Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Today I wanted to share with you the work of painter Jason Villeneuve who sells a selection of his paintings through his Etsy store. Villeneuve predominantly sells abstract ocean landscapes although recently has been selling mountain landscapes as well. I’ve been missing the ocean so much over the last few months I was really drawn into picking up more of his work. He is even based out of Vancouver Island where I grew up so I imagine many of the Pacific Ocean landscapes he paints might be sights I’ve seen before. He paints a variety of locations however so his work is not just solely from there, this year he seems to have doing a lot of landscapes featuring icebergs which I’ve enjoyed as well. I have purchased twice from him before and the shipping is always very quick and well done and he is easy to communicate with if you have any questions. The price of the paintings range substantial in consideration of materials and size of each piece but I love that he offers very affordable paintings. I have one piece on actual mounted canvas, and one of canvas board but most of the ones I’ve picked up are acrylic paint on archival paper which he sells individually or in sets. I haven’t picked out where I want to hang there nor had the chance to frame them but I will show pictures of some of the paintings I have and some of their temporary locations so you can get a good idea of his work. If you love abstract landscapes definitely check his website and store!

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a few of my favourite paintings from his store:


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Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

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Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

This week’s pick is the Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda postcard set available through Akatako. This set includes 10 postcards featuring her paintings from 2013 and a personally signed sticker. Shimoda work is inspired by the anime and manga she grew up with and the idea that children are desired by society to save the world. I’m obsessed with her work and love her unique depiction of children and humanity.  There is so much expression in her portraits that I couldn’t resist picking up these postcards. The postcards are good quality and have a shiny front and back and come in very minimal packaging (a blue envelope). The paintings featured for the most are not full sized which is a shame and for that reason would likely not be as suitable to be used as mini-prints but I do love that she included the name and medium of each painting and displaying them much like she would in a gallery. Over all I think for the price and considering the rarity of being able to see a piece of her art in person let alone how limited her prints are this is a great way to enjoy her work . If you want to see more of her work, check out her website and Akatako also has originals and limited prints of her work as well. Below I have a closer look at each postcard and the sticker signed by Hikari Shimoda.

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

The featured artist this week is pop-surrealism painter Redd Walitzki from Seattle, Washington. She’s an up and coming artist who’s been featured in influential art magazines like Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz and has had her work exhibited in galleries all over the West Coast and New York. In the last year it’s been amazing to see her artwork take off and start to reach even wider international audiences. The highlight of her paintings for me is her intricate laser cutting of her canvas. The delicate details of her cuts make her work transcend being just a painting and allows for shadows and further depth when viewing her work. She even use to sell prints of her work that had the same laser cut details as the original pieces, a detail I hope she maintains in future recreations. For her subject matter she paints realistic women with a heavy emphasis on fluidity and movement for them and their surroundings. Her subject matter most often appears to be alternative styled women suspended in a dream surrounded by nature. This aspect of her work reminds me a lot of modern surrealist fashion photography but going beyond what can be achieved through a camera. Her work is very striking and I’m drawn to it immensely, have a look below at some of her work followed by links and where to find her.

Candy Gears (website)
Flickr (photography)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy(prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Redd Walitzki.
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Featured Artist: Ally Burke

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For the weekend before Halloween I thought I’d feature an artist whose style seems to work nicely with the general spookiness and unsettling quality of Halloween, Ally Burke. Ally is from East Tennessee and has the flare for creating vivid portraits of creatures and women with sharp teeth and a few extras appendages. Her work is divided between her paintings and her illustrations however she does frequently show on her blog her sketch work. She also occasionally does paintings on wood and mini frames. I find her sketches to be the most enthralling of her work. Her simple sketches convey without any kind of pretension her amazing imagination and the almost cold terror of her subjects. I think it’d be such a treat to go through a whole sketch book of hers and see all the gems hidden in it. She really should put out a book much in the style of Edward Gorey. She also does commission work as well for people interested in letting her draw them in her unique style. I actually had one done of me and Victor and it’s probably one of my most treasured pieces of artwork. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ally Burke was to grow into an artist with much more reach and audience over the next few years. She is definitely an artist to watch, even for those with an aversion to spiders and other things that go bump in the night.

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Dead Spider Hands (website)
Funny Skull Grin (blog)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Etsy (originals, prints and more)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ally Burke.
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Pick of the Week: Worried Eyes

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Worried Eyes is an Etsy shop run by Elaine Williams that features her art is various forms. You can pick up handmade stickers, original paintings and sketches, postcards, and occasionally items like hair clips and pins. My favourite item from her store though has to be her “doodle package”. I love getting snail mail and this is great item to pick up if you do too (and very reasonable priced).  It’s basically a miss mash of random items she has, including a decorated envelop, sketches, photo copied works, stickers, a postcard and all these random little items that will just make you swoon. Her art is very unique as it’s easy to become addicted to her style. I’ve gotten two from her and below will be showing you detailed photos of all the pieces that I got of each doodle package. The great thing is everyone is different and that makes it even more exciting to receive in the mail, I think. I’ve also gotten some original paintings and a pin that I will show in a later Pick of the Week as well (I thought they deserved their own post and I want to have them framed).  Check out her shop to pick of a doodle package of your own and you can check out her tumblr too: here!

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a few of my favourite items from her shop:
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