Found Installation Artist Alexa Meade & She Is Phenomenal

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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I love Instagram because I discover so many new talents and interesting people every day. One of them is installation artist Alexa Meade. You might not get immediately what she’s doing because it’s just too amazing. I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan of installations but you can actually never say something like that, can you? I just didn’t know and haven’t seen all these amazing installation artists out there.

So, what is installation artist Alexa Meade doing? Her art looks like paintings but these paintings are photographed because they’re real people and objectives created as a 2D painting. Oh my gosh, right?! Not only is the idea brilliant, the execution is even more phenomenal. I love a great illusion. The fun part is to observe Alexa Meade painting her models. The process is as important as the outcome in her work. Check out her YouTube channel where she shows you how she paints.

I wanted to find out more about the installation artist Alexa Meade and watched this TED Talk where she talks about how she started. You’ll probably watch the 7-minutes Ted Talk but if not here’s an even shorter summary. Originally, she was studying political science but when she finished her degree all she wanted to do is experimenting with paint in her parents’ basement. She was fascinated by shadows and wanted to capture them. Pretty soon it was not only the shadows she wanted to retain but also the dimensions of the surroundings, e.g. people. Her first experiment was with a friend and it turned out pretty amazing. Since then she found some other candidates and herself to practice her idea.

Do you want to know what I added to my wish list? Being painted by Alexa Meade one day. That would be just too amazing. Spread the word so she can read this!

Have you ever heard of her?

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Found Illustrator Marylou Faure

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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Summer is finally in London! It’s the perfect time to introduce you to illustrator Marylou Faure. I discovered her at the recent Adobe Creative Meetup. It was an event where creatives talked about their skills and careers. I highly recommend attending one of their events. If you’re interested in creative talks from Adobe you can pre-register here. It was a very well organised and inspiring session. Do you know the feeling when you met lots of creative people and listened to their stories and then you go home and just want to create things?! I definitely felt like that when I listened to Marylou’s talk.

I just thought that illustrator Marylou Faure totally stood out. Her style seemed very significant. She was telling us how she started and what it means to develop your own style. You have to practice, practice, practice, but with a lot of patience and stamina, you can do it, too.

Her illustrations are very bold. I remember she was saying she wanted to go away from the cute designs and be more daring. A great tip from her: if you want to be known for a specific style you need to put it in your profile. Don’t put everything you’ve done in your portfolio. Show people who you really are and what you want to do.

Would you agree with her statement? It was really interesting to hear that illustrator Marylou Faure started off with a darker approach to her illustrations. But one day she decided to make her drawings brighter and happier. Well, I can tell you that they definitely make me happy, especially since summer has finally arrived in London, too. She went through stages until she developed the style you can now see in her illustrations. I really loved seeing her process and progress.

It was really interesting to hear that illustrator Marylou Faure started off with a darker approach to her illustrations. But one day she decided to make her drawings brighter and happier. Well, I can tell you that they definitely make me happy, especially since summer has finally arrived in London, too. She went through stages until she developed the style you can now see in her illustrations. I really loved seeing her process and progress.

What do you think of her illustrations?

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Found Artist Yves Klein And His Monochrome Blue

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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I met the artist Yves Klein for the first time in Vienna when I was studying there; not the person but his artworks. The first thought I had was ‘How can someone be so successful with a painting that is just blue?’ But it was not just blue. I really got obsessed with the ‘International Klein Blue’. I don’t know if it has an effect in the digital sphere – I think you need to see it in the real world to truly understand – but I try my best to spark you with my memories and feelings.

I had a poster of the exhibition and hence the Yves Klein blue for years in my room in Vienna and I regret I don’t have it anymore (I’m going to Germany next week, maybe it does still exist in my parents’ house – I will update you). Not many people can say they have invented a colour, can they? That makes Yves Klein alone quite special. But there’s more…

Some interesting facts:

  • Yves Klein presented an empty gallery as an artwork, wearing a white tie and tails to show visitors around the blank walls (The Void)
  • He is also known for his photomontage ‘Leap into the Void‘ (I’m sure he didn’t use Photoshop)
  • Instead of using brushes he loved using human bodies to paint canvasses with his monochrome blue
  • He was/is an inspiration for minimalism (something I want to talk about on my blog for ages – it’s coming, promise!)
  • Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack when he was only 34 years old

Similar to Yayoi Kusama, whom I adore, Yves Klein is one of the artists, I want to visit his exhibitions over and over again. Photos don’t do their art works justice I think. So if you ever read an Yves Klein exhibition is coming your town, you what to do.

Have you heard of the artist Yves Klein before?

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Found Artist Lisa Congdon

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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I’ve admired the artist Lisa Congdon for quite a while. It’s not only her art but also her story and the many tips she has for other artists I love. I think the first time I heard of her was in the ‘Art For Your Ear’ podcast by The Jealous Curator.

