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Need a little weekend inspiration? Me too! Luckily, I was super excited to find the prints and paintings of Ashley Goldberg! With saturated colors and moody expressions, her simple yet stunning work is sure to be the centerpiece in a room or collection. This Portland-based artist has been drawing and painting since a child and feels as though she is creating new friends with each piece. Her imagination shines through in her work, mirroring yet altering human emotion and expression. With a shop on Etsy, you can shop and check out some of the captivating works below.
Two of my favorites, shown above, make you wonder what these little friends are thinking. Their eyes seem full of stories worth telling!
I absolutely love the detail in the bear print and the warm browns with an accent of red. The turquoise and red combination, above, are simply captivating and draw you in, making you wonder what ails this poor child.
The above print reminds me of souls traveling to a better place, safely enclosed in a cloud of pink warmth.
Named Gaggle of Girls, the above print seems to capture the jovial moment where you see dozens of children on a fieldtrip. All wearing matching bandanas or tee shirts and lead by their teachers, you can always catch the joy the children feel being out and about at a young age. I love this for reminding me of those funny moments.
Make sure to check out Ashley’s fabulous shop and show some love! At around only $20 a print, we can all make her beautiful artwork part of our lives. If you’re anything like me, this artist will inspire you to start a collection devoted to “new friends”!
Always looking for artists who challenge my perception of reality I was happily drawn into the mysterious work of Ana Bagayan. Her seemingly innocent portrayals of children always have a dark spin on them. Whether it is a look in the eyes or a ribbon adorned child or a forest of ominous clouds and trees, Ana’s work is always on the melancholy and spooky side. Check out a few of my favorites below.
Los Angeles-based Bagayan was born in Armenia. She grew up in Burbank and attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has been featured in plenty of publications including Spin, Rolling Stone and GQ. With exhibitions in Spain, Italy and NYC this world traveler has shared her vision with art lovers around the globe.
Being a fan of the wide-eyed vintage painting style, I was particularly fond of the image below. I love the glossy eyes and the oversized bow. Perfect combination of spooky-cute.
This little giraffe on a leash of butterflies makes you dream of having your own exotic pet. I love the cream color of the background mixed with the smooth lines of the pencil.
You can find a print of this beautiful painting in Ana’s Etsy shop. I will definitely be checking into her shop for more prints. I cant get enough of the emotion behind the eyes!
Make sure to check out her website for a more complete look at her talent and visit her Etsy shop for a chance at your own fine piece of art. She even has a blog where she asks for feedback on naming her creations. Don’t miss out on this artist, you will be darkly delighted!
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