medium /// wood




i’m jealous of patrick lajoie & mara minuzzo


Ok. This is taking affordable prints to an entirely new place…

Vintage paint-by-number. On circular, salvaged wood. For $22. Gah!!! These cool little nods to the past are the work of Canadian couple Patrick Lajoie and Mara Minuzzo. At their home studio, in the rolling hills of beautiful Caledon, Ontario {just outside of Toronto}, they manually transfer the pigments of an archival print onto wood… 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps left over from the construction of their studio workshop. LOVE!

{ps. I bought one before I posted this just so I could be sure to scoop the one I wanted! Any guesses?}





i’m jealous… and in mourning

Do you remember this? A few years ago I wrote about this amazing abandoned farm house, turned life-sized dollhouse, on the Canadian Prairies. It was the work of artist Heather Benning:

So dreamy, right? Well, it’s almost like it was a dream, because just like that, it’s gone:

Sad face. But, it was the right thing to do. The building had become very unstable, and Heather didn’t want it to collapse, or be vandilized, so this past March she took matters into her own hands, and she set it on fire. Sad face, again. Although, if it had to go, it’s pretty cool that it went out in a blaze of glory!

Oh, pretty prairie dollhouse, I know it was your time, but I’ll still miss you. I will always remember you like this:

RIP ♥

{Great article/interview with Heather Benning about this on CBC}





i’m jealous of lori larusso

This is the work of American artist Lori Larusso. Prints? No. Paintings? Kinda. They are acrylic paintings, but I might be tempted to call them sculptures. See some of those shadows? Yep, these are actually paintings on intricately cut panels {all around the 4′ mark}. Gorgeous! And besides the beautifully mundane domestic subject matter {which I am obsessed with!}, in perfectly chosen colors, I think what I love most is that fact that they’re a bit of a mind trick… by cutting the panels, Lori gives so much dimension to these totally flat, partially dissected spaces. Ah-mazing.





i’m jealous of chinn wang


This is the work of Boulder, Colorado based artist Chinn Wang … she screenprints on wood, and in the case of her “heraldry” series, they come in the form of a few crazy amazing family crest type things {and, of course, a couple of big blue bears to guard her own personal crest, titled “CW”} . Oh yes, and then there are these beauties:

Those owls! Pink Deer! Snap, Crackle AND Pop? Yep, it’s the whole gang! Love.





i’m jealous of sandra eterovic

Sweet jiminy… I love, love, love these paintings. I mean sculptures. Or paintings. Ok, here’s where the confusion comes in… Melbourne based artist Sandra Eterovic paints with acrylic on wood, but then cuts away the background so that’s she’s just left with a giant Tshirt or a huge can of SPAM {so good! the painting that is, not actual SPAM} She lured me in with that number-covered couple, and then finished me off with these:

… grouchy men in Chanel shirts? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!!!

{Thanks to Lucy for sending me a link to Sandra’s work!}





i’m jealous of aaron moran… again

Oooooh! New work by Vancouver artist Aaron Moran. I wrote about his salvaged-wood sculptures a couple of years ago {which I still love more than I can say!}, but when I saw this series, titled Section 1, I had to share it. Boy oh boy, it’s pretty amazing what he can do with bits of wood and a tiny amount of perfectly chosen house paint. Love.





call for entries!

Yep, it’s true! UncommonGoods is having an art contest, and they want to see what’s in your portfolio… AND, they’ve asked me to be one of the judges {pressure}. So, the deadline is MARCH 31st, 2013, and the grand prize… $500 + 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints. Not too shabby! So, are you ready? Of course you are! You can find all of the rules right here. I can’t wait to see what you send in… Good luck!

{These are my three faves from the 2012 contest: 1) Kelly Puissegur 2) Kat Shoa 3) Valerie Galloway}





i’m jealous of ella robinson

I’ve tried embroidery on paper… but never on a chunk of driftwood! These are the lovely works of British artist Ella Robinson. In the top and bottom images, she has used cotton thread. For the other two, it’s colored plastic lacing that is weaving so beautifully in and out of those holes. Oh boy, and now I want one in the corner of my living room. A lot.

{via Poppytalk’s Pinterest board}





i’m jealous of drew tyndell

Oh my. Atlanta based artist Drew Tyndell has me wanting to move into a little, flat, wooden, multi-colored house. Pink & navy, straight angles & organic shapes, painted surface & exposed woodgrain… and of course, just the right amount of insane precision. Home sweet home.

{via Design for Mankind}





i’m jealous of haley ann robinson

Oooh, so pretty! I love these little painted objects by LA based artist Haley Ann Robinson. By day she is a graphic designer, and at night… well, I assume that’s when she paints these gorgeous little chunks of wood! All of this work was done for Totokaelo, a shop filled with lots of fantastic things {Dear Santa, I would like a chunk of wood with gold on it. Thank you.}