Golly Bard

Grey garden No. 2 by Golly Bard

Artist Info

Golly Bard aka Holly Ward Bimba is an artist based in the tiny rural village of Upperville, Virginia and she creates beautiful water colour designs, with some being transferred to fabric.

I have followed Golly Bard and her fantastic creations for a few years now and have seen her exquisite water colour pieces develop and transform from paper to fabric.

work by Golly Bard / shared by Mr Yen

I love her use of tone and the natural colours she uses to depict nature. Every piece is so unique and realistic, but is executed in a stylised way. From delicate feathers, to fresh spring bulbs, every Golly Bard piece exudes style and detail.

work by Golly Bard / shared by Mr Yen

 

works by Golly Bard / shared by Mr YenThe detail captured in each piece is conveyed in a simple way, but I think this works really well for her designs. I think the simplicity of the designs shows the skills and techniques developed by Golly Bard at their best and making them more complicated would draw your eye away from the beauty of them.

I have always been intrigued by water colours and I wish I had the time to start learning how to use them. I love how you can see the brush strokes and the depth created by layering the same colour in different diluted strengths and I think the techniques Golly Bard uses transfer very well into fabric designs — they look so fluid and artistic!

As you can see from the images above, Golly Bard’s technique and style can be easily transferred to other mediums and I think using her imagery to create repeat patterns is a great way to show off the designs at their best, in the form of flowing fabric, with bright colours and fantastic details!

About Mr Yen

Mr Yen creates paper cut art work and designs inspired by nature. Having taught himself to paper cut through years of practice, persistence and patience, he finds natural forms to be the most inspirational when creating his paper cut designs. You can see Mr Yen paper cut art here and buy Mr Yen paper cut art pieces here.

Tiny Treasures

Blue ridge mountains by Oh Chalet

The work of Boston-dwelling artist Caroline of Oh Chalet proves that good things come in small packages. Measuring 3″ x 3″ and 3/8″ deep, these original paintings on canvas pack a lot of punch. Caroline’s work is easily some of the most magnificent and creative works that make you want to study all their tiny details. You can purchase these for $22 – $25 a pop (a steal if you ask me!) and they even come with a tiny wooden easel — how cute is that?

If you’re into foxes, you’ll find plenty in her shop. Here’s a few that I’ve taken a liking to:

tiny paintings from Oh Chalet

 

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Created By Storm

Hawaiian Sea No. 1 by Created by Storm

Now that warmer temperatures have Southern California a visit and look like they’re going to stay the rest of the year, my heart is aching to pay the ocean a visit. It’s been a while since my family and I have played in the sand and collected shells, so I think frequent trips to the beach and definitely the aquarium are in order this summer.

Sarah Storm‘s watercolor sea life illustrations have me aching to go to the beach all the more! There’s a nice little area in Corona Del Mar with tide pools (which I’ve mentioned before), where I’m hoping we’ll encounter a few sea urchins.

art by Sarah Storm

Be sure to check out the rest of Sarah’s beautiful artwork in her shop.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Interview with: Natasha Newton

Paintings by Natasha Newton

English artist and illustrator Natasha Newton creates beautiful pieces that evoke awe and wonder. I am especially enamored of her painted stones, which are also available for purchase in her Etsy shop. I recently hand the opportunity to ask her a few questions about about herself, who and what inspires her work, and what she enjoys about nature. Natasha’s passion for nature and art really shines through her work and I’m delighted by the tiny details and patterns present in her work. Read on to discover more about the lovely and wonderfully talented Natasha.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Suffolk (a beautiful county on the east coast of England) and I still live here, but since July 2010 I’ve been spending several months of the year in Paris, with my boyfriend Leon, who — just to confuse matters! — isn’t French but American (he grew up in the Hollywood Hills) and is a composer of concert and film music, among other things. I enjoy some of the experiences Paris has to offer, but my heart is here in England, and I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country surrounded by nature, which of course inspires my work.

painted stones by Natasha Newton

I’ve always had an interest in art, and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating things. As I grew, it became obvious that a career in art was for me and nothing else would do! For a while I worked on my art on a part-time basis while I earned money elsewhere, gradually entering more exhibitions and approaching galleries. Over the years I became busier, my work was selling well, and more opportunities came my way. In 2007 I was able to give up my other job and become a full-time artist and illustrator. I’ve somehow made it sound easy, but it really wasn’t! It took a lot of hard work, long hours, and self-belief. I encountered plenty of setbacks and rejection, but the good outweighed the bad and something inside told me to just keep going, even when it seemed like an impossible dream. So I did, and here I am!

