“changing the rules”

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Oh, Lamonte. How cute is that hairy little sidekick? If New York based artist Trey Speegle hadn’t been in LA during this conversation, we might’ve been able to have Lamonte on too… next time. I’m guessing there will be a next time, as this is actually the second time Trey’s been on the podcast! He was my guest for episode no.4 … that was before I really had any kind of podcast groove, AND before the “not so speedy speed round” was even invented, so we’ve got some catching up to do! You can listen right under Trey and Lamonte,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, just a few of my favorite Trey Speegle paint-by-numbers text pieces {and a few horses thrown in for good measure}

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Gorgeous – and full of hope and wisdom! Where else you can find words of wisdom from Trey? On the back of a paint can, obviously…

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“What do you want? And what are you willing to do to make it happen?” I love that so much. Lots to think about, yes? YES!

Next, our five minutes together on Lincoln Road in Miami last week, documented with this humid, sticky, sun-drenched selfie…

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Ha! So funny! Boy, Trey’s lucky he’s bald, because look what Miami humidity does to a gal’s hair-do?!

Alright, next… Trey’s barn. This is where Trey lives in upstate New York. Oh, sure, it looks like a barn from the outside, but wait until you see the inside of this “barn” …

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What the?! I want to live in a barn like that! And look at Lamonte… right at home on that fabulous spiral staircase. Hilarious! *Interior shots via SCENE Magazine

YES. Trey’s new book! If you haven’t already become part of this whole coloring book thing, now might be the time to “transform your life with color by number”…

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Gorgeous {and cheap! Oh, I mean, affordable}.

We went off on a little tangent {that happens quite a bit with us}… we were talking about how to get this coloring book into the hands of Princess Kate Middleton. I suggested his pal Stella McCartney {?!}. His YES painting was used as a backdrop for one of her beautiful runway shows. Here’s proof …

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So. Freakin. Cool.

Alright, so staying in the fashion camp, here are a whole bunch of lovely clothes covered in Trey’s paintings via the folks at PAOM. I just bought the first dress below, and I LOVE IT…

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Exactly. Love.

What else do I love? That I finally did the “not so speedy speed round” with Trey, and found out about his first summer job …

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… as a pig wearing a sailor suit at an amusement park in Texas!!! OMG. I’ve never been happier with the result of a speed round! Oh, but I have to clarify, in my outro I said “Astroland”, which is totally wrong. This magical place was called “Astroworld”. There, I feel much better. Thanks so much to Trey for being so entertaining {as always}, and for sharing his experience, wisdom, and general fantasticness; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now; and thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Trey’s Coloring Book… BUY IT HERE
  2. Wow Report on World of Wonder
  3. “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance” – CALL FOR ARTISTS {Jan 1 deadline}
  4. The Novogratz
  5. Work of Art TV show {on Bravo}
  6. Peregrine Honig Podcast Episode No.5
  7. Stella McCartney
  8. Trey’s Clothing line on Print All Over ME {PAOM}
  9. Audemars Piguet {Swiss watchmakers}
  10. TWYLA

 





dana hargrove

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There are few people that love colorful stacks of stuff as much as I do… but I think American artist Dana Hargrove might give me a run for my money! I loooooove these gorgeous pieces {acrylic on cut wood}… so much detail and careful planning that results in colorful, patterned towers and piles that I could stare at all day loooooong. Happy Friday.





joy dilworth

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I can’t decide what I find more exciting – looking at this insanely weird & wonderful work, or reading the list of materials used. Let me elaborate: No.1 Nylon mesh tubing, wax, q-tips, foam, shadow … No.2 Latex, q-tips, beeswax, ink, cotton twine, found wheel … No.3 Wood, nylon mesh tubing, sugar. Wait, did she say sugar!? Yep. This is the work of Philadelphia based artist Joy Dilworth and it’s safe to say, I’m smitten.





xu zhen

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GASP! Ceramics? No. Cake frosting? No. Brace yourself, it’s OIL PAINT! Both of these stunning pieces are from a series titled “Under Heaven”, which could not be more accurate! I saw the heavenly work of Chinese artist Xu Zhen when I was at Art Basel Miami Beach last week. It took my breath away, obviously. I wanted to touch it (ok, and maybe taste it), but I controlled myself. Here’s an Instagram video I took, getting up close and personal with that circular piece…

oh. my. word. oil paint?! work by xu zhen “under heaven” #artbaselmiami #artbasel

A video posted by the jealous curator (@thejealouscurator) on





sinziana velicescu

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“On The Periphery” … tiny bits of everyday life that you might miss, unless you’re Los Angeles based photographer Sinziana Velicescu. Gorgeous compositions, dreamy color palettes, and sun-drenched slices of life in LA. Love.





johanna goodman

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“Imaginary Beings” … love! These fantastical collages are the work of New York based artist Johanna Goodman. I wrote about her three years ago, and it’s so inspiring to see how her work has evolved. Also, I would like a dress made from logs, or icebergs, or swans. Happy Monday.





“lands of wool and cake”

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The first time I saw this Iceland-inspired work, I gasped out loud… and then I gasped again when I realized these stunning landscapes were created using Icelandic wool, chocolate cake, and blue milk! Yep, Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt creates magic from everyday items. You can listen right up there under that wooly lagoon, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

The first series we talked about features these wooly wonders, titled “Wooly Sagas”

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That moss! That little chunk of blue ice! A wooly volcano!?

Ok, I cannot wait to show you a few of her pieces from the “Edible Vistas” series! Cake, coffee, poppy seeds, crumbled cookies… and yes, blue milk:

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What!? Oh my goodness, I never get tired of staring at these. And also, I want chocolate cake now.

There was a bit of talk about imaginary friends who happened to be wolves, and the wooly wolf costume she made her husband wear for her project titled “In Sheep’s Clothing”:

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Wow. That mouth is amazing.

Ahh, and one of Eszter’s latest series, “Tales for Tuktu”, the story of a tapir that tries to move north, but isn’t exactly welcomed by the locals:

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So moving, and so much bigger than I realized! I included that last photo of Eszter in action so you could see the scale. Gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, Eszter in her happy place:

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Sigh. Yes, I can understand why she is so completely inspired by Iceland and all of its natural magic {these images, and many more beauties, can be found on her lovely instagram feed}.

Thank you so much to Eszter for taking the time out of her very busy day (she’s the mother of twin 3 year old boys!); thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and of course, thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.





greg hart

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Whether American artist Greg Hart intended a narrative to come alive in this series or not, it has. This isn’t his most recent body of work, but these images pulled me in the moment I saw them … the palette, the facial expressions of his found subjects, and the untold stories behind their eyes. Hauntingly beautiful.





jason webb

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Now this is the kind of garbage I need in my life! These discarded piles of stuff are the beautiful work {acrylic paintings} of Austin TX based artist Jason Webb. Is it just me, or do you kinda wanna rummage through those elegantly painted piles of junk to see what’s in there? Just me? Oh, ok. ps. You can find a lot of his work available on SaatchiArt.com

{Thanks to Michele Hogan for pointing me to Jason’s work!}





guy yanai

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Ok, I have to tell you that Tel Aviv based artist Guy Yanai paints all sorts of things, but his plants… oh his plants! These bright beauties are quite big {most of them are roughly 3’x4′}, and clearly need to be on my wall. Ahh, it would be like a gorgeous oil-on-linen greenhouse in my house… and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t kill these.

{via Booooooom}