medium /// illustration




maira kalman & daniel handler

CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Rier… a copy of this lovely book is coming your way! {thanks to everyone that entered… and I hope that some of you made it to MoMA yesterday for the event on the lawn!}






I love this, probably because I love New York based artist/illustrator Maira Kalman so much, not to mention my love for vintage photographs of girls standing on lawns… oh, and would you look at that, that’s the name of the beautiful book that Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler {a.k.a. Lemony Snicket} created together! The first, very poetic, page reads:

One morning
we found some photographs.
One morning
these girls stood on lawns.
We looked at the pictures,
and we got to work.
There’s no use standing around.
You should do something.
This is the whole thing.

That really is the whole thing, isn’t it… LOVE! On Sunday, June 1 at MoMA {who actually published this little gem}, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler will celebrate their new book, Girls Standing on Lawns, with a garden party featuring 1930s-style Parisian jazz from the Hot Club of Flatbush. From 3-5 p.m. in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. {Free with Museum admission}

ps. I have a copy of this book for myself, and… I have one to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday morning at 8am PST. Good luck!

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isabelle arsenault






So sweet, so pretty! This is the work of Montreal based artist/illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. The first two pieces are in her regular portfolio, but the last four pieces are from her sketchbook… sketchbook?! I love it when I find sketchbooks that could be framed and hung! Gorgeous!

ps. It happens to be my birthday today, so I have to include this piece too… that’s going to be me all day!!!





monica ramos



I wrote about Brooklyn based {Manila born} artist/illustrator Monica Ramos almost exactly one year ago… and then I saw these new, tropical jungle pools and I had to write again! This work was part of a group show in Copenhagen, titled Just Swim, that came down on Monday {sorry!}. I saw these three pieces late last week on The Artful Desperado and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. Turquoise waters, navy blue palm leaves, and an innocent skinny dip with some friendly tigers {at least I hope they’re friendly!}… how’s a gal supposed to stop thinking about that!?





izumi morito & hikosaka yuki


I ♥ BREAD!!! Can you tell that I am a bread lover with a gluten allergy? Nope, can’t eat any of it. Croissants, buns, bagels… I love them all, but I might love these illustrations by Izumi Morito & Hikosaka Yuki even more than actual dough. They run a woodblock workshop specializing in food illustration {they also do some pretty fantastic business cards and posters!}

So, to recap, I love bread, and bread art. You know what else I love?  This little lady who, I’m pretty sure, “bakes” all of these yummy things:

Yep. A woodblock print baker. Love.





erin althea

Who wants to play a quick round of ‘eye spy with my little eye’ on this fine Monday?! Judge Judy, Queen Elizabeth, and a tiny little steak ~ GO! Only in the lovely portfolio of LA based artist/illustrator Erin Althea does that make any kind of sense. I am totally in love with every little, beautifully painted thing in this post. Yes, even the worm.

{Not only am I enamored by Erin’s work, I’m also completely in awe of the fact that she is a mom to twin baby girls… and still finds time to paint! GO ERIN!}





aimee bee brooks



Nail polish, pretty girls, and a giant tower of ice cream… I’m in. This is the work of New York based artist/illustrator Aimee Bee Brooks, and I’m quite smitten with all of it. And now I need some chocolate chip mint. And a manicure. Happy weekend!





giulia palmobino


I find great comfort in simple, well-done drawings… and this work by Berlin based artist/illustrator Giulia Palmobino definitely fits that description. Maybe the comfort comes in the “getting back to basics-ness” of it … just your hands, a stack of pencils, and a pile of thick paper. Sigh. Lovely.





julia rothman… again

Gorgeous. This beautifully illustrated love letter to New York hits shelves TODAY! Hello NY is a gorgeous passion project by Julia Rothman… a talented designer, illustrator, and of course, New Yorker. She wrote a very honest, heart-felt post about the ups and downs of creating this book on her blog, Book By It’s Cover – give it a read, and then go pick up the book. I’m going to need a copy because I’m heading to New York {for the first time in my life… WHAT?!} in a few weeks for my NYC book event! Oh, and it just so happens that Julia is one of the artists interviewed in CREATIVE BLOCK! If she’s not too busy promoting this lovely piece of bounded art, she’ll be stopping by the CB party on April 2nd. I hope she has a pen ready to sign her lovely pages!

ps. there are still a handful of tickets available to the NY party, so if you want to come, grab your ticket here.





meghan stratman



Ok, I’m not a trekkie, but American artist Meghan Stratman and her layers n’ layers n’ layers of brightly colored, perfectly cut paper might just convince me otherwise! Ah yes, cut paper and pop culture, an excellent combination… she lured me in with that first piece {a tribute to “Step Brothers” starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, which is titled “Did we just become best friends?” – so awesome!}, and of course who can resist a little Wes Anderson tribute!? Not me.





a book, 5 years, a give-away & a challenge

Thank you all soooooo much for entering! The winner of today’s give-away is Erin Candela! I’ll pop it in the mail tomorrow, Erin!

But wait… I have to give more away, right?! Right! Stay tuned, as more give-aways are coming in the next month or two {ps. thank you for all of your support, lovely comments, and mostly, for actually wanting this book! I am totally and completely overwhelmed xo}

ps. A few of you asked how to get a copy if you don’t live in North America… it will be on shelves world-wide, but if you can’t find it in your area, you can also buy it through amazon.com or through chroniclebooks.com : )

A BOOK:

Boy oh boy, I love these artists so much! Gorgeous work, and such funny, smart, touching advice… I can’t believe that CREATIVE BLOCK is finally out in the world. Thank you so much to everyone that made it happen, and thank you so much to everyone who plans on reading it! xo {and a big thank you to Leslie Fandrich for these gorgeous photos!!!}

5 YEARS & A GIVE-AWAY:

So, tomorrow, February 22, will mark five years since I wrote my very first post on The Jealous Curator. It also just so happens that my very first book, CREATIVE BLOCK, hit shelves all over the world this past Tuesday… needless to say, it’s been quite a week over here! And so we have to celebrate, right? How about a give-away!? Leave a comment on this post, and on Monday at noon (PST) I’ll draw one name and send that person a signed copy of the book. Deal?

A CHALLENGE:

I’ve heard from quite a few people that they plan to go one by one through the creative “unblock” projects given by each of the 50 artists in the book. So fun! If you do one, snap photo of whatever you make, pop it up on twitter or instagram and hashtag it with #creativeUNblock … I’m going to keep an eye out for them, and then I’ll set up a Facebook album to share some of my favorites from each month. I can’t wait to see what you make!

ps. BOOK EVENTS: I’ll be in San Francisco on March 5, and LA on March 22 and NYC on April 2 {links on the left sidebar}. The book will be available to buy in SF and LA because the events are at stores, but the event in New York is not at a bookstore, and is limited to 100 people so we’re selling tickets to it… right here {the ticket is $25 and gets you a book, drinks, snacks, and a super fun evening!}. More info coming soon on the May 15 Vancouver event.