medium /// painting




“finding wildness”

From being the daughter of a pastor in a rural town of 700 people, to a full-time abstract painter in downtown Toronto. Yes, Janna Watson is my guest today… I’ve been trying to get her on for months and months and months, so I’m thrilled that this finally happened. Listen right up there under “I woke up in a dry fountain and ice light”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of Janna’s red paintings! I don’t know what it is about her red pieces, but they grab me every single time:

Ok. I see a tree in that last one. Maybe it’s the essence of the tree her grandfather pointed out. I tried to include a few shots to show scale, because 2D jpgs just don’t do Janna’s work justice.

Here are a few more… lots of gradient backgrounds, insanely beautiful color combinations, and lovely lines made with pastels:

Oh my word. I love all of them so, so much.

Next… Watson Soule. This is what happens when you bring art into your home, but instead of hanging it on the wall, you put it on the floor:

So cool. That’s Janna on the left (Watson), and Nico on the right (Soule).

Ok, and this just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t include a few behind the scenes shots. I was lucky enough to pop into her Toronto studio earlier today, and first things first, I could not believe how big her brushes are:

Giant brushstrokes, a lovely studio space, and an up-close shot of a ‘work in progress’.

Now, I forgot to get exact examples of the red + grey + white combo that Janna mentioned, but I’m guessing a few of these pieces use that magical recipe:

Maybe? Either way… so beautiful!!!

And finally, a few shots from our visit this morning (note the super cute little painting shoes she wears while working):

And there we are… we did the selfie! Also, the couch. It was the first amazing thing I saw as I walked in, and yes, her grandfather designed it! Love. Thank you so much to Janna for doing this with me (and letting me into her studio today!); thanks to Saatchi Art and Create Magazine for supporting the episode; and huge thanks to you for listening! There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto/Vancouver
  2. Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York
  3. Watson Soule
  4. OCADU

 





kirsten sims

Ahhh, so dreamy. South African artist/illustrator Kirsten Sims paints all sorts of things {for personal shows and for commercial clients}, but it’s her dusk-meets-nighttime work that takes my breath away. Don’t you want to go on a vacation now? Warm African nights, starry skies, and deep navy blue in every direction. Happy Friday.

ps. I wrote about Kirsten in 2013, and as you can see from that post, I loved her nighttime paintings back then too! The heart wants what the heart wants.





donald martiny

Polymer and dispersed pigment on aluminum … aka GIGANTIC / JUICY brushstrokes that float on the wall! Sigh. I’ve written about the work of American artist Donald Martiny before, but it only takes one sighting on Instagram for my heart to start racing again…. and voila, moments later, there’s another post written! I use thick strokes of paint in my collages too, but damn, I wish I thought of this. Gorgeous, tactile, HUGE.





chloe hedden

Ahhhh, take a deep breath… I can almost smell these gorgeous flora-filled paintings by American artist Chloe Hedden! A very up close and personal view of roses, peonies, and more. Gorgeous, and exactly what I need during this never-ending winter.





tina berning has a shop!

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Oh, yes! For years, I’ve been madly in love with the daily drawings of German artist Tina Berning. That said, there was no easy way to buy one of those lovely, layered, mysterious pieces … until now! That’s right, Tina has finally set up an online shop. She has a selection of originals available {the first four in this post are just some of my faves}, but that’s not all… she has also done a limited edition print run on five of her pieces {the final five beauties above. ps. I got the bottom-most image, titled “Undo” ♥ } Pop over there soon because they are going fast.

ps. Tina was my podcast guest on episode no.68… such a good one! Look/listen right here.





lisa golightly

Ahhhh, the dreamy work of Portland based painter Lisa Golightly. I have written about her work five zillion times – but what can I say – I like to keep on eye on what she’s doing, because it’s always absolutely lovely! Fading memories captured in their half-remembered goodness – and her palettes? Well, they’re everything you hope a summer day might be. {Visit Lisa’s Instagram feed to see what she’s working on. I do!} Happy Friday.





lino lago

Gasp! All of my favorite things in one place … that palette, a touch of art history, portraits of women, and of course, just the perfect amount of weirdness. These oil on linen paintings are the work of Spanish artist Lino Lago. They are from his series titled “Fake Abstract”… and if you happen to be in Copenhagen TODAY you could go to the opening of a group show that he’s in. Find your way to Bredgade Kunsthandel gallery, and voila!

{Via Colossal}





chih-hung kuo

Annnnnnd, inhale. This is the gorgeous work of Taiwanese artist Chih-Hung Kuo. As you can see, I had to include those close-ups… the brushstrokes, lines, color choices… annnnnnd, exhale. Now, mountains are not exactly a rare subject, but this artist statement {found on Aki Gallery’s site} about his latest body of work, titled “The Study of Landscape”, does a deep dive into the ideas behind these paintings… or studies of paintings… or mountain studies… or paintings of mountains.

{via Miss Moss}





sylvie fleury

Gasp! Giant makeup? Yes, except that they’re paintings {acrylic paint on shaped canvas}. I don’t know about you, but I could lose several hours just browsing the shelves of a makeup shop – the colors, shapes, palettes, glittery, matte, neutrals, neons and the list goes on. It’s like an art supply shop… for your face. Well, Geneva based multi-disciplinary artist Sylvie Fleury has taken this one giant step further:

Fleury has long been interested in the way the makeup industry discards the “new,” mere months after a long and extensive research process into textures, colors, and names. The attributes the cosmetics industry takes into consideration when developing a product, Fleury argues, are not dissimilar to those an artist may consider when creating a new body of work. But while makeup is wiped clean nightly, art is meant to exist for eternity. {via Contemporary Art Daily}

Brilliant. ps. That’s Sylvie with two of her pieces at Salon 94 in New York.





jenn dierdorf

Flowers at nighttime on paper … sigh. This is the dreamy/eery work of Brooklyn based artist Jenn Dierdorf. I love her palettes, loose strokes, and don’t even get me started on those grey-scale bouquets. I discovered Jenn’s work because we’re in a group show together! Yep, the lovely and talented artist/curator Kirstin Lamb assembled a show, titled “Bouquet”, that is currently hanging at The Yard in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The opening party is on April 18th {5:30-8pm}, so if you’d like to come and see a whole bunch of flower-inspired works by ten flower-loving artists, then RSVP right here.