I find design inspiration everywhere, but for me, nothing is as inspiring as the sea. It’s soothing and mysterious and always has a calming effect on me. It’s part of the reason I gravitate towards blue, from inky indigo to the palest periwinkle. It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken paint brush to canvas, but after seeing Alex Weinstein’s amazing, oversize oil paintings of the sea in all its glory, I’m chomping at the bit to try to create my own.
While there doesn’t seem to be too much written about Weinstein, one thing is for certain: his work is incredibly connected to and inspired by the deep, blue tumultuous ocean. According to his bio at the William Turner Gallery, this dedicated surfer would take pictures of the sea while sitting on his surfboard and then tape them to the wall in his garage to help guide him while he painted. Here are some of my favorites:
Weinstein’s work is incredibly grand in scale; I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it is to paint something so realistic on such a large scale. With pieces as big as 9 feet tall and 7 feet wide, they are a striking presence in any room. Here is one in the living room of interior designer Thom Filicia, as featured in Elle Decor. It takes up most of the wall, yet you really get a feel for its size when Thom stands in front of it:
Here is another shot that appeared in a Greek architectural magazine, via Alex’s website:
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