Last week I picked up a bunch of Peonies (as you may already know, I have professed my love for Peonies many times!). As I carried them home, they were a modest size, but after they were re-cut and placed in a jar, they mutated into the largest freaking flowers I’d ever seen.
The blooms must’ve spanned 8 inches or so. Maybe 8 feet, I can’t remember. I felt like we had acquired a new roommate.
Sometimes while admiring them I would think, “Man, there’s a reason why all those famous dudes were painting flowers all the time!” And then I remembered one of my favorite role models, Georgia O’Keeffe. If she were still alive, she’d totes paint these Peonies!
So anyway, indulge yourself for a few and watch this video of O’Keeffe herself, hanging out at her homestead in New Mexico. This lady was sassy.
+ These Depression-era photographs are epic. Is it any wonder the young lad in the first photo is more dapper than most grown men I see on the streets these days?
+ I am totally diggin the stylish artwork of Somefield, particularly his wonderful Alice in Wonderland series.
+ I have to admit, this line of sequined foot gear inspired by the graffiti of Keith Haring are pretty awesome works of art.
+ In my continuing obsession with interior design, here’s another good source of inspiration, especially that office space!
That’s it for this week!
Signing off -
from Alice in Wonderland
I tore the above page out of an old children’s book for a self-imposed little side project. I had no qualms doing it, either, since I have a really nice copy of Alice that I would never, ever tear pages out of. I’ll feature the finished piece in a future post.
Happily knee-deep in several projects on a sunny day, I found the time to color up the Peony drawing I began a few days ago.
Here again is the line drawing:
Using a combination of watercolor, colored pastels, and charcoal, I very loosely colored the drawing. I experimented with color bleeds and pattern and used some of the brightest colors in the box.
I am in love with THESE PASTELS!
They have been in my possession for nearly ten years. This Alphacolor collection features 24 “basic” colors, but really, some of these hues are eye-poppingly bright. They blend beautifully and I have used them for a million projects. If I ever run out, I may shed a tear. Maybe two.
I picked up the above postcard at the Division Stumptown coffee. The art show was by local artist Dan Groth.
Along with line, Dan uses stippling for his shading technique. That is, making one dot at a time, over and over. That’s a million dots, kids. Check out his intriguing community of animalia, lumpy humans, and all-around illustration goodness here at his blog!