How would you describe your artistic style?
I always find this a hard question to answer! I would say that my work has elements of folk art, and I’ve also been told that certain pieces have a very Japanese or Scandinavian feel. In some ways it’s very clean and minimal, but I like to include areas of pattern and intense detail too. My art is always evolving — I like to experiment with new colours, compositions, and subjects — but it has been said that it always retains a style that is recognisably mine, which I guess is a good thing!

paintings by Natasha Newton


works on paper by Natasha NewtonWho are some people that have inspired you to become an artist?
There are honestly too many to name — I love the work of so many different artists — but I was lucky to grow up in a creative house, where we were encouraged to draw, paint, make things with our hands … to generally just be creative. My parents aren’t artists, but there was certainly no shortage of pens, pencils and paints around when I was young! I also find anyone with a good work ethic and a ‘make it happen’ kind of attitude very inspiring. The way you approach life has a huge bearing on how well you live it and what you’ll be able to achieve.

What is your favorite medium to work with?
I love acrylic paints because they’re perfect for the way I work on canvas and wood – they dry very quickly so they’re great for layering – and I’ve recently been rediscovering my love of gouache and watercolour for my work on paper, combining them with acrylic inks which are brilliant for fine details and patterns.

From what you’ve created so far, what are you most proud of?
This is probably not the answer you were expecting, but it’s not a particular piece of work — it’s actually my shop! I started The Blackbird Sings shop on Etsy back in the autumn of 2008, and I’ve watched it grow from nothing to the point where it has more than 5,000 ‘admirers’ (people who have added the shop to their favourites) and more than 360 sales. Over the past year my work has been featured on the front page of Etsy many times, and occasionally on their blog and in their daily newsletter too. It gives me such an enormous sense of satisfaction to see how far the shop has come since the early days, because it took quite a while and a lot of effort! I still get excited every time I sell a piece of my work on Etsy, and I’ve met some amazing people and had some great opportunities from selling on there. One of the most rewarding things is having direct contact with my buyers and collectors, many of whom have become friends. I love it!

Share one of your most-prized nature possessions.
Some of my painted stones were featured in the March 2012 issue of Homes and Gardens magazine, and I felt so proud when I saw the article for the first time! The stylist and photographer presented them beautifully. I will always treasure my copy of the magazine.

Natasha Newton featured in Homes & Gardens

What are some things you enjoy about nature?
I love taking a few minutes in the middle of the day to just go out and walk along the county lanes and fields near my home in Suffolk, to hear the birds singing, and enjoy the various scents in the air. I always find it inspiring and often come back with new ideas for my work — sometimes it can be something as simple as a particular colour combination, or maybe a pattern, or the texture of the fields. I know for a fact that being around nature always makes me feel better — even when I’m living in the city, I seek out the green parts!

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

By the Winter

Come to the Light by By the Winter Photography

My life has been busy as of late. With web design projects and blogging projects, I’ve been working myself insanely. I took most of the weekend off from prepping any blog posts and relaxed enjoyed the company of family, blowing bubbles in the backyard and catching ladybugs with my little dearests and basking in the cool breeze on the warm, sunny days.

Atlanta, Georgia-based photographer Tamara Lee‘s soothing photos are a gentle reminder of slowing down, stopping, and soaking in the beauty of nature. Her post-processing is soft, delicate, and encourages relaxation on the busiest of busiest days. Got a busy Monday? Take a ten minute break and go outside and soak in some of nature’s beauty.

photography by By the Winter

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.