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In the Artist’s Studio: Bringing a Painting to Life with @LolaGil

Lola Gil's paintings are as distinctive as they are arresting. Some are lighthearted and whimsical, others are haunting and melancholy, but all are executed with painstaking detail. Lola brings her paintings—and process—to life through Instagram: @lolagil.

"I really paint in a manner that lends better to ‘in person’ viewing due to my tiny crazy small details," says Lola. "However, Instagram really opened up a whole new way for myself and most artists I know to share those details and give a new life to the paintings I create."

As an artist, Lola’s found value in the feedback she receives from the Instagram community: “It’s of course not very exciting for me to watch myself paint, since I do it from morning to night. But the feedback has been both flattering and humbling, and I enjoy watching friends and new artists I discover share their process as well.”

The addition of video on Instagram provides Lola an opportunity to deepen the understanding of and appreciation for her work, and she uses music to set the mood she is seeking to evoke. “Music is a big part of my process, so now that I have the capability to share video I’m more aware of how it helps attach a certain feeling to what people are watching.”

Follow Lola and the creation of her works on Instagram: @lolagil.

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The Artistic Process Brought to Life through Video

Know any other artists sharing their process through videos on Instagram? Send us a note through Tumblr.

Artists use Instagram to bring people into their studio for an intimate glimpse at their craft, and with last week’s addition of video on Instagram, many artists have begun sharing clips of their works in progress.

To see in-the-making shots brought to life, check out these accounts on Instagram:

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In the Artist’s Studio with @MelKadel

Mel Kadel’s serene, sepia-tinged drawings are characterized by repetitive patterns and varied but recurring characters.

It’s hard to imagine how such precise and delicate drawings are created, but through her Instagram feed, @melkadel, Kadel brings people into her Echo Park, California, studio for an up-close glimpse.

"Art-making is a quiet and personal process that I love to show snaps of from under my drawing lamp," says Kadel. "I like the intimacy of showing something while it’s being made."

Follow Mel’s account for photos of both her process and the lives of her rich characters: @melkadel.

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In the Artist’s Studio with @Adam5100

There’s attention to detail, there’s obsessive attention to detail, and then there’s Adam Feibelman.

If you’ve never seen Adam’s Instagram feed, @adam5100, you’d probably never be able to tell that his exquisitely detailed paintings were actually produced with stencils. But as Feibelman’s photos make clear, every painting requires numerous stencil layers, each requiring an abundance of patience, precision, and X-Acto knife blades.

Feibelman brings his Instagram followers into his San Francisco, California studio, not only documenting progress made on his larger fine art works, but also sharing photos of his free-form daily warmups.

"Instagram is like the chapter marker of the day. I start in the morning with doing a single free hand papercut to loosen the brain, and when that’s done I post it," Adam says. "Then it’s on to much harder stuff. If I finish another layer that day, I post it. Instagram is like a little reward for completing a step when it comes to my art."

Posting photos from his studio helps keep friends and fans up to speed on his work. “Your friends can’t always be with you to share in seeing something crazy or making something fun. Instagram is all about the opportunity to open up a window into your life.”

Follow Adam’s artistic undertakings on Instagram at @adam5100.

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In the Artist’s Studio with @JonathanMatas

If you’ve recently spent time walking the streets of San Francisco, California, chances are you’ve come across a mural by Jonathan Matas. You may have also spotted one in New York City or Atlanta. Comprised largely of letters, squiggles and drips, his works are as distinctive as they are conspicuous.

Through Instagram, Matas brings his followers into the studio, and in some cases, to the sites of his building-sized paintings.

"I’ve been painting as far back as my memory can reach… I started doing graffiti when I was about 15, which led to doing murals. Since I already painted a lot, the large work influenced the small work and vice-versa. Now these categories are hard to distinguish."

Matas’ works draw from both meticulous detail and chaos—a balance apparent from the photos he shares through Instagram. Says Jonathan, “there are basically two extremes: complete planning and complete free-styling. I avoid embracing one at the expense of the other and try to enjoy the dance between the two.”

On documenting his work, Jonathan says if people “even have a tiny moment of joy or inspiration, then it’s worth posting.”

Explore more of Matas’ photos through his Instagram feed at @jonathanmatas and through others’ photos shared with the #jonathanmatas hashtag. Learn more at jonathanmatas.com.

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The Making Of: @KelseyBrookes’s Psychedelic Paintings

The Making Of… Know any other Instagrammers doing something unique with their hands? Send us a note through Tumblr.

San Diego, California-based artist Kelsey Brookes—@KelseyBrookes on Instagram—brings his followers into the studio as he creates painstakingly detailed paintings.

Perhaps the only thing more captivating than Brookes’ psychedelic artistic creations is the path that led him to art in the first place. After graduating college with a degree in Biology and researching West Nile Virus on a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control, Brookes left for Australia, where he lived out of a van, surfed, and took up drawing.

Since then, he’s created album art for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and shown his work throughout the US, and internationally in Switzerland, the UK and Australia.

See more at kelseybrookes.com, and at his Instagram profile on the web.