Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mathieu Lauffray

I have found so many artists around the world that have tempted my eyes with such amazing work. There aren’t enough book shelves (or money) to be able to collect all of the books and art that I would love to have.

I came across Mathieu Lauffray a while back, and fell in love with his art for the Long John Silver and Prophet books. But this piece that he’s working on is the perfect ending to 2011 for me. Hopefully, it is for you. Doesn’t it fit into what the year’s been like? Follow his blog to see more of his amazing work.


Salute To Music And Art

What could be more perfect to end 2011 than to look at some amazing artistic creations by some of our favorite illustrators from the site, What Not. This site has some serious fire power in the guise of beautiful lines and colors. Be sure to go through it and see what this line of artists has to offer for our eyes’ delight. Here are a few of the amazing art pieces (in no particular order as they’re all gorgeous) that were produced for their salute to music week:

Eric Canete (Ode)











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My Brain












It’s almost the end of the year known as 2011. It’s a year that most of us won’t soon forget, because it was a heinously ROUGH one. We don’t know what 2012 will hold for us, though we’re bombarded with warnings, hopes, and dreams to prepare us for it.

I for one am looking forward to 2012 being a year for change, and hopefully one for nothing but good. There’s a lot of bad to change, but there’s a lot of people who want to make change happen. That’s a whole lot of hope for us to work with. Time magazine gave us the people as the person of the year. That’s us. What we do from this point on is only limited by our desires and our imaginations. So let’s make 2012 count in the very best of ways. We won’t need fingers crossed because we have each and every one of us involved or working to become involved.

As for 2011, Calvin says it best here: My brain is trying to kill me!

- thanks this is not happiness for this timely find


Black Garden










Isn’t there something sublimely beautiful about this image? I’ve always been drawn to black anyways, so perhaps this was something that I would naturally gravitate towards.

Lauren Fensterstock wanted to concentrate on form instead of relying on color, hence the absence of color in this exhibit, Incident of Garden Displacement, which was showing at Ogunquit Museum of American Art earlier in 2011. She wanted to show that the gardens that man creates is an image of what he perceives nature should be, instead of what it actually is.

Nature has natural patterns and rhythms that are inherently built into growth patterns that man can only partially replicate because the entire picture can never be known or understood without belonging to nature itself. Read more about her thoughts at My Modern Met. A black garden that is complex, elegant, and so beautiful in its absence of everything but what’s necessary really is a work of art in itself.


Space Collides With Earth



Nathan Spotts has a beautiful view of what our world looks like, even if it is an unrealistic scene. Though most of us would welcome this view with open eyes filled with wonder.

Imagine looking up into the night sky and seeing all of those images that technological wonders like the Hubble Telescope have shown us, only now they’re right in front of our very eyes in our everyday world.

Would we realize that we live in a beautiful world and choose to protect that beauty? I sure would like to think that we would. Wouldn’t you?

Once again, thanks to My Modern Met for bringing this unrealistic view of space colliding with Earth. Although realism is dependent on the viewer, and there are so many people out there that think that unrealistic is actually quite realistically beautiful.

Our imagination is only limited by what we choose to accept.


Sean D’anconia Meets The East















Oh wow, I am so in love with Sean D’Anconia‘s style. I found him through a Good post, and am kicking myself for not finding him earlier.

Here’s an image that he did called “Hana To Doto” that depicts a gambler from his Majestyland mythology. Considering that I’m already drawn to the Japanese motif for obvious reasons (my other home), this gorgeous image shows so much of the turbulent undercurrents of a country that is serenely beautiful on its surface. Past, present, and future blend seamlessly in this image, just as it does in the country, so that it’s almost as if time has the ability to stand still so that we get interesting snapshots of a culture.

Sean’s cinematic grasp of the beauty that resides in the details is evident on all of his work, and I’ll be swimming through his creations for quite some time! It’s amazing to watch Sean’s short interview on Good, and feel a connection because he’s obviously drawn to many of the same things that I find creatively inspiring (while making Japan feel just a little bit closer to those of us who can’t be there).

