I was scrolling aimlessly through my Facebook feed a couple days back. I stumbled upon a Colossal post that piqued my interest. It introduced Vancouver, BC artist Annette Labedzki, an abstract figurative painter that is blowing up the internets (specifically Instagram) with her paint mixing videos. I was mesmerized. As a painter myself, I know first-hand how satisfying and soothing paint mixing could be. The thought had never occurred to me that people would film the process. I skipped over to Instagram and punched #paintmixing into the search bar.

GAME OVER! This is amazeballz. I also found an artist named Sean Forrest Roberts. He runs Forest Ceramic Co., just a couple of hours from me in Eastsound, Washington on Orcas Island. His Instagram feed is equally unctuous and relaxing. You can check it out here. Now all I need to do is drum up the money to jump a ferry to see this work in person. For now, I will tide myself over with video clips supplied by both of these awesome humans making cool stuff.


Sean trims the lip on a new bowl


Annette works her magic with my favorite shade of green.



Carving ceramics looks equal parts soothing and nerve wracking. I would be scared to carve too far and wreck the vase. Thankfully Sean knows what he is doing.



Is it blue? Is it purple? Nope, totally periwinkle. This underappreciated color takes center stage.


I wholeheartedly concur with one of the comments on this video. It totally looks like an oreo milkshake at first. Hmmmm… Now I am hungry.


Annette often uses mirrors in her videos. This one took me a minute to realize what was going on. I am not usually into the color pink, but this one delights.


This one makes me want to dig out my clay carving and sculpting tools.
I love the sounds they make.


The music on this made me jump at first. I wasn’t expecting it. It reminds me of nail polish, though I am fairly certain that she is mixing acrylic. Two points to Gryffindor for the purple sparkle.



Sean plays with fractals using colored slip and water.



Last but certainly not least, Sean delights us with the tiny details.


What soothes your brain when life gets too loud?

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Jerusha Gray

Jerusha Gray is insatiably curious. This curiosity, coupled with a brain that never shuts up, drives her to paint and draw, read prodigiously, make music, write, and sing in grocery stores.


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