medium /// painting




will cotton

Ah, yes … nothing like a few candy-covered, absolutely jaw-dropping oil paintings by American artist Will Cotton to get you ready for the holidays. PAINTINGS!? That is all.





jen mann

This is the stunning work of Toronto based painter Jen Mann. I’ve written about her before, but every now and then I like to swing by her site to see what she’s been up to. THIS. All of these paintings were part of her Fall 2016 show, titled “Sweet Nothing”, at Cordesa Fine Art in LA. Not only do I love all her work, I love her current artist statement too:

“In the society of “me”, where we document ourselves like celebrities and share our lives online for everyone, the self is a prevalent, and important topic to our generation. Our identities are curated like our online profiles to reflect only the parts of ourselves we chose to keep alive. Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? Mann’s work aims to address these very illusive questions, and explore, but not necessarily answer all of them.”

Mission accomplished.

ps. I can never resist showing the scale of her work:





sally deng

I want a ticket to this “Natural Unnatural Museum”! Oh my word, I could spend all day in this nine part mixed media piece… the polar bear, the skateboard loving tortoise, random dinosaur bones, and the odd hidden gem. Sigh. This magical place is the work of LA based artist and illustrator Sally Deng.





kristy blackwell

Oh my goodness… these are just a few new works by Toronto based artist Kristy Blackwell. I’ve written about her gorgeous paintings and drawings on mylar before, but now… well, two words: GOLD. LEAF. Stunning.





jana rayne macdonald

Hm, even that closeup doesn’t do a good job of proving that these are paintings – PAINTINGS!? This is the acrylic on canvas work of Canadian painter Jana Rayne MacDonald, from her series titled “Portraits”:

“We all speak many more languages than our mother tongue. Without conscious thought, we tell people how we feel and communicate who we are with facial expressions, gestures and, least appreciated but just as important, the language of clothing.  And the clothes we wear often speak first.”

I wonder what my pajamas are saying about me right now?





heather sundquist

That Bambi sign…    This is the newest painting series {gouache on paper} from American artist Heather Sundquist. It is filled with memories, from being “inspired by old east Austin and all its forgotten splendor … to sweet summer nights … watching sunset wth friends … and good ol’ Broad street, south Philadelphia.”  Ah, sweet sweet nostalgia in the middle of nowhere. Happy Monday.

ps. Heather is currently selling these as 10″x10″ prints, and they’re only $40! Find them in her shop.





recheng tsang

Porcelain! Oh. My. Word. I wrote about California based artist ReCheng Tsang a couple of years ago, but today when I came across, what I assumed were dyed textile pieces, well, this post almost wrote itself. Porcelain, acrylic wash and ink … not even close to strips of soft fabric. GORGEOUS.

{These stunning works are available via Uprise Art, NY}





henrietta harris

“I Gave You All The Clues”, is a series of faceless {ish} portraits by New Zealand based artist Henrietta Harris. Each of them is titled “FIXED IT” and then numbered. I desperately want to know why these perfectly painted portraits are covered with juicy strokes of pink oil paint, but I’m wondering if she already gave me all the clues, or maybe she was just trying to fix something? Either way, I’m totally in. Gorgeous.





bobbie burgers


When writing about Vancouver based artist Bobbie Burgers, one must always include an image to show scale… wowza! I’ve written about Bobbie before, have had her on my podcast, and I’m currently writing about her in my new book! All that said, I just had to share some of her latest paintings. Mostly known for her yellow, red, and blue work, these black-ish pieces stopped me in my tracks. Bobbie is not solely interested in “florals”, she’s interested in “the process of decay, transformation, and metamorphosis”. Yep, some of the most beautiful decay, ever.

{Her work is available through Equinox Gallery in Vancouver}





hayv kahraman

I am in absolute awe of everything Iraqi born, LA based artist Hayv Kahraman creates. The first piece above, for example, is titled “Strip Search”. Beautiful, powerful, personal, chill-inducing … all of it. These pieces are just a few of the works from her 2015-2016  “Audible Inaudible” series. Here are her words about this work:

“Audible Inaudible is a term keyed by ethnomusicologist Martin J Daughtry where the violent sounds of war become muted by its auditors as a mechanism for survival.

I have multiple memories that involve the terrifying sound of the air raid siren so I started the research in how to translate a sonic memory into object. This lead me to Martin’s a book titled “Listening to War, Sound, Music and Survival in Wartime Iraq” where he describes an interview with a mother shielding her children from the violent sounds of war by holding them tight and pressing her arms against their ears. Her body, her flesh then acted as a perfect, natural micro environment to protect her children. I wanted to mimic this concept of “flesh as defense” so I introduced pyramid acoustic foam in the paintings; a material that “detains” sound. I started surgically cutting my linen and pushing the foam through it from the back. As it was penetrating the surface I felt as if I was conducting an operation of resistance. These calculated cuts and wounds were enabling the painting to breathe. Inhaling and exhaling it was reacting, resisting, defending and accepting these sonic wounds.”

Speechless.