eleni pratsi

Oh my circles! Colors bleeding into each other while contained in perfect circles. This is the work of Paris based painter Eleni Pratsi. I love her work – oil and acrylic on canvas – and I love her reasons for obsessing over circles just as much:

“… Beyond doubt, the circle plays a favourable role in my paintings. Treating the circular form as if it were the unique letter of my plastic alphabet is based on a personal choice and backed up by a childhood memory: when asked by my instructor, at the age of eleven, as I took my first art lesson to draw a circle, this turned out to be perfect, to Eliza’s taste. Consciously or unconsciously I recall her overflowing enthusiasm but also my feeling so proud for having traced a circle, my first circle, a perfect circle. With this childhood experience recorded undoubtedly in my subconscious, ten years later I initiated a series of artistic studies through which I’ve been pursuing, ever since, the perfect circle.”

Mission accomplished. Happy Friday.

{via Saatchi Art}





hugo alonso

Ok, I’m a little bit scared… I think the call might be coming from inside the house! Eeeee! Luckily, nothing is going to jump out of the darkness because these are not movie stills, they’re part of a series of stunning airbrush on paper paintings. Really. These cinematic gems are the work of Spanish painter {yes, I need to reiterate that these are paintings} Hugo Alonso. Here are a few words from the Galerie Youn site about Hugo’s work:

… Alonso lets us be seduced by the uncertain, in his own words, by a “hole behind a painting that one can approach so as to peer at that which seems far off to us in a strange manner, with a disturbing familiarity”. Hugo Alonso does not just work on deconstructing the processes of accessing painting but also the logic of the cinema and its elements ‘setting, plan, set dressing’ which he reorganizes in order to show new links to fiction, to a certain extent calling up the phantasmagorical.

Disturbing familiarity. YES.

{via Galerie Youn}





jessica pisano

Loose strokes and tight detail … that combination always takes my breath away. These large-scale oil on panel “Treescapes” are the work of American painter Jessica Pisano. Wouldn’t it be nice to lie down on that washy blue ground, gazing up into those delicate treetops. Sigh. Happy Wednesday.





marsi van de heuvel


You know how much I love embroidery, right? I do. But this isn’t it. This is the work of South African artist Marsi van de Heuvel … they’re drawings. Drawings created with fineliner pens. FINELINER PENS. I can’t even begin to imagine the patience and concentration involved in creating all of these small, colorful, botanical lines. Stunning.

{via Miss Moss}





kc christmas

Art AND cake? I’m in! This is the brand new collage work of American artist/illustrator KC Christmas, and you know what, I’m just gonna say it… I get to take a tiny bit of credit {maybe 2%ish} for these hilarious, delicious, whimsical pieces. Here’s why:

“For this week’s #thejealouscurator challenge, where could I go if I had the choice? I would go to an art museum made of cake. Think about it! What sweeter way to enjoy art than with friends and some cake?” ~ KC on Instagram #afyecamp

YES! I love it when a seemingly carefree assignment leads to an entirely new body of work! And good news, she finally put some of these collages into her Etsy shop – go get yourself some artsy dessert.





christopher burk

Hm, I don’t know how to write this post without sounding like a trouble-maker. Oh well, here it goes … these lovely nighttime paintings on paper remind me of sneaking out in high school… sorry, Mom. Ahh, the fresh summer night air, crickets chirping, and a dash of small town teenage rebellion thrown in for good measure. I’m not entirely sure this is what American artist Christopher Burk meant to conjure up with this series, but that’s exactly where my mind went when I saw his work. {ps. if you’re a teenager, please don’t sneak out!}





laura berger & the jaunt

Wouldn’t it be amazing if artists got sent on week long trips around the world in search of inspiration resulting in gorgeous new work? Well, American artist Laura Berger did just that in Lima Peru, thanks to “The Jaunt”! What is “The Jaunt” you ask? Listen to THIS:

“For each trip we send an artist on a trip to anywhere in the world, to a destination where they have never been before. Once arrived, the artist will soak up all of the local impressions and inspirations. From freshly brewed local coffee to small boutiques, neoclassical architecture, overcrowded tourist sights or whatever else falls in their way. During the trip the artists keep a travel blog and document the many impressions they come across. This way everyone will be kept up to date with the travels and adventures of the artists, allowing a degree of familiarity with their perspective. Each trip is unique, because each destination and artist is different.”

What!? So fantastic. And, Laura & Lima? Literally a perfect combination! Now normally the art is bought, sight unseen, before the artist leaves – an exciting adventure for everyone {the print sales fund the trip}. But because Laura’s trip was in May, I can show you the results today! So, each artist is supposed to come home from their travels and produce one limited edition print based on their experiences but, Laura loved it so much, she made TWO {both shown above}. She didn’t stop there though – she also painted six original paintings! All of this work will be shown, and for sale, as of tomorrow – Friday July 28th. If you’re in LA pop by 3sixteen from 5-11pm. The prints are currently available online right here! ps. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of this amazing project, read The Jaunt’s very informative FAQ page.





carol milne

Oh my knitted glass! This is the mind-bending (and glass bending) work of Seattle based sculptor Carol Milne. This text, taken from her site, does a wonderful job describing Carol and her work:

Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass.   Pushing the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation, determined to combine her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture, she developed a variation of the lost wax casting process to cast knitted work in glass.

“I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure.  Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together.  You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart.  And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together.  The connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keep it intact.”

Beautiful.

ps. some of her work is available in her online shop.





claire brewster ~ new work

Gasp! Ok, so I have written about London based artist Claire Brewster many, many times. I’ve even had her on my podcast to talk about her work… her paper-cutting installation work that she’s become very known for. Well, on that podcast episode Claire mentioned she was starting to play around with a new direction. She was not kidding! These are a few of her new mixed media paintings, and a beautiful letter about how she found her way to this work:

“At the end of last year when I first started experimenting with new work, I really thought I would be making wall mounted wooden sculptures.  I worked really hard on them, spent hours working on drawings, converting them into the digital files necessary for them to be laser cut, had a whole load made, painted them and then….

Nothing, the desire to make them disappeared, the ones I had made just felt wrong. There was too much time spent on the computer and not enough making. The need had been so urgent for months that I couldn’t think about anything else and then behind the noise of making these works and struggling to get them to be what I wanted them to be another voice came through.

Make collages with people, it said. And in truth I already was.

I have sketch books full of people (mainly women) cut out from magazines arranged together, like they are waiting for something to happen.This voice became stronger and stronger and it turns out this is the new direction I was meant to be taking. Not the wooden sculptures. That was something I had to get out of my system in order to move forward in a new direction.

It is amazing how ideas and inspiration comes about, it’s never straightforward. I’m learning everyday that I need to listen to my gut, intuition whatever you want to call it. It always knows best. When ever I follow that goodness happens, when I go against it things invariably don’t turn out so well.”

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!





shannon d. taylor

magicmakerdreamweaver … that is a perfect description for everything in the portfolio of California based artist/illustrator (and professor at CCA) Shannon D. Taylor. It also happens to be her Instagram handle. Rainbows, ridiculously starry skies, and two very tigerific reasons to start playing ping pong ASAP. Happy Monday.