Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mid-Century Castles, Underwater Ruins, And "Unseen Forces"

Hey. HEY.

::eyebrow waggle::

Want to see some cool art?

I got all kinds! I'm your one-stop shop!

And since John and I are going to Disney Springs tonight for a reader meetup - where I will no doubt concern some of you with that eyebrow waggle - let's start with some super happy Disney art by Hayden Evans:



Hayden channels the best of Mary Blair with his mid-century style and love of Disney:



His illustrations are pure joy:


And his pop culture pieces are just as fun!


Have to include the Golden Girls, of course. Have to:

 



See what I mean? SO FUN. You can shop all of Hayden's prints at his Etsy shop, and also be sure to follow him on Instagram.

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Dada Atolye over in Turkey makes entire underwater worlds from wood, resin, and tiny sculptures you have to see to believe:


WHOA.

Right?

Ahhh, but wait 'til you turn the lights out.  ::resists urge to waggle eyebrows::


JAW DROP

Y'all. These are incredible. Each piece is completely different from day to night, and it's addicting going through Dada's account to see each underwater world both ways:




Dada hand sculpts all the scenes - and see those divers? They're about the size of a thumbnail.

Here's my favorite so far: a sea dragon that looks like a seahorse:

The polished resin acts like a mirror, so you get trippy reflections on all sides.

Daaaang. The prices are (deservedly) well beyond most of our budgets, but definitely check out Dada's Etsy shop to browse and dream anyway. Then give him a follow on Instagram to see his new work. (He posts progress pictures of the tiny sculpts, so you can see just how small and detailed they are!)

*****

I've been a fan of Stephanie Law for nearly two decades, and STILL her work takes my breath away. In fact I've had this new piece, "Unseen Forces," open in a separate tab for the last 4 days, just so I can keep clicking over to look at it:


I can't be the only one who sees this as a battle against mental illness, right? The light, the stance, the way the warrior isn't so much fighting as she is holding the dark at bay... oof. So powerful.

Stephanie has a style you'll know anywhere; I've never seen anyone come close to the level of detail and intricacy in her soft watercolor layers:


Talk about paintings you can lose yourself in; I stared at this next one for ages before I noticed the skeletal fish:

Check out Stephanie's website, Shadowscapes, to browse everything from prints to tote bags, pins, and even original paintings! You can also follow her on Instagram.


*****

Emy of Mioren Art is an Italian sculptor who pairs her adorable creature heads with fabric hanging hoops:


Aren't they fabulous?




The candy kitty is riding that creepy/cute line, ha.

Emy even makes some of them into wearable pins:



Looove. You can shop all of Emy's creations at the Mioren Art webstore.

*****

 

And finally, the purr-fect combination:

Bumble-Kitty! Or Kitty Bee?

This adorableness is by Katie Hofgard of Eskiworks, who paints incredible fantasy creatures:



This one is "Spring Tea Spirit":

And we can never have enough galaxy cats:

You can see all of Katie's work on DeviantArt, and browse her prints, stickers, and pins over in her Etsy shop!


I hope these gave you a smile and some new creators to follow!

 Now, before you go, let's give away some FREE art. You have three choices, which I've put together from my personal stash following a "dragon" theme, just 'cuz. All are new and never displayed. The catch is, you must choose only one. Tell me your favorite set, and I'll announce the 3 random winners in my next post!


DOOR #1: Twice the Toothless


Top print by Christie Cox, bottom print by Kit Steel.  Both 5X7, both signed by the artists.



DOOR #2: Narwhals & Dragon Specs

The Narwhals one was a gift, anyone know the artist? It says "Dreamy Time Parfait."

The distinguished dragon is a signed 5X7 by Kate Carleton. Both are printed on glossy postcard stock.


DOOR #3: Dragon Hug



Matted, signed, and hand-embellished print by Mike Bocianowski, ready to pop into an 8X10 frame.


Happy commenting, and happy Tuesday!


UPDATE: The give-away has ended!

The winner of the Toothless set is Texpenguin
The winner of Dragon Specs is Emily F
And the winner of Dragon Hug is froggibabey

Congrats, you three, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!

76 comments:

  1. Those sculptures are amazing and I must have one. Later. :) In the meantime, I'll throw my hat in for Door #1 Twice the Toothless!

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  2. Twice the Toothless! My favourite photo-op from ComicCon was on a life-size Toothless. XD

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  3. juliesmith.singer88July 13, 2021 at 7:55 PM

    Loving Toothless! There is always room for more Toothless in life :)
    I'm wanting all of your finds this month, especially Katie's. It might be time for new artprints...

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  4. #2! The Narwhals are super cute!

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  5. Ooh hard choices but I think the narwhals and distinguished dragon.

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  6. Oh that toothless! I love both of those!

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  7. Lisa Frank-esque narwhals & nerdy dragons is my new home decorating aesthetic goals...

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  8. the Toothlessprints are amazing.

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  9. Once again, thanks for the offer! Toothless is my one true love!

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  10. Door #1, no competition. I rarely comment for these, but Toothless I'd love to have

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  11. The toothless prints are wonderful!

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  12. Door #2. I can't resist a dapper dragon :)

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  13. What beautiful art. For the giveaway, Toothless always has my heart.

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  14. This was such a great post! I’ll go with Narwhals for my pick, thanks!

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  15. My 12yo daughter would be forever happy if we were to get the Toothless set, she's watched the series so many times I'm pretty sure she has it memorized!

