Endre Penovác

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Though Endre Penovác paints with oils as well as draws, it’s his watercolors that I’m drawn towards. The depth and detail he creates with pigments spreading across the wet paper on their own is utterly mesmerizing, made all the more so then the simplicity of most of Endre’s subjects is considered.

 

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Rebekka Connelly

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Rebekka Connelly makes her own rules when it comes to painting by using stencils in some of her pieces. Each stencil print painting is individually unique, created using acrylic paint on cotton paper with super sharp edge lines. The result ends up feeling very organic to me despite the more streamlined process used.

 

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Amy Judd

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Whimsical, surreal, mythological. These three themes lie just beneath the surface of Amy Judd‘s body of work, each painting delving into the relationship between woman and nature. The lighting pulling you right into tales of folklore, the birds used as armor and familiars.

 

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Andrea Shaw

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Multi-talented creative Andrea Shaw successfully ran a small business before dropping it all to follow a newfound passion – painting. Most of her pieces are pattern-based, influenced by maps and the Australian landscape and brought to life through gouache, acrylic, cut paper, pencil, spray paint, watercolor, wood, and glue.

 

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Sherry Knutson

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Despite my best efforts not to, I somehow managed to get a sunburn this past weekend. (Whomp, whomp.) Clothing is irritating my skin like no other, so it’s been a lot of tank tops and workout shorts. Though I suspect the pieces in these pretty oils painted by Sherry Knutson would be much more comfortable!

 

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Allison Kunath

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A mixed bag of illustration projects from Venice, California-based Allison Kunath. The thing they all have in common? An underlying theme of connectivity, each one exploring different aspects of the word, such as connection to self, connection to others, and connection to nature.

 

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Zin Helena Song

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These bold, graphic pieces by Zin Helena Song just about jump off the wall at you. Well, at least they appear to even though they’re actually paintings on wood. The illusion of 3D is strong with this one.

 

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Michelle Morin

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New Hampshire-based artist Michelle Morin creates the most beautiful watercolors inspired by imaginary worlds and narratives within nature. I especially like the way she so expertly layers the various elements and ends up with such harmonious looking works. As lovely as the real thing.

 

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Kim Cogan

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Kim Cogan‘s moody paintings, the captured moments of clustered architecture to be specific, feel oddly comforting. Can’t you just imagine being curled up behind one of those windows with a book and a mug of tea, or maybe your significant other and some wine?

 

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