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I love searching Pinterest for sparks of inspiration. You know, that moment that stops you mid-scroll and makes you take a closer look. Or better yet - makes you say: Man, I wish I'd thought of that!!

These graphics made me say that. I just love the way they've integrated natural elements. Which one is your favorite?

Are you on pinterest? Let's pin together! Find me here!

ART ASSOCIATION / 06

Wedding Day by Karen Schnepf One look at Karen Schnepf's collage paintings and I was in LOVE. The layers of bold colors paired with black & white stripes? Oh my gah, beautiful. Artsy Forager and I knew immediately she'd be the perfect candidate for our Art Association contest.

I had a blast pinning anything and everything I came across that reminded me of Karen's amazing painting, Wedding Day...

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It's so nice to focus on bold + colorful images, Colorado is still in its drab winter phase... hurry up, spring and summer! What do you see when you look at Karen's work? Pin your associations on pinterest and you, my friend, could win one of Karen's collage paintings. Whaaat.

pinterest contest

Create a pinboard based on Karen Schnepf's Wedding Day for a chance to win this 12x12 collage painting, Colors Layered.

P.S. Karen's process? Rad. Paper is painted, layered, and then attached to a panel. Resin is then poured over the collage for a smooth, high gloss finish.

pin to win

how to enter

01 Follow artsocial and Artsy Forager on Pinterest (if you already follow us, you’re in bro).

02 Create a Pinterest board titled Art Association.

03 Pin Karen Schnepf's Wedding Day along with anything and everything you think of when looking at Karen's work.

04 Leave the link to your pinboard in the comments section of this post.

The pinner with the best art associations (as judged by me and Artsy Forager) will be chosen on Wednesday, March 27th at 5pm MST. Sorry, international friends, this contest is open to U.S. residents only...

Happy pinning!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

ART ASSOCIATION / 05

Oh you lucky readers, you. It's time for another Art Association contest. You know the drill, homie... and if not here’s a refresher on how Art Association works:

Art Association (think word association) involves creating a Pinterest board around one work of art and all of the things you think of while looking at it. Anything and everything that comes to mind will be pinned… no holding back, now. The pinner who creates the BEST board will win an uh-mazing prize. Ready? Let's pin.

This month we’re looking at Emily Jeffords' painting Yellow Rose No. 2…

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MY PINS

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Bold black and white with a pop of florals + color? Oh yeah, this is my kind of artwork... and check out this beautiful lithograph up for grabs this round!! I'm such a jelly bear. Have fun, friends. Good luck!

your-prize

contest

Create a pinboard based on Emily Jeffords' Yellow Rose No. 2 for a chance to win the above original lithograph, Stem + Orchid (note: the work will not be framed).

01. Follow artsocial and Artsy Forager on Pinterest (if you already follow us, you’re in bro).

02. Create a Pinterest board titled Art Association.

03. Pin Emily Jeffords' Yellow Rose No. 2 along with anything and everything that you think of when looking at Emily's work.

04. Leave the link to your pinboard in the comments section of this post.

Done and done. The pinner with the best art associations (as judged by me and Artsy Forager) will be chosen on Wednesday, February 27th at 5pm MST. Sorry, international friends, this contest is open to U.S. residents only...

Happy pinning!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

ART ASSOCIATION / 04

By now you've probably noticed I'm all about the creativity this year. So deciding to bring back the Art Association pinterest contest was an obvious HELL YES. Are you guys ready for another round of awesome pinning? Aww yeah. Here's a little refresher on how Art Association works:

Artsy Forager and I have cooked up one awesome project that involves art, Pinterest, and YOU… we’re like arty mad scientists over here. Art Association (think word association) involves creating a Pinterest board around one work of art and all of the things you think of while looking at it. Anything and everything that comes to mind will be pinned… no holding back. The pinner who creates the BEST board will win an uh-mazing prize and some definite bragging rights. Let's get started, eh?

This month we’re looking at Christina Baker's painting Cocktail Party...

C H R I S T I N A  B A K E R  :  C O C K T A I L  P A R T Y

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I love abstract works with cute titles, totally kick-starts my imagination. I start to create a story out of the random shapes and colors. Cocktail Party? Oh yep, those lines and colors are totally balloons... champagne... confetti... boldly dressed ladies... and a blur of flowers.

T H E   P I N S

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See all of my pins here.

