Red Fish, Blue Fish: Nature Through the Art of M.A.Tateishi

Long Leaf series by Mary Anne Tateishi

Hello Dearest readers! I am so delighted by the arrival of spring – after a long, dark winter the sun seems brighter, the air feels light and the world appears to be full of colour. To celebrate this change of season, I am going to introduce you to the vibrant work of Canadian contemporary artist Mary Anne Tateishi.

Works by M. A. Tateishi

Although not a literal representation of our world, Tateishi creates an abstract adaptation of nature. In works such as “Continental Drift,” she uses mixed media to express the scientific temperament of the land we live on.

Wild City by M.A. Tateishi

In “Wild City” I see a perfect fantasy world and imagine myself living amidst tall blue buildings, covered in a jungle of pink and black leaves. Tateishi too, lives in this world of whimsy. Taking inspiration from her artwork, she has painted the walls of her own home in vibrant green, red, yellow, purple and blue. On a backdrop of lime green she hangs “Blip” which echoes the wall colour in a smattering of miniature green Canada maps.

Works by M. A. Tateishi

From sea to sky, Mary Anne translates our world into movement and moments – resulting in paintings such as “Squid Propulsion,” “Blue Fish” and “Blue Sky.” As the weather warms and the sun shines longer each day, take a moment to rejoice with this artist in the beauty and colour that surrounds us each and every day.

About Kaitlyn Webb Patience

Kaitlyn is the editor of isavirtue blog and the creator of isavirtue stationery. Using these outlets, she shares her profound obsession with contemporary art and snail mail. She lives on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia — here she finds inspiration from the world around her and the spirited people within it.

April Gift Guide

Rain art print by Laura Ruth / Available for purchase at Society 6

Hello. Sarah Hart from Hart to Heart here with your April gift guide. I can’t say how thrilled I am to be sharing my first post with you folks.

Bright yellow rain boots, splashing in mud puddles, and the soft sleepy sound of rain drops on the rooftop. As a long-time lover of a good ol’ rainy day, I was inspired to bring together some fantastic finds made special for those dreamy, drizzly spring days that excite our imagination and inspire us to see our world in a new light.

April Showers gift guide by Sarah Hart

About Sarah Hart

Sarah is your fun and friendly designer, crafter and all around creative do-gooder. Her passion is paper goods and strive to create beautiful products that engage and inspire. You can find her working away at her home studio on the Canadian East coast.

Apples & Oats Photography + A Giveaway {CLOSED}

White Beauty 8×10 fine art print by Jenn Meyers of Apples & Oats Photography

One of my all-time favorite songs is a cover by The Sundays of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses“. There’s something so eerily beautiful about the lead singer’s voice and the song itself is just soothing to listen to — perfect for light, ambient music while I blog or design a website.

If you’re a fan of wild or domesticated horses, you’re in for a treat. Today, Jenn Meyers of Apples & Oats photography is offering one Dearest Nature reader two 8×10 photos, valued at a total of $50 from her shop! Hailing from Logan, Utah, Jenn specializes in equine photography and captures “strength,beauty, spirit, grace, adventure, love, joy, and freedom” in all of her images.

Check out a few of my favorites from Jenn’s shop and for full giveaway details, see below:giveaway from Apples & Oats Photography

winner

Giveaway Details:
This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and ends on Wednesday, April 11th at 11:59pm (PST). One winner will be randomly selected and the winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday, April 12th.

How to Enter:
Visit Apples & Oats and tell us which is your favorite photo.

Additional Entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry for a maximum of four total entries per person):

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.

Growing Up

Thigmotrope satellite fleet from Floral Grubb

For of any of you interested in adding architectural appeal with plants, I suggest growing a vertical garden. It’s something I’d like to introduce into my home one day, though not for a few more years down the road because like the magnetic wallpaper I discussed this past week, it might invite my little dearests to climb the walls!

I’m loving these vertical gardens from Flora Grubb:

vertical gardens from Flora Grubb

I have my eye on the grape wood tillandsias because they require minimal upkeep (a good misting with water every couple of weeks) and they don’t depend on soil to grow. No messes! That sounds perfect for indoors.

What’s your favorite?

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.

Wild About: March 30, 2012

Sofie’s World by Anne Acaso

Last Week’s Wild About

By now, I’m sure it’s no secret that I’m a fan of fairy tales or anything that’s reminiscent of any of my favorite childhood stories. When I laid eyes on the enchanting photo above by Anne Acaso, who resides in my motherland The Philippines, I couldn’t help but ooh and ahh over the beautiful styling and conjure up thoughts about The Secret Garden.

For additional inspiration be sure to check out the rest of Anne’s photostream, filled with lots of other fairy tale-esque lovelies.

Other highlights around the internets

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.