medium /// contemporary




simone truong



I can almost taste the pretty iced roses of my childhood birthday cakes… après finger-swipe ‘n lick! This is the gorgeous work of UK based artist Simone Truong, and here are the thoughts behind it {which have absolutely nothing to do with icing}:

… [She] explores themes of flora and fauna in her work. A juxtaposition between the mundane and the beautiful coalesce to represent the transitionary states that occur in natural phenomena. By bleeding the present with the past and the inevitable future of the flora and fauna, a new, more permanent vision is realised and the temporariness is removed.

Lovely. And with that, I’ll wish you a happy weekend! … ps. you can find some of this work in Simone’s online shop.





aitch



Oh. My.

These are packaging illustrations by Romanian artist/illustrator Aitch. I wish that my milk and cookies looked like this… mind you, I’d probably never open them! Instead of holding my honey and flour, these gorgeous watercolors need to be hanging on my wall! That black paint is so rich, and the flat yet dimensional containers are beyond lovely. Sigh… ♥

{found on Pinterest via Chronicle Books}





eugenia loli



Hair, fish, smoky cigarettes… these are the wonderfully weird collages of California based artist Eugenia Loli. Her portfolio is literally full of bizarre/beautiful compositions, which just so happens to be a favorite combo of mine! Too weird for you? No problem… she also makes slightly less strange, very sweet work too:

Love.





belinda marshall





I suddenly have a major craving for bubblegum. This is the gorgeous abstract work of Melbourne based artist Belinda Marshall. All of her paintings are such cheerful explosions of color, and kind of make me feel like I’m in a candy shop… mmmm, cotton candy, lemon drops, and gum balls, oh my!

{Several of the originals, and prints in various sizes, are available here.}





endless summer by lisa golightly



Oh summer, you’re so dreamy. Fading memories of summers past in the most gorgeous hues of blue! This is a new body of work by one of my favorite artists, Portland based Lisa Golightly. All of these paintings are part of a new show, titled quite appropriately Endless Summer, which opens this Friday {October 3rd, 7-9pm} in the city of endless summer, Los Angeles.

*The show has been organized by Goodeye Gallery, and will be hung at House of Honey {more details here}. You should totally go – not only will all of these amazing originals be there, so will Lisa!





HENSE


Whoa… I get nervous when I’m faced with a blank canvas – this is certainly a step up from that! This project is from 2012, but I just found it last week… clearly, I had to write about! This is the work of Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE. It was a private commission, in South West Washington DC, that transformed this old church into a piece of contemporary art. Boy oh boy… this would have been fun!





mirim seo



Philadelphia based artist/designer Mirim Seo sent her Special Sashimi project to me last week. For the first two or three pages, I thought “Oh, cute. A book about Sushi” … and then a few pages later, I gasped.

“Special Sashimi is about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. The story topicted in this book is true. Each year Japan fishermen kill around 2,300 dolphins as a form of pest control, which has been accepted as tradition. And the killed dolphins end up in freezers and served sashimi in Japan. Illustrated with hand-sewing and watercolor on fabric. With this book, I hope to spread the true and help stop the senseless killing of the Taiji dolphins.”

Such a sad story, so beautifully told. If you’re interested to learn more, please visit this project on Mirim’s site.





tracy jager … a print give-away!

CONGRATULATIONS … Amanda Lipke! Thank you to everyone that entered, and thank you so much to Tracy {who I had the pleasure of meeting at Emily Carr’s art market last night} for donating these fantastic prints!

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Canadian artist Tracy Jager is an alumni of Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art + Design… and this weekend just happens to be their “Comeback” Alumni event! There will be all sorts of things going on down there, including an art market, and you guessed it – Tracy is one of the featured artists! {I’ll also be there on Friday night – 26th from 7-9pm – to speak on a panel that will kick off the weekend!}. Anyway, in order to celebrate all of this alumni goodness, Tracy has graciously donated these two prints for a give-away! YAY! Please leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name {yep, you win both 10″x12″ prints!} on Saturday morning at 9am. Actually, let’s make that 10am just incase “The Talkback” keeps me out past my bedtime!





rami kim


Don’t you love it when your cereal bowls, planters, tea cups, and salt n pepper shakers stare back at you? Me too! I have a thing for ceramics that are super weird… and totally useful {ok, those staring heads with blue dots are just weird, but I want them anyway}. This is the whimsical work of Los Angeles based artist Rami Kim. According to her bio she “loves working with puppets, paper, watercolor, gouache and lastly, clay, which has led her to a whole new adventure.” And what a weird/useful adventure it is! LOVE.

{This work is available in her shop}





jeffrey simmons

Watercolors on paper… but how? I have no idea how Seattle based artist Jeffrey Simmons does this with watercolor on paper, but I like it! So ethereal, so rich, and so washy at the same time. Love.