Artist Profile: Lisa Madigan

lisa madiganI often get caught in a trance when scrolling Pinterest and everything looks the same after a while. Yet, I still find ways to waste hours constantly scrolling. During one such mindless scrolling session I was snapped out of my trance by a painting that made my heart stop. Enter artist, Lisa Madigan.

Lisa is an Australian based artist that creates an interesting dichotomy with her work. Her paintings are light and airy while simultaneously full of depth and layer upon layer. The color theory Madigan explores in her work is interesting yet soothing, another impressive accomplishment.lisa madigan lisa madigan

This series of round paintings in copper frames is my absolute favorite. These would make for an incredibly awesome art installation used in a group of three!lisa madiganlisa madiganlisa madiganIt was tough narrowing down her body of work to these few paintings so be sure to take a look at Lisa’s full portfolio here.

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Sonia Delaunay

Recently, I went to the Tate Modern to see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition. To be perfectly honest, I had never heard of her before, but she is quite a stalwart of the art world. Her sixty-year career began in Paris, and over the years she worked across a range of media. Delaunay is perhaps best known for her explorations in color theory, often collaborating with her husband and fellow artist, Robert Delaunay.

Delaunay’s work extends far beyond this. In addition to painting, she also worked across textiles, clothing and even some early graphic design.  Some of the work is incredible – particularly the clothing and textiles – and much of it still looks contemporary.  Other pieces seem to lack the same level of care and competence, but with over 60 years of work you can’t always expect perfection.  Delaunay died at age 94 and remained influential up until her death in 1979. The sheer breadth and length of Delaunay’s career is incredible and the exhibition captures the extent of her career very well. Below are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibition.

Le Bal Bullier, 1913

Propeller (Air Pavilion), 1937  (Photo:Emma Krantz)

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Coat for actress Gloria Swanson, 1923-24

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Textile for Metz & Co’s

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Discs, 1968 (handknotted carpet)

 

Patio Inspiration

patio inspirationThere is a communal patio deck at our house that has been subdivided into six apartments. This area has been neglected the entire time we have lived here and my roommate and I decided it was high time we took it under our wing and dressed it up. It is a great place to eat al fresco if the weather cooperates and it is an even better place to enjoy a glass of wine after work

We wanted a dining area, but given the size limitations we knew this would limit the number of people we could seat so we wanted to combine it with a slightly more lounge-y area as well. I use the term “lounge” loosely since there really isn’t room for much for a lounge. So we settled on a four person dining set with some additional cozy seating, lots of lush plants that will be a test of our gardening skills, and adorable cafe lights to warm it all up. I used many of the below images as our inspiration and we created the concept below.

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hanging planter // cafe lights // dining set // pillows // bench

We still need to add the plants (but given Denver’s dicey weather, it is recommended that you don’t plant until after Mother’s Day so we will give it a try next week. I also hope to add more collected items over time like pillows and more plants to make it feel more lived in.

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A$AP Rocky and Snoop Dogg

It’s no secret that Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. It’s also no secret 4/20 is celebrated across the country as a day to indulge in such behavior. This year, Snoop Dogg held a concert to celebrate what is no doubt his favorite holiday. The line up included himself, 2 Chainz, and my personal favorite, A$AP Rocky. (Who wouldn’t love him, check out that swag!)
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We arrived at the concert a little late so I missed some of A$AP’s set, but what I did see was well worth it. It was a cold and rainy day so his wardrobe choice didn’t live up to his normal style, but he was still looking great. His new album comes out this month and I’m excited to hear more of his latest work.

Next up, was Snoop himself. He played everything from his “throwbacks” to his more recent work. It was a great time and we danced the night away to songs like the one below.

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Artist Profile: Jenna Snyder-Phillips

Jenna Snyder-PhillipsI first came across artist, Jenna Snyder-Phillips’ work while perusing photos on Domino’s website. The image below of Snyder Phillips’ apartment will forever be one of the most hauntingly beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Everything about this vignette is striking, but the bold graphics of her artwork captivate me the most.

