medium /// contemporary




“patterns ‘n positive passwords”

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If you were an early adopter to the world of Etsy, you’ll know exactly who my guest is today. Yep, I’m talking to Portland based artist Ashley Goldberg! I loved her work before I even started this blog {which was almost 8 years ago}, and watched from across the interweb as she evolved into what she refers to as “Ashley 2.0″… I wanted to hear alllll of the stories that went along with that, and she told me! Weird little critters, vibrant patterns, and the positive passwords that helped her along the way. You can listen right up there under those little faces, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, let’s start closer to the beginning… remember these? I love all of them, and these pieces are actually still available in Ashley’s Etsy shop:

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Ah, love! Quite a few of those pieces were from the “ashley g 1.0” phase of her art career, but as 2.0 came along, so did these patterns:

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Ok, I could have posted thousands of them {literally}, but I tried to control myself. Well, to a point… here are more of Ashley’s patterns out in the world! Wallpaper and bedding and teepees, oh my!

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{1. Jimmy Cricket  2. Urban Outfitters  3,4,5. Land of Nod}

That teepee. I mean, come on! How cool would it be to see your work this way? Very. What about seeing your work all over your own clothes!? Even cooler:

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{1,2,3. Gorman  4. Lazzari}

YES! I need that sweet “All My Little Friends” dress! I totally pictured Ashley wandering around Portland in head-to-toe “Ashley Goldberg”, but apparently it’s all black, all the time, for her. I understand. Completely.

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See. Black… with just a bit of color on her paint-covered hands! I loved every second of finally getting to talk to Ashley. There are links to her karaoke choices below… yep, they paint quite a picture! Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting episode 74; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now;  and thank YOU so much for listening every week… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Byeeee!

Other links:

  1. Ashley’s Etsy shop
  2. Ashley’s insane number of patterns on Flickr
  3. Ashley’s lovely Instagram feed
  4. The two karaoke songs were Biggie Smalls- Juicy (the PG version) and R Kelly ignition remix





jessica rimondi

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Gorgeous paintings… control and chaos in perfect harmony. This is the work of Italian-born, Berlin-based painter Jessica Rimondi. I love all of these pieces, but that first girl in the glasses? I’m smitten. Happy Friday to you.

{Some of Jessica’s work is available at Saatchi Art}





andy decola

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Paintings that look like collages? LOVE! This is the work of Canadian artist Andy DeCola. As a painter he’s always been “intrigued by the constant bombardment of images we consume every day … With his current body of work, DeCola seeks to remove his previous emphasis on using found and appropriated imagery from popular culture exclusively in order to concentrate more on his conceptual goals as his artistic practice evolves.” Mission accomplished. Beautifully.





agata wierzbicka

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Can you tell that I couldn’t decide which I loved more? The flora or fauna… both so beautiful. This is the work of Warsaw based artist/illustrator Agata Wierzbicka. Lovely.





cathy daley

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Oh. Pastel on velum… magic. This is the work of Toronto based artist Cathy Daley. I wrote about her work in 2012, but stumbled across this new work in the same series just the other day. Yep, still madly in love.

{See more via Birch Contemporary}





papirmass & scott listfield (AND a giveaway)

Ok, the results are in! I’ve randomly chosen THREE winners of this very generous giveaway by Papirmass. Thank you so much to everyone that entered {don’t worry, more giveaways always around the corner}… the winners are:

CHRISTA DAVID, New York

BRANDI BALDWIN, Canada

VELVET GINGER, France 

Congratulations! Thank you so much to Paprimass for the giveaway AND for existing ♥ … ps. today is the last day to get the Scott Listfield print. You have until tonight at midnight EST. Happy Halloween!

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So many things to love in one post … Papirmass {aka Toronto’s Jp King & Kirsten McCrea}, Boston based painter Scott Listfield, one of Scott’s astronauts, AND a giveaway! Yep, when Jp & Kirsten reached out and asked me to curate this month, I jumped at the chance and immediately knew I’d ask Scott. ps. He said yes. Ok, there are a few stories for me to tell:

No.1  What’s Papirmass? Um, well if you like gorgeous/affordable art AND surprises, well then you’re going to love them… “Papirmass is an independent art subscription that seeks to spark curiosity and inspire creativity. Subscribers all around the world love how our monthly mailings help them discover their next favorite artist. Through unique prints, studio interviews, and hands-on artistic activities, Papirmass is all about making creative connections.”

