medium /// painting




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I spy with my little eye, so many things that are fantastic! Yep. I love this series, titled “Bowie”, by California based artist Melissa Arendt. There are so many lovely little gems in there! Hm, what do I love most? Is it the teepees, the geometric landscape, or the tiny David Bowie in full-on Ziggy Stardust attire? Hm, I think it might be the fine blend of all of these beautifully drawn/painted bits ‘n pieces living happily together… oh, and a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s reference never hurts either!





alice wellinger

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I’m scared, but completely smitten at the same time. It was literally impossible for me to put this post together without creating some kind of disturbing narrative… the Jekyll/Hyde wolf boy next to the burning underpants? Yep, that’s gonna tell a story whether you want it to or not! These are the beautifully bizarre works of Austria based artist/illustrator Alice Wellinger. I love all of them for various weird reasons, but it’s this sweet little purple coat that really got me:

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It instantly brought tears to my eyes and made me miss my amazing grandmother… and her beautiful, wonderful, complicated life.





marta spendowska

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Oh. I am desperate for spring to arrive, but considering it’s only February 9th I think I’m in for a bit of a wait… maybe I’ll just stare at these gorgeous, washy, abstract floral watercolors for the next two months! These beauties are the work of Polish born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska … ahhhh, I can almost smell those pink, purple, and sunrise-hued blooms from here. Almost.

{You can find the originals for sale on Marta’s site [scroll down when you arrive on her site], and I have the original of the black & white piece in my gallery.}





annie kevans

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I have loved French born, London based artist Annie Kevans‘ work for years {I wrote about her in 2009}. These pieces, oil on paper, are a selection from her latest series, “Women and the History of Art”… which I have a very soft spot for. I minored in Art History, and as a female visual arts major, I was curious to know who came before me. More than half way through my first year of Art History I put up my hand and asked, “Um, when are we going to learn about women artists? Surely there were women creating art at this time… right?!”  Here is Annie’s description of this work:

This exhibition centres on women in art history who were once part of the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience… Kevans was astonished to learn throughout the course of her extensive research that, despite the massive obstacles in their path, many women managed to have successful careers as artists as early as the 16th century. Although many have been championed in the last decades having been ‘rediscovered’ by later art historians, these women still remain ‘separate’ from art history…. Kevans has selected to paint artists who were as successful and in some cases, more so, than their male counterparts. Kevans shines a light on artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola (1532/5-1625) who was the first Italian woman to become an international celebrity as an artist in her own time. Other artists are known for their personal lives but their works remain invisible. Despite being the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux¬Arts, Suzanne Valadon is more famous for her personal relationships with Renoir, Erik Satie and Degas. Likewise, Victorine Meurent is more famous for being the subject of Manet’s paintings than she is for being an artist. Her paintings were selected for the famous Salon numerous times including in 1876, a year in which Manet failed to get any of his work accepted. Like many of her female contemporaries, her name means nothing to the general public or to many female artists working today.

A beautifully painted spotlight on some very talented women… by another very talented woman.





jeremy miranda

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Sigh. Gorgeous. This is the exquisite work of American painter Jeremy Miranda. I’ve written about his lonely icebergs, and his magical greenhouses, and now I’m writing about these… these beautiful spaces, which I assume to be his studio, completely overgrown and intertwined with his dreamy landscapes. This series feels like a lovely glimpse into Jeremy’s world – where reality meets imagination. I’m not sure if that was his intention, but that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it {Jeremy, if you read this, let us know!}





the land of nod & me!

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I’m so excited to finally tell you guys about this! Last April, The Land of Nod asked me to collaborate with them on a series of “Jealous Curator” art collections for nurseries & kids rooms… um, OK! I immediately reached out to ten artists who I thought would be perfect for the Spring collection. I chose them as a curator, but I also had my mom hat firmly on! You see, when my son was a baby, I had a really hard time finding cool art for his room – art that he would like, but also something that I wanted to look at while rocking him in the middle of the night, and during diaper changes, and when we were lying on the floor pretending to be [insert any farm animal here].  That’s what this collection is all about. I chose fun, fresh, candy-hued pieces that your little ones will love, but that can also transition smoothly into the “grown-up” areas of your home… you know, art that you’d be happy to hang in the living room when your baby turns seven and decides to cover his walls in Minecraft posters. Trust me, it happens.

I’ve had to keep this collaboration top secret until the Spring 2015 collection was finally released, and at long last, it’s here! I’m beyond thrilled with this grouping, and so honored to have been able to work with these ten incredibly talented artists. Watercolors, embroidery, paintings and photographs… I love each of them on their own, but also kinda crazy love how they work together! Here’s more info on the full collection {snatched from the LoN site}:

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And a closer view of each one {links at the bottom}:

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Ahhh, I love them all so, so much. {ps. there are only 100 of each piece!} Thank you to The Land of Nod for bringing me into the family, and thank you to the artists… you’re all insanely talented, kind, and really fun to work with!

1. Sarah Gee  2. Stephanie K Clark  3. Trey Speegle  4. Cassia Beck  5. Aimee Bee Brooks  6. Alice Ferrow  7. Valerie Chiang  8. Joël Penkman  9. Alicia Bock  10. Melissa Ryder

 





seth clark

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Sigh… collapse and decay has never looked so beautiful. This is the gorgeous, really BIG, layered mixed media collage work of American artist Seth Clark. I wrote about him in 2011 and, after seeing his new work, I’m writing again! I love Seth’s artist statement/description of his process, so I’ll let him do the talking today:

“My work focuses on deteriorating architecture. I see an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. These man-made structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are now collapsing in on themselves. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. It is as if the buildings were content with their circumstance. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. They are on the brink of ruin, yet appear dignified in their state. Something very energized and present is trying to escape out of a slow history of abandonment.

These images are created through an ambitious layering process. I collage with found paper to reflect the fragmented and complex tactility of decay. Once a dimensional foundation is achieved, various mixed media are used to bring definition and depth to these raw materials. The processes of collage and drawing alternate between themselves lending to a seamless blend of the two mediums.”

Love. ps. most of this work ranges in the 4 – 6 foot range!





amanda senneby

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Rich, colorful gouache and portraits of women… two of my most favorite things! Speaking of “two”, how fabulous are these two-faced ladies by Stockholm based artist/illustrator Amanda Senneby?! I want all 3 of them… or 6 of them? Anywho, this series is titled “You & You” – here is Amanda’s statement:

[These are] portraits of unknown women. Women are often portrayed in a specific way, passive and simple. I wanted to show the diversity of a person, we are often more than what shows.

{prints available on “Arrivals”}





paco pomet

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Flowing bubble gum, gold dipped mountain tops, and hot pink slices through the landscape. Yep, I am totally in awe, and completely in love with the work of Spanish painter Paco Pomet. Stunning monochrome oil paintings {that would be amazing all on their own} made even more stunning by a perfectly bizarre, colorful pop of surrealism… love.

{via Honestly WTF / Artful Desperado}





pegge hopper

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This is my last day in Hawaii, and I can’t leave without writing a post about Pegge Hopper. She was born in California, and studied painting in Los Angeles. She lived Milan working as an illustrator for two years, and then moved to Honolulu in 1963 to work as an art director at a local agency. It was a visit to the state archives that would change everything… she found old photographs of native Hawaiians and was inspired to start painting again, and boy did she!  She opened her own gallery in Honolulu’s Chinatown in 1983 and hasn’t looked back! Her color palettes are stunning, and I love the combination of the solid dresses and detailed faces/hands. So simple. So unique. So Hawaiian.