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Water Babies

Happy birth time you lovely Pisces people! I hope you are having fun in life. Today I came across some beautiful watery images that I just had to share. A collaboration between photographer Natasha Wiseman and model Alexa Jones, this series “In Bloom” uses simple colour themes and amazing flora to make a cohesive series that is dreamy and youthful. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Beth Hoeckel

I’m loving these fun, feminine collages by Beth Hoeckel. Each piece connects femininity and sexuality with everyday objects like waffles and plants to create super powerful imagery with an understated connection to the goddess. Oh yeah, what more could you want? Plus, you can grab them for under $20. Links below each image. Peace and love x

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Perfumed

 

And he removed my underwear with the force of an eager man,

hardened by desire.

Only to find:

the blooms of innocence,

still fresh, undamaged,

smelling like the cries of a thousand women raped.

His nostrils filled with a perfume

he could not contain.

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Maggie Dunlap

Like Petra Collins, Maggie Dunlap is another young Sagittarius whose work focuses on the exploration of girlhood with amazing results. Dunlap’s work is bold, true and sometimes dark – she does have an illustrated alphabet of serial killers after all. She is a huge Marilyn Manson fan and brings her love of horror and gore into some of her pieces while others are boldly feminist and unapologetic. She’s one of those artists that makes art out of just about anything and someone I recommend getting to know, if only on the internet. Karley Sciortino interviews her here for Slutever which is well worth reading. For me, I felt a lot of Dunlap’s answers were my inner thoughts.

Here is some of Maggie Dunlap‘s work I enjoyed, but you will find more on the web if you dare.

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It’s all an act…

Okay, so I have some news. I’m in love with Emma Roberts. She’s not aware of this fact yet, so things aren’t moving as quickly as perhaps you’d like… But seriously, she’s pretty damn cool and just watching her on my humble television screen makes me smile. I recently came across these divine pics of her rocking a 70s vibe which reminded me of a shoot of Mia Goth I adored too. So on your Tuesday I give you a little mash-up of two fresh, talented women who rock the camera – as killer actresses and smoking hot vintage babes. There’s also some moving Mia down the bottom. Stay cool. xxxxx

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Frances Sousa

Toronto-based artist, Frances Sousa, has many talents. Her diverse portfolio showcases a range of art styles and mediums ranging from photography to paint to wool (yes, stitching). Dreamy colour palettes and feminine energy present across her portfolio. Here are a few pieces I really liked, but to see more go here.

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Lina

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There’s something really powerful about this image by Marco Michieletto. The whole series (available here) has a very sensual energy but this image has a darker side that made me love it. The black and white colouring, amazing setting and pose and expression model Lina delivers all work together to make a piece of art. I just had to share! Hope you are all having a good week and getting through Mercury Retrograde… My computer keeps restarting itself with no warning…better post this lest I lose it! xx

Eros Omnipresent

As an artist, I know how many cool ideas you have and how the only thing that gets in the way of actualisation is money. Yes, money. As sad as it is, I’m sure a lot of amazing projects never get off the ground due to this limitation. In recent years, Kickstarter and other donation-based websites have launched to help creatives realise their dreams. So, as an artist and blogger, I am asking my readers to consider giving a little to help Melissa Tofton Leather launch her new collection as well as short film and photo-shoot that will lead to the coffee table book ‘Eros Omnipresent’. Let’s help her bring these into the real world. 

To get you excited, here are a few photographs of Tofton’s 2015 collection. I absolutely love them. And by giving a little, you could get your hands on some photo prints as well as leather products and much more! Check out the Kickstarter campaign here. Bring some good karma into your life! Every bit counts xx

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Louis Ghewy

I came across Louis Ghewy today and discovered he is a hairstylist. Never before have I showcased a collection of work from a hairstylist or make-up artist, as I usually focus on the photographer or sometimes the model. But there is always a first for everything. So today I have selected some beautiful images connected by Ghewy’s mad skills with hair.

