medium /// painting




lisa congdon, a glorious freedom, AND a giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! The winner of this lovely book is …. PAMELA HASTINGS! If you’re not Pamela, no worries, I have lots of other amazing give aways coming up in the next couple of months!

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Well, she’s done it again. A gorgeous, inspiring, wisdom-filled book has just been released by artist, illustrator, and author Lisa Congdon! It’s titled, “A Glorious Freedom – Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives”, and it is exactly that! Quotes, interviews, illustrations all celebrating the lives of some very awe-inspiring women. Here’s the gist:

“The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves—with age we gain the liberty to pursue bold new endeavors and worry less about what other people think. In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms. Profiles, interviews, and essays from women—including Vera Wang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, Cheryl Strayed, and many more—who’ve found creative fulfillment and accomplished great things in the second half of their lives are lavishly illustrated and hand-lettered in Congdon’s signature style.” ~ Chronicle Books

This beauty is now on shelves, and it just so happens that I have ONE to give away to ONE of you! Please leave a comment below and I’ll draw one winner on Monday October 16th, 2017. Good luck! ps. Here is Lisa’s upcoming West Coast book tour schedule if you’d like to have your book signed/meet her:





pippa young

Gasp! New oil paintings by UK based painter Pippa Young. Seriously. I am always absolutely blown away by her work, but these pieces for her latest show, “Through a Glass Darkly”, are easily my favorites. The top-most piece, titled “Unspoken”, feels very relevant at the moment, no? Now, I apologize for the late notice on this one {just discovered this today, myself} but this show opens TODAY, October 12th, 6pm at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh! Not to worry though, it will be up until November 5th. Go if you can!





federico infante

Acrylic on large-scale canvas… sigh. This is the work of Chilean born, New York based painter Federico Infante. From what I can tell, he applies the paint, scrapes it away, applies it again, scratches at it, applies more eventually building layer upon gorgeous layer to these landscapes… landscapes that look like bits and pieces of a really good novel! Here is how Federico describes the beginning of his process:

“Each of my paintings is deeply unique and emerges through its own process. I start with an expressive act of covering the canvas with several layers of acrylic paint and then scratching it off. I repeat this process many times. I do not plan my images in advance and try to stay present and as detached as possible from the result. In doing this I am able to express my unconscious mind, the part of me that has not been processed by logic. I then react to this abstract and expressive atmosphere, by searching for the elements that have emerged, possibly in pockets of light, or the foundations of a landscape. In this way each painting shows me its singular identity.” 

Beautiful.





laura wood


Oh! Dreamy oil paintings of even dreamier chandeliers and their magical light. This is just one series by Toronto based painter Laura Wood. She also paints gaussy cityscapes, swans, sunlight filtered through tree branches, and lost memories… but these chandeliers … well, need I say more? Beautiful.





nike schroeder


Whoa. This is “Cityfold”a new series by German (LA based) artist Nike Schroeder. I’ve had her on the podcast and she’s in my new book that focuses on female artists – past, present and future! Paint, thread, linen, and love. Sigh. I can’t wait to see what she does next … wait for it…

ps. Nike is currently working on a solo show, titled BACKSPACE/DELETE, opening in Los Angeles at Walter Maciel Gallery on November 4th. The show grew from the Cityfolds series and is a deeper exploration of materials and urban experience. It’s even more painterly with collage elements of concrete, different cloths and canvases, rope and of course thread. If you’re in LA, go!





celan bouillet

Yeah. THEY ARE COLLAGES! American artist Celan Bouillet paints, and then painstakingly cuts, these little bits of nature. Rocks, plants, more rocks. I was already totally in love with her work on paper, but when I popped over to her Instagram feed and saw those WIP shots… Mind. Blown. {ps. the thought of cutting out all of those rocks makes my hands hurt!}





erik mark sandberg

Amazing, beautiful, uncomfortable … all of it. These are just a handful of portraits from the “Hairy Children” mixed media painting series by LA based artist Erik Mark Sandberg.  Why all of the hairy children you ask? Here’s a tiny part of an interview he did with Beautiful/Decay a few years ago:

