Shelby Ling

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I’m digging Shelby Ling‘s loosey goose style, particularly in the plant illustrations. Maybe it’s because I have warm weather on my mind, and can hardly wait to whip my backyard into decent shape and haul out the deck furniture this weekend. At any rate, you can pick up something for yourself in Shelby’s shop!

 

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Inès Longevial

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Paris-based art director and illustrator Inès Longevial creates lots of fantastic work across many mediums, but the one that resonates most with me are her paintings. Inès focuses on using mostly blocked out colors to create her pop inspired pieces that successfully draw the viewer’s eye in deeper and deeper.

 

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The Joy of Swimming

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Artist Lisa Congdon’s books never fail to impress or inspire, and such is the case with her latest – The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water. A longtime swimmer herself, Lisa has created an illustrated collection of vintage swimsuits and pool signs, hand lettered quotes on the subject, dozens of watercolor portraits paired with personal stories, and more. With summer just around the corner The Joy of Swimming is the perfect book to get you swimsuit ready!

 

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Jordan Buschur

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My shelves are filled with books, so why not cover the walls too? American artist Jordan Buschur first photographs her subjects – piled, jumbled, and stacked – before painting the final creations. Be sure and check out the junk drawers of friends and family that she captures in the same way.

 

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Julian Meagher

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Portraits, reclaimed bottles, and plenty of plant life all play parts in Julian Meagher‘s paintings. Some so dimensional that I had myself questioning just what I was looking at. I’m pinning it on the fact that Meagher is a former medical doctor with an innate understanding of 3D, though he’s also trained in traditional oil portraiture in Florence, Italy and carries over some of those techniques. Whatever the case, just wow.

 

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Ruth Root

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Ruth Root‘s bold paintings are often characterized by unlikely shapes, unusual patterns, and the use of fabrics. The points of intrigue lie in their often changing relationships with one another and Ruth’s focus on the heart of it all – the paint.

 

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Noël Skrzypczak

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Noël Skrzypczak‘s large paintings feel very springy to me, full of motion and growth. The Toronto-born, Canberra-bred artist manages to mix large fields of complimentary color with perfectly nuanced patterns.

 

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Katty Huertas

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I’m loving the illustrations and paintings of Katty Huertas, particularly her series of self-portraits. (The piece above captures the way I perceive my own internal monologue just about perfectly.) From realistic to whimsical, girl can do it all.

 

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Antonio Lee

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Brazilian artist Antonio Lee‘s paintings are just vague enough to leave you wondering. Their expressions – and sometimes entire lack of face – leave much to our imaginations, which is always an artistic aspect I love to decipher.

 

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