medium /// painting




lena wolff







Traditional quilt patterns {and a few exotic animals}… with a modern hand-cut ‘n painted paper twist! I am always in awe of precise, intricate hand-cut work {this is when you should scroll back up and have a closer look at that first black & cream piece… I’ll wait} So gorgeous, yes?! Ahhh, the collages of San Francisco based artist Lena Wolff. Love.

{Some of this work is part of a group show at CULT in San Francisco – up now until August 2, 2014}





guest curation /// saatchi art

Whenever I don’t have a post lined up for the next morning, I pop over to Saatchi Art and search for “portraits”… I am never ever disappointed! So when Saatchi reached out and asked if I’d be interested in curating a selection of work, I said Um, YES! They asked me to pick 10 ~ 20 pieces in any theme that interested me. Yeah, you guessed it, I went with all portraits all the time! Here’s my curatorial statement:

Oh, portraits. There are two main reasons why I love them so much. One: I am always in awe of how such a familiar, every day subject (a person!) can be handled so differently depending on the artist. Washy and mysterious. Unbelievably realistic. Partially complete, allowing your mind to fill in the rest. And two: Um… it’s hard! To capture the likeness of a person in a few brushstrokes or pencil lines? Yes sir, that’s tricky, and I admire anyone that can do it… like these fourteen artists, for example:

This is when you pop over to Saatchi to see the entire collection! I hope you love it as much as I loved putting it together and thanks so much to Saatchi for inviting me over. I’m so honored that you’d ask.

{Art above by: 1) Hyunju Kim  2) Christopher Stacey  3) Pawel Mendrek  4) Karoline Kroiß  5) Miguel Laino  6) An Siying}





deedee cheriel





I wrote about Deedee Cheriel and her screaming bears a few years ago, but when I was in LA last week I saw those three zebra girls at a great shop in Silver Lake called Reform School… yep, time to write a new post! Zebra girls, fish-riding birds, and bird girls in a cat fight… so, so, so much love {almost as much love as that burning tree guy and his sassy birdfriend… almost.}





yao cheng



Sigh. This has been a very busy, very crazy week and so this is exactly what I need… washy, colorful, happy and light. Ahhhh yes, the watercolor work of Ohio based artist/designer Yao Cheng… this is where I want to live for the next two days. ps. Clearly I’m going to have to make a batch of pink melty popsicles too. Happy weekend!

{via curate1k}





karen o’neil



Ah, nothing says “Happy Monday morning” quite like a bunch of fresh ‘n juicy oranges! Mmmm, now I want an orange AND one of these paintings by Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O’Neil. I’ve been wanting to get back into painting lately {more on that later} and I find these little still life pieces ridiculously inspiring. A palette full of the most perfect colors, a few strategic brush strokes, and voila… a juicy orange on a pink glass plate that you wish you could eat for breakfast! Yum.

ps. She teaches workshops… if only I lived in Woodstock, NY.





sylvia baldeva


Oooh… washy, dreamy, layered, haunting, jewel-toned portraits by French artist Sylvia Baldeva. I love them. All.

{via Saatchi Art}





introducing…

My own gallery? YES! For years I’ve wanted my own gallery, and I guess I have always thought of this site as that… minus actual walls and the fact that I can’t sell artists’ work. Well, I had a little a-ha moment last week… remember my GREAT.LY boutique… well late last week I realized that it didn’t have to be a “boutique”, it could be an art gallery! That’s right. Just ART by amazing artists, gathered and grouped into gorgeous little themed exhibitions – YAY! Here are a few pieces that are currently showing at GALLERYONE {“GALLERYONE” because it’s my very first!}

And there’s so much more in there – abstracts, bold black & whites, ceramics! I am having a ridiculous amount of fun pretending that GALLERYONE is an actual bricks and mortar, filling it with everything that I would show in a real space. Not sure why I didn’t figure that out at some point over the past six months while being GREAT.LY’s creative director… anywho, I’ve got it now! I hope you’ll come and visit, and when I stock amazing new pieces by fabulous artists from all over the world, I’ll let you know right here {and on facebook too, of course!}.

ps. See that cute little G at the top left of my site… you can always click on that, and you’ll be at my sweet little gallery asap.

{ Artists above: 1. Frances Marin 2. A Sensible Habit 3. A Sensible Habit 4. Kate Hersh // 5. Ellie Bradley 6. Lisa Golightly 7. Sketch Inc. // 8. Kiana Mosley 9. Kate Wong 10. Kiana Mosley // 11. Louise Van Terheijden 12. Shannon Rankin }





kim baise






Ok, this is exactly how I want to end this insanely busy week… with hilarious, weird, and ridiculously sweet artwork hanging from the ceiling! LA based artist Kim Baise creates these crazy mobiles with papier mache, paint and found sticks, which she then lovingly assembles with natural hemp twine. So awesome. ps. I’m gonna need that bike-riding-lollipop-licking unicorn, and a strawberry swirl ice cream ASAP.

{via Oh Happy Day}





alison van pelt







Whoa. Beautiful, vibrant, almost photographic, painted portraits of larger than life pop-culture icons… that literally are larger than life! This is the work of LA based artist Alison van Pelt {oil on canvas & oil/acrylic on canvas}. The pieces with text are from a series titled, “If I Were Ed Ruscha” … so good, but clearly I had to add a few that weren’t part of the collection too {otherwise how could I get Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, and that hot pink Frida Kahlo in there!} ♥





maira kalman & daniel handler

CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Rier… a copy of this lovely book is coming your way! {thanks to everyone that entered… and I hope that some of you made it to MoMA yesterday for the event on the lawn!}






I love this, probably because I love New York based artist/illustrator Maira Kalman so much, not to mention my love for vintage photographs of girls standing on lawns… oh, and would you look at that, that’s the name of the beautiful book that Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler {a.k.a. Lemony Snicket} created together! The first, very poetic, page reads:

One morning
we found some photographs.
One morning
these girls stood on lawns.
We looked at the pictures,
and we got to work.
There’s no use standing around.
You should do something.
This is the whole thing.

That really is the whole thing, isn’t it… LOVE! On Sunday, June 1 at MoMA {who actually published this little gem}, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler will celebrate their new book, Girls Standing on Lawns, with a garden party featuring 1930s-style Parisian jazz from the Hot Club of Flatbush. From 3-5 p.m. in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. {Free with Museum admission}

ps. I have a copy of this book for myself, and… I have one to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday morning at 8am PST. Good luck!

………………….