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May – Claire Doyle

Visual Female of the Month for May is the fearless feminist, Claire Doyle. Claire is a multi-faceted artist from England whose work looks at gender and the body. This month I got to know more about the eloquent and passionate woman that is Claire Doyle. And you can too.

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Sophie van der Perre

Sophie van der Perre is a photographer from Belgium who, being a free-spirited Gemini, may be experiencing the effects of Mercury Retrograde (read more on this here). Her portfolio showcases a range of styles and subject matter with a general ethereal nature and freedom. I have selected some black and white photographs (with a slight horror vibe) that I think work well together from various series on her website. You can check out more of Sophie’s work here.

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Amanda x Eli

I’ve shared Amanda Charchian‘s photography on The Visual Female before and could possibly share it everyday if I had the energy. I really love her style and what she chooses to capture. I recently discovered a collaboration between Charchian and Eli Craven which I adore and just had to share with you. Here’s a few snaps I liked, but to see more and also get to know Charchian better you can check out this interview at Oyster magazine. 

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Genital Panic

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Valie Export’s photograph Action Pants: Genital Panic shows her sitting with genitals exposed while pointing a gun at the viewer. Export’s work draws attention to the ideas of phallic power and whether it truly comes from biology or can be attained otherwise. Export showcases her lack of penis by exposing her own vagina but reclaims the gun as her phallic object and power. It was rumoured that this photograph came after a live performance, where Export walked around people seated in a theatre, her vagina at their eye-level, and pointed a gun at them while offering sex until the theatre was empty. This imagery reminds me of the film Magic, Magic where, post-hypnotism, the female protagonist walks into the room of a man who has been sexually harassing her (verbally) and rubs her naked vagina in his face, all while being asleep. The woman has no recollection of events the next day and appears mortified when the man confronts her about it. This scene acts to remind us that such overt sexuality is not ‘acceptable’ in a woman with both male anger and female humiliation driving this. Export’s photograph works in the opposite way, purposefully pairing femininity with macho aggression (common in a lot of her work) to blur set gender boundaries.

Performance artist and photographer, Claire Doyle, recently paid homage to Export’s work in her performance piece Habitual Body Monitoring: The Costume. Doyle draws attention to female body hair through her performance which you can watch above. The acceptance and freedom of female body hair has been gaining support in recent years with other artists like Petra Collins and Rhiannon Scnhiederman springing to mind.

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Elena Kulikova

I love these beautifully spiritual photographs by Russian-born photographer, Elena Kulikova. So much magic in the poses, colours and duality of the images. Kulikova moved to California when she was 10 and began modelling at 17. Working the in the industry, her attention soon shifted to behind the camera where she taught herself the art of photography and launched her career in 2006. Almost ten years later I come across her work, but better late than never! I hope these add some sparkle and serenity to your Monday. Happy weeks ahead! xx

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Laura Makabresku

Polish photographer, Laura Makabresku, creates some stunning imagery with a strong, dreamy energy. Inspired by fairy-tales, Laura’s work is truly breathtaking and leads the imagination into new worlds. Here’s a few images that spoke to me, but do take a look at her portfolio for much more!

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Weapon

Liv Thurleys artwork, Weapon, is to die for… and almost in the literal sense. When I first saw this image I wasn’t aware of the materials used and just thought they were gimmicky underwear with rubber bristles sticking out to represent pubic hair. I thought this was pretty cool and how funny it would be to flash people when wearing these knickers. Upon research and discovering the wonderful Liv Thurley, I was pretty happy to discover that these were hundreds (?) of tiny pins – sharp end sticking out. Thus the title, Weapon, becomes even more true. As a woman, I know that vaginas are very much weapons – commonly used against us, but also able to be used by women as personal power and influence. Thurley explains she overheard a group of boys talking about how they would never sleep with a woman if she had pubic hair. Soon after, this brutal creation was formed.

