medium /// painting




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!





sara falli

I am fascinated by watercolor… probably because I find it so difficult to work with. Clearly Sara Falli, an artist based in Florence, Italy, does not have that problem! Whimsical, washy, graphic, and just a little bit bizarre {yeah, I’m talking to you, floating bunny head}. Gorgeous.





exclusive: jennifer davis pre-release print

Oh, Jennifer Davis. I have written about her so many times, she was the host artist for GIRL CRUSH Minneapolis, and she’s one of the artists in CREATIVE BLOCK. And, if all of those things weren’t enough, now she’s got an amazingly beautiful new show, Joyride, that opens tomorrow night at Public Functionary {7pm- midnight} in Minneapolis. Huge 4′x4′ pieces all inspired by vintage carousels… gorgeous! Jennifer traveled all over the US to gather images & inspiration for this body of work, and tomorrow night it will finally be revealed… well, except that I’m going to let one piece leak today! Yep, this gorgeous horse print will go on sale tomorrow at noon (CST). Here’s the info:

Edition of 50 // 15 available online 12pm CST on Saturday, March 22nd, remainder released at the opening (in person purchase only 7pm-Midnight). Any remaining prints will be released online Sunday morning 10am CST.
Title: Horses
Signed and numbered by the artist on the back.
Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper
20 x20 image size on 24×24 paper
Unframed– $175
Framed– $400
Framed to conservation standards.
1/2 inch spacer between art and glass
Total framed size 26×26

And here’s the link to purchase, but remember, you can’t buy until Saturday at high noon! NEIGH!!!! {that was meant to be a horse sound… hm.}





lucia dill

So, last week I popped by the gorgeous California College of the Arts campus in San Francisco. I took a little walk through the students’ studios, and there was so much good work hanging everywhere… but this studio stopped me in my tracks:

Muted color palettes… simple compositions … and so many chairs!!! I was in heaven. After a little bit of sleuth work it was determined that this was the studio of soon-to-graduate BFA student Lucia Dill. I wish she had been in her studio as I was snooping touring around campus, but alas, she must have been out looking for more chairs. Such lovely, “beautifully boring” work. I don’t know if it’s just me, but these chairs seem almost human. Some look lonely, others look like they are newly in love, and a few of them might not be speaking to each other:





nepal art dogs

Aren’t these crazy?! And they come with a fantastic story too! Ready? An American woman named Michelle Page spent some time in Nepal, and while she was there fell in love with these hand-painted, metal, “beware of dog” signs. However they were slowly being replaced by computer-generated signs. Not only did that mean the death of these crazy awesome folksie signs, but it also meant that the artists that made them were out of work. Well Michelle didn’t want to see that happen, so she started Nepal Art Dogs. You can send in a photo of your dog, and she gives that photo to a Nepalese artist who paints your dangerous, and or enlightened dog, on a metal sign. You get an original piece of art, the artists continue to work, this art form doesn’t die out, and your neighbors are protected, and or enlightened! Oh, and don’t worry cat lovers, we’ve got something for you too:

… and yes, even a little something for you chicken-lovers in the crowd {you know who you are}:

{via It’s Nice That}





ruth hiller




So simple, but oh, so striking. Wood grain and bright flat colors that I kinda want to touch… I think it’s the beeswax coating that’s calling my name! Yes, beeswax, damar, pigment on panel. These are from a series titled Soft Geometry by American artist Ruth Hiller. Oh, and ps, they’re big. I thought they were little, but some of them are 2 to 3 feet! Here’s a shot from her studio showing the scale:

I’m gonna need one of these.

{Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Ruth’s site}





lisa daria… again


I am trying to will spring to come… I’m not sure that it’s working. Well, if nothing else I can visit the site of American painter Lisa Daria every single day to see her latest daily flower painting. I don’t know how she manages to out-do herself day after day, but she does. So, so pretty… and at only $100 each, I’ve almost forgotten that it’s snowing, AGAIN.

{I included some of Lisa’s flowers in my REAL ART FOR A FICTITIOUS WORLD post on SF Girl By Bay yesterday… any guesses on who I was buying art for?}





paul rouphail



Ah yes, I do love finding beautifully painted, perfectly hued {those purples & pinks!}, everyday subject matter … and who wouldn’t want to come across a giant, smoking cowboy? … oh look, the gorgeous oil on panel work of American painter Paul Rouphail! Everything I was looking for.

ps. If you’re in San Francisco, pop by Little Paper Planes tonight from 7~9pm for a little book party. Wine, sweet treats, a few unblocking projects, and a chance to meet some of the artists from the book. Hope to see you there!