medium /// painting




janna watson

jannawatson

Ribbon candy? Dreams? Thick paint and thin lines in so many beautiful colors whimsically applied to soft gradient backgrounds… sigh. This is the work of Toronto based artist Janna Watson. I absolutely love this description of her work, so had to include it:

“Bundles of color, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication. Sweeps of paint re-direct sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language.”

Bundles of color… LOVE. Janna has a show at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver right now, until February 25th – and then her work will be hung at Bau-Xi in Toronto, opening April 1. More info here.





yelena bryksenkova

yelena_bryksenkova

Ah, unicorns and flowery boots bookended by cats on fancy chairs {ps. I have that IKEA lamp in my living room … for real.} This is the charming, pattern-filled work of Russian born, New York based artist/illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova. I love how she describes her work:

“My small pen and acryla gouache paintings are inspired by my love of home and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.”

Sigh. Lovely. You can find more of her work on her site, and in her shop.

{found via Lisa Congdon on Pinterest}





carolina elizabeth

carolinaelizabeth

Roses and Chanel? Yes, I’m totally smitten, and can almost smell the combination from here… ahhhh. These oil paintings are the work of Oklahoma based painter Carolina Elizabeth. Paintings you might find in an art history book, with a well placed Chanel logo to keep things fresh! Love.





johan barrios

johan-barrios

Gasp! Effortlessly loose, precisely realistic … and that dreamy, ice creamy palette … oh, so beautiful. I wrote about the graphite work of Colombian artist Johan Barrios last year, but when I saw these gorgeous, large-scale oil paintings for his upcoming show in Houston, well, obviously post no.2 started writing itself! “Adormecido” will be opening at Anya Tish Gallery, Houston TX. a week from today – Friday, February 10, 6:00-8:30 pm, and will be up until March 11, 2017. Go if you can!





yigal ozeri

yigal_ozeri_paintings

THESE ARE OIL PAINTINGS. I felt the need to put that in all caps + bold so that you’d fully understand that these stunning portraits are not photographs, THEY ARE PAINTINGS by New York based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri. How does he do it? … “Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power.” Yeah, you can say that again.





kristin vestgard

KristinVestgard

Will I ever get tired of writing about this woman? No, no I won’t. Norway-born, UK-based painter Kristin Vestgard creates dreamy scenes with mysterious women in pattern-covered dresses… add a few starry nights and couple of pastel-hued palm trees … and voila, yet another post! Happy Friday.

{You can find some of Kristin’s work for sale at REN fine art}





eddie k

eddie_k

These gorgeous, action-packed pools are cool, blue, and BIG. Yep, these are the large scale {40″x60″} oil paintings of London based artist Eddie K. I found his work over on Uprise Art, and there’s an interview with him there too. I discovered two tidbits that I really loved… No.1. He uses a palette knife to create these beauties!? And No.2. This quote:

“My art making process is quite solitary. On one hand, I love it as it’s quite personal and focused. Then, on the other hand, you can go a bit crazy spending hours alone in a studio living in an artificial beach environment in your mind.”

Ha! Maybe, but what a gorgeous place to go crazy.





marina dunbar

marinadunbar

Oooooh! So many layers of resin… if I could dive in, I totally would! These ocean-inspired pieces are the work of Belarus-born, US-based artist Marina Dunbar. I had to include that final piece of Marina at work – the size, the shine, the depth. Ahhhh, now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go find a pool to jump into. Aloha!





ulf puder

ULF_PUDER

Quiet chaos. I feel like I can’t take a deep breath or all of those colorful homes will topple into the sea. I had to include the close-ups, because at first glance I didn’t realize these were paintings. Small, perfectly stacked sculptures maybe? No… really big, absolutely gorgeous oil paintings. They are the work of renowned German painter Ulf Puder. I still haven’t exhaled.

{Found at Marc Straus Gallery, NYC}





eva magill-oliver

evamagilloliver

Artsy experiments literally jumping out of the sketchbook! This is the work of North Carolina based artist Eva Magill-Oliver. Her portfolio is full of gorgeous paintings {both abstract and landscape}, but these frame-worthy “sketchbook” pieces, from her inspiring Instagram feed, grabbed me and would not let go. Those pink leaves…

{via Brown Paper Bag}