medium /// contemporary

bunnie reiss


First, “Cosmic Animal Gloves”. Second, her name is Bunnie. Seriously, I could not be happier right now. Here’s what LA based artist Bunnie Reiss has to say about this lovely, symmetrical, cosmic, hand-painted series:

“I’ve always been excited by how easy it is to take something old, transform it, and give it a new life. My Cosmic Animal Gloves are one of my favorite on-going projects where I get to play with the idea of old and new, symmetry and our strange connection to the cosmic world of spirit animals.” 

Love! She often has a set of these, framed, in her shop … and if she’s sold out, Bunnie will happily make you a set if you just reach out to her. By email. Not cosmically.

{via Melanie Biehle on Pinterest}

rebecca rutstein


Wow. This is the work of Philadelphia based artist Rebecca Rutstein. She describes her work as “exploring geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data.” Now this is my kind of scientific data! Gorgeous.

ps. I want to sit down in the middle of those metal clouds. Happy Monday.

*Images Courtesy of the Artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery

“pastels, perfection and prince”


Prince, snake soup, drawing for nuns, and a handful of bleeps… yep, he does amazing things with oil pastels, and tells some pretty hilarious stories! I met Terrence Payne in 2012 when I was in Minneapolis for Girl Crush. Jennifer Davis was my co-host for that workshop, and it was held at SooVAC, a gorgeous gallery run by an amazing woman named Carolyn Payne… who happens to be Terrance’s wife! A small little world filled with talented, artsy people. Anywho, I got the chance to see Terrence “coloring” on some reallllly big pieces of paper while I was there, and I was an instant fan! Ok, let’s go look… you can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, his ornate yet ‘no one in particular’ figure pieces:


Ah! Those patterns, that detail, the color… how is that oil pastel!?

Next, TEXT. Oh, I love Terrence’s text pieces very, very, very much:


BOOM, indeed. Again… oil pastel?!

Oh, and here are the big beautiful bears we were talking about. I saw Terrence “coloring” this one in person when I was in Minneapolis way back in 2012, and it has to be one of my favorites:


I wish I could show you the scale (it’s 66″x 66″) because this does not do this piece justice.

Up next we were talking about “Drift”,  his two-man show with John Diebel. It’s showing at Rosalux Gallery right this very minute:


Gor. Ge. Ous. And then of course, there’s the snake ball that led us off on quite the crazy tangent. Here it is in progress, and finished:


Beautiful… but also, ew. I really hate snakes.

And finally, Terrence’s loyal studio mates:


Aw! I’d want to be home hanging out with them too! Thanks to Terrence “Cabbage Patch” Payne for taking the time to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! 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 for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Jennifer Davis 
  2. Girl Crush Minneapolis 2012
  3. John Diebel
  4. Rosalux Gallery Open Call – Submission deadline is October 31st


andrea d’aquino … and a giveaway!

Thanks so much to EVERYONE that entered to win this gorgeous book… if I didn’t draw your name, you can always buy a copy of this beauty right here. BUT, if your name is Frances Soosman, there’s a copy coming to you! More giveaways coming soon xo


Oh my word! This book is AMAZING!!! I talked to New York based artist Andrea D’Aquino on my podcast earlier this year when she was still working on “Once Upon A Piece of Paper”. Well, it’s officially out in the world and it is SO GOOD. Brilliant words of wisdom, tips and tricks for making, and actual step-by-step demos. Oh, and there’s more… a second book filled with paper for you to USE for your own collages. Seriously. So good.

Hm, and as luck would have it, I have one to give away to one of you! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday October  10th. Good luck! {ps. Anyone can enter! Thanks to Quarto Publishing for making this happen xo}

sue williams a’court


I need alllllll of these. Now, these are not just gorgeous mixed media collages… see those black and white, Rococo-ish landscapes? Yeah. They’re graphite drawings! I totally thought they were found images, but they’re not! Mind. Blown. This is the absolutely lovely work of London based artist Sue Williams A’Court. Sigh. Here are Sue’s words about her work:

Classical landscape references are reinterpreted in a new context, rendered in graphite on a variety of surfaces. The form, composition and materiality are meticulously constructed to summon a state of mind rather than a specific location … The tension between the precision drawing and the loosely painted ground references different models of art history and alludes to contrasting types of mental attention competing for the same psychological space. 


seonna hong


I have written about LA based artist Seonna Hong… a lot. So dreamy, so unique, so weird/wonderful. I love all of the tiny painted details, like the cactus and the people. Oh, but then there’s also all of those big, loose, multi-colored rocks and mountains. Sigh. I’d love to see them in person… well, you can if you’re in San Francisco this month. All of this work is from a new show that’s opening this Saturday, October 8th, at Hashimoto Contemporary. It will be up until October 29th, and yes, this show even includes a few of Seonna’s gorgeous paint chip pieces:


wayne white in nyc


Ok, it’s no secret how much I love LA-based, Tennessee-born Wayne White. If you heard the podcast episode I did with him last December you’ll definitely know! Well, I didn’t think it was possible for me to love him more, but that was before he got strapped to a truck and played his banjo through the streets of New York. Now that’s how you open a show! This gorgeous work is showing right now at Joshua Liner Gallery … but it comes down this Saturday, October 8th, so get over there RIGHT NOW!

