medium /// painting




mya kerner

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Ahh, quiet blue vistas. This is the elegant work of Seattle based artist Mya Kerner. Not only are these oil paintings poetic, but so are her words about this work:

“When I look out into the landscape, I see scratched lines breaking through the slopes, while flecks of white dapple on eroded surfaces, recalling their winter dress, recalling cooler seasons.” ~ Mya Kerner

Sigh. Now I need mittens and a hot chocolate with whipped cream. Happy Monday.





ashley longshore

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Abe. For GUCCI. Seriously, I could not love these more! I’m not sure if I could rock those diamond encrusted rose-colored glasses, but Jesus is doing a fabulous job… not to mention Mark Twain and his fashion-forward flowered jacket. This is the crazy, hilarious, and insanely colorful work of New Orleans based artist Ashley Longshore. Here are Ashley’s words about her work:

“My paintings are representative of the world I see around me. I am inspired by pop culture and things that I find intriguing.I really like to combine the use of words and images in an unexpected way to create a smart, colorful bold statement.Most importantly my love of color is what really makes my artwork “pop”. My paintings are statement pieces that are a reflection of the experiences I have in my life.”

Clearly, I need to experience some of Ashley’s life! Mardi Gras, anyone? ps. Keep your eyes open for the first issue of Create Magazine… one of these fellas is on the cover!





the polygon project

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I could not be more proud to have one of my pieces in this beautiful show {that’s my terrarium collage at the bottom of the images, titled “with each spritz, loralee was only enabling mike’s unhealthy obsession with the recent terrarium craze”}. These are just some of the pieces that are part of The Polygon Project, a fabulous exhibition for a wonderful cause, curated by Tasmania based artist/curator Laura E. Kennedy. Not only do I have a polygon in there, but so do two women I’ve interviewed on the podcast… did you see them up there? Catherine Graffam and Amanda Brazier are part of this lovely project too! Here’s what it’s all about:

“This exhibition features over 30 incredible female artists carefully selected from all over the planet by curator Laura E. Kennedy. Each was provided with an identical “logo” shaped panel to work on and the proceeds from sales go to the wonderful Anti-Domestic Violence Charity – White Ribbon.”

See? Beyond proud to be involved with a group of women helping women! The show will be up at the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart Tasmania until November 13th. Not in Tasmania? No problem… all of this work is available to purchase online, but hurry, because half of the work is already SOLD.





kurt pio

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Giant diamonds and huge bottles of champagne? Yes, that’s how you do Monday! These are a few of the pieces included in a new show, titled “Stone Sober” featuring the work of South African artist Kurt Pio. This is Kurt’s first solo show in the US so I’m pretty sure he’s opening a bottle of bubbly or two! Here are a few words from the gallery:

Gallery Orange {819 Royal Street New Orleans} is proud to present Capetown artist Kurt Pio’s debut solo show in the US. Kurt’s work has been shown for years by leading edge designers and in such global magazines as Conde Nast and Elle Decoration … Gallery Orange feels a solo show is due, so we are pairing Kurt’s two bodies of work, the established gem collection and the newer champagne collection, in a one stunning show titled “Stone Sober”.

The show opens this Saturday, November 12 through November 22, 2016. An opening reception will be held on November 12th from 6:00- 9:00pm. RSVP @ info@gallery-orange.com





andy dixon

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‘LOVE’ does not begin to describe how I feel about this work {acrylic & oil pastel on framed canvas}. Versace, Hermes, Ming… and those tiny pink deer. Sigh. All of these pieces are from the 2016 series, by Vancouver artist – New York based – Andy Dixon, titled “Expensive Things II”.  Yep, I want alllll of those expensive things framed and hung on my wall.

ps. Versace and Hermes are both 61″x62″, and the vases are 41″x43″  ♥





kristy blackwell

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Oh. YES! “Half-finished” work gets me every time. Insane detail beside simple lines… magic. This magic happens to be taking place on mylar. Mylar! This is the absolutely gorgeous work of Toronto based artist Kristy Blackwell. I wonder if her previous life in film has anything to do with her choice in materials:

“Trained in fine art at the University of Guelph and, thereafter, in computer animation at the University of Toronto, Kristy has had an accomplished career as a digital matte painter and compositor on over 50 feature films. But Kristy’s first love is fine art and her experience creating photo-real digital images has inspired her to experiment with various traditional techniques and materials to both create and deconstruct reality on canvas or other supports.”

