valeria nascimento




Whoa. I’m honestly not sure what else to say about these striking, organic, delicate, absolutely gorgeous ceramics by Brazilian artist Valeria Nascimento. I mean, that final charcoal black piece? Just, whoa.

ps. Happy weekend! I’m heading to Seattle for a book event at Elliott Bay Book Co. (7~9pm on Saturday) See you there?





jane denton… and GREAT.LY… and a give-away!


Gah! I absolutely love this colorful, geometric, hand-embroidered work by New Zealand artist Jane Denton! I love it so much in fact, that I’ve stocked that last piece, the big beautiful X, in my GREAT.LY shop … yes, GREAT.LY officially launches today! We should celebrate, yes? Hm… how about a give-away of one of Jane’s amazing pieces!? Like this one:

Jane has generously given this amazing, triangular, framed original to me so that I can then give it to one of you! Isn’t that the nicest thing EVER? I saw it in person when I was in New York for the GREAT.LY press party, and I was very tempted to give it away to myself! But that wouldn’t be very nice, so just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw one winner on Friday May 23 at midnight PST, and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. Good luck! {and go check out GREAT.LY! I’m so proud to be part of it… can you tell?!}

ps. see that little G at the top left of the site… up with FB etc… yep, that’s a direct link to my GREAT.LY boutique, and if you see those on other blogs, it will link through to their shops. YAY!

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AND THE WINNER IS …. ME! Ok, no it isn’t. The name I pulled last night at midnight was HEIDI LEECH! YAY Heidi! Thanks to everyone that entered… I’ll do another one as soon as I can ♥





jaclyn conley



Is it wrong that these paintings of hair are making me crave ice cream? So many dreamy, creamy colors all melting into each other to create these gorgeous studies of hair! This is the work of Canadian artist Jaclyn Conley, who happens to be the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art at the moment. Ok now I want to buy some damn art, and some damn strawberry ice cream with a side of butterscotch! So, so lovely.





jessica harrison




Pretty porcelain ladies with tattoos fit for a sailor… YES! This is the work of Scottish artist Jessica Harrison, and it’s currently showing in Paris at Galerie L.J. The show runs until June 24th, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris this Spring you really should pop by… on your way to a Parisian tattoo parlor, perhaps!

{via Colossal}





tonya corkey

LINT. These gorgeous portraits are made with lint. On canvas. For real. I thought I should just mention that out of the gate, before I started talking about these fantastic, blurred/mirrored portraits by Toronto based artist Tonya Corkey. They are from her incredibly beautiful/linty series titled See you in the future. Now, you’re probably wondering, “why lint?”, “what’s it all about?”… well, wonder no more:

“Being within the discourse of painting, craft and photography, my work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature, the desire to seek memories.  The series, “See You In the Future.” investigates the role that the photograph’s referent plays in memory and its loss over time.

My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Our desire for memory in absence is triggered by sensations of smell and touch, a trait of my work. The void spaces of raw canvas in works such as, “Unknown #1”are intended to reflect memory, described through the standing out of key features: the eyes, mouth and hair. The viewer’s mind fills in these void spaces in the same way a photograph would.” ~ Tonya Corkey

So cool! Oh, and ps. there are also non-mirrored portraits in this series that I love just as much:

Love.

{Thanks to the Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto for pointing me to their insane list of artists!}





elsa mora


I have loved the work of California based artist Elsa Mora for ages {and she writes an amazing art blog where I often find the most fabulous ceramics}. I’ve written about Elsa’s ceramics before, but just found this gorgeous Frida Kahlo painted paper doll in her unbelievable portfolio of amazingness! So narrative, so beautiful, and really really FUN! I think Frida would have loved this too… it might have even made her want to dance:

You can buy the paper doll here, and a print of this piece here. Happy weekend to you!





lou ros


So, I have a major thing for portraits… but more often than not it’s portraits of women that I write about. Well, when I stumbled across these paintings by Paris based artist Lou Ros I found myself totally drawn to the pinky-hued, goggle-wearing men in his portfolio {I think they might be self-portraits}. Sort of strange, and totally beautiful at the same time. Oh, and also, who doesn’t love a good mustache, am I right?





isabelle arsenault






So sweet, so pretty! This is the work of Montreal based artist/illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. The first two pieces are in her regular portfolio, but the last four pieces are from her sketchbook… sketchbook?! I love it when I find sketchbooks that could be framed and hung! Gorgeous!

ps. It happens to be my birthday today, so I have to include this piece too… that’s going to be me all day!!!





keun young park




Whoa. Teeny tiny bits of torn and pasted photo on paper. This is the meticulous work of Korean born, New Jersey based artist Keun Young Park. I do not know how she has the patience to create masterpiece after masterpiece… absolutely stunning.

{Thanks to Jeanne for the link to this work}





adam frezza & terri chiao




LOVE! These papery Dr.Suess-esque leaves and pokey cacti make me want to get knee-deep in neon paint and paper-maché paste… so colorful, so tactile, so fantastic! This is the work of collaborative duo Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. They’ve been working together since 2011, “exploring play and craft across a range of media” … which includes not only these crazy plants, but also things like their pancake prints for example! Hilarious!

{found a FB post by Sandrine Kerfante}