artists i like: liz climo

Liz Climo is an illustrator and artist who in her spare time creates beautiful and delightful animal cartoons. You see Liz works on The Simpsons. I love The Simpsons so that alone is worthy of a lot of respect. But then she has carved out a massive fan base online publishing these gorgeous animal comics. They are so simple and so funny.

She has published a picture book called The Little World of Liz Climo (hardback available on Book Depository with free shipping) and she is releasing a new picture book in 2015 called Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad. The Books are well worth the purchase as only a sample of the drawings are shared online so you’re still getting a lot of great new material (plus you’re supporting a living artist).

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These are just too cool for school.

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Who doesn’t love a good Breaking Bad parody!

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I sometimes wonder if I’m afraid of heights being so tall… I do relate 😛

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I think all non-gamers can relate to this.

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The story lines are so simple and sweet.

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An alarming number of the cute and cuddly animals in Liz’s drawings try to eat each other… just injecting a does of reality.

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I guess it would be confusing for some animals… like the turtle who tried to hump the shoe (watch the video LOL).

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Just in case you needed a costume idea for an upcoming Christmas Party…

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And just in time for Christmas – got to get me some Candy Canes.

Find and follow Liz on Twitter, Facebook and on her Tumbler site. You can buy her books at Book Depository, prints from Society 6 and and T-shirts from Shirts and Ladders.

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artists i like: elizabeth mayville

I really love Elizabeth Mayville’s work. She is an artist and illustrator based in Michigan. Her work focuses on ‘home’ and the little things that make us happy 🙂

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Her beautiful still lifes are some how monotone and colourful at the same time. I really enjoy this type of painting. Her metallic and glass Cakestand, 2012, oil on canvas, 12 x 12″ (above left) reminds me a bit of one of my all time favourite painters… see below>>>

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Margaret Preston (29 April 1875 – 28 May 1963) was one of Australia’s most accomplished female artists of the last century. She was very prolific in the 1920’s through to the 1940’s working as a painter and print maker. Aboriginal and Japanese art informed her contemporary and modern style. She was a trailblazer in her time and her work is still relevant today.

Elizabeth Mayville Landscapes

Back to Elizabeth Mayville‘s work… her gorgeous landscapes are perfection. This is just how I see the world. She has an amazing talent for cutting back on the detail but still telling a great story on her canvas.

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Elizabeth‘s portraits of animals are very sweet and minimalist. Once again she has simplified the colour pallet and the background to showcase the gorgeous faces of her fury and feathered friends.

You can see a comprehensive list of Elizabeth’s fine art and illustration work on her site and you can purchase a prints & original works on etsy.

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artists i like: eve d’alessandro (nee meagher)

I really love Eve’s work.

I admire her ability to paint (almost) every day and how she sends her work out there into the world. Just this year she has started entering art competitions and has been selected as a semi finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and is a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award, NOW showing at the S.H. Erving Gallery until December 14, 2014.

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This is Eve’s portrait of her brother Julian Meagher. This painting was selected in the semi finals of the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Eve Meagher Procrastination

This painting called ‘Procrastipainting – this is me to a tea’ is a gorgeous depiction of Eve putting off till this afternoon, what can be painted right now. Endless cups of tea can be one of the best and most accessible tools available to the professional procrastinator. Procratipainting is a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

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This is Eve at the opening of the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

Make sure you make your way to the S.H. Erving Gallery before December 14 and see a bevy of amazing female painters.
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Keep painting and procrastipainting Eve. Love your work <3

artists i like: abigail brown

 

Abigail Brown is a London based textile and paper artist.

I haven’t had the privilege of seeing Abigail Brown’s work in person but I have a feeling I would love it 🙂 There is something mystical and magical about her animals that seem to have crawled out of the pages of a beautifully drawn children’s picture book.

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It seems that the love of fabric and thread is genetic as she grew up watching her seamstress grandmother work and this passion was not lost on a young Abigail.

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I always delight in seeing how other people deal with fabric addiction – and she really makes it work.

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While she is internationally known for her birds, she also makes delightful paper creatures that either stand alone or proudly hang on walls in the style of hunting trophies (but much cuter and kinder to our fury friends).

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She shares her process on twitter which is very generous and always delightful to see.

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Who wouldn’t want one of these gorgeous creative characters on your wall. Each critter is unique and hand made so no two are the same.
Just wonderful <3

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Abigail works in London and she shows her studio either by appointment or twice a year with Open Studios. If you would like to get a work commissioned you can get in touch with her directly. Follow Abigail and her whimsical work on Facebook, Twitter or on her own website.

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artists i like: sara roberts

I always talk to strangers and often meet really interesting people and have amazing conversations 🙂 I recently had a great discussion with Sara Roberts – a Sydney based artist – at the MCA at Circular Quay. Despite being a lovely person, when I gooogled her work I was happy to see that I also love her work.

She has a very clean modern style with bright + flat areas of colour (I LOVE THIS) and her colours are bright and clean. Just lovely.

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Woman in Wood, oil on linen

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The Lonely Ones, oil on linen

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The Meeting Place, oil on canvas

The feature image at the top of this post is called Uluru, oil on canvas.

Her work is for sale on Saatchi Art and they move quickly so buy from a living artist and brighten up your walls NOW!

artists i like: jennifer tyers

You can find all sorts of amazing artists while searching the wonderful world of the internet… I love Jennifer Tyers landscapes so much. There is a beautiful childish simplicity in the large blocks of colour and the simplification and almost illustration like. They also remind me of the beautiful water colours my beautiful late Aunty Carmiña did in the 50’s.

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This image is from her 2013 collection called Double Dipper. She made these works while she was on a residency in Byron Bay.

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This work is also from her 2013 collection called Double Dipper. I love the way she simplifies the trees as if to reference the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser

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I adore the brightness creeping in to her more recent works. This piece is from her 2014 collection called Tropical Garden.

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I almost want to climb into these glorious bright watercolours and skip through these magical landscapes.

Her work brings light + colour + joy into the real world.

Visit her site and support living artists.

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