Aaron Apsley

Our interest in gardening has introduced us to the botanical watercolors of illustrator and Fine artist, Aaron Apsley. The artist graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia and currently lives and works in New York City.  It is only fitting that the artist should describe his work:

“I’ve been painting and drawing my entire life, usually just observing and depicting things around me that I find interesting or beautiful. When I moved to New York, I was limited by the amount of workspace in my apartment so I decided to focus on working mostly in watercolors. I am working on an ongoing series of watercolor street scenes of New York, because I am so amazed by the great variety and scale of the architecture in the city. Inspired by a lifelong interest in botany, I have recently been concentrating on the field of botanical illustration. I began by painting my own houseplants from life and now I am always scouring the city for interesting tropical and desert plants to use as reference.” 

More of his work can be seen on his website, Behance, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.  Original work and prints can be purchased on his website and on Etsy,

Images:  Courtesy of Aaron Apsley.

 

Tools to Liveby

We spend a lot of time browsing stationery stores and Tools to Liveby from Taiwan has to be one of our favorites.  They carry  the finest stationery goods and life tools from Europe, America and Japan. They have recently added their own designs to the collection hoping to bring practical and aesthetic products to those who enjoy the small details in daily life. They do international shipping so their goods can be purchased from their store.

You can view more of their products on their website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Tools to Liveby.

Ilonka Karasz, 1896 – 1981

Ilonka Karasz was born in Hungary and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest. In 1913 she immigrated to the United States where she began her career as a modern artist and designer.  Her work was inspired by both folk and modern art and could be found in textiles, home accessories and toys.  In the illustration period of her career she created images for avant -garde publications, children’s books and a total of 186 New Yorker covers.

Images:  Courtesy of Google Images.  Biography:  Courtesy of Wikipedia.