medium /// painting

josep moncada


Sunshine, reflections, floating in the cool blueness of it all. Ahhhh, yes… I could spend this hot July weekend in any of these gorgeous oil paintings by Spanish artist Josep Moncada. Yes. Paintings. How someone can do this with paint is beyond me. Stunning.

Josep is represented by CK Contemporary in San Francisco.

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yang cao


Lightning storms with a 95% chance of cotton candy! This is the gorgeous work of Toronto based painter Yang Cao, and this is his beautiful reason for all of those clouds:

“I like the unpredictability of the cloud. It’s shapeless and changes all the time, it follows the wind and never stays in one form and place. Somehow I find this as a resemblance to our human nature and mind.” Yang Cao, Tussle Magazine Interview

Sigh. Perfect. Happy Monday.

tracy rocca


Oh my. Ethereal paintings that bring a quiet, hushed exhale to the room. This is the work of Albuquerque, NM based painter Tracy Rocca. I had to show those studio shots so that you could understand the scale of these beauties. How does she create these light filled landscapes… I dunno! Do you want to find out? Me too. Here is a lovely video of Tracy talking about her process, and working her dreamy magic:

Tracy Rocca: In the Studio from Deb Achak on VimeoStudio photographs also taken by Deb Achak

michael carson


Ok, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve written about American painter Michael Carson … but it’s a hot day in July and I just found these {oil on panel}. How could I not write about him again!? Polkadots, night swimming, and sunglasses that just won’t quit. Love.

kerry james marshall


“You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go…”

Well yes, I guess so! Those are the words of prolific Chicago based painter Kerry James Marshall. His work is so powerful, so beautiful, and there is oh so much of it! I wanted to post about fifty paintings but I tried to show a bit of self-control. Luckily self-control isn’t needed if you’re in Chicago this summer, because there is a huge retrospective of his work currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago until September 25, 2016. Go! But before you do, one more great quote: “You can wait for somebody to let you get in the door – or you can assume your place among equals and put yourself in the world too, and put yourself in the stories that you want to see told.”  


Mr.Marshall is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

fabienne rivory


Sigh. These ethereal landscapes are the work of French artist Fabienne Rivory, and part of a series titled Croisées. This isn’t new to Fabienne though… in 2007, she began “exploring interactions between photography and painting. The meeting of these two media allows [her] to create images that are not a faithful reproduction of reality, but retain in them a trace of reality to which is added an interpretation, a subjective layer.” Beautiful.

{Fabienne’s work is available here}

“jellyfish in a trifle”


I like to imagine that these abstract worlds are made of candy, and are most likely home to a bunch of unicorns. These colorful layers of dots and lines are the work of Kansas based painter Jaime Rovenstine. She is an artist, works full-time at a museum, and is the mother of a beautiful little girl. How does she do that?! Don’t worry, I asked her. You can listen right up there under that explosion of color, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of my favorites {acrylic on canvas} from Jaime’s magical portfolio:



Jaime’s studio is in her home, which is great for getting work done. Luckily, she has a little helper in there:


Gah! How cute is she!? I also really wanted to show a couple of Jaime’s “in progress” pieces. I’d hang these on my wall right this very second… but she’s a “maximalist” so she keeps on going. Fair enough. She’s the pro!

So, we also talked about Jaime’s very busy life. She works at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, comes home for dinner / bath / books with her family, and then makes her way into the studio {or the couch for Netflix depending on the day}:


How great is that self-portrait in the reflection on her brush… love! {found on her dreamy Instagram feed}. 

We also talked about the evolution of her work. In college she was already starting down the path she’s on now:


Similar but they’re definitely deeper and richer now. The piece just above, with the phonograph, is the painting that Columbia College Chicago {the art school she went to} bought when she graduated… it’s also the piece inspired by patterns in the Anthropologie catalog!

And finally… I started this post with a few of my favorites, and I’ll end it with a few more. These are the paintings I was talking about when I brought up her fabulous titles {that we now know are words from the mouth of the very dry/hilarious Karl Pilkington.} These are: “Worry Hole”, “Willy Nilly By the Sea”, and “Jellyfish in a Trifle”:


See? I’m sure there has to be candy and unicorns in there somewhere. Speaking of unicorns, here’s a link to the weirdest infomercial you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Thanks Jaime, without you I never would have known about the “Squatty Potty”! *Warning: You may never want to eat ice cream again.

Thanks so much to Jaime for taking time out of her busy life to do this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support the podcast, and as always, thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

Other links:

  1. Design Mom interview with Jaime
  2. Art School Confidential {movie}
  3. Nelson Atkins Museum of Art {Jaime’s day job}
  4. Ian Tan Gallery {re: Sarah Gee Miller}
  5. Kirra Jamison
  6. Kerry James Marshall
  7. Alchemy Candles {Jaime’s painting as packaging!}
  8. Land of Nod
  9. And of course, Karl Pilkington {and a ridiculous interview with Ricky Gervais}


nathan ritterpusch


Ooh! These gorgeous wobbly portraits are from a series titled, “Old Enough To Be My Mother”, and are the work of American artist Nathan Ritterpusch. I wrote about this series in 2012, and my heart literally just skipped a beat when I saw that he had created new pieces in 2016! LOVE.

hayv kahraman


Gorgeous. This is the work of Baghdad-born, San Francisco-based artist Hayv Kahramana. All of these oil on panel pieces are from her 2013 series, Extimacy. I love this quote she gave in a New York Times article about this work:

“Having these women violently detaching their limbs, for me, is very reminiscent of the psyche of a refugee, and that sense of detachment you have from your land that you’ve had to leave behind. That’s the idea of the diasporic women, who are fragmented, or cyborgs almost. They’ve had to give up part of themselves.”

Brilliant, and beautiful.

robert otto epstein


Portraits that pop right off the paper they’re painted on! These candy-hued ladies are the work of New York based artist Robert Otto Epstein {who by the way has a degree in political science, and oh yes, also a law degree… hm, I feel like there’s a story there}. This is his latest figurative series… they make me want to call all of my girlfriends so we can wear our watermelon shirts, drink cosmopolitans and argue over who gets to be Carrie / who has to be Miranda?