Thursday, 19 March 2009

Paintings To Die For...



Ever since I stumbled across Holly Farrell's work over at Wide Open Spaces I have been obsessed! Her paintings are so realistic at first glance I thought they were photographs. I absolutely adore her book paintings. Based in Toronto, Canada her website is fantastic for we Aussies who live a little too far away to view her work in person.

As a side note, I am currently looking for some beautiful original artwork to display in my store, Black & Spiro. If anyone is interested in submitting their work for consideration please email me...anna@blackandspiro.com.au. I would be very excited to see paintings of table vignettes, vases of flowers, room scenes, pieces of furniture, blue and white ginger jars filled with flowers etc. etc. etc. I am looking for pieces which are medium to large in size.


38 comments:

Debra said...

I have been an admirer of Holly Farrell's work for a while. I too thought it photography upon first sight-just incredible.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Gorgeous! Wonderful to see a Canadian on your blog. I will check her out, quite talented.

erika said...

oh my! those are to die for! i love them!!!!

Freck said...

wow, these are truly fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

The Little Big House said...

I love the light in these paintings... such a pretty way to capture vintage books :) Just Lovely.

btw - thanks for the add on your blog roll, I am insanely flattered - so very nice of you :)!

Blue Muse said...

My jaw dropped when you said those books were a painting - that is amazing!!!
xo Isa

MBM said...

I love those paintings! They would look perfect in my kitchen! Thank you for this fabulous post (as ususal)!

Anita said...

Amazing ! The shadows and the details...

Aditi said...

Didn't realize they were paintings! Thanks for sharing!

Yoli said...

Anna that is amazing. You fooled me completely, I also thought it was a photograph.

Jeanneoli said...

I can't believe that is NOT a photograph!

Patricia Gray said...

What wonderful paintings. At first glance I also thought they were photos. What a great Canadian talent.

noelle said...

they are paintings?! i thought they were photographs. amazing.

Leslie Rowlands said...

I just found the blog, love the paintings as well, it is like the trompe l oeil painting that I do. The fool the eye!
Leslie
lamaisonfou blog

AmyLynne said...

Wow. Are you suuure those are paintings?!

Paula said...

I cant't believe this 2 imagens are paintings! I've thought they were photos! WoW!

viera said...

Anna , Cressida Campbell (posted about her some week ago) is just exhibiting at QUT Art Museum
2 George Street, Brisbane
(near City Botanic Gardens)
March 6 - April 19, 2009. I guess something you would love.
V

Sharnel said...

WOW, her work is amazing Anna. Thank you so much for sharing.
xx

VictoriaArt said...

I am so stunned by Anna Farrell's beautiful artwork.I have to tell you, just recently I visited the George Billis Gallery in New York City and found Ephraim Rubensteins paintings and you will not believe it: BOOKS! Just as fantastic! Have a look at www.georgebillis.com!
I am a book lover and if only I could afford one of these paintings, for time being there beyond my reach!!!
I will put some of his work in my blog for you to see!

XO - Victoria

tinkalicious said...

how do they do it? It is an incredible gift. Lisa Porter's works here also looked like photography at first glance. What a marvellous talent to have!

Miss Eve Bognar said...

They are beautiful!I feel very blessed about that I can buy beautiful paintings here in China (the place I live now) for a pretty good price. I bhought this last time: http://bognarevi.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-peacocks.html

A Day That Is Dessert said...

I had to look hard to understand that these aren't photographs - and I'm a photographer! Brilliant.

Janet K said...

Hi Anna, I'm here and I reading, reading, reading! you have been busy and it was so nice to see all your postings, I'm so new to this blogging, but its fun, so dont leave now...the artwork is gorgeous, true representational style. Bit stormy over Straddie way today. When I learn how to add blog favourites to my site, your there. Your shop looks amazing, I went past the other night. Gorgeous Anna...happy daze from Janet at Manly Gallery

mondo cherry said...

Those paintings are fabulous. I'm so glad you posted about them as Holly's work is new to me. Thanks!
Clare x

lily-g said...

They are incredible what a talented artist, see you on page 41 courier mail, I'm dreading it!

Kloth & Bolt said...

wow these really are paintings to die for! thank you for posting! -kb

dwelling and design said...

Holly's work is pretty fabulous! Good luck finding some artists!

Bronnie said...

I'd love one of these too! Thought I'd check out your blog after reading about you in The Courier Mail. It's lovely!

French Country 1908 said...

love your blog Anna!

Room design studio said...

those are so pretty!!! I'm obssessed now!

Fifi Flowers said...

FABULOUS work... they look soooo REAL!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Oh my Gosh, I LOVE these paintings! I thought they were real books as well. Can't wait to visit her website! Lynn

VictoriaArt said...

Dear Anna, I left a comment yesterday, but it might have slipped through the cracks...
I saw these amazing pictures of Holly Farrell and had to think of an exhibition with book paintings by Ephraim Rubenstein which I visited recently in Manhattan, NY at the George Billis Gallery. They are beautifully done as well.
I put one of them on my blog, why don't you have a look?
As always delighted to see your entries....
Victoria

Bohemianwhimsey said...

I checked out the rest of her paintings, truly beautiful.
I'm especially loving the hat paintings...... thanks for sharing !

Sirvart

{this is glamorous} said...

Am a longtime fan of Holly Farrell's work -- the beauty and charm she brings to everyday objects is completely delightful.

{p.s.} just noticed you've changed your blogroll to the new blog list gadget -- for some strange reason, it's not compatible with my blog address, but if you use the feed address below, it seems to work:

http://citified.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-spring-links.html

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, Anna!
xo

{this is glamorous} said...

Just realized that I accidentally gave you the wrong link -- sorry about that -- clearly need to brush upon my multi-tasking skills :)

Here's the correct one:

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/ThisIsGlamorous

xo

carina said...

what else is there to say but WOW!!

Carolina Elizabeth said...

Oh, I do so love her paintings. I have been a fan since I saw her work on a Home decorator show. Everytime I see the one of the books, they look so real. I cannot believe she does this with acrylics. Such talent.