Sean finds creative Eastern-style inspiration in his native Toronto that helps him to create a cinematic world that comes to vibrant life in his head, and then onto a wide range of fine art media. His world is a seriously mod place to be, and one that draws the eye as well as the soul. There’s a cool interview from The Pin Up magazine that’s on his site, so that we can get to know him just a little bit more.

Thanks, Good, for helping me to find Sean!


Plastic Tree Talks










With a population of 7 billion people, there’s a lot to think about when observing our everyday living habits. Perhaps the most important idea is that of a delicate planet that needs to be taken care of, balanced against the delicate lives of the living beings that inhabit that world. Humans are making the biggest impacts on our planet with how we choose to live in this world. In particular, what we do with things that we need to dispose. Plastic bags were the ultimate convenient and cheap creation for a consumerist-based lifestyle, but we didn’t think about the impact that non-biodegradable products had on the life of our only home.

Miha Artnak created this Plastic (bag) tree as a reminder that it doesn’t take much to allow nature to be overtaken by our own irresponsibility with our products. We can’t keep making garbage perpetually without thinking about how we’ll get rid of it. And if we’re not careful, there won’t be anyplace left to put our garbage, and that will eventually impact our life and health as well as that of our own little planet. We’re way past just talking about it. The time to fix this is now, because it’s fast approaching a point of no return.

Just a thought…


Book Landscapes











We don’t see the books that are no longer used, so we don’t know what happens to them. What happens to their knowledge. What we forgot because it’s no longer around to learn. Well, Guy Laramee wants to pay tribute to that forgotten knowledge in the best way possible: by sculpting their content straight onto those books that teach. Now, history becomes a three dimensional image that sets us onto the landscape from which that knowledge came. We feel the emotions that created that landscape. We understand just a little more about their draw and their lessons. What’s more powerful than a connection to your subject?

Find out more about this powerfully creative man who seems to cover a wide range of knowledge (his CV is incredible), but see the sensitivity with which he pursues his discussion of our cultural fascination of knowledge acquisition. As Guy said about his travels and his work, “the sky covers the earth”, landscapes where clouds wrap up mountains, as if to protect them. This image became a directing symbol in my work. The fog is now my way to pay tribute to those artists who looked for freedom, not in an hedonist imagination or in the security of concepts, but in the heart of uncertainty.” So true, isn’t it?

- from a DesignTaxi post


The Color of Police Brutality













Comments around the world are singling out the increasing levels of police brutality. The people who were once our heroes and protectors are now forcing us to question their roles. Are they there to protect us from the bad, or are they part of something that we can’t see but can now clearly feel? Since OWS and other groups have come out around the world, we are now faced with a stark reality that they aren’t the symbols of safety that we had once thought. And 46 artists wanted to share their own takes of what’s been coming out into the light of day, using the fun of a child’s coloring book format that contrasts with the seriousness of the message.

Among the involved artists: Noah Becker, Tim Biskup, George Boorujy, Kevin Bourgeois, Paul Brainard, Sam Crees, Daniel Davidson, Joel Dugan, EHF, Steve Ellis, Shepard Fairey, Ryan Ford, Dawn Frasch, Brandon Friend, Eliesha Grant, Rebecca Goyette, Maya Hayuk, Liz Insogna, Aaron Johnson, Emily Noelle Lambert, LMNOP, Alfredo Martinez, Lorenzo Masnah, Jason Mitchell, Adriano Moraes, Daryll Peirce, Taylor James Pierce, Jonathan Podwil, Pork, Quel Beast, Nic Rad, Ron Richter, Christine Rucker, Michael Scoggins,Scott Sjobakken, Harley Smart, Andrew Smenos, Adam Suerte, ErlandTait, Pamela Tait, Sam Trioli, Trustocorp, Erik Volet, Chase Winkler,David Yow, and Jason “Heaps” Nelson (the creator).

If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, then go to Heaps blog and get one today.

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Banksy Swat Truck










Here’s an oldie (Swat Truck – 2006) by Banksy, but it seems even more appropriate today given what’s been going on everywhere. Leave it to the children to find the innocence in the most extreme of situations.

Thought for the day: Don’t leave your childhood behind. Even if it’s for a moment, try to inject some creativity into our surrounding reality. It will make all the difference to this world! Because we could really use a lot of difference right about now. Reality has definitely not been creative of late.

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