medium /// painting




“from pancakes to painting”

Sure, she used to serve pancakes to unhappy customers, but those days are long gone! Today, Ekaterina Popova is a painter, the founder/editor of Create Magazine, and she’s about to become the host of her own soon-to-launch podcast called Art & Cocktails… yep, it involves drinking with artists. Works for me! The only way I was able to get Kat on my podcast was to agree to be on hers, so we’re interviewing each other today. Since it was only 9am my time, I opted for Baileys in my coffee. Yum! You can listen to all of our dirty laundry right up there under Kat’s dirty laundry, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, her absolutely beautiful domestic “messes”:

Gasp! Those color palettes, and don’t even get me started on the light in these “everyday” spaces. Speaking of every day… here are just a few of Kat’s daily sketches:

What!? These are just sketches?! FRAME ALL OF THEM and call it a day!!!

Sorry for the outburst. Ok, moving on… to a residency in Iceland:

Sigh, so dreamy. I truly admire Kat for not only her sense of adventure, but the hustle she puts into getting herself to all sorts of fabulous places. Grants, applications, selling work… yep, this woman makes things happen.

Oh yes, and when she’s not painting, or traveling, or both… Kat runs Create Magazine. And it’s FANTASTIC:

Look at her … like a proud mama bear with her baby {if her baby lived in a magazine shop}. I love the calibre of artists she includes in Create, the beautiful design, and I also love how much artists love being included in its pages! Most of the images above are Instagrams taken by the artists featured in the spreads. Yeah, I’d Instagram the hell out of that too! ps. I had to include Ashley Longshore‘s cover … Jesus in Guccis for the win.

And finally – this is the best – little Ekaterina in Russia doing what she was meant to do…

… and a grown-up, about to turn 30 later this year, Kat doing what she is meant to do! Destiny? I believe so. Thanks so much to Kat for doing this double interview with me {and giving me a reason to drink at 9am};  thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and of course, thank you so much for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Art & Cocktails Podcast {launching soon!}
  2. Kat on Instagram
  3. Create Magazine
  4. Elspeth Pratt, Artist and Professor
  5. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  6. Janna Watson, Episode no.133
  7. Bunnie Reiss, Episode no.78
  8. Vancouver Mural Festival
  9. “A Big Important Art Book … Now with Women” (my new book)
  10. Big Important Merch! (mugs, shirts etc)
  11. My art site / My art Instagram

 





denise gasser

YESSSSSS! These are just a few of the hilarious, inspiring, and very REAL paintings that Vancouver based painter Denise Gasser did for her self-imposed “100 days” project. She is an artist and a mother of three little boys, which begs the question: WHEN DOES SHE HAVE TIME TO MAKE ART? Well, she kinda doesn’t at the moment… but that hasn’t stopped her. Denise embraced her lack of time and abundance of interruptions by creating this series titled “Art After”. Lovely beginnings, and an absolutely beautiful documentation of her day to day life during these crazy little kid years. Truly brilliant.

ps. These lovely paintings are an example of what Denise does when she can actually finish a whole painting…

Denise’s work is available via her online shop.





ilona szalay

Oil paint on aluminum… LOVE! This is recent work by Beirut-born, London-based artist Ilona Szalay. I love her loose brushstrokes and lovely color choices, but it’s the way she paints women that gets me every single time. If you’d like to see some of Ilona’s stunning works in person, visit Arusha Gallery‘s booth {C05} at VOLTA14 in Basel Switzerland from June 11th ~ 16th.

ps. Ilona is one of the artists featured in my new book, “A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK … Now with Women”. I am so thrilled to have not only her beautiful work nestled into the pages of this beauty, but also her inspiring story. The book will be on shelves this Fall, but pre-orders are already underway. So. Exciting!





annette davidek

Don’t you want to wander around in these paintings for a little while? This is the dreamy {and BIG … 48″x42″} work of Brooklyn based artist Annette Davidek. I bet these “places” would smell like flowers and warm tropical air. Layers of layers, rich colors, and oh, so much depth… thanks to “multiple glazes of oil paint on wooden panel”. Amazing. I was going to guess textiles, or encaustic, … or magic. Happy Friday.

