Sourcing Unique Art

One of the most common questions I get asked by friends and family is where to find good quality art at reasonable pricing. For some reason most of the art I see readily available is either really boring stock photography, tired beaten down reproductions (like Starry Night by Van Gogh or Water Lilies by Monet), or are just plain bad. So then where do normal individuals with good taste and limited budgets find decent unique pieces for their homes? Many clients want beautiful pieces but don’t necessarily have the interest or pocketbook to acquire a serious collection*. So what do I do? Yes, I…

Trace @ Art Basel Week

Is it just me or is Art Basel weekend growing exponentially by the year? Unfortunately for us 9 – 5 Miami-Dade residents, there’s so much to see (20+ shows) and so little time! Every year I focus on the main event at the Convention Center, so this year I thought I’d mix it up: Thursday I went to Peace on Earth, an art fundraising event by For The Cause Events benefitting Planting Peace @ FIFTY in The Viceroy. I decided to do my part by bidding on and actually won a photograph that’s already up in my living room! Yesterday,…

The Birth of a Handmade Logo

A few weeks back, when in need of a little graphic design inspiration, I found Work by e Bond – a web and book designer who’s spent several years designing for Anthropologie. You’ll see her site has beautiful spreads with tactile visuals filled with paint sploshes, cardboard, and handmade typography. I’ve always wondered how they actually created these graphics… Then, while checking in on one of my favorite blogs this Sunday, Bright Bazaar, I found the missing link: “Behind the scenes of making a book cover“. I had spent all day Saturday shooting the apartment of my lovely and talented…

The Camera Obscura in Modern Times

Photographer Abelardo Morell creates unusual images that literally bring the exterior world to the interior of rooms through the use of an optical device, the camera obscura. He has been taking these “travel” photographs since the early 90’s starting with black and white film moving into color and finally digital photography. He uses this optical device first discovered in the 5th century B.C. to fuse the inside with the outside creating literal yet ethereal images. From Times Square to Florence’s Baptistry, Abelardo has traveled the world documenting these camera obscuras. The camera obscura is created by blocking out all the light in a room…

RGB by Carnovsky

“RGB is a work about the exploration of the surface’s depth.” I was happily Stumbling about design this week when I came across this work by Italian artist/designer duo Carnovsky. At first I thought this was just very colorful wallpaper with finely detailed line drawings. Upon closer inspection I realized the images are printed in CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) and when lit up with filtered light (RGB – Red, Green, Blue) these superimposed images become isolated. Why is that interesting? Visually, there’s a hide-and-seek effect because the filters will isolate certain images while making others disappear entirely. So depending on…

EDWARD WESTON: Clouds, Trees, Water

Artist Feature, vol. 6   Though Weston is mostly known for his still lifes of inanimate objects such as peppers and cabbage leaves, his landscapes explored the same subject of form that guided most of his work. Here, in Clouds, Trees, Water Weston captured the flora and scenery at Point Lobos,CA and the desert landscape of Oceano,CA. If you look closely through his images you’ll note why Edward was a part of the f/64 group (which included legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams). His images often employed the use of deep depth of field allowing for all planes of the images…