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orachel
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So I thought this would be a cool place to post the artists that blow our hair back and thrill us to pieces..Whose art makes you cry, or inspires you to create, or gives you goosebumps? Post em here for all to know and enjoy. And heck...if something you see here inspires you to create something in particular, post that here, too! We'd love to see what forms your inspirations take.

My new fave Digital Artist...and I juuust found her when they featured her at SBG's Frameworthy challenge... is Maggie Taylor! This woman's pieces just take my breath away...really. If I could wake up and have an 'insta-talent' pill, I'd wanna be just like her. Wow.

http://www.maggietaylor.com/Maggie Taylor  

Who does it for you?
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Hollie
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I love Maggie Taylor too. She is pure magic!
I just found http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattijn/Mattijn on Flickr. I am going to stalk him....shhhhhh He put himself and his cat into all these fantastical scenes!
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orachel
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Ok, so i'm sorta crushing on Mattijn now (s'okay...will give Noah Wylie the day off! )! Amazingly creative and talented, adorable, and reeeallly likes his cat! LOVE HIM, Miss Hollie! Great link! Some of those scenes are just amazingly cool. I love how his colors are semisaturated and the textures and blending at the edges...well, I'd just love to be able to do that. And his manip skills are outrageous! So dang cool!
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Kazadoodle
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I love Maggie Taylor.  I even bought her book quite a few years ago (so long ago, it was before Ghost Whisperer started because when I saw the credits, I said - ooh, it's Maggie Taylor's art).  

Mattijn looks fascinating.

Hmm,  I don't know if I can limit myself to one or two or even three.  I have a ton and there are so many classic artists in that group.  I'm such a dork when it comes to art.  However, here are just a few, in the interests of not being greedy (none of them are classics either, oh well)

http://jameschristensenart.blogspot.com/James Christensen (quirky and whimsical gets me every time)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/madamb/sets/72157594348329321/Eugenia Bacon  (once upon a time she was a digital designer and we were at the same store, she is such a nice person.  I love, love her hand drawn pieces)
http://www.wishyouwellsonline.com/site/index.php?page=1Jessica Ditmer (she's a digital artist.  She blows me away.)
http://www.nickbantock.com/Nick Bantock (he seems to be passe these days, but I still love what he does, the Griffin and Sabine books are still as magical to me as they ever were.  I once took part in a Griffin and Sabine type swap, but we created two different lovers and each person was assigned one of the lovers and a date for our letter or postcard - the results were amazing)

Enough from me, let someone else pick a few - I have so many more (yes, I know!
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orachel
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Karin, you can add any you like!  All to inspiration, and we all need a ton of that goodness knows. I'm sort of a dork with the old masters too. I love me up some chiaroscuro light and shadows play, and those luminous colors they achieved! My new 'can't live without them' old master pics are prob Bougereau (love those faces!!!) and soulacroix. Probably killed the spelling, and I don't have links handy, but I'll come back with em soon! LOL
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Hollie
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Oh, I love your picks too, Karin!

Here are two more:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/holapemo/sets/72157604953301243/Pemorama - Cool artsy collages with a modern/vintage twist
http://www.michaeldemeng.com/Michael deMeng - I love this man! I love his art. I just took at class with him a week ago. So inspiring!
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Kazadoodle
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Hollie, those rock!  I particularly like Michael's stuff, that is so me.  Reminds me of another one of my favs, Tim Burton.

Two 'classics' that I like, but are not yet old masters:

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/kandinsky/Kandinsky - particularly his abstracts.  To me, it looks like music made into art.
http://www.iklimt.com/Klimt - what's not to love?  (warning, the site has music but it can be turned off when you hit the skip button, it's on the index band)

Of course, I have the usual list of suspects - http://www.collageartist.com/Claudine Hellmuth, http://www.teeshaslandofodd.com/1/temp.htmlTeesha Moore, http://www.treicdesigns.com/Traci Bautista.

Ooh, one I just found - http://www.flickr.com/photos/danitaart/sets/72157603675292400/Danita Art
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orachel
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I like Kandinsky a ton, but I LOOOOVE klimpt!! The burnished golds!!! YUM>
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Tangie Baxter
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thread rachel! I'm going to be stalking it!!!!
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naughtsncrosses
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I've become a http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/dispatch_from_la/Mary Ann Moss stalker.  I totally LOVE her blog... her snippets of poetry and books she's reading, songs to listen to and oh, such art...

a friend of hers, http://paulmurray.typepad.com/stuff_in_my_pocket_/Paul Murray, also has a brilliant blog with his creations, AND he's a Michael deMeng fan, too.

http://www.earthangelstoys.com/html/debrina_pratt_-_fairyland.htmlDebrina Pratt is amazing - I just adore the expressions on those kitty faces.
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joannknnrd
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Another Maggie Taylor groupie here!

