medium /// contemporary




kelda martensen

Don’t you kinda want to peek into that motel? I do! These pieces by American artist Kelda Martensen “celebrate the isolation and function of the rural yet traveled landscape”. Yep. These scream rural landscape… and are those the northern lights I see dancing over the “Alaskan Motel”? Maybe.

{Both of these mixed media prints are part of the Artsy Forager Collection for Mantle Art. So good!}





b.a. lampman



The eyes. I just keep looking at the eyes! Does that eye belong to the girl… or the horse… or both? I don’t know! I’ll keep looking.

It was the vintage horses that got me first, followed closely by those ghostly white-lined girls. This is the beautiful/kinda weird work of Victoria, Canada based artist B.A. Lampman. I met her very briefly at my book event in Victoria at the end of May, and boy, am I glad I did! Such beautifully bizarre collages, that I cannot look away from. I need some big wooden frames from the 1960s for these ladies, and their pets, and then I’d be set!





michelle quan


Ceramic diamonds… I may have to sit down for a moment. Ok. I’m better… uh-oh, ceramic diamonds in the form of a giant garland. I’ve lost my breath again. This is the work of New York based artist/designer {originally from Vancouver} Michelle Quan.  I came across that amazing garland when I was in TOTOKAELO, an absolutely gorgeous store in Seattle. This was hanging over the inside of their front door, and I loved it immediately. And those diamonds all on their own… so fantastic! I want one for my living room. And maybe a few more for my garden. And one for my bedroom. Oh, ceramic diamonds… love.





barbara dziadosz


LOVE! This is the very pink, very botanical work of Polish artist/illustrator Barbara Dziadosz {now based in Hamburg}. Her portfolio is FULL of amazing things, all of which use this gorgeous palette… but these greenhouses and bell jars were screaming my name! “Danielle… write about us! We’re so weirdly sweet!”

{via Honestly WTF}





linda bernhard



Oooooh! Clean, perfect architectural lines sharing the page with natural, saturated hills and great big cactus… um, YES please! I absolutely love this series, titled Houses in Places, by Swiss born / UK based collage artist Linda Bernhard. Sigh. What a view!

ps. She has a new show opening on June 20th {today!} until August 29th, at St.Paul’s Centre – Worthing… if you happen to be in Worthing, West Sussex this summer!





jennifer booher


This is new {like, really new!} work by Maine based artist Jennifer Booher. I wrote about her in 2011… she’s known for collecting, sorting, and photographing bits ‘n pieces that she finds on the beach. But not today. For this work she collected, sorted, and photographed MY bits ‘n pieces! YES! Jennifer emailed me a few months ago and said she wanted to work with me on something that we could show in my GREAT.LY gallery. She wanted to break away from her usual work, and do a portrait… kinda. I immediately rushed into my studio and gathered up all of the precious little things that I’ve been hoarding for, well, decades in some cases. I packed them up and sent them off to Maine so that Jennifer could work her magic. And then she did!

Each little item in this gorgeous “portrait” means something to me… those spools of thread belonged to my great grandmother, that gold horse is from GIRL CRUSH in Portland, I bought that big B when I was in Paris years ago in honor of my grandmother, Blanche, who had just passed away. Thank you so much to Jennifer for doing this with me… the final pieces are so gorgeous, and now my weird “Danielle Collection” is documented forever! ♥

ps. If you’re interested, both of these can be found at GALLERYONE {my little online gallery that I love so much!}  Print One /// Print Two





andrea mastrovito


Whoa. Now THIS brings found image collage to a whole, entirely new, super crazy level! This is an installation from 2013 in Switzerland by Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito. It’s titled The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II and is made from thousands of bits and pieces from flora and fauna books, reassembled into the craziest little ecosystem EVER! So amazing! I would love to see this in person so that I could take a really close look at all of the many, many, many layers. And maybe even meet this little guy…

Love.

{Thanks to my friend Mary for posting this on Facebook yesterday… instalove!}





karen o’neil



Ah, nothing says “Happy Monday morning” quite like a bunch of fresh ‘n juicy oranges! Mmmm, now I want an orange AND one of these paintings by Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O’Neil. I’ve been wanting to get back into painting lately {more on that later} and I find these little still life pieces ridiculously inspiring. A palette full of the most perfect colors, a few strategic brush strokes, and voila… a juicy orange on a pink glass plate that you wish you could eat for breakfast! Yum.

ps. She teaches workshops… if only I lived in Woodstock, NY.





ben skinner

Awesome Awesome.

Aaaaand he’s at it again! Vancouver based Ben Skinner is an amazingly talented and incredibly clever artist who I am very happy to call my friend. I have loved his work for years, and have written about him a bunch of times (here, here, here, here, here, AND he was the first artist I interviewed for my book!). I’ve been watching him post this new work {acrylic tinted HydroCal plaster}, titled SAME SAME, on Facebook for the last couple of months and loooooove that it’s finally up on his site! Such gorgeous colors and patterns, and so smart… isn’t it crazy how many words we do this to? You’re trying to think of some right now, aren’t you? Yeah. Me too. {You can see these, and a zillion other amazing pieces by Ben, in person at Back Gallery Project in Vancouver until the end of June. These are priced at $200 per set, in editions of 10 and can be ordered online}

And with that I’ll say happy weekend, and…

ps. You can follow Ben on instagram {lots of cool things!} at  @benskinnerart





marine coutroutsios



Boy oh boy, if you love birds… and paper-cutting… then you are so set! This is the work of French artist Marine Coutroutsios, who now lives in Sydney Australia. These beautifully composed papery/feathery sculptures are her ode to the crazy colorful cockatoos that she happily shares her new city with. Gorgeous.

*Quick! This work is in a show that is coming down on Saturday June 14th, so get over to He Made She Made in Sydney [70 Oxford St, Darlinghurst] quick as bird!