Hello and welcome to another Talented Tuesday! Today, I am so excited to be featuring two talented artists - an exceptionally gifted young lady name Livy and her dynamic, equally gifted and endlessly encouraging Mom, Julie Hamilton.
Livy and Julie live in Napa California. Livy is a prolific artist and her Mom runs a positive and inspiring podcast and live show on Facebook called Life Builders.
I was fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Julie on Instagram about six or so months ago. Good ole' social media!
I instantly fell in love with Julie's upbeat and uplifting messages and spirit. I then, quickly, fell in love with her daughter too. Just take a look at the video below. You will love her too.
On Julie's Instagram feed, I saw that Livy was always creating art and then realized she is only 11 years old! Obviously, age does not stop this little powerhouse from anything! And why should it?! Livy can do anything she sets out to do and thankfully she has a Mom that encourages her creativity. Because of the space Julie intuitively knows to give her daughter to explore, create and dream, Livy is already a creative force to be reckoned with, even before she enters into her teen years.
Julie says her daughter Livy has been drawing and painting ever since she could hold a pen in her little chubby baby hands. You can find Livy painting something everyday in her hometown of Napa, California.
Julie obviously gets this concept because she gives Livy the space to paint while she reads her literature for their homeschooling lessons. And from the pictures below you can see that Livy is constantly learning, producing and growing. Just look at the wall of art in their home!
And if that is not amazing enough, in addition to painting, Livy also rocks MMA and wrestling! You go girl! I cannot wait to see Livy's life path continue to unfold one day at a time!
Her Instagram account is managed by her Mom, Julie Hamilton, who runs a podcast called Life Builders.
Please consider popping on over to both Livy and Julie's pages to support them! Your life will be blessed!
They are both making helping the world see what has always been there all along - an neverending river of happiness, joy, love and a whole lot of color!
Where to Find Livy and Julie
It's Talented Tuesday and I am excited about that I get to share about another amazing and talented artist today! This week I am featuring a highly regarded paper artist named, Yulia Brodskaya. Yulia was a graphic artist and illustrator prior to becoming a paper artist. In 2006, she abandoned the computer world and brought together her love of paper with her experience as a graphic designer to create some of the most incredible, vibrant, and amazing artwork I have ever seen!
“Paper always held a special fascination for me,” Yulia says on her website. “I’ve tried many different methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”.
In order for Yulia to be able to create her breathtaking paper masterpieces, she starts out creating a pencil sketch of the image she is going to create. She meticulously thinks out how and where she will place all the paper. She then carefully and precisely places bent, cut, folded and rolled strips of paper into patterns. Yulia glues these strips of paper down, one by one, so they cannot be removed. Depending on the size and complexity it can take days, week and even months to create one piece.
Yulia did not make up this paper folding and rolling art form. This technique is referred to as quilling and it is an art form that was first practiced in Ancient Egypt.
With Yulia's unique approach, she has transformed this age-old craft and modernized it. “I made quilling cool, modern and gave this old paper technique a new life and significance,” Yulia says.
Soon after discovering her passion and unique style, Julia quickly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations. Her modern take on the paper craft practice has helped her build an impressive list of clients in just a few short years (close to 200 projects and commissions over the 7 years).
These are some of her clients: Neiman Marcus, Hermes, Starbucks, Cadbury, Target, Cafe Rouge, Westfield, Godiva, Bentley, Country Music Association, Hennessy, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, New York Observer, Wimbledon, Clarks, Ford, USPS and Paramount Pictures.
Just amazing right! I wanted to end on a picture of Ulia herself so you can see how young she is for having accomplished so much.
I am so inspired by Julia and seeing what she has accomplished makes me eager and determined to keep going.
If you are interested, here's where you can find out more about Julia Brodskaya and where you can see more of her work.
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Hello creative friends! Today's Talented Tuesday artist is my very good friend Nicole Gilmore. She is the owner and creator of a stunningly ingenious business called Lifted Balloons, located in the heart of San Francisco East Bay.
Through her brilliant handmade garlands and larger-than-life-balloon-arrangements, Nicole's jaw-dropping creations always elevate
Nicole fell head-over-heels in love with giant balloons creations while she was collaborating with her daughter for her Sweet Sixteen Bash. She says it was love at first sight.
Nicole was a little shy at first to inject her own individual twist on these giant balloon creations and start her own business but she took the leap of faith and has been creating her magic since July of 2016.
Thank God she did right?! The world needs her unique eye for design, class and color.
