“chance favors those in motion”

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Oh, I love that painting so much. Sigh. Anywho, the episode today is titled “Chance favors those in motion”. It’s a favorite quote, by James H. Austin, of Canadian painter Zoë Pawlak. Not only is it a great quote, it’s a perfect description of how Zoë lives her life. She is a talented artist, a brilliant entrepreneur, a fantastic mother, a lover of tacos, and a great summer brunch date. I’ve known Zoë for a few years now, but I’ve never really dug in and asked where it all started and how she does the things she does… usually we just eat brunch. You can listen right up there under one of my fave “Zoë Pawlaks”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, her new studio in Montreal {she was based in Vancouver for years, but recently moved}:

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Ok, how great is that little message on her big brush? And I had to include those photos of Zoë, because that’s generally what she looks like most of the time… giant smile ‘n fab style! ps. I grabbed all of these images from her gorgeous Instagram feed.

And now, her work! Here are a few of her absolutely dreamy and poetic figurative paintings:

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Gah! Beautiful. Those colors, those curves. Stunning. Speaking of which, her ethereal landscapes:

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Annnnd, exhale. Maybe just one more deep breath. Yes.

Next… the underpainting “pink girl” that I said I saw/loved on her Instagram feed the other day:

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And that’s just the underpainting!? I’d take it just like that, thank you very much.

Up next… her paintings turned into gorgeous rugs. Yes. Paintings as huge, beautifully made rugs. This is such an ingenious collaboration between Zoë and the Burritt Brothers:

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Wow, right? {speaking of wow, all of these photos were taken by the very talented, Vancouver based Janis Nicolay}.

Moving on to another beautiful collaboration, this time between Zoë and Vancouver based furniture designer Jeff Martin:

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Right?! Ah, so beautiful and so smart. See, she is such a talented artist / brilliant entrepreneur.

And finally, I had to include this shot given one of her speed round answers:

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Avocado, Corona … yep, I’m pretty sure she’s going to use that credit card to buy tacos! HA! Had to. Thanks so much to Zoë for doing this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and BIG thanks to you for listening {and rating the podcast on iTunes? please? xo}. There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

Other links:

  1. Concordia University
  2. NSCAD
  3. Ben Skinner
  4. TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. IDS West
  6. Nowness

 





rose currie {and a give away}

Thank you so much to everyone that entered this lovely / potty-mouthed giveaway! I love that it drew attention to the fight against cancer… if you know someone fighting now, just give them a hug {so much better them telling them to cheer up or calm down!}. Ok, so the winner of the pink 13″x19″ CALM THE F*CK DOWN” print is… TESS DILLENBERGER! Congratulations, I’ll be in touch to get your address. Thanks so much to Rose {aka Rose Lemonade} for fighting the fight, making great art, and doing this giveaway with me xo

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Seems fitting for the end of the week, no? These watercolor paintings are the work of Canadian artist Rose Currie {aka Rose Lemonade}. They are from her “Wallflower” series, and when I first saw them I thought they were hilarious… until Rose told me what they’re actually about. A few years ago Rose came face to face with cancer. She spent over a year in the hospital, away from her family and three small sons. It was a terrible time for her, and her recovery has been very taxing as well. She basically put her whole life, including art, on the back-burner while she concentrated on her fight… thankfully a fight that she seems to be winning. However, when people found out she was going to survive the general response was, “Oh, well then why so down in the dumps? You should cheer up!”  No energy, her life upside down, years lost… yes she was grateful that she’d gotten through the worst of it, but was apparently not in the mood to “cheer the fuck up”. I’m happy to report that she’s feeling much better, and in the process we got these fantastic paintings!

In fact, one of you will get an 13″x19″ print to help you “CALM THE FUCK DOWN”. Yep, I have that very direct message made of pink blossoms to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday May 23rd at noon PST. If you can’t wait that long, you can also buy these very affordable prints from Rose’s shop.





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Oui, oui, a thousand times oui! These balloon-filled interventions are the work of Paris based photographer Charles Pétillon. These perfect white balloons, bubbling out of basketball hoops and old houses are all part of this beautiful series, titled “Invasions”:

“These balloon invasions are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to aesthetic experience: a visual emotion. Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons.”

… ‘a giant but fragile composition’. Sigh. Beautiful.





claire brewster

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It’s very hard to write about UK based artist Claire Brewster without including a bird, so that little guy is in there just for good measure! I’ve written about Claire’s beautifully cut birds several times … but earlier today I found her gorgeous botanicals and this post basically wrote itself. Vintage maps, intricately cut flowers, delicate shadows. Sigh. Enough said.





alejandra atarés

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Fancy hair, intricate patterns, and a whole bunch of very dreamy landscapes. These are the gorgeous reverse portraits {self, and others} of Barcelona based artist Alejandra Atarés. I love all of the pieces in this series – yes, editing this post was extremely difficult – but I have to say, that first piece {lavender hair & hot pink jacket complete with bits of shiny glass} is killing me. In a good way. LOVE.





emma mcdowall

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Once upon a time, abstract paintings and concrete fell madly in love! Yep, I’m pretty sure this is the result from the honeymoon. These lovely concrete objects are the work of Scotland based artist Emma McDowall. Beautifully blended candy hues, paired with the rawness of concrete… gorgeous.

