10 Pieces of Wall Art Perfect For Your Neutral Space

March 23, 2017 § 1 Comment

 Watercolor Print from Roks’ Gallery

Lithograph from Gardner and Beth

Abstract Head Painting from Boriana M. 

Pink, Yellow, and Blue Abstract Print from Inspiration Abstracts

Herbarium Print Set from Floral Collage

Bull Island Bench Print from Dublin Birdy

Forest Ferns Linocut from Coffee In Bed

Colorful Cactus Print from Very Sarie

Monstera Plant Print from Nautical Nell

Red Lips and Blue Hair Print from Fashion Parasite

Artists’ Books on Etsy

February 2, 2017 § 2 Comments

Here at the Frick Fine Arts Library we pride ourselves on our artists’ books collection. For those of you who may not know what an artist book is, be my guest in explaining them! Each one is unique, sometimes made in editions like prints, sometimes “printed” by a press, other times not, cataloged in the library like books with a call number, often displayed in museums as art objects behind glass – each one may look, feel, or even sound different from the next (queue Keith Smith’s string book).

A few brave and creative souls have started selling their artists’ books on Etsy. I found these recently and thought I’d share!

butterfly

butterfly2

butterfly3

Butterflies from TheMuseumShelves

night

night2

night3

Night from SignOfTheLadybug

n1

n2

n3

Nachtmahr Box from buechertiger

little1

little2

little3

Miniature Black Artist Book from PegandAwl

book1

book2

book3

Book of Nonexistent Animals from HandmadeBook

12.5.2016

December 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

mountain

From Roks’ Gallery on Etsy

 

Today: Take a Moment to Just Breathe

November 9, 2016 § 2 Comments

breathe1

From the Shelly Sells Lemonade Etsy Shop

breathe2

From the Nessa Ryan Design Etsy Shop

breathe3

From the Luciana Frigerio Etsy Shop

breathe4

 From the Ma Cherie Art Designs Etsy Shop

breathe5 From the Sarah Lord Papercuts Etsy Shop

breathe6 Tattoos from the Silver Tree Art Etsy Shop

Fantastic & Terrifying Beasts

October 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

img_6939

A Manticore devouring a human leg, also depicted with a hat that may or may not identify the beast as Jewish.

Beasts and monsters like the one you see above were often depicted in medieval manuscripts, mapslike the Hereford Mappa Mundi—and even cathedral sculptures. The most prominent amount of these depictions can be found in medieval bestiaries, which we could say were a more romantic and moralized version of a modern-day encyclopedia of animals with pictures included. Although depicted alongside “real” animals, monsters and other fantastic beasts were often placed in their own category called the Monstrous Races, which were said to live on the periphery of the world in places beyond the known seas and in places such as Africa and the Middle East.   

img_6942

A gryphon being attacked by its enemy, a horse.

Often the beasts that were included in bestiaries were real-life animals, even if they didn’t always look like the real thing—but what can we say, monks didn’t get out much, and elephants were hard to come by in medieval Europe. At best you would hear a garbled description of an exotic animal from some adventurous traveler, or find some mention or illustration of one in an older text and then copy it. Fantastic and terrifying beasts often accompanied the real animals, with lines of text that would guide a reader to become more knowledgeable about these creatures, especially in spiritual or moral ways, and often in as much detail as the real animals. 

img_6943

The Scitalis (on top), which is a multicolored dragon that is even hot in the winter. On the bottom is a Amphisbaena, a monster that has another head at the end of its tail.

monsters

Our library has a beautiful facsimile of Manuscript Bodley 764, our specific facsimile being called the Book of Beasts, from which these images come, and is often referred to as one of the most beautiful surviving copies of a bestiary. Other strange and fantastic beasts that can be found among its pages include the phoenix, sirens, satyrs, sphinxes, bonnacons—which “emits a smell from its rear end so terrible that it poisons three fields” (11), unicorns, eales, paranders, the charadrius, and more. 

7.30.2016

July 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

d1

d2

d4

d3

Doodles from D Is For Doodle

 

New Watercolors in the Shop

March 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

fox2

I’ve slowly been getting back into painting, but as soon as April hits I’ll have to start making some new things at a faster pace. I’m planning on selling some work at the coffee shop down the street, hopefully it works out!

deer2

I’ve been really inspired to paint animals and things from nature lately (well, always), but especially lately because it’s winter here in the city and things can get pretty bleak in Pittsburgh. Can’t wait for spring and summer!

owl2

Check out my Etsy shop for prints and more work!

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing the Illustration category at The Art Spectrum.