marcela cárdenas

When I read the materials list, and it said “drawing on glass and skin”, it was pretty safe to say that I had my next post! All of these gorgeous, furry, geometric mixed media pieces are from a series titled “Transitional” by Colombian artist Marcela Cárdenas. Here is her description of this work:

“Transitional” arises from the intention of hybridizing two opposing natural kingdoms as animal and mineral. I am interested in the contrast between the geometry suggested by the crystallographic feature organic shapes and animal skin that is a drawing motion itself. The term “Transitional” is rooted in psychology and refers to objects in infancy act as bridge between your inner world and the cultural experience. The contained animal fur, trapped in the glass refers to how man prevails and controls surrounding nature.

Gah! I love them all! But there’s so much more in her portfolio that is completely different, yet still totally amazing. Case in point:

Ok, there’s still fur involved, but this fur is gouache… many, many, many, little delicate strokes of gouache. Oh, foxes and dots {the black dots are actually perforations in the board}sigh. So much love.

{Thanks to Valentina for sending me a link to Marcela’s site}





cassie marie edwards

I have literally spent hours obsessing over weird little ceramic animals who’ve been abandoned on the wobbly old shelves of second-hand shops. A pink deer with golden hooves, a slightly terrified looking dog, and a white unicorn that I’m pretty sure I had in my room when I was 9. American artist Cassie Marie Edwards takes these orphans from their dusty shelves, and gives each of them a new home on her lovely canvases. Don’t worry little pink deer, you can come and live with me if you want to!





ben skinner… again, always






Oh, I love love love the hilarious and beautifully executed work of Vancouver based artist Ben Skinner, and I so desperately want that “pressure and time” text/mirror piece {glass, mirror, gold two-way mirror film, plexi, LEDs}, but clearly it has been snapped up! {that’s Ben installing one of his latest pieces in the studio of Hume Atelier, an amazing jewelry design company, also in Vancouver}. Ben’s familiar, yet slightly distorted phrases crack me up every time, and his material choices… well, what can I say… mirrors, gold leaf, candy sprinkles… he’s kind of  genius.

[insert nostalgic moment here...]

Ben was the first artist that I ever wrote about, he was the first artist that I curated an art show for, and he was the first artist that I interviewed for my book, CREATIVE BLOCK. I am forever grateful to Ben for his generosity, his friendship, and for keeping me jealous over and over and over again for five years {yep, Saturday will mark five years for TJC?!}. Anyway, it seemed fitting to write about him again, because after almost two years of interviewing and writing and editing… CREATIVE BLOCK hits shelves today! If it weren’t for Ben making me really jealous five years and three months ago, I never would have started this site, and I never would have had the chance to meet the editors from Chronicle, which ultimately led to this book that I am so very proud of. Ok. I’m done. Hopefully I will get a chance to see you at one of my signing events {Check out the side bar for dates… oh, and Ben will be at the Vancouver event on May 15th to sign his section of the book! More details coming on that, and my NYC event in April, very soon.}





chris turnham

Ah, my favorite… houses! I love these colorful, fun, retro-looking prints by LA based artist/illustrator Chris Turnham. I also really love that my friend Melinda {curator at Good Eye Gallery} sent these three prints to me as a little gifty that arrived late last week. I would absolutely live in any of these beauties… although that A-frame is sort of screaming my name. Ok, off to the frame shop to give these homes a home!

ps. A quick pop over to his site and I found even more buildings to be smitten with:

Yep. More love.





pei-san ng



Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a bunch of lovey-dovey words that could go up in a roaring hot blaze at any moment! US based artist Pei-San Ng creates these gorgeous pieces from vintage matches {and occasionally even lights them}. Have a lovely, romantic, passion filled day… but be careful… you know what too much passion can lead to:

Hot.





lotta olsson

Oh my… where do I get the magical seeds to plant one of these beauties!? Sigh… these stunning tree collages by Swedish artist Lotta Olsson are helping me believe that spring is on it’s way. So delicate, so detailed and just lovely enough to distract me while that last bit of snow melts. Gorgeous.

ps. She might not have the seeds for sale, but you can buy her prints in her online shop.





holly farrell’s clowns



LOVE! And also… huh!? This is a very new series by Toronto based artist Holly Farrell, and I cannot get over how different it is than her usual work. Her stunning painting skills are still the same, but the subject matter is a huge departure from what she has become known for… work that I have written about 5 zillion times, featured in my book, and had the pleasure of hanging in person last year at the Tanner Hill Gallery in Tennessee. That show was called Beautifully Boring… clearly it’s time for a new show with Holly’s work… Beautifully Bizarre! Clowns. Portraits of actual clowns that sat for her. Sooooo different than her paintings of vintage milk jugs, shoes, and cookbooks {still so fantastic in their Holly Farrell-ness}, but I had to ask, why clowns? This is her lovely, thoughtful answer:

Painting, for me, is an exploration of the grey areas of my experience… whether it be a still life or a portrait of a person or, in this instance, portraits of clowns.  There is a duality in clowns that I find fascinating – there is the clown, who I painted, and there is the person, behind the paint.  Their mask, their nose, their paint allows them to draw on parts of themselves that would typically be frowned upon in our society.  The person and the clown do not live in perfect harmony – it seems they rely heavily on one another at times.  Our response to the clown says so much about ourselves.  We need clowns.  They give to us at their own expense.  They make us laugh, cry, they make us angry, they make us feel whatever needs working out.  Clowns are asking for it.  That’s how they help heal us.

{ps. Almost no one has seen these paintings yet. She’s been tucked away in her studio working on these [and many more] for a new show that opens next week at Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery. Opening reception: Friday Feb 21 5~8pm and it runs until April 5th. I wish I could go… you go for me, ok?}





nina jun

Balloons. CERAMIC BALLOONS … gasp! Korean born, Los Angeles based artist Nina Jun creates these beautifully glazed, bold patterned, light as air balloons… that are far from light as air. “Her work challenges our concepts of comfort, levity, and gravity. Through these pieces, she hopes to expand views about roles that the ceramic material plays in the contemporary art world.” Mission accomplished!

{via designboom}





meghan howland



Whoa. Now, just to be clear, there are many, many, many other things in the impressive portfolio of American painter Meghan Howland, but these stunning bird covered portraits immediately grabbed my attention. So gorgeous, and just a tiny bit creepy. Yes, that’s right birds, you heard me… I don’t care how pretty your feathers are, I do not want you anywhere near my head. Ever. I would, however, happily put one of these paintings on my wall.

{Thanks to Melanie for a link to Meghan’s work}





becky joye

Oh, I love this work so much! “Amusement” is a mixed media series {acrylic, pencil, and thread on board} by American artist Becky Joye. They are just so fun, and I love how those bright colors pop on that black background! Gorgeous. This is her most recent series, but I have to say, I also love these acrylic and pencil pieces that she did a few years ago from a series titled In Search of Lightness:

Love. And speaking of love, I’m off to watch my little sister get married tomorrow! Bridesmaid dress? Check! Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

{Thanks so much to Jeanne Heifetz for a link to Becky’s work}