medium /// contemporary




maryanne moodie





I’m about to totally date myself, but… one of my earliest childhood memories involves a visit to a “real artist’s studio”. This “real artist” was a good friend of my mom’s {my mom is an amazing painter, btw}, and she had a loom… because it was 1978! I remember working for hours and hours on my very own tapestry. My parents had that terrible weaving on their wall for years. Well, after seeing this work by Melbourne, now New York based, artist Maryanne Moodie I so badly want a do-over! She has taken this stereotypically 1970’s art form and so beautifully modernized it with her use of bold geometrics, and unbelievable color choices.

Maryanne has a website, but I also follow her on Instagram, which is where I found all of these fantastic images. I love that there are finished pieces, works in progress, and colorful supplies fresh from the yarn shop! Gorgeous, and oh, so inspiring. Ok, Mom… get the loom. I think I feel another tapestry coming on.





beatriz guzman velasquez


I’ve always thought of cemeteries as quiet, grey, and sad… clearly I’ve been looking at them in completely the wrong light! This is the vibrant work of Mexican born, Texas raised artist Beatriz Guzman Velasquez. So colorful, so beautiful… truly a celebration of life! Now, I thought that’s what this work was about, but after reading her statement I’ve realized that they are actually a commentary on, as she calls it, her “border culture”:

“The cemeteries I have decided to focus on, from 2009 to the present day, have been identified as “Mexican” by the people of the Rio Grande Valley.  Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Anahuac, Havana and La Puerta cemeteries have in common structures and color schemes.   Space plays a great role in this identification since they do not follow the minimalistic and monochromatic structures of American cemeteries.  I have omitted to portray the tombs that glorify the honorable and rich.  My paintings are about my people, the poor and alienated, who break constrictions at the time of building their last testament in life, their tombs.   Here, I portray my identity, shaped by transculturation, still present even in death and not contained by borders.”





erin fitzpatrick

American artist Erin Fitzpatrick paints a lot of portraits. A lot. Like, over 250 portraits in this series alone, a lot. And just to be clear, not all of them are fabulous women wearing glasses… but, the fabulous women wearing glasses are my absolute favorites! Can you tell? Love, love, love! ♥





katharine morling







Black and white line drawings pulled magically from a sketchbook into the real world through the fantastic ceramic work of UK based artist Katharine Morling. The cameras, the sewing needles, and don’t even get me started on those kitchen utensils!!! L.O.V.E.

{via art is a way}





rachel danielle mcpherson




A little bunny post for Easter {ok, and a couple of baby foxes too because that’s just such a cool piece and I couldn’t control myself}. These are mixed media drawings… DRAWINGS… by California based artist Rachel Danielle McPherson. Between these beauties, and a giant basket of chocolate, I think I’m all set for today! Hippity-hop to you and yours!

{Some of these pieces, and more of Rachel’s work, can be purchased via Good Eye Gallery}





juan fontanive

Sigh. I could look at these amazing pieces, by New York based artist Juan Fontanive, all day loooooooong. So beautiful, and oh, so brilliant! Birds and butterflies in flight {on your wall!} thanks to:

4-COLOR SCREEN PRINT ON BRISTOL PAPER, STAINLESS STEEL, MOTOR AND ELECTRONICS.

Gorgeous.

{via Colossal}





natasha law


Ok, I did not know that gloss paint on paper could look this sexy… well it does when London based artist Natasha Law is involved! Yes, those semi-nudes are very sultry, but so are Natasha’s compositions and color choices. Elegant, clean, graphic, and yep… kinda hot.

* I had to include this little tidbit… Natasha is not the only talented, creative person in her family. Her brother happens to be Jude Law.





ted feighan




It’s true. I have a thing for plant/flower collages. I collect vintage gardening books, cut them up into tiny bits, and then covet every single petal. So, I guess it’s not a surprise to say that I am totally smitten with the collage work of Ted Feighan. I am not happy about that snake [enter phobia here], but I may have to add books about tribal art, and golden jaguars, to my slightly obsessive thrift shoppin’ list.





maud vantours


GAH!!!!! That was almost all I could muster for this post. Either that or, GASP!!! This is the insanely beautiful paper work of Paris based artist Maud Vantours, and I love it all! Her color choices {that grey, yellow, coral piece is killing me}, all of those layers, the cutting?! GAH/GASP, indeed.





cassia beck




So fun! Well, except for that lady that is currently drowning in a sea of hard candies… but if you’ve gotta go, that’s a pretty fun way to do it! Colorful, simple, vintage collage work by UK based artist Cassia Beck. I wrote about her photography years ago, and was so pleased when I came across her collages! I had no idea that she did this kind of work as well. SO FUN!

ps. All of these pieces are very affordably priced and available in Cassia’s Etsy shop.