medium /// painting




elisabeth mcbrien

Love / Love … see what I did there? Ahhh, yes… so much lush green, beautifully painted pleated skirts, and that dappled sunlight. Sigh. I am totally inspired by the work {oil on canvas} of American painter Elisabeth McBrien – they make me want to paint AND play tennis!





jessica brilli

Oh! Now if these don’t say HAPPY 4th of JULY to all of my American friends, well, I just don’t know what does! These paintings are part of the latest series by Massachusetts based artist Jessica Brilli, which happen to be in a show titled very appropriately, “Holiday”. The show opens this Friday {July 7, 7-9pm}, at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. It’s only up until July 13 so go to the opening if you can! Happy holiday : )





“that night in toronto” {art show}

Oh, where do I begin? This show is so important to me. It’s an ode to a Canadian great – singer songwriter and front man of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie. If you’re Canadian you know all about The Hip. For those of you who don’t, they are an iconic band that so many of us know and love. Gord is a musical genius, and sadly was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year. You could hear a nation gasp when that news was made public. I wanted to do something, but what? An art show, of course. Here is the curatorial statement for the show that opens THIS SATURDAY, JULY 8th at Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto {4-7pm}

“That Night In Toronto” 

Poetry. That is the best way to describe any and all lyrics written by Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip. From “wheat kings and pretty things”, to “musical chairs, double dares, memorized stairs” the words from these generation defining songs strike a chord in, well, anyone who has ever heard them.  As a curator, and artist, I want to honor this poetry the only way I know how – visually. I asked ten Canadian artists to create original work inspired by their favourite Tragically Hip lyrics. FYI, it was very difficult to choose, which is why some artists have more than one piece in the show! Originally, I was going to assign bits of Hip poetry to each of them, but every artist came back with stories of their favorite songs – memories from road trips, University, concerts, breakups, dance floors, house parties and the list goes on. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, paper-cut pieces they’ve created are beyond what I ever could have imagined. Stunning artwork, each with the magical power to conjure up a song.

This show is a heartfelt tribute from one group of Canadian artists to another – and simply our way of saying, “Hey man, thanks”

ps. Twenty per cent of sales will be donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research via Sunnybrook Hospital. 

If you can come, please do. I will be there with bells on, or at least a Hip t-shirt. Mayberry is just across the street from the AGO {324 Dundas Street West}. Send your RSVP to toronto@mayberryfineart.com – see you soon!

Artists {in order shown} : Annyen Lam, Ben Skinner, Meghan Hildebrand, Danielle Krysa {me!}, Sara Genn, Sean William Randall, Don Proch, Jay Dart, Brandy Masch, Sarah Gee Miller





sarah meyers brent

Oh, my. Big, loose, messy bouquets of drying flowers. These paintings {acrylic on paper} are the work of American artist Sarah Meyers Brent. She does some insane mixed media work too… but oh, these paintings on paper… they were just too perfectly messy to pass up. Happy Friday.





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.