caroline slotte… again

I wrote about Finnish artist Caroline Slotte almost exactly one year ago… that post was about some insanely beautiful ceramics. Today’s post is about some insanely beautiful trash… carved from wood. Gah!!! Gorgeous! The talent this woman possesses takes my breath away. I wonder what my post about her next January will contain? My guess… something insanely beautiful.

{Thanks for sending the link, Gregory West!}





abbey mcculloch… again


I’m quite sure that if I saw this new body of work by Australian artist Abbey McCulloch in person, I would cry a tiny bit. First of all, they are big {a few of these are 4′x3′}, her color choices are absolutely stunning, and the girls she paints…oh, so mysterious! Yep, if I saw these oil paintings in a gallery I think I’d have to lie down, just like that lovely blonde {she’s breathing, right?}





hsiao-ron cheng… again




Mmmmm, I can almost smell the peonies and roses… just imagine if my whole head was covered in them! This is the delicate, yet kinda weird, work of Taipei based artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng. I wrote about her paintings in 2012 {there were bunnies, a T-Rex, an alligator in a classroom}, but when I saw these new pastel-hued, flowery portraits, well… need I say more?

Happy weekend… I hope you get a face full of flowers!





jennifer davis… always

So, we’re all familiar with the beautifully bizarre animal paintings in the portfolio of Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis, right?

Love, love, love! Now… look what happens to lost, forgotten, lonely ceramic animals when Jennifer spends a little too much time in her local thrift shop:

Gah! She JenniferDavis’ed them!!! {Ok, I just made that up, but that should totally be a thing!} Crazy stripes, gorgeous colors, and oh, so much fun! She always has a few of these critters for sale in her Etsy shop, so pop over and have a look… I’m waiting for a wiener dog.

ps. Jennifer also does commissioned pet portraits! I’ve included a few of them in a group of work that I just chose for Liz Lemon over on SF Girl By Bay today… yes, I said Liz Lemon.





jennifer ament

Oh, lino. I miss you so much. During my BFA I minored in printmaking, and linocut was my first love. And speaking of things I love, these fantastic linocut prints by Seattle based artist Jennifer Ament! Simple, clean, and just a tiny bit weird. Love ‘em all… ok, maybe I love the lips the most, but don’t tell the magic hands… I don’t want to get zapped!





amber cowan





Glass. It’s all beautifully colored, tiny bits of glass! I am in awe of Philadelphia based artist Amber Cowan. To have the skill, and patience, to create such lovely, imaginative, detailed work… with glass?! Not only is she a very accomplished artist, she also teaches. She is a faculty member of the glass department at Tyler School of Art. Hm, do you think I could convince her to teach me how to make one of those little pink swans?

{Thanks to Corinne for sending me a link to Amber’s gorgeous work}





san francisco – march 5th, 2014

I cannot believe it’s finally 2014! I’m finally on my way to San Francisco {the home of Chronicle Books} for my very first book signing party! The incredibly generous and lovely Kelly Lynn Jones, who happens to be one of the fifty artists featured in the book, will be hosting at her shop, Little Paper Planes. Here’s everything you need to know:

WHEN: Wednesday March 5, 2014  from 7~9pm

WHERE: Little Paper Planes ~ 855 Valencia Street, San Francisco {no tickets needed, just come on over!}

WHAT: A chance to visit, sign a few books {some of the artists from the book will be there too}, have a glass of wine, eat fancy sweet things, and try one or two of the unblocking exercises from the book! If you don’t have a copy by then, Little Paper Planes will have them for sale.

I am sooooo excited and can’t wait to see lots of old friends, and meet lots of new ones. If you’re planning to come, could you leave a comment or send me a quick email… wondering how many bottles of wine/art supplies to get. You know, the important stuff!

ps. New York, you’re up next. Just working out a date in April!





amy alice thompson





Um, I need that giant golden triangle hovering over that vintage lake. Not want… NEEEEEEED! Vintage landscapes, big cut-away gold shapes, and a few old cars?! Yep, this work, by Canadian artist Amy Alice Thompson, has everything I love. Each piece is fantastic, but I love the shots that show the work on the walls together. What a beautiful grouping… like a camping trip from the 70s that has been dropped into the future… a geometric, golden future! Love.





kirsten tradowsky


Are you suddenly feeling ridiculously nostalgic? Yep, the work of American painter Kirsten Tradowsky has that effect on me too! Oh, I’d love my weekend include an Easter egg hunt, a sleepover at my best friend’s house, and then a ride home in the back of her parents’ station wagon {no seat belts required, of course. #1975}.

Happy weekend to you ~ see you on Monday!





aaron skolnick



Now that is a lot of Jackie O. … and I love it! American artist Aaron Skolnick clearly has a thing for the former first lady and has used paint, mylar, colored pencils, graphite, paper, and thread to show his love. When I asked him “Why Jackie O?”, this was his answer:

I was very interested in the affect of the JFK Assassination and felt that Jackie was the final affect of that moment. I was also interested in her stoic nature and how she held herself together in front of the nation. It became an obsession that I couldn’t quit.

And I’m so glad that he didn’t.