medium /// painting




karine léger

Annnnnnd exhale. These gorgeous mixed media paintings are the work of Montreal based artist Karine Léger. Pebbles in a river, ocean shells, the night sky… or maybe just a little bit of all of that. Here is a description of the way Karine works:

“In the studio, bits of torn and cut-up paper and photographs form a growing stack on the work table. Individual pieces from the pile will be meticulously selected for color, texture and shape, to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance.This slow, deliberate, creative process is how Karine builds the foundation of her next work. Nothing is rushed, nothing is forced. She stops only when that balance has been achieved.”

Om.

ps. Her work is available via Lanoue Fine Art, Boston and Simon Breitbard Fine Art, San Francisco.





peter adamyan

Gorgeous, cheeky, and absolutely making a point. These hexagonal pieces are the work of California based artist Peter Adamyan, and this is why he does what he does:

“Post Consumerism imagines a world where humanity has returned to a way of life closer to the land. In this world people hunt and gather their food and cultures are based around the brands we worship in our own time. In this work I try to explore our replacement of cultural identity with brand identity and humanity’s disconnection with the natural world.”

Chills… which may have also been brought on by the final image above. Shudder.





janna watson

Oh my word. This is the dreamy abstract work of Toronto based painter Janna Watson, and if you happen to be in Vancouver, you can see it in person. Her new show, titled “Light is Heavy” opens this weekend at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. The opening reception is on Saturday January 13th from 2-4pm… go if you can! I’ve been lucky enough to stand in front of Janna’s large-scale beauties, and they are absolutely breathtaking.

ps. Show runs until January 27th





john holcomb

This is the work of American painter John Holcomb. This series of crazy colorful flowers and pattern-covered vases were inspired by the old Dutch Masters. John’s portfolio is full of all sorts of other lovely work – scenic, art history, cultural portraits – but the pure joy in these pieces seemed like a perfect way to start the week. Happy Monday.





lisa wright

Whoa. This is the latest work from Cornwall based painter Lisa Wright. I wrote about her a little over two years ago – she was good then, but now… oh my goodness these oil paintings are GORGEOUS.





will cotton

Ah, yes … nothing like a few candy-covered, absolutely jaw-dropping oil paintings by American artist Will Cotton to get you ready for the holidays. PAINTINGS!? That is all.





jen mann

This is the stunning work of Toronto based painter Jen Mann. I’ve written about her before, but every now and then I like to swing by her site to see what she’s been up to. THIS. All of these paintings were part of her Fall 2016 show, titled “Sweet Nothing”, at Cordesa Fine Art in LA. Not only do I love all her work, I love her current artist statement too:

“In the society of “me”, where we document ourselves like celebrities and share our lives online for everyone, the self is a prevalent, and important topic to our generation. Our identities are curated like our online profiles to reflect only the parts of ourselves we chose to keep alive. Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? Mann’s work aims to address these very illusive questions, and explore, but not necessarily answer all of them.”

Mission accomplished.

ps. I can never resist showing the scale of her work:





sally deng

I want a ticket to this “Natural Unnatural Museum”! Oh my word, I could spend all day in this nine part mixed media piece… the polar bear, the skateboard loving tortoise, random dinosaur bones, and the odd hidden gem. Sigh. This magical place is the work of LA based artist and illustrator Sally Deng.





kristy blackwell

Oh my goodness… these are just a few new works by Toronto based artist Kristy Blackwell. I’ve written about her gorgeous paintings and drawings on mylar before, but now… well, two words: GOLD. LEAF. Stunning.





jana rayne macdonald

Hm, even that closeup doesn’t do a good job of proving that these are paintings – PAINTINGS!? This is the acrylic on canvas work of Canadian painter Jana Rayne MacDonald, from her series titled “Portraits”:

“We all speak many more languages than our mother tongue. Without conscious thought, we tell people how we feel and communicate who we are with facial expressions, gestures and, least appreciated but just as important, the language of clothing.  And the clothes we wear often speak first.”

I wonder what my pajamas are saying about me right now?