medium /// painting

emily winfield martin

As I was working on this, I thought:

Question: “Do I really want my first full post of 2014 to feature naked, tattooed people?”

Answer: “HELL yes!”

This is the work of Portland based Emily Winfield Martin. All of her work is beautifully painted, and super sweet… with just a little more than a hint of weird. Yep, a perfect way to kick off a new year of artsy posts [insert moody girls in woodland sweaters here]

{fyi… her etsy shop, aka the black apple, is full of fantastic/affordable prints}

in 2014…

Yep, that’s on the top of my list for this brand new, fresh and shiny year… and you’re planning on doing the same, right?! I can’t wait to see what you make! xo


{This bit of painted inspiration brought to you by New York based artist Trey Speegle … and ps… he’s offering 25% off everything in his shop with free shipping over $100 through midnight on Feb 2. Use code: BYE13 & SHIP13}

dalila dalléas bouzar

Ok, I wasn’t going to post until next week, but then I found these oil on canvas portraits by Berlin based artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar. I love that they look vintage yet completely contemporary at the same time. Oh, and the color palette? Bubblegum pink in a sea of golden brown sugar… gorgeous.

Happy weekend to you! I’m going to pop out and get some bubblegum. And brown sugar.

yrjö edelmann

Now THIS is the kind of present I want under my tree! Yep, haphazardly wrapped gifts, which are actually insanely precise paintings {oil on canvas} by Swedish painter Yrjö Edelmann. GORGEOUS.

I’m going to take a few days off to lay around in front of the fire, lounge in my pajamas all day, and eat lots of bad-for-me-things with my husband and little boy. I’ll be back next week with a couple of sparkly new year’s posts, and then back in action on January 2nd. I hope you have a lovely holiday! See you in 2014 ~ danielle xo

{I found this amazing work on Design Crush}

rachel levit

Ooh, these portraits are so lovely, and simple, and odd, and fantastic. She could have stopped right there. But she didn’t. Nope, Mexican born – Brooklyn based artist/illustrator Rachel Levit went ahead and added a whole bunch of perfect little gouche-ie dots, making these portraits even more lovely, and simple, and odd and fantastic! Love, love, love, love!

{These were created for a group show, titled “Momentum for Tormentum”, in which Mexican Artists living in NY auctioned pieces to benefit the victims of the double hurricane that hit Mexico in September 2013 ~ via Artsy Forager on Pinterest }

“new neon” show

Ok, now THAT is a lot of neon! As I’m sure you’re quite aware, I do love a little pop of neon here and there, so when I found out about this show that is COMPLETELY neon, well, I was totally on board. There are sooooo many amazing artists in this show, New Neon, that is currently hanging at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California {between San Francisco and Sacramento}. I’ve only shown a fraction of the artists involved… and thankfully Sandra Fettingis, the first artist featured at the top of this post, took a few instagrams of the space so I’ve included those too. I would love to spend a little time in this ridiculously neon space, wouldn’t you? The show is up until February 23rd, so pop by if you can.

Bring sunglasses.

{1. Sandra Fettingis 2. Tim Etchells 3. April Deacon 4. Ron Ulicny 5. Michelle Fleck 6. Elyse Graham 7. Barry Underwood 8. Kristin Farr}

rebecca chaperon… again

Oh boy. I reallllly love these new paintings by Vancouver based artist Rebecca Chaperon. I just wrote about her in July, and was a little obsessed with her dark, moody color palette… and then I saw these! She told me that she had a really tough summer playing around with this new palette {it truly is such a huge departure from her regular work} but I think she’s got the hang of it now! I’ve said this before, but one thing I admire so much is when an artist pushes past their comfort zone, yet the work is still recognizable as their own… well, that’s what Rebecca has done with these pink beauties! {ps. they’re hanging at “Make Vancouver” from Dec 13- Jan 15 2013 – 257 East 7th Ave}

Ok. You thought I was finished – nope! While we’re talking about pink icebergs, I just had to show you these little “miniature iceberg” watercolor paintings that she’s been doing as well:

So sweet… and affordable!

lisa golightly… again

Oh, summer… I miss you so much. Do you ever think about me? It’s going to be awhile before we see each other again, so until then I’ll just look at these gorgeous new paintings by Portland based artist Lisa Golightly ~ sigh ~ yes, these are helping. Pink skies, lazy-hazey days at the beach, and overexposed photographs to prove what a great summer it really was. Lovely.

{Good Eye Gallery included quite a few of these pieces in their pop-up show in LA, at Deasy Penner, and they’ll be up into the beginning of January. If you can’t make it into the show, you can also buy the originals through the Good Eye Gallery site. And, a few of them are available as prints through Lisa’s Etsy shop.}

artists aiding the philippines

On November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan {local name Yolanda} struck a path of destruction through the Philippines affecting millions of people. The images seen were heartbreaking and the stories of loss unimaginable. Artists Heal PH, an online pop-up shop of art + goods, was created by Nancy Mungcal, Michelle Mungcal and Neysa Bowers {sisters} to help support relief efforts … this was where they came from – the place their family called home. Artists Heal PH will be open from November 28 – December 31. All net proceeds will be donated to benefit The International Rescue Committee.

They have gathered so much amazing work, from so many generous artists who have given their work for free. Here are a few of my favorites:

… and the jewelry! So gorgeous:

If you’re going to be doing a bit of holiday shopping anyway, why not pop by this site… things are selling out really fast {thanks to all of you amazing, generous people out there}, so if you want something, you better get over there QUICK! Thank you for helping, and happy weekend to you! xo

{1) Darren Pasemko & Vanessa Boer 2) Ann Flowers 3) Ink + Smog Editions 4) Debbie Carlos 5) Clare Elsaesser // Jewelry 1) Sarah Safavi 2) Courtney of MySoCalledVintage}

heather mccaw kerley

Droooooool. So, I LOVE bread, but am not allowed to have it any more. Very sad. Perhaps that is why these gorgeous, little, gluten-filled paintings are screaming my name! They are the hyper-real work of USA born, Germany based, artist Heather McCaw Kerley. I want them for my wall… and I want them with a bit of butter. Yum! Well, whether you can have gluten or not, you can have one of these… the originals are being featured/sold on Buy Some Damn Art this week.