Since opening her business, Nicole has expanded her offerings to include swoon-worthy custom garland and modern balloon architectural pieces.
And not only is her work out of this world, her website is amazing too!
Our mutual friend Kim designed Nicole's website and logo. Kim is the creator of a company called Passion Project HQ. Kim works with hi-vibe, creative women to help them design their digital presence. Kim is absolutely amazing and she is the one that designed my logo. Kim also helped me re-brand and polish my online presence! Nicole is the one who introduced me to Kim!
As you can see her creations look as though they have been spilled out of Heaven. In fact, everything Nicole creates seems as though it came from some other dimension. They are all visually exhilarating, massive, impressive and imaginative. I know because I have seen her work in person. I have even been lucky enough to see where she creates. You should see it yourself! Peppered all over the walls and cabinets, are gorgeous garlands, cascading every nook and cranny, displaying their vibrant colors and inventive combinations!
For a while now, Nicole has been creating out of her home studio but she'll be moving into a new and exciting space in Martinez soon! So you'll be able to visit her studio soon. I am so excited for her.
If you want more information about Nicole or if you want to see more of her work then head to her website here. You can also follow her updates on Instagram where she posts daily. In addition, you can read more about the events she elevates with her creations on her blog.
I hope you enjoyed learning about my amazing friend, Nicole. She is not only super talented, she is also one of the most encouraging and supportive friends I have ever known. Ever since she walked into my life, I have been tremendously blessed. So not only are you getting amazing art when you work with her, you are also getting a piece of this dear soul's heart too.
Thanks for stopping by and please join me next week for another Talented Tuesday artist.
According to her website, it says that Esther Barend has an unstoppable need to paint. Can you relate to that?! I certainly can and oh my gosh, I love this woman's work!!! I was so excited to stumble upon her work and feature her on my blog for you to see and be blessed by.
I found out a lot about Esther Barend from her website and Instagram feed. Here's what I found...
Esther was born in an artistic family in the Netherlands. After finishing her studies, she established herself as a designer of jewelry in The Netherlands. Several years later she started taking classes at the Academy of Fine Arts. After three years there, Esther felt like she had to go in a different direction. So, day in and day out, she started experimenting to develop her own distinctive style. Can't you tell?! Looks like she found it. Her style is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Using acrylic paint, Esther explores the human form and re-interprets the female figure with expressive movements and color. This is the very thing that I was drawn to about her art. As an artist that has deliberately shied away from drawing and painting people, I was surprised at my recent desire to want to start painting females. Since I am a colorful and whimsical artist I was wondering how I could possibly incorporate my unique style into my paintings of the female form. I was afraid people would not like abstract female portraits with lots of colors and swirls. This is why I was so excited to stumble upon Esther's work. When I saw her contemporary and fluid brush strokes incorporated into the female form I was speechless.
The flow and expression I saw in her paintings immediately gave me the permission to tap deeper into and unleash the vibrant movements and flow that have been hidden inside of me.
Instead of making clear statements about her work, Esther chooses, instead to invite the spectator to use his/her own imagination. She wants to take the viewer along a journey built by intense colors, contrasts and powerful movements. She wants people to enter another world that only exists in their own mind.
With the strokes and colors she uses, she communicates a very intentional sense of freedom and personal independence. To her, everything is open. There are no fixed standards and no expectations, but total freedom. YES and amen Esther!!!!
Esther develops her portrait images around a focused silhouette. This silhouette then evolves into a progression of high energy painting gestures. These confident strokes lead to visually exotic and beautiful passages of color. Esther’s abstract paintings are non-representational compositions which she describes as “an unspoken, complex inner world that can only be translated with paint brush and color.”
Esther Barend paintings can be found in art galleries, corporate galleries and private collections throughout Belgium, Germany, New York, Luxemburg, Amsterdam, Paris and Tokyo.
Here are some links to find some of her work and find out more about Esther.
Perfect Imperfections Series: https://www.estherbarend.eu/perfect-imperfections/
Blog to follow along her journey: https://www.estherbarend.eu/blog/
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Hello and welcome to another Talented Tuesday! Today I am featuring David Zinn, a talented freelance illustrator and artist that specializes in chalk art.
If you need a pick me up then I highly suggest you head on over to his Instagram account. It will surely make you smile with all his light-hearted and brilliantly creative chalk art.
David's chalk art drawings are made up of chalk, charcoal and found objects - (found objects such as the grassy bush pictured here.) As you can see, David cleverly turned this grassy bush into the troll's hair and pom-poms. Amazing right?
