Fresh Friday Finds: Emilio Florentine

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Excursions, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine

As his name suggests, Jersey City based mixed media artist Emilio Florentine is inspired by the floral. Reminding me of the classic “he loves me, he loves me not” saying, his work ironically suggests the delicate nature of flowers combined with a hard edge. Like in the aerosol paint piece, “Excursions,” Florentine’s canvas is a large wall on the interior of a building, in “Misty,” a wall outdoors, and in “Nothing to Lose,” he once again brings beauty to a brick wall using aerosol paint in a bright, cheerful palette.

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Misty, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine

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Nothing to Lose, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine

Florentine also uses colored pencils to showcase the graceful and gentle quality of his inspiration. His work expresses a duality in both it’s composition and in highlighting decomposition at the same time. In “‘Round Midnight,” his fine technique even appears to give the piece a three dimensional vibe.

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‘Round Midnight, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine

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Straight No Chaser, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine

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Will O’ the Wisp, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine

Check out this awesome video of Emilio Florentine at work from Element Tree and Serringe!

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Monday Funday: 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden

I hope you had an awesome weekend. I know it’s back to the grind, but don’t forget to stop and smell the orchids…

On one of the first nice Saturdays of spring a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to head up to the Bronx and check out the 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden. After being open since March 2, the show closes today April 22. Here are just some of the hundreds of photos I took of this year’s largest orchid show in the country. I hope you enjoy them and find as much natural beauty and inspiration as I did!

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All Photos ©Bernadette Cruz