So I thought I'd take some time to share with all of you a few discoveries I've made over the past couple of weeks here and there.
First off, here in Nashville, I was at the Belcourt Theater last week when I happened upon their November art exhibit. This month's showing featured the paintings of a local artist named Steven Knudson. I have to say that I love it when I stumble upon beautiful artwork without expecting it. Standing in the Belcourt lobby and absorbing these portraits of women playing musical instruments in desolate country fields just totally made my day. There's a sparse and dark loneliness about his work that I really love.
Unfortunately, the exhibit goes down this weekend, but you can view just about all of the pieces on his official website. Just go here:
Secondly, my sister posted video a couple of days ago on her blog. It was a cartoon that I will be posting tomorrow for my Video of the Week feature. In any case, this cartoon is one of many independently made Animation Short Films that can be seen for free on a wonderful website called aniboom.
I wish I had a few minutes every day to watch all of the little clips they feature. They are all so brilliant!! Just go here to check it out:
Lastly, I'm not sure if any of you ever click on the links I have on the right side of this blog. There happens to be a wee little link to a photo blog called "The Sartorialist" under the Fashion category.
This is the photo blog of a world-reknown fashion photographer. He basically takes pictures of people out in the streets of whatever city he happens to be in at the time--Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Rio, London, and so many other places all over the world.
I have to say that I appreciate fashion in an artistic sense more than a materialistic one. I could give a rat's ass about clothing labels and big names. Show me a suit that is tailored well or an outfit that presents a strong and rich perspective, and I will love you forever. I really love The Sartorialist for giving me a glimpse of how people choose to dress all over the world. Even the photos themselves are really wonderful!
Check it out here:
So, grab some coffee this Sunday morning and feel free to check out these really great sites. Beautiful paintings, fun animated films, and gorgeous everyday fashion await!!
On this day, November 26, here in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a special, national holiday in which we all take the time to embrace all that we have for which we are thankful. Here is a list (which could be much longer) of 50 odds and ends in my life for which I am HUGELY grateful . . . . 1. My Family 2. My Mom 3. My dear friends all over the country (especially the ones in Seattle, Charlotte, and Nashville) and all over the world (especially folks in the Philippines and in the UK) 4. Every Filipino dish imaginable (especially the one with pig's blood. It's my favorite.) 5. My Piano 6. My ability to play the piano and all my music completely by memory 7. Oreo and Buttercup 8. My computer and internet 9. All of the books I've ever read 10. My vintage Roland JD-800 keyboard synthesizer with all of the kooky sounds it makes 11. Balthazar--my cute black Toyota Corolla (has great gas mileage and is a smooth ride) 12. The Golden Girls 13. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream 14. Macadamia Nut/white chocolate cookies 15. Sushi 17. Beethoven 18. The art of Egon Schiele 19. Tuna 20. Madonna's ENTIRE music catalogue 21. Hugs from my niece and nephews 22. Dinners, lunch, brunch with friends 23. Memories of growing up on a little green island in the middle of a big blue ocean far far away 24. My first full album of music (Seahorses) 25. Chop sticks (I carry a pair everywhere I go for whenever my sushi cravings get the best of me) 26. My wardrobe of vintage clothes 27. My small collection of foreign films 28. My record player and all of the cool vinyl records I own 29. All of my artwork (which is mostly in storage these days) 30. Spam (the food, that is) 31. Bacon (yummy) 32. Everything Chris Van Allsburg has ever written or illustrated 33. Eggs and the countless ways they can be cooked 34. The small YMCA gym near my house 35. The really big lake near my house 36. Shoes 37. My knitting 38. HGTV 39. Nashville's Belcourt Theater 40. Four Seasons (especially Fall and Winter) 41. Flossing 42. Laughter 43. Coffee 44. Being a performer 45. Peanut Butter 46. Peaches 47. Dancing 48. Quiet moments lost in thought 49. The time my family had with my nephew Baby Kit 50. This blog where pianos roam . . . Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! -g
A-L in conversation with illustrator Sara Stode - Her latest work has been inspired by #LFW. There is something incredibly tranquil and beautiful about her illustrations. Quite frankly, I am in awe of how talented she is and couldn't wait to share this with you all. If you want to find out more about Sara click here
Tell us about your illustrations?
I am a freelance illustrator from Stockholm, Sweden who recently moved to lovely and creative East London where I've found a lot of new inspiration! I do realist fashion and beauty illustrations for magazines, blogs, ad agencies etc. I am trained in fine art which is also reflected in the illustrations; I like nice line work paired with clearly defined light and shadow shapes. Most of my work is done in pencil and watercolour before I scan it and layer everything in Photoshop.
You create beautiful illustrations of world re-known designers - what is it that inspires you to draw them?