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Rebecca Campbell

fireworksI was going to post about another Rebecca Campbell but then I came across this Rebecca Campbell whilst doing my usual art web browsing and was stunned…I’ll post about the other Rebecca Campbell on a later date! This Rebecca Campbell graduated from the University of California in Painting and drawing. She is currently an assistant professor in L.A., her own work is presented in art fairs and has been featured in many publications including the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Art Papers.

Her website shows her collections of paintings and mixed media works which are certainly worth taking a scroll through. Campbell’s style of painting is dramatic and loose as her brush’s bristles drag this way and that. Her strokes are loaded with paint before quickly segueing into deliberate gestures eventually resulting in paintings with flattened volumes. She paints a lot of figurative work some of which have dark undertones and themes however I really enjoy looking at her landscape and floral pieces that are bursting in texture and colour, see below.

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Sylvie T.

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During my recent family holiday to the South of France, specifically the Côte d’Azur I came across this artist named Sylvie T. She is a local artist of Nice who primarily sketches the Nice landscape and it’s iconic french coastal architecture. Sylvie T. captures the beauty of the Nicean surroundings and its soft light by combining watercolour and sketch. She carefully orchestrates where these two mediums are used on her drawings to accurately portray the look and feel of Nice. Her paintings have an ‘unfinished’ appearance because of the way she splashes bits of colour on only parts of the her sketches whilst the rest is left in pencil. I bought some of her cards and bookmarks that I photographed.

For those of you who haven’t been to this part of France, Sylvie’s work does a great job of giving you a sense of what it looks like at least. It really is a beautiful city on the coast of France to visit for inspiration, relaxation and sightseeing.

Take a look

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Pleased To Meet

ptmNot nice to meet your or pleased to meet you, or how do you do but ‘Pleased To Meet’ is the name of this stationary/papercraft brand. Based in Berlin, Germany Daniela and Marcel are the duo that co-founded Pleased To Meet – Daniela being the illustrator. Her illustrations are playful and understated that conform to the main look of this lovely brand. On their website you can buy prints, notebooks, cards, wrapping paper, and gift tags all of which are designed and made in Germany.

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Pleased To Meet has illustration collections which come in most of the products, I really like the fruit and & veg collection and the city prints which focus on New York, London, Paris and Berlin. Daniela captures the essence of these different cultures through architecture and daily scenes.

I was very pleased to have met these lovely designs that’s for sure!

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Andy Goldsworthy

feathers Michael Heizer’s statement ‘place is material: material is place’ underscores the intimate relationship that materials have with place and people. When I really need to feel moved or inspired to create something landscape art seems to do the job every time. Landscapes produce a way of seeing the world that artists try to recreate in their work. Artists deconstruct and re-assimilate landscape representation reflecting the changing attitudes towards the environment. Artistic fields like land art and conceptual art in the last century have began to increasingly exist outside of the traditional art frame because of their ‘readymade’ appearances. The growing importance of materials and the nature of them as opposed to an art object’s design and composition has become a fundamental move in landscape representation. People are in a constant dialogue with the landscape to such an extent that it becomes impossible for people to detach themselves from it, spatial and situational surroundings even from memory are a part of the processes of it. So landscape art can create nostalgia but also the opposite, alienation and indifference to it. These opposing perspectives help me think about what I want to capture in my work and how I want it to affect the viewer. The landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy creates pieces that usually consist of one or two natural materials such as leaves or sticks and builds them into interesting forms. For example the image above is an art piece made from feathers that Goldsworthy plucked from a dead Heron. What is intriguing is that his art works have lives of their own, as for most of them apart from the works that get displayed in museums Goldsworthy leaves them where he created them in the wilderness, decaying like the rest of us with time.ice wood nestred leavesbrick wall

The Frog Prince

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The Frog Prince fable demonstrates how people tend to judge too quickly on what they see – ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ derives from such teachings. Compared to some of the other Grimms teachings this particular saying crops up in everyday situations or rather it should. Unfortunately some people analyse too quickly on what they see which can result in inaccurate perceptions about situations or people. I know I do it and I don’t even realise I’m doing it..it’s like a reflex!

The Frog Prince fable taken on by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm became the first story in their collection. In most versions of this tale the frog prince’s spell is broken by the kiss of the princess/heroine of the story. In the Brothers Grimm version, there is no lovers kiss but a wall slap! Rather comically The Frog Prince asks the princess if he can sleep on her other pillow sharing the bed with her. She doesn’t want him to get the wrong idea and responds by throwing him at the bedroom wall which breaks the spell revealing his original identity, a human prince.

I have deliberately kept the gold ball out of this design (another small part of the Grimm story) because I would like it to be printed in gold foiling if I eventually get it turned into a card. It will be at the top of the fountain. It was an interesting experiment using several different medias to create this illustration. Got me really thinking about what medias can work together well visually and which ones don’t work so well. Notice the heart lily pads? I had fun making those.

You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs

Cinderella

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This popular fairy tale has lots of versions and I mean lots – over 700. Cendrillon by Charles Perrault from 1697 being the most well known after Disney transformed it, what we know as the 1950 animation Cinderella. Perrault introduced the pumpkin, the fairy godmother and the glass slipper (gold in the Grimm version), the Grimm’s on the other hand present a much more sinister tale, as when they started publishing they were aiming for adult readers and scholars not children.

If you don’t know the Grimm’s Cinderella version it is certainly worth a read. Unlike Perrault’s, their Cinderella tale is as much a fable as it is a fairy tale. Their version places a strong emphasis on deception and humiliation. Good dramatically triumphs over evil, the evil doers (the step sisters) lose their eyesight so they cannot perceive good or their own wickedness, whilst Cinderella’s purity and kindness does lead her to a happy ever after. Still sounds like the Disney?…Just wait till you get to the body parts being cut off.

In respect to my design I particularly enjoyed creating it as I’m a big shoe lover, I could start a shop myself from my own wardrobe! With this one I combined small elements from the different versions, for example the shop number ’21’ connects to Cinderella’s individual fable number in the Grimms collection whilst the door signage plays to the time stamp of the fairy godmother’s magic.

You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs