Admiring these elegantly and minimally painted stones created by UK-based illustrator, Natasha Newton. The artist meticulously chooses the precise nature images and intricate patterned designs that compliment the particular shape, color, and natural markings of the stone. On an interview with Pikaland she says this about her thought process and inspirations:
“I get ideas all the time, and often at odd times when I’m least expecting them. They seem to appear from nowhere, but of course this can’t be true. I try to jot down a few written notes on paper as soon as I can, just so I won’t forget the general idea or initial thoughts, and sometimes I’ll make rough sketches too. I don’t tend to work on incredibly detailed preliminary sketches though, preferring just to have an idea of the composition and allowing the piece to develop as I’m working on it.”
“Nature, books (I collect art and design books, as well as unusual children’s storybooks), the changing seasons, trees and forests, bonfires and full moons, other artists, Scandinavian design (I desperately want to visit Norway and Sweden), love, and of course birds.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her pieces can be purchased in the shop, NatashaNewtonArt.
Images: Courtesy of Natasha Newton.
Alekos Fassianos born in 1935 is one of the most prominent Green painter in the Thirties. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and continued his studies at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. With a French state scholarship he was able to study lithography and eventually received one of the greatest honors of the French Republic, “Celebrities of the Officer of the Legion of Honor”. His paintings are easily recognizable with “their massive figures with flowing heads of hair, often shown in profile, and their monochrome treatment.” He is influenced by ancient Greek myth and combines them with modern sensibilities. The artist lives and works in Athens but considers France as his second home.
Images: Courtesy of Alekos Fassianos.
Gina and Matt is the collaborative illustration studio of Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius. They met while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on illustration and he studied painting. They were able to combine their skills to create art often together and sometimes singularly. They share their cultural influences here on Communication Arts website:
“In our art and in our life, we have drawn inspiration from a great many people and things that have included: vintage textiles, sixteenth-century Flemish painting, The American Visionary Arts Museum, Kelly Blair and Joel Holland, Greg Klein, Rachel Salomon, used book stores, The Last Drop Coffee House, Headcase Design, Lord Whimsy, the Standard Tap, Man Man, The Wissahickon, Dave Eggers, Donald Baechler, The Carter Family, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Spur Design, Whitney Sherman and Julian Allen.”
You can find the couple on their website and with Gina individually on Facebook and Instagram and with Matt also on Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Gina and Matt.