What do you see in Christina's work? Are you ready to get your pin on? Woop woop!

contest Create a pinboard based on Christina Baker's Cocktail Party for a chance to win this 12x12 acrylic on canvas, Roses Over The Bridge, by Christina Baker! Oh my gah, I love it.

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01. Follow artsocial and Artsy Forager on Pinterest (if you already follow us, you’re in bro).

02. Create a Pinterest board titled Art Association.

03. Pin Christina Baker's Cocktail Party along with anything and everything that you think of when looking at Christina's work.

04. Leave the link to your pinboard in the comments section of this post (scroll allllll the way down to the bottom)

Done and done. The pinner with the best art associations (as judged by me and Artsy Forager) will be chosen on Wednesday, January 23rd at 5pm (mountain standard time). Sorry, international friends, this contest is open to U.S. residents only...

Happy pinning!

 

See more from Christina Baker on her website & facebook!

BE ART GUEST

Guess what? No guess... ok, I'll tell you. I'm guest pinning for Ugallery this week - woot! I'm pretty stoked to curate some of my favorite finds on Ugallery's Be Art Guest board... does this mean I'm one step closer to being a professional pinner? I sure hope so.

Follow along with my adventures over here. I'll be pinning my arty faves through November 26th.

P.S. Ugallery is one suh-weet online art gallery based in the Mission, SF... check 'em out, yo.

Image sources found here.

ART ASSOCIATION // 3

That's right. We're startin' this week off the awesome way... with a pinterest contest. This is Artsy Forager and artsocial's 3rd installment of the Art Association contest and it's getting serious, everyone. By serious I mean the prizes are getting so rad I wish I could enter my own contest... more about that in a sec. J E N N I F E R  C H E N O W E T H :  S P H E R E  O F  I N F L U E N C E

This month our Art Association subject/star/muse is Sphere of Influence by Jennifer Chenoweth. Instead of going the cathedral architecture route, I was drawn to the work's rich colors and tactile, painterly drips... which made me think of melty ice cream. Obvi. That's where my mind goes... sigh. Et tu?

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So. Up for grabs this time? Any small size, unframed print of your choice from Artmuse, including shipping! Whaaaaa? My thoughts exactly. You can take your pick of anything on Artmuse... like this work... ohh or this.

- Follow artsocial and Artsy Forager on Pinterest (if you already follow us, awesome bro).

- Create a Pinterest board titled Art Association.

- Pin Sphere of Influence by Jennifer Chenoweth along with anything and everything that you think of when looking at Jennifer’s work. Just like word association, Art Association involves pinning anything that comes to mind when looking at a given work of art. There are no right or wrong answers.

- Leave the link to your pinboard in the comments section of this post (scroll allllll the way down to the bottom).

Done and done. The pinner with the best art associations (as judged by me and Artsy Forager) will be chosen next Monday, November 19th at 5pm (mountain standard time). Pin on, pinna.

 

Check out more from Jennifer Chenoweth on Artmuse. Pinned image sources found here.

Big shout out & thank you to Artmuse! Collect Art You Love.

AND THE WINNER IS...

Congratulations to Shannon Whitney of Call Me Shannon for winning artsocial and Artsy Forager's Art Association contest!! A woot and a hooray are in store... check out her pinboard.

THANK YOU to everyone who entered, it was not an easy decision. You guys are super great pinners, like Ph.D. style Pinterest users... anyhoo, you better believe we'll be back next month with another Art Association! October's contest is already in the works and I can tell you right now, it's gonna be a goodie. Stay tuned, friends!

Image found here.

ART ASSOCIATION + CONTEST

Really looking at artwork and interpreting it for myself, without any research or supplemental materials, feels strangely unnatural. Grad school basically tells you, you can't create your own valid opinion about a work of art without support from other scholars and factual evidence... sighhh. Way to ruin the fun, grad school.

In the name of MORE FUN, Artsy Forager and I have cooked up one awesome project that involves art, Pinterest, and YOU... we're like arty mad scientists over here. Art Association (think word association) involves creating a Pinterest board around one work of art and all of the things you think of while looking at it. Anything and everything that comes to mind will be pinned... no holding back and no grad school judgment. This month we're looking at Laura Newman's Rorschach... and let me tell you, it's fascinating what I started associating after really looking... I mean, you guys see two people blowing bubbles at each other too, right? No? I'm a bit sleep-deprived...

