martha rich



Oh. It’s all just so awesome. I mentioned American artist Martha Rich in yesterday’s post, which of course made me want to rush over to her site immediately… so I did. As always, I found a whole bunch of stuff that I LOVE {that first piece is especially perfect given the topic of the Oprah post from yesterday!}. And the pink boobs, well, I think they speak for themselves #storyofthenudes





‘o’ is for oprah

A few weeks ago I put up a very vague ‘O’ post on my Facebook page. I had exciting news but couldn’t say much… until now:

Yep! My book, CREATIVE BLOCK, is mentioned in the current issue of O, The Oprah Magazine! It’s the “Breakthrough” issue, so I am ridiculously honored to have the book be included. Down the left hand side of page 100 you’ll find three of the unblocking projects – one by painter Martha Rich, another by multi-disciplinary artist Kelly Lynn Jones, and a road trip idea from photographer Jennifer Altman – they’re all such smart, creative women! Have a peek:

Amazing! But wait, that’s not all!!! They also asked me to come to LA and shoot a few segments for #OWNSHOW. Um … I SAID YES. I was so nervous. Excited, but yes, nervous. Luckily I didn’t have too much time to overthink it, because about a week later, I packed my suitcase and was on my way. It turns out, there was nothing to be worried about. I have never met a nicer group of people. So fun, so encouraging, and so professional… what else would you expect though, right?! I ended up shooting five segments with their lovely #OWNSHOW host, Danisha Danielle Hoston. Thanks goodness for Danisha – she instantly made me feel comfortable. Anyway, we talked about shame, inner-critics, blocks, and finding a way out of all of that. I think everything went pretty well … wanna see them? (they’re all less than five minutes each, I promise):

No.1  How Artists Handle Self-Doubt:


No.2  What Artists Know About Creative Blocks:


No.3  How Shame Stifles Creativity:


No.4  Three Ways to Find Inspiration:


No.5  A Simple Way to Free Your Mind:

Ahhh!!! Craziness. Thank you so much #OWNSHOW – I loved every minute of my time with you guys, especially drawing those flowers!

So, next stop? Super Soul Sunday with Oprah herself. Ok, that’s not actually happening (yet!) but I’m going to put it into the universe anyway, because, hey, you never know!





bovey lee



Power lines, freeways, pavers, rebar, steel bridges, and dizzying high rises… and plum blossoms. Yep, somehow these delicate flowers work seamlessly with these hard urban textures thanks to the exquisite hand-cut paper work of Hong Kong born, Pittsburgh based artist Bovey Lee. Ah, if only every city could create such a harmonious balance between nature and industry. Sigh. Lovely.

{via Colossal}





anne-karin furunes




Photographs? No. Paintings? Well, there is paint on there… black acrylic paint on canvas, but the images are made entirely of many, many, many tiny hand-punched perforated holes. WHAT? Yes. This is the large-scale, hole-filled, totally entrancing portrait work of Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes. From the moment I saw the first piece, I was in complete awe… and honestly, trying to figure out exactly how she did this! They must be photos. Or paintings. They can’t just be holes… oh, but they are. I highly recommend watching this lovely video interview with Anne-Karin about her work, and her process {and you really have to see the scale!}. Amazing.

{discovered via instagram}





boyoun kim

I could not be happier to end this very busy week with a HUGE stack of donuts, a pink balloon, and two ze-bras … Get it? Ze-BRA… ok, that wasn’t actually my joke, that’s the title of that gorgeous screenprint by Korean born, New York based artist/illustrator Boyoun Kim. All of her work is just so fun, colorful, and beautifully executed. Sigh. So good. Ok, I’m off to eat a giant pile of sprinkle-covered donuts. Have a lovely weekend everyone!





kt smail

I really can’t get enough of this lately… there is something about a modern take on floral still life that just calls my name! This is the work of Scottish born, New York based artist/illustrator KT (aka Katy) Smail, and she is the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art this week. These three originals are still available, so if you’d like some modern florals {that always stay fresh!} for your wall then I suggest you pop over there, well… now! Oh, but wait, before you go, I have to quickly show you some of her flowery/fruity painted patterns… watermelons & pineapples? Oh, yes please!

Ahhh, love.

ps. Right after you go to Buy Some Damn Art, you should pop over to Design Love Fest and download a few of these patterns for your desktop!





yumi okita


Ok. Part of me is so in love with these textile moths {the colors, the patterns, the skilled technique required to make them}, but the other part of me… shudder! Yes, I have some major issues with flying things {there’s a story about a butterfly sanctuary in there, but that’s for another day.} Luckily these beauties, by North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita, can’t fly… RIGHT? Oh, and just so you have a sense of scale:

Lovely… but I am sooooo glad that’s not real.  #sanctuaryflashback





camilla engman




How have I not seen these before? I’ve written about Swedish artist/illustrator Camilla Engman several times, and she is one of the artists in CREATIVE BLOCK {you have to try her unblocking project on p.219 – it’s a really good one!}. I love these found envelope collages so, so much… clever, fun, creative, and instantly recognizable as “Camilla Engman”. I love that I recognize some of these funny little characters from her paintings, and now here they are, in found paper form, popping out of envelope houses! They make me want to rifle through all of my recycled paper, grab some scissors, and head into the studio for the rest of the day #donotdisturb





rachel castle



Oh! I want to spend Monday lying around/having a picnic in these colorful, abstract-ish gardens. This is the work of Sydney based artist Rachel Castle. I’ve written about her before (felt work, bedding etc), but today, well today is allllllll about these gorgeous paintings on linen… ♥  And just so you can see how fabulous they might look on your wall:

Gorgeous! And, look at all of those red dots on the wall… that is A LOT of sold paintings #curatorsdream

via: SFGirlByBay just wrote about Rachel – her linens, her felt pieces, and a few of these paintings – a perfect reminder for me to do a new “Rachel Castle” post. Thanks Victoria!





max wanger

Sigh… If these don’t scream Happy Friday, then I just don’t know what does. These gorgeous summery photographs are the work of LA based photographer Max Wanger. I was so happy to meet Max last fall when the show I curated at The Fig House opened. His work is just so fun, warm and dreamy… I think I had about 8 of his photographs in there! Anyway, I was on twitter last night and happened to see that he’s having a 15% off sale that ends tonight at midnight PST!!! If you want a slice of summer for your wall pop over there now. See you on Monday!

ps. Use the code HAPPYSUMMER when you check out … how perfect is that?