medium /// painting

#creative UNblock no.3


Oh, hello #creativeUNblock project no.3! {If you missed the first two projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, so the next unblocking project from Creative Block : I have to admit, I tried this one before the book even hit shelves… and I’m gonna to do it again because it’s just that good! This project is given to us by Chicago based artist/illustrator Kate Pugsley. Ready?


#creativeunblock // March // by Kate Pugsley p.175


“When I’m in a creative rut, this simple activity always helps me to get excited. Start with a stack of white or off-white papers. Sometimes I use scraps or sometimes I take large pieces of drawing paper and cut them into pieces around 8×10 inches. Then get out your watercolors, acrylics or other paint and mix up some of your favorite colors. Paint the surface of the papers. Sometimes just seeing all the lovely colors together on the papers inspires me. Once the painted papers have dried, get some scissors or an x-acto knife and cut out some shapes. They can be totally arbitrary, or they can be recognizable as objects, animals, faces, etc. Open your sketchbook or get a blank sheet of paper and start arranging shapes. Just play with the shapes and colors, layering until you see interesting combinations. You can start gluing them down in your paper or book, painting on top of them, or just save the pieces you like. I keep envelopes around full of colored pieces for loosening up when I am stuck. Working with these painted shapes helps me see things that I may not see just drawing or painting directly because my mind wanders and there are always a lot of surprises.”


Love! Now, If you get hung up on what recognizable shapes to cut out (I did!) just start chopping! Triangles, squares, bits ‘n pieces, whatever. I can’t wait to see the colors you choose, the shapes you make, and the compositions you come up with… and if you’d like to, please post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock. Let loose, have fun, and I’ll see you out there!


daniela tieni




Oh. Yes. This is the lovely work of Italian artist/illustrator Daniela Tieni. First, I found the work at the top of this post, which I loved immediately… and then I started digging around in her portfolio and found those altered Polaroids! Sigh… it’s all so dreamy, kind of mysterious, and clearly, the perfect amount of ‘weird’.

{via Brown Paper Bag}

jános huszti


Old photos from days gone by, transformed into lovely oil paintings. This is the gorgeous portrait work of Hungarian artist János Huszti. The interesting thing about all of the images… the original photos were taken in Hungarian jails. True story. From the female police officers in blue, to jailhouse employees poring over documents, to the guilty woman signing her final verdict. I went from thinking they were just beautifully painted portraits of random vintage images to wanting the full inside CSI-esque scoop on each piece… what did that pretty lady do!?

{via Saatchi}

time flies…

Wow. Thank you – all 693 of you!? – so much for your lovely, heartfelt, encouraging comments! I may have teared up more than once. Anyway, it’s time to announce a winner for this gorgeous print by Lola Donoghue. Ready? Congratulations to Sabrina Kirwam! And again, thanks to all of you for entering… I wish I had 693 prints to give away. Don’t worry, more giveaways are just around the corner! xo



Yep. Today marks six years since my very first post on The Jealous Curator. Craziness. Six years of amazing, awe-inspiring, damn I wish I thought of that art! There have been curated shows, and book deals, and trips to Oprah’s studio… and absolutely none of it would have happened without all of  YOU showing up to read, comment, and ooh ‘n ahh right along with me every day! Thank you!!! And, a big thank you to Irish painter Lola Donoghue, because she’s letting me give away one of her gorgeous 30″x40″ abstract prints to celebrate…



This beauty is titled “French Fancy” … oh, I love it so much! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Wednesday February 25 at 9am PST. Good luck, and thank you again! xo ps. Anyone can enter… this is a world wide giveaway because you guys are a world wide crowd!

kubo ayako


So sweet. So simple. All of these lovely pieces are from a series titled “Collapsed Appearance” by Japanese artist/illustrator Kubo Ayako. I’m not sure if there is significance behind these garments for Kubo, but it feels like each one has a personality and a story to tell. I would love for her to document my favorite sweater from childhood… you know, the knitted one with the rainbow stripes that doesn’t fit any more but I’ll still love it forever anyway. Yeah. That one.

melissa arendt




I spy with my little eye, so many things that are fantastic! Yep. I love this series, titled “Bowie”, by California based artist Melissa Arendt. There are so many lovely little gems in there! Hm, what do I love most? Is it the teepees, the geometric landscape, or the tiny David Bowie in full-on Ziggy Stardust attire? Hm, I think it might be the fine blend of all of these beautifully drawn/painted bits ‘n pieces living happily together… oh, and a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s reference never hurts either!

alice wellinger


I’m scared, but completely smitten at the same time. It was literally impossible for me to put this post together without creating some kind of disturbing narrative… the Jekyll/Hyde wolf boy next to the burning underpants? Yep, that’s gonna tell a story whether you want it to or not! These are the beautifully bizarre works of Austria based artist/illustrator Alice Wellinger. I love all of them for various weird reasons, but it’s this sweet little purple coat that really got me:


It instantly brought tears to my eyes and made me miss my amazing grandmother… and her beautiful, wonderful, complicated life.

marta spendowska


Oh. I am desperate for spring to arrive, but considering it’s only February 9th I think I’m in for a bit of a wait… maybe I’ll just stare at these gorgeous, washy, abstract floral watercolors for the next two months! These beauties are the work of Polish born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska … ahhhh, I can almost smell those pink, purple, and sunrise-hued blooms from here. Almost.

{You can find the originals for sale on Marta’s site [scroll down when you arrive on her site], and I have the original of the black & white piece in my gallery.}

annie kevans


I have loved French born, London based artist Annie Kevans‘ work for years {I wrote about her in 2009}. These pieces, oil on paper, are a selection from her latest series, “Women and the History of Art”… which I have a very soft spot for. I minored in Art History, and as a female visual arts major, I was curious to know who came before me. More than half way through my first year of Art History I put up my hand and asked, “Um, when are we going to learn about women artists? Surely there were women creating art at this time… right?!”  Here is Annie’s description of this work:

This exhibition centres on women in art history who were once part of the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience… Kevans was astonished to learn throughout the course of her extensive research that, despite the massive obstacles in their path, many women managed to have successful careers as artists as early as the 16th century. Although many have been championed in the last decades having been ‘rediscovered’ by later art historians, these women still remain ‘separate’ from art history…. Kevans has selected to paint artists who were as successful and in some cases, more so, than their male counterparts. Kevans shines a light on artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola (1532/5-1625) who was the first Italian woman to become an international celebrity as an artist in her own time. Other artists are known for their personal lives but their works remain invisible. Despite being the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux¬Arts, Suzanne Valadon is more famous for her personal relationships with Renoir, Erik Satie and Degas. Likewise, Victorine Meurent is more famous for being the subject of Manet’s paintings than she is for being an artist. Her paintings were selected for the famous Salon numerous times including in 1876, a year in which Manet failed to get any of his work accepted. Like many of her female contemporaries, her name means nothing to the general public or to many female artists working today.

A beautifully painted spotlight on some very talented women… by another very talented woman.

jeremy miranda


Sigh. Gorgeous. This is the exquisite work of American painter Jeremy Miranda. I’ve written about his lonely icebergs, and his magical greenhouses, and now I’m writing about these… these beautiful spaces, which I assume to be his studio, completely overgrown and intertwined with his dreamy landscapes. This series feels like a lovely glimpse into Jeremy’s world – where reality meets imagination. I’m not sure if that was his intention, but that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it {Jeremy, if you read this, let us know!}