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.
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.
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.
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.
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!