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Stephen Swartz

Firstly, I just want to acknowledge how cool it would be to have ‘art’ somewhere in my name. Lucky for Stephen, not so lucky for me. Stephen SwARTz is an analogue photographer who studied the craft well before digital was around. His work dates from the late 90s to the present but most of his work carries this 90s energy. I would put this down to the look of the women Stephen uses in his work, although I’m sure the analogue technique plays a part. It is pretty rare these days, with my beloved Ellen Rogers being the main contemporary analogue photographer I am aware of. I have chosen a selection of images from Stephen’s portfolio that appeal to me the most but I would recommend taking a look yourself to fully absorb yourself in his intent. Soft female forms are juxtaposed with geometric architecture to comment on the contrast between organic figures and structured forms and, on a deeper level, intuition and rationale. Stephen uses female figures to express his own feelings as a man, allowing him to explore his own emotional state – something he notes men often try to push down. It is important to respect the skill and patience it takes to work as an analogue photographer, especially in the age where digital technology runs rampant. I’m not one to talk, being a digital artist myself after all. I suppose at the end of the day, the most important thing is to simply acknowledge and respect art, both as the end form, as well as the techniques used to get there. I hope you enjoy these striking photographs. I just adore the first image and find some connections to William Mortensen’s work in a few of the others. Delightful.

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Nadia Lee Cohen

London-based photographer, Nadia Lee Cohen, recently embarked on her ‘100 naked women’ project which has been met with mixed opinions. Her amazing photographic style is a little surreal and the opposite of natural – her subjects looking like Barbie dolls or mannequins after all – but I really love it! Cohen uses a bold colour palette, pop-culture iconography and striking composition to capture her subjects in a very ‘plastic’ state. The result is contemporary photography with a nostalgic energy that takes us back to the 50s, when pop culture and mass consumerism began to overwhelm our lives. Here are a few images from the series that I like but I would definitely recommend visiting her website to see a whole lot more goodness!

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William Mortensen

William Mortensen was a photographer who worked mainly between 1920-40 taking amazing photographs with a romantic, painterly quality. His early work includes many portraits of Hollywood actresses and actors. Mortensen used particular chemicals in the developing process of his images to make many of them look more like a painting than a photograph. The result is truly striking artwork that is incredibly captivating. Not only did Mortensen have his distinct (and unpopular with other photographers) style, but his subject matter is also a little peculiar. A fascination with monsters, the supernatural and witchcraft is present in his personal work. As Mortensen would have had his birthday a few days ago (Jan 27) making him the oddball Aquarian of the Zodiac, it makes perfect sense that his work was totally different to his contemporaries. So much that he was even likened to the ‘anti-Christ’. A little far-fetched I would argue, but I do love his work pretty deeply and I do adore Von Trier’s film Antichrist which only makes me wonder what people would say about me? But in all seriousness I am so glad he is being fully appreciated today and am honoured to share his work. I have included a selection of his witch-inclined images below for you to enjoy. Go be naughty! Cackle. x

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The Number 8

2015 means the world moves into an eight year, which is a good thing! Eight represents abundance, especially with finances. So we can hopefully expect pay-rises and general improvement when it comes to the material world. To acknowledge the eight year, I have selected eight pieces of art to show. All are different (and don’t relate to money) but let’s hope they bring some good fortune to us all!

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In order: Charmaine Olivia, Ewelina Skowronska, Marianna Rothen, Jensine Eckwall, Joshua Pekter, Jenny Liz Rome, Dylan Forsberg, Jessica Singh 

Ellen Rogers

Ellen Rogers has to be one of my favourite photographers. Her amazing work is always feminine and evocative, with subject matter often acquiring a dark, haunting beauty. Rogers work is entirely analogue, using traditional methods in every photograph she produces, which is an impressive feat in this modern age. This series has a lovely Virgin feel to it which is somewhat fitting with December 25 upon us. Check it out and see what you think.

