Karen Grenfell, aka MimiLoveForever, is a mixed media artist whose watercolour characters are embellished with sassy stitching.
Karen has a phenomenal talent for watercolour paintings of animals, which is impressive as a standalone art, but what elevates her work to the next level is the stitching that she applies over the pieces.
The stitching is punkish, is often very funny, and adds a vibrant anarchy to the piece. The works are instantly loveable and nonchalant in their technical excellence.
The gaiety of the work is infectious. The wonderful mayhem that is created in these pieces is an ideal tonic in these times of fear and woe.
When I first discovered Karen’s work in 2009 she was a breath of fresh air, and over the years, she continued to create fun pieces, often making bespoke work for customers.
We’ve featured artists like Daniaelle Simonsen who have a watercolour aesthetic in their work, and we’ve had plenty of artists who unleash embellishment in amazing ways, but Karen’s particular magic is something special.
However she has seemingly stopped making work, or publishing her work online, which is a loss to all of us.
So I share her work again because my own MimiLove is Forever.
If you want to know more about her, visit the MimiLoveForever blog. I hope she comes back to entertain us again.