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I cannot stop looking at Mary Iverson's paintings.  I'm as fascinated with the final surreal, Tetris-like result as I am with her process.  Iverson creates majestic landscapes and then scores measurement lines into the painting, almost defacing her own work.  From there she adds an assortment of shipping containers — the simple geometry and flat colors jarring against the pristine backdrops.  I find it completely compelling and even a little eerie.  So much so, that I've built a "1k" week around Iverson’s work.  Head over to curate 1k to see more examples of shapes oddly floating in space. Enjoy!

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Several years ago, on a whim, I bought a box lot of old 1950s menus on eBay.  I was originally curious about the contents of the menus, but soon realized the true treasure was on the covers.  They were beautifully printed with so much artistry.  My new collection, as it turned out, consisted mostly of tiki lounge menus.  One was a huge die cut palm leaf and many had beautiful illustrations next to the various tropical food and beverage offerings.  I was in love.

Ever since buying those menus, I have been insisting that tiki is going to be the next big bar trend.  Just wait and see!  I know it’s going to happen.  When it does, I’ll be ready with a collection of appropriate, affordable artwork.  Head over to curate1k to see an entire week of “contemporary tiki.”  Enjoy!

| All vintage menu images from the amazing Arkiva Tropika |

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The Curate 1k Collection on Artfully Walls

Think art collecting is beyond your means? Norah Guignon, founder of curate 1K, encourages us to think again. With weekly galleries that never exceed that $1,000 max, Norah has created an approachable space for up-and-coming collectors to enjoy up-and-coming artwork on a feasible (even frugal!) budget.

We couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest curator, and loved watching Norah put the Artfully Walls digital gallery to the test with two custom curated collections, both of which we’re thrilled to share with you today.

View the collection now on Artfully Walls at: http://www.artfullywalls.com/walls?src=nav&offset=3

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When I was a little girl, my grandmother and I had a favorite drawing game. She would draw a shape, letter, number, or squiggly line and I then added to it attempting to turn it into something completely different, yet recognizable. Sometimes we would pass the drawing back and forth, each adding a little bit here and there until it morphed into something beautiful. I have very happy memories of this activity, and I think it’s one of the reasons I love Jenna Newton’s work so much. Her drawings are so incredibly organic and free. Each one seems to hint at something - a sea creature, a toy boat, an insect - allowing your imagination to fill in the blanks… just like the drawing game I played with my Nan.

Jenna is Thursday’s featured artist over on curate 1k.  View more of her prints and original drawings in her etsy shop.  Enjoy!

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