I'm loving these works by Paint Square. They are so unique and I love the texture that all the pieces of wood create. To see more of this gorgeous work check out the Paint Square etsy store.





I love these ink and gouache paintings by Lizzie Abelson of Wawbeek. They are from her series of Unconventional Botanical Illustrations. To see more gorgeous pieces and to see some process work, check out Lizzie's flickr site. They're available for purchase in the Wawbeek etsy store.





Check out these amazing cookies by Lori's Place! They are so fun and detailed. And I bet they taste as good as they look. These would definitely be the hit of any party. Check out more in the Lori's Place etsy shop.





I absolutely love these oil paintings by Yangyang Pan of siiso. I'm definitely a sucker her bright colors and textures. See more of her work on her website and etsy store.











This weekend I went back to the Foot in the Door 4 show with my friends. It was great, no lines, and we actually could see the work. Above are our entries and a tiny selection of others that I liked. There was so much work in the show that it was completely overwhelming! There were three whole rooms full of art like in the bottom pic.
My friend's art:
pic 1 - my kitty
pic 2 - Peter's skull painting
pic 3 - Chrysa's foxy painting
pic 4 - Kent's landscape photo
pic 5 - Jon's legs photo
pic 6-10 more of my favs!




Yesterday evening a few of my artist friends and I went to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts "Foot in the Door 4" once every decade show. Anyone from Minnesota could submit a piece as long as it fit within a 12"x12"x12" box. And it sure seemed that all 5,000 or so people that submitted a piece were there. It was craziness. You had to wait in line for hours just to get in the gallery spaces. We decided that we weren't going to wait and would just go to the show later in the week when we could enjoy it without all the people (I'll share better pics of the show then). But we did manage to find a couple of our pieces just from peaking in which I thought was a pretty impressive feat. In the second pic, the arrow is pointing to my friend Peter's painting and in the third pic, you can see my fuzzy kitty sitting on the table! So all in all, even though we didn't get to go in all the way, it was still a fun experience. Afterwords we went and had margaritas and talked about capivaras (last pic). Yeah, don't ask.





I'm loving these darling little pocket mirrors by Mindy of Tim's Sally. You can read about how Mindy sells her products and paintings full time in Etsy's recent "Quit your day job" article here. Be sure to check out more of Mindy's lovely paintings in the Tim's Sally etsy shop and flickr.





I DARE YOU not to smile, squeal and giggle when you look at these pet hats by xmoonbloom on Etsy. Unicorn kitty eeeee! See more and check out the gorgeous amigurumi (cute + crochet) plush animals in the xmoonbloom etsy store.





These illustrations by Brendan Wenzel are amazing! I love them so much. They are from his endangered species series where he paints animals from various endangered species lists. It's sad to know that these little critter's lives are in jeopardy. What a great and beautiful way to raise awareness. Check out more of Brendan's work on his website. Found via Sprayblog.

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