Check out the beautiful illustrations by the Balbusso twins: Anna and Elena.
Italian twin sisters Anna and Elena Balbusso
“The twins work incredibly closely together and it is hard to imagine one without the other. “There’s no competitiveness between us,” points out Anna. “We’re not the same person though,” cautions Elena.
Each has an individual role of sorts. They both come up with the creative angles, but they agree, it is Elena who handles the more business-like jobs – the marketing, answering the emails, the website. Is it better to make art as a pair? “Yes, two is better than one,” they chorus. Anna adds: “It could get boring by yourself, it is better to have someone around.”
“We are very much influenced by Gilbert and George and by how they work together. We saw their work at the Venice Biennale.”
Millions loved the Peanuts comic strip for years. Now there’s the movie.
Watch the Peanuts Movie on youtube.
What a legacy for Charles Schulz!
Here is a young Charles Schulz:
Wow! Check out Matthew Land’s fantastic work at his website here: Matthew Land
Don’t miss Pete’s Dragon movie — in theaters August 12, 2016.
More about Pete’s Dragon here
Alex Monroe at Uncommon Goods
This nautical necklace is sure to float the boat of the naval enthusiast or your own personal life saver. British jewellery designer Alex Monroe handcrafts each piece in his London studio out of Sterling Silver, and then plates the buoy in rose gold.
Alex Monroe on youtube
Jess Ashton creates amazing and beautiful works with light and shadow.
Find Jess at instagram.
Read more of the interview with Jess Ashton:
“Where do you make your works?
Smaller works are painted plein air. There is nothing like the rush of capturing the light out in the landscape. Larger works are made in the studio using my plein air paintings as reference.”
More at Julian Ashton Art School
What is plein air?
Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air’. It’s a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary.
What and Where Do I Paint Plein Air?
Your subject matter is entirely up to you, but remember that you don’t have to paint everything you see; be selective, think about what the essence of the scene is.
Consider scouting out locations in advance to decide what you’re going to paint and where you would set up. This way when you head out to paint you can spend the whole day painting and take along the best selection of colors for that particular scene. Look right around, 360 degrees, so you don’t miss the possibilities ‘behind’ you. (more)
Narin started studying full-time at the Julian Ashton Art School in 2001. In 2003 he was awarded the John Olsen Scholarship and the David Wilson Award. After a trip to China in 2004, he held a successful exhibition that sold out. Narin has been teaching landscape painting and drawing at the school since 2005.
More at Julian Ashton Art School
Don’t miss Mike Revell’s Stonebird.
The delightful illustrations are by Frances Castle.
Here are Frances Castle’s blog and website.
Frances Castle is on twitter @francescastle
Mike Revell’s blog: mikerevell.com
Mike Revell on twitter: @revellwriting
Stonebird at Amazon
Elioth Gruner (1882-1939), landscape artist, was born in New Zealand– the youngest son of Elliott Grüner, bailiff, and his Irish wife, Mary Ann. His father was born of German parentage in Oslo and later migrated to New Zealand. In 1883 the family settled in Sydney. (more)
Canberra Museum & Gallery