medium /// drawing




xu ying

xuying

Oh. Where do I begin? I love this work by Chinese artist Xu Ying. The square pieces are pencil & acrylic on canvas, and the circles are pencil & acrylic on cotton fabric. Pencil and acrylic? Clearly I need new pencils because mine don’t do that. ps. Those legs. I’m dying over those fabulous floating legs. Happy Monday.





katie lochhead

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“A Brief History of Complex And Delicate Situations”.  Yes, indeed. Beautiful, clever, powerful… all of it. This is a series by American artist {and current MFA student} Katie Lochhead, and these are her words:

This body of work is made with graphite underlinings and ink on paper, and utilizes natural history illustration and botanical plate references combined with first person accounts of trauma. While some of the narratives are mine, others are attained from friends or research, but all are “true” in the sense that they originate from a living person’s viewpoint. I feel that I give myself and the other narrators more room to breath by maintaining some sense of anonymity. 

Beautiful. Clever. Powerful.





andy dixon

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‘LOVE’ does not begin to describe how I feel about this work {acrylic & oil pastel on framed canvas}. Versace, Hermes, Ming… and those tiny pink deer. Sigh. All of these pieces are from the 2016 series, by Vancouver artist – New York based – Andy Dixon, titled “Expensive Things II”.  Yep, I want alllll of those expensive things framed and hung on my wall.

ps. Versace and Hermes are both 61″x62″, and the vases are 41″x43″  ♥





kristy blackwell

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Oh. YES! “Half-finished” work gets me every time. Insane detail beside simple lines… magic. This magic happens to be taking place on mylar. Mylar! This is the absolutely gorgeous work of Toronto based artist Kristy Blackwell. I wonder if her previous life in film has anything to do with her choice in materials:

“Trained in fine art at the University of Guelph and, thereafter, in computer animation at the University of Toronto, Kristy has had an accomplished career as a digital matte painter and compositor on over 50 feature films. But Kristy’s first love is fine art and her experience creating photo-real digital images has inspired her to experiment with various traditional techniques and materials to both create and deconstruct reality on canvas or other supports.”

Note to self: pick up some mylar.





zach montoya

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Boo! Bats, cats, and tiny little fangs that seem to glow. This is the eerily beautiful work of Baltimore based artist/illustrator Zach Montoya… I love it. And I’m kinda scared. Happy Halloween!

{ps. Some of this work is available in Zach’s shop  ///  found via Booooooom}





“patterns ‘n positive passwords”

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If you were an early adopter to the world of Etsy, you’ll know exactly who my guest is today. Yep, I’m talking to Portland based artist Ashley Goldberg! I loved her work before I even started this blog {which was almost 8 years ago}, and watched from across the interweb as she evolved into what she refers to as “Ashley 2.0″… I wanted to hear alllll of the stories that went along with that, and she told me! Weird little critters, vibrant patterns, and the positive passwords that helped her along the way. You can listen right up there under those little faces, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, let’s start closer to the beginning… remember these? I love all of them, and these pieces are actually still available in Ashley’s Etsy shop:

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Ah, love! Quite a few of those pieces were from the “ashley g 1.0” phase of her art career, but as 2.0 came along, so did these patterns:

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Ok, I could have posted thousands of them {literally}, but I tried to control myself. Well, to a point… here are more of Ashley’s patterns out in the world! Wallpaper and bedding and teepees, oh my!

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{1. Jimmy Cricket  2. Urban Outfitters  3,4,5. Land of Nod}

That teepee. I mean, come on! How cool would it be to see your work this way? Very. What about seeing your work all over your own clothes!? Even cooler:

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{1,2,3. Gorman  4. Lazzari}

YES! I need that sweet “All My Little Friends” dress! I totally pictured Ashley wandering around Portland in head-to-toe “Ashley Goldberg”, but apparently it’s all black, all the time, for her. I understand. Completely.

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See. Black… with just a bit of color on her paint-covered hands! I loved every second of finally getting to talk to Ashley. There are links to her karaoke choices below… yep, they paint quite a picture! Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting episode 74; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now;  and thank YOU so much for listening every week… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Byeeee!

Other links:

  1. Ashley’s Etsy shop
  2. Ashley’s insane number of patterns on Flickr
  3. Ashley’s lovely Instagram feed
  4. The two karaoke songs were Biggie Smalls- Juicy (the PG version) and R Kelly ignition remix





jessica rimondi

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Gorgeous paintings… control and chaos in perfect harmony. This is the work of Italian-born, Berlin-based painter Jessica Rimondi. I love all of these pieces, but that first girl in the glasses? I’m smitten. Happy Friday to you.

{Some of Jessica’s work is available at Saatchi Art}





agata wierzbicka

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Can you tell that I couldn’t decide which I loved more? The flora or fauna… both so beautiful. This is the work of Warsaw based artist/illustrator Agata Wierzbicka. Lovely.





cathy daley

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Oh. Pastel on velum… magic. This is the work of Toronto based artist Cathy Daley. I wrote about her work in 2012, but stumbled across this new work in the same series just the other day. Yep, still madly in love.

{See more via Birch Contemporary}





lindsay stripling

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I need an invite to that disco! This is the magical world of San Francisco based artist/illustrator Lindsay Stripling. There’s got to be a weird bedtime story in there somewhere… and I wanna hear it!

ps. She has a lovely Instagram feed that shows lots of in-studio shots.