medium /// contemporary




christiane löhr

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Gasp! Can you tell how badly I want spring to be here? These delicate, organic sculptures and striking pastel drawings/ink paintings are the work of German artist Christiane Löhr. Seeds, grasses, and tiny blossoms arranged into perfect little piles of promise – promise that winter will soon be over. Sigh… if you need me before then, my plan is to hide out in Christiane’s lovely, blossom filled, light-drenched studio:

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Lovely.

{via Little Paper Planes / final gallery installation view found on protothema}





laura johnston

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No. I cannot deal with the hilarious, weird, cuteness of these  little “totems”! They are the work of California based artist Laura Johnston. That dinosaur and sloth are killing me, and I have a fat little wiener dog that looks exactly like that fat little wiener dog! She releases new clay totems every Wednesday – hey, that’s todayso pop over and see if there’s anything that speaks to your inner wild lemming. Now, how do you keep your totem with you all day? No problem, Laura also makes these sweet pewter pieces … and I happen to have these four hilarious necklaces for sale in my online gallery! If you want one move quick like a Jackalope because they’re going fast (they’re only $34?!)… I really want that narwhal. Ooh, or the sloth. Ok, and maybe the raptor and his little Velveteen Rabbit friend too.





titus kaphar

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American artist Titus Kaphar paints gorgeous pieces that remind me of my Art History text books… which he then he cuts up and rearranges into modern masterpieces that tell an entirely new story. I am in awe of this work, and this perfect explanation:

“I’ve always been fascinated by history: art history, American history, world history, individual history – how history is written, recorded, distorted, exploited, reimagined, and understood.  In my work I explore the materiality of reconstructive history.  I paint and I sculpt, often borrowing from the historical canon, and then alter the work in some way.  I cut, crumple, shroud, shred, stitch, tar, twist, bind, erase, break, tear, and turn the paintings and sculptures I create, reconfiguring them into works that nod to hidden narratives and begin to reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history.  Open areas become active absences, walls enter into the portraits, stretcher bars are exposed, and structures that are typically invisible underneath, behind, or inside the canvas are laid bare, revealing the interiors of the work.  In so doing, my aim is to perform what I critique, to reveal something of what has been lost, and to investigate the power of a rewritten history.”

Mission accomplished.





aneta regel

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Stunning, crazy, organic, colorful ceramics… that you can wear! These small sculptures {aka rings} are the work of Polish artist Aneta Regel. Oh my goodness, I’m not even sure where to start. Luckily I found these words on her site, describing her work:

… Trees, rocks, fields, river-beds – these and other aspects of landscape are the images through which she seeks to convey her vision. A romantic to the core, she wants not only to capture the forms, energies and rhythms of these natural phenomena but to suggest the emotional response they evoke in her. Growing up in her native northern Poland, she was often confronted by the large stones, smooth round excrescences left behind by glacier action, that abound in the forests and have become the focus of legends, being endowed with anthropomorphic and quasi-magical powers…

Well, I know I’d have some kind of magical powers if I wore one of these beauties. Love.

{via art is a way}





art at the architectural digest home design show

Yep, I’m heading to New York in a couple of weeks, and I’m bringing a whole bunch of art with me! GREAT.LY has a shop at the Architectural Digest Home Show and I’ll be there every day, sellin’ art and signin’ books! Here’s a peek at a few of the pieces that I’m bringing with me:

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Yes! Lots of gorgeous art… and a cat planter! I couldn’t resist! {and I may have been pressured into including one of my own collages too}. Design Milk will also be hosting one of the days, as well as the ladies from Cool Mom Picks. Pop by if you can! Oh, and all of these pieces are also available in my online gallery, so no need to worry if you’re not actually in NYC. Click on the images above and they’ll take you right to my shop. Ok, happy weekend! I’ll be working on creativeUNblock no.3 … will you? ; )





davide d’elia

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If I was going to invite Wes Anderson and Steve Zissou out for an afternoon in Rome, I would absolutely bring them here! This “Tiffany blue” dipped installation, that transformed the Ex Elettrofonica gallery into a strange boat-like space last fall, is the work of London based artist Davide D’Elia. “Antivegetativa” {the name in Italian of anti-fouling paint often used on old ships}, is composed of a LOT of that gorgeous blue paint, a chair, a buoy and nineteen paintings from old cellars, flea markets, antique shops and junkyards of Rome. Here is an abbreviated statement about this installation:

“Anti-fouling paint of the thick variety is normally applied as a coating for the hulls of old ships and is particular in that it seals out plant and animal organisms to the point of eliminating every possible form of life. The result is an acidic and unreal space, immersed in the abysses of the a material that erases everything, including space, time and life. From the process of immersion of the objects in the paint stems a reflection on a stretch of common history, that of things, and this gives rise to another, much deeper one, on what remains beyond the end of material. Through the process of cancellation of natural processes, Antivegetativa is an experiment in halting nature’s physicality, as well as the passing of time.”  If you’d like to read the entire artist’s statement, pop over to Davide’s site.

{via designboom}





tali yalonetzki

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Oh! I am so excited about this… Israeli painter Tali Yalonetzki was one of the very first artists that I wrote about, way back when. I was just scrolling through Pinterest {as you do} and I came across some of her work that I’ve never seen before… well except that final piece, but it’s just so good I had to put it in again! She paints all sorts of things, in all sorts of colors, but it’s these lovely, vintage-inspired, monochromatic portraits that take my breath away. Sigh. So dreamy.





rocio montoya

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I am a scissors kind o’ girl when it comes to my own collages, but the work of Madrid based artist/graphic designer Rocio Montoya really makes me want to give x-acto blades another shot! Oh, those little peek-a-boo windows to the florals just below the surface… so gorgeous. Her final work is stunning, but I have to admit, I am head over heels for her in-studio shots! I want to see all of her plans, and cuts, and layers, and more cuts! ps. Those hands. I LOVE those hands.





krista svalbonas

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I love pretty much any piece of art that features houses, apartments, or buildings of any kind – so when these collages by Chicago based artist Krista Svalbonas found their way into my inbox I knew I had to share them. They are part of her “Migrants” series:

“Ideas of home and dislocation have always been compelling to me as the child of parents who arrived in the United States as refugees. Born in Latvia and Lithuania, my parents spent many years after the end of the Second World War in displaced-persons camps in Germany before they were allowed to emigrate to the United States. My family’s displacement is part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanent definition and undermined by political agendas beyond their control. Perhaps as a result, I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the impact of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human environment.”

Lovely, thoughtful, so good.

{Thanks to Jeanne Heifetz for sending me a link to Krista’s work}





#creative UNblock no.3

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Oh, hello #creativeUNblock project no.3! {If you missed the first two projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, so the next unblocking project from Creative Block : I have to admit, I tried this one before the book even hit shelves… and I’m gonna to do it again because it’s just that good! This project is given to us by Chicago based artist/illustrator Kate Pugsley. Ready?

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#creativeunblock // March // by Kate Pugsley p.175

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“When I’m in a creative rut, this simple activity always helps me to get excited. Start with a stack of white or off-white papers. Sometimes I use scraps or sometimes I take large pieces of drawing paper and cut them into pieces around 8×10 inches. Then get out your watercolors, acrylics or other paint and mix up some of your favorite colors. Paint the surface of the papers. Sometimes just seeing all the lovely colors together on the papers inspires me. Once the painted papers have dried, get some scissors or an x-acto knife and cut out some shapes. They can be totally arbitrary, or they can be recognizable as objects, animals, faces, etc. Open your sketchbook or get a blank sheet of paper and start arranging shapes. Just play with the shapes and colors, layering until you see interesting combinations. You can start gluing them down in your paper or book, painting on top of them, or just save the pieces you like. I keep envelopes around full of colored pieces for loosening up when I am stuck. Working with these painted shapes helps me see things that I may not see just drawing or painting directly because my mind wanders and there are always a lot of surprises.”

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Love! Now, If you get hung up on what recognizable shapes to cut out (I did!) just start chopping! Triangles, squares, bits ‘n pieces, whatever. I can’t wait to see the colors you choose, the shapes you make, and the compositions you come up with… and if you’d like to, please post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock. Let loose, have fun, and I’ll see you out there!