Even at a noisy gallery exhibition, viewing Tiffany’s paintings is a sublime experience. I get lost in the depths and layers and want to know what’s below. Exploring nature and its place in primitive and present day cultures, Tiffany sees what lies below. You can almost smell the mangroves and rainforest. Tiffany’s works are big, bold and colourful, and inspiration abounds in her local environment, the beautiful north coast of NSW, Australia.
“My work specifically examines the differing ideals between cultures who worship and those that neglect elements of nature,” she says.
You can learn more about Tiffany Calder Kingston at
I’ve just discovered Design Seeds, a very useful site. Colour is a big part of my life, I could not imagine life without vivid reds, crimsons, deep cool greens, light bright lemons and limes, soothing lilacs and vibrant purples in nature, in art, online, in galleries, on clothes, book covers, stationery, paint, ink, pencils, food …
I’ve just finished my uni holidays where I had a lot more time to look at beautiful things, and hopefully try my own hand.
Gail Dell lives in Perth, Western Australia and paints with much colour and vibrancy. I love the chooks! The layers (no pun intended) of colour are what impress me and fortunately Gail also posts pics of her work in progress on her Facebook page so we can see how she goes about creating the finished work.
Valentina Harper (nee Ramos) lives in Miami, Florida USA, originally hailing from Venezuela. Valentina usespaint and Rapidograph pens. She works with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style. I’ve been playing around with this style of drawing lately and find it very relaxing. Much like cross stitch used to make me feel. Time passes without realising it when I’m doing this sort of thing. Have a look at Valentina’s site, she has a lot of beautiful artwork.
I found Dard Hunter when I was in the art gallery of Vancouver, Canada. Symmetry, line, balance and harmony. Just as you’ll find in lot of Arts and Crafts pieces. I love how these guys were all-round artists and crafts folk – illustrators, typeface creators, typesetters, printers, book binders.
Here is another artist/designer I find inspiring. I heard Beci speak at Semi Permanent in 2012 and found her very down-to-earth, just get on and be productive attitude stuck with me. I am in awe of these people who can raise a family whilst being creatively productive. It’s taken me till my children are young adults to find my creativity. Expressing it takes a dedication and discipline I’m training myself in…
I find Seb Lester’s control so inspiring. I’ve been watching his work for some time now and can’t imagine how much time he has spent practising to become so skilled. It’s poetry in motion. Keep an eye out for his Break Bad News Gently (with calligraphy) series!
I really liked the idea of the brain as representative of or repository for memory, and there seemed a natural link between this and the life journey. The concept of a tree of life seemed relevant given its place in science, religion, philosophy and mythology. The tree of life alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet, and the tree of knowledge connects us to heaven, and the underworld. Brain scans reveal tree-like structures which I see as reaching up to the stars. The spherical nature of the skull provide suspended, circling planetary objects. We’re all really just dangling in space.
The finished artwork is an Ilustrator file at 300dpi, it’s a pretty big file due to the effects on the images. I took some photos of brain MRIs I happened to have in the cupboard!
I also wanted to explore this typographically as the seven movements in Holst’s The Planets each revealed such distinctive personalities (see earlier post).