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Artsy on Escape Into Life: Zuzka Vaclavik

6 Nov

Last weekend, after our day spent art touring, Mr. Forager asked me to explain how to draw.  What a loaded question!  I hoped what got across to him the most was that it isn’t always how proficiently you do something, but the way in which you do it that makes you unique as an artist.  While the work of Zuzka Vaclavik may appear to be elaborate doodles, the lines, patterns, and forms show an artist’s eye at work.  Check out more of her work on my Artist Watch on Escape Info Life today! ( See it here and linked again below ).

And There are Vibrations by Zuzka Vaclavik

Zuzka Vaclavik on Escape Into Life

Artist found via Emily Amy Gallery.

Utopian Geometry: Melissa Manfull

31 Oct

I am continually fascinated by what inspires each artists.  It seems that the more unique the work, the more intriguing the inspiration.  Los Angeles artist Melissa Manfull takes her artful cues from the beliefs of Southwestern utopian communities of the 1960s and 70s.

Interior, ink on paper, 42×56

Diffusion, ink on paper, 16×18

According to Manfull’s website, these communities held a strong affinity for geometric forms and patterns and “just as the polygonal forms of minerals and the cellular structure of plants formed perfect complex systems, the growth patterns of these communities often resembled fractals in which a single shape repeated itself until a complex, organic cluster was formed.”

Web, ink on paper, 16×18

Dome ( Soleri Meet Gaudi ), ink on paper

The artists work embraces these affinities by beginning with a simple grouping of geometrical shapes which then build upon one another to form a fantastical structure, linking the architectural world with the natural one.  To see more of Melissa Manfull’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via her representing gallery in Los Angeles, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Psychedelic Precision: Louise Despont

23 Oct

Although I’m a pretty detail-oriented person, my own drafting and drawing style is much more intuitive than precise.  Architectural drafting was torture for me.  So the exquisitely elaborate and deliberate compositions of Brooklyn artist Louise Despont leave me speechless.

Dancer, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 49.5×81

Small Performers, graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil on antique ledger pages, 58.4×40.6 cm

Despont creates these intricately graphic drawings on the pages of antique ledger books, providing a natural grid upon which to weave her compositions.  Reminiscent of Persian rugs and other ancient patterns, the artist is creating her own “abstract language of symbols”.

Couple With Clock Tower, graphite on antique ledger book pages, 50.5×55

These are works to take in as they were created.. slowly, deliberately, and with careful attention.  You wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the delicious details.

The Bodhi Tree, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 170.2×174.6 cm

Jester Inversion, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 54×82.5

To see more of Louise Despont’s work, please check out her website, where you can see close-ups of these wonderfully complex drawings!

Artist found via the Honey Kennedy blog.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Nicomi Nix Turner

9 Oct

It takes a highly skilled artist to simply draw.  Using nothing but a graphite pencil and paper, Oregon bred artist Nicomi Nix Turner creates stunningly detailed compositions utilizing just those humble tools and of course, a healthy does of imagination.  See her work in my Artist Watch over on Escape Into Life today! ( link below )

Hunger’s Demand by Nicomi Nix Turner

Nicomi Nix Turner on Escape Into Life

Lost in the Aviary: Fran Giffard

27 Sep

I’ve admitted it already, I can be a bird-brain.  Not in a ditzy way, in an I am completely fascinated by birds kind of way.  When we go out for evening walks, especially here at the lake, many times I’ll stop just to gaze at a lovely bird or try to catch a glimpse as one flits from tree to tree, trying to avoid the approaching humans.  London artist Fran Giffard takes ornithological study to an artsy degree as she draws these fine-feathered illustrations on the pages of old moleskin diaries.

U, O for Ornithology series, graphite pencil and aquarelle, 26×21 cm

Her latest series, O for Ornithology, features birds drawn within layouts similar to those of Mondrian’s paintings.  The birds “perched” within the grid seem to be peering in on us from a windowsill or perhaps peering out from a cage.

U, Old Paper Alphabet series, graphite pencil and aquarelle, 26×21 cm

F, Old Paper Alphabet series, graphite pencil and aquarelle, 26×21 cm

Giffard’s use of old diaries as substrate create an interesting juxtaposition between the beautifully rendered fowl and quickly jotted notes about every day life like grocery lists and appointments.

G, O for Ornithology series, graphite pencil and aquarelle, 26×21 cm

To see more of Fran Giffard’s work, please visit her website.  Looking forward to seeing lots of lovely new birds while we are in Joshua Tree, CA this Fall!

Featured image is P, Old Paper Alphabet series, graphite pencil and aquarelle, 26×21 cm. All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Joe Sinness

18 Sep

There is something so intriguing about an artist who chooses to focus on drawings on paper.  It seems like such an introspective type of expression.  Today in my Artist Watch on Escape Into Life, I’m featuring artist Joe Sinness, whose quiet works scream for your careful attention..

Shinola, colored pencil on paper, 28×22

Joe Sinness on Escape Into Life

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