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How about this stunning intricate work from Lauren Collin? If you needed some inspired white space in your life, surely this is it! French artist, Lauren Collin creates these paper sculptures with a scalpel that she first borrowed from her father, a surgeon. Driven by a passion for the infinitely small, she creates these quiet wonderlands on thick watercolor paper. Amazing! She makes the paper come to life and she is not adding to the paper, she is giving the paper life by making incisions! “At first, it almost seems as if each petal has been glued into the surface. Yet, it is the first layer of the paper that, incised, stands out from the rest. If one were to glue everything back together, one would have one simple sheet of paper. The multiple cut-outs give an idea of profusion and seem to quiver when exposed to light.” -Lauren Collin.

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Ch-ch-changes…Oh boy! I have a BIG (but short)  podcast for you, you have to tune in to this short and final podcast as I take podcasting sabbatical. Yup. You read that right. I have a plan  for something new and fresh and nourishing. I am mixing things up a (more inside this episode)! I hope you get as excited about this new space as I am. I have a Smart Creative ART plan (no more leaving the guys out)! I am hoping to use this space to familiarize you with new and old artists and artisans to feed and enrich your soul so you can be the very best creative person you can be.

With over 100’s and 100’s of interviews that I have done with Smart Creative Women, I think a shift is in order and I really had to get to a place where I was bringing something that maybe you weren’t getting so much in your daily life. A dose of inspiration beyond your normal sphere.

I know that I have needed this and I am hoping you will like what is is store for you! You can still by subscribe to the newsletter for a  complete nourishment (haha!)  and by following along on Instagram at @SmartCreativeArt and still on Facebook at Smart Creative Women. If you have seen some pretty fabulous art that you want to share with me, just use the hashtag #smartcreativeart and I would love to see it. If you just have a fab Instagram account you like that maybe is not necessarily art related but super inspiring tag #smartcreativeaccount. I would love to see how you see because that is what it is all about, how we see and express that vision.

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When I look at a Fairfield Porter painting, it sears a spot in my brain for several days. I finally found an artists who “sees” landscapes the way I do. Shadows are much deeper and small shapes all blend into solid masses. I adore his work. Porter (1907-1975) was considered  foremost  a realist with an understanding of gestural abstractionism. That  might sound really smart (trust me, those words weren’t mine) but if you put the thoughts together it makes sense. He was painting and hanging out with a bunch of Abstract Expressionists in New York who where certainly influencing his work,  but held the belief you painted what you realistically lived. For him, that was an expression his authentic experience. Interesting today when we look at some much photography, right? I am in a happy place when I stare at his work, not to mention that his work beautifully captures the nuances of New England living. I think I need to be out back with a bottle of coke sitting on my adirondack chair.

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I rarely see watery collage work that appeals to me, but the work of Casey Matthews is simply lovely. It is just so fresh. I feel like I want to sink into her work like I would sink into a luxurious bubblebath and with the size of her work you probably could. She works large, some as large as 60 x 60. It does feel like her entire body gets involved.  Casey says, “I am always noticing patterns in nature and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other. I’m inspired by color, how colors interact and react with each other, motion, flow, and organic repetition.” Casey lives in Amelia Island, Florida which I think lends to the rich palette and watery nature of her work. Yum!

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In case you think you think that art lies in the hands of one particular kind of medium, (I know you don’t think that way) let me introduce you to  Oskishima and and Simmonds  gorgeous floral design. This 2 woman team, Chikae Okishima-Howland and Jessica Simmonds bring their own unique perspective to these theatrical blooms. They bring  a bit of English Cottage and the beautiful imperfection of Japanese Wabi-sabi  to their design aesthetic. It is a perfect balance of unruliness and quiet perfection. I love it! Hope it inspires you today!

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