The inspiration for this series: “The complex effects of contemporary pop culture on children… the increasingly uncomfortable expressions of today’s elementary school photos… news reports claiming traces of Rogaine, Viagra and other various pharmaceuticals found in tap water…”

Hm. Maybe I’ll get a coffee instead, please.





lora fosberg

Carved and painted wood … LOVE! This is a new body of work by American artist Lora Fosberg. If you happen to be in the Bay Area this fall, you can see these gorgeous rainbow-coated chunks of wood in her latest show, titled “I Would Lie To Me”, at The Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. The show will be up from October 7th through November 11th, with an opening reception on OCTOBER 7, 4-6pm.

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niad : “i heart art”

Have you heard of NIAD? I just learned about them this past June when I was in San Francisco, and I was instantly in love. Here’s the description from their site:

NIAD Art Center’s visual art program promotes meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities—while its artists create remarkable contemporary art. In a unique open studio environment, and with the guidance of qualified staff, NIAD artists acquire new skills in artistic practice and in independent living. {located in Richmond California, Bay Area}

So exciting and inspiring! When they asked if I’d put together an online exhibit during the first week of October, obviously I jumped at the chance. My collection is titled “I Heart Art”, because I do, and isn’t that what it’s really all about? The images above are just a handful of the pieces in the show, and one of the works has already sold… because I bought it! Yes, the lovely lady at the top of the post is a piece by Jonathan Velazquez and it’s currently hanging in my living room. Get over there and buy a very affordable piece from one of these amazing artists… like this one, titled “David Bowie and His Cat”, by Ann Meade

{Artists shown above: Jonathan Velazquez, Sarah Malpass, Carlos Fernandez, Phyllis Carr, Jeremy Burleson, Mimi Englin, Adonia Douglas, Sarah Malpass – again!, Ann Meade}




“inconvenient spots along rivers”

*photo by Margaret Austin

A few months ago, I put up an Instagram post asking who you might want to hear from in Season Two of Art For Your Ear. Well, I got a lot of great suggestions. I also got “HEATHER DAY!” about a zillion times. Ok, ok! I heard you, and I got her … San Francisco based painter, traveler, nature-lover Heather Day is on the podcast!

First things first, I suggest pausing the podcast, watching this video from the home page of Heather’s site, then coming back to hear the rest. This one minute and nineteen seconds gives such insight into the way Heather works. Now, do your best to only watch once or twice, because you have a podcast to listen to!

Isn’t that mesmerizing? And doesn’t it make you want to pour paint on something right now!? Yeah, me too.

Up next, the insane augmented reality project Heather just did with Facebook:

Ah-mazing … the work, not to mention her story about the letter she had written, but not sent, to Mark Zuckerberg! Oh Universe, you’re so crazy.

Now, when her paintings aren’t on a bare wall at Facebook HQ, they are on both canvas and paper. Here are a few of my faves from Heather’s beautiful portfolio:

Gorgeous! Speaking of which, brace yourself for these images of her travels. Sketchbooks filled with abstract inspiration, and even full size pieces that she paints outside … sometimes in “inconvenient spots along rivers”:

Oh, so inspiring {ps. Some of these photos are from her Instagram feed, and the two sunny photographs of Heather were shot by Kat Borchart}.

And finally, you have to see her studio:

I know, right? I’d pour paint {or draw with smelly markers} in there anytime! And that’s that… such an amazing hour filled with so many topics. Thanks so much to all of you who asked me to reach out to Heather, and thanks to Heather for saying YES; as always a big thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting the podcast, and of course, thanks to you for showing up and listening! There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. MICA
  2. Helen Frankenthaler, Artist
  3. Heather’s show at Athen B. Gallery, opens Oct 5th, 2017
  4. Chase McBride
  5. Mr.Sketch Markers!
  6. Limited by Saatchi Art