medium /// painting




“castle in the car”

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What!? Rachel Castle? Yep! I managed to get Sydney based artist, designer, entrepreneur, lover of wiener dogs… Rachel Castle to come on the podcast. I was so excited about this because Rachel has always been a bit of a creative enigma to me. She does so much, her work is so popular, and honestly I’m kind of intimidated by her success… success that has always seemed effortless from where I’m standing. I wanted to look behind the curtain, and I did! Turns out, she’s just a normal person. Who knew?! We cover everything from our favorite TV shows to her career in PR, over to dirty words in Australia that mean something completely different in Canada… and we did all of this from her car. For real. You can listen on the player right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of her paintings {clearly you can see I like her floral pieces}:

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Ahhh! So gorgeous! These beauties sell so fast… in fact I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them without a SOLD sign underneath. Next up, you can’t talk to Rachel Castle without asking her about her felt text pieces:

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Yes! From KISS to Wham to a whole bunch of bananas in between … and yes, during the speed round I asked her preference between marmite and vegemite. Vegemite, obvi. Ok, and then of course there’s everything else she does outside of the paintings and felt pieces. Bedding, pillows, towels, sculptures, tea towels, bags, sweatshirts and more. Here’s just a teeny peek:

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Great, right? And yes, she clearly has a background in branding and marketing because, whoa, everything on her site looks FABULOUS!

Speaking of fabulous, here’s a look into her beautiful, messy, colorful studio {most of these photos came from her lovely instagram feed}:

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Yep. Love it. And thanks to her new-ish studio out of her house, her family won’t get stuck with pins that got left behind in the couch… hopefully.

So, sweet song lyrics and romantic sayings are great… but I have to admit, I kind of like the slightly ruder ones, as does Rachel:

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Turns out, not everyone agrees… not one “DOUCHE” print sold. Shame, I think it’s hilarious! And then in the speed round I just had to ask… did she have a wiener dog that looks just like mine? Yep! Granted, she calls hers a “sausage dog”, because, Australia:

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So cute! Oh, and that DAMN sweatshirt… yeah, we didn’t actually talk about that, I just really want it. That’s all.

Ok, and that’s that! Thanks so much to Rachel for talking to me for an hour in a very hot car, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend! xo

Other Links:

  1. Lucas Grogan
  2. Wayne White
  3. Roots

 





andy denzler

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Oil paintings ~ with a glitch ~ a beautiful, dreamy glitch. These rich paintings are the work of Swiss artist Andy Denzler. I would love to see him work. Could you imagine witnessing the moment when he creates the “glitch”? Wiping across that beautifully painted portrait? Gah! I don’t know if I could watch.





anna hoyle

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LOVE!!! This series, titled “Books”, is the hilarious and beautifully painted work of Australian artist/illustrator Anna Hoyle. Gouache, kittens, and Leda’s nasty slippers… I literally could not be more smitten than I am at this very moment.





“astronauts and dinosaurs”

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Astronauts, dinosaurs, Hello Kitty, and even a pegasus thrown in for good measure. Yes, it is safe to say I absolutely love the gorgeous work {oil paintings!?} of Boston based artist Scott Listfield. I wrote about him for the first time in 2010, so it’s about time we finally talk. Well, it turns out he’s not only insanely talented, he’s also really funny and I’m pretty sure we’re on our way to being BFFs. You can listen right up there under that very stuck Hello Kitty balloon, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

As usual, let’s kick things off with a few of my favorites from Scott’s portfolio – yep, there are quite a few:

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Oh. So. Good. You can definitely see his years of being a designer in there! Here are a few of his more recent pieces… and yep, they have astronauts in them too! In fact, he hasn’t done a painting in the last 15 years that doesn’t have a silver-suited space man in there somewhere. Why mess with brilliance!?

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I love the work, and I love the story behind it {ie listen to the episode!}

Ok, next. Scott might kill me for posting this, but here is one of his first astronaut / dinosaur paintings. It was done in 2000, aka Y2K… remember that? When everyone was scared about what might happen when the clock ticked over from 1999 to 2000:

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Sixteen years ago! Well, his subject matter may not have changed, but boy oh boy, his style / technique certainly has evolved. Speaking of evolution, let’s talk about his pal “dinosaur”. This hilarious gem came up during the speed round:

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Yep. When his wife was his girlfriend, she gave Scott this little t-rex for his birthday… a little t-rex who ended up traveling the world! If you want to see everywhere that “dinosaur” went, before his arm fell off and he was retired to the shelf, check out the map right here.

And finally, I thought these three images were the perfect way to wrap things up:

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The future, Scott in a secret hideout, and a Pizza Hut pegasus. The only thing that would have made this better… pie. Hm, I wonder if I could convince Scott to do a painting with an astronaut and a coconut cream pie? A girl can dream.

Thank you so much to Scott for sharing his story {and making me laugh for an hour}, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and big thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.





charlotte keates

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I would happily live in one of these paintings… I’ll take one with a pool. This is the gorgeous work of London based artist Charlotte Keates. Her statement says it all, so I’ll let Charlotte take it from here:

“I am particularly interested in the dialogue between architecture and nature. Ever-inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s classical architectural interiors, I aim to create intriguing and surprisingly illusionary interiors. These spaces convey a sense of stillness, a peaceful and calm location of contemplation – a space to think. Particular experiences and observations forge the main architectural structures, angles and objects in my paintings, where I aim to portray the beauty achieved through geometric simplicity.

