Tattoos: Flowers, Wolves and an Octopus Hat

I spent the week nursing my poor back after the painting marathon I put it through last week. I was sore for a few days, from my lower back to my neck. Note to self: look at ergonomic alternatives for the studio! Later in the week, I carefully continued working away on the models painting as well as a new watercolor project inspired by music and color wheels. Really looking forward to showing that one off, soon!

I couldn’t make up my mind about an artist to write about today, so instead we’ll look at some really nice tattoos that have made their way to my news feeds. Which reminds me, I never did a proper post about my new tattoo. I’ll have to remedy that soon…

by Steffan at black shamrock tattoo parlor in Bakersfield, CA

by Steffan at black shamrock tattoo parlor in Bakersfield, CA

Lotus tattoos always catch my attention; before February I looked to other lotus tattoos for inspiration on creating my own.  It’s great seeing different artist’s take on them. They come in a huge variety of colors and have many different meanings. I really like the way the petals unfold in the flower above; the colors are very selective and minimal, giving it an airy presence. The glowing blue really makes the pinks pop.

by Tim Senecal at Off the Map in Easthampton, MA

by Tim Senecal at Off the Map in Easthampton, MA

Quite a detailed cover-up! Rich colors always attract me to a tattoo design regardless of the subject matter. The solid block colors in the flowers on her feet are balanced out by the swirling blue/yellow clouds in the background. I’d like to see if this foot-sleeve goes any further up. This would be fun to show off in the nice weather (with plenty of sunscreen, of course).

by Dane smith of artistic skin design in Indianapolis

by Dane smith of artistic skin design in Indianapolis

The double-eye motif is one I see frequently in tattoos, in both animals and people, but have yet to understand. It can be  jarring to look at; your brain sees the two sets of eyes and becomes confused because they’re not what your brain expected. The fur is flowing, textured and colored carefully. There are several other repeating bits of fur that mimic the eyes and cause a weird effect, almost like the tattoo is moving on the skin. This looks like it would be a great arm piece and would work well in a sleeve.

by Ivan Rivas, Art & Soul Tattoo, El Paso TX

by Ivan Rivas, Art & Soul Tattoo, El Paso TX

Foo dogs!  Thick outlines and bold colors really bring this character to life. The combination of blues and purples give a mythical feeling to this design, the varying line-weight giving it depth. Folklore and legend provide amazing subjects for art, illustration and tattoos. Painting my foo dog tables was so much fun that I’m starting to consider repeating it.

by Sean Rhodes at Right Coast Tattoo Parlor in Fenwick Island, Delaware

by Sean Rhodes at Right Coast Tattoo Parlor in Fenwick Island, Delaware

This is a great twist on the gypsy-style of tattooing that has been so popular lately. Not only is the girl’s hair rendered beautifully in sea-green, but the octopus is fantastic! All the tentacles and their shadows would’ve taken forever to do; I would find myself easily getting lost in a design like this, so I’d really have to take my time with it. She looks like a mistress of the ocean. The selective color palette of oranges, greens, and pinks really unifies the design. Bravo to the artist here, very impressive work! I wonder how many sittings this one took?

Going to try not painting myself onto the couch this weekend. Cheers, and happy father’s day to all the dads out there! My father has been a huge inspiration to me, both through music and art. He’s played acoustic guitar ever since I can remember and took up oil painting while I was in middle school. Having so much creativity around has had an obvious influence on me, shaping me into what I am today, a lover of both music and art of all kinds. Thanks Dad! 😀

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Flowers, Sneakers and Candy

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a lot of really nice, soft colors in fashion that are very attractive without being flat and boring.

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

The colors in this photo-shoot are very soft and warm, like a summer morning. The deep rich colors of the plants and tree trunks in the background keep the bright floral colors of these outfits grounded. I really like the subject matter here, especially the pink blossoms. The models seem to give off a natural sort of beauty, with minimal makeup and subtle accessories. This trend is something I’ve been trying to incorporate in my own makeup routine by leaving out the eyeliner and taking it easy on the bold looks. I feel much better in the warm weather with less makeup on, and besides, I’d rather be outside in the sun than inside, slaving over eyeliner that will likely smear off in the heat.

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

Here we have a cotton candy-colored palette accented with bold hair styles and sullen models. I’m not sure if I dig that contrast or not, to be honest. It lessens the carefree nature of the look, which otherwise, I like. The platform sneakers are very appreciated, since I can use all the extra height I can find (5″1), and heels aren’t always the most comfortable alternative. The leather jacket with the frilly dress is a really fun mix of edgy and cute. The cut of the dress in the second image is very flattering as well, following the peplum trend of this season. I’m not sure if the puffy shoulders and gold sneakers really go together, but I could totally see myself wearing them separately.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

I’m loving these candy bubblegum colors! They really show that colors found on younger clothes can work in more mature, sexy outfits. I may be drawn to these colors since they go nicely on a variety of skin-tones, even someone with really fair skin (which is my situation). Looking more closely at the white floral fabric on the dresses in the second half of the image above, I could swear it was almost the exact same fabric from another shoot in Tokyo which I covered in an earlier post. Looks like this may be a trend!

It seems that pattern has a huge role to play in keeping soft colors interesting. I would gravitate towards something with an intricate pattern on it (embroidery, layering, etc), even if it’s in a softer pale color, instead of a bold colored plain article of clothing. Softer colors also have the benefit of working together much more easily than brighter, bolder colors, so choosing outfits can happen more quickly and effortlessly.

Spring Colors in the Home

As the warm temperatures continue and the green grass starts to peak up out of the dirt outside, brightly colored spring decor has been finding its way into my blog roll. Sipping on tea and looking at colorful things is a great way to wake up during those sleepy afternoons!

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

These are a bit kitschy, maybe even a bit creepy, but I love the colors! It’s a great idea to have an usual object hold plants instead of the typical plain planter pots. These would be great in a child’s room (depending on the material, may want to watch if they’re breakable), but would also work well in a room painted white, allowing for many differently colored accessories, or in an outdoor space. If you don’t like Disney-esc creatures, you can also get dinosaur versions.

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

Some more Etsy-goodness here: a living wall! This wall is filled entirely with Succulents and made to order. This means a bit of a wait before you get it (you’re looking at a few months anyway while the roots set) but the results speak for themselves. Provided this was hung on a well-lit wall, it would be beautiful inside. It would also look great in an outdoor space or on a patio. The lush colors remind me of Greece, marveling at how beautiful the nature there was. So many of the bright colors I love occur naturally; the almost glowing quality to the aquamarine lakes, the tart green of the limes and lemons, the electric neons in the sunsets… nature provides so much wonderful art for us, so why shouldn’t we have it in our homes?

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Two of my favorite colors, blue and pink, together! These ginger jars would look great in almost any room and could hold any number of brightly colored blossoms. I love the patterns on these vases and wouldn’t mind trying to paint some on my own. The combination of block text over floral patterns is stunning. I also like the branch-lamp hanging over top of them.

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

I’ve seen many white and silver frames before, but have trouble visualizing what kind of art I’d put in them. Here, we see brightly colored prints in them. This helps promote openness and light in a room. Kind of makes me want to do a super neon bright illustration just so I could try this out. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with fully colored backgrounds; perhaps it’s time to try illustrating a simple subject in the middle (or off to the sides) and leaving the rest of the page blank? It makes quite a statement and really draws your eye to the subject in question.

Happy Friday & weekend, everyone! I’ll be back next week with some road-trip related posts. I’m so looking forward to a break and some fresh inspiration!