medium /// painting




“changing the rules”

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Oh, Lamonte. How cute is that hairy little sidekick? If New York based artist Trey Speegle hadn’t been in LA during this conversation, we might’ve been able to have Lamonte on too… next time. I’m guessing there will be a next time, as this is actually the second time Trey’s been on the podcast! He was my guest for episode no.4 … that was before I really had any kind of podcast groove, AND before the “not so speedy speed round” was even invented, so we’ve got some catching up to do! You can listen right under Trey and Lamonte,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, just a few of my favorite Trey Speegle paint-by-numbers text pieces {and a few horses thrown in for good measure}

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Gorgeous – and full of hope and wisdom! Where else you can find words of wisdom from Trey? On the back of a paint can, obviously…

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“What do you want? And what are you willing to do to make it happen?” I love that so much. Lots to think about, yes? YES!

Next, our five minutes together on Lincoln Road in Miami last week, documented with this humid, sticky, sun-drenched selfie…

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Ha! So funny! Boy, Trey’s lucky he’s bald, because look what Miami humidity does to a gal’s hair-do?!

Alright, next… Trey’s barn. This is where Trey lives in upstate New York. Oh, sure, it looks like a barn from the outside, but wait until you see the inside of this “barn” …

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What the?! I want to live in a barn like that! And look at Lamonte… right at home on that fabulous spiral staircase. Hilarious! *Interior shots via SCENE Magazine

YES. Trey’s new book! If you haven’t already become part of this whole coloring book thing, now might be the time to “transform your life with color by number”…

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Gorgeous {and cheap! Oh, I mean, affordable}.

We went off on a little tangent {that happens quite a bit with us}… we were talking about how to get this coloring book into the hands of Princess Kate Middleton. I suggested his pal Stella McCartney {?!}. His YES painting was used as a backdrop for one of her beautiful runway shows. Here’s proof …

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So. Freakin. Cool.

Alright, so staying in the fashion camp, here are a whole bunch of lovely clothes covered in Trey’s paintings via the folks at PAOM. I just bought the first dress below, and I LOVE IT…

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Exactly. Love.

What else do I love? That I finally did the “not so speedy speed round” with Trey, and found out about his first summer job …

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… as a pig wearing a sailor suit at an amusement park in Texas!!! OMG. I’ve never been happier with the result of a speed round! Oh, but I have to clarify, in my outro I said “Astroland”, which is totally wrong. This magical place was called “Astroworld”. There, I feel much better. Thanks so much to Trey for being so entertaining {as always}, and for sharing his experience, wisdom, and general fantasticness; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now; and thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Trey’s Coloring Book… BUY IT HERE
  2. Wow Report on World of Wonder
  3. “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance” – CALL FOR ARTISTS {Jan 1 deadline}
  4. The Novogratz
  5. Work of Art TV show {on Bravo}
  6. Peregrine Honig Podcast Episode No.5
  7. Stella McCartney
  8. Trey’s Clothing line on Print All Over ME {PAOM}
  9. Audemars Piguet {Swiss watchmakers}
  10. TWYLA

 





dana hargrove

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There are few people that love colorful stacks of stuff as much as I do… but I think American artist Dana Hargrove might give me a run for my money! I loooooove these gorgeous pieces {acrylic on cut wood}… so much detail and careful planning that results in colorful, patterned towers and piles that I could stare at all day loooooong. Happy Friday.





xu zhen

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GASP! Ceramics? No. Cake frosting? No. Brace yourself, it’s OIL PAINT! Both of these stunning pieces are from a series titled “Under Heaven”, which could not be more accurate! I saw the heavenly work of Chinese artist Xu Zhen when I was at Art Basel Miami Beach last week. It took my breath away, obviously. I wanted to touch it (ok, and maybe taste it), but I controlled myself. Here’s an Instagram video I took, getting up close and personal with that circular piece…

oh. my. word. oil paint?! work by xu zhen “under heaven” #artbaselmiami #artbasel

A video posted by the jealous curator (@thejealouscurator) on





greg hart

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Whether American artist Greg Hart intended a narrative to come alive in this series or not, it has. This isn’t his most recent body of work, but these images pulled me in the moment I saw them … the palette, the facial expressions of his found subjects, and the untold stories behind their eyes. Hauntingly beautiful.





jason webb

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Now this is the kind of garbage I need in my life! These discarded piles of stuff are the beautiful work {acrylic paintings} of Austin TX based artist Jason Webb. Is it just me, or do you kinda wanna rummage through those elegantly painted piles of junk to see what’s in there? Just me? Oh, ok. ps. You can find a lot of his work available on SaatchiArt.com

{Thanks to Michele Hogan for pointing me to Jason’s work!}





guy yanai

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Ok, I have to tell you that Tel Aviv based artist Guy Yanai paints all sorts of things, but his plants… oh his plants! These bright beauties are quite big {most of them are roughly 3’x4′}, and clearly need to be on my wall. Ahh, it would be like a gorgeous oil-on-linen greenhouse in my house… and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t kill these.

{via Booooooom}





fancy schmancy gallery : “west”

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I’m not very good at keeping secrets (at all) but somehow I managed to keep this one under my hat for the last six months. You guys, I opened a gallery… a Fancy Schmancy Gallery. Here’s the gist:

MAKING EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK ACCESSIBLE, ONE FANCY SCHMANCY SHOW AT A TIME
Fancy Schmancy Gallery is open all day, every day. No appointments necessary. No need to find parking. Whether you live in a huge city or a tiny town you can “wander” through Fancy Schmancy whenever you like. Every two months there will be a new show, filled with original artwork that was created specifically for that show, and available nowhere else… fancy, right?

