medium /// illustration




i’m jealous of amy sullivan

Hm, Alice in Wonderland yesterday, and Little Red Riding Hood today… apparently, I’m working in as many bizarre children’s stories as I possibly can this week. Colorado based artist/illustrator Amy Sullivan has totally hooked me/creeped me out with her lovely/creepy fairy tale series. Poor little Red… eaten alive. So sad. But wait, I know what will cheer you up… sasquatches, rainbows, and a big stack of Eames chairs:

♥ Yep… I feel better. You?

ps. I just started a new series on sfgirlbybay today! It’s called “Art Goes Here” {a little virtual art hanging for your Wednesday morning!}





i’m jealous of andrea d’aquino

I love all of this collage work by American artist Andrea D’Aquino – but that final image… yowza. It makes me want to get into my studio and stay there until my loved ones start to get concerned ~ paint . doodle . snip . snip . glue . repeat . paint . doodle . snip . snip . glue . repeat . paint . doodle . snip . snip . glue . repeat…





an ode to morran

I am a huge fan of Swedish artist Camilla Engman, and so of course, I’m a huge fan of her little sidekick… her dog Morran! Morran has been a huge part of Camilla’s life, and career… have you seen Camilla’s Suitcase Series book? Morran is a major feature! I found out about an hour ago that Morran passed away a few days ago. I don’t know Camilla, or Morran, but I’m crying as I write this. I have two little dogs myself, one of which we almost lost just over a year ago, and the sadness was overwhelming. And so today, I want to share this amazing project that Camilla started in the fall – a book filled with art… Morran art to be exact! She has asked people from all over the world to contribute pieces {these are just a few of my favorites}, and the results are fantastic! It’s going to be a lovely book.

Camilla, I’m sending you lots of love, and Morran… may you run for hours on rainbows xo

{1. Kirsten Houthooft 2. Alicja Nikodem 3. Lien Geeroms 4. Sara Olmos 5. Emmanuelle Eschembrenner 6. Suana Verelst 7. Darja Charapova 8. Marta Monteiro 9. Petra Wester Norgren 10. Christine Roussey}





i’m jealous of ashley percival

Ok, now this is a bedtime story just waiting to happen! You know, it’s the one about the bike-riding owl, the chilly sloth, the mean fox, and the nurturing um, mouse… gerbil… baby rat? Ok, so maybe I shouldn’t be the one writing the story, but UK based artist Ashley Percival should definitely do the illustrations!

{I found Ashley’s work on the always inspiring Society6}





i’m still jealous of gary taxali

Oh, Gary Taxali sigh, if only I still lived in Toronto. Well, for those of you who do, I’m jealous of you! Why? Tomorrow night, Wednesday September 21st, the very talented, Toronto based artist, Gary Taxali will be signing two of his new books, I Love You, OK? {shown above} and Mono Taxali, at The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Be there from 6 – 9pm… oh, and while you’re in my old neighborhood, pop over to The Grange and have a spring roll for me! Mmm.





august 6th ~ 7th

To say that California based writer Emily Goligoski is an inspiring woman is a drastic understatement. This past spring I sent her an email just to say hello, and to ask what she was up to. Here’s a bullet point list of her response:

“Continuing to write my blog TheSanFranista; a few writing and video projects with entrepreneurial friends at ecofabulous and Women 2.0; And in July… heading to Nairobi with the Africa Yoga Project, a group that trains yoga instructors to find work in their local communities. I’ve loved teaching flow-based yoga in SF this year, and I feel fortunate to be going to Kenya for seva (“service”) work that includes building a community center where new teachers can lead classes.” Umm… yeah, she’s a rock star! And who inspires a rock star? Well, read on:

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I am jealous of Wendy MacNaughton.

I am jealous of Wendy MacNaughton, and not just because she uses pen and color so well, but because she is more incredibly perceptive. Her phrasing and observations about people–and our own psyches–makes her work feel familiar and positively pleasurable. What began as a daily routine of sketching fellow commuters in the Bay Area has launched into a more-than-full-time career of commissions, installations and other lovely “things” (as you’ll see if you carve out time to explore the work on her site; having been there more times than you might think possible, I promise that your time clicking will be worthwhile). San Francisco has been the lucky benefactor of illustrations about local outdoor swimmers, library goers, winemakers, cartographers, and other groups that inspire MacNaughton, and I’m hopeful for many more.

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Thanks so much Emily!





i’m jealous of kirsten mccrea

A list of reasons to be jealous of Montreal based artist Kirsten McCrea, by The Jealous Curator:

A little self-conscious lucha man, & Kim in his shades, & an insanely ornate deer head {that would make gorgeous/painful tattoo}, & a jaunty jockey at a rodeo. Oh, & she also runs Papirmasse, “an affordable art subscription that delivers a print with art on the front, and writing on the back to your mailbox every month for the incredible price of only $5 a month.” …What?! Yep, it’s true.





i’m jealous of gabriella barouch

Oh, that lovely pine cone. My mother is an artist, and I clearly remember her teaching me how to draw a pine cone. She said hold it upside down, and then draw it as a series of shapes instead. So I did… but it did not look like this. Clearly Israeli artist/illustrator Gabriella Barouch has a few of her own tricks for creating gorgeous pine cones… and birds, and folded hands, and deer-headed ladies!





i’m jealous of naoshi

What do you like to color with? Crayons? Paint? How about sand? Yes… sand! Japanese artist Naoshi creates these cute, and slightly bizarre, images using brightly colored sand on art board. In Japan it’s referred to as “SUNAE”. I, however, refer to it as “AWESOME”.

{via Dear Japan NY, a fantastic art project that continues to help Japan after the disaster in March. Their auction/event is on June 4th in New York. Find out more here.}





i’m jealous of daniel egnéus

Ok, I’m not sure if I could pull off any of these looks… it takes a special woman to wear a shark, and not have it wear her, am I right? Well, these lovely ladies had some help form Swedish born, Milan-based artist/illustrator Daniel Egnéus. He transforms his daydreams into washy, beautiful, totally engaging paintings, and I love every single one of them… hmm, what about a goose hat? Do you think I could make that work?