Tag Archives: #paintings

Kaori Watanabe

Kyoto-based artist Kaori Watanabe is known for employing both the traditional Japanese style painting (nihongo) and a contemporary style into her work.  She studied at Kyoto Saga University of Arts and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  In 2006 origami motifs was introduced in her paintings.  We were fascinated with this theme of child and origami so we posted a few of her paintings.

You can follow the artist on Tumblr and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Kaori Watanabe.

Maria Prymachenko (1908 – 1997)

We’ve been remiss and haven’t posted any folk art for quite some time.  We hope to make it up to you by posting these amazing folk art paintings of Maria Prymachenko.  The Ukrainian artist has lived her life in the village of Bolotnya in the Kiev region.  She has never had formal art training but had a natural talent with an overwhelming desire to create beauty.  She is inspired by the fertile plains of the Ukrainian steppe and by Ukrainian folk poetry. On Wikipedia she tells of how her art began:  

“Once, as a young girl, I was tending a gaggle of geese. When I got with them to a sandy beach, on the bank of the river, after crossing a field dotted with wild flowers, I began to draw real and imaginary flowers with a stick on the sand… Later, I decided to paint the walls of my house using natural pigments. After that I’ve never stopped drawing and painting.”

Images:  Courtesy of a variety of sources.

Polly Fern


We are loving these illustrated maps featuring antique shops and historical buildings of various UK locations and of Paris as well.  They are the creations of UK-based illustrator, ceramist and canary keeper Polly Fern.  She illustrates and paints not only on paper but also on various ceramic pieces which we featured on January, 2016.  On Flow Magazine she says this about what inspires her: 

“Local, everyday stories. I love to discover gardens, or buildings with a rich history of craft. I also visit my local library because it has a fantastic heritage center where I can delve into the archives and discover the history of people’s lives within Norfolk. Thinking back to my childhood also inspires me, as I grew up in the Norfolk countryside and lived on a farm at a very young age. I had previously been a working dairy farm that my grandparents ran. My grandmother had a collection of pottery, all of which featured cow motifs, and I think of it often – it helps inspire my ceramic works.”

View more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Some of her pieces can be
purchased on Big Cartel.

Images:  Courtesy of Polly Fern.