If I could, I would buy every last one of Michelle Morin‘s magnificent watercolors. Side by side, I would hang the pieces in a room, slowly but surely covering every square inch of all four walls. I would charge an admission for folks to come look around my wonderful, fantastical zoo and gawk at the creatures on the other side of the glass. An aviary here, a watering hole there — the whole shebang. That’s how much I love these paintings.
Morin — who graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a BFA in painting and art history — has truly captured my heart with her fanciful wildlife gems. Each painting hosts a mellow medley of muted hues — soft lilacs, cool grays, rusty reds — true serenity. Then there’s the patterns, the glorious patterns. Morin uses texture and layering in such a way that makes me think she would make a fabulous textile designer. (A prophecy which may very well actually come true, as the artist has recently collaborated with The Land of Nod).
My personal favorites — a tough decision — would have to be the watering hole series, which feature a rare eagle-eye perspective. I love how, suddenly, just by changing the viewpoint the animals become a series of shapes and patterns, all coexisting beautifully together.
To see more of Morin’s work — and maybe purchase your own zoo — check out her Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/unitedthread?ref=pr_shop_more
Michelle also has a blog filled with new artwork: unitedthread.blogspot.com