medium /// painting




#makegood : lisa golightly

Celebrating artists? Oh, I can do that! GREAT.LY is knee deep in the middle of a campaign, called #makegood. You’ll see that hashtag around a lot in the next few weeks as a whole bunch of GREAT.LY tastemakers will be working together to shine the spotlight on their favorite makers. I’m on a little team of artsy tastemakers, and just to make it extra fun for ourselves, we’ve decided to do a “summer lovin” theme! So… One of my faves + Summer Lovin? Clearly I’m going to be writing about Portland based artist Lisa Golightly:

I have “hung” all of these pieces in my online gallery, and I literally cannot pick a favorite {can you?!}. Lisa is so lovely, as is her work and the inspiration behind it:



So, so gorgeous. Check out the posts written by my “summer lovin” team:  Artsy Forager // Bird + Beau // Mai Autumn … and #makegood by supporting independent artists & makers, like Lisa, whenever you can! Happy weekend xo





martha rich



Oh. It’s all just so awesome. I mentioned American artist Martha Rich in yesterday’s post, which of course made me want to rush over to her site immediately… so I did. As always, I found a whole bunch of stuff that I LOVE {that first piece is especially perfect given the topic of the Oprah post from yesterday!}. And the pink boobs, well, I think they speak for themselves #storyofthenudes





anne-karin furunes




Photographs? No. Paintings? Well, there is paint on there… black acrylic paint on canvas, but the images are made entirely of many, many, many tiny hand-punched perforated holes. WHAT? Yes. This is the large-scale, hole-filled, totally entrancing portrait work of Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes. From the moment I saw the first piece, I was in complete awe… and honestly, trying to figure out exactly how she did this! They must be photos. Or paintings. They can’t just be holes… oh, but they are. I highly recommend watching this lovely video interview with Anne-Karin about her work, and her process {and you really have to see the scale!}. Amazing.

{discovered via instagram}





kt smail

I really can’t get enough of this lately… there is something about a modern take on floral still life that just calls my name! This is the work of Scottish born, New York based artist/illustrator KT (aka Katy) Smail, and she is the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art this week. These three originals are still available, so if you’d like some modern florals {that always stay fresh!} for your wall then I suggest you pop over there, well… now! Oh, but wait, before you go, I have to quickly show you some of her flowery/fruity painted patterns… watermelons & pineapples? Oh, yes please!

Ahhh, love.

ps. Right after you go to Buy Some Damn Art, you should pop over to Design Love Fest and download a few of these patterns for your desktop!





rachel castle



Oh! I want to spend Monday lying around/having a picnic in these colorful, abstract-ish gardens. This is the work of Sydney based artist Rachel Castle. I’ve written about her before (felt work, bedding etc), but today, well today is allllllll about these gorgeous paintings on linen… ♥  And just so you can see how fabulous they might look on your wall:

Gorgeous! And, look at all of those red dots on the wall… that is A LOT of sold paintings #curatorsdream

via: SFGirlByBay just wrote about Rachel – her linens, her felt pieces, and a few of these paintings – a perfect reminder for me to do a new “Rachel Castle” post. Thanks Victoria!





alex kanevsky




Oh. I love these so much. The fur coats, the dreamy blue backgrounds, the overwhelming emotion in each gorgeous oil on wood painting. This is the work of Russian born, Philadelphia based artist Alex Kanevsky. I featured some of this work on SFGirlByBay almost a year ago… why I didn’t write about it here? I have no idea! I’ve corrected the error of my ways. Phew.





jonas wood




They don’t require water, their patterned pots are gorgeous, and half of them make me wish I was in college again {ie., milk crate as end table}. Los Angeles based artist Jonas Wood and his painted potted plants make me want to paint… and grow stuff! Love.





michelle blade





Chills. There is something about this ethereal work by American artist Michelle Blade that gives me goosebumps. I can’t help but take a deep breath when I look at these… especially that last one. Heavenly, magical, amazing… the end.





lena wolff







Traditional quilt patterns {and a few exotic animals}… with a modern hand-cut ‘n painted paper twist! I am always in awe of precise, intricate hand-cut work {this is when you should scroll back up and have a closer look at that first black & cream piece… I’ll wait} So gorgeous, yes?! Ahhh, the collages of San Francisco based artist Lena Wolff. Love.

{Some of this work is part of a group show at CULT in San Francisco – up now until August 2, 2014}





guest curation /// saatchi art

Whenever I don’t have a post lined up for the next morning, I pop over to Saatchi Art and search for “portraits”… I am never ever disappointed! So when Saatchi reached out and asked if I’d be interested in curating a selection of work, I said Um, YES! They asked me to pick 10 ~ 20 pieces in any theme that interested me. Yeah, you guessed it, I went with all portraits all the time! Here’s my curatorial statement:

Oh, portraits. There are two main reasons why I love them so much. One: I am always in awe of how such a familiar, every day subject (a person!) can be handled so differently depending on the artist. Washy and mysterious. Unbelievably realistic. Partially complete, allowing your mind to fill in the rest. And two: Um… it’s hard! To capture the likeness of a person in a few brushstrokes or pencil lines? Yes sir, that’s tricky, and I admire anyone that can do it… like these fourteen artists, for example:

This is when you pop over to Saatchi to see the entire collection! I hope you love it as much as I loved putting it together and thanks so much to Saatchi for inviting me over. I’m so honored that you’d ask.

{Art above by: 1) Hyunju Kim  2) Christopher Stacey  3) Pawel Mendrek  4) Karoline Kroiß  5) Miguel Laino  6) An Siying}