Nora, from my former 'burb of Kanata, emailed with a link to local artist Andrew King. I'm always eager to plug Canadians, especially from here in Ottawa. Andrew's art is almost cartoonish, at times humorous, and I can't help but smile when I look at it. His work can be seen at the Terence Robert Gallery on Sussex, for our Ottawa readers, and he will soon be featured at the Toronto Art Expo. Thanks Nora!
Joe Schmelzer rocks. He is an incredibly versatile photographer, having shot many celebrity portraits, food, travel, and of course, interiors (including Paris Hilton's pad). He prefers to use natural or ambient lighting in his shoots for a more natural feel. And it shows. (Can I also mention that he's a cutie? - check out his bio photo).
I thought I'd share the work of two talented artists who have set up shop on Etsy. Strangely I found their work through Flickr. The first is Erin Tyner. Erin is a self taught photographer and I have been following her beautiful work on Flickr for a year. Then I realised I could buy her work...and I did and have again. Here is her Flickr page and her wonderful website. I'm totally blown away by her Half Awake series but don't miss the rest of her portfolio.
(Update - I forgot to mention Erin's new photoblog here.)
Monkfish is Robert Chunn. I found my way to his work just today when he made me a contact on Flickr. So off I went to investigate. "I mostly paint clutter. I like how objects cluster together on tabletops, in kitchen drawers, on my printer, etc. I try to take a documentary approach to the subject by painting things as I find them. Or, sometimes, I'll just pile up a bunch of old tins and cigar boxes in a haphazard way until something interesting happens. I see painting as an intuitive and sensorial process of balancing pictorial elements to reveal the poetry of color and form in the everyday objects around me. In other words, I just paint what I like." Check out more at his blog Alla Prima Painting (painting from life in one sitting). I love the beauty he finds in the mundane.
Richard Powers super talented photographer of the world's coolest homes and celebrity pads has the most amazing portfolio. From the zen like calm of Donna Karan's home to jungle clad tropical resorts his photos transport you to another world. You can hear the monsoon rain on the roof or feel the breeze stir the drapes. "I am self taught - I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember, composing the frame in my mind then choosing the moment to capture the light - the same as I do now I guess, only there's a camera between me and the subject." Go check out his website for many more inspirational images.
Rachael sent me an email the other day with photos of her home in Paddington, Sydney that she recently sold (??!!??!!). It is such an incredible transformation - I don't know how anyone can go through such an extensive renovation. And take note of her living/dining room wall colour, which she says is her favourite (and she'll have to leave the colour in the comments as it wasn't included in her email). Luckily, she sent some before photos as well which show the extent of this renovation. She's in the process of renovating another home and promises to send photos. I'll hold her to that, because if it's anything like this...
She knows I am a sucker for animals photos so she included one of herself and Chilli the labradoodle which I had to post as well. :)