How cool are these?!  I didn't quite 'get' the first sentence of the post when I read it... "Take a close look: ‘This is clearly a painting’. That’s what you’ll most likely expect, wouldn’t you? Now, take a further look and imagine that these are real life people with paint on them..."

Now I get it and again...How cool?!  Alexa Meade, from USA, has created a new art form it seems. She likes to blend people into her creations in a pretty unusual way. With her aesthetic, she manages to play around skillfully combing paint, portraiture, photography and performance.

Alexa Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade - she applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting!

Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.

When asked about her about her thought process. Here is what she said:

"I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist's interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves."
I think this is my favourite.......

I love love love bold bright colours and naive style painting.  These paintings by artist Tracey Ann Finley reminds me of the paintings of artists like Hundertwasser or Basquait............

Tracey is a self-taught artist, who has loved creating art her entire life.

In 2004, she began offering her work for sale. Her colorful paintings hang in spaces across the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia, Japan, England, Mexico, as well as other countries. Adults and young people are captivated and drawn to her vivid and bold approach to color and subject matter. Many individuals have recognized her uniqueness and continue to add to their collections. This imaginative, prolific artist is a rising new talent.

check her out on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kitty107?ref=seller_info or go to her website www.traceyannfinley.com