marina luz


What’s the name of that book? You know, the one about the guy with the face? Exactly. These paintings are the hilarious work of California based artist Marina Luz. This ongoing series is titled, IF I DON’T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE, or, How We Describe Books When We Can’t Remember the Title or Author. The idea for this work came to her while trying to track down one of her favorite forgotten books. She searched for “Iceberg Shows Up Overnight in Front of Hotel”, hence the final book above, “ICE was in the title” … and FYI she still hasn’t figured this one out. Any thoughts?

{via Chronicle Books’ blog}

reine paradis


Storyboards for a beautiful, and slightly insane, movie? They very well could be! This series, titled “Jungle”, is the surreal, vibrant, and beautifully composed work of LA based French artist Reine Paradis:

“Each scene is imagined and pre conceptualized before shooting in real locations. All the objects are meticulously designed and placed within the scene, along with Paradis herself as the central figure.”

Aha! I wondered how she got that lady in red to do all of those crazy things. Hm, I wonder what’s going to happen in the sequel.

leah pantéa


Dreamy clouds, perfect lines, and little touch of gold here and there… sigh… this is the beautiful work {oil on paper} of San Diego based artist Leah Pantéa…. BUT, she happens to be living/working in Iceland at the moment. I can’t help but assume that this work is inspired by her time in that magical place. These are just a few pieces from her most recent series, titled “Janus”. Stunning. And I just had to get in there and show those close-ups, because, wow.

{You can reach out to Leah directly if you’re interested in purchasing her work.}

james maxwell


Whoa, whoa, whoa… wait. I thought these were perfect key line drawings. They are… except that instead of pencil lines, they’re iron rods. Perfect iron rods welded into line drawings! This is the work of Toronto based artist, designer, and teacher James Maxwell. If you’d like to see these beauties in person, James has a show on now through the end of September at the Elaine Fleck Gallery {1351 Queen St. West,  Toronto}. Metal?!

“pinups, pulp, comics, and canadiana”


Pinups and Canadiana, indeed! Today I’m talking to Vancouver based artist/illustrator Ryan Heshka, a proud fellow Canadian, about his sassy, pulp-inspired work. There are mean girls, “Mystery Twins”, and so much perfect found paper I can hardly stand it … we also covered important topics like underage drinking in barns on the Canadian Prairies. You can listen right up there under “The Wood Gang”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, let’s kick things off with a few of my favorite gals:


Yes. I love these! I told Ryan I pictured him being a comic-obsessed kid when he was little. Apparently I was right, and here’s proof… two of Ryan’s “early” works, followed by a more recent piece:


Ha! So cute, so funny! Well, given his love for Batman, it’s not surprising that these masked ladies eventually showed up in his portfolio. Batman + babes =


Oh, the bubblegum… those two might be my favorite set of Ryan’s “Mystery Twins”! Up next, we were talking about a few of his pieces where text, from the found paper he uses, shows through into his work:


So, so, so good. And I can almost smell that old paper from here! Mmmmmm.

There were two pieces I wanted to hear the story behind… they’re the first two below. They kind of led us into a Canadiana tangent, so I put a couple of those here too {note “Rolanda” on the jacket of the Blue Bird on the right}:


Ah yes, makes me proud to be Canadian… I was never Miss.Canadiana though. Well, something to work towards I suppose.

Ok, now Ryan’s books! He’s done a few: “Welcome To Monster Town”, “ABC Spook Show”… but this one has to be my fave:


Smoking, drinking, and stealing bras. Yep, mean girls being mean. If you want your own copy of “Mean Girls Club”, you can find it here.

Oh, and I always like to know what an artist’s studio looks like, so Ryan sent these along for the post. Check out his amazing view of that Vancouver sky:


Wowza! His cat doesn’t seem impressed though.

And finally, after all of that pinup / Canadiana action, I felt like this was the perfect painting to finish with:


Yep, there’s even a beaver. Thanks so much to Ryan for taking time out of his very busy, sleep-deprived day to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And as always, thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Martha Rich  / Mark Todd  / Esther Pearl Watson
  2. Kate Larkworthy Illustration, NY
  3. IKEA Ribba Frames!
  4. Corn & Apple Festival, Morden Manitoba


ritchelly oliveira


DRAWINGS. Um, that’s insane. You know what else is insane? This artist is 22 years old. Yeah. This is the work of Brazilian artist Ritchelly Oliveira… I can’t even begin to imagine what his future holds. 22!?

raquel rodrigo


What!? Urban cross-stitching… oh my word. This is the work of Spanish artist/set designer Raquel Rodrigo. Wire mesh and some very colorful rope working together to create lovely gardens on the walls around Madrid. Sigh. Yeah, I need her roses all over the front of my house.

{via Colossal}

angela fraleigh


Oh my goodness, I love these paintings so much! This is the most recent work from New York based Angela Fraleigh. I’ve written about her before, in early 2015, but I just found out that she has a new show, titled “Between Tongue and Teeth”, opening this coming Saturday. How could I not tell you about it!? Here is the gallery’s description of this exhibition/Angela’s work:

“Combining abstraction and realism, [Angela Fraleigh’s] visually seductive and complicated paintings reflect on art history, literature, and popular culture. For the Everson, Fraleigh presents new paintings inspired by works in the Everson’s collection, women of the Arts and Crafts movement and important female figures in the history of Central New York.”

If you’d like to see these beauties in person, visit Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY – September 24th till December 31, 2016.

zemer peled


Wow. Ceramic shards transformed into beautifully bizarre {very sharp} botanicals. I’ve written about Israeli artist Zemer Peled‘s gorgeous work before, but I just had to post about her current solo exhibition, titled “Nomad”. The up-close photos of Zemer’s pieces are gorgeous, but understanding their scale within a space makes them even more crazy amazing. These installation shots are from Mark Moore Gallery in LA where this work will be on display from now until November 5th, 2016. Go… but don’t touch anything. It’s sharp!

edward walton wilcox


Oh, yes. Hauntingly beautiful chandeliers in all of their illuminated, mysterious, sparkly magnificence! This is the work of Los Angeles based painter Edward Walton Wilcox. These big beautiful oil paintings, and many more like them, are currently hanging at KP Projects (LA). This show, titled “Haunted”, will be up until October 1, 2016. GO.