{via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York}





rachel sager

Oooh, explosions!  This is the big, beautiful work of San Francisco based artist Rachel Sager. What are you looking at? Charcoal and oil on canvas! What is it all about? Well, I’ll hand this over to Rachel:

“My current body of work continues an examination of matter in transformation; metamorphosis, one state to another.   I am particularly drawn to how such elemental shifts coincide with the sometimes devastating effects of human beings on the world around them.  Here, I portray this transmutation of matter as calculated explosions on aerial landscapes; the ground living, breathing, and dying all at once, in a heavenly haze. Simultaneously, these images of meteoric combustion and uncertainty loosely depict colorful images of global warming as seen on climate change maps, thus liberating the mind from any certain and singular symbolism. Created through a unique process of brushing, rubbing and dusting, my charcoal underpaintings are comprised of the same material they seek to portray, the natural tools of my chosen trade.  The charcoal is left in its crude form in order to create an organic, almost visceral surface on which the lush properties of oil paint naturally contrast.”  

Boom, indeed.

 





heather millar

Terrifying? Cute? Yes. These paintings are from the “TOYS” section of Canadian artist Heather Millar’s portfolio. Am I dating myself if I admit to having a few of those weirdos? Well, either way, I clearly had to finish off the week with the Mountie and his inflatable friend! #ohcanada #happyfriday





greg breda

Ahhh, I can almost smell the those lovely purple blooms. These two paintings are from a series titled “First Love” by LA based painter Greg Breda. Yep, I can smell the flowers AND feel the love. Beautiful.

{Found via Band of Vices Gallery}





denise stewart-sanabria

Mmmm, nothing says Monday like a bunch ‘o Moon Pies! This is the work {oil on canvas} of Tennessee based painter Denise Stewart-Sanabria. Yes, it was the mint green pretzels that pulled me in, but the insanely detailed toile wallpaper finished the job. Beautiful, weird, hyperreal deliciousness. Happy Monday.





“an artrepreneur’s fempire”

Brace yourself, because you’re in for a hilarious, inspiring, glittery, curse-filled adventure! New Orleans based artist, artrepreneur, and fabulous woman Ashley Longshore is my guest today. She makes, well, everything! From paintings to bedazzled large-scale lipstick tubes. Personally, I think her next art/product should be a flowery pink perfume {with glitter floating in it, obviously} called “#fuckyeah ~ exuding confidence and pure joy since 1976”. I’d buy it by the barrel! You can listen to our conversation right up there under those fabulous lips, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of my favorites from her “painting” section – from Jesus to Lil Wayne, Mona to Frida:

Love! Even more love when you see the scale… that’s Frida now living in the home of one of Ashley’s collectors. Stun. Ning.

Ok, I think Ashley is all of us in this photo and video. If and when the New York Times writes a glowing review of you / your work… sobbing:

Yep. Alllll of that.

Next. Cake sculptures. A big one to jump out of, and one that I truly lived:

Ok, fine, I didn’t know what bukkake was, BUT I DO NOW. Clearly I’m going to need that sheet cake sculpture… she literally did make me google bukkake {but I don’t think she was sorry!}.

Ahhh, the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman. I had a lot of favorite moments in this interview, but the way she went from being invited to show one piece, to taking over the entire space? Yeah, Ashley Longshore is officially my spirit animal. Here’s a peek into just some of the fabulousness of that show, and the opening night in New York:

Gah!!! Ah-mazing. And yes, that’s Blake Lively lovin’ everything Ashley creates, AND one of the windows on 5th Avenue. Arrived? Yes, I do believe so.

But wait, there’s more! Ashley’s book, a memoir titled “You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy”:

So FANTASTIC!

And finally, after all of the insanity that is Ashley’s life at the moment, she will be retreating back into her studio to recharge and MAKE MORE STUFF:

Hell, yes! I hope you’ve come away from this episode feeling absolutely inspired and empowered… I sure have! Make work, know your worth, sell your art and REPEAT. Thanks so much to Ashley for taking time out of her exciting, crazy busy life to do the podcast; thanks to Saatchi Art and Thrive Mastermind for supporting the episode; and as always, huge thanks to you for listening – there will be more art for your ear next weekend. xo

Other links:

  1. New York Times article on Ashley
  2. Bergdorf Goodman show
  3. Blake Lively
  4. Vie magazine {photo of Bergdorf Goodman window}
  5. Create Magazine Interview
  6. Artgasm
  7. Raw Republic Juice
  8. Ashley on Instagram
  9. Kolaj Fest – July 12-15 New Orleans

 





heather day

Images don’t do these large-scale, juicy beauties justice… but luckily you can see them in person! If you’re in San Francisco, you should go to this. Yep, American painter Heather Day has a new show, titled “Keep Still”, opening at Hashimoto Contemporary tomorrow night, Saturday May 5th from 6-9pm… and Heather will be there too! You’re gonna go, right!?