365 Postcards for Ants

Lorraine Loots is an artist based in Cape Town who wrapped a highly successful project called 365 Paintings for Ants at the end of 2013. as you can guess from the title, Lorraine painted a tiny painting every day for 365 days and, well, you have hopefully seen that scene which explains the name.  she posted a painting every day on Tumblr and Instagram (where you can browse all 365 paintings in the archive). most of the time the subject stemmed from her own imagination, but as it gained momentum people booked dates that were special to them and commissioned paintings, like this portrait of Ron Swanson painted for a couple who got engaged after an episode of Parks and Recreation.

i enjoyed seeing such a talented person’s dedication to her work being celebrated in local blogs and magazines, and all over social media, and i wondered what Lorraine was going to do when she had finished. well, she’s not stopping. 365 Postcards for Ants is the next phase of the project, celebrating Cape Town in honour of it being the 2014 World Design Capital.

be sure to read this wonderful interview by Lior Phillips to learn more about Lorraine and her work. you can follow the new project on her Instagram & Tumblr and you can also book a painting if you’d like to own one of these tiny delights.

paintings c/o Lorraine Loots. video by Gareth Pon. photographs by Frances Marais for MBLife.

Lorraine Loots // Paintings for Ants

Lorraine Loots photographed by Frances Marais Lorraine Loots photographed by Frances Marais Lorraine Loots photographed by Frances Marais


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19 Responses to 365 Postcards for Ants

  1. Vicky Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Diana! lovely project !! beautiful ilustrations, thanks for share it ! have a nice day!

  2. thecitygourmand Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Endlessly inspiring

  3. topa Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    Wonderful! :-)

  4. Meg Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Wonderful…such a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Roseann Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    How inspiring! And what a beautiful little video. Thank you for sharing.

  6. florence Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    wow, love everything about this!

  7. Clover Thursday 13 February, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    These are super! I have to mention my British painter pal Ollie who does something very similar. His practice is more traditional with a contemporary edge (he’d hate me describing it like that) but he recently won a Bonhams award..watch this space he’s mega. A trend forming d’ya think?


  8. Dana @ Discreet Charms Friday 14 February, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    real life “Synecdoche, New York” ! so lovely. I bet they are just such a sweet joy in person.

  9. charlotte | the vintage vogue Friday 14 February, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    i’m enamored by the gallery display. so beautiful – and the magnifying glasses are such a clever touch! would love to see it in person

  10. Lorraine Friday 14 February, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Honoured to be featured on this wonderful site. Thank you Miss Moss! xo

  11. Sally Friday 14 February, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Woah, these are absolutely incredible! And I love the way they’ve been displayed by month, such a wonderful idea, love them!

  12. Emma Jackson Friday 14 February, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Just the best darn thing!

  13. mandy conidaris Friday 14 February, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    A really exciting project, it’s great to see such commitment.

  14. Laura {Babb Photo} Saturday 15 February, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Just wonderful.

  15. casey Saturday 15 February, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    so there goes the rest of this months salary. rice for dinner then.


  16. Matea Tuesday 18 February, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow this is so pretty, I’m in love!

  17. Gucki Wednesday 19 February, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Outstanding. Beautiful video. “What if I just don’t stop”. Inspiring!
    Thank you for sharing it!


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