Gah – so exciting! I decided to do this with hopes of making unique, original art accessible to everyone everywhere. Ok, I also just wanted an excuse to give assignments to my favorite artists to see what they’d make!

Well, the first show, titled “WEST”, goes up TODAY!  This whole online, podcast-filled, social media-saturated, no real rules world feels like “the wild west” to me, so it seemed like a perfect way to start this new adventure. I gave six amazing artists this brief… west… and they took it from there! Take a tiny peek:

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Oh, I love it so much! Pop over to Fancy Schmancy to see the full show… happy art collecting (ps. all of these are originals created specifically for this show, so if you like something, buy it before it’s SOLD.)





andrew mcintosh (aka mackie)

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Oh my word… love at first sight! Cold, forgotten places holding warm sunsets inside… Gor.Ge.Ous. This is the work {oil on linen} of Scottish artist Andrew McIntosh, AKA Mackie. If you’re going to Art Basel Miami this week, stop by the bo.lee gallery‘s exhibit {Pulse Contemporary S 107} to see some of these beauties in person. Happy Monday.





“a disciplined free spirit”

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A “disciplined free spirit” … that is officially my new life goal! Also, I want to change my name to Bunnie. This was such a funny, inspiring, and yes, cosmic conversation with Los Angeles based artist Bunnie Reiss. I only discovered her work last month, but the moment I did, I knew I had to have her on the podcast! You can listen right under those fabulously “cosmic animal gloves”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few magical/cosmic paintings to put you in a Bunnie state of mind:

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Oh. My. Well, that leads perfectly into this next batch of cosmic work. This is the book Bunnie made, titled The Cosmic Child, that we were talking about. It’s absolutely stunning. And cosmic:

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Beautiful! It’s currently sold out (no surprise!), but she’s organizing another run very soon so keep your eye on her shop!

Next, I mentioned that Bunnie seems to really like painting on, well, everything. She agreed. Here’s proof:

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See? We weren’t kidding! Boots, walls, books, and yes, her car.

These next images are so dreamy. This is what she was working on while she was in Paris last month … pastel and quiet and soft:

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Lovely. It’s so cool that the work continues to look like hers, but the palettes and details often change depending on where she’s traveling. And yes, Bunnie travels a lot! {ps. these three images are from her inspiring Instagram feed}

And now, her murals. Of all the things Bunnie paints on, buildings are her favorite. Oh, and if you want her to paint on, or in, your building, CONTACT HER, because she’ll end up doing something like this:

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Love! I included that scaffolding shot because she had talked about gridding out her murals by using the squares of the scaffolding… I’m going to have to trust her on that one, because my brain would not do that. My brain, however, can totally understand squirrels and rabbits eating donuts ♥

And last but not least, her gloves. This is how I first discovered the wonderful world of Bunnie Reiss, so I just had to share them again:

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Gah! I love them so much… so much in fact that included a pair in the upcoming show, PRETTY / PECULIAR, that I co-curated at the Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto! If you’re in Toronto from Dec 1 – Jan 7th you have to go see them in person {ps. Dec 1 opening party info below}

And finally, a meringue-covered result of the not-so-speedy speed round:

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Oh, that photo makes me so happy. Sunshine, laughing, and a GIANT lemon pie in Paris. Ah, oui… c’est parfait. Thank you so much to Bunnie for doing this with me and sharing all of her goosebump-inducing wisdom; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and of course, thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Bunnie’s shop (ps. A new series of affordable works will be available first weekend of December… including 6 new sets of Cosmic Animal Gloves!)
  2. Margaret Kilgallen video/quote about embracing the imperfect lines
  3. Honfleur Gallery, Washington DC
  4. “Pretty / Peculiar” Show at Alison Milne Gallery, Toronto

      * “Pretty / Peculiar” Opening Dec 1, 7-9pm RSVP: gallery@alisonmilne.com





pretty / peculiar

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PRETTY / PECULIAR.  Oh my goodness, I could not be more excited about this show! I was invited by the Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto to co-curate an exhibition, which was ridiculously fun because, as you can see, we have a very similar taste in art. Enter “PRETTY / PECULIAR”… yep, two of my favorite things, especially when combined! Here is the curatorial statement, along with a list of the fabulous female artists who are participating:

“Beautiful and odd. Colorful and bizarre. From cashmere-covered deer to plush handguns, from enchanted landscapes to painted gloves and undergarments – the female artists featured in this exhibition create very different work, but with a very similar result. Their work is an invitation to escape into a world of the wonderfully weird. Come on in! Exhibiting artists include (order of images above: Seonna Hong, Natalie Baxter, Martha Rich, Rachel Denny, Tania Love, Tonya Corkey, Tina Berning, and Bunnie Reiss

That’s right, the work of eight of my favorite artists all hanging in one gorgeous space at the same time. Ah-mazing! Ok, so here’s what you need to know: Dec 1 ~ Jan 7th  //  Opening Thursday Dec 1 , 7~9pm RSVP: gallery@alisonmilne.com  //  134 Osler St, Suite 3, Toronto  //  Enjoy!