medium /// illustration




yelena bryksenkova

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Ah, unicorns and flowery boots bookended by cats on fancy chairs {ps. I have that IKEA lamp in my living room … for real.} This is the charming, pattern-filled work of Russian born, New York based artist/illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova. I love how she describes her work:

“My small pen and acryla gouache paintings are inspired by my love of home and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.”

Sigh. Lovely. You can find more of her work on her site, and in her shop.

{found via Lisa Congdon on Pinterest}





sarah strickland

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Ahhh… relaxing, gouachie goodness. This is the work of Australian artist, illustrator, and textile designer Sarah Strickland. Oh, so many lovely patterns, gorgeous botanicals, and bright pops of color living happily beside dreamy ice cream pastels. Sigh. Happy Monday.





esthera preda

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She had me at birds on skateboards. Sigh. This is the surreal, sweet, weird work of Canadian artist/illustrator Esthera Preda. Watercolor, gouache, and ink mixed with a healthy dose of odd, and voila… stunning work! Where does she come up with her ideas? Perhaps this will shed a little light:

“As a child, [Esthera] was read Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm fairy tales every night by her mother who escaped the iron curtain. She lived across the hall from her grandmother who was prone to night terrors. Although, she had wonderful parents, one of her favorite pastimes was to pretend that she was an orphan so she could build, with her brothers and sister, multi-level cardboard houses in the summer and igloo villages in the winter. The world that her art exists in lies somewhere between those ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales.”

Ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales… a perfect description, indeed!





kazuaki horitomo

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Cats with tats… I mean, come on! LOVE! Now, that final image features a phoenix, but seeing how 2017 is the “Year of the Rooster” I’m going to pretend it’s a rooster. Go with it. This is the beautiful, and funny, work of California based tattoo artist Kazuaki Horitomo. I love the cats with their final tats in place, but I have to say those “tattoos-in-progress” make me laugh out loud … alone at my computer. So good.

{via Hint Magazine}





kyle skor

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Whoa. I feel like I just woke up from a really weird dream … and I wanna go back to sleep so I can wander around in there a little longer! These are the paintings of American artist / children’s book author & illustrator Kyle Skor. I already wanted to be friends with him when I found his beautifully bizarre work, and then I read his bio…

Kyle Skor grew up playing in the prairie snows and forests of the upper midwest, which nurtured in him the spirit of the wandering mystic. At one point he went to Williams College and studied art history and psychology, and chose somewhat prematurely to enter a doctoral program at Harvard at the age of 22. As a graduate student, he spent more time skipping class to read poetry and sketch at the museums of greater Boston and Cambridge than not, an awareness of which ultimately led him to drop out of school and assume a variety of odd jobs, working by candlelight on his “work”. Between 2005-2013, the fruits of most of these efforts found themselves consigned to various landfills around Asia and California. 

See? Now I really want to hang out with him! Happy Friday.





hsiao-ron cheng

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Seriously, every time I drop by her portfolio site, Taipei based artist/illustrator Hsiao-Ron Cheng has more fabulous pieces! Her portraits are my favorite… can you tell? Sigh. Elegant and dreamy.





sarah walsh

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Love, love, love! These pretty gals {and plants} are the work of American artist/illustrator Sarah Walsh. Her portfolio is absolutely full of fabulous personal pieces and gorgeous brand collaborations. Oh, and I had to include this, because it makes me want to make stuff:

“I typically use a mix of gouache, cut paper, pencil, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil depending on my mood and what I want to draw. Exploring different mediums is so much fun to me. I like to try new techniques, play, make random connections and get a little lost when I’m creating.”  

Yes! Getting a little lost is THE BEST. This work … and a bunch of cool pieces by her talented husband Colin Walsh… is available in their online shop, “Tigersheep Friends”,

ps. also, this:

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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





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.