medium /// drawing




maria hergueta

Oh, that Frida! Yep, I came across that image and was instantly sold on the work of Spanish artist/illustrator Maria Hergueta… I love the feminine feel to her work {don’t even get me started on that cross-stitched illustration!}. But it’s not all about the ladies… nope, she’s got a little something for the kids and fellas, too:

… and the men:

: )





annica lydenberg



Hey! Today is 11.12.13… and speaking of important dates… I don’t know about you, but I reallllllly want to remember when “ice cream for breakfast day” is… and now I can thanks to this hilarious, chalkboard-esque, hand-lettered calendar! The “Calendar of Silly Holidays” is brought to you by Brooklyn based art/design studio Dirty Bandits, which was founded by artist/designer Annica Lydenberg. So, if you’re doing any early holiday shopping you might want to throw one of these bad boys {it’s only $12!!} in your cart… especially if you know someone who still owns a fanny-pack {Ok Australians, stop giggling…. that’s something else in this hemisphere!}





los carpinteros

Houses, and wooden chairs, being taken over by geometric, glass-like crystal formations? I’m in. These are the watercolor drawings of Los Carpinteros, a collective {Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez} that live and work between Madrid and Havana. Their portfolio is full, and I mean FULL of fantastic things! In fact, I found them on Booooooom yesterday, through an entirely different body of work. Naturally, I popped over to their site for a closer look… and found piece after piece after piece after piece that I LOVED! Of course, what with my soft-spot for houses, this was the work that I had to show.

{via Booooooom}





eric lopresti



Whoa. These are the paintings {oil and india ink on linen} of Brooklyn based artist Eric LoPresti. I absolutely love the combination of the lonely landscapes, washes of color, and perfect/graphic lines… oh, and they’re HUGE, ranging between 30″x40″ to 40″x65″!!! I’m sure, if you were to see these in person, that the scale would make these dramatic environments that much more eery. In Eric’s words, his work “investigates the cultural after-effects of dramatic conflict, focusing on the aftermath of the Cold War and its associated landscapes.” Chills.

{A few of his originals are available for purchase on Uprise Art}





marcelina jarnuszkiewicz

I don’t often write about animated films, but when Warsaw based artist/illustrator Marcelina Jarnuszkiewicz sent me a link to Półczłowiek Półkoń / Halfman Halfhorse, I had no choice! It’s so lovely… and really weird. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is wonderfully bizarre, and the music is perfect {I’d even venture to say that it’s a bit Wes Anderson-ish}. Essentially it’s a day-in-the-life of a horse/man… unfortunately he faces a very traumatic moment and turns to cigarettes and alcohol to steady his nerves. Hilarious, totally weird, and really really beautiful:

Oh dear… poor horse/man. Those were a few of my favorite stills, but here is the full animation in all it’s bizarre glory. Please watch… it’s so good!





danielle kroll

Pickles, ponies, and party dresses!! Now THAT is a sketchbook! And the creator of these amazing “sketches”… Brooklyn based artist, illustrator, AND designer Danielle Kroll. Now, if this is what her unfinished work looks like, just image the finished pieces! She has done all sorts of things for clients like Anthropologie, and Land of Nod just to name drop a couple of biggies.

One of my favorite things, aside from that fab sketchbook of course, is this personal project:

“In August 2012 I backpacked through the John Muir Trail. These photos are some of the sites I saw along the 200+ miles. There’s a lot of time to think while hiking and a few images really stuck in my mind – like what if the trail was rainbow colored? It certainly would be easier to follow.”


Sigh.





OPENING : cake (minneapolis)

Hey Minneapolis, I know what you should do tonight:


Terrence Payne and Nick Howard have a new show, titled CAKE, opening tonight:

Saturday, October 12th
7pm ~ 11pm
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis MN.

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{this is the first of my new weekend posts. i want to give you the head’s up on a new show opening every weekend. so, galleries/artists/art enthusiasts… if there is a show i should know about, give me a shout!}





i’m still jealous of olivia jeffries




I have loved the work of UK based artist Olivia Jeffries since the first time I saw it. I wrote about her twice {here and here} in 2009, and can’t believe I’ve let four years go by without writing about her again! Phew. Ok, well here it is. Her lovely, lovely drawings… and delicate little burnt holes… all composed beautifully on found paper. And those tiny pink dots on that last piece. Oh boy ♥

{She has quite a range of drawings in her Etsy shop, called “Restless Things”, starting at $18, through to $460 for that larger pink dotty piece that I love so much}





i’m still jealous of matthew craven


Ooooooh… rainbows, ancient artifacts, and dizzying/aztec-ish pencil markings. Yep, this is new work by American artist Matthew Craven! Love. All of these mixed media pieces {drawing & collage} are from Matthew’s latest solo show, that opened on Saturday, at DCKT Contemporary in New York. Don’t worry, it runs until October 20th so you can still get down there. I saw his work in person at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco last year… and yes, it’s even more fantastic up close!





i’m jealous of claire softley

Ok, so, I’m a “dog person” … or so I thought! … I cannot get enough of these CATS! They are the work of UK based artist/illustrator Claire Softley, and I want a close up of each one of them in their own kitty-enhancing frame hung in a giant feline-grid on my living room wall! Now, I should point out that Claire makes a lot of work that doesn’t involve cats in any way. My faves are these shelves of cacti, and this lovely abstract piece:


Gorgeous. And with that, I’ll wish a happy weekend to all of you cat, and cactus, lovers out there! {apparently, that’s me!}