medium /// painting




sara falli

I am fascinated by watercolor… probably because I find it so difficult to work with. Clearly Sara Falli, an artist based in Florence, Italy, does not have that problem! Whimsical, washy, graphic, and just a little bit bizarre {yeah, I’m talking to you, floating bunny head}. Gorgeous.





exclusive: jennifer davis pre-release print

Oh, Jennifer Davis. I have written about her so many times, she was the host artist for GIRL CRUSH Minneapolis, and she’s one of the artists in CREATIVE BLOCK. And, if all of those things weren’t enough, now she’s got an amazingly beautiful new show, Joyride, that opens tomorrow night at Public Functionary {7pm- midnight} in Minneapolis. Huge 4′x4′ pieces all inspired by vintage carousels… gorgeous! Jennifer traveled all over the US to gather images & inspiration for this body of work, and tomorrow night it will finally be revealed… well, except that I’m going to let one piece leak today! Yep, this gorgeous horse print will go on sale tomorrow at noon (CST). Here’s the info:

Edition of 50 // 15 available online 12pm CST on Saturday, March 22nd, remainder released at the opening (in person purchase only 7pm-Midnight). Any remaining prints will be released online Sunday morning 10am CST.
Title: Horses
Signed and numbered by the artist on the back.
Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper
20 x20 image size on 24×24 paper
Unframed– $175
Framed– $400
Framed to conservation standards.
1/2 inch spacer between art and glass
Total framed size 26×26

And here’s the link to purchase, but remember, you can’t buy until Saturday at high noon! NEIGH!!!! {that was meant to be a horse sound… hm.}





lucia dill

So, last week I popped by the gorgeous California College of the Arts campus in San Francisco. I took a little walk through the students’ studios, and there was so much good work hanging everywhere… but this studio stopped me in my tracks:

Muted color palettes… simple compositions … and so many chairs!!! I was in heaven. After a little bit of sleuth work it was determined that this was the studio of soon-to-graduate BFA student Lucia Dill. I wish she had been in her studio as I was snooping touring around campus, but alas, she must have been out looking for more chairs. Such lovely, “beautifully boring” work. I don’t know if it’s just me, but these chairs seem almost human. Some look lonely, others look like they are newly in love, and a few of them might not be speaking to each other:





nepal art dogs

Aren’t these crazy?! And they come with a fantastic story too! Ready? An American woman named Michelle Page spent some time in Nepal, and while she was there fell in love with these hand-painted, metal, “beware of dog” signs. However they were slowly being replaced by computer-generated signs. Not only did that mean the death of these crazy awesome folksie signs, but it also meant that the artists that made them were out of work. Well Michelle didn’t want to see that happen, so she started Nepal Art Dogs. You can send in a photo of your dog, and she gives that photo to a Nepalese artist who paints your dangerous, and or enlightened dog, on a metal sign. You get an original piece of art, the artists continue to work, this art form doesn’t die out, and your neighbors are protected, and or enlightened! Oh, and don’t worry cat lovers, we’ve got something for you too:

… and yes, even a little something for you chicken-lovers in the crowd {you know who you are}:

{via It’s Nice That}





ruth hiller




So simple, but oh, so striking. Wood grain and bright flat colors that I kinda want to touch… I think it’s the beeswax coating that’s calling my name! Yes, beeswax, damar, pigment on panel. These are from a series titled Soft Geometry by American artist Ruth Hiller. Oh, and ps, they’re big. I thought they were little, but some of them are 2 to 3 feet! Here’s a shot from her studio showing the scale:

I’m gonna need one of these.

{Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Ruth’s site}





lisa daria… again


I am trying to will spring to come… I’m not sure that it’s working. Well, if nothing else I can visit the site of American painter Lisa Daria every single day to see her latest daily flower painting. I don’t know how she manages to out-do herself day after day, but she does. So, so pretty… and at only $100 each, I’ve almost forgotten that it’s snowing, AGAIN.

{I included some of Lisa’s flowers in my REAL ART FOR A FICTITIOUS WORLD post on SF Girl By Bay yesterday… any guesses on who I was buying art for?}





paul rouphail



Ah yes, I do love finding beautifully painted, perfectly hued {those purples & pinks!}, everyday subject matter … and who wouldn’t want to come across a giant, smoking cowboy? … oh look, the gorgeous oil on panel work of American painter Paul Rouphail! Everything I was looking for.

ps. If you’re in San Francisco, pop by Little Paper Planes tonight from 7~9pm for a little book party. Wine, sweet treats, a few unblocking projects, and a chance to meet some of the artists from the book. Hope to see you there!





jessica brilli… again

I wrote about the lovely, vintage-looking work of American painter Jessica Brilli a couple of years ago. It was all old-school cameras and classic typewriters in that post, today however… it’s about clocks. And radios. And clock-radios. Love, love, love! {And oh, her palettes… I cannot get over her palettes!}

{Check out her upcoming show, Jessica Brilli: “New Work” …Walker Cunningham Gallery from March 15 – April 12, in Sudbury, MA}





a book, 5 years, a give-away & a challenge

Thank you all soooooo much for entering! The winner of today’s give-away is Erin Candela! I’ll pop it in the mail tomorrow, Erin!

But wait… I have to give more away, right?! Right! Stay tuned, as more give-aways are coming in the next month or two {ps. thank you for all of your support, lovely comments, and mostly, for actually wanting this book! I am totally and completely overwhelmed xo}

ps. A few of you asked how to get a copy if you don’t live in North America… it will be on shelves world-wide, but if you can’t find it in your area, you can also buy it through amazon.com or through chroniclebooks.com : )

A BOOK:

Boy oh boy, I love these artists so much! Gorgeous work, and such funny, smart, touching advice… I can’t believe that CREATIVE BLOCK is finally out in the world. Thank you so much to everyone that made it happen, and thank you so much to everyone who plans on reading it! xo {and a big thank you to Leslie Fandrich for these gorgeous photos!!!}

5 YEARS & A GIVE-AWAY:

So, tomorrow, February 22, will mark five years since I wrote my very first post on The Jealous Curator. It also just so happens that my very first book, CREATIVE BLOCK, hit shelves all over the world this past Tuesday… needless to say, it’s been quite a week over here! And so we have to celebrate, right? How about a give-away!? Leave a comment on this post, and on Monday at noon (PST) I’ll draw one name and send that person a signed copy of the book. Deal?

A CHALLENGE:

I’ve heard from quite a few people that they plan to go one by one through the creative “unblock” projects given by each of the 50 artists in the book. So fun! If you do one, snap photo of whatever you make, pop it up on twitter or instagram and hashtag it with #creativeUNblock … I’m going to keep an eye out for them, and then I’ll set up a Facebook album to share some of my favorites from each month. I can’t wait to see what you make!

ps. BOOK EVENTS: I’ll be in San Francisco on March 5, and LA on March 22 and NYC on April 2 {links on the left sidebar}. The book will be available to buy in SF and LA because the events are at stores, but the event in New York is not at a bookstore, and is limited to 100 people so we’re selling tickets to it… right here {the ticket is $25 and gets you a book, drinks, snacks, and a super fun evening!}. More info coming soon on the May 15 Vancouver event.





cassie marie edwards

I have literally spent hours obsessing over weird little ceramic animals who’ve been abandoned on the wobbly old shelves of second-hand shops. A pink deer with golden hooves, a slightly terrified looking dog, and a white unicorn that I’m pretty sure I had in my room when I was 9. American artist Cassie Marie Edwards takes these orphans from their dusty shelves, and gives each of them a new home on her lovely canvases. Don’t worry little pink deer, you can come and live with me if you want to!