I also love http://www.romain-laurent.com/?page=mainRoman Laurent, he's a French photographer. His work is way cool!
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karlimarie
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Wow, I am loving this thread!

I stumbled upon Slinkachu a while back. Love it!
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orachel
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I can't wait to check out all the links that have been shared already! Here's another of my absolute fave dig artists...Rian Design aka Freubel. She's just whimsical and wacky and fun. Most of her pieces are in the 'work' section, but there's some pieces that'll make you love your curves if you've got any kinda body issues in the 'BBW Section'. And make sure to peek into the other sections too. Her blog has some wild 'in process' works, and it was really interesting to me to see how someone else's piece develops. http://www.riandesign.eu/Rian Design

And also I promised you links to two of my fave 'classical' artists... Well, I'm giving you 3! LOL

These are the links to their ARC Galleries. I ADORE this Art Renewal Center site because A) you see all sorts of works and artists you'll never see in many online galleries, and B) you can actually download large and HI-Res images of tons of the pieces..great for artwork or just really taking a close look. Look up some of your fave artists and get a gander at what these artworks actually look like now. I'm a http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=314Maxfield Parrish nut, and I was astounded at how degraded and aged some of his actual canvases look. 99% of his works I've seen have been dover images which are retouched heavily, or his prints. So go take a peek at some of your favorites and see what they actually look like now. General site is http://www.artrenewal.org/www.artrenewal.org.

Next we have http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=7William Bouguereau. I love the play of light and shadows in his work, and the faces on these little gypsy children are just outstandingly lovely.

Lastly, http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=2248Frederic Soulacroix. I love the period (though they were modern then! LOL) costuming, amazing fabrics...gorgeous drape on all of his gowns. He also really blows me away with his parisian looking garden scenes.

Hope some of you enjoyed some of that. Now back to photoshop for moi!
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Hollie
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I've become a http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/dispatch_from_la/Mary Ann Moss stalker.  I totally LOVE her blog... her snippets of poetry and books she's reading, songs to listen to and oh, such art...

a friend of hers, http://paulmurray.typepad.com/stuff_in_my_pocket_/Paul Murray, also has a brilliant blog with his creations, AND he's a Michael deMeng fan, too.

http://www.earthangelstoys.com/html/debrina_pratt_-_fairyland.htmlDebrina Pratt is amazing - I just adore the expressions on those kitty faces.  ;)


I know Paul Murray. He owns/works at Zinnias in Pasadena...my favorite doo dad/art shop. Super nice guy. He actually bought all the doll heads from me that I used in Art Dollies.

I love Debrina's work. I think Nancy - Crownabout - on Marsha's CT knows her too.

Love that photographer, Joann - so much humor in his work.

"I stumbled upon http://slinkachu.com/Slinkachu  a while back. Love it!" - Everyone check this out. What a treat!!!!!
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Kazadoodle
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I'm going to have check out all these new artists later. I'm a slow time with my internet again :(  

Orachel, I ADORE Maxfield Parrish.  The other ones I love from around the same time are (links to be provided later, due to internet slow time)

Arthur Rackham
Aubrey Beardsley
Erte
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orachel
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I'm going to have check out all these new artists later. I'm a slow time with my internet again :(  

Orachel, I ADORE Maxfield Parrish.  The other ones I love from around the same time are (links to be provided later, due to internet slow time)

Arthur Rackham
Aubrey Beardsley
Erte


Kazadoodle...I've just gotta say it...

We have some weird tastes in common (not just from this but from wacky quesition and answer thang too. I haven't done mine yet, but I've been reading em! LOL  Arthur Rackham is a genius. I'm not sure why (nor do I even know for sure that he's english! LOL) but I've taken to calling all artists of his ilk the 'english fairy illustrators'...he's the best of em. Though there is a woman who's stuff rivals his imo, and of course can't remember her name. I'll go peek and find out later. Aubrey Beardsley...gosh I know the name and know I like her, but can't place her right now to save my life. I'll look her up too! (or is it a him?! Dang this silly brain!) LOL And finally...my mom was a costumer who used primarily vintage fabrics. She's had me playing with those (brilliant!!!!) dover Erte paperdolls since I was about 4 years old. I'm an absolute erte lover. There's a new book out that I'm dying to get my paws on, but its a bloody fortune! LOL So for now I just suck up the beauty online, and with my yummy paper fashionistas!

Awesome awesome suggestions! I'm hoping some people who aren't familiar with them discover and fall in love, cause those are artists every creative human should at least be exposed to ta make up their own mind. Thanks so much for posting em!!!
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Kazadoodle
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Aw, thanks Rachel, too.

