I am fortunate to be friends with the fabulous ceramic artist, Anya Mowll. I love her exuberant creations and her appreciation of the natural world, especially the sea. She makes a fabulously colourful variety of beautiful objects. I think my favourite (so far) is Doris, the Deep Sea Angler. If you’d like to keep up with her creatings, Anya is also on Facebook.
I first came across the art of Franz Marc in my university art history classes. I immediately feel in love with his colourful depictions of animals. To my eyes and heart, he really captured the nature of the animals he painted. Unfortunately, he was killed during World War I, leaving behind a beautiful and colourful legacy.
Here a couple of my favourites out of all his paintings (it was very hard to narrow it down to just two):
While she is perhaps most well-known as a belly-dancer, I love the art of Tempest, especially her pictures of animals. There is a beautiful sense of deep earthy spirituality behind her work that I respond to very strongly. I adore work with depth – it makes my spirit sing.
A print of this image “Strength” has a prominent position in my studio, because I love it so much:
Tempest also has a fabulously intelligent dance blog, Tempest’s Teapot, which provides food for thought for more than dancers.
And if you like steampunk, do check out her new project SteamWomen, which celebrates the female artists and makers in the steampunk scene.