medium /// drawing

i’m jealous of alice ferrow

Um… I love all of these pieces by London based artist/illustrator Alice Ferrow. Beautiful little collections, tiny cactus, coral, bell jars… and a bobcat. And her color choices? Don’t even get me started. Ok, now… here’s the thing. I am terrified of snakes. Terrified. But I have to say, Alice might have convinced me that they’re actually quite pretty:

Yep. When they’re 2D, and completely motionless, I like them. Kinda.

i’m jealous of brittany schall

I can’t even make my real hair look like this, let alone draw hair that looks like this! Upswept, long n’ flowing, twists & braids…. these gorgeous hair studies are mixed media drawings on canvas by New York based artist Brittany Schall.  Do I want to become her BFF so that we could braid each other’s hair {and then have her draw it}… yes, yes I do.

i’m jealous of hannah stephenson

Ah, poetry & art… a perfect combination! This is a beautiful book of poetry, written by American poet Hannah Stephenson. She is an amazing writer/editor/teacher, with a great love for visual art. In fact, a lot of her poems are inspired by art… sometimes even work that she finds here! For example, after seeing the ceramics of Caroline Slotte, Hannah wrote this:

Great Migration

Patterns on china have begun

to show evidence of a great migration.

Waves roll out to a plate’s edges,

drop off, are absorbed into carpet.

In the stock-still water, feeling no wind,

cranes panic and launch, beat their wings

with such force that nearby villagers

mistake them for dragons.

Smaller birds leave their nests in the trees,

head for the dark, unporcelain woods.

Lovers no longer come here

to sit on the grass together,

discovering speechless ways to speak.

They stay away from this place.

The land here isn’t fed by any source.

Parents shield their children’s eyes,

pull them close when passing the pond.

Someone should do something, they mutter

and leave the land to its calm disintegration.

Whoa. Her newly released book, In the Kettle, The Shriek, is filled with beautiful poem after beautiful poem… but I also wanted to share something that isn’t in this book. Now, you know I realllllly don’t like showing my own work, but… last year I had a show at Seattle’s Assemble Gallery. Hannah saw one of the pieces, wrote a poem, and sent it to me. I almost cried. I could not be more honored… and I love the poem so, so, so much… I love it so much in fact, that I’ll even show you my work that went with it, titled “Jeremy Brown jumped over this at a bush party.”

Living Daylights

To find that part of me
still flickering,

to chew and exhale flames,
a dragon with a mouth
crammed with Bazooka Joe,

to use my heart
as a flashlight,

to meet my ghost
as a dance partner,
spinning away from me,
and back toward me,

to sift out the glowing shards
with unshaking hands
and swallow them back down,

to greet my fiery shadow,
saying, here is our bed,
our mirror, we can learn
one another again.

LOVE! Thank you so much to Hannah for this amazingly creative gift. Ok, now let’s all go buy this book : )

{cover art by Aron Wiesenfeld}

sneak peek: art show at the fig house

Oh, you guys. This is gonna be good!

So, just to refresh your memory: I’ve been asked, by the lovely Emily Henderson, to curate a show in LA at The Fig House, a new event space that Emily is designing/styling. I received zillions {literally} of submissions and I want to thank you all so much for that! Now, I’d like to say that made my job easier, but it really just made everything a whole lot harder… there was sooooooo much fantastic work to choose from, and I had the tricky task of getting it down to TEN ARTISTS! Impossible? It felt like it a few times. Well, after much back and forth, I’ve got a truly amazing group lined up. Yes, there was really great work by lots of people, but this came down to finding pieces that will work well together, and work well in the space that Emily is creating {art deco meets the 80’s. For real, people.}.

Here is a little taste of what will be on the walls when The Fig House opens this fall:

YAY – I love it all! As soon as I know the exact date of the opening party, I’ll let you know. See you soon, LA!

{1.(and right *) Stephanie Vovas 2. Kai Samuels Davis 3. Jaime Derringer 4.Ellen Heck 5. Clare Elsaesser 6.(and left *) Emily Rickard 7. Max Wanger 8. Nike Schroeder 9. Amy Wilson Faville 10. Zoe Pawlak}

i’m jealous of cecilia carlstedt

Washy, sexy, and oh so breathtaking – this is the amazing work of Stockholm based artist/illustrator Cecilia Carlstedt. Those lips! Those beautiful faces! Gah – I love them all! Quick question though… how is this so washy, yet detailed at the same time? Gor.Ge.Ous. Cecilia has been commissioned by a very long list of clients including Vogue, H&M, Paul Smith, The New York Times, Elle… and the list goes on. She also does a lot of personal work  – oh look, here’s some now:


i’m jealous of minna resnick

Layers of textiles, photographs, and gorgeous key-line drawings. This is just a small fraction of the work that can be found on the site of New York based artist Minna Resnick. Her portfolio dates back to 1974!!! So yes… there’s lots of amazing work to see over there. Drawings, prints, ceramics, oh, and these:

Yep. That sounds about right!  These little vintage gems are part of Minna’s series {on souvenir hankies} titled “Family Vacation (Cambridge)” – I don’t know if I appreciate these more as an artist, or as a mother!

{Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; the New York Public Library; the Newark Museum, New Jersey; the United States Information Agency; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland.}

i’m jealous of sam battersby

I don’t know what I love most… the mermaids, the bird tattoos, or that lady in her red swimsuit? Gah! They’re all so pretty. These are the charcoal and pastel drawings of Sydney based artist/illustrator Sam Battersby {aka Matou en Peluche, her Etsy shop where you can buy prints of all of these pieces}. So. Pretty.

ps. I’m a tiny bit scared of the cat-lady, but only a tiny bit. She’s still pretty.

i’m jealous of alyssa dennis

I want to live in the work of Baltimore based artist Alyssa Dennis. Yep, I might just pack a few things, and move right into these whimsical, yet very structured/architectural drawings {graphite, pastel, colored pencil, gouache}… and I almost could because they’re really BIG. Some of these pieces are 42″x52″! Ok, fine, I’d have to crouch a little, and share my room with a fox, but I could totally make it work.

i’m jealous of steven vasquez lopez

Oh, here you go again Jealous Curator… writing about thread art. Oh, but that’s where you’re wrong!!! These are ink drawings – INK DRAWINGS! Paper {11″x14″} covered in delicate thread, I mean pen lines, by American artist Steven Vasquez Lopez. The perfection is amazing, but it’s those “flaws” that totally got me. GORGEOUS!

Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, he also draws these:


{via Design Milk}

i’m still jealous of jay dart

Ah, nothin’ says “Happy Canada Day, eh” like a bunch of colorful beards, some magical mystery branches, and a Mounty holding a bird. Ok, maybe it’s just the Mounty that really says it… the beards sort of say Portland. Anywho, what better way to kick off Canada Day, than with an amazing Canadian artist, and a few bearded guys with fishing rods. I wrote about Ontario based artist Jay Dart years ago, but my love for his work has just continued to grow… much like the long, colorful beards that he clearly loves to draw.

HAPPY CANADA DAY, CANADIANS! Enjoy the fireworks, go get a beaver tail, and while you’re at it…