From what I found out about him and his process, David's art is improvised on location through a process known as “pareidolic anamorphosis” or “anamorphic pareidolia.”
What in the world is that? I had no idea either so I looked the words up for you...
anamorphosis - a distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens. A gradual, ascending progression or change of form to a higher type.
pareidolia - the tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.
In other words, David sees things in the natural world that other people don't see like trolls in grassy bushes and pencils in regular posts on the street. But David not only sees these things, he then takes it a step further and actually brings the things he sees to life. Thus David gives things a new life or a higher changed form. So cool right?!
Most of David's creatures have specific names like Sluggo (a bright green monster with stalk eyes and irreverent habits) and Philomena (a phlegmatic flying pig). You can see these characters throughout his Instagram feed. His art appears on sidewalks in Michigan (this is where he lives), but many have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan, village squares in Sweden and street corners in Taiwan.
David has achieved global notoriety through sharing on the pages of Facebook, Instagram, Huffington Post, Graffiti Art Magazine, Bored Panda, Central China Television, Street Art Utopia, and Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome.
Click here to go to his store.
Click here to see and buy his book, a collection of his whimsical drawings
Hello and happy Talented Tuesday! I am so glad you are here because I am so excited to introduce you to an amazing artist named Judit Just. Like most artists I come across, I discovered Judit on Instagram.
Her gorgeous and vibrant art beamed through all the other posts and, as I browsed through her feed, I was captivated by all the textures and colors. I had never seen anything like the art she creates! Have you?
Other than her posts on Instagram and her Etsy Shop, I could not find very much about Judit's personal life so here's the bit I did find on this talented artist....
Judit is deaf in one ear and wears glasses. Therefore, she says that touch is her strongest sense. In fact, Judit describes how she “almost sees with her hands.”
She studied fashion design, sculpture and textile art, where she specialized in weaving and embroidery. She grew up surrounded by textiles and actually learned weaving craftsmanship through her Mother when she was little.
Judit was planning to become a designer, but left fashion school because she was more interested in creating the fabric the designers use. This was where she mastered all types of textile art techniques like learning how to do various things like dyeing fabric, embroidery techniques and weaving.
Judit was raised in Barcelona Spain. After meeting her husband in Spain, Samuel Clemons (an American English teacher), Judit and Samuel took a day trip to visit Asheville, North Carolina. Upon finding a supportive creative community there, Judit and Samuel decided to take the leap of faith (from Spain) and move to the fun-loving city of Asheville nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is where Judit really started to develop her textile brand.
Judit has taken her traditional skillset and applied it to the plethora of materials available in the United States. She adores living in the River Arts District, has adopted a dog and tends a vegetable garden that boasts a big strawberry patch. Judit also has a fabulous art studio where she creates her masterpieces. You can see wonderful pictures of this space on her Instagram page.
She says her main mission is to avoid superficiality and always embrace a DIY technique that encourages discovery. She avoids the easy way and enjoys finding the mysterious in everyday things.
Her greatest passion is reworking old techniques and updating them for the 21st century in a way that looks new to people’s eyes. She has never lost her hometown ethic and in the land of opportunity, Judit says she feels more free than ever to let this ethic grow.
Check out Judit's Etsy Shop, Pinterest Boards and Instagram Page. Just click on the Magenta colored words below to head to her social media sites.
Etsy Shop - Her work is MADE TO ORDER and due to a very high volume of orders, the turnaround time for the colorful tapestries is 12 weeks. Take a peek at all the items she has for sale.
Instagram - Follow Judit on her Instagram page for sales, giveaways & updates.
Account name: @_jujujust_
Sarah, known as, "that fit photographer who gets everyone naked and drinks a lot of green tea," is an LA based photographer who shoots athletic, portrait, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty photographs.
Sarah began as an athlete, who has graced over 30 fitness magazine covers. This was where she fell in love with photography and found a mentor that she studied under for 10 years.
Sarah also worked for Apple computers as a retoucher and retouched over five thousand images for their world wide marketing department. She also founded and is the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of a fitness fashion magazine called DAKINI magazine. And if that is not enough, Sarah also works as a Creative Director at Swipe Market, where she shoots and creates video content for athletes, and tech companies.
Sarah says when she first became a photographer she was a bit jealous of the other photographers but at some point, she realized that the better everyone else gets, the better she got. This is why Sarah works with so many top professionals and is eager to step outside of her comfort zone to keep expanding her craft. Way to go Sarah! When one succeeds, we all succeed!
