I Need Some Green

Life

Leaf ArrangementI am so ready for spring! I can’t wait for all of the flowers to be in bloom, for picnics on the lawn, weekend trips to the beach, and longer sunnier days. It’s time. Hurry up, spring.

Full disclosure, I already live in Southern California so any winter I have had to endure is basically a joke. But I’m still itching for the new season. There is a rose garden right outside my window and right now they are all little brown stumps in the ground. I keep glancing outside each morning, half expecting the roses to just pop up overnight. But apparently that’s not how it works. Patience has never really been my thing.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to keep my room extra bright and cheerful to make up for the gloom outside and lately that has involved collecting anything green that I can get my hands on. Anything is better than having all of these empty vases scattered around, reminding me that the roses aren’t ready yet. (I probably own six vases. Too many for one dorm room for sure.)

I kind of like the look of these leaves in my oversized vase and have been having fun getting creative. I also hung some sprigs of lavender up to dry on my walls and even assembled a tiny arrangement of wildflowers in a blue shot glass.

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I guess I’ll just have to wait for the roses like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean my vases have to sit empty. I think this is a happy compromise.

(PS: I just downloaded the VSCO app for editing photos on my phone and it’s a total game changer. Upping my Instagram game, for sure. Follow me at @hairflipmeghan)

Artist Obsession: Lisa Hedge

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

Who said commercial product photography can’t be whimsical and beautiful and fabulous? And all while appearing to be completely effortless. Artist and Art Director Lisa Hedge proves that it can be done. She has an immense body of work and proves that sometimes having assignments with strict parameters can produce the best results. From wedding stationary, to event posters, to product shots, clothing campaigns, and everything in between, Lisa Hedge is a creative genius. (And probably a total perfectionist.)

Who knew I could be so attracted to clear-framed reading glasses? These Warby Parker product photos look like so much fun.

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Plus I kind of want to get married just so I can send out these “Save the Dates.” LisaHedge_Card_04_1000Or these…LisaHedge_Green_02_1000

 

There are so many cool things on her website. Seriously. I am barely scratching the surface with these. Tons of variety but still a really coherent aesthetic. I’m impressed.

 

 

Artist Obsession Georgiana Paraschiv

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists

Georgiana Paraschiv’s patterns and prints are on a whole new level regarding bold color and geometric abstraction. Clearly she has an exceptional eye for proportions and division of space. Plus, her understanding of color theory and mixed texture is seriously impressive. From pomegranates to watercolors to crazy angular designs, Paraschiv’s aesthetic comes through loud and clear in every single piece. I am absolutely obsessed.

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Escapism by Georgiana Paraschiv

Blueberry pattern by Georgiana Paraschiv

Sunrise by Georgiana Paraschiv

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Busy Shapes by Georgiana Paraschiv

Pomegranate by Georgiana Paraschiv

It was so hard to chose which images to feature here because she has SO MANY gorgeous and interesting images online. Seriously, this woman must be busy. She’s got profiles on Behance and Society6; plus her portfolio website is chalk full of her prints and designs so if you’re into weird fruit and bright pops of yellow and pink, I would recommend looking her up.

Artist Obsession: Andrea Castro

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Mixed Media, Painting

“I consider art as another language”

On her website’s bio page, Andrea Castro describes her art as a conversation between herself and the figures she paints. In her eyes, each portrait represents a character which exists in her imagination and which insists on being painted. Kind of a neat way of thinking about portraiture and about oil painting in general. (Also kind of crazy right?). Castro’s work is quite diverse in tone and style but her aesthetic really shines through in her colorful and slightly surreal works. The gorgeous pastel piece at the top of my post is particularly incredible. I just love the pretty florals and topsy turvy composition. It is titled Sweet Chaotic Memories which seems quite fitting.

In fact all of her pieces have meaningful riddling titles which I appreciate. These paintings are alarming yet captivating and I am totally caught up in them.

 

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Striking. Stunning. I don’t even know what else to say. Let’s just stare at them, shall we?