want to practice using fewer strokes for greater impact; a good creative challenge for the week!

Trending: Big Cats

I’m really into big cats and big cat patterns like dots and spots and stripes. I’m seeing them in art, on runways, everywhere! And I love it. Here are a few favorites from my Big Cats Pinterest board. Click through the images to see more from these artists.

Source: https://pin.it/snknsp7azzr2qp

June Instagram Fave - LIVINGPATTERN

Wow! I love to see how people are influenced by nature and this feed by Jenny Kiker is full of lush botanicals along with the sketches and paintings they inspire. She is a botanical artist who started Living Pattern "to connect herself and her audience to the still delicateness of nature and to themselves." I feel like I'm breathing fresher air just looking at these!

Weirdly Wonderful

This is just too cool not to share. Zeitguised, a design company based in Berlin, Germany offers so many captivating things that are different from anything I've ever seen. Check out their website here. It's worth a look around.

Some info on the video below as described on their website:

“Void Season” is a simulated fashion project.

Part dreamlike theatre, part lateral cargo cult hustle, a quick succession of bold garment designs acts as an ersatz runway show. In a minimal set of solid backdrops, radiant colors and oblique choreography second the exquisite design of costumes that have been entirely artificially generated.

A wealth of custom procedural surface detail emphasizes the uncanny rift between the realistic presence of the guises and the abstract vacancy of the digitized human movements.

I find these clips weirdly genius. 

April Instagram Fave: Ana Montiel

It's been a while since I shared a favorite Instagrammer. I just love Ana's colorful, abstract artwork and bold patterns. Her feed, that is filled with vibrant shapes and color as well as wonderful inspirational photography is a joy to peruse.

You can see more of her artwork on her website here. and her Instagram feed here

All images © Ana Montiel

 

 

Cut it Out!

Bold, cut out shapes and colors—bringing Matisse to mind. Do you love these? I do! 

Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France,   Henri Matisse,

Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France, Henri Matisse,

Seeing Art Where You Are

What do you call art? How do you define it? I believe that art is all around us. It's in nature, in books, in the faces of those we love, in our hearts, on the streets, on the walls—everywhere we look and everywhere we are. Just look around and you will see it. Join me on Instagram @katjaollendorff and share your vision of what art is #artwhereyouare.

Is this art? Some colorful lines on a sidewalk.

Is this art? Some colorful lines on a sidewalk.

Ot this? Flowers silhouetted against a misty mountain.

Ot this? Flowers silhouetted against a misty mountain.

A color blocked wall.

A color blocked wall.

My niece Amy dancing under the stars. I think this is art.

My niece Amy dancing under the stars. I think this is art.