pablo s. herrero





Gorgeous. This is the work of Spanish artist Pablo S. Herrero. He’s quite well known for his large-scale murals on and in buildings, but I just love love love these ink on paper pieces. Mysterious and beautiful, simple and striking. In fact, I’m now inspired to spend a few days in the forest… ok, I was going anyway, but now I’m even more excited! I don’t usually take days off from posting, but it’s my little boy’s birthday and he only asked us for one thing… to wake up in the forest on his actual birthday. Done. I will be computerless for the next few days, and will be back with a new post on Thursday. See you then!





#makegood : lisa golightly

Celebrating artists? Oh, I can do that! GREAT.LY is knee deep in the middle of a campaign, called #makegood. You’ll see that hashtag around a lot in the next few weeks as a whole bunch of GREAT.LY tastemakers will be working together to shine the spotlight on their favorite makers. I’m on a little team of artsy tastemakers, and just to make it extra fun for ourselves, we’ve decided to do a “summer lovin” theme! So… One of my faves + Summer Lovin? Clearly I’m going to be writing about Portland based artist Lisa Golightly:

I have “hung” all of these pieces in my online gallery, and I literally cannot pick a favorite {can you?!}. Lisa is so lovely, as is her work and the inspiration behind it:



So, so gorgeous. Check out the posts written by my “summer lovin” team:  Artsy Forager // Bird + Beau // Mai Autumn … and #makegood by supporting independent artists & makers, like Lisa, whenever you can! Happy weekend xo





tammie rubin




Oh. Yes.

The colors! The shapes! The weirdness… I love it all! These stunning sculptures are by American ceramics artist Tammie Rubin. She describes her work as an exploration of “invented narratives utilizing recognizable objects and ideas of the role of ornament and trophy in our daily lives.”  Ok. What do I have to do to win one of these “trophies”… because I will sooooo do it!





martha rich



Oh. It’s all just so awesome. I mentioned American artist Martha Rich in yesterday’s post, which of course made me want to rush over to her site immediately… so I did. As always, I found a whole bunch of stuff that I LOVE {that first piece is especially perfect given the topic of the Oprah post from yesterday!}. And the pink boobs, well, I think they speak for themselves #storyofthenudes





‘o’ is for oprah

A few weeks ago I put up a very vague ‘O’ post on my Facebook page. I had exciting news but couldn’t say much… until now:

Yep! My book, CREATIVE BLOCK, is mentioned in the current issue of O, The Oprah Magazine! It’s the “Breakthrough” issue, so I am ridiculously honored to have the book be included. Down the left hand side of page 100 you’ll find three of the unblocking projects – one by painter Martha Rich, another by multi-disciplinary artist Kelly Lynn Jones, and a road trip idea from photographer Jennifer Altman – they’re all such smart, creative women! Have a peek:

Amazing! But wait, that’s not all!!! They also asked me to come to LA and shoot a few segments for #OWNSHOW. Um … I SAID YES. I was so nervous. Excited, but yes, nervous. Luckily I didn’t have too much time to overthink it, because about a week later, I packed my suitcase and was on my way. It turns out, there was nothing to be worried about. I have never met a nicer group of people. So fun, so encouraging, and so professional… what else would you expect though, right?! I ended up shooting five segments with their lovely #OWNSHOW host, Danisha Danielle Hoston. Thanks goodness for Danisha – she instantly made me feel comfortable. Anyway, we talked about shame, inner-critics, blocks, and finding a way out of all of that. I think everything went pretty well … wanna see them? (they’re all less than five minutes each, I promise):

No.1  How Artists Handle Self-Doubt:


No.2  What Artists Know About Creative Blocks:


No.3  How Shame Stifles Creativity:


No.4  Three Ways to Find Inspiration:


No.5  A Simple Way to Free Your Mind:

Ahhh!!! Craziness. Thank you so much #OWNSHOW – I loved every minute of my time with you guys, especially drawing those flowers!

So, next stop? Super Soul Sunday with Oprah herself. Ok, that’s not actually happening (yet!) but I’m going to put it into the universe anyway, because, hey, you never know!





bovey lee



Power lines, freeways, pavers, rebar, steel bridges, and dizzying high rises… and plum blossoms. Yep, somehow these delicate flowers work seamlessly with these hard urban textures thanks to the exquisite hand-cut paper work of Hong Kong born, Pittsburgh based artist Bovey Lee. Ah, if only every city could create such a harmonious balance between nature and industry. Sigh. Lovely.

{via Colossal}





anne-karin furunes




Photographs? No. Paintings? Well, there is paint on there… black acrylic paint on canvas, but the images are made entirely of many, many, many tiny hand-punched perforated holes. WHAT? Yes. This is the large-scale, hole-filled, totally entrancing portrait work of Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes. From the moment I saw the first piece, I was in complete awe… and honestly, trying to figure out exactly how she did this! They must be photos. Or paintings. They can’t just be holes… oh, but they are. I highly recommend watching this lovely video interview with Anne-Karin about her work, and her process {and you really have to see the scale!}. Amazing.

{discovered via instagram}





boyoun kim

I could not be happier to end this very busy week with a HUGE stack of donuts, a pink balloon, and two ze-bras … Get it? Ze-BRA… ok, that wasn’t actually my joke, that’s the title of that gorgeous screenprint by Korean born, New York based artist/illustrator Boyoun Kim. All of her work is just so fun, colorful, and beautifully executed. Sigh. So good. Ok, I’m off to eat a giant pile of sprinkle-covered donuts. Have a lovely weekend everyone!





kt smail

I really can’t get enough of this lately… there is something about a modern take on floral still life that just calls my name! This is the work of Scottish born, New York based artist/illustrator KT (aka Katy) Smail, and she is the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art this week. These three originals are still available, so if you’d like some modern florals {that always stay fresh!} for your wall then I suggest you pop over there, well… now! Oh, but wait, before you go, I have to quickly show you some of her flowery/fruity painted patterns… watermelons & pineapples? Oh, yes please!

Ahhh, love.

ps. Right after you go to Buy Some Damn Art, you should pop over to Design Love Fest and download a few of these patterns for your desktop!





yumi okita


Ok. Part of me is so in love with these textile moths {the colors, the patterns, the skilled technique required to make them}, but the other part of me… shudder! Yes, I have some major issues with flying things {there’s a story about a butterfly sanctuary in there, but that’s for another day.} Luckily these beauties, by North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita, can’t fly… RIGHT? Oh, and just so you have a sense of scale:

Lovely… but I am sooooo glad that’s not real.  #sanctuaryflashback