The Art of Katy Horan

When the Moon is Full

This Lady is Magic; Candle

Katy Horan’s illustrations and paintings are very different from many others I’ve seen. Her style is one that’s firmly rooted in a folksy way — drawing from a well of mythical creatures, witches and horned ladies. She’s been featured around the blogosphere already, but I love her work and thought that I might share.

She’s on On My Desk, and Book By It’s Cover.

A page from her sketchbook

A peek into her home studio

Have a looky at her newly designed website and there’s her blog too. She has a ton of her works up at her flickr site, and she sells her stuff here, here and occasionally, here.

Takashi Iwasaki

Harikmodome, thread and canvas

Denshinhappa, thread and canvas

Takashi Iwasaki moved to Canada from Japan five years ago, and also runs Semai Gallery in Winnipeg. I don’t remember where I heard of him before, but I was reminded again of his works in Design Sponge’s post.

Failure, mixed media on paper

From left: Dancingtothedoorway, colored pencil, graphite; Matissehaus, colored pencil, graphite

His pieces are playful and whimsical, expressing positive feelings with the consideration on the formal qualities of shape, color, composition and space. I particularly feel his embroideries, collages and abbie drawings — a generalized nickname for Iwasaki’s abstract drawings and a play on the word ab -stract — are fantastically inspiring.

Takashi’s sketchbook from Book By It’s Cover

And there’s his sketchbook that Julia has featured on Books By It’s Cover’s Sketchbook Series.

What a treat! 🙂

Kristiana Pärn

Rabbits on a Marshmallow Tree, a print from an original series of bunnies on a tree paintings

Kristiana Pärn was born in Estonia in 1979, and sells under the name of krisblues on Etsy.

Winter note cards

I can’t seem to find more information on her portfolio site, but she does have a holiday blog where I found that she also sells her winter note cards.

Fox on Sunday, a print from a collection of original acrylic illustrations

My favorite has to be her illustration of foxes — they look like they are dancing in the woods! Her prints can also be found at Capucine and at the Blue Sky Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Her website seems to load rather slowly when I last checked, but she also has a fun variety of work that’s really inspiring.

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P/S: It’s great to be posting again! Thank you for all your kind wishes and for all the love I’ve received. 🙂

xo
Amy

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