manic maniac monday



Happy Monday Maniacs,

So I feel like the reason for my lack of arting and blogging can be summed up perfectly by a line from the song Keep On Rockin Me Baby by the Steve Miller Band, and it goes something like “Well I’ve been lookin’ real hard, and I’m trying to find a job, but it just keeps getting tougher everyday”. Voila. So let’s get inspired by these amazingly beautiful and colourful illustrations full of lines and life! Yellena James has amazing work. Please, PLEASE! Visit her website! Enjoy!



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99 thoughts on “manic maniac monday

  1. Stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this work. I am actually a recovering bipolar artist who knows the real MANIC Monday all too well! My blog shares the story of that recovery via the art I post there.
    Congrats on being FP-ed. And hang on for the ride–it can be truly crazy (mental health humor intended)!
    Kathy

  2. I find in my music that inspiration sometimes has to be forced. I find my inspiration less and less in others’ art, and more and more in the mundane: that wikipedia article I read, that book I skimmed.

    I love how organic these paintings are…

  3. I discovered Yellena a few years back on Etsy.com and currently have one of her pieces in my bedroom. I love the colors and the seemingly ethereal underwater designs she does!

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  5. This really is some BEAUTIFUL work! So nice of you to post it for your friend. It has a rather eastern/asian flair, which I am partial to. An artist myself, I also seem to have become preoccupied with blogging, and the noxious anxiety of trying to catch the Lone Ranger of mice, Jerry – which I did manage, in a cookie box, this morning…maybe now I can get back to some art! I will definately go and check out her site, plus peruse yours. I just love to see what other artists are making. Thanks for posting, and congratulations on Freshly Pressed!
    -Spectra

  6. Wow, this is beautiful work! I checked out her website, and the colors, forms, details of her work are stunning. Thanks for posting these samples of her work. And best wishes on your own work!

  7. The first picture sort of looks like panthers jumping over mushrooms whilst other strange button-eyed creatures relax on the lawn and sniff other upside creatures’ feet.

  8. I like your blog. How did you make the beautiful header? I am setting up a blog for a school and can’t get the header to appear properly. It is either stretched or smushed even if i make it the exact pixel size asked for in the theme.

    • Hmm..well luckily this theme allows for a big huge header. I sized my banner to the exact size it asks for so that you don’t need to crop any of it off. I used photoshop to put together several different pieces of my own artwork, and voila! I hope you get yours sorted out!

  9. Wow! These are amazing!!! You are really gifted. I feel like we could have something in common because I do some art of my own. Mine is drawn while yours is painted… but still! I love the splash of color! It gives me a ocean/hawiian feeling. You are fantastic!

    P.S. thank you so much for posting this up for me to see! love it

  10. Those are amazing works of art! I particularly love the second piece up there! The colors surely wake me up! The style (sort of) reminds me of my friend’s artwork, but his is more Cambodian inspired shapes/figures. This is very cool – thanks for sharing and congrats on being FP!

  11. The beauty of blogs – we see art that would normally be kept under wraps, under beds, on top of wardrobes, between mattresses, behind lounges……..thanks for sharing.

  12. Congratulations on being FD ed
    The paintings are so alive, as if under water sea life. Also they so like the mind on any manic day. So much happening in those paintings just like the mind flipping from one thing to other ; trying to make sense of the total chaos, and yet make it beautiful!

  13. Wow! I love this. Each one has its own sort of unique brilliance… They’re all amazing, good job.

  14. Really incredible stuff. I tried my hand at watercolor painting a little last year. Still need to find time to continue working with the medium. However, since I got a new camera, I’ve been getting to know it. Without art our lives would truly be dull.

  15. i’ve seen lots of art on the web and in person but this is “inner beauty”…congrats very well done..love the interplay of colors makes one at peace..regards

  16. I wish I had limited TV more with my kids when they were little. One of my fondest memories is when they were about 7 and 9 and we had just moved, so we had to wait a few days for cable. One evening we got home and just lay on my bed for about 20 minutes before dinner, talking about nothing in particular. Also happy is a memory of coming home from the beach and playing the card game War for a couple of hours instead of automatically turning on the TV,

    TV is such a time-sucker. I get so much more done when I don’t watch. Can’t really even sort laundry!

    • you are so right! I went years without cable tv, and recently I was hooked up again. I usually can’t sit still long enough to waste too much time, but there are definately better things to do than lay around and waste time like that! I hope to be much more adventurous this year and try as many new things as possible!

  17. I read freshly pressed almost daily
    Check out my blog sometime.
    “Whatcha need Got you covered in Northwest Houston,Tx.”

  18. Oh, my, gosh! Those are some amazing drawings and designs! It’s amazing how many great abstract artists are out there! I’m a failure at drawing myself, except for cartoons, but heck, I most certainly admire those who can draw as well as this. It must take a lot of patience and a lot of hard, hard work. I don’t have the first one at all!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser

  19. There are so many hidden gems it’s true! Thank goodness for the internet! I wouldn’t come across half the artist that I do. These pieces are so imaginative! It definately requires patience and diligence! These are a good testament to what people can do when they put their time and energy into something they love!

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