Saturday, March 27, 2010

brush your grey wings on my head

I seem to have been posting a lot of artists recently which can be blamed on the current classes I am taking haha. But it's enjoyed, i promise! Anyways, during my painting class we had to do presentations on artists that inspired us and our work. One of them was on Kelly Smith, who is an illustrator hailing from Australia. She graduated with a BFA (what I am currently in the works of attaining) and now does freelance portrait and fashion illustrations. Her drawings are so beautiful! The detail that she captures in such a light and seemingly effortless way is complimented wonderfully by the graphic depiction of garments worn by her figures, and the subtle washes of ink that are present in her work. Basically, I love it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

moving pictures, silent films

My best friend and I had been waiting to watch the movie Precious pretty much since we first heard about it (basically what seemed like forever haha). Sadly we missed it in theatres, but tonight we headed to the video store to rent it for this evening. We got there and BAM clearing out sale!! Best night ever? I think so. I bought all of these movies for 67 bucks! scoooore.

Halfway through the movie I received a letter from Emily Carr University of Art and Design... and I'm accepted! Did I say best night ever...?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

i'll just keep it to myself in the sun

A few weeks ago I got out of class early and went for coffee with my best friend Lydia and my friend Adam who was visiting. It was as nice of a surprise as the beautiful sunshine we had that day!

tears and ink

I stumbled across Julie Morstad while doing a project for school. She has a great combination of paint, drawing and collage that really compliments her drawing style. Her quirky pictures are the perfect amount of odd and interesting. You may know her from the album artwork of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case.

take this sinking boat and point it home

So I finally watched the film Once and it was amazing. I love the minimalist approach they took to it (you are never even told the names of the two main characters) and the storyline is simple, but keeps you enthralled throughout the entire thing. I felt so inspired by the music in the movie; Marketa Irglova's voice is so hauntingly beautiful and goes incredibly well with Glen Hansard's rawness. Basically it is guy/girl harmony at it's finest (and I say this keeping Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan in mind). Falling Slowly (which won an Oscar for best original song in a movie) and Lies are my two personal favorites.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rebel Yell

thanks to my shiny new Canon Rebel, i can actually keep this lovely space updated! i am very excited to have a place to keep the things that i often lose in my bookmarks folder. i am currently in my third year of my BFA, so you will see lots of arty things that i enjoy, but also style and fashion inspirations as well. basically, a tidy little narrative of my mind :P

this week i went into vancouver on a field trip for one of my classes. we went to the v.a.g. and visited the exhibits and library there, and also got to meet the head librarian. after hitting up a few smaller galleries, we had the amazing opportunity to meet an emerging artist who just completed her MFA. we visited her studio which was very inspiring and helpful because she is only a few years ahead of most of the students in my class.

i totally fell in love with wangechi mutu's pieces at the v.a.g. that day. her layered aesthetic combined with the use of book pages is similar to the way in which i enjoy working. her use of collage is brilliant and makes the pieces very interesting.

Cancer of the Uterus. Wangechi Mutu, 2005.

Complete Prolapsus of the Uterus. Wangechi Mutu, 2004.

Ovarian Cysts. Wangechi Mutu, 2005.