We'll be gone until April on the great vacation, spring break migration. Hoping to make some updates over on Instagram. We've got our art kits, new camera, Indah swag and we're off to Tulum. See you on the other side. Xoxox...
He's done it again! Olaf Hajek paints a whopping 16 (!!!) paintings while in South Africa over a period of only three months for his show there. I'm mesmerized by Mr. Olaf and his mastery, speed and whimsy!
As someone who has to make mostly uplifting artwork due to the nature of my business, I quite enjoy seeing Olaf go all the way moody in these dark and mythical images. It's refreshing to see art for arts sake in an era where so many artists have to consider future commercial applications.
Not to mention Olaf is just a powerful, modern-day painter that has earned the respect to choose any vantage point he can dream up. Beautiful.
(img: Left source, Right source) The new house is on a lot with more than enough trees. They are overplanted and mature and it's time to edit them, and remove the diseased ones. The largest tree that has to come down is in a prominent spot on the lots corner and it's a big ol' trunk.
(Img source) So I was thinking of trying to have it carved into something...modern. So I've been doing some reasearch about chainsaw carvings. Bringing a little Alaskana-inspired, hippy funk to my neighborhood.
(this one is guerilla art!) Why not, it's Ashland afterall. So what's out there? It's a bit scary. Eagles and bears-oh my! Even if I can dream up something that would be a fresh take on the craft would the artist be able to pull it off? Would we end up being, "those people" with a freaky bit on the corner? It might be more ambitious than I can handle or afford realistically, but I have to try. Where's a Balinese artisan when ya need one?! (img: left source, right source) These are the images I found that sort of fit the shape and style I'd love. But lets face it, pretty fancy for chainsaw art. And I'd prefer, feathers, blue jays, flowers over the traditonal stuff. Ya know a PAPAYA! "totem"! (no worries, will be respecting totem pole customs and staying away from traditonal aspects) If you have any tips or have been through a process like this before, lemme know! Oh you haven't? That's wierd.
Ive been dreaming and playing a lot with more abstract imagery and liking less detail lately. But my love of faces and flowers is just a part of who I am. No changing that.
So my inspirations and my natural style are in a dialogue at the moment. Growing I suppose. Which is why these beautiful paintings by artist, Francoise de Felice are so moving to me right now.
Her artwork is such a beautiful balance of impulsive, and abstract with human subjects and florals all mixing together. Her artwork looks carved out of the paint, more like sculpture in 2-D. So, so beautiful. I would love to see them in person and I like to imagine them quite large. (but don't know)There also doesn't appear to be a lot of tension in her paintings. It looks like she made them in such a trusting, relaxed sort of way. Impulse-to-impulse, just the way I think most artists strive to work. And yet you can see these are real portraits, real people... It's such a joy to see modern masters doing there thing. Hats off Ms. Francois.
As you know I bought my first home last summer. I'm still basking in the many delights of this place and this week I have a new appreciation of it. LIGHT! I loved my beautiful Bungalow rental, covered head to toe in dark woods and even darker window exposure. After a few years it felt like I lived in a cabin, in the woods.
Having just past daylight savings, and knowing spring is only a few buds away, I couldn't believe it this week. Winter is pretty much over and it never really had an impact on me this year. The seasons just flew by and felt like a blink in time!
And I'm guessing this is simply because I have more LIGHT in my life quite literally thanks to all my lovely windows, pale wall paint and good exposure. It's a game changer.In my old place we didn't see light in our house until after 8:30 am.
We'd wrestle ourselves out of bed and I would always complain that getting up in the dark is un natural. To my suprise it wasn't the sun that was the problem. All winter I've had early morning light as soon as we're awake at 7 am here. I can tell you light has changed everything and I feel so inspired to be part of the seasons again. I'll never under estimate my sensitivity to sunlight exposure. If you're living in the dark I can tell you it's worth a change... Happy time change!
(Cenote Azul) I'm over-the-moon about heading to Tulum! I am taking an unprecedented journey with my 12-year-old-son, Rowan there in a couple weeks. It's our first trip just the two of us. I tried so hard to get us to Oaxaca, but Spring Break airfares made the journey delayed. But Tulum is just a journey south from Cancun so it was an easier in-n-out.
Ive had almost a hunger for Mexico lately. With so many lovely ex pat artists, designers and eccentrics setting up camp there and the news spreading here, I'm even more enchanted. Choosing places to visit is painful since I am longing to take my time and visit everything from cactus towns, to beaches and even the cactus beaches I remember from Baja...sigh. I'll bite off one destination at a time. I haven't been to good-ol Belize in over a year now and I'm also missing the Caribbean beaches, tropical air and life-askew atmosphere. Beauty in the grit is my favorite balance.
Tulum is just barely north of Belize and of course is famous for Mayan ruins and temples on the sea, magical caves and yoga wanderers. But i've never been there...yet.
(Hartwood, Tulum) My son is at such a tender and strange age and I want to un plug him (and myself) for a little bit and take the time we really need to connect. With so much going on, he's growing up in such a busy time and soon he'll be an even busier teenager. I plan on lots of bike rides, beaches, board games, art, smoothies and of course, banana french toast- maybe even for every meal. (All images via Tropical Daydream)
We've just added a fresh Papaya! Studio Tour on our website so that you can see more of our world behind the scenes. With so many creative people on board we have a huge array of lovely spaces,places and people doing their part for the PAPAYA! vision...
I was neglecting the smallest last details to get this piece finished. But finally the last little bunny is in and I think I'm done.
Looking forward to scanning it in and making some new patterns out of it as well. Happy Monday!
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...