medium /// painting

sarah ball


I wrote about UK based painter Sarah Ball, and her series of mugshot portraits, two years ago. Well, she’s currently working on a huge new body of work, titled “Immigrants”, that is equally lovely, very emotional, and beautifully painted. These are just a few of my favorites… all of these ladies happen to be Romanian, but each portrait in this series tells it’s own story. Are they excited? Terrified? Both, perhaps. Sarah is still working on pieces in this series for an extensive exhibition that will open this August in Cornwall at Millennium Gallery. If you’re there this summer… GO.

horace panter


You might think that painter Horace Panter is American given this fabulous ode to Americana… but no, he’s British. If his name sounds familiar to you, then I’m guessing you’re a fan of The Specials. Yep, in the decades following his fine arts education, he traveled the world with his band {remember, A Message to You Rudy… yep, that’s them!}. From 1998 – 2008 he was the “Head of Art” in a high school, and in 2009 he decided it was time to focus on his own work again – thank goodness because that drunk clown is calling my name!

{Thanks to Rania for pointing me to Horace’s work… here is a great interview she did with him.}

#creative UNblock no.6


How is it already half way through this year of #creativeUNblock challenges? Crazy. Anyway, I’m so excited to do this project given to us by Boston based artist Leah Giberson {If you missed the first five projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, June’s project is all about rules, instructions, and “how-to’s”… kinda. Get your supplies, because this is going to be fun:


#creativeunblock // june // by leah giberson p.131


“Years ago I kept a visual journal filled with little collages, found paragraphs, and how-to diagrams. I’ve always had trouble following written directions and found it was more fun to turn these step-by-step guides into visual poetry.

1. Find a how-to diagram from a magazine or print one out from the web and then glue it down to a larger piece of paper. Acrylic gel medium or bookbinding glue are both good choices because they are less likely to wrinkle the paper.

2. Decide which elements you find most interesting and want to keep, then using gesso or acrylic paint, paint over anything you want to cover in order to obscure and alter the original activity being described.

3. With pen, or collage, or thread, etc etc you can then embellish what remains, extending or adding lines that might already exist so they become something else entirely.” ~ Leah Giberson


Yes! I have a stack, and I mean a GIANT PILE, of Ikea instruction booklets that I’ve been saving… mind you, I had no idea what I was saving them for until this very moment! If you’d like to share what you make, just put it up on Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Relax, don’t worry about perfection, and have fun… see you out there!

ana beltrá



It probably won’t be surprising if I tell you that Spanish artist Ana Beltrá has just spent a significant amount of time exploring the jungles of Borneo, right? All of these gorgeous pieces are from her latest series, titled “Conjugar Jungla”, clearly inspired by her travels. The electric colors, the layers and movement in her sculptural collages… ahh, it’s almost like being in the jungle {without the snakes and spiders and stuff. Yep, I prefer jungle art to actual jungles I think.}

john nelson


Sandwiches, underpants, and matches… OH, indeed! Um, how have I not come across the work of Arizona based artist John Nelson until now?! I love all of his paintings so much {these are just a few of my favorites, and there’s plenty more where this came from}, and he does fantastic sculptural work too. Sigh. So good.

kelly s. williams


I think my childhood was spent in most of these black ‘n white oil paintings… especially that last one… that TV? The armchair? That could literally be my grandparents living room circa 1979. This is the work of Nashville based artist Kelly S. Williams. Her portfolio is filled with lovely things, in fact, I almost did this post about her latest series, paintings of plants and terrariums, but the nostalgia of these monochrome rooms grabbed me and would not let go. Ah, memories.

“meat and cake and lobsters and wigs”


Here we are! All of the images that go hand in hand with my very first attempt at being a “podcaster”! The first episode is an interview with one of my favorite artists, Philadelphia based Martha Rich. We talked about all sorts of things, including all of the pieces shown here. Out of context they probably won’t make much sense, but hopefully you’re listening to the podcast right this very second {hint hint – it’s right up there, or you can subscribe right here}, so you’ll understand why all of these things are posted. Oh, and if you really want to make your weekend interesting, I propose taking a shot of something every time I say “That is AMAZING!” … time to get a thesaurus, Danielle. Geesh.

Anyway, I hope you love listening to ART FOR YOUR EAR as much as I love making it!  ps. I know it’s a bit echoey… perhaps I shouldn’t have recorded it from an empty cave!? Maybe I need blankets for my walls? Cover my office in egg cartons? I dunno. Bare with me, I’ll figure it out!

More images from today’s episode /// Speech Bubbles, now & then:



Pin-up girl & Cindy Sherman‘s purchase:



All men like long hair:



… and, the boobs “that are still in Mexico.”


And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much to Martha for taking the time to do this with me… also a huge thank you to Greg for being an amazing producer/podcast expert, and to my brother Cameron for writing, and playing, original music for me! And finally, thanks to you for listening!!! xo  The next episode will be up in two weeks, Saturday June 6th  this Saturday, May 30th … this is too fun… I’m going to do one every Saturday!

kurt pio


Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… especially when she can hang them on her wall! These beauties are the work of Cape Town based painter Kurt Pio. Oh, how I’d love a few of these sparkly {although not actually sparkly at all} faceted gems for my collection. Gorgeous.

{Thanks to Ricardo for sending me a link to Kurt’s work.}

taliah lempert


This is the lovely work of Brooklyn based artist, and devoted bike lover, Taliah Lempert. Paintings, screenprints, paper-cut pieces all beautifully expressing her love for the bicycle. I found several bits of writing on her site, all of which sounded like bike poetry to me! Here are two of my favorite snippets:

“I paint bikes that are part of someone’s life, or have been, or are intended to be. The bike they ride around, race, present themselves with.  The right bike for the right situation. It’s worn when ridden, locked, or crashed. It’s grimy, sometimes cleaned, sometimes not. How they chose it, how they use it and how they care for it. How each bike looks develops because of a person. And says a lot.”

“… I love moving through the neighborhoods, the sites and people on my way. I am as fast, often faster, than any other way around town & always more fun. It’s wonderful riding down Broadway, through Times Square and Herald square. Watching the city lights as I roll over the bridge into Brooklyn.”

Sigh. Who wants to go for a bike ride? Yep, me too.

joël penkman (on my birthday)


Yep, it’s my birthday. A perfect excuse to show a few delicious paintings by New Zealand born, UK based artist Joël Penkman. It’s also a great excuse to play hooky for the day… I’m off to give #creativeUNblock no.5 a shot! See you tomorrow!