cathy daley


Oh. Pastel on velum… magic. This is the work of Toronto based artist Cathy Daley. I wrote about her work in 2012, but stumbled across this new work in the same series just the other day. Yep, still madly in love.

{See more via Birch Contemporary}

papirmass & scott listfield (AND a giveaway)


So many things to love in one post … Papirmass {aka Toronto’s Jp King & Kirsten McCrea}, Boston based painter Scott Listfield, one of Scott’s astronauts, AND a giveaway! Yep, when Jp & Kirsten reached out and asked me to curate this month, I jumped at the chance and immediately knew I’d ask Scott. ps. He said yes. Ok, there are a few stories for me to tell:

No.1  What’s Papirmass? Um, well if you like gorgeous/affordable art AND surprises, well then you’re going to love them… “Papirmass is an independent art subscription that seeks to spark curiosity and inspire creativity. Subscribers all around the world love how our monthly mailings help them discover their next favorite artist. Through unique prints, studio interviews, and hands-on artistic activities, Papirmass is all about making creative connections.”

No.2  Did you listen to my podcast episode with Scott? Remember when we outed a gallery in Australia that sold his work and then didn’t pay him? Yeah, this is a print of that painting!

No.3  Giveaway? Yep! Jp and Kirsten want to give THREE of you a year long subscription to Papirmass! Comment below and I’ll draw three names on Halloween. Oooh, spooky.

See, lots of reasons to love this. Speaking of love, look how cute Jp and Kirsten are… they love art and each other {they’re married}:


Subscribe by the end of October to receive artwork by Scott Listfield in November {ps. I’ve seen the artwork lined up for the next few months too. Gorgeous!}

“starting in the background”


Well, you asked and I listened… and then I called Polish-born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska! I’ve written about Marta several times over the years, the last time being only a few weeks ago. I received so many comments asking me to have her on the podcast, and luckily she said YES! We’re talking about psychics, art happening in the background, and paths that were meant to be! Listen right up there under that stunning floral/abstract, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, I am completely in love with Marta’s floral work from a couple of years ago, so I’m going to start there:


Right!? Sigh. Near the beginning of our conversation she mentioned doing portraits… I had no idea she did portraits, but look what I found in the illustration section on her site:


Whoa. Gorgeous! I did, however, know about the lovely perfume bottles that were also in that same illustration portfolio. They were actually the first bit of Marta’s work that I ever wrote about:


Ahhhh, I can almost smell their powdery, perfumy goodness.

Guess, what… more flowers! We were talking about them as part of her evolution from illustrator to fine artist {and it’s just a good excuse for me to show more of them}:


Yes, I love them. Now, I’ve said this many times before… I always admire artists who continue to push themselves to evolve. Marta is definitely one of those people! These are floral-ish, but heading into abstract… and they’re absolutely stunning:


These are the pieces I wrote about a few weeks ago… petals? Butterfly wings? Both? Love.

So from floral-ish abstract, to truly abstract:


Don’t those make you want to play with ink and watercolor all day long?

And finally, a few personal photos from Marta’s Instagram feed. Anyone who loves coffee as much as this, clearly needs to be my friend:


Mmmm, art and coffee. Perfect combination… add a pierogi or two and we’d be all set! Thank you so much to Marta for talking to me and sharing her very inspiring story; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book – it will be out on October 25th! To preorder a copy for FREE{or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And as always, thank YOU so much for listening… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Walker Art Center 
  2. Marta’s Online Shop

amanda clyne


Oh, I just got chills… beautiful, and oh so very ghostly! This is the work of Toronto based artist Amanda Clyne. She refers to this series as “erased photographs”. Amanda works with oil paint as well, but these pastel ladies have been “painted” in an entirely different way.

“It begins with a photograph. The photograph is printed on a paper to which the ink will not adhere, creating a wet, inky surface that I can move around with a brush. Painting the photograph ultimately leads to the ink’s removal, leaving only a residue of the painterly process. The stained and scarred paper is then scanned, photographing the remaining trace of the original image’s painterly obliteration.”

