Friday, February 26, 2010

Rex Benson - Sculptor and Freelance Loafer

Naturally, I found Rex Benson at Etsy. That loafer reference is his. (I would never be so rude, even if it was true.) The crazy fired clay images below need no explanation (as if I could give one, anyway).

From his own profile:  "For more than thirty years, ceramic artist, Rex Benson, has been creating three dimensional clay cartoons. Each sculpture is handcrafted individually with colored clays and fired in an electric kiln to temperatures that would melt your face.

From Dragons on swings to Rastafarian Ducks, this endangered American artist combines handbuilding skills with a chronically twisted wit."

Each of these pieces is one of a kind. He'll repeat an image, but no two are ever the same.

I'm fond of dragons. My background is Welsh, and the dragon is the country's national symbol. I'm not sure about Rex's dragons, though. They seem a little frivolous - even mischievous. I can't imagine them embellishing a flag. I'm somewhat concerned about those wall faces, too. He calls them "Morning Faces". Hmm, has he been spying on me before I've put makeup on?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Joann Loftus and Whimsies Folksies Mixed Media at Etsy

Mixed Media is the most fun of all art, I think. Since we were kids, we've treasured tiny bits and pieces of things, and find ourselves looking at a minute collectible, an old but beautiful button, a vintage birthday card, a snippet of fabric, wondering how we can display it somewhere. Too tiny to frame, yes? It ends up in a scrapbook or a knickknack box. But mixed media artists don't hide anything away. Everything has a chance to shine. Give this artist an old newspaper, tissue, a tiny swatch of fabric, a feather, paint, glue, anything, really, and they'll turn it into art.

Joann Loftus does just that. She's not stuck in a rut with her style, either, producing both vintage and modern pieces, and dolls!  In looking at these wonderful images, don't overlook the fact that she's a brilliant painter in her own right, and the clever embellishment is incidental to that, in fact.

Go to Whimsies Folksies at Etsy to see a nice collection of her work, which includes the magical pendant pictured above. Joann also makes her work available as archival quality prints.

There's something for everyone here. I'm glad I found her this morning. Thanks, Joann.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ginette Callaway at Etsy - Breathtaking...

Ginette Callaway's impressionist art is so breathtaking, I am almost lost for words. She works in most media - I especially love her water colors - but the last painting at the bottom is in oils, just to give you an indication of her scope. I'm so impressed by her use of color, the delicate imagery, that I simply had to feature her here today. Ginette is inspiring. What else can I say?

She has dozens of paintings to consider at her store, Ginette Creations at Etsy. Allow some time there. Grab a coffee first. Perhaps bring lunch as well. It could take a while.

And how about that owl?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jackie Dives Collage at Etsy

Jackie Dives is multi-talented, dipping her toes into everything from acting to running art galleries in glorious Vancouver. She is highly creative and diverse in her interests - hence her current involvement with collage work.  Recognizing her restlessness when it comes to her passions, one can only wonder what she'll be working on in a couple of years.

These collages, not too complicated, but carefully considered, are mounted on solid wood bases or canvas panels, and are a tiny indication of her mind set. Mind set? Hang on. She really doesn't have one. She hops from subject to subject, oddly marrying the most unlikely images to produce quirky and collectable pieces. You have to take a look at her store because there are so many items, and I couldn't make up my mind which pieces to feature today.

Okay, I suspect Jackie is a bit of a nut-case. I, and - I'm guessing - those of you who enjoy visiting my little blog, wouldn't have her any other way. The world could use a lot more Jackies.

See the rest of her collage work (for now, at least) and certainly read her profile at Jackie Dive's shop at Etsy, Divesin. She certainly does.