medium /// painting




lou ros


So, I have a major thing for portraits… but more often than not it’s portraits of women that I write about. Well, when I stumbled across these paintings by Paris based artist Lou Ros I found myself totally drawn to the pinky-hued, goggle-wearing men in his portfolio {I think they might be self-portraits}. Sort of strange, and totally beautiful at the same time. Oh, and also, who doesn’t love a good mustache, am I right?





isabelle arsenault






So sweet, so pretty! This is the work of Montreal based artist/illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. The first two pieces are in her regular portfolio, but the last four pieces are from her sketchbook… sketchbook?! I love it when I find sketchbooks that could be framed and hung! Gorgeous!

ps. It happens to be my birthday today, so I have to include this piece too… that’s going to be me all day!!!





monica ramos



I wrote about Brooklyn based {Manila born} artist/illustrator Monica Ramos almost exactly one year ago… and then I saw these new, tropical jungle pools and I had to write again! This work was part of a group show in Copenhagen, titled Just Swim, that came down on Monday {sorry!}. I saw these three pieces late last week on The Artful Desperado and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. Turquoise waters, navy blue palm leaves, and an innocent skinny dip with some friendly tigers {at least I hope they’re friendly!}… how’s a gal supposed to stop thinking about that!?





macarena ruiz-tagle


Whoa. This is the work of Chilean born, Berlin based artist Macarena Ruiz-Tagle. It’s acrylic on paper… I did not know that acrylic on paper {20″x30″} could look this mesmerizing! Is it watered down and sprayed on? I have no idea, but I do love it! All of these paintings are from her Atmosphere Series. What I love the most about this series is how the mood changes so drastically from one piece to the next. Amazing that a simple color change can do that. I organized them from stormy/lonely to happy/energizing. What a difference it would be to own the black piece vs the pink piece… hm, maybe I need both so they can balance each other out!





carola schapals



Lonely and forgotten has never looked so beautiful. These large scale paintings by German artist Carola Schapals would never be lonely or forgotten if they were on my wall. Sigh. Gorgeous.





beatriz guzman velasquez


I’ve always thought of cemeteries as quiet, grey, and sad… clearly I’ve been looking at them in completely the wrong light! This is the vibrant work of Mexican born, Texas raised artist Beatriz Guzman Velasquez. So colorful, so beautiful… truly a celebration of life! Now, I thought that’s what this work was about, but after reading her statement I’ve realized that they are actually a commentary on, as she calls it, her “border culture”:

“The cemeteries I have decided to focus on, from 2009 to the present day, have been identified as “Mexican” by the people of the Rio Grande Valley.  Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Anahuac, Havana and La Puerta cemeteries have in common structures and color schemes.   Space plays a great role in this identification since they do not follow the minimalistic and monochromatic structures of American cemeteries.  I have omitted to portray the tombs that glorify the honorable and rich.  My paintings are about my people, the poor and alienated, who break constrictions at the time of building their last testament in life, their tombs.   Here, I portray my identity, shaped by transculturation, still present even in death and not contained by borders.”





erin fitzpatrick

American artist Erin Fitzpatrick paints a lot of portraits. A lot. Like, over 250 portraits in this series alone, a lot. And just to be clear, not all of them are fabulous women wearing glasses… but, the fabulous women wearing glasses are my absolute favorites! Can you tell? Love, love, love! ♥





natasha law


Ok, I did not know that gloss paint on paper could look this sexy… well it does when London based artist Natasha Law is involved! Yes, those semi-nudes are very sultry, but so are Natasha’s compositions and color choices. Elegant, clean, graphic, and yep… kinda hot.

* I had to include this little tidbit… Natasha is not the only talented, creative person in her family. Her brother happens to be Jude Law.





jennifer davis … joyride





Oh, yes! I want to swing on those swings, under those lights, surrounded by bizarre, large-scale, carousel-inspired creatures! I mentioned a pre-release print from this show a few weeks ago, but now Joyride, a new solo exhibition by Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis is open for business! I absolutely love every piece in this show, and I’m particularly excited about this because almost two years ago, I was sitting on a warm patio in Minneapolis having a post GIRL CRUSH dinner with Jennifer, and she told me that she was waiting to find out about a grant… a grant that would allow her to do a road trip to a bunch of US cities, that were famous for their old carousels, so that she could gather inspiration/source materials to do a huge, whimsical, solo show. A few days after I left, she sent me an email… yep, she got the grant 

* This show will be up at Public Functionary, in Minneapolis, until April 25th. That means you can swing on swings this weekend if you want to… Go!





richard butler



Oh. So, so gorgeous. These haunting portraits are the work of UK born, New York based artist Richard Butler. Not all of his work features those beautifully shaped keyholes {see, I popped two of them into the middle so that you’d believe me}, but those are the pieces that I can’t seem to get enough of. Rounded crosses and florals make what could have been seen as traditional, albeit still insanely gorgeous, portraits into something very modern, and weird, and amazing! LOVE.

{ps. You might recognize Richard’s name, not only because he is an exceptional painter, but he also happens to be a rock star… for real. Remember this one? I dare you to listen to this and NOT immediately want to watch this 1980’s classic. You’re welcome.}