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dear 2014…

2014_nye

Dear 2014,

If I could make out with you, I totally would. You were really, really good. In fact, you were very close to the most exciting year of my entire life, second only to the year that my son was born.

You were filled with art that was awe-inspiring, delicate, intriguing, funbeautifully bizarre, joyous, and oh, so meticulous.

You were there when my first book hit shelves in February, and when my second book was released in September {and you just saw me sign the deal to write my third book!? Gah!}

You took me to all sorts of amazing places like San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Vancouver again, Dublin… and New York for the very first time in my life! {What? Yep, true story.}  There were camping trips, road trips, and small town adventures with my amazing husband and ridiculously sweet son. I met so many new friends, and spent time with dear old friends – all of whom I plan on seeing again as soon as I possibly can!

You gave me the chance to : guest write “Real Art for a Fictitious World” on sfgirlbybay; to open my own online gallery; to speak at PIXAR; to be interviewed by the lovely folks at oprah.com {yep, that was insane}, and to curate the biggest art exhibition of my career so far!

I tried realllllly hard to slow down and enjoy every milestone along the way, although I’m not sure if I did a very good job – it seems like a bit of a blur to be honest – a wonderful, exciting, pinch-me because I feel beyond blessed, kind of a blur. 

So, with that I’ll say thanks for everything, 2014. You were truly mind-blowing. 

~ danielle xo

Happy New Year, everyone. Thank you so much for being part of this craziness! I cannot believe how lucky I am to have all of you in my world. Ok… now go make more art so I have something to write about in 2015!

{Fabulous, kissy, sparkly collages by California based artist Eugenia Loli}





bedford show … a recap

Ok, this might be the longest post ever, but this show is just so gorgeous, I had to show you everything! I was thrilled when the Bedford Gallery asked me to curate a show in their lovely space… and after almost a year of planning, it finally opened on December 7th! The Bedford gave me carte blanche, so I decided to bring my book, Creative Block, to life! We have work from 20 of the 50 artists, unblocking stations set up so that people can try a few exercises from the book, and some of my most favorite pull-quotes are on the wall in vinyl lettering. Have a look, and I’ll see you at the bottom of this gigantic recap…







Ahhhh! So exciting! Six of the artists came to the opening from as far as Chicago and New York… it was an amazing night! So many friends, collectors, art enthusiasts, kids, and even a chihuahua {sorry, no photo of him!}. The days following the opening were action packed too. I did an indepth walkthrough with the 60+ docents that volunteer at the gallery {so many amazing people!}, and artist Trey Speegle was still in town so he stopped by to chat about his work, the book, etc. I also went to a sound studio and recorded the voiceover for the show! You know when you can rent the headset at a gallery to get the details on each piece… yep, I got to record that! Later that night we had Q&A event at the gallery… it was a packed house!

And finally, the badges. I designed these as section headers in the creative talk that I give, and so when Carrie Lederer, the gallery director, asked if I wanted to make anything for their gift shop I said, “YES. Actual, embroidered creative scout badges!” and she made it happen! Originally they were only available at the Bedford, but, I’ve arranged to have them in my online gallery too {$17.50 for the set}, so now anyone anywhere in the world can have them! They’re the merit badges you earn as a creative person. None of us are alone when it comes to asshole-ish inner critics, or being burnt by criticism, or the fact that we love making stuff. We’re all in one giant, supportive, amazing creative club… so put those badges on, and wear them with pride!

Well, there you have it. The show is still up until February 1, so if you find yourself in the Bay Area over the next couple of months you should totally go! Thanks again to the Bedford… Carrie, Eric, Christine… you guys are amazing, and I loved every second of my time with you! xo

ps. Thanks to WCTV for doing this interview/peek inside the show with me!





kim largey

Colorful explosions of paint/ink, and totally controlled graphite living in perfect harmony. Sigh. This is the beautifully composed mixed media work of American artist Kim Largey … she also does some really cool abstract sculpture, but for me, it was all about those very orderly fences holding back that clearly out of control paint. Love.