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Blood E

Here is a small selection of photographs with an evocative use of blood and the human body. While technically the final image may not have blood in it, the red colouring of the flowers and the way the flowers are bleeding themselves, ties this image in with the others. It’s a fascinating photograph and one you could get lost in. So do.

Interestingly, all these photographers first names start with the letter E. (Hence the journalistic pun for the article name. Forgive me).

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Prue Stent

Photography student, Prue Stent, is pretty much amazing. Her latest series, Pink, explores what it means to be a woman through questioning contemporary beauty standards. Women, body parts and other objects are used, along with the beautiful colour pink. Her work is truly captivating and Stent explores her subject matter with perfection. Here are a few snaps that I adore, but to see the rest, plus her other outstanding series, then visit her website for all that goodness. Enjoy! x

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Blue Companions

I have connected these images together through their unifying blue colouring and the pairing in each image. Each pairing is different but they all have a slightly eerie nature to them and exude a highly emotive power.  The first, a man and a woman amid sex (Milan Nenezic), next, two blue birds in a stormy setting (Zofia Bogusz) and finally, two women holding hands, eyes closed awaiting their moment (Shae Acopian Detar). I love all these images separately and even more when viewed together. Truly amazing painting by both artists and a captivating photography and fashion combo by Detar.

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Alex Stoddard

These stunning photographs by Alex Stoddard highlight the raw connection between humans and nature. Women are seamlessly integrated into the delicious, dangerous environment or are shown breaking out of it with fierce dynamism. I love the earthy aspects to many of his pieces, with the third image shown here reminding me of scenes from Antichrist. I want to see these images moving and to delve deeper into their essence, however, I suppose they are perfect just as they are. What do you think?

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In Nature

Brett Manning is an American artist with a diverse portfolio. I originally discovered her illustrations and through following her on social media was fortunate enough to see these stunning photographs. I love the vibe of the work, very feminine and empowered with a touch of witch energy (which works with Brett being a Scorpio – born on spooky Halloween in fact). A lot of her artwork makes reference to this, with cats, ghosts, witches and broomsticks scattered throughout rather lightly toned illustrations. You will also find ufos, aliens and cakes. The result is fun, quirky artwork with a little mystery and intrigue. However, with Brett’s photography, there is a darker, more feminine and powerful energy. Do check out her portfolio to see all her amazing work.

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Francesca Woodman

I love the connections between these photographs by Francesca Woodman. Both are feminist pieces (and obviously stunning!) in my opinion. The first positions Woodman’s girl-like face and ribbon with a more developed body through breasts and underarm hair. I really dig this part of the image because it is really quite subtle but entirely transforms the image from look at me to what are you looking at? So much strength and power as woman is conveyed.

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The second image is cropped in a similar way and while the subject matter is also similar it expresses another concept. The idea of submission and rape come to my mind. Woodman’s face and body language retreat, her arms up and blank face saying ‘take me’, ‘do what you want with me’. Her hands scream I am innocent, don’t shoot through a familiar gesture, but the painted hand on Woodman’s chest indicates violation, unacknowledged hands. We can tell it is her hand that she has painted around, but ideas of other hands touching her come to mind. Combined with her submissive position, and the police aspects (hands up, painted body outline from crime scenes) this adds a sinister aspect which really makes the image so amazing. Francesca Woodman, you were one talented photographer. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, we are lucky.

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Shaina Hedlund

I just love this image by photographer, Shaina Hedlund. I find it one of the best photo-layering images I have seen in a while. I think there is something about this style that is always powerful and evocative, as well as often being very clever and always worth sharing. Enjoy this stunning image and enjoy the weekend that is upon us (yay)!

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Dark

Here’s a quick curation of five images that work beautifully with each other. They are all a little dark and mysterious as well as being utterly feminine. In order: Ellen Rogers, Feline ZegersPaulina Otylie SurysMira Nedyalkova and Sam Weber.

