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artsnacks : september box

Sometimes, when you open a box of surprise art supplies/candy, you are overwhelmed with memories of doodlin’ as a tween in the early 80’s. That may have happened when I opened the September ArtSnacks box. See for yourself:

Gah! I couldn’t control myself! Those colors screamed unicorns and rainbows to me … perhaps I’m alone there, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Also, bubble letters. I haven’t drawn bubble letters in YEARS, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I loved every bubbly second of it {well, those lowercase bubbles were not up to par, but then I got my groove back!}  There are only a few days left to get in on the October box, but you can still get it if you sign up by September 30th! Order one month at a time or sign up for 3 months, 6 months, or a full year… whatever works for you. Click here for all of the ins and outsps. enter coupon code ‘thejealouscurator’ and you’ll receive 10% off your first month of ArtSnacks. ps. hashtag your box openings / what you make with, #artsnacks

In the September box: Stabilo pointMax Pen Set; Plumchester P4 Fineliner; Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil; MOO Professional Artist Eraser; a  green apple lollipop! 




brooks salzwedel

Drawings? DRAWINGS! The work of LA based artist Brooks Salzwedel never ceases to amaze me, and when I found out that he has a bunch of new pieces in this upcoming show, well, perfect excuse for another post! But wait, there’s more… this show, titled “Forget What You Know” at sp[a]ce in Pasadena, California, is curated by artist, illustrator, curator Mark Todd! Mark has lined up an insane roster including Brooks, obviously, Gary Taxali, Megan Whitmarsh, Jason Holley and more! Opening reception, Saturday September 30 from 6-9pm RSVP here. GO! 

{The show runs from October 1 to December 31, 2017}





“nothing in nature clashes”

“The outdoors spills through a window or door, location or setting. Pots and plants teeter on the edge of a table whilst trees grow convincingly from rooftops and pillars are cut off abruptly, hovering slightly above ground level. The interiors are minimally furnished with large glass open spaces, leaving it exposed to the vulnerability of the outside world that encroaches upon us. The landscape has no boundaries; we are unable to control and confine it, forcing the inside out and the outside in.” ~ Charlotte Keates, Artist Statement

Ah, I love that artist statement. I also love the insightful words of the grandmother of today’s guest… ‘Nothing in nature clashes.’ Sigh. Grandmas are so smart. London based artist Charlotte Keates and I are talking all about architecture, nature, epic trips in small vans, and even an up close and personal mama bear sighting. Oh boy. You can listen to our chat right up there under Charlotte in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, these are the architectural “cut-aways” that I brought up right out of the gate, because yes, I totally want to live in one of her paintings:

Ahhhh! So beautiful. And can you see why I asked her if these pieces are mixed media or paintings… doesn’t her chalky underlay look like marbled paper or something? Those dreamy backgrounds are also an excellent example of how wonderful “happy art accidents” can be!

These next few images cover a bunch of things we talked about – she has started working on dark backgrounds lately, not just the light wood she normally uses as her starting place; her love of Palm Springs and the Florida Keys; and of course, the epic North American road trip she went on last year. Here’s a peek:

Palm Springs influence? Um, yep! And, clearly, the Canadian in me had to show some of her Canada-inspired pieces, including the boat house in Banff and the cosmic ray station…

Oooh, I can almost smell the fresh mountain air! So, if you’re going to do a crazy amazing, super scenic trip across North America, it’s a very good idea to travel with your professional photographer boyfriend, Ian Froome, who will capture some very lovely moments along the way:

Gorgeous! Charlotte drawing in their van {before it died}, and Charlotte standing on the edge of a cliff that you could not PAY me to stand on. I wonder if this was moments before the mama bear showed up!? Thank you so much to Charlotte for taking time from her very busy schedule to chat with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and big high-fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte on Instagram
  2. Golden Acrylics
  3. Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
  4. London Art Fair 2018
  5. Ian Froome, Photographer / Boyfriend
  6. US & Canada… VOTE FOR ME! Bombay Artisan Series

 





michelle kingdom

Um, how have I never written about Los Angeles based artist Michelle Kingdom before?! Well, as of this moment I’ve corrected the error of my ways. I absolutely love it when artists use materials traditionally considered a “craft material”, for fine art purposes instead… I also happen to love artists with this kind of skill! Here is part of Michelle’s artist statement that touches on the use of embroidery in her work:

“Decidedly small in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the luster and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honor and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.”

Love. Happy Friday.





ruth shively

Love love love … these are the latest, Japan-inspired, paintings of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I popped over to her site to see if I could find more, and I did! Granted, she had sent me a link to her paintings {which I love}, but oh my goodness… her drawings. I’ve written about them before, but I hadn’t seen these pieces. Obviously I had to show you:

Gorgeous.





june glasson

Deep blue denim and a lot of fire power! This is the gorgeous, “American West” inspired, work of Wyoming based artist June Glasson. These gouache & pencil pieces can be seen right now at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in New York. Here is their description of her work:

In her multidisciplinary practice of drawing, painting, and installation art, Glasson explores and questions iconic “Western” imagery. Depicting women juxtaposed with buffalo, beaver pelts or pistols, for example, sets up a visual investigation into dominant narratives about the region and narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history. Glasson’s figurative work depicts semi-realistic representations of the women in her life, a personalized way of expressing concern for the treatment of the female figure in art and popular culture while challenging historic and contemporary notions of gender roles.