ps. Here’s the video of Wayne strapped to said truck, created by the talented folks at Dress Code

ry rocklen


I need this wardrobe. Sure, this might just look like a bunch of simple sweaters, jeans, and one very patriotic shirt… until you find out that they’re porcelain! But wait, there’s more. If you want to add a bit of pizazz to your look… copper and nickel plating your hats and shirts is the way to go. Gah! I love this series by LA based artist Ry Rocklen so very much.

“ancient art … and potholes”


Ancient art meets the mean streets of Chicago… well, the potholes anyway. Artist/designer Jim Bachor and I are talking about his gorgeous mosaic work, his 85 year old lookout, the fact that people are truly awesome, and me possibly dressing up as Jim for Halloween. You can listen right up there under that glass ‘n marble ice cream sandwich, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, “THIS IS NOT A POTHOLE anymore”…


No, it isn’t! It’s an amazing piece of art that I would love to happen upon while out for a walk! Yep, Jim’s ice creams are my faves, of course, and we’ll get back to them in just a moment. But first, here are the portraits of his twin boys (Henry and Ajax), along with two other portraits. If one piece of glass doesn’t transfer, these very detailed faces can end up looking really weird. Luckily all of these beauties worked out just fine…


Wow. Also, I love that he’s using this ancient technique to make Starbucks cups and cigarettes.

So. This is it. Jim’s very first pothole, naturally titled “POTHOLE”…


Ah, yes, art born from necessity. If the city won’t fill the pothole in front of your house, just fill it with art!

He said that he was a little bit scared of getting in trouble for the pothole. He had just won a commission to create a mosaic at Thorndale Red Line station on Chicago’s North Side and didn’t want to risk losing it. Thankfully, he didn’t get in any trouble for his pothole-fixing, and the mural project went off without a hitch. Oh, and it’s gorgeous…



Speaking of beautiful – good friends are beautiful. Enter Pat, Jim’s friend who emailed everyone… including me! Here’s a little bit of that very supportive email…

… Jim studied the mosaic arts for months in Italy. Now he’s not only selling his own pieces, but he decided to share some of  his “mysterious” work with the public. Me? I’m Pat. Never mind about me. I’m Jim’s friend and Jim is a bit flummoxed by this whole publicity thing. So, grub worm that I am, I took it upon myself to promote my pal.

“Me? I’m Pat. Never mind about me.” Ha! I think I may to put that on a T-shirt!

Ok, up next we really got into the whole pothole thing. What do people hate? Potholes. What do people love? Flowers…


… and ice cream …


YES! Oh, I love Jim’s “Treats in the Streets”. That pink and yellow piece just above was the piece he did in Finland. Site-specific ice cream potholes? Fan-freakin-tastic! 

Now, Finland is certainly not the only place he’s filled a pothole or two. The day before we did this interview Jim had been in San Antonio. He’d reached out to his followers there, was pointed to this specific pothole, and while he was there he filled it with a bit of “trash”. As part of his “Pretty Trashy” series he paid homage to San Antonio’s own “Whataburger”. Here he is in action – orange vest, cones, knee pads and all – followed by a few more trashy potholes from the same series…


Love. So, when Jim isn’t filling potholes with very, very expensive glass tiles, he is creating fine art mosaics that can hang on the wall. Once again, ancient technique and pop culture come crashing together. Here are two pieces from his cereal series…


Mmmm… insanely detailed glass and marble Cocoa Puffs!

This is the piece he was talking about, from his latest series titled “Fake”, with the tiny plane in the top corner. Again, his combination of old and new is just so perfect…


That red circle is printed onto the glass that sits over top of the mosaic, bringing your attention to the plane. Graphic. Clever. Beautiful.

And that’s that. Ahhh, I loved that conversation so much! What a talented, smart, funny guy! So how should we leave off? I thought this would be perfect…


He certainly has. One pothole at a time. Thanks so much to Jim for taking the time to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And you guessed it… thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Jim’s store (originals, prints, etc)
  2. Jim’s Instagram … so you can see him in action!
  3. Map to find the potholes


randy hryhorczuk


Hello? allo allo! I wrote about Canadian painter Randy Hryhorczuk just over 7 years ago… 7 years! Well, I loved his billboards then, and I love them now! His portfolio is full of phone booths, abstracts, and airplanes but my heart will always belong to his ice cream colored, clever, beautifully painted billboards. Happy Friday.