“collagmically connected”

Well, this show has been a long time coming! I’ll let my curatorial statement do the talking about the latest show I just put up at Fancy Schmancy Gallery

“Three collage artists living in completely different parts of the world – Hollie Chastain in Chattanooga Tennessee, Hagar Vardimon in Amsterdam, and me, Danielle Krysa in a small town in Western Canada – yet we have a strange habit of creating very similar work. A lot. I thought it was high time the three of us show together, and so “Collagmically Connected” was born. We agreed on the theme of “home” and off we went to create two collages each… and wouldn’t you know it, we all came back with four pieces. From house numbers, to protective gardens, to finding our way back home – Hollie + Hagar + Danielle = collagmically connected 4ever.”

Yes! Oh, I love this show so much. Twelve original collages by three artists who have been weirdly, and wonderfully, connected for years. Pop over to the gallery soon because I have a feeling these will go quickly. ps. check out “past shows” while you’re there … there are still a few pieces available from the three previous shows.





sue williams a’court

Graphite and paint on found book covers … be still my heart! And just to be clear, those landscapes are drawn by Sue {ie. not images cut from old books!}. Amazing. This is new work, from the “Anonymous” series, by British artist Sue Williams A’Court, and once again, I love every single piece! This work is part of ‘Only Connect’, the latest Art Sales exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.





janice wu

I know you’re already wondering… it’s pencil & gouache on paper. So beautiful!  This is the lovely work of Vancouver based artist/illustrator Janice Wu. I am totally smitten with her entire portfolio of found bits and pieces – yep, anyone who can turn trash into treasure is a-ok in my book! ps. Now I want strawberry candies.





SUMMER CAMP 5 : bad art ‘n good snacks

Hello, campers! Here we are at week 5, but before we get started I have to show you just a few of your favorite places “captured with collage”. Since I gave you guys the option of doing a Venice themed collage for the European Cultural Academy contest, I decided that’s the route I’d take too…

“hollywood had not led lana astray – italian men were absolutely effervescent!”

Ahhh, gondolas and gelato – see you soon! And, once again, you all did amazing things with this challenge. From dreamy visions of Venice to art galleries made of cake… here are a few pieces pulled from Instagram via our summer camp hashtag, #AFYEcamp {photo credit links are at the very bottom of the post} :

What?! Seriously, so much goodness lives at this hashtag. Speaking of our hashtag, let’s find out what’s going to show up there later this week…

Art Project No.5:

“Bad Art ’n Good Snacks” : Have you ever done this? It’s such a great way to spend an evening! Here’s what you do – get a group of friends together this week {even just one friend will work}. Everyone shows up with their old art supplies and junky craft materials … you know, the stuff you don’t want in your house – old yarn, glitter, brown acrylic paint, leftovers from the grocery store project. Next, add snacks, wine, s’moreos, whatever you like. Finally, make the ugliest thing you can possibly make – this way the worst thing you’ve ever produced is behind you and there’s nowhere to go but UP! Also, it’s just a really great excuse to hang out with some good friends while eating pizza.

Artist Examples:

Let’s start with a peek at Martha Rich‘s wacky group projects. I’d LOVE to live closer to her for all sorts of reasons, but getting invited to these art nights is right at the top of that list:

Hilarious! Can’t you see this as her bio photo in an art history text book one day? Totally.

And now, onto the gorgeous paintings of Leah Giberson. Yes, these are paintings:

Crazy. And, not only do I love her work, I also love Leah’s story about getting together with her group of artist friends once a month. We should all do that … we all need to do that. Perfect segue into this group of artists… Canada’s “Group of Seven”:

That’s one of my favorite Group of Seven paintings above. It’s the work of Frederick Varley {titled “Stormy Weather”}, and below that is a photograph of Tom Thomson in his ill-fated canoe.

Another member of the group I mentioned, Lawren Harris … and one of his biggest fans:

*Photo of Steve Martin by Gus Burdick, Toronto Star article

And finally, my favorite painting by Emily Carr – the only woman to be considered part of the group:

Oh, so much Canadiana packed into this episode! And with that, our last AFYE campfire is slowly going out. Thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting summer camp, and thanks so much to you for listening! AFYE will be back with Season 2 of artist interviews in September … until then, be sure to hashtag your work this summer on Instagram with #AFYEcamp, and I’ll do the same ~ Danielle xo

Other info/links:

VENICE CONTEST: Make a Venice inspired collage and then post / hashtag it on Instagram with #AFYEcamp AND #JealousInVenice. The weeks you can choose from are the weeks of August 7th, and August 14th {that’s when I’ll be there as one of the instructors}. I will be choosing ONE WINNER on Friday June 30, 2017.

  1. European Cultural Academy, Venice
  2. Kate Bingaman-Burt, Episode No.22
  3. Leah Giberson, Episode No.34
  4. “That Night In Toronto” show at Mayberry Fine Art, July 8
  5. The Tragically Hip
  6. 12 Creative Unblocking Projects for you TO DO with friends!
  7. 100 artist interviews to listen/relisten to!
  8. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST: subscribe on iTunes

*Photo credits from Project No.4, in the order they appear above:

1. @metapasteta / 2.@kc.christmas / 3. @griffinkcarrick / 4. @kikibirdiestudio / 5. @making_pages  





clémentine de chabaneix

Do I even need to say anything? I mean really, that girl holding an alligator kinda says it all, no? This is the ethereal work of French artist Clémentine de Chabaneix. Here are her words about this weird and wonderful work:

…I work with epoxy resin or ceramic, iron and sometimes wood. I often sculpt young ‘Burtonian’ girls, kind of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, teenagers, romantic, a bit gothic. My work is about leaving childhood, metamorphose, struggle… 

Nailed it. Happy Friday.