From the artist’s statement: “Through drawing, painting, and installation, my work often deploys iconic “western” imagery — buffalo, weaponry, truck nutz, etc. — to investigate dominant narratives about the region, narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history.”

ps. This gorgeous show will run until October 28th, 2017.





katie donovan

Oh, I love this on so many levels. This is the latest series by St.Louis, Missouri based artist Katie Donovan. I’m going to let her explain the smart, insightful, and hilarious ins & outs of this work:

“If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” is a drawing and performance-based project. In creating this work I was thinking about my experience as an artist and a question posed by the Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa. Often when Krysa interviews artists she asks them how they introduce themselves at parties. Generally Krysa asks this to see if they feel comfortable claiming their art calling and how they describe their day-to-day work. Often when I tell people that I am an artist, specifically a draftsman/drawer, they immediately ask, “Are you any good?” I find this question more compelling than insulting. While I assume that these individuals are actually inquiring whether I can draw realistically or not, this question has provoked me to consider the artist as a worker, albeit a very different kind of worker. I decided to make a series of drawings advertising myself as an artist, but in the way that one would advertise themselves as a dog walker, house cleaner, or babysitter. I added the type of imagery that I typically use in my drawings to give the viewer a sample of what I am selling, so to speak. I also added value-based statements about myself as an artist to continue to play with the question, “Are you any good?”

During the fall of 2017 I will be putting these drawings up in public places. Look out for a piece from “If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” in Starbucks, at the park, in a gallery or any other public space near you. 

Are you really hoping these show up in your city? Me too! So. Smart. {ps. Also, honored to have been a tiny catalyst for this… who knew!?}





sue williams a’court at START


Sigh… this is the latest dreamy work from London based artist Sue Williams A’Court. And yes, I included close-ups because these “portraits” are drawings. If you happen to be in London this weekend, you can see Lady Di, Rocky, Belle and Audrey starting THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14th at START Art Fair {Stand 12 BoLee Gallery} Saatchi Gallery in London, 14-17th September. Here is a description of this Rococo-ish work:

Sue Williams A’Court’s exquisitely intricate and beautiful Escape From Eden borrows details from Arcadian landscapes of historical works to create an extraordinary series of ‘portraits’. Exploring the way we subconsciously see human forms in the world around us, the muted, delicate paintings evoke Victorian photographs, yet the faces within emerge from delicately interwoven trees, paths and boulders. Playing with ideas of identity, and perception questioning reality, the portraits are landscapes of our own imagination, a state of mind rather than a specific location. Hovering ambiguously between our inner and outer worlds, their mesmerizing, miniature scale invites viewers to lose themselves in an intimate, contemplative reverie in which we no longer feel wholly separate from what we observe.

Lovely. For ticket info etc, visit the START site.





artsnacks : august box

Ahhh, August. I just got back from spending the majority of the month in Venice!? I saw insane installations, glass sculptures, huge paintings, and a lot of very conceptual artwork. I took in more art than one person can handle {not to mention the pasta and gelato}. When I arrived home, this month’s artsy mystery box from ArtSnacks was waiting for me :

Yum! Obviously I had no choice but to stage my own mini Biennale using all of these new supplies… inky paintings, candy sculptures, and you guessed it, a gift shop! {In case you didn’t see the June and July posts, I’ve decided to team up with these guys once a month because, quite frankly, I love their art-filled boxes. Let’s face it – the more supplies you have, the more art you’ll make, and the more artwork I’ll have to write about. Plus, they put CANDY in every box! Win-win.}

So, on with the show. NOTE: No flash photography allowed 

Ah yes, there might be a line-up or two, but when it’s your turn you can totally eat that sugary sculpture… very interactive, indeed. But wait, there’s more! A trip to any gallery would not be complete without this :

Oh yeah, baby – exit through the gift shop! I have to admit, I love gallery gift shops… and in Italy, they are particularly fantastic! Now, if you’re not in the market for any of these ‘works of art’ that I whipped up, perhaps I can interest you in the September ArtSnacks box. You can still get it if you sign up by August 31. Order one month at a time or sign up for 3 months, 6 months, or a full year… whatever works for you. Click here for all of the ins and outsps. enter coupon code ‘thejealouscurator’ and you’ll receive 10% off your first month of ArtSnacks! ps. hashtag your box openings / what you make with, #artsnacks

In the August box: Amsterdam Acrylic Ink (I got ‘Burnt Umber’); Princeton Velvet Touch Long Round Brush; ZIG Cocoira Letter Pen – Body & Ink; Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment Fibre-Tip Pen; A yummy roll of Necco candy!




sam branton

A dreamlike, imaginary, and very pink world that might exist in the aftermath of a “Deluge”. This series – color pencil on paper – is the beautiful work of UK based artist Sam Branton, and this is what it’s all about:

Deluge is a collection of miniature drawings which imagines the bizarre, comical and confused moments that could happen during the aftermath of a great downpour. Newly paired and mystified inhabitants are set against idyllic, pastoral landscapes – a whale hangs from a tree, waiting for his weight to break the branch; elsewhere, a horse, awkwardly struggles escape from an inflated pufferfish; and a baby elephant struggles to carry a beached whale back to the water.

That pufferfish and horse? I could not love them more. ps. Some of his work is available as prints.