medium /// contemporary




aoife flynn


You know those people who say “Oh, I don’t watch TV” … yeah… I’m not one of those people. I love TV, and I really really love these watercolor/collaged TVs on paper by Irish artist Aoife Flynn. Yep, I could sit on the couch and watch these beauties allllll daaaaay looooong.

*note that these are watercolor / collage… pretty sure the screens are cut photographs and then the TVs are painted around them. Gorgeous!





hailey walsh



Oh boy. I absolutely love these photopolymer prints by Hailey Walsh, who happens to be a soon-to-graduate art student at Colorado College. First, we all know how much I love gems and geodes, yes? Yes. And then there’s the combination of line, photographic imagery, and those little hits of color… love, love, love! I majored in printmaking when I did my BFA and I am in awe of Hailey’s work. I’m very excited to keep an eye on her career as it unfolds. Good luck with your last few weeks of school, Hailey!





sara falli

I am fascinated by watercolor… probably because I find it so difficult to work with. Clearly Sara Falli, an artist based in Florence, Italy, does not have that problem! Whimsical, washy, graphic, and just a little bit bizarre {yeah, I’m talking to you, floating bunny head}. Gorgeous.





exclusive: jennifer davis pre-release print

Oh, Jennifer Davis. I have written about her so many times, she was the host artist for GIRL CRUSH Minneapolis, and she’s one of the artists in CREATIVE BLOCK. And, if all of those things weren’t enough, now she’s got an amazingly beautiful new show, Joyride, that opens tomorrow night at Public Functionary {7pm- midnight} in Minneapolis. Huge 4′x4′ pieces all inspired by vintage carousels… gorgeous! Jennifer traveled all over the US to gather images & inspiration for this body of work, and tomorrow night it will finally be revealed… well, except that I’m going to let one piece leak today! Yep, this gorgeous horse print will go on sale tomorrow at noon (CST). Here’s the info:

Edition of 50 // 15 available online 12pm CST on Saturday, March 22nd, remainder released at the opening (in person purchase only 7pm-Midnight). Any remaining prints will be released online Sunday morning 10am CST.
Title: Horses
Signed and numbered by the artist on the back.
Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper
20 x20 image size on 24×24 paper
Unframed– $175
Framed– $400
Framed to conservation standards.
1/2 inch spacer between art and glass
Total framed size 26×26

And here’s the link to purchase, but remember, you can’t buy until Saturday at high noon! NEIGH!!!! {that was meant to be a horse sound… hm.}





josh meyer & ashod simonian

Collages, totally made up authors/novels, and perfume… what a magical combination! Perfumer Josh Meyer is the creator of Imaginary Authors – a collection of perfumes with personality. Each scent is brought to life using a fictional author, and their stories, to draw you into the scent. So fun! And not only that, each story/perfume also has a custom found-image collage as it’s label. Josh teamed up with artist Ashod Simonian for those. Now, I have no idea what these perfumes smell like, but I’m thinking “The Soft Lawn” might be lovely for a summer day, while “The Cobra and The Canary” might get me into a bit of trouble!

ps. The lovely ladies of Little Yellow Couch are doing a sample set give-away… The deadline is March 24th, so get over there and enter. Oh, and let me know what “Cape Heartache” smells like!





a lovely letter

When Kate Woodrow, an editor at Chronicle Books, approached me about writing a book, one of the first questions she asked me was “Why do you want to do this? What do you want to get out of it?” My answer was pretty simple. I told her that I wanted to write about blocks, and inner-critics, insecurities… and of course a way to break through all of those things. I said, “If I can make just one person feel better, less alone, not so creatively broken, I would consider this project a huge success.” And yesterday, I got this letter {that made me cry – twice} from a woman named Claire. I asked her if I could share this letter with you, and she said yes:

“I am writing to thank you for the most amazing book I have ever read… next to the Velveteen Rabbit and the Secret Garden.

