medium /// contemporary




eleanor mccaughey

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Ah, Americana… through the skillful brush of an Irish artist. Yep, I want to live inside these vintage-inspired oil paintings by Irish artist Eleanor Mccaughey. Swimming, gossiping, parties, and a meet ‘n greet with JFK himself. The good old days.





isaac nichols

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Sometimes you just need to put a plant, or some pencils, or maybe even some candy into a ceramic pot with boobs on it… or faces, if bathing beauties aren’t your jam. These pieces are the work of Brooklyn based artist Isaac Nichols {aka Universal Isaac}, and they made me laugh. The end.





rogan brown

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I don’t know what you were doodling while you were supposed to be listening in Biology 12, but I’m pretty sure I know what paper-cutting artist Rogan Brown was doing. Yep, this is imaginary, artsy science at it’s best! Petri dishes filled with layers and layers of intricately cut pretend science. Sigh. Gorgeous. Here are his words about this work:

“My work plays with the architecture of nature and organic growth. By identifying patterns and motifs that occur in the natural world in different contexts and at different scales, both macroscopic and microscopic, I have developed a formal, aesthetic vocabulary that I use to construct hybrid sculptural forms, half real, half surreal.”

Stunning.





marisa keris

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Ahh, Monday morning in December. Yep, these mysterious swimming holes, deep in the American south, are looking pretty good right now… although … alligators. These oil paintings are the wonderful work of Alabama based artist Marisa Keris. I can feel the warmth and humidity all the way from my home in gator-free Canada.





“welcome to boburg”

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Is it spring yet? Vancouver based painter Bobbie Burgers‘ gorgeous abstract-ish floral paintings will have you wishing for peony season sooner than later. I wrote about her a few months ago, and through a few weird Instagram messages we realized that we had actually gone to university together. Crazy! Obviously we had to talk about this in person, so I invited her onto the podcast {but had to peer pressure her into downloading Skype first}. Press play right up there under Bobbie at work, or you can subscribe on iTunes. First up, a few of my favorite blooms by Bobbie:

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Gorgeous! Speaking of gorgeous, this is her insanely amazing new studio that we were talking about. Brace yourself for studio envy…

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Yep. Ah-mazing. Don’t you kind of want to sit on that blue couch, drink coffee, and watch Bobbie paint giant flowers all day long? Sigh. And now, some of her latest work… the “drawings” she was talking about:

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Ah, so rich, and loose, and beautiful. Now, if her studio in North Vancouver {or “Boburg”, according to the speed round} isn’t enough for you, this is where she works when she’s in my neck of the woods. You can see why she said it’s hard to concentrate here:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I am so inviting myself over there this Christmas – I literally live about a 15 minute drive from here! And finally, one of my favorite things we talked about… the fear of big white canvases, and the little message she repeats to herself {and tacks to her studio wall}

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Love. Forget perfection, just go for it. Ahhh, so wise. Well there you have it – those were the flowers, and stripy shirts, and beautiful spaces that make up Bobbie’s world. Thanks so much to her for hanging out with me on Skype, to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and HUGE thanks to you for listening/looking! I’ll be back next week with another episode.

Other links: Bobbie’s gorgeous Instagram feed  /  Bobbie’s sculptures  /  Show at Bau-Xi Vancouver  /  Tiffanie Turner’s paper flower work





kate jenkins

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Well, it is almost holiday season… crocheted canapés, anyone? This is the weird, wonderful, and ridiculously detailed crochet work of UK based artist Kate Jenkins. Sushi with “sew sauce”, and sequin covered shrimp… yep, this might be the perfect, light-hearted way to end the week. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!





a risograph print give-away… with one of YOUR pictures!

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Ok, this is very cool! First of all, one-off neon risograph prints… cool. Secondly, uploading photos from your phone to make your own custom neon risograph prints… cool. But here’s where it gets really cool: to celebrate the holiday season a lovely friend of mine, who happens to be on the inside at Parabo Press, asked if I’d like to give 100 of my readers {first come first serve} a FREE 12″x17″ risograph print, made from one of your own photos… COOL. I tried it and it’s super easy… well, except that whole ‘which image should I use’ part! Here are some picture-picking tips from the folks over at Parabo:

“Like any monochrome printing process risos look best when the photo you are printing is high contrast. That means the dark spots are really dark and the bright spots are really bright. That is because monochrome printers only distinguish light/dark and not color. Not every amazing color photo will make a great monochrome print. The simplest way to visualize it in your head is to think of a pretty red rose on a green background. Pretty pretty in color, but if you turned that image black and white, it would just look like medium grey on medium grey … not so stunning. You can open the Parabo App on your phone and choose a photo from your camera roll to preview as a risograph. Easy peasey.”

Love it, let’s do this! Download the free app, pick a photo, choose your color, and away you go… use promo code JEALY before checkout, and you’ll just have to pay $8 for shipping. Have fun!

*One per person. Offer lasts until December 13th, which just so happens to be their cut-off for holiday shipping… so make those decisions quickly!




sandra eterovic

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I’ve written about her before, and I’ll do it again! I love, love, love the work of Australian artist Sandra Eterovic. Wood, and paint, and hinges in all the right places… so hilarious, and so beautifully made. Oh, and that shish-kabob lady on a stick? Yep, I need that.





anastasia savinova

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Oh, I love this collage series, titled “Genius Loci”, by Sweden based artist Anastasia Savinova. Her description of this project is lovely, so I’m going to let her do the talking:

“In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Traveling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image of the Place, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life. It is saturated with “an incorporeal something”. Ancient romans called it “genius loci” – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, “genius loci” refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere.”

Love.





#creative UNblock no.12

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December 1. Wow. We did it. An entire year full of unblocking projects! {If you missed the other projects, no problem, you can catch up right here.} I thought this was the perfect assignment to finish with… it’s from Toronto based artist Amanda Happé, the artist who painted the cover of Creative Block! This unblocking project sums up everything this year has been about for me… making lots of work, not being too precious about it, and sharing that work with others. Well, get ready, because we’re really going to share this one:

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#creativeunblock // december // by amanda happé, pg.113

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“I challenge you to make something and leave it somewhere public — somewhere it might be found. Something not too grand or careful, but honest and perhaps lovely. When you’re creating it, think about one person happening upon it. Make them a message. If you enjoy this feeling of caring about something without feeling precious about it, do it again. And again.”

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Ok, how perfect is that for the holiday season!? When you leave your piece somewhere {exciting!}, post it to Instagram… I want to see where all of your special pieces have been left {I’ll do a big recap post in January}. Hashtag it #creativeUNblock, and as always, have fun!

*I’m in denial about this project being almost over, so instead I’ll spend this month acting like an artsy elf… yes, that might help.