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:


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}

mats gustafson

Oh my! So, so so gorgeous! This is the work of Swedish fashion illustrator/artist Mats Gustafson. Sleek lines, gorgeous textures, elegant women dressed in haute-couture’s finest. LOVE. I could look at each one of these for quite a long time, because let’s face it, watercolor is tricky on a good day… how he manages to paint those layers of tulle, and fur collars… I’m in awe. And I also want to go shopping.

ps. My latest REAL ART FOR A FICTITIOUS WORLD post is up on SF Girl By Bay today and Mats’ work is featured in it… can you guess which character I might have thought this work would be perfect for?

maria zaikina

Berlin based artist Maria Zaikina saw my post from last Friday {installation of two little colorful houses in the middle of nowhere}, and thought I might like one of her projects… she was right!

So simple, so pretty, and so… sad? I’m not sure what it is about this project, but it makes me feel a bit blue… and not just because of the gorgeous colors palettes that effortlessly tell the story of passing time. These are just a few of the stills from Maria’s animated film titled “LANDSCHAFT MIT HAUS”, and this is part of her artist statement:

…Melancholic contemplation during a journey is evoked by landscapes drifting past the window, where details merge into stripes and colours. The scenery floats past in front of our eyes, changing our mood or remaining as a background for thought, leaving perhaps just an implicit impression in the memory. Our eyes glimpse a house standing lonely amongst the fields. Is it one house, or different houses in different places that appear to be so similar? Is the house the destination of our journey? The place we long to reach? The future we dream of – or the past we wish to regain? However the composition always remains the same. How then to make the right choice? Is choice important and is it necessary at all?

A-ha! “Melancholic” is the first word in the description… she was trying to make me sad! The sweet, quiet music might be contributing too. Have a look:

dane lovett

Sigh. Little fledgling plants and some classic New Order, beautifully painted by Melbourne based artist Dane Lovett. I have always had a thing for mundane subject matter, and lately, mundane still life is quickly making it’s way to the top of my list of “favorite mundane things”. So quiet, so ordinary, and oh so special in it’s quiet ordinariness.

{via Artsy Forager}