I just remembered another artist that I adore (I'm going to be such a hog with this thread, I can just tell!).  http://www.josephcornellbox.com/Joseph Cornell.  I can't believe I didn't include him before.
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orachel
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Aha! One I can't believe I didn't mention before. Most of you are probably familiar with this but...Mucha! Just love mucha. Also, amazing vintage fairy illustrator called Samuel Schmucker. Just driving by, no links but I'm hoping if you're into nuveau or vintage illustrations you'll look em up!
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oldvwblues
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I lovehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/petros_labrakos/ Petros on Flika.  I adorehis work!
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Two Dresses Studio
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Well, it wouldn't feel right if I didn't mention Nick Bantock - http://www.nickbantock.comwww.nickbantock.com   I have been to two of his workshops and my dh and I  had the pleasure of having dinner with he and his wife, Joyce one evening.  Not only is he just a pile of fun to be with, he is so very clever, as is his wife and a lovely couple too!  Also Salt Spring Island is a magical place to visit!
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Tara
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Ok this thread is going to make me leave the site for a few days in awe so I will come back to this. WOW there is some amazing and very talented links in here. I am in AWE! WOW!
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Doris R
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Okay.... enough!!!! My brain cannot absorb any more fabulousness this morning.  The creativity of so many people in so many different forms leaves me exhausted!  I've gotten nothing done, and I've only worked my way through about half of the links posted!  So much to see, I want to share all of these, and I want to lift their ideas...copyright is such a demon!   I'm so inspired, and also so aware of my own limited sight.  Okay...I must get something done here at home today...I must pull myself away from all this awesomeness, I need to pack and head up I-95 to watch my granddaughter for a few days...oh the ideas flying through my head right now are making me crazy!!!!  But, really, thanks for opening my eyes to all these great artists.  I'll be back to check out the rest of these later...
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orachel
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rofl....don't hurt yourself, Doris! LOL I could only get thru about 3 at a time till I went on "Inspiration Overload"!!! Glad you're digging the thread, and have fun with your grandkidlet!!! PS...get yourself a leetle notebook for those ideas. If you jot them down, maybe they'll stop accosting you!!!!Have fun, and happy creating!
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Kazadoodle
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Don't let your head explode Doris :)  

I just found another one, http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.com/Ingrid Dijikers.

And a jewelry artist (as I also make jewelry, but not like this, yet, hee hee), http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/photos/jewelry_archives/index.htmlDeryn Mentock (jewelry portfolilo) and her http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/blog - she has an interesting eye for photography.

Anyone wanna see my mixed media charm necklace I made?
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Hollie
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Yes Karin!!!! Show us!
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Kazadoodle
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I just noticed that the battery in my camera is flat!  Once recharged, I'll take a photo and upload it.
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jenn33199
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My new fave Digital Artist...and I juuust found her when they featured her at SBG's Frameworthy challenge... is Maggie Taylor! This woman's pieces just take my breath away...really. If I could wake up and have an 'insta-talent' pill, I'd wanna be just like her. Wow.

http://www.maggietaylor.com/Maggie Taylor  

Who does it for you?


Ditto! I LOVED "copying" her style- she is amazing!
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NBCrowabout
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http://casajordi.blogspot.com/casajordi I wanna be this guy when I grow up...hmm hee hee I just love how this guys mind works and would love to sit inside his brain and watch the show! Amazing quirky work!
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peppapig
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His work's fantastic isn't it Nancy?
Found him on Flickr a couple of years back,one of my all time favs!!
Wish I could create like him lol!!

Jayne :-
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WaterRabbit
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Okay, just finding this thread. I am also a Maggie Taylor fan. But I discovered her HUSBAND's work in college - my big project for photography was writing poems to go with his images. It amazes me what he was able to do in a darkroom!

See his work here: http://www.uelsmann.net/http://www.uelsmann.net/

And along with Parrish and the others, I love Howard Pyle and NC Wyeth. (May come from living in Delaware for over 20 years. They're kind of local!)

And I adore Thomas Canty's work. http://www.uelsmann.net/http://www.uelsmann.net/ - if you look at the third picture down on the first page of this article, I've got a signed and numbered print of it - but WITHOUT the rose. It was originally done for a calendar and he added the rose later to make it a book cover.

Not long after moving to Delaware, I got to see a lot of fantasy artist's work in person at the Delaware Museum of Art. Michael Whelan (these HUGE detailed paintings that get shrunk down to paperback size!) James Gurney, and Canty are the ones I remember most.

And I love the Pre-Raphaelites and luckily, the Delaware Museum of Art has the largest collection of them in the world!
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