medium /// painting




uri martinez {aka uriginal}

Barcelona based artist Uri Martinez {Uriginal} paints everywhere… inside AND outside, but surprise surprise, it’s his portraits of women that took my breath away. I included the close up of Mona so you’d believe me when I said she was a painting, not a digital manipulation. Sigh… gorgeous.





janice wu

I know you’re already wondering… it’s pencil & gouache on paper. So beautiful!  This is the lovely work of Vancouver based artist/illustrator Janice Wu. I am totally smitten with her entire portfolio of found bits and pieces – yep, anyone who can turn trash into treasure is a-ok in my book! ps. Now I want strawberry candies.





SUMMER CAMP 5 : bad art ‘n good snacks

Hello, campers! Here we are at week 5, but before we get started I have to show you just a few of your favorite places “captured with collage”. Since I gave you guys the option of doing a Venice themed collage for the European Cultural Academy contest, I decided that’s the route I’d take too…

“hollywood had not led lana astray – italian men were absolutely effervescent!”

Ahhh, gondolas and gelato – see you soon! And, once again, you all did amazing things with this challenge. From dreamy visions of Venice to art galleries made of cake… here are a few pieces pulled from Instagram via our summer camp hashtag, #AFYEcamp {photo credit links are at the very bottom of the post} :

What?! Seriously, so much goodness lives at this hashtag. Speaking of our hashtag, let’s find out what’s going to show up there later this week…

Art Project No.5:

“Bad Art ’n Good Snacks” : Have you ever done this? It’s such a great way to spend an evening! Here’s what you do – get a group of friends together this week {even just one friend will work}. Everyone shows up with their old art supplies and junky craft materials … you know, the stuff you don’t want in your house – old yarn, glitter, brown acrylic paint, leftovers from the grocery store project. Next, add snacks, wine, s’moreos, whatever you like. Finally, make the ugliest thing you can possibly make – this way the worst thing you’ve ever produced is behind you and there’s nowhere to go but UP! Also, it’s just a really great excuse to hang out with some good friends while eating pizza.

Artist Examples:

Let’s start with a peek at Martha Rich‘s wacky group projects. I’d LOVE to live closer to her for all sorts of reasons, but getting invited to these art nights is right at the top of that list:

Hilarious! Can’t you see this as her bio photo in an art history text book one day? Totally.

And now, onto the gorgeous paintings of Leah Giberson. Yes, these are paintings:

Crazy. And, not only do I love her work, I also love Leah’s story about getting together with her group of artist friends once a month. We should all do that … we all need to do that. Perfect segue into this group of artists… Canada’s “Group of Seven”:

That’s one of my favorite Group of Seven paintings above. It’s the work of Frederick Varley {titled “Stormy Weather”}, and below that is a photograph of Tom Thomson in his ill-fated canoe.

Another member of the group I mentioned, Lawren Harris … and one of his biggest fans:

*Photo of Steve Martin by Gus Burdick, Toronto Star article

And finally, my favorite painting by Emily Carr – the only woman to be considered part of the group:

Oh, so much Canadiana packed into this episode! And with that, our last AFYE campfire is slowly going out. Thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting summer camp, and thanks so much to you for listening! AFYE will be back with Season 2 of artist interviews in September … until then, be sure to hashtag your work this summer on Instagram with #AFYEcamp, and I’ll do the same ~ Danielle xo

Other info/links:

VENICE CONTEST: Make a Venice inspired collage and then post / hashtag it on Instagram with #AFYEcamp AND #JealousInVenice. The weeks you can choose from are the weeks of August 7th, and August 14th {that’s when I’ll be there as one of the instructors}. I will be choosing ONE WINNER on Friday June 30, 2017.

  1. European Cultural Academy, Venice
  2. Kate Bingaman-Burt, Episode No.22
  3. Leah Giberson, Episode No.34
  4. “That Night In Toronto” show at Mayberry Fine Art, July 8
  5. The Tragically Hip
  6. 12 Creative Unblocking Projects for you TO DO with friends!
  7. 100 artist interviews to listen/relisten to!
  8. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: subscribe on iTunes

*Photo credits from Project No.4, in the order they appear above:

1. @metapasteta / 2.@kc.christmas / 3. @griffinkcarrick / 4. @kikibirdiestudio / 5. @making_pages  





david lyle

Collages? Well, not once he’s finished with them. This is the work of Japan born, New York based painter … yes, these are PAINTINGS… David Lyle. His portfolio is filled with funny, satirical work but these “art” pieces are easily my favorite, for obvious reasons. Here are David’s words about his work:

“My paintings are inspired by found photographs. I feel that to find a lost photo, and paint it allows the photo or “memory” to have a second life. I make a college from found photos and then I use the college as a reference to paint from and I use only black paint on a white gessoed panel. Most of my subject matter in the paintings are satirical commentaries of things going on in or around my life.”

