Folk Art Plushies by cartbeforethehorse

cartbeforethehorse is a group of two impressive artists that make “folk art”.

“We are a mom-and-dad business, a two-person company of artists. We make the kind of art we like, then we open our doors to you. All of our creations are made one at a time. We make them with our own hands, since these are the only hands we have. We call ourselves Cart Before The Horse because we’re always getting ahead of ourselves.” say the artists.

Their art is quite impressive, their online shop in etsy tells about how they make these creations, for example, the description for Alice and the Cheshire Cat is:

“Alice and Cheshire Cat is an original, hand-crafted work of art by Dylan and Jo–signed, dated, and numbered by the artists. Like each of our creations, it is entirely hand painted.

Alice is made of quilter’s muslin that has been
painted and sanded, then painted and sanded
again, giving the fabric a rich patina that
feels like old leather. Her arms and legs are jointed,
allowing her to be posed. She has our signature wooden bottom, giving her a nice flat surface to sit on.
She can also be posed in a standing position
by placing her on her wooden stand.
Her Cheshire Cat pull-toy is made of hand painted wood.

Not intended for children.”

The prices of their completed plushies range from $90 to $220. Their shop is here.

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Sandy Skoglund

I was looking for interesting stuff about fish bowls for a project, when I stumbled upon Sandy Skoglund‘s installations. “Wow” was the first and only thing I could think of.

“Skoglund creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets or tableaux, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.”

The LOST Underground Art Project

It’s surprising to know how many people are addicted to the show LOST. There was even a LOST underground art project, presented by Ronie Midfew Arts and Damon Carlton in Gallery 1988. Here are some of the contemporary artworks from the show that I liked. You can view more on the shows’ blog.

Scott Campbell "LOST Showdowns (1)" watercolor on archival paper 5 x 5 inches each, framed $350.00 each SOLD

Scott Campbell "LOST Showdowns (2)" watercolor on archival paper 5 x 5 inches each, framed $350.00 each ONLY 1 STILL AVAILABLE - 3rd row down, middle Showdown - Ethan vs. Claire

64 Colors $500.00 - SOLD

Ralph Cosentino "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" gouache on board 9.75 x 7.75 inches, framed $700.00 - SOLD

Jeremy Asher Lynch "Ellie Is Lost With The Others" acrylic on canvas 18 x 36 inches $1,200.00

Wade Schin "Hurley" one-of-a-kind sculpture approx. 5 inches tall, off base $815.00 - SOLD

Wade Schin "Locke" one-of-a-kind sculpture approx. 5 inches tall off base $815.00

Edwin Ushiro "State Of Something Fading Into Nothing" mixed media on paper 13.37 x 21.25 inches, framed $1,516.00

Danielle Buerli "Freckles" sculpture and mixed media 11 x 9 inches, in box $600.00 - SOLD

Ken Garduno "L" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "O" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "S" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "T" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Julian Callos "No Man Is An Island" ink, acrylic and gouache on watercolor paper 12 x 12 inches, framed $480.00 - SOLD

Dan May "The Polar Bear Conundrum" acrylic on panel 14 x 16 inches $1,200.00

Edwin Ushiro "A Muffled Concept Of What We Considered Ubiquitous" mixed media on paper 29.25 x 21.25 inches, framed $2,342.00 - SOLD

Carlos Ramos "What Kate Did" cel vinyl on wood 18 x 24 inches $1,000.00

Carlos Ramos "The Swan" cel vinyl on wood 24 x 24 inches $1,200.00 - SOLD