This morning I got a short message from Cedar Lorca Nordbye pointing me to my new favorite artist in the whole wide universe. George Schmidt.
I could spend all day flipping through these images, and mostly because a little narcissistic part of me thinks they're all about my life. I've spent enough of my studio time making paintings of my grandparents' beach house to recognize the perfect specificity of Schmidts' palette. I could make a meal out of the way the salmon stripes butt up against those gorgeous dusty blues. I can taste the salt in those well-considered whites.
Of course once I looked at all of those gorgeous paintings, I wanted to jump in the car and drive south until I hit the Gulf. Since that's not happening today, I decided I would settle for learning more about Schmidt and his work. It turns out that there's more than one painter named George Schmidt--which is intriguing because it means it takes more than two seconds to sort through the search. I found the George I was looking for through a post on a blog called Little Paper Planes. It turns out that Schmidt, along with Mrs. Schmidt, MAKE POSTCARDS!!!!! Deltiology in action!
I can have 12(!!!!!) postcards with these fabulous colors and beachhouse images for only 15 dollars!!!!! Or I could get an image of a kitchen full of pheasants! Or a bear and his teddy bear!!! All the images are funny and sweet and I think I'm going to swoon again! Oh my!
Oh what, you've already seen this work like a kojillion times on Dwell and Design Sponge? Why didn't you show it to me?! You were probably too busy swooning, I guess.
Here's what their website has to say about the duo:
Jacqueline and George Schmidt, a husband and wife team, founded Screech Owl Design in 2008 in order to combine their interest in illustration, graphic design, and fine art. Their love of traditional craftsmanship is apparent in the rustic design of the cards, which Jacqueline draws by hand. Both Jacqueline and George have exhibited their artwork in galleries in New York City, Chicago, Michigan, Mexico, and in Amsterdam. They reside with their two cats Mister and Pinky near the East River in Brooklyn, New York.