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.

Enjoy!

Sean trims the lip on a new bowl

 

Annette works her magic with my favorite shade of green.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMbxOCjh7hY/

 

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLeqjpLFU0R/?taken-by=forestceramicco

 

Is it blue? Is it purple? Nope, totally periwinkle. This underappreciated color takes center stage.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMZU8ZeB4dL/?taken-by=annettelabedzki

 

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.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJy2cbYBpqD/?taken-by=forestceramicco

 

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.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMYMzuDBpjd/?taken-by=annettelabedzki

 

This one makes me want to dig out my clay carving and sculpting tools.
I love the sounds they make.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ_RZgmh_6L/?taken-by=forestceramicco

 

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMXZ0x9BcIm/?taken-by=annettelabedzki

 

Sean plays with fractals using colored slip and water.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLzLlfvFVGR/?taken-by=forestceramicco

 

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLHJ2kXhVVH/?taken-by=forestceramicco

What soothes your brain when life gets too loud?

Join the conversation in the comments below or on twitter @sweatpantscafe #brainsoothers.

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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