Terry Leness Paintings: Stylized Suburbia and Old Motels

I was immediately drawn to the work of painter Terry Leness. Void of human figures, her paintings of suburbia and commercial buildings have an eerie calm. Her stylized realism combines long shadows, vibrant colors and the quiet stillness of an abandoned town. Read more

Ian Berry Does It In Denim. Check Out The Fashionable Art of Denimu.

above: Ian Berry AKA Denimu, A Blue Eye (Avalon Pub), denim on denim, 122x61cm (48.03×24.02inches)

UK artist Ian Berry works in a medium usually reserved for fashion – denim. he constructs scenes and figures by cutting and piecing together that well-worn closet staple, jeans. As a result of this, he goes by the name Denimu and has attracted quite a following worldwide. Read more

UPDATED: Pool Porn. 50 Outstanding Pool and Spa Designs By Lewis Aquatech.

Pool and Spa Designs

Here in Los Angeles, we are experiencing an Indian Summer. Hotter this week than it’s been most of the summer, nothing is as desirous as an inviting swimming pool. Thinking of adding one?  Lewis Aquatech of Virginia specializes in designing and delivering outstanding and elegant pool and spa designs in many shapes sizes and styles. Read more

The Paintings and Works On Paper of Mark Bradley-Shoup.


above: Mark Bradley-Shoup, Summer Gray Gas Station in Patine Blue

There’s something about Mark Bradley-Shoup’s work that I find really appealing and it’s no wonder. His representational works on paper, abstract paintings and mixed media works each have elements that remind me of four of my favorites artists; Richard Diebenkorn’s landscapes and abstracts, Ed Ruscha’s Standard Oil gas station studies and prints, Wayne Thiebaud’s composition and painterly style and Robert Rauschenberg’s collages. Read more

Barkitecture 2012 – Photos of the Luxe Doghouse & Garden Competition Entries

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above: the Bau Wau Dog House by Ripple Design Studio

Luxe Interiors + Design and Seattle Design Center hosted Barkitecture 2012 last week —a luxury dog house construction and garden competition presented by Keller Supply Company and Kohler Co. Take a look at the entries below. Read more

Artist Kim Cogan Captures The Quiet Side Of City Life With A Paintbrush.

Artist Kim Cogan is one of my favorite fine artists. His painterly depictions of Brooklyn, San Francisco and other urban centers capture the grit of city life with an elegance and loneliness that stirs the soul. The large scale oil paintings feature rooftops, intersections, subways and other elements of the city, but usually devoid of people. When rendering figures, they are not engaged with others, but instead in the acts of the ordinary (smoking, walking, biking) making the viewer feel like a voyeur in these intimate moments of the mundane. Read more

Swimming Pools To Di(v)e For. Amazing Pool & Landscape Designs by OFTB.

Amazing Pool & Landscape Designs

Established in 1995, Australia’s Out From The Blue (OFTB) is one of the foremost landscape architecture and pool construction companies in the world. They seamlessly integrate contemporary landscape design with quality concrete pool construction, resulting in residential backyards the likes of which you’d never want to leave. Read more

Jolly Green Giants: Metropolitan Reforestation Project In Milan Begins Construction.

The Bosco Verticale

After its initial design in 2007 by Italian Steffano Boeri’s architecture firm Boeri Studio, Treehugger, Inhabit and Gizmag recently reported that construction of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan has finally begun. That intrigued me to do a little more research and bring you images of the original renderings , models and diagrams as well as some new construction photos. Read more