medium /// painting

john holcomb

This is the work of American painter John Holcomb. This series of crazy colorful flowers and pattern-covered vases were inspired by the old Dutch Masters. John’s portfolio is full of all sorts of other lovely work – scenic, art history, cultural portraits – but the pure joy in these pieces seemed like a perfect way to start the week. Happy Monday.

lisa wright

Whoa. This is the latest work from Cornwall based painter Lisa Wright. I wrote about her a little over two years ago – she was good then, but now… oh my goodness these oil paintings are GORGEOUS.

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.