Oct 2, 2016

Remedios Varo

Thanks to Jonathan Gray on Facebook, I was introduced to Remedios Varo's various works. It's really hard to choose favorite ones. Her entire collection is of a high quality.

There is this mystical, enigmatic quality, unsurpassed charm... You know a work of art is great if it makes you think hard for the just right diction. 

Gorgeous Cat Illustrations in a Book by Ms. Cat - a Taiwanese Author

I was at the bookstore yesterday and chanced upon a most charming illustrated book.
Here are the delightful images by Ms. Cat.

Most of the images are in my book, which is a first Ms. Cat book for Koreans!
I am sampling six of her more finished illustrations from her blog.

Jul 6, 2014

[Contemporary Art] Paintings by Andrew Crane

Facebook is just one of those things that connects you to *alive* artists.
Here are some paintings by Mr. Andrew Crane of UK.

It's been such a pleasure viewing his updates!
And I felt it was time, I shared them with the *world* outside of Facebook webz!

[ V a l k y r i e ]
oil, house paint and graphite on paper
14 x 15½ inches | 2014

[ blue sky ]
oil and acrylic on paper
21 x 32 inches | 2014

[ 21 or 22 maybes ]
oil and house paint on canvas
48¼ x 38 inches | 2014

[ Jonas gets things moving ]
acrylic, house paint and chalk on paper
12 x 12 inches | 2014

[ alleluia ]
plaster, paint and graphite on paper
13 x 20½ inches | 2014

[ cement sketch ]
cement and paint on canvas
20 x 24 inches | 2014

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What I appreciate most about his works is a kind of Evocation that takes you on a journey towards your stored memories. The markings are territorial yet transient. They are about identities or entities emerging - disappearing - fading - lost.

It's also a genius combination of colors that one will not tire of, but the deceptively translucent quality skimming the surface of the canvas scape seems to make mockery out of the heaviness or somber quality of the tonal values.

I can actually imagine each one of these paintings on a Tshirt... :-P

I for one would LOVE to wear these, if they were well proportioned with the right level of texture and fabric weight.

I think the last four would definitely look great as Tshirts. I should probably be my *cheeky* self and ask Mr Crane if that would be OK with him?

They remind me so much about my upbringing...

Much love to you, Inspirati companions!



May 18, 2014

Character Illustration: Pucca & Garu's Funny Love

Pucca main character, ninja-girl

Pucca & friends collectively

A mini-book

Stickers or paper sheets could be made like this

Foldable stationery or box

Looks like a still from an animation

Great for avatars also

e-Card or backgrounds

Pucca maid character & SNS game

Pucca pillow & cushion, home decoration/soft furnishings

e-Card, paper cards

More information on Pucca character: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pucca

Aug 4, 2013

Films from Summer 2013

1. The Reader 2008
If you like heavy, oppressive mood and multi-layered story telling this one definitely wins the cake. I loved the surprise factor and marveled at how cleverly the story was told. I did a little background digging into the actual story, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the novelist really intentionally alluded to historical examination of the Nazi era by the post-generations. It was a clever way of using the novel medium to get a big message out... very 'ballsy' and amazingly crafted... Great edited film too.

2. In the House 2013
Clever storytelling with an interesting 'window' into voyeuristic tendencies we have of ordinary characters and families... I wish I had seen it at a theater, but still, the intention of the film maker came across pretty clear. Not as deep as 'The Reader' but an interesting 'slice of life' type feel on a more contemporary set up...
Has a little bit of 'coming of age' component feel as well as the nature of 'fiction' or 'fictionalizing' everyday events...

3. The Artist 2011
OK, so this is a real gem... It is a very rare combination that strikes a perfect balance with things both historical/now, visual/non visual, it is about romance and comedy, as well as one of a man coming to mature into a more mature and less ego-driven self. Most of all, it is so smart in many ways with big messages, but it maintains its measure of humor and allure, and definite entertainment value!

4. A Dangerous Method 2011
A snippet of Carl Jung's life... The details really helped convey the story, not 100% sold on Keira Knightley's acting... but overall, it was highly watchable and it got me to read more about Carl Jung afterwards. One slightness though comes from the feeling that it only got to show one of his mistresses and heavily centered around her story, rather than it being focused more on Jung's perspective and his position and 'method.'

OK. These are my roundups so far...
The monsoon season is upon us, so I'm spending my leisure time watching movies and films this summer!

Bonne vacances, tout le monde!