medium /// contemporary

nostalgia, lots of research … and a ghost

A love of history, a badly timed diagnosis, researching everything, taking found images from small to huge, and a really spooky ghost story. Yes, all of it! I’m so excited to have American artist Daisy Patton on the podcast. I know I always say this… I’ve loved her work for years, but after this conversation I love it even more. You can listen right under that flower-faced swimmer, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, these are a few of Daisy’s pieces I wrote about back in 2015:

So good! But, when I mentioned right off the top of the episode that she “was on fire” with this ongoing series {titled “Forgetting Is So Long”}, I was not kidding. Look at these beauties… and note the life-size SCALE:

What? The detail, the size, the palette… ALL OF IT. On. Fire.

Next, well, more images to show scale. I thought all of her work was small-ish, so I was pretty excited to find out the huge range she works within. That said, I feel the need to show you more:

Yes, I love them all. Small, medium, large.

Ok, onto the funeral paintings. This one is titled “A Bulgarian Funeral”:

Whoa. I’d love to stand in front of this in person. ps. that’s Daisy doing exactly that.

This next piece is one of her latest research crushes… funeral wreaths and the meaning behind the various symbols. Doves, banners, circular arrangements, etc:

Phew, luckily the dove is pointing up in this arrangement. Apparently facing down means you’re going somewhere other than heaven.

Speaking of heaven, this is where Daisy is right this very minute. Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She’s there for a ten week residency {aka heaven}, so I thought I’d show you what she’s up to. A few really big wips {works in progress}, and apparently she stumbled on her very own print shop:

Sigh. Gorgeous.

And finally, I just can’t end a post without a shot of an artist with their work:

Beautiful, on every level. Thank you soooo much to Daisy for taking so much time away from her residency to hang out with me {and for telling me that ghost story – thank goodness voicemail now exists instead of answering machines!}; thanks to both Saatchi Art and Thrive Mastermind for supporting the episode; as always thank you so much for stopping by to look ‘n listen! There will be more art for your ear next weekend:

Other links:

  1. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado
  2. Multiple sclerosis 
  3. Daisy’s Instagram
  4. Pennylane Shen



melissa sims

Paint-By-Number-ish work mixed with vintage neon signs!? Oh my word, I have just fallen madly in love with the work of LA based painter Melissa Sims. These pieces are currently hanging in a two-person show at Zinc Contemporary in Seattle. The show is titled, quite appropriately, “Sign of the Times” and will be up until November 18th, 2017. Happy Friday!

ps. The other artist in this show is Chelsea Wong.

romina ressia

Past and present, fashion and fine art, classic and contemporary. These are the gorgeous works of Argentinian photographer Romina Ressia. I have to admit… she had me at bubblegum. I found her work via Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh. Here is their description of her background and work:

“The inspiration for these unusual portraits stems from Romina’s fascination with the fashion photography which had always drawn her attention, but her work departs from the usual fare and enters a different space altogether.

There is an element of surrealism to her pictures which combine unique artifacts to present a personal reflection upon advancing technologies and cultural movements set against images of classical beauty in painterly-lit backgrounds.”


morwenna morrison

When paintings look like collages? LOVE! These ‘romanticism meets nostalgia’ oil paintings are the work of UK based artist Morwenna Morrison. I’ve included her statement about this work, because she describes it perfectly:

“My recent body of work explores ideas around nostalgia and romanticism. The word nostalgia was coined during the 17th Century, the same time that Claude Lorrain was painting his idealised landscapes. Nostalgia is our notion of happier times – the past improved with age – a hankering after a time that doesn’t exist apart from in our minds, ‘those were the days’.  The feeling is bittersweet.” 

Ah yes… bittersweet, indeed.

mercedes helnwein

Have I had these pieces in my drafts folder for ages just waiting for today? Yes, yes I have! This is the work of Austrian born, LA based artist Mercedes Helnwein  I’ve written about her before {back in 2014}, and obviously I fell in love all over again when I saw these nostalgia-filled images {oil pastel on paper}. Thank goodness Halloween is finally here … I couldn’t wait much longer. Happy Halloween!

jenna douglass

Now this is a lovely way to start a Monday. This is the soft, layered, mixed media work of Seattle based artist Jenna Douglass. I love her mixture of found images, washy paint, and perfect graphite lines. Perhaps it’s the palette, but they all feel like a dewy spring morning …  a dewy spring morning that makes me want to get into the studio! Happy Monday.

ps. Some of her leaf pieces are available in her shop.

michela picchi

Rawr. Ok, just to be clear, Italian born, Berlin based cross-disciplinary artist Michela Picchi does paint more than tigers, but I couldn’t control myself. Can you blame me? Her tigers, and tigers ‘n girls, and more tigers are fan-freaking-tastic … clearly, a perfect way to end the week   ♥ ♥  

sea hyun lee

“Between Red” is a gorgeous, albeit scary, oil painting series by South Korean artist Sea Hyun Lee. The reason I say scary? He served in the military, and these insanely detailed mountain views are what he saw in the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea. Next question… why red?

“I would wear night vision goggles, which coated everything in red. The forests and trees felt so fantastic and beautiful. It was unrealistic scenery filled with horror and fear, and with no possibility of entering.”

Beautiful, while absolutely terrifying.

terrence payne

Oil pastel on paper. Ah-mazing. The work of Minneapolis based artist Terrence Payne always blows my mind, and this new body of work, titled “Family Fremds”, is no exception. Here’s what it’s all about:

“Family Fremds examines the ways in which communities of faith can be turned against one another by exploiting their differences and diminishing their common values.”  

Sad, true, powerful, and beautiful. Some of his work is currently hanging at Rosalux Gallery {Minneapolis} in a two-person show titled “Feral Fables”. It will be up until the end of this month.

ps. There won’t be a podcast episode this coming weekend as I’m knee-deep in my very exciting “visiting professor” role at the University of Wisconsin, BUT may I suggest you listen to the episode I did with Terrence awhile back. It’s hilarious and one of my favorites. The episode is titled “Pastels, Perfection, and Prince”, which pretty much sums it up! 

ambera wellmann

Super beautiful / bizarre porcelain? Nope, even better… oil paintings of super beautiful / bizarre porcelain. This is the weirdly wonderful work of Canadian painter Ambera Wellmann. She also happens to be the 2017 winner of the RBC Painting Competition, a prestigious {and lucrative} award given to one Canadian painter each year. Excellent choice jurors, excellent choice!