medium /// drawing




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!}





i’m jealous of kimiaki yaegashi

You really want a slice of pizza now, don’t you? Me too! Now I just need a bikini and a couple of weird side-kicks to help me eat a pepperoni n’ mushroom n’ green pepper special! Maybe I could invite Tokyo based artist/illustrator Kimiaki Yaegashi – I have a feeling he’d be up for it! He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful things. You know, things like stencil prints of girls riding llamas & dinosaurs:

Love! AND pretty much everything he makes is available as prints, bags or T-shirts!

{I found some of the pizza images on Booooooom, and the rest on Kimiaki’s site}





i’m jealous of andy curlowe

You have probably seen this gorgeous work by American artist Andy Curlowe before. He’s been featured on lots and lots and lots of sites, and clearly, I couldn’t resist either. The colors, the precise architectural lines combined with the loose work… and the mountains… ah, the mountains! I thought my post was finished, but then I found his sketchbook. Yep, I have a thing for fun, simple sketchbooks… Get ready, because it’s pretty different than what you just saw:

Ah-haha! I love it all… and what a perfect way to end the week… Dancing!





i’m jealous of ashley goldberg… again




Ah yes, there is always something new, fun and kinda weird in the portfolio of American artist Ashley Goldberg… today that includes a lemon head girl, a cactus, a couple of slightly odd foxy creatures, and of course a masked cat-girl. Have a great weekend! I hope it’s filled with new, fun, and kinda weird things!