Lisa Congdon started to create consciously after she visited a painting workshop with her brother when she was 31 years old. She fell in love with it and it was the beginning of her making art. I admire this journey because she wasn’t practicing art since she could think or studied art or always knew she would be an artist one day. Even if she did, she started “quite late” to actually work towards the goal of becoming an artist. Of course, I love this story because I can relate to that. Psychologically, she basically tells me ‘Look at me, I started to create art later on in my life and look at me now, I can live from it’ or something like that. We don’t need permission from anyone but if we hear a story which could be our story we believe more in ourselves. That’s why we love stories. They make us believe.

The artist Lisa Congdon also wrote the book ‘Art Inc.’ which I read in a few days – and I’m going to read it again. It’s a great book about building your career as an artist. There are lots of useful tips in there beyond making good art. Making ‘good’ art is subjective anyway. But once you’re making and creating how do you get your stuff out there? All these questions are answered in this book.

You maybe remember my art journal blog post where I showed you some of my drawings. When you look back you can definitely see that artist Lisa Congdon is an inspiration of mine. If you want to learn from her she offers some online workshops on Creativebug and I also just discovered that there is a video series on Skillshare. Yay! I can’t wait to learn from her.

What do you think? Who is one of your inspirations?

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Found Artist Drew Turner

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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Somehow, I had an image by Drew Turner saved on my laptop and when I went through my million folders I thought why did I never introduce you to the artist Drew Turner? I say artist but Drew Turner is also an illustrator and designer. I never really like to distinguish those ‘titles’, I guess at the end ‘artist’ is the best description anyway (…for all my artists on this blog).

You probably noticed that there might be a little obsession with certain things when it comes to the choice of artists on Found Some Paper. The latest artist Fei Alexeli included the universe in her collages as well. Ah, how I love the universe. It’s beyond beautiful and I admire artists who come up with unique ways of expressing their passion for the galaxy. Drew Turner brings together nature and the universe. I quite like this contrast, or maybe they’re meant to be together?! It probably depends on how your personal view is.

Wild animals, shapes, and the universe… Well done, Mr. Turner, you couldn’t have chosen a better combination! I really like the description Creative Boom wrote about Drew Turner’s designs:

Drew Turner is a designer and illustrator based in Plymouth, UK. His illustrations focus on our evolution through time and space. They depict the psychological differences found between ourselves and present day organisms. With a shroud of mystery over other lifeforms, they are a visual reflection of our greater ability to imagine and argue a question of thought towards an animal as a conscious being.

Wow!

What do you think about Drew Turner’s style? Do you like it?

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Found Secret Gardens At The Royal Academy Of Arts

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Well, maybe the gardens are not that secret but when I visited the exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden. Monet to Matisse’ it felt like I was discovering secret gardens. It was not the first time I’ve seen Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (1914-15) but it’s easy to forget what it actually feels like seeing this painting.

I’m a big fan of contemporary artists but I realised at the exhibition that it’s fantastic to travel back in time and re-discover all the great artists. A few of these traditional artists have been presented at the show ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ at the Royal Academy of Arts. I really liked the exhibition. Although there were many other visitors I could concentrate on each painting and I was stunned by every single one of them. I was also in good company and had a great chat with Natasha from Graphique Fantastique and June from June Sees about the paintings. If you visit the exhibition, don’t forget to bring your friends.

Here’s an (incomplete) overview of the artists you can find in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition:

  • Claude Monet, 1840 – 1926 (86 yrs)
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841 – 1919 (78 yrs)
  • Paul Cézanne, 1839 – 1906 (67 yrs)
  • Camille Pissarro, 1830 – 1903 (73 yrs)
  • Edouard Manet, 1832 – 1883 (51 yrs)
  • John Singer Sargent, 1856 – 1925 (69 yrs)
  • Wassily Kandinsky, 1866 – 1944 (78 yrs)
  • Vincent van Gogh, 1853 – 1890 (37 yrs)
  • Henri Matisse, 1869 – 1954 (85 yrs)
  • Gustav Klimt, 1862 – 1918 (56 yrs)
  • Paul Klee, 1879 – 1940 (61 yrs)

I don’t know why but I always look at how old an artist was when he died. Luckily, most of the impressionist (including post-impressionist and avant-garde) artists reached a higher age. What happened to Van Gogh? It’s actually not sure if he committed suicide or if he was accidentally shot by a boy but he died from a gun shot.

I wasn’t considering going to the exhibition in the first place just because I’m more interested in contemporary art but I’m so glad I accepted the invitation to the bloggers event (Natasha was so kind to extend the invitation to me) where we received an insightful introduction by Graham Greenfield. I couldn’t wait to see the paintings. I think it’s important to know the story behind a painting or at least the story behind the artist. It makes such a difference and it’s one important aspect I learned about art: the artist is as much a part of the artwork as the artwork itself. You might say ‘yes, of course’ but I think sometimes we judge a painting too quickly without knowing what we’re actually seeing.

I really enjoyed the exhibition and would definitely go again. The paintings are beautiful, the stories are interesting and you won’t leave without being inspired and wanted to have your own garden so you can start painting it. At least that’s how Natasha, June and I felt after we explored the secret gardens of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Do you have a favourite artist?

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PS: I find it fascinating that someone paints the same image over and over again and it always looks different. I want to draw a diamond in 100 different ways. I’ll post about it soon. Wish me luck!