No.2  Did you listen to my podcast episode with Scott? Remember when we outed a gallery in Australia that sold his work and then didn’t pay him? Yeah, this is a print of that painting!

No.3  Giveaway? Yep! Jp and Kirsten want to give THREE of you a year long subscription to Papirmass! Comment below and I’ll draw three names on Halloween. Oooh, spooky.

See, lots of reasons to love this. Speaking of love, look how cute Jp and Kirsten are… they love art and each other {they’re married}:

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Subscribe by the end of October to receive artwork by Scott Listfield in November {ps. I’ve seen the artwork lined up for the next few months too. Gorgeous!}





“starting in the background”

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Well, you asked and I listened… and then I called Polish-born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska! I’ve written about Marta several times over the years, the last time being only a few weeks ago. I received so many comments asking me to have her on the podcast, and luckily she said YES! We’re talking about psychics, art happening in the background, and paths that were meant to be! Listen right up there under that stunning floral/abstract, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, I am completely in love with Marta’s floral work from a couple of years ago, so I’m going to start there:

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Right!? Sigh. Near the beginning of our conversation she mentioned doing portraits… I had no idea she did portraits, but look what I found in the illustration section on her site:

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Whoa. Gorgeous! I did, however, know about the lovely perfume bottles that were also in that same illustration portfolio. They were actually the first bit of Marta’s work that I ever wrote about:

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Ahhhh, I can almost smell their powdery, perfumy goodness.

Guess, what… more flowers! We were talking about them as part of her evolution from illustrator to fine artist {and it’s just a good excuse for me to show more of them}:

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Yes, I love them. Now, I’ve said this many times before… I always admire artists who continue to push themselves to evolve. Marta is definitely one of those people! These are floral-ish, but heading into abstract… and they’re absolutely stunning:

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These are the pieces I wrote about a few weeks ago… petals? Butterfly wings? Both? Love.

So from floral-ish abstract, to truly abstract:

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Don’t those make you want to play with ink and watercolor all day long?

And finally, a few personal photos from Marta’s Instagram feed. Anyone who loves coffee as much as this, clearly needs to be my friend:

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Mmmm, art and coffee. Perfect combination… add a pierogi or two and we’d be all set! Thank you so much to Marta for talking to me and sharing her very inspiring story; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it will be out on October 25th! To preorder a copy for FREE{or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: audibletrial.com/JealousCurator. And as always, thank YOU so much for listening… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Walker Art Center 
  2. Marta’s Online Shop




amanda clyne

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Oh, I just got chills… beautiful, and oh so very ghostly! This is the work of Toronto based artist Amanda Clyne. She refers to this series as “erased photographs”. Amanda works with oil paint as well, but these pastel ladies have been “painted” in an entirely different way.

“It begins with a photograph. The photograph is printed on a paper to which the ink will not adhere, creating a wet, inky surface that I can move around with a brush. Painting the photograph ultimately leads to the ink’s removal, leaving only a residue of the painterly process. The stained and scarred paper is then scanned, photographing the remaining trace of the original image’s painterly obliteration.”

Gorgeous. Happy Friday.





merve özaslan

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Love. So much! I wrote about the collages of Istanbul based artist Merve Özaslan in early 2015, but I’m going to be totally honest… the second I saw those three girls in their red lip swimsuits, well, this post just started writing itself. After that, I lost track of all time and space as I jumped down a “Merve  Özaslan – Bathing Beauty” rabbit hole… and here we are!





andrea hornick

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Portraits inspired by the old masters … but with just a touch of animal spirit guides around the edges! LOVE! This is the beautifully bizarre work {oil on linen} of New York / Philadelphia based artist Andrea Hornick. Rich backgrounds, elegant details, lovely ladies and, well, sharks. I love this description of the first piece in this post:

Madame Bonier de la Moson Luxuriates in the Protective Embodiment of Sun Bear; his Hibernation-Harnessed Fortitude Lends Her a Lack of Poise Needed to Play Diana the Huntress.

Yes.