Note to self: pick up some mylar.





jessica rimondi

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Gorgeous paintings… control and chaos in perfect harmony. This is the work of Italian-born, Berlin-based painter Jessica Rimondi. I love all of these pieces, but that first girl in the glasses? I’m smitten. Happy Friday to you.

{Some of Jessica’s work is available at Saatchi Art}





andy decola

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Paintings that look like collages? LOVE! This is the work of Canadian artist Andy DeCola. As a painter he’s always been “intrigued by the constant bombardment of images we consume every day … With his current body of work, DeCola seeks to remove his previous emphasis on using found and appropriated imagery from popular culture exclusively in order to concentrate more on his conceptual goals as his artistic practice evolves.” Mission accomplished. Beautifully.





papirmass & scott listfield (AND a giveaway)

Ok, the results are in! I’ve randomly chosen THREE winners of this very generous giveaway by Papirmass. Thank you so much to everyone that entered {don’t worry, more giveaways always around the corner}… the winners are:

CHRISTA DAVID, New York

BRANDI BALDWIN, Canada

VELVET GINGER, France 

Congratulations! Thank you so much to Paprimass for the giveaway AND for existing ♥ … ps. today is the last day to get the Scott Listfield print. You have until tonight at midnight EST. Happy Halloween!

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So many things to love in one post … Papirmass {aka Toronto’s Jp King & Kirsten McCrea}, Boston based painter Scott Listfield, one of Scott’s astronauts, AND a giveaway! Yep, when Jp & Kirsten reached out and asked me to curate this month, I jumped at the chance and immediately knew I’d ask Scott. ps. He said yes. Ok, there are a few stories for me to tell:

No.1  What’s Papirmass? Um, well if you like gorgeous/affordable art AND surprises, well then you’re going to love them… “Papirmass is an independent art subscription that seeks to spark curiosity and inspire creativity. Subscribers all around the world love how our monthly mailings help them discover their next favorite artist. Through unique prints, studio interviews, and hands-on artistic activities, Papirmass is all about making creative connections.”

No.2  Did you listen to my podcast episode with Scott? Remember when we outed a gallery in Australia that sold his work and then didn’t pay him? Yeah, this is a print of that painting!

No.3  Giveaway? Yep! Jp and Kirsten want to give THREE of you a year long subscription to Papirmass! Comment below and I’ll draw three names on Halloween. Oooh, spooky.

See, lots of reasons to love this. Speaking of love, look how cute Jp and Kirsten are… they love art and each other {they’re married}:

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Subscribe by the end of October to receive artwork by Scott Listfield in November {ps. I’ve seen the artwork lined up for the next few months too. Gorgeous!}





“starting in the background”

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Well, you asked and I listened… and then I called Polish-born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska! I’ve written about Marta several times over the years, the last time being only a few weeks ago. I received so many comments asking me to have her on the podcast, and luckily she said YES! We’re talking about psychics, art happening in the background, and paths that were meant to be! Listen right up there under that stunning floral/abstract, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, I am completely in love with Marta’s floral work from a couple of years ago, so I’m going to start there:

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Right!? Sigh. Near the beginning of our conversation she mentioned doing portraits… I had no idea she did portraits, but look what I found in the illustration section on her site:

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Whoa. Gorgeous! I did, however, know about the lovely perfume bottles that were also in that same illustration portfolio. They were actually the first bit of Marta’s work that I ever wrote about:

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Ahhhh, I can almost smell their powdery, perfumy goodness.

Guess, what… more flowers! We were talking about them as part of her evolution from illustrator to fine artist {and it’s just a good excuse for me to show more of them}:

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Yes, I love them. Now, I’ve said this many times before… I always admire artists who continue to push themselves to evolve. Marta is definitely one of those people! These are floral-ish, but heading into abstract… and they’re absolutely stunning:

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These are the pieces I wrote about a few weeks ago… petals? Butterfly wings? Both? Love.

So from floral-ish abstract, to truly abstract:

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Don’t those make you want to play with ink and watercolor all day long?

And finally, a few personal photos from Marta’s Instagram feed. Anyone who loves coffee as much as this, clearly needs to be my friend:

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Mmmm, art and coffee. Perfect combination… add a pierogi or two and we’d be all set! Thank you so much to Marta for talking to me and sharing her very inspiring story; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it will be out on October 25th! To preorder a copy for FREE{or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: audibletrial.com/JealousCurator. And as always, thank YOU so much for listening… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Walker Art Center 
  2. Marta’s Online Shop