{Some of these pieces are available in her VERY AFFORDABLE shop}

 





“lola, don’t be precious”

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VICTORY! It took until episode 50 but I finally convinced peer pressured Irish artist Lola Donoghue into doing the podcast! She was a tough nut to crack, but I eventually wore her down. I so badly wanted to have her on for three reasons… 1. I love her work   2. She is one of the coolest/sweetest people I’ve ever met   3. Her story is ridiculously inspiring. Oh, and 4. Best. Accent. Ever. You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Here are a few of Lola’s gorgeous abstract paintings to get us started:

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Sigh. Beautiful. Her mark making is so free, and don’t even get me started on her color palette.

I made sure to bring up her home studio, mainly so I could show as many photos as possible of her gorgeous space. Canvases stacked everywhere, and a view of the Irish countryside:

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Oh my goodness. I want to spend an afternoon {or a month} in there! Next up, Lola talked about what a difference this made for her sales. She resisted doing this but thought she’d give it a try… she decided to show her work in room settings so people could understand the scale, and how her work might look in their home. It worked. A lot!

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So smart {she has these for sale as prints on her site, and I have quite a few in my online gallery as well… and if you want an original you have to move fast! They sell before she even finishes them sometimes. Visit her site and sign up for her newsletter to be kept up to date on available originals}. And finally, the speed round… always delivering an interesting gem or two… who just bought four of Lola’s paintings? Yep, Sia:

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Um yeah, I can see why they might have a fondness for each other. Perhaps one of Lola’s paintings will end up in the background of Sia’s next music video… you never know!

Thank you so, so much to Lola. When I say she didn’t want to do this, I mean she REALLY didn’t want to do this. Well, she had absolutely no reason to be nervous, in fact, I think we should all celebrate with some cider and cheese! Thanks also to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and of course, thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
  2. Sia

 





tina berning

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Oh. Tina Berning. I wrote about this fabulous Berlin based artist years ago… um, why haven’t I written again!? Well, I am fixing that right now. She creates beautiful illustrations for magazines etc, but her “diary” is what I can’t get enough of. It is filled, and I mean FILLED, with so many beautiful things. Found paper, inky lines, lovely women, strange groups of people that I want to know more about… and I just noticed a bit of embroidery! Sigh. So beautiful. Happy Friday.





erik jones

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This explosion of nostalgia and color is screaming at the sticker-collecting, rainbow-loving twelve year old in me. The absolutely gorgeous figures and stunning compositions are in a mature conversation with the art-loving curator in me. This is the work of Brooklyn based artist Erik Jones, and this is a description from his latest show, “Twenty Sixteen”:

“Jones challenges viewers to see beauty in his chaotic, mixed-media works that merge nude subjects with nonrepresentational, abstract elements. Describing the human figures in his compositions as “aesthetic anchors,” they are the calming foreground upon which bursts of color, stenciled shapes and custom-made stickers create surreal landscapes. Using multiple mediums, such as watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, wax pastels and oil paint, Jones’ portraits are technically complex and express a heightened sense of realism.”

And also rainbows, unicorns, and orcas! Sorry, that was the twelve-year old again   ♥   

{Just missed this show… damn. “Twenty Sixteen” was at Jonathan LeVine in New York and just came down at the end of April}





tiffanie turner

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May 4, 2016May 29, 2016. That’s how long paper artist Tiffanie Turner will be spending as the fabulous artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco! I had her on the podcast last year, while she was tucked away at another residency in a beautiful barn, and she talked about this… and now it’s finally here! If you’re in San Francisco, you can pop by to see “Nature Constructed”… you can see her giant flowers hung on the walls, watch her working on new pieces, talk about flowers, talk about paper, etc. And if talking’s not enough for you, you can get in on the flowery action:

During her month-long residency, museum visitors are invited to work on a giant communal botanical paper sculpture, learning how to stretch the paper into the proper shape and adhere it to the flower. The first two weeks will be spent creating something vibrant and beautiful, and the last two weeks will focus on taking the piece to a state of decay, inviting visitors to return to the gallery toward the end of the residency to see the piece’s transformation.

Beautiful, on every level. Pop by the museum if you can {tell her I say hi!}, and if you’re too far away then you can follow along on Instagram: #natureconstructedsf