Fun and quirky ceramics by illustrator Caroline Selmes

Caroline Selmes

If anyone is considering starting their year off with some evening classes, then these ceramics by Caroline Selmes should be the perfect way to give yourself that little extra push and actually go out and take a class. Their so much fun, and despite their simplicity, they have so much personality. If I had the time, 2014 would certainly be my year for trying my hand at ceramics.

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Philip Kennedy

January 8, 2014 / By

Carol Marine creates simple, beautiful paintings everyday

Carol Marine

The internet really is a wonderful place. If you look in the right places you’re bound to find some real treasures. Take for example the work of Carol Marine. Since October 2006 Carol has been creating one small painting nearly every day and she shares this work through her blog. It’s a simple idea and one which I’ve seen a number of times before, but it’s wonderful to see someone produce such great work of quality and consistency. Caroline has real skill as a painter and her daily still lives are a constant treat.

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Philip Kennedy

January 7, 2014 / By

Looking back at Yan Nascimbene’s beautiful and deceptively simple illustrations

Yan Nascimbene

Yan Nascimbene

Looking back over the year one of my favorite discoveries has been the work of French-Italian artist and writer Yan Nascimbene. Sadly I only discovered Nascimbene’s work when tributes came flooding in after his death in February. I was soon to discover what a great talent we lost. Influenced by Japanese artwork, Nascimbene’s image shows lush landscapes and tranquil natural scenes painted with delicate restraint and control. His skillful watercolors bring a gentleness and a calm to each scenes and one could easily spend a whole day peacefully getting lost in his work.

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Philip Kennedy

January 3, 2014 / By

‘Le Solitaire’ – A Fantastic Spaghetti Monster by Theo Mercier

Theo Mercier - Le Solitaire

Created in 2010 by the French artist Théo Mercier, Le Solitaire (aka The Loner) is a strange sculpture of a monster made completely of Spaghetti. Standing nearly 10-foot-tall, this mysterious beast is a surreal sight but there’s a great sadness to it too. It’s odd how Mercier can evoke such sympathy from such a strange figure yet behind its simple form there’s an odd sadness and empathy to it too.

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Philip Kennedy

December 31, 2013 / By

Mark The End (and the Beginning) of Your Year with Ekaterina Trukhan’s Cute Illustrations

Ekaterina Trukhan

Ekaterina Trukhan

I recently discovered the work of Russian illustrator Ekaterina Trukhan and felt that her cute illustrations were perfect for this time of year. Now based in London, Ekaterina has created a whole host of images that are sure to brighten up your holidays. One thing that I particularly love is her paper doll. If you visit her blog you’ll find a template there which you can print off and have your very own festive friend!

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Philip Kennedy

December 30, 2013 / By

Clayton Junior’s Great Editorial Illustrations

Clayton Junior - Therapy

Clayton Junior is a London-based illustrator originally from South Brazil. His editorial work is great and I love his use of color and shape. His work feels modern and vibrant and there’s a balance and personality to everything he makes. Over the last couple of years he’s worked with an impressive array of clients including publications such as the New Yorker, Monocle and The Guardian.

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Philip Kennedy

December 20, 2013 / By

Compelling Photographs of Life Off the Grid in Alec Soth’s ‘Broken Manual’

Alec Soth's Broken Manual 4

Alec Soth's Broken Manual 2

Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.

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Philip Kennedy

December 18, 2013 / By

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