I’ve been a big fan of Janet Hill‘s elegant, colorful paintings for a long time. I love her classical yet timeless style, all the beautiful details and the subtile humors that are hidden in many of her works. Her paintings often tel little stories. And some of them are even told by Janet herself, like Lisette vs. the Skunk.
Classic vs Contemporary
I love vintage ceramics. But I like them even better if their classic flowery designs are covered with Nina van der Goor‘s superfun illustrations. These contrasts between old fashioned and modern are perfect!
Dutch artist Nina van der Goor loves to work on ceramics. She also illustrates posters, prints and postcards of which you can find many more in her Etsy shop called Nina in Vorm.
For new works and updates, follow Nina on Instagram.
I’m a big fan of Sarah Benning’s fresh & fun embroideries. Love the colorful rocks in particular! Sarah Benning is an artist based in Albany, NY, who earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She has been working as an independent artist since then. For more, visit Sarah on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Emma Gale’s obsession with Frida Kahlo works out great on paper. I love how she draws, colors and adorns the Mexican icon into countless timeless beauties. Born in Sydney, Australia, Emma is a collage artist who is inspired by colors and patterns and embellishments of different cultures. In her works, Frida plays her muse:
I have been mesmerized by her life story from the first time I learned of her in high school. In my artwork she plays my muse. I adorn her in my jewelled neckpieces and dress her in outfits I have dreamed up. Like a little girl dressing up, I play out my own dress up fantasy, inspired by costumes from traditional ethnic peoples to the latest catwalk designers. From bohemian to chic from tribal to gypsy, she plays them all.
Many more to be found on her website:
Something a bit more traditional on the site today: mezzotint prints by Japanese artist Kaoru Saito. I came across his works some years ago and my travels in Japan are a perfect excuse to share some of his beauties on the blog! Born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1931, Kaoru Saito is a member of Shunyo-kai, which is a Japanese association of printmakers. He created countless stunning portraits in his lifetime and currently resides in Hayama, Japan.
Kaoru Saito does not have a website but you can find some more information about the artist here.