medium /// painting




jennifer davis

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Ok, I’ll be honest… I’ve been wanting to show some of Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis’ new work for months, but I’ve been holding out until I can get her on the podcast. Well, I hate to admit it, but I still can’t break her! Don’t worry I’m not giving up… did you hear that, Jen? Not. Giving. Up ; )  In the meantime, I just cannot wait any more and have to post these gorgeous portraits! There. I feel better now. Happy Friday.

{Most of Jennifer’s work is available in her online shop}





catherine graffam

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Beautiful and haunting. This is the work of American painter Catherine Graffam. She paints other people too, but her self portraits take my breath away… So. Much. Emotion. Catherine is a transgender woman who explores the complex nature of gender identity. Going through her portfolio chronologically is such a beautiful evolution. Here are her own words about her work:

“Portraits help me better understand the people in my life, including myself, and by painting or drawing I am able to build upon and express relationships. Self portraiture is a way of cathartically process my emotions, and regaining agency over my body.”

Catherine’s work is available on Saatchi Art.





mandy cao

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I think I might have dreamt this. Sigh. So lovely and weird. This is the ethereal work of LA based painter Mandy Cao. Apparently her surreal paintings are “inspired by real stories and emotions.” Ok, well now I want to know allllll of those stories… I’m especially curious about that jellyfish being released from his delicate turquoise box… oh yes, I need to know!

Mandy’s work can be seen in a new 4-person show that is going up later this week at the Helikon Gallery in Denver, Colorado. “SUTURE” : NEW WORKS BY YELLENA JAMES, MANDY CAO, SIMON TRAN, & JENSINE ECKWALL. The show opens this Thursday August 4th and runs through until September 3rd, 2016.





andre schulze

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Buildings floating in quiet gray spaces, windows lit from within. Yep, I love these paintings by German artist Andre Schulze. Old meets new if you look closely… old architecture with a solid internet connection! Note the @ symbols here and there, the occasional Apple logo on a laptop through one of those rose-colored windows. Love.

{He has a show coming up this fall… it opens on September 15 at F5A by Gallery Z  Stuttgart}





adam hall

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Adam Hall is a lot of things. He’s a Nashville based graphic designer by day… and an insanely talented, self-taught, oil painter by night. Wow. {Note: I felt the need to surround that brush fire with water images. As someone who lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in forest fire country, it just seemed like the responsible thing to do.} Ok, obviously his landscapes have an effect on me! Here are Adam’s words about his work:

“These Moments that grab us and speak to our inner selves when we least expect them to. Some of my most profound moments of discovery have been while staring out into the vast landscape and allowing myself to be open.”

Beautiful. Speaking of which, Adam also happens to be a dad… this was just too much sweetness to pass up on {plus the added bonus that you can see the scale of his work}

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tjc & nod : fall 2016

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Gah! I could not be more thrilled with this gorgeous group of work. This is the Fall/Winter 2016 Wall Art Collection that I curated for The Land of Nod. From fall leaves to icy bergs… oh my goodness… so much goodness! There are ten very talented artists who created work for this project and I’m smitten with all of them. As always with my Nod collection, I aim to include art that will be amazing in nurseries and kids’ rooms, but I also want to make sure those pieces could hang in any room of the house {when your sweet babies get older and want Taylor Swift posters on their walls instead… it will happen.} Thanks to all of these amazing artists for creating such beautiful/fun work … love ya, mean it.

{The entire TJC collection from the past few seasons is available here}

Artists: 1. Martha Rich  2. Elise Morris  3. Agata Krolak  4. Liora Saad  5. Claire Softley  6. Lisa Golightly  7. Jay Dart  8. Mary Kate McDevitt  9. Cassie Marie Edwards  10 &11. Christine Lantz




jen wink hays

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I’m not sure how to explain how much I love these… hm… well, I made a strange gasping sound when I saw that first piece, so that might do it.  Beautifully drawn graphite ropes living in perfect harmony with sherbet-hued gouache on really big pieces of paper. Yep, madly in love with these gorgeous compositions by Philadelphia based artist Jen Wink Hays. Sigh. Happy Monday.

{You can find some of Jen’s work at Uprise Art}





“magical portals & secret painting parties”

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Oh, so many mysterious landscapes, strange little girls, and what I can only assume to be a lot of empty tubes of black paint! I’m talking to Vancouver based painter Rebecca Chaperon today, and as usual, I have lots of questions. Warning: We had some major technical difficulties getting this episode recorded, but we did it! There is the occasional wifi glitch, so just ignore those, ok? Thanks! You can listen right up there under Rebecca in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start with the first series of Rebecca’s that I ever saw… “Like a Great Black Fire”:

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Gorgeous! And surprising to learn that she didn’t actually use that much black paint. Speaking of which, we talked about the dramatic swing she took with her color palette – from dark/moody to pastel/sweet. Her work still looked like her work, but the colors were flipped. Here’s a little visual evolution:

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Ahh! I love it all, but if you follow me, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for pink. That final piece – “Lady of the Pink Lake” – yeah, I am completely and totally in love with that! It’s a perfect blend of all of her work… ice, landscapes, portals, weird little girls. Love it.

Other things I love from Rebecca’s portfolio? These amazing crystals, ie. her “Tesseract” series:

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Oh my goodness… it’s like her flat portals have found a whole new candy-hued dimension! And onto more pastel gems from here. Rebecca’s mini iceberg series:

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I’ve loved these for years, but had no idea the lovely story behind them {hence the reason I’m addicted to doing this podcast!}. 

So, from paintings of icebergs and crystals to this beautiful/creepy book, titled “Eerie Dearies”

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Ha! So great! An A to Z book that gives you “26 Ways To Miss School”. Edward Gorey would be proud!

Oh, and I was very excited to find out more about this. Secret painting parties? YES!!!

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Crystals, moons, ladies and paint… sounds like a perfect evening to me. If you’re interested in finding out how to get yourself into one of these secret painting parties, click this secret link.

And finally, Rebecca’s black bob that I love oh so much:

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So chic … well, except for the spiders. Thank you so much to Rebecca for doing this – and bearing with me during our technical difficulties – thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode, and big thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other Links:

  1. Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  2. Opus Art Supplies
  3. Grunt Gallery
  4. Little Mountain Gallery
  5. Richmond Art Gallery
  6. Vancouver Art Gallery
  7. Dandelion Emporium
  8. Pecha Kucha (Vancouver) & Rebecca’s talk

 





josep moncada

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Sunshine, reflections, floating in the cool blueness of it all. Ahhhh, yes… I could spend this hot July weekend in any of these gorgeous oil paintings by Spanish artist Josep Moncada. Yes. Paintings. How someone can do this with paint is beyond me. Stunning.

Josep is represented by CK Contemporary in San Francisco.

{via Booooooom}





yang cao

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Lightning storms with a 95% chance of cotton candy! This is the gorgeous work of Toronto based painter Yang Cao, and this is his beautiful reason for all of those clouds:

“I like the unpredictability of the cloud. It’s shapeless and changes all the time, it follows the wind and never stays in one form and place. Somehow I find this as a resemblance to our human nature and mind.” Yang Cao, Tussle Magazine Interview

Sigh. Perfect. Happy Monday.