Amazing chick right?!
I am so grateful I ran across her on Instagram because her work opened up my mind and heart. From the moment I saw Sarah's photographs I was moved. Seeing all these beautiful woman on her feed awakened something inside of me. Something I did not know I needed awakened. I was drawn to the poses and backgrounds featuring these glorious woman. I loved every picture I saw but, when I read the following post her Instagram page, I really fell in love with Sarah and her work and thus, fell in love with myself in a more passionate and sensual way.
This is what Sarah wrote and based on this beautiful picture of her... "How you see things is just a reflection of your mind not what you are looking at. If you want to clean the world you have to clean your mind first." I was inspired to write this quote after I posted this image some years ago. This was a test shoot I did in a parking garage, to set the lighting for another model who was going to be featured. I didn't really plan for this and it was a last minute thing. As soon as the photo hit Instagram there were so many incredibly mean and body shaming comments, from how I was dressed to my nipples poking out (I retouched them), that I looked like a man and so many projections about what my motivations were behind taking this photo. I had never encountered so many psychics who could read my mind all at one time. I personally did not feel insulted but was so sad to see how many people were ready to bash the human body. I am originally from Europe and was born running around naked on nude beaches and seeing beautiful art in the towns that depicted the human body. The difference over there was that I could walk down the beaches topless as a teenage girl and if I walked by a group of boys, not one would disturb their conversation to look up. Places where people feel ashamed of nudity are where I get reactions from showing a bit of cleavage. This is completely out of proportion. I am really happy that I personally get to photograph so many beautiful nude models. I feel like I have a duty to show the art in a body, not the sexual perversion that so many see..."
Yes Sarah! Yes! Yes! The only way we can understand why a person does what they or creates what they create is if we take the time to listen and understand where they are coming from. Take for instance, a nude photograph of a woman. If we took the time to ask why this woman was choosing to have her photograph taken in this way, then we my come to find out that she is doing it to finally feel empowered in her own body, sexuality and femininity. In listening to her heart, what could have been judgement turns into compassion because we see that, for her, maybe taking this photograph is helping her find freedom from a turbulent and painful past filled with sexual exploitation and disempowerment.
I must admit, I have judged women that posed in Playboy. But who am I to judge? How do I know why they did what they did and how it may have helped them love themselves?
Women's bodies are glorious. We are amazing creatures and something to behold with our curves and crevices. Maybe God is leading us all down a path to celebrate the female figure in a way that we never thought possible?
I also feel the need to say this...
I am NEVER supportive of exploiting a woman against her wishes. I am NEVER supportive of someone, an industry or an institution using women or young girls for selfish profit and selfish reasons. I am NEVER in support of a girl being robbed of her purity and power. In fact, my heart burns with passion to see every woman, young lady, girl and female on the planet realize their self-worth, beauty and glory.
So please, if I have failed to convey my true motivation and intention in this blog, understand that I love every woman on the planet.
I respect you.
I love you and I am with you on this journey to realizing that we are beautiful, powerful and beloved beyond what we could imagine.
Places to Find Sarah on the Net
Business Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/sarahorbanicphotos/?hl=en
Personal Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/SarahOrbanic/?hl=en
Hello fellow creatives and artists! I have a super delicious treat for you today. Meet Valerie Carpender, an amazing acrylic and oil painter. I just came across her account on Instagram this week and just about died when I saw all her work! She is not only gorgeous, she creates the most exquisite and lovely paintings!
On one of her posts on Instagram, Valerie says that creating is her happy place and that no matter where she is in the world or how busy life gets, she always makes time to create.
I love this! Yes Valerie, yes! It is so vitally important, as artists, that we make time to do what we were created to do. Life can get busy for all of us. It certainly does for me. But setting aside the time to create is important for our health and sanity. When life gets really stressful or busy, we must not push art to the side. Even if you think you don't have time, break out your brushes, paints, colored pencils or whatever it is you like to create with anyway and enter your happy place again. You deserve it.
From all over the world, people commission Valerie to create original works of art. An example of this was when the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic in downtown Minneapolis reached out to her to create some artwork for their facility! It took Valerie four months to create 15 meaningful, inspiring and original paintings for this hospital. This stunning horse painting is one of the pieces.
If you are ever in Minneapolis head to the 1st floor main corridor and have a look. You will be amazed! The mediums she used to create these particular pieces were acrylic and metallic paint and iron oxide.
