Friday, January 17, 2014

My favourite artists: Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist who now lives in the UK.  I discovered her gorgeous paper quilling work by accident when I bought a small notebook with her art on the cover. I love the swirling lines, the colour and how visible her patience and effort is in the finished product. Her work is so incredibly detailed that there's really only room for one image on the page.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My favourite artists: Marci McDonald

There's a game going around Facebook at the moment: when you like the post, your friend assigns you an artist. You then search for works by that artist, pick your favourite, post it and the cycle begins again. It's a refreshing change from the usual Christmas-elf-name nonsense that gets passed around.

It's reminded me of how much art is out there, and how the many, many artists I admire are only the tiniest proportion of what's available. The internet makes it unbelievably easy to discover new works, without having to walk for miles around an art gallery looking for those few pieces that touch you just so.

Marci McDonald is an artist based in Tampa Bay.  I first discovered Marci's paintings years ago. I have a few of her images saved in a folder somewhere on my computer, but I had long forgotten her name and had tried fruitlessly to find her again. Somehow that little Facebook game led me to her again.

She describes her work as 'sensual fine art'. I find there's definitely a sensuality to her art, even when it depicts 'just' a flower. I like the delicate colours, sweeping curves, fine detail and sheer beauty in her pieces. Here are a few of my favourites.

"white shell"
"phoenix series 4"
"a paper veil"