medium /// contemporary




karen margolis


Yesterday I featured a molecular biologist turned painter… and today I give you mixed media on handmade Abaca paper by New York based artist Karen Margolis:

After receiving her BS in Psychology from Colorado State University, Margolis continued her research in Neural Psychology while studying portraiture at the Art Student’s League.  She furthered her studies in art at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.  During a Microscopy course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, through the New York Microscopical Society, Margolis was inspired to diverge from her investigations of figurative art to create work exploring the universality of macro/micro patterns.

Ah, yes. That explains it.





claerwen james


Claerwen James is a British artist… who originally trained to be a molecular biologist at Oxford. Seriously. However, she made a slight detour in her career path, and now the art world gets to have her! Paintings, monotype prints, and lots of very serious little girls. I have a very weak spot for portraits and these are no exception. Their detailed faces, and flat-patterned dresses? L.O.V.E.





naomi vona





These are the original mixed media works of Naomi Vona. She’s an Italian artist living in Dublin, and I had the great pleasure of meeting her when I was there a few weeks ago. We had a few minutes to talk, and I asked her about these pieces. She buys vintage photographs from people all over the world… sometimes just one tiny photograph, sometimes a whole package… and then she gets to work! She draws, paints and collages right on top these little pieces of personal history. I’d be scared of “making a mistake”, but not Naomi! Her portfolio has hundreds of these creative interventions. The fancy masks are my favorite {can you tell?!}… they add even more mystery to these already mysterious images.





brooks salzwedel on sebastian foster

Oh. The work of LA based artist Brooks Salzwedel. I wrote about him a year ago, and you guys went crazy… rightly so! His work is layered, and magical, and oh so stunning. When I was putting together my list of “must-have” artists for the Jealous Curator Collection on Sebastian Foster, I just knew that I had to do something with Brooks! Luckily he said yes, and voila, the newest addition to the collection! It’s titled “Purple Blue Mountain”, and it is officially on my Christmas list. Let’s take a closer look at all of this layery-goodness {aka resin, graphite, tape, inkjet}, shall we?

Sigh. So, so good. I sure hope Santa heard that whole “Christmas list” thing.

Limited edition of 60 // 11″x14″ // Archival giclee prints on cotton rag paper // $40…
Visit my collection, and get one before they’re gone!





chris wood



Whoa. These are glass wall panel installations by UK based artist Chris Wood. She says that her work is about expressing the “magic of light”. Um… nailed it! She uses dichroic glass, and in case you’ve never heard of dichroic glass, here you go:

“Dichroic (meaning two colour) is an optical coating that selectively reflects certain wavelengths  of light and allows the remaining wavelengths to transmit through. Developed in the late fifties by NASA to protect against the potentially harmful effects of direct sunlight and cosmic radiation, dichroic glass, with its striking visual qualities, has been used in a variety of scientific and industrial applications. The material shifts from being reflective like a golden mirror to vibrantly coloured or almost transparent, depending upon the viewpoint and angle of light. It is a material that very eloquently expresses the magic of the phenomenon of light.”

Oh yeah… I totally knew that.

{via Colossal}





saatchi art … two for you, two for me!

GIVEAWAY WINNER: Congratulations to Melanie Boucher! You are the winner of both of these prints (I’ll be in touch to get your address). Thanks to everyone that entered, and don’t worry… there are A LOT more giveaways coming up in the next few weeks!

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Confession: When it’s 1am and I don’t have a post for the next day, Saatchi Art is where I go every single time {I have a major weakness for their “portraits” section}. Anywho, I’ve written about a lot of their artists over the past few years and so last week they very sweetly, and totally unnecessarily, gave me a gift card to buy whatever I wanted from their gorgeous site. Um, okay! But wait, I wanted to make sure I shared the love, so here’s what I decided to do… instead of buying one original, I chose two beautiful prints… a set of two, in fact. Do you see where this is going? Yep, I’m going to hang these beauties on my living room wall, and I’m going to give the matching set to one of you! YAY! After hours of deliberation {literally}, this is what I chose:


Sigh. Gorgeous. Two prints by American painter Erin Fitzpatrick. I wrote about her last April and so many of you went crazy for this fabulous portrait, titled “Lane”, so I bought it… twice! It’s 18″x24″, but there was still money left and I felt like this fabulous lady needed a 14″x14″ companion, so I added this leaf study, also from Erin’s portfolio {handy tool on Saatchi to give a sense of scale, while showing us exactly how they’ll look in our perfect/clean living rooms!}. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this little duo… I love them so, so much! If you love them too, and want a chance to win these two prints {valued at over $200}, leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Friday November 21st at noon PST. Good luck! {and thank you so much, Saatchi – that was realllllly fun!}