L A U R A  N E W M A N  :  R O R S C H A C H

So what did I see?? The way Newman's bright colors spread across the image reminded me of open spaces, where land, sea, and sky come together. The graphic black lines made me think of closed spaces like art galleries with sharp, angled walls. After more looking, maybe too much looking, the way the different colors mix together reminded me of people hugging (or blowing bubbles at each other apparently)... and of course the colors immediately made me think of rainbow cake.

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BUT WAIT, I'm saving the best for last... Artsy Forager and I are inviting you to participate too!! Create your own Pinterest board based on Laura Newman's Rorschach for a chance to win one month of free BOSS ad space on artsocial. This top spot gets you shout outs on twitter, facebook, and a spotlight post all about you, Boss. At 200x400 pixels, you're blog, shop, or biz will get some pretty rad (and much deserved) exposure. Let's showcase your awesomeness, huh?

- Follow artsocial and Artsy Forager on Pinterest (if you already follow us, you're in bro).

- Create a Pinterest board titled Art Association.

- Pin Laura Newman's Rorschach along with anything and everything that you think of when looking at Newman's work.

- Leave the link to your pinboard in the comments section of this post.

Done-zo. The pinner with the best art associations (as judged by me and Artsy Forager) will be chosen on Wednesday, September 26th at 5pm (mountain standard time). Cannot wait to see what you guys come up with!! Get creative with it, friends... unlike grad school, there are no wrong answers.

 

Would you like your artwork to be featured as an Art Association subject? Aww yeeahh... email artsocialonline@gmail.com for more info.

Sources to images found here.

 

 

 

Record Breaker

Man was it hot this weekend. Like lay-around-with-a-fan-in-your-face hot. Like too-hot-to-eat hot! Ok, well almost. I did feel like I could've gotten heat stroke while sitting on the patio at Snooze Saturday morning, but I still managed to finish my cylinder of hash browns and my beermosa. (Potatoes at Snooze are served in the shape of a cylinder. Geometric. Delicious. It's 100 degrees while I write this, I apologize for any ramblings).

1. Hot summer days are for air conditioned spaces or pools, but hot summer nights? They're for patio parties. This tiny bar setup is super adorbs, it makes me want to spruce up my little patio with something similar...

2. This cupcake miss Jessica pinned on artsocial's Collections + Cupcakes pin board looks crazy delicious. It's called the "cupcake pistache-chocolat." Whaaat. Yeah. It's French. That means not only is it probably insanely good, but it seems sophisticated... and thus more nutritious. No? Not good logic?

3. Oh John Baldessari, you genius. This oil and acrylic work is the perfect painting... or at least it tells us what makes the perfect painting. I LOVE artists with a sense of humor. It's art after all, let's not take it all so seriously.

4. Here's that beermosa from Snooze I mentioned earlier. Ok I know orange juice mixed with beer sounds really really gross, but it's actually pretty great. I'm tellin' ya, beer cocktails are gonna be all the rage soon... I'm totes an expert. (Not at all an expert).

5. Since it was sooooo hot (whining voice) this weekend, I spent a little time hovering over the ac vent whilst browsing through Pinterest and came across this amaaaazing pinner: Amanda Rodriguez, a freelance interior stylist from Stockholm. All of her pins are gorgeous... like so gorgeous her boards make my boards look like a child with a cupcake obsession has been calling the shots. What I mean to say is this girl's got some serious style and I highly encourage you to spend time looking at her pins... you'll be inspired. Guaranteed.

6. I used to do my homework on clipboards when I was little. They made me feel super grown-up, like I worked in an office or something... an office that required me to write 10 sentences using 10 new vocabulary words. Anyhoo, those clipboard days are over, but I looove the idea of turning clipboards into an inspiration/decoration wall.

7. Guys. Look at these little paper shirts I found on Very Sarie. Totally reminds me of playing with paper dolls on my parent's couch. Did anyone else have paper dolls when they were little? Was I the only one who thought leaning paper cutouts of Beauty and the Beast characters against the window constituted super fun playtime?

8. What else is there to do on a 104 degree day than watch the sunset... I know, we're nuts. Although by 8 pm it was a cool 90 degrees. Gah. But the gorgeous colors were worth enduring the heat.

9. After the sunset and the lingering 90 degree weather, there was only one option for date night: popsicles on the patio.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you're staying cool... I recommend popsicles. If you happen to be following me on the 'gram lately, you know this :)