ridley howard

Weird, floaty, soft, crisp… all at the same glorious time! This is the work of American painter Ridley Howard. If you want to find out what inspires him, how he works, and whether or not he likes sports, there’s a great interview with him on Hyperallergic from 2016… here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“For me, the paintings become stranger when they crystallize. There is something about the combination of distance and touch that happens. The immediate payoff of a more painterly painting is seductive. I often quickly block in a painting and think, “That looks pretty good.” Then I wrestle with it for a month. In the end I like it much better, because it has become weirder in sneaky ways.”

Weird in sneaky ways. YES! Happy Monday.

{found via Create Magazine’s Instagram feed}





smallditch {martha}

Oh my word… found fashion! These funny, beautiful, quick ‘n clever collages are the work of an artist named Martha, known as @smallditch on Instagram. That’s all I know for sure, and so I’ve decided to imagine the rest. Here we go … Martha heads out on her lunch break {because on one of her posts she said “this helps me get out of the office”}, carrying a little box of tiny, stiletto-clad legs in her bag. As she walks down the street to pick up coffee – and or lunch – Martha keeps a lookout for the perfect leaf, feather, or piece of trash. And she finds it. Every damn time. The end.

ps. If you are a fashion brand, please call her because how cool is this!? Also, they look fabulous when blown up to large-scale!





langdon graves

Oh, I love this so much. I have loved the drawings of Brooklyn based artist Langdon Graves for years, but I had never seen her installation work… until now! These images are from her May 2016 installation, titled “Spooky Action at a Distance” {Victori+Mo, Brooklyn}. I am completely smitten by Langdon’s color choices, her elegant style, and … wait for it… THIS subject matter:

“The drawings and sculptures featured in Spooky Action at a Distance take as their starting point scenes from first-hand accounts of ghost stories told by the artist’s grandmother, as illustrated by her childhood imagination and memory of them.  They speak in a blend of domestic fragments from her grandmother’s home, and imagery borrowed from a variety of traditions and rituals involving death and the afterlife, including the spiritualist practices of séance and spirit communication; funereal objects; and ancient symbols of death and rebirth. Building on Graves’ formal tendency to insert negative space throughout her subject matter, these images and objects are incomplete and removed from their context, and so approximate the inevitable clouding of memory; they offer stand-ins of the familiar and impressions rather than distinct representations.”

Grandmothers, ghosts AND art? Loooooove.





hinke schreuders

Embroidery on paper on linen… not to mention pearls, beads, and little yellow balls of fluff. This is the mixed media work of Amsterdam based artist Hinke Schreuders. I couldn’t find any information on why she does what she does, but I’m glad she does it. Lovely.





alex garant

Whoa. I’m confused and dizzy … exactly how one feels when falling madly in love! These glitchy oil paintings are the gorgeous work of Toronto based painter Alex Garant, and this is part of her bio:

“Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.”

Um, what? Ok, I need to get her on the podcast. Twice.





chelsea revelle

Hauntingly beautiful work by Boston based artist Chelsea Revelle. These images are from three different series, but I wanted to give a little taste of each … ok, fine … I couldn’t decide! Regardless of the series, most of Chelsea’s work “examines themes of the domestic female, home, childhood play, and identity.” Some of the pieces above are reactions to specific stories and places, not just found imagery. Pop over to her site and wander around in there for awhile. Enjoy!





nate nettleton

Oooh, so much wooden loopy loveliness! This is the work of Canadian artist Nate Nettleton, and I want all of it in my house. Ok, that might be a bit greedy … I’ll just take the white ‘n rose gold, please! Happy Monday.





zoey frank

Can you tell I was hungry when I wrote this post? YUM… not only about the sandwiches and chips, but also a great big YUM when it comes to those paint strokes, color choices, and the absolutely gorgeous celebration of everyday life. Yep, I think I might have to call American painter Zoey Frank to see if she’s free for lunch. Happy weekend.





moleskin project @ spoke nyc

Spoke NYC is pleased to present The Moleskine Project VII, a group exhibition curated by Ken Hashimoto and Rodrigo Luff featuring over 60 international contemporary artists. SIXTY! Here’s a quote from Rodrigo:

“The show is a tribute to how artists have developed and grown by using sketchbooks to dive deeper into the personal realms that fuel their artwork, exploring new ideas, concepts and even experimenting with different media and styles. An energetic visual dialogue of imagery flows from frame to frame, forming a collective sketchbook that allows us to appreciate the radically individual approach taken by each artist.”

The opening reception is this weekend – Saturday, August 4th from 6 – 8pm {210 Rivington St, NYC}. For more info, you can email them at nyc@spoke-art.com.

{Artists shown above: Travis Louie  /  Michael Reeder  /  Matt Ritchie  /  Alex Garant  /  Alessandra Maria  /  Daniel Bilodeau}




mando marie

One of my favorite artists, especially when it comes to murals, is American artist Mando Marie… and starting TODAY, I’ll be spending the next ten days painting five murals around Vancouver for the Vancouver Mural Festival {and freaking out just the tiniest of bits}. Clearly I had to zip by Mando’s site for a little inspiration… but then I found these new paper pieces and suddenly I had an entirely new plan for today’s post! How gorgeous are these? They were hung in a show, titled “One Trick”, at First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco earlier this year. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re made up of discarded “mistakes” from other works {but don’t quote me on that}. Either way, LOVE.

ps. While my podcast is on summer hiatus, you should go listen to Mando and I chatting in episode no.100 … it’s a good one!