Saturday Creative Stroll

146-250Serena Barton has a just-released book on one of my favorite topics: wabi sabi. The Japanese esthetic honors the worn, the old and the weathered. Her book is on making art that honors wabi-sabi. It just arrived in my mailbox, so I have just glanced at it, but I’m already happy I ordered it.

You’ll find a nice selection of her art on her site, including some collages, encaustics and mixed media pieces.

Elizabeth LeCourt lives and works in London, creating quirky illustrations and some interesting fashions. After a fashion. She constructs dresses out of antique maps, and that’s always fascinating to look at. And wonder about.

One of Daniel Barreto's houses embedded in a tree.

One of Daniel Barreto’s houses embedded in a tree.

If you like small houses, you will fall in love with the art of 21 year old Boston, MA based illustrator Daniel Barreto. His houses are carved into hidden  trees deep in the woods. Their windows, glowing with light in the snowy forest night is mysterious and haunting.

If I thought I had trouble ginning myself up for a head shot, Wes Naman must have scared his subjects out of their wits. Naman is a photographer, and for this series on faces, he wrapped his subjects in Scotch tape, wildly distorting their faces before he grabbed the camera. It looks like collage of plastic surgery gone wrong, but it’s compelling. OK, just a teensy bit creepy, too. Art’s job is to upset the apple cart, not re-arrange the fruit plate.

Hong Yi works in . . . coffee. She does  detailed, realistic portraits in coffee stains. Prefer tea? No worries, she does those, too. Her name, Hong, sounds like the word Red in Mandarin, so her website is called Red. From her website: “Red is a Malaysian artist-architect.  She also loves how a colour can stir up conflicting emotions – one of love and passion, and of danger and sacrifice.” She has a big variety of art on her website.

Have a creative weekend!

–Quinn McDonald is at the Women’s Expo in Phoenix this weekend, demoing art projects for Arizona Art Supply.

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11 responses to “Saturday Creative Stroll

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  2. dancinghairwoman

    Thanks again Quinn for a great trip around the art world. I am fascinated with the “Red” art, somewhat troubled with Naman’s scotch tape art (who does that?) and I enjoyed the thrill of possibilities when looking at the tree houses, once I realized they weren’t real trees, that is.

    • Yes, I was wondering about those blinking lights and how he had to chop into trees. Then I realized he ADDED to the forest, in a way. I would have loved to sit in his head as he came up with the concept.

  3. You have found some wonderful art! Thanks for sharing. :D BTW Hong Yi seems to prefer her coffee done in that old cowboy way: when water boils, add ground coffee until a horse shoe floats. ;)

  4. Thank you for these links. Each of them is remarkable in its own way! Now I’m going to go make a cup of very strong coffee…

  5. That book on wabi sabi…it’s not a *new* book, is it? :-D

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