Interesting Art from Interesting Artists

On Saturday, it seems right to take a look at unusual art from people who like to make art, opinion be damned.

Ignacio Canales Aracil makes hollow vessels out of dried flowers.


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Richard Sweeney makes paper sculptures. Amazing ones.

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Graffiti artist Odeith creates art that looks three-dimensional, but isn’t.

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Another three-dimensional artist, Pejac, creates murals on walls. They look like, but have, no depth.


Here’s another Pejac artwork that looks like a poster, but is flat art.


Have a creative weekend!

-Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach.


Creative Hop: June 27, 2014

The best street art uses the existing environment and light to enhance the art. Oakoak, a French artist, makes the most of the environment in which he places his art.

Street art © by Oakoak

Street art © by Oakoak

In “Heart Art” Oakoak used the existing art and paint smear to create context for his golfer.

Cyclops © by Oakoak

Cyclops © by Oakoak

In this piece, the super-hero depends on the time of day and time of year. When the sun slants through the gap between two houses, the super-hero shows his power by beaming a ray of light across the street.

German street artist 1010 creates two-dimensional art that looks like 3D portals into space.

Portal © 1010

Portal © 1010

The painting above is on a wall. It’s painted to look as if it had depth.

Beyond Binary © by 1010

Beyond Binary © by 1010

In this article, the portal is in a brick wall. The magazine is VNA’s  (Very Nearly Art) street art issue.

© Agustina Woodgate, rug.

© Agustina Woodgate, rug.

Agustina Woodgate, originally from Buenos Aires (Argentina) now lives in Miami. She  believes in the non-Western cultural idea that handmade rugs depict the dream world or spiritual world in hand-woven art.

As raw material, Woodgate  uses the “skins” of abandoned stuffed animals, specifically teddy bears. She explains:

It was simply an object. But I also didn’t want to throw it away. That’s when I decided wanted to do something with the bear. In the beginning of the process, I had no idea what was going to happen. I went to a thrift store, got another bear, and started playing around. I looked at all the components that make up a stuffed animal: the stuffing, the fabric, the stitching. I wanted to approach an everyday object in the hopes of making something new.

Enjoy these artistic explorations and have a creative weekend!

Quinn McDonald is a writer who is involved in collage this weekend.

Creative Hop (May 31, 2014)

Note: Congratulations to Penny Arrowood who won Finding What You Didn’t Lose in the drawing! Thanks for reading my blog and thanks for sharing who you are, Penny! Send me your address [ to QuinnCreative at Yahoo dot com] and the book will be on the way.

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MTO (tag for Mateo) is a street artist whose graffiti is realistic art. He has lived in France, but has no current address that he publicizes. MTO does have an Instagram account.

street-art-graffiti-by-mto-2His artwork is almost always black and white with a pop of color somewhere. I have a thing for aerosol art, and MTO’s work, which may be scrubbed off in a week, is a sign of courage and dedication to art (at least for me).

DALeast is a different kind of street artist. He creates large metal sculptures attached to buildings.

"Abscission" © DALeast, 2014. Photo: Brandon Shigeta

“Abscission” © DALeast, 2014. Photo: Brandon Shigeta

Originally born in China, he left to study art and to make art all over the world.

"Adrenalin" © DALeast, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa

“Adrenalin” © DALeast, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa

While the metal is in fragments, the finished piece reads easily as a whole, complete with movement and life.

Jon Shireman helps us think about flowers differently. Flowers are soft, bendable, fragile. Shireman dips flowers in liquid nitrogen, quickly freezing them.

© Jon Shireman

© Jon Shireman

He then throws them on a white background, where they shatter. Then he photographs them. Flowers are not new to Shireman as subjects. He’s photographed them in vases, decaying, but this is the first time he photographed them frozen and splintered.

Have a creative weekend!

–Quinn McDonald admires art where she finds it.


Saturday Stroll: In my Neighborhood

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust
On many Saturdays, I find interesting things around the world of the internet. There are also interesting things within the five miles I walk in the morning. Come along on my walk and see ordinary things with new eyes.
This spill looks like a cheetah, lying down and facing left. “Rof Lit” is part of the alien language painted on the street. I don’t know who Rof is, but his literature has something to do with wild cats, I’m sure.
This tire mark looks like a roadrunner in sunglasses, also facing left. There’s a lot of detail in this accidental mark.
A circle of sand that spells “water” just cracks me up. Of course, I’m easily amused.
Phoenix is so much more than cactus and dust. Here’s a Hong-Kong orchid tree that has adapted to Phoenix. Most of them don’t do well. This one seems to be thriving.
Flying to Houston from Phoenix, I saw this abandoned town in New Mexico. (Yes, the air is hazy with smoke and dirt). During the housing boom, the streets were put in and the foundations poured. Then the money dried up. And so did the town. There are no houses, just empty streets and slab foundations. And there was more than one we flew over.
Take a look at your world today with different eyes. You’ll be surprised at what shows up.
-Quinn McDonald made it home by sheer luck and a crew member who had a map app of the airport so she could find the shortcut to the gate.

Creative Play

Bureaucrat by day, street artist after work. Oakoak is an untrained artist with a clever eye and a wicked sense of humor.


Letting your mind roam and quickly make connections is a great creative game.


So is seeing a part of something and envisioning something completely different.

Artist and creative director Brock Davis is another person with an eye for turning the mundane into the unusual.

Bread knife with shark.

Bread knife with shark.

The artist sees normal objects in different ways. That opens a whole new world. It can also open a coffin on a week-old egg roll:


The joy of this is deliberately switching your perspective to allow something else to show up.

And sometimes you have to take a closer look—really, really, up close—to be amazed.

frosted-spider-webThis photo was shared on reddit by shivs1147. It’s a spider web coated in frost.

Go out and try on a different pair of eyes and discover your world all over again.

-Quinn McDonald is having the time of her life with her new eyesight.

Saturday Link Love

Andrew Hayes has two great loves–pulp books (or at least their pages) and smooth, cool metal. He chose to combine them into sculptures that contrast hard and soft, permanent and easily destroyed.

© Andrew Hayes

© Andrew Hayes

23The ease and almost weightless grace make these very pleasing to look at. I’ve love to touch them.

The sculptures are sensual and curved and quite beautiful. It combines altering books with metal sculpture.

Stencils and spray paint are the medium of the artist Above, who creates street art. Above works with shadows and electrical lines and integrates artwork into the surroundings.

© Above

© Above

The image above shows a long line of people, defeated and waiting. It’s outside an unemployment office in Spain, a country that has a high rate of unemployment.

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© above

Here, Above painted white paint over a wall defaced with graffiti, then added the figures to make it an unhappy school day.

The artist Mossi is interested in mark making–that sounds startlingly undefined.



But the marks are made with colored pens, meticulously used. The resulting mask-like figures are built on layers of lines and varying colors, which blend into each other and overlap each other.

© Mossi

© Mossi

At first I thought the lines were words, but it is all graphic. And the lack of words is also interesting, detailing smooth lines and connecting shades of meaning.

Have a creatively magical weekend!

-Quinn McDonald is a writer and artist. She loves knowing what other people think when they make their art.