[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.

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Oct
18
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FROM THE MADMEN creative department?

If you didnt’t get to watch the season finale of Madmen last night, don’t worry I won’t spoil it for you. But i did think this would be the perfect time to show you these amazing pieces I scored at an antique show earlier this year. It was one of those finds that you just couldn’t pass up, and since they were sold separately I had to haggle for a deal so I could take them both home.

They were actually folded in quarters for quite some time so I had them dry mounted on some acid free foam core so they would remain flat and wrinkle free. I just love the illustrations and thinking about the time that went into creating this work by hand instead of a CAD program. They are a great start to my madmen inspired workspace that is slowly coming along.

Sep
01
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THE MOST AWESOME school stickers ever

Check out these back to school stickers by Illustrator Jennifer Bell. Seriously how cool would these have been in third grade. If you are thinking the same thing, you can get a printable version along with some other cool back to school stickers, from a few other artists as well, at the We love to illustrate blog. I also really liked this little bunny illustration of hers as well… I just couldn’t resist putting the two side by side!

May
26
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THE WONDERFUL WORLD of paint chips

I’ve been using paint chips from Home Depot to display my brooches at outdoor craft fairs for the last few summers. But this pales in comparison to the new Sherman Williams TV ad by the amazing people over at Buck. They have animated an entire world created only with paint swatches. Seriously you have to check out the commercial to believe it.

Mar
03
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MORE ILLUSTRATION that makes me smile

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I found Alex Dukal’s portfolio site while tromping around the internet looking for something completely unrelated. I just love those happy little accidents don’t you? Born an raised in Patagonia, Argentina, Alex’s style is like a breath of fresh air. I just feel that his work is really fresh and isn’t laden with other artistic influences. All of his work puts a huge smile on my face which is so very nice early in the morning. You can also check out his blog and stay on top of his upcoming projects.

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Mar
02
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SPOT ILLUSTRATIONS by stephanie cox

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I am loving these little spot illustrations by Stephanie Cox. These little watercolors have a lot of style within their freely painted lines. I can definitly see these gracing the pages of Martha Stewart or even inStyle sometime very soon. Stephanie is definitely one to keep your eye on!

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Feb
10
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A VERY COLORFUL heart

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Rafa Jenn has a new print out entitled “All  You Need.” Made up of some very beautiful colors this print would look great in almost any space. But you better hurry fast with a price tag of  $39 and a limited edition of only 25 these are going to go fast.

Feb
09
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THIS JUST IN… the picture book report

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The Picture Book Report is one of the coolest projects I have seen in a very long time. Fifteen amazing illustrators will be creating a new illustration from their chosen picture book every month. So every month a new surprise illustration from some of my favorite books growing up, by some of my favorite illustrators of today. The illustrators that are participating are… Andrea Kalfas, Daniel Krall, Israel Sanchez, Jeremy Sorese, John Martz, Julia Sonmi Heglund, Kali Ciesemier, Laura Park, Lizzy Stewart, Meg Hunt, Phil McAndrew, PMurphy, S.britt, Sam Bosma, and Will Bryant.

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Feb
05
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AMY RUPPEL’s beautiful animal illustrations

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We all know i’m a sucker for silhouettes and theses illustrations from Amy Ruppel are no exception. These little graphic works are designed digitally and then cut out and placed neatly into a wax painting. The final product is just stunning. She also offers prints of her works… just in case you want to buy a few.

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Jan
12
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AUDREY KAWASAKI new limited edition prints

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If you’ve been dreaming of having one of Audrey’s beauties to hang on your walls you only have to wait until saturday. She is going to release another two art prints with her “time limited edition” method. “Yuuwaku” is a 16″ x 20.5″ giclee, while “Hyakki Yakou” is a 14″ x 23″ giclee.  The unframed prints are priced at $100 each, with a framed option available. The catch is these beauties will only be available Saturday, January 23 from 3pm-4pm (PST.) The edition size will be determined by how many orders are placed. You can only order one piece so choose wisely.

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Dec
11
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TAP WATER is the new bottled water

If tap water was a little more stylish would people buy less bottled water? Faucet Face thinks so. Tap just needs a little makeover. These BPA free glass bottles feature work of several amazing artists ( Seb Lester, Ray Fenwick& Annika Tran) and are sure to fancy-up your tap water next year. Through the month of December these awesome containers are 25% off and will ship out between feb/march. Perfect for that springtime picnic!

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