The outdoors spills through a window or door, location or setting. Pots and plants teeter on the edge of a table whilst trees grow convincingly from rooftops and pillars are cut off abruptly, hovering slightly above ground level. The interiors are minimally furnished with large glass open spaces, leaving it exposed to the vulnerability of the outside world that encroaches upon us. The landscape has no boundaries; we are unable to control and confine it, forcing the inside out and the outside in.”

Sigh. Lovely.

{ps. She has a show opening next Thursday, June 2, at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh.}





anne buckwalter

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Weird and wonderful in the form of gouache on paper… that might be one of my favorite combinations. This is the work of American artist Anne Buckwalter. These pieces are from a series titled “Nature Show”all of which are super duper weird and wonderful {I particularly like those girls who appear to be hunting for fox… on TV}. Anne is on her way to Montreal as her latest show, “Faintly the Future” will be opening this Friday at Gallery Youn. Go if you can!





craig hawkins

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Yep, I feel like that sometimes. These fantastic pieces are the work of American artist Craig Hawkins. They are all from his series, titled “Superventions”, and are monotype prints with a swirling, twirling touch of acrylic paint.





jesús osorio

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Collages? Paintings? Yep. This is the absolutely gorgeous work of Spanish artist Jesús Osorio. They are in fact oil paintings, but he starts by gathering images and making digital collages… and then paints the final compositions onto wood panels. He has so much beautiful work on his site, but these playful / fractured pool scenes have me counting down the seconds until summer. Love.

{Thanks to Shelly for pointing me to this lovely work}





“chance favors those in motion”

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Oh, I love that painting so much. Sigh. Anywho, the episode today is titled “Chance favors those in motion”. It’s a favorite quote, by James H. Austin, of Canadian painter Zoë Pawlak. Not only is it a great quote, it’s a perfect description of how Zoë lives her life. She is a talented artist, a brilliant entrepreneur, a fantastic mother, a lover of tacos, and a great summer brunch date. I’ve known Zoë for a few years now, but I’ve never really dug in and asked where it all started and how she does the things she does… usually we just eat brunch. You can listen right up there under one of my fave “Zoë Pawlaks”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, her new studio in Montreal {she was based in Vancouver for years, but recently moved}:

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Ok, how great is that little message on her big brush? And I had to include those photos of Zoë, because that’s generally what she looks like most of the time… giant smile ‘n fab style! ps. I grabbed all of these images from her gorgeous Instagram feed.

And now, her work! Here are a few of her absolutely dreamy and poetic figurative paintings:

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Gah! Beautiful. Those colors, those curves. Stunning. Speaking of which, her ethereal landscapes:

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Annnnd, exhale. Maybe just one more deep breath. Yes.

Next… the underpainting “pink girl” that I said I saw/loved on her Instagram feed the other day:

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And that’s just the underpainting!? I’d take it just like that, thank you very much.

Up next… her paintings turned into gorgeous rugs. Yes. Paintings as huge, beautifully made rugs. This is such an ingenious collaboration between Zoë and the Burritt Brothers:

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Wow, right? {speaking of wow, all of these photos were taken by the very talented, Vancouver based Janis Nicolay}.

Moving on to another beautiful collaboration, this time between Zoë and Vancouver based furniture designer Jeff Martin:

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Right?! Ah, so beautiful and so smart. See, she is such a talented artist / brilliant entrepreneur.

And finally, I had to include this shot given one of her speed round answers:

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Avocado, Corona … yep, I’m pretty sure she’s going to use that credit card to buy tacos! HA! Had to. Thanks so much to Zoë for doing this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and BIG thanks to you for listening {and rating the podcast on iTunes? please? xo}. There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

Other links:

  1. Concordia University
  2. NSCAD
  3. Ben Skinner
  4. TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. IDS West
  6. Nowness

 





rose currie {and a give away}

Thank you so much to everyone that entered this lovely / potty-mouthed giveaway! I love that it drew attention to the fight against cancer… if you know someone fighting now, just give them a hug {so much better them telling them to cheer up or calm down!}. Ok, so the winner of the pink 13″x19″ CALM THE F*CK DOWN” print is… TESS DILLENBERGER! Congratulations, I’ll be in touch to get your address. Thanks so much to Rose {aka Rose Lemonade} for fighting the fight, making great art, and doing this giveaway with me xo

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Seems fitting for the end of the week, no? These watercolor paintings are the work of Canadian artist Rose Currie {aka Rose Lemonade}. They are from her “Wallflower” series, and when I first saw them I thought they were hilarious… until Rose told me what they’re actually about. A few years ago Rose came face to face with cancer. She spent over a year in the hospital, away from her family and three small sons. It was a terrible time for her, and her recovery has been very taxing as well. She basically put her whole life, including art, on the back-burner while she concentrated on her fight… thankfully a fight that she seems to be winning. However, when people found out she was going to survive the general response was, “Oh, well then why so down in the dumps? You should cheer up!”  No energy, her life upside down, years lost… yes she was grateful that she’d gotten through the worst of it, but was apparently not in the mood to “cheer the fuck up”. I’m happy to report that she’s feeling much better, and in the process we got these fantastic paintings!

In fact, one of you will get an 13″x19″ print to help you “CALM THE FUCK DOWN”. Yep, I have that very direct message made of pink blossoms to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday May 23rd at noon PST. If you can’t wait that long, you can also buy these very affordable prints from Rose’s shop.