medium /// painting




jennifer davis … joyride





Oh, yes! I want to swing on those swings, under those lights, surrounded by bizarre, large-scale, carousel-inspired creatures! I mentioned a pre-release print from this show a few weeks ago, but now Joyride, a new solo exhibition by Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis is open for business! I absolutely love every piece in this show, and I’m particularly excited about this because almost two years ago, I was sitting on a warm patio in Minneapolis having a post GIRL CRUSH dinner with Jennifer, and she told me that she was waiting to find out about a grant… a grant that would allow her to do a road trip to a bunch of US cities, that were famous for their old carousels, so that she could gather inspiration/source materials to do a huge, whimsical, solo show. A few days after I left, she sent me an email… yep, she got the grant 

* This show will be up at Public Functionary, in Minneapolis, until April 25th. That means you can swing on swings this weekend if you want to… Go!





richard butler



Oh. So, so gorgeous. These haunting portraits are the work of UK born, New York based artist Richard Butler. Not all of his work features those beautifully shaped keyholes {see, I popped two of them into the middle so that you’d believe me}, but those are the pieces that I can’t seem to get enough of. Rounded crosses and florals make what could have been seen as traditional, albeit still insanely gorgeous, portraits into something very modern, and weird, and amazing! LOVE.

{ps. You might recognize Richard’s name, not only because he is an exceptional painter, but he also happens to be a rock star… for real. Remember this one? I dare you to listen to this and NOT immediately want to watch this 1980’s classic. You’re welcome.}





david imlay

Oh boy. Everyday street corners, old cars, simple homes… yep, my mundane-loving heart skipped a beat when I saw these oil paintings {some on wood, some on canvas} by San Francisco based artist David Imlay. Sigh. So quiet, so beautifully painted, sooooo good.

{Thanks to artist/illustrator Frances Marin for sending me a link to David’s work}





erin althea

Who wants to play a quick round of ‘eye spy with my little eye’ on this fine Monday?! Judge Judy, Queen Elizabeth, and a tiny little steak ~ GO! Only in the lovely portfolio of LA based artist/illustrator Erin Althea does that make any kind of sense. I am totally in love with every little, beautifully painted thing in this post. Yes, even the worm.

{Not only am I enamored by Erin’s work, I’m also completely in awe of the fact that she is a mom to twin baby girls… and still finds time to paint! GO ERIN!}





römer + römer



A long time ago I minored in Art History. I had a thing for impressionism… do you see where this is going? I totally thought these were grainy photos when I first saw them, but on closer inspection I realized that these Japanese fashionistas, and those Korean school kids playing in the waves were made entirely of small dabs of paint. Stunning! They are the work of  two Berlin based artists {who happen to be married} known as Römer + Römer.  Torsten and Nina Römer work together to create these gorgeous, HUGE {78″x105″ in some cases!} modern-day impressionistic work. Yep, I have a thing for these too.

{They currently have a show up at Freight & Volume in New York – it runs until April 26, 2014}





anna jensen

I think I had this dream once… yep, one too many purple macarons before bed, and this could very well be the result!  These crazy, narrative, over-the-top paintings are by American artist Anna Jensen. What makes them even more crazy n’ narrative? Their titles:

1. Why Are My Rehab Costs On MY Credit Report?!

2. Finally I’m A Functional Alcoholic

3. I’m So Vain I Probably Think This Painting Is About Me

4. Young Saint, Old Devil

5.  A Foreboding Shadow Befell Her So She Drowned Her Future Sorrows

6. Bunny Byrne, Macaron Baker Extraordinaire

7. Physically Impossible Entry, Hysterical Marker

8. I Found A Hair In My Pie In The Sky

9. The Bait Hides The Hook

See? The plot thickens!





samantha fields

POW! Stunning, large-scale, air brushed PAINTINGS of fireworks! Yes. Paintings. This is the work of LA based artist Samantha Fields. Now, here’s where my problem comes in… I can’t decide which I love more… her magical fireworks, or her rainy/misty headlights at night:

See? How can I pick a favorite? I just can’t. Here is a description of this body of work, and a fascinating explanation of her technique:

In this body of work, Fields immortalizes points in time that are relished, lost and longed for in a single instant—what the artist calls “halcyon moments.” Her paintings are documents of these otherwise ephemeral occurrences: smoke lingering in the sky after a firework has faded, the blur of colored city lights reflected on wet pavement, or transient shadows shifting across a nighttime landscape.

What a camera can record in a split second takes longer to translate into painting, complicating our expectations of photographs as instantaneous replications of an observed reality. Fields uses an airbrush to apply hundreds of thinly misted layers of acrylic paint to canvas or paper, creating rich, almost incandescent, surfaces. By focusing on representations of memory, enigmatic and unfixed, Fields expressively captures the energy and emotion of a fleeting moment.

{Samantha currently has a show at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA. It will be up until May 25th, 2014. You should go.}





emily proud


There is something very calming about these washy, simple, abstract watercolors by San Francisco based artist Emily Proud… like you could hang one on your wall to look at while meditating, or doing yoga, or just sitting. This is some of her latest work, but if you dig around in Emily’s portfolio there are some fantastic florals that are just waaaay too vibrant for your morning meditation:

Florals, stripes, and leopard print? Love!





aimee bee brooks



Nail polish, pretty girls, and a giant tower of ice cream… I’m in. This is the work of New York based artist/illustrator Aimee Bee Brooks, and I’m quite smitten with all of it. And now I need some chocolate chip mint. And a manicure. Happy weekend!





aoife flynn


You know those people who say “Oh, I don’t watch TV” … yeah… I’m not one of those people. I love TV, and I really really love these watercolor/collaged TVs on paper by Irish artist Aoife Flynn. Yep, I could sit on the couch and watch these beauties allllll daaaaay looooong.

*note that these are watercolor / collage… pretty sure the screens are cut photographs and then the TVs are painted around them. Gorgeous!