2014…

Ok, this was hard. I love absolutely everything that I’ve got stocked in my online gallery, but I can’t put everything in the gift guide… it might break the internet! There are no warm woolen mittens or whiskers on kittens, but these are a few of my favorite things {cue Julie Andrews}. Huge abstract prints, delicate watercolors, and vintage cars for your walls… books, planters, and trays for your studio! Happy holiday shopping – I hope you find something you love:

{Walls: 1. Lola Donoghue, 30″x40″, $200 // 2. Lisa Golightly, both 11″x11″, $35 // 3. Nathalie Cusson, 22″x18″, $105  // 4. Kelly Ventura, both 11″x14″, $42  // 5. Kiana Mosley, 11″x14″, $65  or  18″x24″, $125}

{Studio: 1. Traci Yau, 2″ concrete diamonds, $9 // 2. Alicia Zwicewicz, cat planter, $50  // 3. Sea & Asters, 2.5″ wood planter, $25 // 4. Stacy Altiery, 6″x6″ gold foil tray, $40  // 5. Creative Block, $25 & Collage, $25 }





pawel przewlocki


Um. These are paintings. Really, really perfect PAINTINGS. Acrylic on panel. Ah-mazing. They are the work of Polish born, Boston based artist Pawel Przewlocki, and they have officially broken my brain…. so many perfect gradations of color, and oh, so many perfect lines. {insert audible exhale here}





#givebooks (a pledge & a giveaway!)

Congratulations to … Rachele (of studiorah)!!!! You won all of these books!? I’ll email you to get your address. Thank you so much to everyone that entered! I hope your holidays are full of beautiful books for all of you, and thank you for making the pledge to #givebooks. ps. There are lots of other giveaways coming up in the next few weeks, so don’t be sad if you didn’t win today… lots of other chances on their way!

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So, who wants to win ten books? YES, I SAID TEN BOOKS! This incredibly generous give-away is all thanks to Chronicle Books and their amazing #GiveBooks campaign… all they ask in return is this:

Share the love of reading, support your local bookseller, and help promote literacy! For every person who pledges to #GiveBooks this holiday season, by sharing this intention through social media, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need through First Book. Help us donate 10,000 books by TAKING THE PLEDGE HERE.

How wonderful is that?! I’ve already taken the pledge, and I hope you will too! Speaking of wonderful, Chronicle let me to choose ten of my favorite books to give to one of my readers {that’s you!}. I decided to pick an assortment of art books, and beautiful children’s books because a. I’m an artist and a mama, b. I’m quite sure a lot of you are too, and c. people of all ages should have access to inspiring, art-filled books, right? Right! Here are my picks:

1. I like to Draw/I like to Write – Love this! Half the book is filled with art prompts, flip it over and be a writer!

2. For Just One Day – Such a sweet book about a little boy imagining that he’s different animals.

3. All my friends are dead – Ha! So smart & funny … my son loves this book.

4. Press Here – I love this book soooo much… Absolute magic for toddlers {and grown-ups too!}

5. Watercolor – I own this one and it’s gorgeous! A collection of work by watercolor artists. Love.

6. Hello NY – A beautifully illustrated love letter to New York by Julia Rothman. So good!

7. Collage – Ok, yes. I put my own books on the list.

8. Duck! Rabbit! – So fun/clever… a sweet little trick for your mind. It’s a duck. No, rabbit. No, duck!

9. Creative Block – I haven’t read it, but I hear this one is FANTASTIC {wink wink nudge nudge}

10. Art, Inc. – A very smart/helpful book by artist Lisa Congdon on turning your art practice into a business.

Whoa. What a line up! So, just leave a comment below telling me who you’ll give books to this year, and I’ll draw one very lucky winner on Monday November 24th at 9am PST. Good luck!

ps. An extra little note from the lovely folks at Chronicle… “We would like to offer your readers 30% + free ground shipping (excluding personalized products) at chroniclebooks.com through the end of the year with offer code GIVEBOOKS”. Um, who loves Chronicle? Yep, me too!





sean molloy

Old meets new… and they fall madly in love! This is the work of Irish artist Sean Molloy … he paints very traditional, formal subject matter below the surface, and then POP! – graphic, colorful patterns right on top of all of it. Ah yes, a beautiful marriage of past and present. LOVE!

{via Saatchi Art}