Mary Ellen

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Looking at the Happy Fun Side…

I first learned of Athens-based artist Teo Zirinis from a co-worker’s wife. She introduced me to his Instagram profile and I became immediately hooked. Since then, Zirinis’ quirky little creations have consistently brought a smile to my face! His work is silly, simple, and takes subtle jabs at familiar everyday items. His inanimate objects engage in hypothetical conversations laced… Read More

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Blooming Watercolors

Japanese watercolorist Hiroki Takeda specializes in joyful “blooming” paintings featuring stylized living creatures such as cats, dogs, insects, and sea life. Takeda captures their gestural essence and then finalizes the body with botanical-themed images. Delicate leaves, branches, flowers, and buds fill the body of his subjects. The artist’s inspiration originates from his mother’s love of plants hence, his use… Read More

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Finding a Voice with Every Thread

Turkmen weavers in Northern Afghanistan have been weaving rugs for thousands of years using traditional classic folk motifs. In response to decades of war, their traditional weaving motifs have evolved to incorporate the day-to-day experiences of the Afghan people. As a result, the traditional weavings have become dark. Gone are the beautiful traditional images of… Read More

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Rockin’ 1000

Over this past year during Covid, I have really enjoyed many late nights of watching YouTube music videos. A special shout out to my son-in-law for introducing us to a large variety of musical treats and for keeping our family room hopping! There is one selection that he introduced us to that I really think… Read More

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Ze Ze Lai

Some may not care too much for watercolor paintings, some may love them. I have always been a big fan. On Instagram, I stumbled upon a watercolor artist by the name of Ze Ze Lai. Her watercolor paintings are very realistic and absolutely stunning. She mostly paints animals, in particular birds, in dreamlike and mystical… Read More

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Whaling Walls

When Robert Wyland was 14 years old, he and his Mom traveled to Laguna Beach, California from their home in Michigan. A few years later, Wyland moved to Laguna Beach and was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a hotel which he titled Gray Whale and Calf. The mural was inspired by… Read More

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Underground at Ink Block

Underground at Ink Block is a beautiful transformation of an eight-acre underpass located under I-93 between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. The area has been transformed into an active urban park, cultural attraction, parking amenity, pedestrian boardwalks, and bicycle paths. At present, it displays 18 murals, nine of which were added last summer.… Read More

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Creativity for Social Change

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is a thriving non-profit for the creative, young, under-resourced teens of Boston to express and explore their creative abilities. AFH was established to address the lack of art experience within the Boston Public School system. Located in the heart of South Boston (aka Southie), AFH helps introduce young people from urban… Read More

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Paper is A Powerful Tool

Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian-born UK-based artist/illustrator known for her elegant, handmade, and detailed paper illustrations. She folds and sculpts the pieces of paper into three-dimensional works. The colors that she chooses are so bright, beautiful, and full of enjoyment for any set of eyes to see. I have been following her on Instagram for… Read More