medium /// text-based




“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}





annica lydenberg



Hey! Today is 11.12.13… and speaking of important dates… I don’t know about you, but I reallllllly want to remember when “ice cream for breakfast day” is… and now I can thanks to this hilarious, chalkboard-esque, hand-lettered calendar! The “Calendar of Silly Holidays” is brought to you by Brooklyn based art/design studio Dirty Bandits, which was founded by artist/designer Annica Lydenberg. So, if you’re doing any early holiday shopping you might want to throw one of these bad boys {it’s only $12!!} in your cart… especially if you know someone who still owns a fanny-pack {Ok Australians, stop giggling…. that’s something else in this hemisphere!}





i’m jealous of doug aitken

Be still my beating heart! This is the text-based work of American artist Doug Aitken, and I love every single piece. A mirrored NOW, SEX that is actually growing, and neon dreams for 99 cents. Yep, I love it all. The…





i’m jealous of mary kate mcdevitt

I am waking up in Philadelphia this morning, getting ready for tomorrow’s GIRL CRUSH with the lovely Shauna Alterio {where amazing things will happen!}, and I thought it was appropriate to feature a Philly-born* artist for the weekend post! Enter the hand-lettering work of  Mary Kate McDevitt… so fun, so charming, and her color choices are fantastic! Can I get a HIGH 5? Nice!

* Mary Kate is now based in Portland, but then this post wouldn’t have been quite as timely!





i’m jealous of russ noto



A polka-dot horse, color-coded hounds, and a big pink bull… yep, this is my kind o’ farm. These large scale oil paintings are the work of American artist, and newly graduated MFA student, Russ Noto … sigh… he had me at PINK.





ART GOES … over there!

I’m not sure if you’ve seen my latest series of posts on sfgirlbybay, but I kind of love doing them! The column is called ART GOES HERE, and I write one every second Wednesday {which happens to be today!}. Basically, I find a beautiful interior design image, and using a little photoshop magic, I add three different selections of contemporary art to the shot. Sculpture, painting, installation – yep, anything goes!

To be totally honest, this is my dream job. Finding, and then hanging, the perfect art for someone’s home… I’d get to play matchmaker between artist and collector, and amazing work would end up on beautiful walls. Win, WIN! Here are a few little snippets from ART GOES HERE from the past few months {visit sfgirlbybay to see the full posts}:

{Art // 1. Tape ~ Alex Menocal 2. Lights ~ Steve Lambert 3. Photography ~ Amy Friend 4. Thread ~ Anne Lindberg 5. Chalk ~ Dana Tanamachi 6. Pen ~ Il Lee 7. Stairs – various images found on Pinterest by searching for ‘staircases’}





i’m jealous of random loveliness

I find all sorts of amazing bits & pieces in my travels around the internet. I usually post them to my “random lovely things” board on Pinterest, but today I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you… a lovely/random way to kick off the weekend, yes? I didn’t fully realize {ok, I had a hunch}, that I seem to have a thing for neons & neutrals…

… ahhh, finished off with an amazing piece by Banksy. Ok, everything in this post makes me want to make stuff… good thing it’s the weekend! See you on Monday : )

{1. inaluxe 2. Emma Dajska 3. Jack Potter 4. Feathers {I can’t find the artist? Help!}  5. Shaun Kardinal 6. Ritsuko Ozeki 7. Chris Henley 8. Keith P. Rein 9. Leah Durant 10. Banksy}





i’m jealous of jen gotch


LOVE!!! A friend pointed me to the portfolio of LA based photographer Jen Gotch… and I have basically just shown you everything in her ‘personal’ section! Well, that was the first half… here’s the second half:


Sweet jiminy… I love it all! She also has some gorgeous prints for sale… oh, ok, I’ll show you a few of my favorite shots from that section of her site too!

Gah. So good! Ok, I’ll stop now.





i’m jealous of jung lee



Neon love letters illuminating the evening landscape. Um, yes, I absolutely love this text-based work by Korean artist Jung Lee. She had me at “WHY?”

{via Colossal}





oh boy…

Yep, it’s my birthday… the last one in my 30’s – um, when did that happen?! Anywho, I have always loved my birthday, and today is no exception! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite images from my “random lovely things” pinboard … because, quite frankly, most of them sort of scream birthday! Ok, here we go:



Thanks for being part of my special day… I’m going to spend the rest of the day riding my new pink bike with my lovely husband, and eating chocolate cake. A lot. See you tomorrow!

{1. Glass bubblegum paperweights 2. Painting by Amanda Blake 3. NOW mirror by Doug Aitken 4. Neon/neutral party decor 5. Donut Queen! 6. Donut painting by Emily Eveleth 7. Mixed media cake by Martha Rich 8. YOU LOOK GREAT mirror by Jade Rude 9. Mixed media photograph by Unknown … to me anyway}