Jenna Snyder-PhillipsAfter I found this image I immediately looked up other pieces from her portfolio. All of her work is striking and simple yet bold. This is a style I have sought after for years and my paintings always end up an overworked blob of color. Her portfolio ranges from figures to wildlife to landscapes. She even has a few abstract pieces as well.
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April Favorites

five favoritesI can’t believe another month has come and gone, where is this year going?! This month’s weather varied drastically in true Denver fashion, but I was able to take advantage of the benefits of spring with sun filled days more than once. Here is my list of my five favorite moments from this month.

April Favorites:

1- Rockies’ games. I usually can’t tell you the score or even who won since baseball is most definitely not my favorite sport, but I do love the atmosphere of the stadium and the gorgeous sunset view it has to offer.

2- Al fresco dining. I don’t know why food tastes better when you’re enjoying it on a rooftop or patio, but it does. We had a wonderful (vegan) lunch on Watercourse Foods‘ patio this month. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

3- In light of al fresco dining season, we just purchased new furniture for our communal deck in our apartment and I can’t wait to spruce it up with cafe lights and plants (if I can keep them alive).

4- Creating some commissioned cards for a great friend!

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5- Outdoor concert season. It is finally time to enjoy music outside! This month we got to see A$AP Rocky (my favorite) and Snoop Dogg, more to come in a follow up post. I also have a few Red Rocks shows on the horizon and I cannot wait.

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Unlikely Wall Art

Now that I’m “mature” it is time to put an end to my decision anxiety and actually commit to art on my walls. The idea of putting a nail hole in the wall terrifies me so much that I’ve convinced myself that using washi tape to hold up my magazine tear outs is actually a “bohemian” look. (I wish I was kidding, but as I’m typing this I can count 6 pieces in my room that are either made by yours truly or carefully dislodged from the Anthropologie catalogue and adhered to my wall in this way.)

So, it is time to broaden my art horizons and make some actual art purchases. I have been obsessing over woven wall hangings for months now which inspired me to go on the hunt to find some unlikely pieces to be used as wall art. Enter my round up of unlikely candidates that will be sure to become a focal point in any room and make your guests green with envy at your progressive art collection. Some of these are even DIY if you’re feeling crafty! (Or if you’re like me you will pin these to make when you have time…and they will still be there waiting for you after six months.)

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tribal art // brass ring // feathers // string art // woven wall hanging
(Is it embarrassing or awesome that I didn’t even realize the color coordination of these brass, cream, and black beauties until I was assembling them into a monochromatic collage?)

Happy hanging!

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Artist Profile: Harrison Blackford

Greenville, SC, mine and Kelly’s hometown is becoming quite a hub for artist and many of them are making a name for themselves across the country, not just in the Southeast. One such artist is next in our Artist Profile series, Harrison Blackford. Harrison’s portfolio is a combination of bright impressionistic and abstract work.harrison blackford

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She also has a broad range of landscape and architectural pieces highlighting the unique building vernacular from around the world. I love her use of unexpected color and the depth she creates with added texture.harrison blackford

 

 

harrison blackfordSee her full portfolio on her website and rumor has it she will be adding new pieces in May!

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Spring 2015 Playlist

With temperatures on the rise, my musical taste tends to defrost a little and I like to listen to happier, more pop-like artists. It’s time to discover new up and coming artists and revisit new material from some beloved old ones. I’ve curated this playlist for days in the park, car rides to new hiking trails, and bike rides around town. Enjoy!

Spring 2015 Playlist:

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Artist Profile: Grace Kreinbrink

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I stumbled on Grace Kreinbrink’s prints while browsing Minted and I fell in love with her subtle yet vibrant watercolors. While landscapes are often her subject matter, she also does beautiful abstract work. Her use of layering adds so much depth to each piece and each piece vividly captures a fleeting moment in time.Grace Kreinbrink Grace Kreinbrink Grace Kreinbrink Grace Kreinbrink

 

You can purchase prints of all of the above paintings (and more!) at her Minted store.

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