Gorgeous. Happy Friday.

merve özaslan


Love. So much! I wrote about the collages of Istanbul based artist Merve Özaslan in early 2015, but I’m going to be totally honest… the second I saw those three girls in their red lip swimsuits, well, this post just started writing itself. After that, I lost track of all time and space as I jumped down a “Merve  Özaslan – Bathing Beauty” rabbit hole… and here we are!

andrea hornick


Portraits inspired by the old masters … but with just a touch of animal spirit guides around the edges! LOVE! This is the beautifully bizarre work {oil on linen} of New York / Philadelphia based artist Andrea Hornick. Rich backgrounds, elegant details, lovely ladies and, well, sharks. I love this description of the first piece in this post:

Madame Bonier de la Moson Luxuriates in the Protective Embodiment of Sun Bear; his Hibernation-Harnessed Fortitude Lends Her a Lack of Poise Needed to Play Diana the Huntress.


yayoi kusama


Not long ago, I was asked to contribute a must-see show in the US for this article. Um, that’s really hard! There are so many amazing shows all over the place… but, I decided to go with one that I would really love to experience. “Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Broad Museum in LA. It had just opened last time I was in LA but I wasn’t able to go! The cool thing about this installation, other than all of the mirrors and tiny little lights that seem to go on forever, is that you go in by yourself. Yep, no gallery crowds, just you for one magical minute. Note: tickets are FREE but you need to make a separate reservation to see this exhibit.

{Images via 1. Broad Museum 2. Susan Xie 3. happyfamousartists 4. Mike Segar/ Reuters}

heath kane


Well hello, pop culture explosion! First, let me begin by saying how much I love the hand-pulled screen prints of Australian-born, UK-based artist Heath Kane. Next I have to point out that these are two different series. Heath sent me a link to that hot pink, Queen Elizabeth filled series titled “Rich enough to be Batman” … maybe because my strange fascination with Liz is no secret. This collection “raises questions about wealth and social justice, through the idea that with enough money anyone can be a superhero.”  Love! However, while I was on his site, I also came across another series, titled “Masks of Fear”. Clearly, I had to show them. Donald in a luchador mask is just too good to pass up.



Well that was hilarious and fun! I had Philadelphia based artist Martha Rich as my guest on the VERY FIRST Art For Your Ear, 71 episodes ago… annnnnd, she’s back! The book we worked on together was just released this past Tuesday, so what better way to celebrate than having Martha come on the podcast to talk about inner critics, pantyhose, and the possibility that armadillos are actually dinosaurs that still roam our planet. For reals. You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, a few of my faves… and no little kitty, we will NEVER stop talking!


Hell yes, indeed!

Martha was saying how crazy busy she is these days (YAY!), but that her crazy projects have been taking a backseat. You know, things like painting on rocks and leaving them around Philadelphia to be found by passers-by, and also working on a painting a day for a year type of projects:


How badly do I want the finger rock!? Sooooo badly.

And now, onto the book… “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”. We worked on this for almost two years, and had so much fun together… mind you, we both also had a few very meta moments when our inner critics told us there was no way we could pull this off. Luckily we ignored those jerks and got it done! Here’s a few pieces from the book {including the “speech bubble coming out of a butt”}, and some of Martha’s sketches:


LOVE! Those final two paintings are the pieces that got into this year’s American Illustration Magazine! Very big deal in the illustration world and so exciting for Martha {and me… living vicariously}. I wish I could be there this November to see them hanging on the wall at the big par-tay, but at least I got to be there last year. Here’s a few Instagram shots of me and Martha being very New York fancy/pink:


Isn’t that stunning? Quite a venue for a party {ps. I think Sarah Jessica Parker got married there.}

Next… SPEECH BUBBLES! I love her wooden bubbles oh so very much:


Weird and wonderful! And, that little guy is a perfect segue into one of the not-so-speedy speed round questions… favorite animal to draw? We all knew it was either going to be a lobster or an armadillo:


… what I didn’t expect was our crazy tangent about armadillos being dinosaurs. Oh my word, hilarious! Please don’t judge us!!! Oh no, prom photos are up next, so not judging us is totally out of the question now:


Hm, where’s Martha’s photo? Conveniently, she “couldn’t find it”, so now I’m forced to make a guess as to what she and “Mark” looked like at their Senior Prom. I bet this painting is pretty darn close!

And the final question in the not-so-speedy speed round… would she rather “wear pantyhose everyday for the rest of her life, or shave her head”. She voted for “shave her head”:


Bahaha! Pantyhose. She really does hate them so much. And with that, I’ll say thanks to Martha for doing this with me, AGAIN; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book – it will be out on October 25th! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And you know it, high fives to you for listening… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Episode no.1 with Martha Rich
  2. Atlanta Magazine
  3. ArtCenter College of Design, LA
  4. Clayton Brothers
  5. FIT, New York
  6. Natural History Museum of LA County
  7. American Illustration
  8. Skylight Books, LA


natalie baxter


YES. All of us should carry a gun at all times… as long as it’s the work of Brooklyn based artist Natalie Baxter! All of these beauties {and there are many more where these came from}, are part of Natalie’s series titled “Warm Gun”. Sigh. I would feel so much safer/cozier if I had this next to my bed… or in my bed. Beautiful. Smart. Poignant. Happy weekend.

{via Uprise Art … ps. some of her warm guns are available there.}