Laura Heaney’s still life drawings make me smile. Why not use your cupboard for inspiration? I’m in awe of how beautifully she renders the metallic crinkles of the Cheetos bag and how faithfully she reproduces the stickers on her tomatoes.
While I love the pieces above, my favorite work from her “Food” series is the lemon. You’ll find it featured in this week’s "1k" collection in good, citrus-y company. Enjoy!
| Limited edition prints of Laura’s work can be found in her Etsy shop. |
Hey! There’s my super cute husband playing guitar in our old apartment. And that painting above him? We made it using a $24 canvas, a $8 pack of gold leaf, and a random, crusty tube of acrylic paint I had leftover from our wedding. Hidden behind the canvas? An unsightly hole for the air conditioning unit during the summer months. We needed affordable camouflage that we weren’t afraid to bump and bruise during the process of multiple installations. It worked for us.
The funny thing? We have received so many compliments on this piece over the years! My artistic skills are scant, so I give all of the credit to the allure and luster of the gold leaf. It really does something magical to a room.
This week’s "1k" collection is all about the transformative powers and warmth of gold. Enjoy!
| Photo by the lovely Lisa Rigby. |
I’ve been feeling like this frazzled little guy lately. Work, projects, and blogging have been a little overwhelming. I’m taking a bit of a breather this week and offering up a short, but very sweet, "1k" collection featuring lovely teals and pinks. Enjoy!
| My little friend above is by Malaysian artist Comet P. |
I’m always going on and on about all of the marvelous things that happen in the online art world… and I’ve just thought of another! A recent meeting with Pittsburgh blogger and graphic designer, Mundania Horvath of Steeltown Anthem, got me thinking about custom artwork. Mundania introduced me to PGH Digs, a project in which she’s recording the city’s awesome residential architecture through a collection of illustrations. The super cool part? You can commission her to illustrate your very own house for $125!
Thanks to sites like Esty and Big Cartel, commissioned artwork is accesible to all of us. A quick web search turned up talented artists creating everything from annotated marriage proposal maps to portraits of your child’s favorite stuffed toy. This week’s "1k" collection features some of my favorite custom artwork possibilities. Enjoy!
Over the weekend, curate1k reached a very exciting milestone - 100,000 tumblr followers! If you’ve just stumbled upon the site, welcome and I hope you’ll stay awhile. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, THANK YOU!
One of the things I love most about the ever-evolving online art world is the emergence of artist-owned and operated online galleries. Darger HQ, founded in November of 2012, is a perfect example. This month’s guest curator - artist and director of Darger HQ - Launa Bacon introduces her work and the concept behind her gallery:
Artist Launa Bacon ‘s work ranges from collage to video, sculpture, installation, and large-scale projections. Not content to simply produce her own art (as though that weren’t enough!), Launa also actively supports the work of other artists, through the online artists’ community Darger HQ, a new platform for presenting international emerging artists’ work to new collectors. Owned and operated by artists for artists, Darger HQ showcases both editioned and unique works by about 15 early to mid-career international artists on a simple and easy to use website, making buying contemporary art an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Darger HQ is an exciting new source to see some of the most interesting work being created today.
Watch Launa’s “1k” collection unfold here. Enjoy!
The theme of this week’s "1k" collection is something I can only call grotesque beauty… pieces that are a little disturbing, a little repulsive, but also completely intriguing and unforgettable. Jennifer Yorke, a Chicago artist I recently discovered on the impeccable Cureeo, is a master of grotesque beauty in my book. Her mixed media pieces above are delicate, elegant, and revolting all at once… and I can’t stop looking.