medium /// painting




calvin ross carl

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Acrylic, Enamel, Primed Canvas… and a words that “read as provocations, ambiguous slogans, and as disillusioned statements”.  This is the work of Portland based artist Calvin Ross Carl… and I want to touch one. I won’t. But I want to.





geoff mcfetridge

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As we speak, I’m on my way to the beaches of Maui. I’m hoping to end up like the girls in that final piece… the rest of those ladies look a little, well, tied up. I’ve written about the simple, graphic, smart paintings of LA based artist Geoff Mcfetridge before, but these pieces from his series Meditallucination, were calling my name.

{via Little Paper Planes}





“late one night…”

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Botanical watercolors, cosmic moments, and rum-soaked nipple cakes. Yep, all of that and more is covered in my conversation with Oregon based artist Kiana Mosley. Her story about getting into the zone “late one night” might’ve been my favorite part. You can listen right up there under that lovely bunch of blooms, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Now, the first time I wrote about Kiana’s work, in the fall of 2013, I described her paintings as “juicy gardens”, and I’m sticking with that description. Look…

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Gor. Ge. Ous. Ooh, and I love this too. She talked about using pieces that didn’t go exactly as planned, for future projects… like this stunning, bloom-filled, color explosion of an alphabet that she collaged out of painted scraps. How do I feel about it…

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LOVE! Now that’s how you recycle “failed” works! And of course, I had to show this… her two prints that have just very recently become available at Target!? Oh, and look who picked one up for the White House:

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What?! Yes. Ridiculously cool. Alright, and that’s that! Thanks to Kiana for those delicious nipple cakes AND for doing this interview with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and as always, thanks to you for listening… I’m on my way to Hawaii, but never fear, there will be more art for your ear launched from Maui next weekend! Until then…

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Other links:

The Fig House, LA / Emily Henderson / Sweet C’s designs / ps. some of Kiana’s work is available in my online gallery





anna valdez

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YES! Colorful, rich, jam-packed still life paintings that, honestly, make me a little bit giddy. These oil paintings are the work of American artist Anna Valdez. All of these items – plants, sweaters, blankets, scarves, books – are hers. She sets up, then paints, these very personal vignettes, giving us a beautiful glimpse into her world. Love.





ana mercedes hoyos

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Um, how am I just discovering the work of Colombian artist Ana Mercedes Hoyos? She began exhibiting in 1966 and from what I can tell from her exhibition schedule, she was still showing her work until just a few years before she passed away in 2014. Her work is vast in both medium and subject matter, but it’s these girls and their dresses that pulled on my heart strings.





elisa johns

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Oh my goodness. This is the gorgeous work of LA based artist Elisa Johns. Some of her work is oil on canvas, and other pieces are acrylic & ink on paper… like those two snakes… who I had to make a bit smaller and put in the middle of the post so they didn’t freak me out too much. Luckily they’re flanked by blossoming acrylic/ink fireweed, so that helps. Here is Elisa’s artist statement:

“In a time when our perception of “the natural” is obscured by urban living, my work delves into a fantasy in which bourgeois living collides with raw nature. Contemporary culture is obsessed with indicators of beauty. I take these indicators – beautiful people, animals, architecture – and place them within lushly painted landscapes. These elements become equally valued icons of desire and beauty. My intention is to establish a departure point into a fantastical narrative space.”

Lovely. Even the snakes.





“hello, me?”

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I have been trying to convince this lady to be on the podcast since the very beginning. She said no… a lot. But I finally broke her. I love, love, love the work of Boston based Leah Giberson and so I’m thrilled that she finally said yes. Her subjects are mundane, but exquisitely so. Campers, trailers, old boats, lawn chairs from your grandparents’ yard, painted with insane detail, that truly celebrate the beauty in the everyday. You can listen right under that gorgeous, shiny airstream, or subscribe on iTunes. First up, a few of my favorite pieces just to set the mood:

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Ahhh, those silver airstreams always blow my mind. All of her work is just so beautifully boring… speaking of which, here are a few photos from our trip to Chattanooga for the “Beautifully Boring” show, with Leah and New York based painter Samantha French. I love this photo of Leah in action {plus her butt looks great in this shot}.  There was a lot of “Leah Giberson” subject matter on the streets of Chattanooga:

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That was such a fun trip! Next, these are a few of Leah’s older pieces… the houses, and open trailers that she talked about:

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Oooh, those two trailers might be my favorites! Here are the two pieces that West Elm carried… that went absolutely crazy:

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Gah! I love those too! Leah has painted a lot of lawn chairs, and some of them have even ended up on beer labels:

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This is just one of the many pieces she created for New Belgium. I love them, so I purposely asked her about this project just so I’d have a reason to show them! We were also talking about how her work is evolving, and that she’s slowly becoming more interested in the mundane life reflected in the trailers instead of the actual trailers themselves:

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Amazing. And finally, a glimpse into her studio. It might be small, but it is jam-packed with creative goodness:

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Love! And that’s that… see, she had nothing to be nervous about. So easy. Thanks so much to Leah for answering her phone when I called, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and as always, thanks so much to YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.





alex beck

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Ah, nostalgia… with a dash of “this is the weirdest dream I’ve ever had”. I am in love with the beautifully bizarre work of American artist Alex Beck. I want to jump in that pool and head over to Jack & Ethel’s for dinner with the gang… before the elephants and ghosts show up, that is.





meghan jean

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Oh, I do love mundane subject matter and muted palettes… enter the oil paintings (on collaged paper!) of California based artist Meghan Jean. Sigh. Nothing like finding beauty in the everyday. In fact, do that right now. Look around and find something beautiful. A shadow, a texture, an old chair that you don’t even notice anymore. Yep, we’re surrounded.

{via Fresh Paint Magazine}





hanna ilczyszyn

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Ooh, flower faces! This is the most recent work {acrylic and oil on canvas} of Polish born, Belgium based artist Hanna Ilczyszyn. Her portfolio is huge, but it was these flower faces that grabbed my attention. Oh, and this piece from 2013, because who doesn’t love a red balloon nose:

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Weirdly wonderful.