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  16. Door #1, for one of my kids who loves Toothless! I never seem to win but it would be such a treat if I did!

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  17. I would choose the top toothless for a gift to my sister in law. She's had a rough year with not only the pandemic that cannot be named but treatment for the big C - and should I get chosen I will happliy pay any shipping/post cost to New Zealand as I know whe loves toothless.

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  18. oooooo the toothless set!!

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  19. Wow! Thanks for these selections. Such wonderfully talented folks out there. I would love to put my name in for Door #1. Toothless is an honorary member of the family. He is the spitting image of our last cat... The resemblance was uncanny.

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  20. It's my wife's birthday month and she really really really likes Door #1. I got her a Stitch/Toothless mashup tshirt a few years ago that she still wears regularly.

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  21. Toothless please! I can never get enough of that adorable dragon! It would make for lovely out for the bare walls of the house I just got with my girlfriend <3

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  22. Has to be Door #1. Toothless is too cute.

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  23. I absolutely love the toothless-art!

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  24. OMG Toothless!

    The others are wonderful but Toothless is my guy.

    Love Stephanie Law, I always forget how much until I look at her paintings again.

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  25. 100% DOOR #1: Twice the Toothless
    i'll admit i love them all but OMG TOOTHLESS!

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  26. I love monthly art roundup!!!
    I am in love with that narwhal.

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  27. Those resin sculptures are BEYOND gorgeous and amazing!

    Also, I love the Toothless set for the giveaway!

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  28. narwhals and dragon specs! so adorable!

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  29. Why oh why don't I have a few extra hundred dollars lying around to buy one of those amazing resin/wood art pieces?! Those are so amazing! Definitely gonna give the artist a follow on insta.

    Toothless is my all-time favorite dragon, so please enter me in the Toothless drawing. :)

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  30. Toothless! My friend's black cat is named Toothless, and her and her daughters would LOVE those prints!

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  31. Oooh, I have to throw in for door number 2!! Narwhals and steampunk looking dragon? Yes please!! 😁

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  32. Jen, our mascot for the GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt) is a called Beeline! A cat and bee hybrid. Come join GISH it's literally your thing!

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    1. I was coming to educate her on the Beeline! I agree that you should join Gish!

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    2. I like watching the GISH madness from the sidelines! ;p I'm so glad it's still going.

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  33. I would love the dragon and narwhal (door #2). They would be perfect for thΓ© nursery

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  34. Toothless (Door #1) please!!!

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  35. I'll step into the ever-expanding Toothless ring, please and thank you! They are all wonderful though. Thanks for the art round-ups, I don't have the mental bandwidth to follow a lot of artists, so I appreciate your well-curated selections!

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  36. Door #2! That Dapper dragon is amazing!

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  37. Another one for Door #1, Monty! (err...I mean, Jen.)

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  38. Those resin pieces are stunning!
    Door #1 please.

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  39. Dayoooooo! This was an exceptional collection! Still swooning over those "underwater" sculptures and the Stephanie Law art in particular. <3

    Toothless stole my heart and refuses to step down. Door #1, please!

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  40. Narwhal and dragon specs! Because I am a dragon who wears specs XD

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  41. Door No 3 please, who doesn't need a hug xx

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  42. Great round up as always. I like the toothless set.

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  43. I don't know if it is, but Dreamy Time Parfait reminds me a lot of Jillian Altmeyer, aka Squidbrains. Even if that isn't hers, she also does very cute illustrations!

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  44. Some lovely are finds. I would be very happy with door #3 please.

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  45. Door #2, narwhals are the best.

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  46. Wow those sculptures are incredible!! And I would love to win #1 twice the toothless please 😍

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  47. From your last art roundup, my Otte-er framed print from Lucia Heffernan arrived last week. It fills me with joy whenever I look at it. ☺️
    I agree with your interpretation of the “Unseen Forces” print. I looked at the image before I read your words, and it immediately brought to mind how I feel about my CFS/ME.

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  48. the 2nd one, the dragon reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey (were he a dragon of course!) all he's missing is Harriet Vane and Bunter. :-) what a charming sophisticated dragon he is.

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  49. I have a four year old obsessed with HTTYD. I'd love to put those pictures in his room.

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  50. Door 3 please! I don't know why, it just.. speaks to me!

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  51. Toothless it is! Always love that big goofball of a dragon-cat.

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  52. Has to be door #1: Twice the Toothless! So cute! Thanks.

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  53. Imma have to go with door #2! I love Kate's work.

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  54. That #3 is so pretty though. I debated between #3 and #2, but in the end #3 won out.

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  55. It's gotta be Toothless! LOVE Toothless! Hope you and John are doing absolutely fabulous! :D

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  56. Oh my god. It almost physically hurts me that I don't have an art budget that would withstand one of those underwater scenes.

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  57. Love the toothless set!

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  58. Toothless!!! He's the best :D

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  59. So am I the only one who sees that last galaxy cat as Goose from Captain Marvel? :)

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  60. That resin art is breathtaking. Amazing artist recommendations, lots of awesome stuff to look at. I would love the 'Dragon Hug" one (3). Because, it reminds me of a book from my childhood called "There's no such thing as a Dragon", which I loved beyond reason. I would put a picture in (It is uncanny), but it won't let me. So here's a Youtube reading! Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-BQ6wKlMZA

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  61. Oh, I would love Toothless!

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  62. Oooh, Toothless would be great - mostly because he bears a striking resemblance to our black pug when she's asleep ...

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