medium /// contemporary




katherine brickman and kate mitchell (greedy hen)

Oh boy. I found this birdy beard on Pinterest yesterday {via Turn of Fraise} and immediately started writing today’s post! All of these fantastic mixed media pieces are the collaborative work of Australia based artists, Katherine Brickman and Kate Mitchell, aka Greedy Hen. Their portfolio is full of amazing things {posters, album covers} but for me, well clearly, it’s all about that beard. And the log. I loooooove the log.





sylvia baldeva


Oooh… washy, dreamy, layered, haunting, jewel-toned portraits by French artist Sylvia Baldeva. I love them. All.

{via Saatchi Art}





introducing…

My own gallery? YES! For years I’ve wanted my own gallery, and I guess I have always thought of this site as that… minus actual walls and the fact that I can’t sell artists’ work. Well, I had a little a-ha moment last week… remember my GREAT.LY boutique… well late last week I realized that it didn’t have to be a “boutique”, it could be an art gallery! That’s right. Just ART by amazing artists, gathered and grouped into gorgeous little themed exhibitions – YAY! Here are a few pieces that are currently showing at GALLERYONE {“GALLERYONE” because it’s my very first!}

And there’s so much more in there – abstracts, bold black & whites, ceramics! I am having a ridiculous amount of fun pretending that GALLERYONE is an actual bricks and mortar, filling it with everything that I would show in a real space. Not sure why I didn’t figure that out at some point over the past six months while being GREAT.LY’s creative director… anywho, I’ve got it now! I hope you’ll come and visit, and when I stock amazing new pieces by fabulous artists from all over the world, I’ll let you know right here {and on facebook too, of course!}.

ps. See that cute little G at the top left of my site… you can always click on that, and you’ll be at my sweet little gallery asap.

{ Artists above: 1. Frances Marin 2. A Sensible Habit 3. A Sensible Habit 4. Kate Hersh // 5. Ellie Bradley 6. Lisa Golightly 7. Sketch Inc. // 8. Kiana Mosley 9. Kate Wong 10. Kiana Mosley // 11. Louise Van Terheijden 12. Shannon Rankin }





kim baise






Ok, this is exactly how I want to end this insanely busy week… with hilarious, weird, and ridiculously sweet artwork hanging from the ceiling! LA based artist Kim Baise creates these crazy mobiles with papier mache, paint and found sticks, which she then lovingly assembles with natural hemp twine. So awesome. ps. I’m gonna need that bike-riding-lollipop-licking unicorn, and a strawberry swirl ice cream ASAP.

{via Oh Happy Day}





na kim



True enough! But you know what distracts me even more… these beautiful, inky blue teapots by Brooklyn based artist/illustrator Na Kim. LOVE!

{I found a bunch of Na Kim’s fantastic work on Booooooom.com, which led me down the rabbit hole that is her portfolio. Gorgeous.}





amanda brazier



This is the gorgeous work of Chattanooga based artist Amanda Brazier. Her compositions are modern, but almost rustic at the same time. And her colors - oh my -these palettes are so beautifully unique… and you’ll find out why in about 32 seconds:

“My work explores man’s elemental interaction with his environment, particularly in the measured way he builds and inhabits shelter. Influenced by the forms and materials of primitive earth dwellings, my visual language is grounded in architecture and repetition. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. In addition to referencing the physical structure of a home, the textures and patterning of the paintings suggest woven cloths or quilts, also symbols of protection and comfort. I make paint from pigments processed from the soils near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary with a sense of its origin and culture.”

Yes, she MAKES HER OWN PAINT from soil near her home… WHAT?! Um, how beautiful is this…

Sigh. Love.





claire brewster



I wrote about London based artist Claire Brewster waaaaay back in the fall of 2009. Her birds cut from vintage maps made my heart beat a little faster, and they still do! All of these pieces are new to her portfolio {and online shop}, but the true reason for today’s post are Claire’s newest flock. They’re still gorgeous, but instead of being cut from maps…


… they’re brass! Acid-etched brass birds, that look like lace, pinned precariously to a charcoal wall. Love, love, love!

{ps. If you happen to be in London this Thursday, June 5th, you should RSVP to the opening reception of Claire’s latest show: Pitfield London from 6~9pm}





alison van pelt







Whoa. Beautiful, vibrant, almost photographic, painted portraits of larger than life pop-culture icons… that literally are larger than life! This is the work of LA based artist Alison van Pelt {oil on canvas & oil/acrylic on canvas}. The pieces with text are from a series titled, “If I Were Ed Ruscha” … so good, but clearly I had to add a few that weren’t part of the collection too {otherwise how could I get Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, and that hot pink Frida Kahlo in there!} ♥





maira kalman & daniel handler

CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Rier… a copy of this lovely book is coming your way! {thanks to everyone that entered… and I hope that some of you made it to MoMA yesterday for the event on the lawn!}






I love this, probably because I love New York based artist/illustrator Maira Kalman so much, not to mention my love for vintage photographs of girls standing on lawns… oh, and would you look at that, that’s the name of the beautiful book that Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler {a.k.a. Lemony Snicket} created together! The first, very poetic, page reads:

One morning
we found some photographs.
One morning
these girls stood on lawns.
We looked at the pictures,
and we got to work.
There’s no use standing around.
You should do something.
This is the whole thing.

That really is the whole thing, isn’t it… LOVE! On Sunday, June 1 at MoMA {who actually published this little gem}, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler will celebrate their new book, Girls Standing on Lawns, with a garden party featuring 1930s-style Parisian jazz from the Hot Club of Flatbush. From 3-5 p.m. in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. {Free with Museum admission}

ps. I have a copy of this book for myself, and… I have one to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday morning at 8am PST. Good luck!

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amy friend





Sigh. Vintage photos covered in fireflies! Well, not really, but that’s what I like to imagine. Canadian photographer Amy Friend has just created a whole bunch of new work, as a continuation of her magical Dare alla Lucce series. I’ve written about this series before, but in case you haven’t seen that, and you’re wondering what these stunning pieces are all about, here is Amy’s description:

“Through hand-manipulated interventions I altered and subsequently re-photographed the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and what is absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also to the equal fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily. By playing with the tools of photography, I “re-use” light by allowing it to shine through the holes in the images. In a somewhat playful and yet literal manner, I return the subject of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light”, in reference to birth.”

Brilliant, and oh so dreamy! I am lucky enough to have one of her pieces from a few years ago, but all of these new images are currently available at Citizen Atelier. {Go now!}