jacqui morgan

Watercolor and burlesque … a dreamy combination! This is the work of American artist Jacqui Morgan. Does her name sound familiar? It might, as she was one of the first women to work as a full time illustrator in the early 1960s… in fact, one of her claims to fame was a poster for New York’s iconic nightclub, Electric Circus! I received an email from her cousin, Barbara, submitting on behalf of Jacqui. She passed away in 2013 and Barbara is lucky enough to have some of these sassy ladies in her home {a significant remainder of Jacqui’s work went to the Norman Rockwell Museum.} Thanks so much to Barbara for reaching out – I love this work, and I love Jacqui’s inspiring story … Read Jacqui’s very full / interesting bio.





nuria riaza

Portraits, ballpoint pen, and embroidery… I could not think of a better way to kick off a Monday. Sigh. This is the work of Spanish artist/illustrator Nuria Riaza. I just discovered her last week via The Sketchbook Project {Brooklyn}… the second I clicked over to her site I went down the rabbit hole and got completely lost in her beautiful navy blue and blush pink world of weirdness. Happy Monday.





summer camp 1 : au naturel

Hello Campers! Welcome to day 1 of 15 at AFYE Summer Camp! Here are the ins and outs from this first episode:

Art Project No.1 

Instagram-a-Day:  Take one photo each day, every day for the next week … with a camp theme of course! This way there is a starting place, and no excuse not to do it! I’m even going to give you the theme for each day:

Saturday // Vintage  

Sunday // Wood  

Monday // Make  

Tuesday // Blue  

Wednesday // Boat  

Thursday // Nature  

Friday // Snacks

I can’t wait to see what these prompts conjure up for everyone! If you want to share your work along the way {I’m going to}, just use #AFYEcamp 

Artist Examples: 

As promised, images and links for the three artists I mentioned as inspirational examples of self-directed, daily creative assignments. First up, Lisa Congdon and her “Collection A Day” project from 2010:

… and of course a few pieces from Lisa’s 2016 “Experiments in Blue” weekly project:

And, if you’d like to do Lisa’s exercise from Creative Block this week too, please do:

“Choose one thing you love to draw or paint (and feel comfortable drawing or painting) already (an animal, object, a person, whatever). For 30 days, draw or paint that thing 30 different ways, a different way every day. You can use different mediums, expressions, positions, colors, whatever. Each day, push yourself to do something much different than the day before, but keep the thing the same. See how keeping one element constant (in this case, the “thing” you love to draw or paint), can allow you to break out creatively in other ways.” ~ Lisa Congdon, 2014

So fun! Speaking of which… the absolutely gorgeous results of daily walks taken by Australian artist Leonie Barton:

And finally, the obsessive compulsive {and hilarious} daily drawings of Kate Bingaman-Burt:

Pop a toasted marshmallow in my mouth, and that’s that! Thanks so much to Saatchi Art for supporting the first day of summer camp, and thanks so much to you for listening! AFYE camp continues next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Creative Block, by me
  2. Secret Lives of Great Artists, by Elizabeth Lunday
  3. Lisa Congdon on AFYE : Episode 10 / Episode 77
  4. Kate Bingaman-Burt on AFYE : Episode 22
  5. NOTE: I said Georgia O’Keefe’s “ex-husband” – I’m not sure they were actually divorced?

 





sketchbook project, brooklyn art library

Oh, I am so doing this. In fact, my little sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project just arrived in the mail from the Brooklyn Art Library yesterday! Wanna do it too? Yes! We just missed the 2017 cut off, but I’m all in for 2018. Here are the ins and outs of this very cool project (est. 2006):

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT

Submit your work to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people. Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook {from $30} which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, sign up here.

Sign up by: January 5th, 2018
Postmark by: March 31st, 2018
Exhibition starts: June, 2018 
2018 THEMES : UNDERWATER / THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS / TEXTURES / LINES AND GRAPHICS / LONG STORIES WITH SHORT ENDINGS / A COMIC BOOK ENDING / NO WORRIES / TACOS / CONNECTIONS / PEOPLE I WISH I KNEW 
I chose, “long stories with short endings” – granted all of these are just starting places, but that one spoke to me. Wish me luck, and please come along for the ride if you’d like to! Happy Friday.
*example sketchbooks above by James Oliver and Nuria Riaza.




katy schmader

Oooh! So. Much. Paper. This lovely take on landscapes is the collage work of Austin based artist Katy Schmader. She does landscape photography as well, but these textured, papery odes to nature took my breath away. I want to climb those clay cliffs, then dive into blue mountain lakes to cool off! These pieces are available, as insanely affordable prints, in Katy’s shop.





bigert & bergstrom

I don’t normally write about architecture, but when you come across a golden solar egg sauna in the most northern part of Sweden… then yeah, it’s time to write about architecture! This is the work of architects Bigert & Bergstrom, and is of course, so much more than an egg shaped sauna. Here is the story behind the egg, the town of Kiruna, and the discussion of climate and sustainable community development:

“Kiruna is currently undergoing a radical transformation, which involves a gigantic move for the whole town. This is so that the mining company LKAB can extract more of the iron seam that cuts diagonally downwards beneath the town. The iron ore is and has been – ever since it first began to be extracted at the end of the 19th century – an important source of income for Sweden, and absolutely vital for the town of Kiruna. No mine, no town. But the breaking up and devastating transformation of the landscape, the environment and the architecture caused by the move are also sparking a lot of debate. Solar Egg has been made as a social sculpture where local people and visitors to the town can meet and, for instance, discuss these challenges. In the arctic climate of Lapland the sauna occupies a key position, as a room for warmth and reflection. B&B have taken up this tradition and developed a sculptural symbol that prompts thoughts of rebirth and an incubator that nurtures conversation and exchanges of ideas. The project is a continuation of the artists strategy to incorporate the climate into the experience of the artwork which was initiated with the Climate Chambers in 1994.

The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images. Landscape, mine, town, sky, sun and snow are here combined into a fragmented image that can evoke associations with the complexity spanned by today’s discussion about climate and sustainable community development.”

Truly brilliant.

{via Colossal}





rebecca clouâtre

Teeny tiny (5cm x 3cm ish), weird ‘n wonderful … 150 collages in 150 days! Ahh, so inspiring. This is a project by Ottawa based artist Rebecca Clouâtre. That dino covered snail is her latest piece and is no.116 out of 150. She’s been documenting this daily project on Instagram. It’s all fantastic, but as you scroll through them start to finish you can see her work get stronger and stronger! A true testament to daily practice. Here’s her words on Day No.1:

JAN 20, 2017 / I have always loved paper. Since I could use scissors, I have cut and collected snippets of magazines, posters, show cards, ticket stubs…really anything paper-related that caught my eye. I’ve decided to start a challenge for myself: create one mini collage a day for 150 days using the material I have collected over the years.

Love! ps. How lovely are those little base papers? 





lewis paul miller

Weddings, photoshoots, fancy events … and trash cans! Yes, New York based floral designer Lewis Paul Miller is turning the city’s trash cans into huge vases filled with stunning, colorful, joy-filled bouquets using any flowers that might be leftover after those aforementioned fancy events. Brilliant and beautiful. Here’s why he does it:

“I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.”

Happy Monday.

{via My Modern Met}





“see you through it”

Sigh … spray paint never looked so sweet. I am beyond thrilled to have American artist Mando Marie as my guest for the final episode of AFYE Season One, and I have to say, it’s feeling very ‘full circle’ for me. One of the first artists I ever wrote about was a woman named Amanda Marie. ‘Obsessed with her work’ might have been an understatement at the time. Anyway, we emailed back and forth all those years ago but somewhere along the way I lost track of her. Her url had changed and I couldn’t find her work, until a few weeks ago when I got a PR email from her gallery in Amsterdam. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately emailed to see if she’d be my 100th guest. Spoiler alert : she said yes! She now goes by the name Mando Marie, so that was the first question I asked. You can listen right up there under those floating/falling girls, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First things first, some of her older work that I was in love with back in the day. Please note the brilliant use of animal heads on children:

Gah. Amazing. Slightly soul-crushing for me at the time, but inspiring none the less … you’ll have to listen to know what I’m referring to!

Mando’s animal head days are mostly behind her, except for the odd wolf that shows up here and there:

Oh, I’m so glad they’re not totally gone… I still love them!

Next, a very important element. Rainbows:

Ah yes… pastel-hued rainbows created with spray paint. So dreamy {and her 8 year old daughter approves}.

This might be my favorite thing about Mando’s current work … her murals ie. strange / sweet street art. Here are just a few of the many in her portfolio, and a few shots of Mando in action:

The ghosts. Seriously, I could not love them more.

These images cover a couple of things we talked about … sparkles and sewing patterns:

I said ‘sigh’ already, right?

And finally, the golden walls of Spain… one of Mando’s favorite places to paint:

I would love to wander past one of her works, well, anywhere in the world {Japan one day, perhaps!}. Thank you so much to Amanda Mando for being my 100th guest! It was so surreal to finally talk to her and I loved every second! Thanks as always to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, AND this entire season… all 100 episodes! Now, don’t worry, just because Season One is over, that doesn’t mean there won’t be Art For Your Ear… because Art For Your Ear SUMMER CAMP starts next weekend! Get your art supplies and s’mores ready!

Other links:

  1. Original posts I wrote about “Amanda Marie”
  2. Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam
  3. The Marcy Project, New York
  4. Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  5. Bunnie Reiss episode
  6. Cave Gallery, Venice Beach

 





oriana (kacicek) ingber

Ok, if we’re going to take our relationship any further, you should know that I love my birthday. Like, LOVE it. Obviously these dreamy, delicious, perfectly painted paintings {oil on panel!?} by American artist Oriana (Kacicek) Ingber are a wonderful way to celebrate. I am in awe of her realism, her color choices, and her sweet subjects. I’m also very hungry. Scroll back up and look at that ice cream cone? Those donuts? PAINTINGS?! Happy Friday to all of you … I’m off to do a little Birthday / Mother’s Day indulging!