Don't you love that phrase? It is one of those "sayings" that always has captured my imagination. Out of the Blue, like someone popped down from the sky to say hello, or emerged from the water fully formed.
Well, today this lovely turn of a phrase, is all about 5 amazing artists who have their work for sale on Etsy.
Rien n'a de sens sans toi (or Without You I am Nothing) from Lush Bella is a dreamy and evocative image. She says about her work: So one day...not very long ago, I began pulling a bunch of trinkets together and arranging them on our too tiny coffee table, and then left them there for days because I didn't want to put them away, but a little problem I have is running out of space and then piling and piling, to the point where I can't find anything, and then all I do is spend time looking for this or that, so I decided to photograph them, so that I wouldn't forget what they looked like together." Her work is immediate, emotive and full of memory and vision. I go back again and again to look at her collections, and find things in all of them that bring me back to my own memories. This piece moves through a range of blues, winding around from lighter to darker, leaning towards yellow and then back to a pure blue: magical.
Joan at Simple Modern creates art pendants, among other things, that I could gaze at forever. The piece above, Blue Garden II feels like a modern take on the Pennsylvania Dutch style of painting. Her motifs are beautifully rendered in that bright clean cerulean, and accented with the deep navy, creating a beautiful contrast, all in blue and white.
Linda at Yellow Monday creates beautifully modern, quirky images. I love her Ballerina I, so Gorey-esque, and still with her own style, and her own energy. I love the balance this piece holds, with the clear light blue top, above the more green-y blue skirt and background. Also, her print Caravan I might need to be purchased and added to my own art collection. Please visit her shop to see more than just the "blue" pieces.
Shelley at Albertine Press runs a custom design and letterpress shop, and has note cards to inspire the emerging-letter-writer in all of us. Above are her World Notes in Blue. I was so taken with these because of the pattern and colour tones, such a feast for the eyes, all the different blue tones and hues are so mesmerising and each of the patterns has a different cultural feel, and all the cards reiterate that meditational blue, too lovely.
And we end the Etsy journey into Blue with the powerful photography of Alicia Bock. She says of her own work: "My photography is the search of light and shadows, pretty things in pink, the feeling of the ocean, and a blue moon. I strive to create photographs that evoke memories of our favorite days." This piece Incomplete reminds me of being a kid near the end of the summer: all the days of freedom and wide open time winding to an end, and laying on the grass watching the birds and wishing I could fly away with them. That clear, deep blue sky, fading into a light billow of clouds, so precious.
As ever, thanks to all the artists who allowed me to use their work to look at Blue in so many different ways.