Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dreamy Abstract Seascapes by Samantha Keely Smith

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints abstract oceanic landscapes that are at once menancing and serene, a clash of light and color that she refers to as “internal landscapes.” Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith uses an additive and subtractive process by partially destroying her progress several times before completion. This cyclical process, much like the timeless crash of ocean tides against the shore, adds an additional level of texture to her work. She shares in a 2013 interview with NeverLazy Magazine:
My images are not at all real places or even inspired by real places. They are emotional and psychological places. Internal landscapes, if you will. The tidal pull and power of the ocean makes sense to me in terms of expressing these things, and I think that is why some of the work has a feel of water about it. My work speaks of things that are timeless, and I think that for most of us the ocean represents something timeless.
Currently based in New York, Smith generally doesn’t work with galleries but instead interacts directly with collectors. You can see more recent work on Tumblr and Facebook. (via My Modern MetIncomplete)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Livio Scarpella is a contemporary Italian sculptor whose work harkens back to the incredible craftsmanship of marble sculptors from the 1700s. His series “Ghost Underground,” which depicts ghostly souls, both peaceful and in anguish, are influenced by the famous veiled sculptures that rest in the Cappella Sansevero, a chapel in the historic center of Naples, Italy. Opposite destinies (the “blessed” and “damned”) are signified through either a light quartz or dark amethyst rock placed near the heart of the sculpture. The crystals also serve an interesting contrast between the softly veiled faces, reminding us that, indeed, both are stone-hard. (via beautifuldecay)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

12 Beautiful Rabbits on Xanaland



If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would -- you see? 

Alice in Wonderland

Original painting by Hattie Albino 


Polite and well mannered, Edgar the rabbit is late for a very important engagement but would not DREAM of insulting his current company. So he sits and waits, nervously checking the clock. Such a gentle rabbit, that Edgar. 

Original painting and story by Amber Alexander


Be brave little rabbit -- take a chance.

Author and artist unknown 

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