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Move Monday: Waiting For The Worlds To Change

Photographer, Amanda Charchian, is pretty outstanding. To add to this, she has recently made a fashion film for clothing brand, Sister Janewhich contains some utterly beautiful imagery. Carried along by a subtle, repetitive score, the film allows us to engage with the content and reflect on the beauty of the world as well as our part within it.

Here’s a still from the film to get you excited, and beneath is the stunning film itself. Take a break and enjoy!

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Rhiannon Schneiderman

I found Rhiannon Schneiderman‘s ‘Lady Mane’ series on The Ardorous (curated by Petra Collins) and fell in love with both the concept and execution. These amazing self-portraits reclaim pubic hair in a refreshing, beautiful manner. As women have fallen out with pubic hair, choosing to wax, shave, pluck and attempt anything for it to go away, I am happy to see a generation returning affection to the bush. Schneiderman’s series is all about empowerment, reclaiming femininity as a woman rather than adhering to male-approved versions. The series is powerful and highlights the hilarity of the modern-day emphasis given to make ones genitals fashionable. Each ‘lady mane’ is different and reminds us that, yes, it is okay to do whatever we want with out pubic hair. It is ours, nobody else should get a say. Here’s my four favourite pieces from the eight-part series. Enjoy x

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Move Monday: Import

Elena Vizerskaya is an amazing photographer and photo manipulator. I recently saw this clip she put together and while there is no female content I still wanted to share it. Beautiful, organic and combined with a great score, this clip is perfect for the Monday blues. I have also included a few snaps by Elena that connect to the images you are about to watch. Enjoy and as always, feel free to comment, share or whatever else your heart desires. With such amazing content, it would be hard not to.

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Suji Park

Suji Park is a freelance photographer based in South Korea. Her work is enigmatic, enchanting and very beautiful. Women and nature meet in dreamy settings that are carefully framed to create careful variety and interest. Suji creates many photographic series which communicate with the viewer. I have only chosen a selection of her work here, so you must check out her website to fully experience her intent. You can also check out her Facebook page to stay up to date with her latest projects, which I would highly recommend.

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Parker Fitzgerald

Dreamy, fantastical photography is what you can expect from the talented Parker Fitzgerald. Femininity and nature are always a winning combination as I find women are often heightened and empowered in these surroundings. I’m in love and will have to share more with you later! For now, here’s a few pieces to whet your appetite. Enjoy xx

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Beauties

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I came across this image today in a blog post showcasing historical images that reflected the changing times and the enduring humanity of people. Some pieces were serious while others were of a more humorous nature, like the four person bicycle that allowed Mum to sit down and continue working on her sewing machine while the family peddled around. (I wonder why that never took off?). Among the selection of images this picture stood out to me. The caption said these were winners in a 1922 beauty pageant and then went on to comment about the changing ideals of beauty. I found that a bit disappointing, because what makes this photo stand out to me is the women’s attitudes towards beauty, rather than whether they are supposed to be fatter, taller, shorter… or whatever the author’s comment was meant to indicate. (I really don’t know). What makes this image worthy of being shared is the wonderful carelessness both winners exhibit. The woman on the left looks away, rather disinterested in the whole thing (looks like there might be a boy she’s eyeing up) and our staunch lady on the right stares out at the camera with complete authority backed up by her open, yet unapproachable body language. There are no false smiles or over-enthusiastic gushing at the ‘honour’ of being crowned good-looking by some panel of (let’s assume, ugly) old men. These women’s attitudes towards the whole charade that is beauty is so refreshing, which makes it even more of a shame that pageants have gone from this to what we know now.

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This vs. That: Round Seventeen

It’s time for this months This vs. That. Today I am looking at some interesting collages of my favourite flapper, Louise Brooks. With Move Monday still in my head, I thought if fitting to dedicate this week to lovely Louise. To see her dancing, check out Move Monday: Lulu vs. Gaga and to have a look at two collage attempts and hear my opinions, Round Seventeen: Louise Brooks will do the trick. Oh, and I’m back to my original This vs. That template – much nicer!

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Hadassi Reuben

London-based photographer, Hadassi Reuben is something special. Her amazing work takes on a dreamy, ethereal nature through her use of forest-like environments and natural light (often shooting at sunrise). Drawing inspiration from Romanticism, you can certainly tell Reuben is re-imagining a time gone by. When her subjects aren’t dressed in vintage costume, the style of her photography works to transform the images to a different era. The combination of nature and femininity makes Reuben’s work perfect for The Visual Female, but also creates a very accessible, understated beauty that I imagine would appeal to a wide audience. I could easily see any of her photographs framed in large-scale looking amazing in a variety of homes. Her work reminds me a little bit of Nishe, who I shared not so long ago. One main difference would be that Nishe uses colour whereas all of Reuben’s work is in black and white. But as I mentioned in my The Black and White Image post, I am a huge fan of black and white. There is some sort of magic it creates. A pleasure to share such amazing, pure photography.

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Body Fashion

I came across the wonderful collaboration between artist, Janine Rewell, and shoe designer, Minna Parikka, and just had to share the images. Inspired by her latest footwear collection, Rewell approached Parikka and the two worked together to create these stunning adverts which showcase the essence of the footwear, as well as making the shoe the only actual garment in the shot (clever advertising).

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The final images reminded me of the my Klimt Again post, in which Klimt inspired clothing was photographed on matching materials and backgrounds to connect the whole image. Work by Gorman has also been showcased here which has a similar vibe, with outfits photographed in front of matching backgrounds. With Gorman, however, the clothing was actually inspired by the art (awesome). With Rewell, the shoes inspired art, but what makes the art so cool is that is becomes one with the body. I wonder why I haven’t seen something like this before? Certainly worth the time and effort that would have gone into designing the patterns and then executing them onto a human figure. I also love the way the shots have been layered over each other. It reminds me of an all glass mirror that has angled edges that reflect in this way. A really creative, fun idea and a refreshing and engaging way to advertise. You can take a look at a bit more of the process below.

 

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In the Studio

I love Charmaine Olivia, not only for her amazing artwork, but also for the enigmatic energy she radiates. This is why I love seeing the environment she works in to create her amazing artwork. Her studio is to die for and I can only imagine being surrounded by so many pieces of beauty. A beauty herself, Charmaine isn’t afraid to get in front of the camera and has even released a new ‘Lifestyle’ range that includes signed photographs that focus on Charmaine in her home environment. Take a peek below.

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In other Charmaine-related news, limited edition prints of ‘Honeybee’ (pictured immediately below) are now available for sale. I also took a fancy to two other pieces when browsing her prints and wanted to share them too. Amazing work from a beautiful woman (inside and out). Oh, and they are really reasonable too! Enjoy. x

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Be mine…

Happy Valentine’s day to everyone. If you are doing something sweet, enjoy it! In New Zealand we don’t really get too involved in the concept, but I know a few people making the most of the day to remind their lover that they love them. For an image to support the occasion, I decided this piece by collage artist, Morgaen Munoz, was a cool and unique take on the traditional concept of relationships and love. I like it. Enjoy x

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Good Lorde

Yay, my favourite Kiwi girl, Lorde, has won two of the four Grammys she was nominated for. I got to watch it live as it even screened on free-to-air TV in New Zealand today. Couldn’t be happier for the young lady. Her voice (singing and otherwise) is a welcome change to the music scene and I’m always interested in her thoughts. A true lady, and a true Kiwi. To celebrate the two wins I am sharing two pics of her that I quite like. Enjoy x

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This vs. That: Round Fifteen

Time for this months This vs. That. My template decided not to open, so I made a new template for today’s post. Might mix it up each month from now on, or go back to normal next month. Will have to see what the world wants me to do.

Anyway, Round Fifteen: Additions is up now. The first for 2014 – I hope you like it!

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Nishe

I found the photography of Nishe and was quickly in love with the beauty of it. Soft, feminine focus and dreamy subject matter make for stunning images that I would happily display on my walls. Her website has a great selection of work, as well as deals on prints and links to other web presence. I selected some images I quite like, but as you can imagine it was hard to limit it to just a few.

Photography can be so amazing and capture the essence of a painting which is quite unreal. Nishe’s work certainly delivers on this while also evoking great wonder and beauty. I hope to find more photographers like her. So do let me know if you know any similar by leaving a comment. I would love to showcase more photography in this style.

For now, enjoy these delightful images and get carried away in the beauty.

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year lovely readers! I hope you have had a bit of a relax (or party-time if that’s more of what you were desiring!) over the Christmas and New Year period. I took a break from art and blogging, had some days at my day job (how appropriate), and did a bit of family holidaying. Not too bad. I am looking forward to 2014 and hope that with the influence of Neptune that it will be a dreamy, feminine and creative year. I’m also into my moon year in my cycle, which might make my creative juices take a feminine approach as well. I’m excited to see what art I create and if this is different from my sun year.

I didn’t really set any resolutions, but I want to continue all the good I did in 2013, as well as push my art onto the world (watch out) and try to get some pieces into shops and stuff like that. I want to have a group or solo exhibition too! And I also want to reach a wider audience here, as well as work on my writing and connections with other creatives. Hey, look at me, no superficial resolutions! That makes me proud. Oh, and I want to try to help out the world a little bit more, ideally in some area related to women’s rights. Wish me luck! And I wish you all the best with whatever endeavors you set yourself for the year that is 2014.

I thought what better way to kick off the new year than with a pic of the stunning Kate Moss (digitally edited by me)? With Moss being a Capricorn it seems the ideal way to get into the swing of things. Enjoy and all the best for the year ahead xx

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Bernhard Handick

Loving the photography and mixed-media collage from Bernhard Handick. His work is interesting and sensual, and just what I feel like looking at today. Hopefully you enjoy it too! One piece reminds me of an image by Richard Prince that I shared a while back, see if you can find the connection x

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Simone Klimmeck

Berlin-based artist Simone Klimmeck creates stunning illustration and mixed-media works. Her aesthetic is feminine and fierce at the same time which gets The Visual Female’s seal of approval. Beauty, colour and texture bring these pieces to life. I love the combination of grayscale media with the vibrant prints and patterns Klimmeck chooses. To see more of her work visit her website.

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Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th! This doesn’t really impact me (apart from a few friends to wish happy birthday to, and $13 pizzas at my favourite pizza place). However, I thought I may as well put together some horror inspired images (13 seemed appropriate). I do quite love horror movies (especially Rob Zombie films), and while horror art can be pretty cool, it’s not really something I can imagine hanging in my home. It is something I would be interested in trying for myself though, so maybe these pieces can be inspiration. Enjoy, and enjoy whatever you are up to today, spooky or otherwise! xx

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Emanuele Cassina

Italian photographer Emanuele Cassina creates very sensual and evocative photographs. I love the softness and peacefulness in the images. Another positive is how they are erotic without being overly sexual or low brow. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Always a pleasure to share such beautiful photography. Enjoy x

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Inspiration

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Above: Inspiration collage.  Below: Pieces used to make the collage

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The Visual Female recently set up a Pinterest page which acts as another outlet to showcase images from this blog. Each image that is posted here, will later be pinned to an appropriate board on Pinterest. But, sometimes there are pieces that haven’t made it onto this blog quite yet. For those, I put them onto my ‘Inspiration’ Board. It is also a way for me to repin the amazing visuals I come across from the boards I follow. I wanted to share some pieces from my Inspiration Board, so I decided to make a small collage of a few pieces as seen at the top of the page. And, just so each image gets its own little bit of fame, they are all there as thumbnails. Hopefully either my inspiration collage, or the individual images can get you all a little inspired. If you are on Pinterest, make sure to follow The Visual Female.

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