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Oooh! Colorful paint squeezed from a tube… that leans against the wall on it’s own!? This is the sculptural painting work {acrylic on cut wood} by Irish architect, turned artist, Jack Hogan. The first piece in this post is titled, “Loo Lah”… and I love it more than words can say.





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Sigh. Beautiful. This is the work of Milan based photographer Luca Tombolini. These limited edition, large-scale {39.4″ x 52.4″} photographs were taken in Croatia, and… well, I’ll let Love It Gallery explain the rest:

“These photographs were shot on Pag Island, Croatia.  During WWII, this island was the Slana concentration camp.  To honour what happened on Pag Island, both our gallery and the photographer will donate profit from the sales of his Pag island “Memoria” series to organizations supporting victims of the Slana concentration camp and their families.” ~ Love It Gallery

Sigh. Beautiful.





“push through the messiness”

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Today I’m talking to Portland based artist, Lisa Congdon. Yep, Portland! She just moved from her long time home of San Francisco… oh, and for the ‘speed round’, please note the ‘California’ tattoo on her arm in the photo above. Alright, listen right up there, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, you can take a peek at the things that Lisa and I talked about, in the order that we talked about them. If you’re not listening, I’ll be honest… this post won’t make much sense!

Ok, let’s do this. This is the glamorous “recording studio” that I mentioned right off the bat:

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Very high tech. {Oh, and I mentioned the interview she and her wife Clay just did on the Being Boss podcast, which you can listen to right here.} I asked if she still had the first painting she ever did… this is the first still life painting from the first painting class she took {just for fun} in her early 30’s. She did this in 2001:

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Love it! {thanks for sharing this little gem, Lisa!} This next piece was part of the 2012 Dorothy Saxe Invitational Exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco:

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Gorgeous! And what an amazing full circle moment when her teacher stumbled upon this at that show, years after teaching her how to paint! So cool. I also wanted to include a bunch of her current abstract work, along with some of my favorites of her mixed media pieces from a few years back {that large abstract below makes me think of the “painting curve” that she talks about}

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Love. And then we had to talk about her books, because there are so many of them … this isn’t even all of them! These are just the ones we had time to talk about:

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Ah, they’re all so great! The new swimming book {“The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water”} is going to be gorgeous, and will be out next Spring! Ok, next… I asked her what she loves drawing the most:

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Patterns and flowers, obviously! Those images above are directly from her sketchbook. Also directly from her sketchbook? A gorgeous new line of textiles that she made with Cloud 9 Fabrics:

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I wonder when she sleeps? And finally, this is the sketchbook course she was talking about:

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You can find info for these classes here:  “Sketchbook Explorations” and “Line Drawing” {and there is a new “Sketchbook Explorations” class starting this fall, so keep an eye out for that} Phewf! She is a busy lady, and that was an action packed post! Thanks so much to Lisa, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and to you for looking ‘n listening. The next episode will be ready for your artsy ears next Saturday.

*The top-most photo of Lisa was taken by Sarah Deragon, and the two photos of Lisa painting the large abstract were taken by Victoria Smith.




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Lovely black and white photographs of mundane objects… NOPE! Large-scale, mixed media DRAWINGS of mundane objects! What?! This is the pencil & acrylic work of Spanish artist Rómulo Celdrán. Some of these pieces are up to 69″ wide… like those pencil shavings. Oh, those pencil shavings. I cannot even imagine being able to draw like that. Love.





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I was in the girl scouts when I was a kid. I made A LOT of these “Ojos de Dios” or “God’s Eye” pieces … well, these just put all of them to shame! North Carolina based artist Jay Mohler has been weaving since the 1960’s. Here, in his own words, is a small snippet of Jay’s story:

“I starting making Ojos de Dios in my hippie days, back in the late 60’s, after seeing Ojos sent as part of an exhibit sent by the Dalai Lama of Tibet. These ojos from Tibet were almost exactly the same as ojos I’d seen earlier made by Hucholes in Mexico. Since then I’ve evolved my own work to 12-sided designs that I believe encompass patterns of many beliefs around the world.”

Oh, they make me want to find some sticks, grab some yarn, and put my girl guide sash back on! If you want to try making one, Jay not only sells his work, but he also sells DIY kits for just under $30. Fun!

{via Honestly WTF}





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I got chills when I saw this installation, titled “La chambre de Marie” {Marie’s Bedroom}, by Canadian artist Charline Giffard. Her site is in French, but without even reading her artist statement I knew immediately that this work had to be about her grandmother… because everything in this room reminded me exactly of my grandmother, Blanche {who also lived in Quebec!}.  I miss her, and these lovely vignettes brought so many memories rushing back. I can almost smell her powdery perfume on those pink dresses.





alicia savage

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Oh. My. This is the gorgeous, dreamy, feminine, wonderfully weird work of Boston based self-portrait photographer, Alicia Savage. All of these images are from her series, titled Destinations:

“Destinations” is an on-going series of self-portraits inspired by the decision to explore on ones own. Over the past few years I have often felt compelled to travel alone, trusting in the direction of my curiosities and finding inspiration in the experiences that follow.

Beautiful. And now I want to travel alone. With really pretty dresses.

{via Hi-Fructose Magazine}





katrien de blauwer

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Simple. Elegant. This is the collage work of Belgium based artist Katrien De Blauwer. Vintage paper and a few perfectly sliced images that look a lot like old film stills… now I want to see all of these movies. If only they existed.





“painted into a corner”

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Today I’m talking to Vincent Serritella, a very talented, highly trained {and generous} artist who, somewhere along the way, also taught himself to be an animation effects specialist … which landed him an amazing job at PIXAR! What? Yep. We’re chatting about free drawings, a bizarre artsy family tree connection, and the inside scoop about working on PIXAR’S latest film, Inside OutYou can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Here is what we talked about, in the order that we talked about it. First of all, a few images from his 365 FREE DRAWINGS project’… which is how I scored that awesome blow-pop above!

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Obviously this is just a fraction of the 365 drawings he gave away, but these are a few of my favorites. Here is the final, self-published, kickstarter-funded book! If you want one, you can order them here, through the Children’s Creativity Museum … to which Vincent has donated 100% of the proceeds. For real. Generous on top of generous!

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Alright, now on to his day job. Inside Out... have you seen this yet? It’s the latest film from PIXAR and it’s so good! Vincent is an “Effects Technical Director”, and he worked on this {very exciting to see his name go by in the credits!}. Building magically appearing trestles and cables for the “train of thought”, and shooting fire out of the top of Anger’s head… that sounds like a pretty fabulous day job to me!

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Ha! Love that angry little guy! And finally, a very weird discovery that Vincent’s mom made… he is related to a 17th century Baroque painter from Spain, named Pedro Nunez de Villavicencio. Hm. Notice anything similar about their paintings:

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What?! So insane! Vincent painted that self portrait years before he found out about this artsy connection to the past. Look at the pose?! And the color palette!? So weird. And amazing. And a bit spooky. Alright, and with that bit of craziness, I’ll say thanks to Vincent {who totally sounds like Mark Ruffalo, no?}, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and to you for looking ‘n listening! So excited for next Saturday… my friend Lisa Congdon will be on the podcast!





ryan heshka

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Are you seeing double too, or am I just dizzy from this fantastic, vintage, very sassy work! Rich gouache, curvy/confident gals, and shiny high heels as far as the eye can see! This is the vintage inspired mixed media work of Vancouver based artist Ryan Heshka. My friend Martha Rich introduced us over email today… and before I even wrote him back I had this post ready to roll! Instant love… x2.