Friday, September 10, 2010

Etsy Spotlight: Emily Balivet

Emily Balivet makes beautiful paintings of powerful women; Goddesses, witches, and nobel women. Her style is a beautiful contemporary mix of Art Noveau and Renaissance and is clearly influenced by the myths of ancient Greece and the legends of medieval England.

Her love of myths from different epic traditions takes her to include characters like the Lady of the Lake who presented King Arthur with Excalibur and the witch Circe who seduced Odysseus into staying with her for 5 years.

She also paints her own stories using made-up characters, which are so convincing that we almost think they are. Like Autumn Riders and Twelve Women with Birds which looks like the illustration of the lesser know Grimm Brothers fairy tale, the Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Her use of vivid colors and patterns bring the painting to life, but upon a closer look you see that the trees, grass and pattern on the dresses make the paintings look like stain glass windows. They are flat repeated patterns of spirals or intricate art noveau-esque branches. You can find Emily Balivet here.

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