Interview with Nom Kinnearking

Why and when did you start making art?
Drawing has been my great love since I was a child so it has just progressed from then. I used to draw girls and then wander our surrounding fields thinking about their lives.

What kind of art do you make?
I make paintings in oil on canvas and board of female figures that are a blend if reality and my imagination. They are most akin to the pop-surrealist/LoFi movement.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My main sources of inspiration are the objects that I have collected and use as props and the books I read. I am currently making a painting for an exhibition on works inspired by writers on the character Rosa from House of spirits by Isabel Allende. I also Love to have Tom Waits on in the background as he drums up a great atmosphere.

What does your usual work day look like?
It begins with a check of my emails and a lot of Coffee. Then I walk the dog and paint till
It’s time to walk the dog again, have tea and paint till I realise I should go to bed.

How would you spend your perfect Sunday?
I would get up early so I can work to be able to relax for the rest of the day, have a late breakfast of eggs Benedict out at as café in the city, go to see an exhibition, they meet up with friends for drinks. Then spend the evening watching movies with my boyfriend with our sketch books.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I didn’t used to like chocolate, but now I like terry’s chocolate orange.

Show me you favourite artwork?
“The Absinthe Drinker” by Pablo Picasso from 1901.

Whom should we interview next?
My partner Adam Oehlers is a great illustrator and still surprises me. He has made a beautiful ghost story
called ‘Dear little Emmie’ with French publishers Au Fond Du Grenier coming out this year.

If you could have a coffee with a famous artist dead or alive who would you choose?
Ray Caeser. His computerised art works are incredible in detail, style and imagination, I would love to understand his process.

What is your Philosophy on life?
If you work hard, good things are sure to come.

Thank you, Nom!

More about Nom Kinnearking and her work can be found on her blog!

Sculptural Crayons made by Diem Chau

I guess, in kindergarten or primary school we all spent hours and hours painting papers with wax crayons. Well – at least I did. But then look at those crayons made by Diem Chau: Aren’t too precious to use them for silly drawings? Can you even draw with them?!

Diem Chau was born in Vietnam, but came to America with her parents in the late 1980s. Since then she has put all her creativity in creating art. And those crayons are certainly part of it!

(via Beautiful Decay)

ARTFLAKES has launched cooperation with DDR-Bildarchiv

“Berlins new centre”

It is already more than 25 years that the Berlin wall between the East and West Germany fell, celebrated by thousands of people – but still pictures from that time and the 40 years of “real-life socialism” are fascinating to look at. Thanks to a cooperation with the DDR-Bildarchiv (GDR picture archive), several stunning photographies are now available on ARTFLAKES  as art print, canvas print, GalleryPrint or poster.

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The Photographer’s Ephemeris – plan your shoot

There are several important things to have a look at if you want to take pictures of nature or landscapes: At what time does the sun not disturb my doings? When is sunset or sunrise? Thanks to the Photographer’s Ephemeris you don’t need to worry about these conditions of nature any further. Because it’s a tool for your computer, where you can plan exactly those conditions.

The program works with Adobe air and offers to show the calculated light conditions at the place you want to take your picture – and all calculations can be saved as well. The program is available for your usual pc or iPhone and iPad.

(via NoodleGei)

Find: Mills & Boon

Who doesn’t know this: tragic love scenes in front of kitschy sunsets, roaring waterfalls and palms blowing in the wind. Well, you might not know these scenes from your own life, but because they’re on the covers of those uber-kitschy novels.

The artist duo Oli + Alex has a liking for integrating this kitsch into their daily routine. Which is why Alex took his wife and reconstructed those cover to take pictures of it. I think they’re quite good at it!

Find: Anna-Wili Highsmith

She has been confronted with creativity right from he cradle:  Anna-Wili Highsmith is the daughter of a puppeteer. She herself works as an artist and creates these wonderful filigree and fragile looking animal sculptures – from paper!

All those owls, birds and horse heads are made out of strips of thick paper. They are painted and sewn together until they have the desired form. Wonderful! Highsmith has created sculptures for the French fashion label Hèrmes as well as for a whole bunch of galleries already.

Artwork pick of the week: Bird No.2

Yeehaa, after a seemingly endless winter, spring has come in Germany after all. Flowers are crawling out of the earth and birds are tweeting enthusiastically.

Thus it had to be a bird picture as artwork pick of the week. We have chosen the collage with the simple title “Bird No.2” by Kareem Rizk. As the title may suggest Kareem has more of these fluffy friends in store.

You can buy the sweet bird in our usual quality as  a framed art print, Canvas print or as a GalleryPrint. Tweet tweet!

Colour your life with Lang/Baumann

Screenshot Homepage Lang/Baumann

Have a guess: Are there places in the city you live, that are really beautiful in the common sense? Parts, where not everything is held in this modern – and ugly – grey?

Sabina Lang und Daniel Baumann, working together as L/B, seem to have had similar thoughts. Which is why they now aim to bring colourful spots into urbanity, on bridges, skyscrapers and smoggy crossroads.

I guess, the weather could be really nasty – when you have to cross this bridge painted in bright colours, you simply CANNOT be in a bad mood, isn’t it?

The streetart project

As “the world’s largest art collection” the streetart project, that was created in co-operation with Google Streetview, is described on its website. Does work similar, too, but the focus is – as the name may tell already – on streetart.

You can either search for the city or place you’re looking for directly, or zoom in and out of the virtual map of streetart. There is a filter for artists as well, but not many have been listed yet.

A nice tool for all fans of streetart – even individual city trips can be planned by looking for all those alternative sights…