In addition to horses Valerie also paints abstracts, like the one shown here. After working on highly detailed paintings like the horses, Valerie says she likes to paint abstracts because it helps her unwind. She says they are a fun change of pace for her because they let her be free and loose with her brushes and tools.
This abstract painting is called "Resilience." To create this work, Valerie used acrylics, tiny glass beads and lots of texture. Oh I wish I could touch it. The original has sold but she will have prints of her work for sale on her new website soon.
And if you are not already smitten by her work, along with birthing glorious paintings, Valerie also loves to create hand-crafted jewelry. Check out her jewelry line @vshopjewelry.
One of my favorites is the Triple Chevron Chain Harness paired with the Little Prick chain choker. Click here to check it out.
You just have to see the bead and wire wrapped teardrop amazonite earrings too. Click here to see these beauties.
You can browse and purchase her jewelry like the pyrite and silver dagger drop earrings on her website at www.valcarpender.com.
Her website is getting a beautiful tune up so check back on April 11 to see it! In the meantime, drop by her Instagram page and say hello.
And come back next week for another Talented Tuesday artist. Until then, go out and paint the world with your color, light and love and I will do the same.
Oh my gosh are you in for a treat and a half today! You are going to LOVE this Talented Tuesday's artist! Meet Danish artist Julie Marie Dyrholm Hansen. She lives in Australia and she is a fluid artist that specializes in alcohol inks.
Julie comes from a creative family and has been practicing creativity her whole life. But she did not start getting serious with her paintings until about six months ago when she discovered alcohol ink. She became instantly fascinated with the range and depth of the colors and how uncontrollable this medium can be.
As you can see, there is so much depth to her work. Julie likes to experiment with colors and often gets inspired by her surroundings, both in Denmark as well as Australia. This is why you will see a lot of patterns in her paintings that you would see in nature - like coral reef, eucalyptus, bark and flowers.
Sometimes the designs she comes up with start off by accident especially with the nature of the fluidity of the ink. But because she is such a great artist, she has no problem turning them into works of art. She even paints when she is on the plane!
Julie's favorite materials are alcohol ink, copic ink, Posca Pen ad Yupo Paper. She first starts with laying down the base. The colors splash across the page with a fluidity of a dancer. She then uses a white marker to add the line work - which is exquisite.
Most of her work is for sale. You can find it on her newly opened and beautiful Etsy Shop. If you are interested I have placed links to her shop as well as her Instagram page below. She sells prints of her artwork and is looking into creating cards soon! Won't her work look amazing on cards?!!!
If you like photography and a bit of fantasy all rolled into one then you are going to love this man's work. Are you ready to be blown away because this week I am featuring the astounding and imaginative work of John Wilhelm.
John Wilhelm describes himself as a passionate image creator and photographer. He is also a caring and loving father. In fact, he mainly uses pictures of his adorable family for his work.
For instance, featured here is a picture of one of his precious daughters. As you can see, she is sleeping peacefully under an ocean water blanket. Obviously, she wasn't really under the ocean water like that. This is what makes John's work so compelling. He takes real life and adds a bit of fantasy.
John's father was an experienced hobby-photographer. Therefore, John grew up in an environment of cameras, lenses, darkrooms and weddings.
Although he grew up immersed in it, John was not very excited about photography at first. That was until he got his hands on his first digital camera.
Then in February of 2011, John entered the world of Photoshop. He says it was the best thing he ever did because this is when he discovered his gift and passion of bringing fantasy to life through his own images. I mean, just take a look at his adorable daughters scrubbing a gigantic walrus in the bath tub!
I first found John's work on Instagram. I was browsing through pictures when his photo of his little girl sleeping under the ocean caught my eye. I quickly went over to his feed and scrolled through EVERY one of his photos! I could not get enough!
Aren't they fantastic! Which one is your favorite? Hard to pick right?! Well, there's A LOT MORE to see on his feed and they are guaranteed to make you happy!
After I looked through his entire feed on Instagram, I went over to his website. What a great site! There, you can find a section called, "Making Of." I really enjoyed this section because, it was here that you got to see the behind-the-scenes of how John creates his fantasy photography. He takes normal pictures of his family and re-creates them by adding different elements - like a walrus in the tub.
I love coming across amazing and unique artists like this. It opens up my mind to new heights and possibilities with my own art and it just makes me happy. So, thanks for stopping by today to learn about another talented and gifted artist and join me next week for another Talented Tuesday.
If you are interested, here's where you can find John's work: