Monday, August 24, 2009

the world of theo ellsworth

i love coming across brilliance.

you know, that glowing luminescent buzz that comes out of the work
of someone who is immersed in their creative flow.
so imagine my delight when i came across the work of
theo ellsworth!!

you see . . . .

inside the big city that is theo ellsworth's imagination . . .





when night time falls, it is a time of celebration . . .


some people like to visit the elephant garden . . .



while others like to go out for a walk under the ghosty stars . . .


some prefer to row around the green dappled pond and listen to the fish sing . . .

and when everyone returns safely home,
they climb to their rooftops
and sing dreamy nighttime stories . . .

and after all the songs are heard, it's cuddle time . . . .

and the city quiets down and goes to sleep .


is one of many artists
whose incredible work can be found at islands fold.
i love islands fold.
it's a spectacular creative and loving artist's collaborative
on canada's west coast.

spend some time looking around
and you'll be delighted, amazed, and maybe even leave with a work of art!!!

39 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

WOW! This is amazing art! I had never heard of Islands Fold before. I visited the website briefly and I'm impressed. It's another wonder in this marvelous world. Thanks for sharing, Steven.

Nancy said...

Hi Steven, I'm just visiting from Reya's blog. I love some of your comments and thought I would stop by and visit. I love this artwork. Very creative. I also loved your last post. I'll be back!

gleaner said...

Amazing artwork Steve.
I like the new design of your blog with the inspiration meme in the side bar and the buddha.

Amy said...

I've seen copies of his work before and am amazed by it. People with this kind of talent leave me with my jaw slack and my head spinning a bit. Thanks for sharing this and for guiding us to more.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Steven - that man's mind truly lives in a magical world - I love it. What patience he need s to complete such works of art.

Alaine said...

Oh my, such intricate work! I haven't checked the link yet but I will. I saw a documentary a few years ago about a 12yo autistic boy who was drawing cities, as the first pic.

Amazing stuff, thanks.

NanU said...

thanks for the intro to Theo's art; I love it. Especially the b&w's, which remind me of my own doodlings whenever there's a very long day of meetings.

steven said...

hi dan, i've been dealing with islands fold for a few years now and they have an extraordinary gathering of artists. i'm so glad you had a looksee. have a lovely day with the kids dan. steven

steven said...

hi nancy, i'm so glad to meet you!! i visited your blog and it felt a bit like home! it's interesting to me that there are so many threads of connection that when followed feel so right. hmmmm. i'm glad you liked theo's artwork. he's one talented dude!!! thanks for visiting and do drop in again!! steven

steven said...

hello gleaner!!! thanks for visiting! the transformative moments posting will stay alive for a while because there were so many astonishing postings, so many cool and incredible people attached to that day that i want it to have a fuller life than most blog postings so i'm glad that you noticed it. the little buddha was my dad's and it sits in my mother's garden, calmly holding everything - and nothing - together!!! so lovely to see you. steven

steven said...

hi amy - i know what you mean! it's so amazing to see the work of someone with talent and a creative mind that definitely steps out of the box and it feels adult but also childlike all at the same time. the other artists over at islands fold are similarly talented people. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello weaver - it's a magical world to be sure!!! patience - yes because i imagine he creates as he goes and what if he ends up in a place that he didn't expect, steps back and says "oh dear!?" have a lovely day in the dale!! steven

steven said...

hi alaine - i recall a similar autistic boy in my class - he could draw pages of teeny tiny little leaves floating to the ground during the autumn. absolutely astonishingly intricate. i'm glad that you enjoyed your visit! have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

nanu - here's a suggestion. why not take some of those doodles. photograph them and share them on your lovely blog?! it's a meme waiting to happen!! doodle day! have a lovely day. steven

Delwyn said...

Hi Steven

I am in awe of people whose minds work like this...it is so foreign to me...like another language.

Thanks for showing us

Happy days

steven said...

hello delwyn - i'm glad you were able to have a looksee! i've always loved art in all its forms. in the past few years, work like theo's has been cropping up and every so often i buy a print of an up-and-comer just because i am ("in awe of people whose minds work like this"). i love spending time in their world. thanks for visiting and have a lovely day by the river. steven

willow said...

What a delightful post for my Monday morning blog hop. Thanks, Steven, this was a magically delicious treat.

Dave King said...

Unique. I know no more about this artist than you have told me. I need to put that right. Thanks.

ellen abbott said...

Oh, these are fabulous. so detailed and whimsical. thanks.

Titus said...

I think I will steven! Thanks for the introduction.

Kay said...

Hi Steven..this is amazing work if a bit scary!!! Got to admire the detail and incredible imagination though.
Loved that gritty b/w picture from yesterday too.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Intricate and wonderful weavings of pure imagination.how staid is my lumpen mind by comparison!

BT said...

Hello steven, I always read your comments over at others' blogs so I popped over again. The work of your selected artist Theo is mind blowingly fabulous. Jaw dropping indeed. I am off to see the links now. Thanks so much. I love the amazing colours of that sunflower picture at the top, it's so beautiful, I'd love it on my wall. So good to drop by, Gina (BT). xx

BT said...

PS!! Ces's work reminds me of Theo's a bit.

steven said...

hi willow, i'm expecting a bit of a return to the more eclectic steven who posted all sorts here so i'm glad you enjoyed theo's art!! have a lovely day at the manor! steven

steven said...

hello dave!!! i'm fascinated by imaginative people - i always have been. sometimes i can't go where their imagination has taken them. theo's artwork hovers right over the world of fantasy that i love. see you again! steven

steven said...

hello ellen, i'm so glad you came and enjoyed them!!! whimsical is the word i was hunting for when i replied to dave's comment!! that's what they are!! thanks ellen. steven

steven said...

hi titus - oh you're welcome. i love that blogging opens doors for all of us that we might not otherwise know were there. have a peaceful evening. steven

steven said...

hello kay - i'm glad you could drop by!! i imagine some of theo's work might appear scary. it's otherworldly in places. the photos from yesterday - wow!! i loved them also. see you again, steven

steven said...

now t.f.e. i won't have you saying that - you have an agile, twisted mind yes - but not lumpen!!!! glad to see you. steven

steven said...

hello gina, i'm so glad to meet you!! thanks for your nice comments and i hope that you receive the photo i sent you - the one that i use for my banner piece. come back any time!!!!! have a peaceful evening. steven

Coastcard said...

This is so fascinating, Steven. So pleased I popped over to your blog this evening. I shall return tomorrow as it's hard to take in all the imagery in one go!

Sophia said...

Steven....man, do I have alot to learn about art still. I have not heard of Theo. You are right...his works are incredible and really draw an individual in to see what all he has hidden/placed within each piece.

Thank you so much for sharing with us the things you enjoy and that interest you. I love learning! :)

Joanna said...

Thank you Steven for introducing me to this work. It is amazingly intricate and beautiful. I took a look at the website and am impressed with all the creative approaches the young people of this collective have to drawing and print making. A cool discovery.

steven said...

hello coastcard!!! i love children's illustrators and theo's work has something of maurice sendak in it. perhaps that's why i liked it so much. it is overwhelming i agree. so much detail to take in. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello sophia, one of the most magical features of blogging for me has been the opening up of my mind to people and ideas that despite my own wanderings escaped my notice! i'm glad that you enjoyed your visit here and especially that theo's work struck a chord with you. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello joanna, thankyou for your kind comments. i'm really pleased that you wandered over to visit island's fold. they are an amazing group of people; highly creative and talented people! i wish i could be half as talented as they are!!! have a lovely day. steven

Crafty Green Poet said...

what amazing pictures, so much going on in there...

steven said...

hello crafty green, yes they're incredibly detailed and there's lots going on . . . .i think that's why i was drawn to them and chose to share them. have a peaceful evening. steven