About 14 years ago when I was at college studying art, I had just passed my driving test and went to a job interview at a newspaper for some work experience. All my work was in the car, portfolios, sketch books and exam certificates – I wanted to get it right. My work was deeply personal and I was very proud of it, it was who I was. Anyway I went for the interview and then went on a date, the first in two years. I went back to the car park to get my car… no car… it had been stolen with all my work in it… NOOOOOOOOOO! The car was eventually recovered a week later, but no work in the car. Everything I had produced in ten years was just gone. After that I could not make anything. I couldn’t paint, think, draw nothing would come. Then eventually I had my son, and needed to work for myself. My art qualifications were my main qualifications, so I started doing commercial work, and slowly my soul felt like it was being hoovered of all creativity. I just produced work that thought would sell and could not produce anything personal or anything I felt proud of… or that I felt was valid.

So, that has been me for the last 14 years… sad but true… anyhow,  just after Christmas I got really sick and have been in bed pretty much since then. I had an enormous amount of time to think about stuff, and my artistic practice, and what that means… and slowly my brain started to remember that girl who produced work with passion and vigour with no thought for what anyone would think of it. I made because I had to. I had to get it out… and then I saw your book. I have followed your blog for ages, moved by all the work on there. Then your book arrived, and I cannot thank you enough, and all the artists in it, for their honesty and candour. It has moved me and shaken my stuck little world, and today for the first time in 14 years, I made some work… which i am proud of. It is just the start, but it is a start. I have quit all the commercial work and I feel like my block is over. I can make work that is personal, that matters, that I believe in… because I have to… otherwise it’s just half a life.

I just wanted to say that your book has given me a great gift and has really aided my journey back to my brushes. I was on that path and your book has given me some more courage and tools… thank you… seems small, but it has meant more than I can explain.” ~ Claire

Thank you so much, Claire. This means more than I can explain. I think what moves me so much about this is that I feel like this is my story too, which makes you start to realize that there are lots of stories like this out there. When you’re in it, you feel like you’re the only one who has ever felt like this… until you share your story and suddenly you realize that you’re not alone at all. Having blocks just means you’re part of a very elite, creative club! You can’t have a creative block if you’re not a creative person, right? I’m so glad to be in this club with Claire, and all of you.

*artwork by Rachel Castle





giulia palmobino


I find great comfort in simple, well-done drawings… and this work by Berlin based artist/illustrator Giulia Palmobino definitely fits that description. Maybe the comfort comes in the “getting back to basics-ness” of it … just your hands, a stack of pencils, and a pile of thick paper. Sigh. Lovely.





lyndie dourthe



Je t’aime… mushroom terrariums, and perfect petals. So, so gorgeous. These little bits of nature, in textile form, are the work of Paris based textile designer/artist Lyndie Dourthe. Delicate, whimsical, and beautifully made. I know this sounds greedy, but I really truly want all of these beauties… yes, even those poisonous mushrooms. It’s ok. They’re under glass.

{via Galbie}





julia rothman… again

Gorgeous. This beautifully illustrated love letter to New York hits shelves TODAY! Hello NY is a gorgeous passion project by Julia Rothman… a talented designer, illustrator, and of course, New Yorker. She wrote a very honest, heart-felt post about the ups and downs of creating this book on her blog, Book By It’s Cover – give it a read, and then go pick up the book. I’m going to need a copy because I’m heading to New York {for the first time in my life… WHAT?!} in a few weeks for my NYC book event! Oh, and it just so happens that Julia is one of the artists interviewed in CREATIVE BLOCK! If she’s not too busy promoting this lovely piece of bounded art, she’ll be stopping by the CB party on April 2nd. I hope she has a pen ready to sign her lovely pages!

ps. there are still a handful of tickets available to the NY party, so if you want to come, grab your ticket here.





anna barlow



Now THIS is how every Monday should start! Drippy, sweet, whipped cream covered ice cream with a ceramic cherry on top… ok, it’s not really drippy or sweet because not only are the cherries ceramic, so is everything else! Yep, I am officially obsessed with this work by UK based artist Anna Barlow. Here is her description of this series:

The beauty of food left to melt and ooze holds a fascination for me. It is something that is usually over looked and temporary but this can be captured and frozen in time with clay and glaze. I have focused on ice cream as it is such a momentary and yet memorable treat that most of us have experienced and therefore can evoke memories of sensations and tastes, as well as prompt a fantasy of desired indulgences. I am firstly inspired by the materials I use. I find that clay, porcelain and glaze have so many wonderful possibilities and often translate well to represent food.

Yum. Oh, and good luck not craving ice cream for the rest of the day. You’re welcome!

{via art is a way}