liesl pfeffer

I wrote about Brooklyn based, Australian artist Liesl Pfeffer YEARS ago. I featured her series of mountain collages, but when I saw this new work, titled “Garden Study”, I knew it was time to write again! I’m seeing cactus and succulents in a lot of work at the moment, but I haven’t come across any others that made out of lakes and skies… sigh… I would love to spend an afternoon in this garden.





jealous curator collection on sebastian foster

I am incredibly proud of this collection. These are the four pieces that I curated for the Jealous Curator Collection on Sebastian Foster this year! Sigh. So many gorgeous pieces… AND, I have to say, these are the nicest group of artists {ps. isn’t it kind of amazing/funny how all of their bio photos match perfectly with their work!?} They’ve been a dream to work with, and I’m so happy that I could share these pieces with you. Our goal was to bring you some very unique pieces, while keeping them very affordable… mission accomplished, yes? Anyway, I just wanted to remind you about them again. There are a few left in each edition… hopefully they’ll wind up under your Christmas tree this year!

no.1 Casey Roberts : Signed & Numbered Edition of 50 // 12″x12″ // $40
no.2 Rebecca Chaperon : Limited Edition of 66 // 8″x10″ // $25
no.3 Hsiao-Ron Cheng : Signed & Numbered Edition of 50 // 11″x14″ // $40
no.4 Brooks Salzwedel : Signed & Numbered Edition of 60 // 11″x14″ // $40





zin helena song


Bold, colorful, graphic paintings that literally pop off the wall! These are the painted wood pieces of New York based Korean artist Zin Helena Song… love! And speaking of love, scroll back up a tiny bit to see the two pieces that she’s added colored light to! Sigh. Stunning.

{via Design Milk … and there’s a great interview with her there too!}





lucy driscoll

Simple. Quiet. Gorgeous. This is the work of UK based collage artist Lucy Driscoll… also known as my partner in the Collage Scrap Exchange! I wrote about this fantastic project a few weeks ago. I signed up {along with just over 1000 other people!}, and was paired with a complete stranger from the UK named Lucy. Um, how thrilled was I when I googled her!? Not only did I have an amazing partner for this creative project, I also had today’s post! I’ll let you know what we both end up making… I just packed up an envelope full of weird stuff for her, and she’s doing the same for me. Oh, yes, this is gonna be FUN!





karen margolis


Yesterday I featured a molecular biologist turned painter… and today I give you mixed media on handmade Abaca paper by New York based artist Karen Margolis:

After receiving her BS in Psychology from Colorado State University, Margolis continued her research in Neural Psychology while studying portraiture at the Art Student’s League.  She furthered her studies in art at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.  During a Microscopy course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, through the New York Microscopical Society, Margolis was inspired to diverge from her investigations of figurative art to create work exploring the universality of macro/micro patterns.

Ah, yes. That explains it.





naomi vona





These are the original mixed media works of Naomi Vona. She’s an Italian artist living in Dublin, and I had the great pleasure of meeting her when I was there a few weeks ago. We had a few minutes to talk, and I asked her about these pieces. She buys vintage photographs from people all over the world… sometimes just one tiny photograph, sometimes a whole package… and then she gets to work! She draws, paints and collages right on top these little pieces of personal history. I’d be scared of “making a mistake”, but not Naomi! Her portfolio has hundreds of these creative interventions. The fancy masks are my favorite {can you tell?!}… they add even more mystery to these already mysterious images.





brooks salzwedel on sebastian foster

Oh. The work of LA based artist Brooks Salzwedel. I wrote about him a year ago, and you guys went crazy… rightly so! His work is layered, and magical, and oh so stunning. When I was putting together my list of “must-have” artists for the Jealous Curator Collection on Sebastian Foster, I just knew that I had to do something with Brooks! Luckily he said yes, and voila, the newest addition to the collection! It’s titled “Purple Blue Mountain”, and it is officially on my Christmas list. Let’s take a closer look at all of this layery-goodness {aka resin, graphite, tape, inkjet}, shall we?

Sigh. So, so good. I sure hope Santa heard that whole “Christmas list” thing.

Limited edition of 60 // 11″x14″ // Archival giclee prints on cotton rag paper // $40…
Visit my collection, and get one before they’re gone!