Friday, August 13, 2010

Cendrine Rovini

The Teeny Tiny Art Shows are often like a first date for me ... some of the artists that exhibit have never before shown in the gallery, this makes me both very excited and I confess a little nervous. I am guilty of exhausting the "!" in my many email reminders and I grow more and more anxious as we approach the not so tiny task of hanging hundreds of pieces of tiny art from all over the country and abroad...

I received a submission a few months ago from Cendrine Rovini of France, and I confess -- it was love at first sight. I am thrilled to be exhibiting her work for the first time! Her works are so very delicate and at the same time powerful...

In her own words, "Sleeping or awake, I use to see images ready to make, and I just have to remember and copy them, more or less faithfully. I cannot explain them, I only note that they are often representing women with long hair and natural elements."

"I also can be inspired by a large number of things : a dog lying in the street with a strange posture, a description in a novel, a brief visual mistake while I'm browsing a newspaper, which  can provides me an authentic image, a poem by my husband, a cloud...

I work with and on paper, graphite pencil, watercolor, acrylic, color pencils, graphic tablet, canvas, all mixed or not. I feel immersed in the Soul of the world practically all day long, that suggests me that I'm not the unique creator of my artworks."

Cendrine was born in 1971 in France. Her father, a sculptor, provided her the way to look at her surroundings with attentive eyes and taught her various artistic techniques. Here is the lovely view from her studio in Cantal, France:

You can preview more of Cendrine's work for the Teeny Tiny Art Show #7 here.


Monday, August 9, 2010

flickr preview!

I just uploaded 65 photos to flickr -- works for the Teeny Tiny Art Show by Cendrine Rovini, Laura Weed, Rebekah Plett, Amee Hinkley, Abby Glassenberg, Kimberly Curry, Cathy Durso and Lydia Badger!

I will continue to upload images to the site as they come in and will be following up with interesting tid bits about these teeny tiny artists and more!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Teeny Tiny Seven is coming!

Opening September 3rd...

Stay tuned for sneak peaks, artist profiles and studio visits!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is in the air and on the walls!

Many of the works in this Teeny Tiny Art Show convey romance...

Shelley Kommers is a Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator. Collage and mixed-media are her favorite mediums and she draws inspiration from daydreams, nature and her everyday life. Shelley currently lives in a cottage in the woods with her husband and her four-year-old daughter. She also has a delightful blog, oiseaux (she loves birds!).

This piece is called "The Math Teacher is in Love" and I LOVE it (I wonder what the story behind this piece is...hmmm)

In her own words: "I'm always on the lookout for beauty, and I find it everywhere: in the decayed, the imperfect and the ironic; in the small tucked away places no one else looks.

My work is inspired by memories, the natural world and my own inner stories. My work is about the poetry that lives beneath the surface of things." - Shelley Kommers

And nothing says romace more than a big beautiful bouquet of red flowers!

Dustan Knight has received wide acclaim for her large-scale expressive florals -- I twisted her arm to do a special series of teeny tiny paintings for this show, they are quite sweet (no watering or wilting).

Abby Glassenberg has been working away on her book (to come out in the next year), she found the time to make a collection of lovely handmade soft/mixed-media sculptures for Valentine's Day.

Birds of several varieties, including a quail, two wrens, and a sweet little bird in a white downy nest make up the majority of the collection. Each bird has a linen heart tag with metallic thread. There was also a white bird perched on a blooming, embellished branch which has already gone to a lovely home.
All of the works here are available in our Teeny Tiny online shop! Spread the love today and everyday, cheers,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ellen T. Crenshaw

Ellen Crenshaw is a smart and talented young illustrator living in Boston, MA. Her work is usually very lighthearted and tells character-driven stories through illustration. In this series of six paintings for the Teeny Tiny Art Show, Ellen pushes the content of her work in a new direction, experimenting with something decidedly not lighthearted...

The series is inspired by British theater troupe Punchdrunk's performance of Sleep No More, an interpretation of Macbeth. " I twist Shakespeare's words in my own way and play with how I can depict them visually. I have focused on Lady Macbeth, who I found to be the most complex character, and the Witches, whose visions seduced Lady Macbeth with promises of absolute power.

In this series I play with color as an indicator of mood with dynamic lighting to heighten drama and create a visual hierarchy. As a lover of animation, I also employ a sense of motion in my illustrations, capturing action so that the characters appear to have life beyond the page. Through the use of costuming and character design I address Lady Macbeth's emotional transformation, from temptation to wickedness to remorse, as well as subtly illustrate the convoluted gender roles discussed throughout Shakespeare's play.

I have an interest and empathy for people which translates into a love of great characters. My art depicts those characters to whom I relate and in my illustration I intend to create a relatable scene for the viewer. I want my artwork to be consumable by everyone, so most importantly, I want the viewer to be entertained by a good story."

Monday, February 8, 2010

TT6 up and up

We celebrated the opening of the Teeny Tiny Art Show #6 on friday with a jam packed opening -- thanks to all who came! I feel a huge relief now that the show is all hung and all of the pieces are now available in our online shop!

The show is up thru March 1st so pop in! You can also check out more photos of the installation here.