Found Artist Fei Alexeli And Fell In Love

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

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When I found artist Fei Alexeli I fell in love with her art. I started reading about her and discovered that this girl has many talents. Originally from Greece, Fei moved to the UK in order to study architecture. That’s when she discovered her passion for digital art. But her story and talent doesn’t stop there. Artist Fei Alexeli is also a photographer and illustrator. I’m wondering what she’s not capable of. She seems to me like a super woman of art. At least, I’ve found an exceptional inspiration for me.

I’m starting my art course ‘Mixed Media – Drawing & Collage’ this Sunday and I really can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks now and I truly love it. But I still need to find a routine for creating. At the moment it’s a lot of admin I’m doing. Yes, I’m getting things done but I haven’t found the mindset yet to actually start creating properly. I’m saying mindset because I now definitely have the time. Not having time is not always the problem.

But back to artist Fei Alexeli. When I saw her artworks I felt these butterflies in my stomach. It’s not a coincidence that I found her. She’s going to inspire me when I start my art course. I’m curious what she comes up with next. That’s my favourite with contemporary artists: they still create new artworks constantly.

What do you think of artist Fei Alexeli?

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PS: Did you notice a similarity of my logo and Fei’s digital collage? It must be fate because I just discovered her…

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Found Project La Shuks by Artist Katie Mac

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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I literally found the La Shuks artworks by artist Katie Mac at the Affordable Art Fair a few weeks ago. Although there were many talented and fascinated artists represented at the art fair, La Shuks stood out. I think I always choose art I would love to make myself. It’s definitely the case with La Shuks.

Katie Mac is a printer and illustrator from the UK with an interesting background. She grew up in countries like Korea, Hong Kong, Dubai and Scotland and continued to live in many other countries in her adulthood years such as Australia, North America, London and Brighton. Having lived in such different countries she’s a lot influenced by her experiences and these are reflected in her artworks.

I particularly like her colour combinations. Mixed Media is also something I’m really interested in and I can’t wait to explore it further. I even think about visiting a course to learn it properly. Combining the real world with a fantasy world absolutely works for me. Both worlds are so beautiful in La Shuks. There is a third element Katie Mac uses in her artworks: vectors. Have a look at my triangle obsession and you know why I love it. I still imagine having a library and a gallery in my big future house. There has to be at least one La Shuks artwork in it for sure.

What do you think about Katie Mac’s art? Do you love her as much as I do?

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Found And Visited The Ai WeiWei Exhibition

Monday, October 12th, 2015

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Last week, I visited the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Tasha from Graphique Fantastique invited me; she’s my new partner in (creative blogging) crime. We had the pleasure of listening to the artist’s story behind his artworks before we walked through the exhibition.

I said it was a pleasure but I have to admit it was also quite sad hearing about the existence of some pieces. Most of Ai Weiwei’s art was developed out of pain. He was and still is under constant observation by the Chinese government because he’s provocative and open-minded. What sometimes is self-evident for us – the freedom of speech – is (almost) a crime in China. He even went to prison and documented his experience in his artworks. Of course, he was forbidden to talk about what happened in prison but being Ai Weiwei he incorporated this experience immediately in his work.

Ai Weiwei – I really like his name, it’s so unique – is mainly an installation artist. The materials he uses have either a personal connection to him, are a symbol of his feelings or were found at antique markets and have their own story based on his home country China. How fascinating is it that you can see his bond to China so much in his artwork but it seems it’s his biggest enemy at the same time. I admire him for his bravery.

When I visited the Ai Weiwei exhibition I thought about a friend’s Facebook post. She has been told the below and I thought it’s something interesting to discuss. I want to know what you think about it.

Artistic people express feelings through everything they do (art, appearance, moves etc.), while creatives are out-of-the-box thinkers with innovative ideas.

I haven’t made up my mind if this is true but Ai Weiwei’s story behind his art inspired me to think more about this statement. What do you think?

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Found Illustrator And Animator Rachel Ryle

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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I’m getting more and more obsessed with Instagram. It’s a fantastic platform and I’ve never connected with so many talented people before. It’s such an inspiration.

One day I came across the illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle. Her content on Instagram is quite unique. I listened to her story on the Being Boss podcast and found out that she left her job shortly after she animated her illustrations and published them on Instagram – I call this the power of community!

I just love how Rachel Ryle thinks. Her art has a very fresh perspective and I haven’t seen anything similar so far. It looks very easy but as she mentioned in the Being Boss podcast she was spending hours and hours after her full-time job to animate those little 15 seconds films. Sometimes she didn’t go to bed before 4 am. I not only like her style and her creativity I also think she has a great entrepreneurial mind. She worked hard to get where she is right now and half a million followers on Instagram speak for themselves.

I love GIFs and tried to create some interesting ones before. I’ll try again with Rachel Ryle being a massive inspiration for me.

Do you like her art?

UPDATE: I scheduled this blog post for today and just found out yesterday that her Instagram account was hacked. What a bad coincidence?! So I won’t be able to show you lots of Instgram examples but you still can check out her website where she shows some of her work. I’m really gutted that someone hacked her account. I hope she’ll re-post a lot of her work soon.

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