Etsy Find: Lola Donoghue

I sometimes struggle with when to keep really, really good finds to myself.  And almost 100% of the time I end up caving and sharing because I love you guys, I’m a big blabbermouth and I love to help people find awesome stuff.  If someone compliments me on something I’m wearing and it’s a total find, I’ll be the first person to be like “OMG! It’s from Target! 20 bucks! Can you believe it? Go get one!”  No playing it cool around here…

My latest Etsy art find was one of these examples.  Finding great, affordable art that is truly beautiful is hard, especially on Etsy.  Enter Lola Donoghue, an Irish artist whose prints you can buy large scale for a reasonable price (and some originals too)! I love the colors, patterns and feel of these works.  Here’s a selection of her stuff- go check her out!

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Etsy Find: Evajuliet’s Fantastic Prints

Etsy really has some phenomenally artistic and gorgeous stuff (once you search through all the crocheted cup warmers and other such stuff.)  I get so excited when I see boutique-worthy goods like the prints in Evajuliet’s shop.  Specifically, I’m adoring her stylish play on family trees! A great gift when framed in something sleek and modern (like these frames from Room & Board or these from West Elm (but splurge on a custom cut mat for a professional look! )  I adore the black background on this one reminiscent of vintage scientific botanical prints:

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(I’d mat this in white with a gold frame or use a linen mat with a black frame!)

Want something more simplistic and pen & ink style? This one is so gorgeous and would be great worked into a gallery wall!

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This one cane be done all black and white or add in a little pop of color as shown here.

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SO fabulously adorable in a modern nursery!

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A pretty, feminine version (amazing mother’s day gift).

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Not into the family tree thing? No problem- check out her gorgeous art prints! Love these herb and plant illustration!

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These black and white herb prints would be fabulous in a kitchen or breakfast nook.

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Maybe a sweet little zodiac print for a kid’s room?

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Windy Lane Studios

I’ve been searching Etsy for art for many clients lately.  Art is hard, if you want original works it forces you to spend a rather pretty penny most of the time.  Etsy has certainly helped as far as sourcing up and coming artists (read: more affordable art) but finding gems amongst the insane amount of, well, crap takes a lot of time.  That’s why when I come across a truly talented artist on the site I bookmark it immediately even if it’s not the exact thing I’m looking for.  I saw the work of Windy Lane Studio/ Kai Samuels- Davis and I thought not only was it so gorgeous but the way he styled each shot was so artistic as well!

I am IN LOVE with this print:

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The color and texture is absolutely amazing.

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Love this shot of the studio!

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(Affordable) Art Crush: gretchen Kelly Studio

As of late I’ve been on a “only buy original art” tear.  I’m kind of over prints and reproductions, however, my bank account isn’t exactly of Picasso proportions.  So per the usual I turn to Etsy to find great original art- I am currently focusing on a bright and loose nude sketch for my bathroom.  I fell madly in love with these one minute sketches by Gretchen Kelly. From the artist herself …”These original sketches are from 1 minute poses, which are the warm-up exercise for longer poses. In a series of 10 poses, usually done at the beginning of a 3 hour session with a model, I quickly sketch + paint in multi-media of watercolor, pastel, gouache + graphite. I like to paint the female figure in quick poses to capture the gesture and the feeling of the beauty that I see. I use swift colorful strokes and finish off with defining marks in graphite.”

Against my black wall one of these would be perfect- and at only $50-$60 a piece it’s completely doable!