{found via Club Sensible’s Instagram feed}





gunjan aylawadi


Seriously, how does she do it? Just kidding, I totally know how she does it because I had India born, Sydney based artist Gunjan Aylawadi on my podcast and she told me everything! These are just a few of her latest, and always insane, woven paper sculptures. The series is titled “Place for Prayer” and will be hanging in a new show that opens THIS SATURDAY, June 24th in Sydney at Koskela.

“In the last few years, my slow meditative paper weaving practice has evolved from two-dimensional paper tapestries to three-dimensional geometric sculptures. In this show, I have attempted to create a body of work exploring the idea of prayer and carving out a place for personal meditative contemplation. Inspired by the geometry, architecture and arabesque patterns in temples/churches/mosques that I grew up around, these works are an invitation to viewers to pause, observe, contemplate and rest.”

Sigh. Beautiful. The shows runs until July 23rd. {Also, how great is it that her clothes match her work!?}





artsnacks : june box!

Yes Liz, it’s finally time! The mailman just delivered my “June” mystery box from ArtSnacks! I started getting these artsy boxes two months ago … how did I not know about them before!? Now, normally I’m a bit of a lone wolf, but I’ve decided to team up with ArtSnacks {aka Lee & Sarah Rubenstein – a brother and sister duo from the east coast} once a month to share the juicy goodness going on in these little boxes because, well, fresh art supplies make me giddy, and you should know about them too!

Now, I can’t very well introduce new supplies into my studio without Liz’s approval. Let’s face it, most of my art involves her in some way. So, let’s take a look at this month’s surprise supplies… I’m pretty sure she’ll love everything {but do NOT tell her about the gum ball in there!} :

Ooh boy, there were a few tense gum-related moments there, but it looks like Liz is officially in {she’s making the royal announcement above}… but to be clear, she’s still not happy about the gum. No problem, I’ll take it!

One of these boxes shows up in my mailbox every month. I never know what’s in it, but it’s always really cool, high quality art supplies that are researched and tested by Lee and Sarah. At the art store I just grab my usual go-to supplies, and head home. This way I get to discover new things that I might have missed if left to my own devices.

Wanna try it?! You can order one month at a time or sign up for 3mos, 6mos, or a full year… whatever works for you. Click here for all of the ins and outs. ps. enter coupon code thejealouscurator and you’ll receive 10% off your first month of ArtSnacks! Ok, time for me and Liz to get into the studio with all of this stuff! Have fun, and let me know if you get hooked… hashtag your box openings / what you make with, #artsnacks

In the June box: Tombow Dual Brush Pen x3, General’s MultiPastel Chalk Pencil x2, Painty FX by ZIG, ArtSnacks & Denik mini Sketchbook, and a sour gum ball! I have no idea what’s in the July box, but I can’t wait to find out!




david lyle

Collages? Well, not once he’s finished with them. This is the work of Japan born, New York based painter … yes, these are PAINTINGS… David Lyle. His portfolio is filled with funny, satirical work but these “art” pieces are easily my favorite, for obvious reasons. Here are David’s words about his work:

“My paintings are inspired by found photographs. I feel that to find a lost photo, and paint it allows the photo or “memory” to have a second life. I make a college from found photos and then I use the college as a reference to paint from and I use only black paint on a white gessoed panel. Most of my subject matter in the paintings are satirical commentaries of things going on in or around my life.”

So. Good.

{via Saatchi Art}





pernille snedker hansen



Art… that you walk on!

Last week I wrote about gorgeous hand-painted geodes, and someone said they looked like “suminagashi”. Obviously I ended up going down a research rabbit hole, which ended up reminding me I’d written about a Danish artist, years ago, who did something similar… enter the work of Copenhagen based artist and designer Pernille Snedker Hansen, aka Snedker Studio. In 2011 I wrote about her paper pieces that hang on walls, but today… today is all about these immersive works of art on the floor!

In collaboration with natural phenomenon and inspired by traditional craft techniques, Pernille Snedker Hansen transform interiors into immersive artworks.

A culmination of years of experimentation and development, Pernille has re-purposed the traditional craft of marbling. She works directly with its fluid nature to enhance material and create form. Created one drop at the time and resembling a tree growth rings, Pernilles technique responds to naturally occurring patterns. (read more about the art & process here)

Beautiful.





scott listfield

The overgrown Starbucks sign pulled me in, but as a proud Canadian… yeah, the Timmy Ho’s sign sealed the deal! “Franchise” is the latest brilliant show from American painter Scott Listfield. These gorgeous paintings {yes, paintings!?} are currently hanging in LA at Gallery 1988 until July 8th. If you can see Scott’s clever, beautifully painted work in person … GO! 

ps. Scott was on my podcast last year, and it’s such a great episode! Listen right here.