Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fascinating cityscapes

I was perusing Etsy yesterday and I came across an artist who's artwork just blew me away. It was a coup de foudre.
Liz Brizzi, who according to her Etsy about page was born in France from Italian parents and grew up in L.A., is a mixed media artist who makes awe inspiring cityscapes using photography and acrylic paint on wood. She sells prints of her work on Etsy.

From her Etsy about page:

Inspired by urban themes, she loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw, desolate and industrial aspects of cities and their outskirts. Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes. She began this series of works with landscape paintings of the streets and alleys of Downtown L.A. A city that is currently changing and developing rapidly, her artwork captured its authenticity and some of the disappearing traces of its History.

Her work basically puts together so many things that I love and am drawn to: Los Angeles, architecture, urban lanscapes, the quest for beauty in hidden details or desolate places, moody atmospheres... I could go on and on.

What I would give to go back to L.A. right now and be able to see her work in person!

Take a look for yourself:

All the images are from her beautiful Etsy shop and you can follow her on Instagram here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

F.O.: The gray heathered shawl wrap

It seems like my last F.O. was ages ago, but finally, here we are.
I love this yarn, it's an ecological wool from the company Manifatture Sesia, an amazing company from the lovely wool area that is northern Piedmont.
The yarn is 50% virgin wool and 50% alpaca, with black and white threads twisted together for an interesting gray heathered look. It's soft and looks slightly rustic.
The shawl, which I posted glimpses of on Instagram a few times, has rows of contrasting stitches, some of which lacy, so it is textured and has some hints of lace.
More info on my Etsy page!