Art Crush: Charmaine Olivia

Charmaine Olivia‘s passion for playing “Dress up” and “Cowboys and Indians” has obviously remained intact since childhood. Her work has a sweet, storybook-like quality – it is both beautiful and dreamlike.

This self-taught San Francisco artist paints portraits with eccentric accents that make her pieces one-of-a-kind. You might not know the women she paints, but you’ll become obsessed with their faces.

Some of her art displays intricate features that are striking and original. Like simplistic sketches with dark elements.

Kudos to a grown-up girl who still believes in the power of her imagination! Find her prints for sale on her Etsy page!

A Midweek Meditation On Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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