So. Good.

{via Saatchi Art}





pernille snedker hansen



Art… that you walk on!

Last week I wrote about gorgeous hand-painted geodes, and someone said they looked like “suminagashi”. Obviously I ended up going down a research rabbit hole, which ended up reminding me I’d written about a Danish artist, years ago, who did something similar… enter the work of Copenhagen based artist and designer Pernille Snedker Hansen, aka Snedker Studio. In 2011 I wrote about her paper pieces that hang on walls, but today… today is all about these immersive works of art on the floor!

In collaboration with natural phenomenon and inspired by traditional craft techniques, Pernille Snedker Hansen transform interiors into immersive artworks.

A culmination of years of experimentation and development, Pernille has re-purposed the traditional craft of marbling. She works directly with its fluid nature to enhance material and create form. Created one drop at the time and resembling a tree growth rings, Pernilles technique responds to naturally occurring patterns. (read more about the art & process here)

Beautiful.





scott listfield

The overgrown Starbucks sign pulled me in, but as a proud Canadian… yeah, the Timmy Ho’s sign sealed the deal! “Franchise” is the latest brilliant show from American painter Scott Listfield. These gorgeous paintings {yes, paintings!?} are currently hanging in LA at Gallery 1988 until July 8th. If you can see Scott’s clever, beautifully painted work in person … GO! 

ps. Scott was on my podcast last year, and it’s such a great episode! Listen right here.





havoc hendricks

Ahh, geodes … except that these are paintings. What?! Yep. This is the gorgeous work of American artist Havoc Hendricks. His portfolio is full of mountains, moons, and marble too … but these geodes? Oh my. They spoke to me. And, because seeing the scale of a piece {and the artist!} is always fun, here’s one more image for you:

Love.





wanda bernardino

These are the mysterious oil paintings of Portugal born, London based artist Wanda Bernardino. I could write a story about every faceless pair up there. Why no faces you ask? Here you go…

Bernardino’s enigmatic portraits deliberately copy, rework and recreate individuals from historic paintings. In seeking an elusive connection with the past she uncovers the processes behind the original and transcribes marks across time. She blanks out the subject’s faces after having painted them to force the observer to re-examine the attribute of identity we ascribe to portraiture. One might see such an act as vandalism but it explores aesthetic, social, political and moral attitudes we hold toward both art and representations of history. {via bo-lee gallery, London}

Happy Monday.





kirstin lamb

Gasp! These are just a few pieces from American artist Kirstin Lamb‘s latest series, “Embroidery Paintings”. Sure, they might look like embroidery at first glance, but when you get up close ‘n personal you’ll discover they’re actually paintings made up of zillions of tiny, colorful dots of gouache on Duralar.  LOVE! You know what I love even more? The final piece above, titled “Floral With Butterfly”, will be hanging on the wall at this year’s Hotbed Benefit in San Francisco. Yes, a few months ago I was asked to curate the artwork for this annual gala, in which 100% of the proceeds will go to Planet Hope, an organization that provides outreach and educational resources to homeless, abused, and terminally ill children. Obviously, I said YES. Twenty very talented artists donated (donated!) work for this show, including the wonderful and talented Kirstin Lamb. I will be at the benefit tomorrow night – with Kirstin! – so keep an eye on my Instagram feed for highlights! ps. It’s hosted by Sharon Stone, as Planet Hope was started by Sharon and her sister Kelly in 1993. Amazing. All of it. Happy Friday!





carolyn gavin


Ooh, pages jam-packed with collections of nature’s wonders! Love love love… perhaps it’s because I grew up in a house with my artistic mother who painted watercolor mushrooms, but these fungi spoke to me immediately. And then, the succulents of course… who can resist watercolor cacti!? Not me. This is the fun, candy-hued work of Canadian artist Carolyn Gavin. ps. Prints, ridiculously affordable prints, of her whimsical work can be found in her shop.