hsiao-ron cheng

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Seriously, every time I drop by her portfolio site, Taipei based artist/illustrator Hsiao-Ron Cheng has more fabulous pieces! Her portraits are my favorite… can you tell? Sigh. Elegant and dreamy.





emily moore

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Oh. My. This is the work of Scottish artist Emily Moore. Elegant compositions, stunning color choices, and delicate lines. Those branches… sigh. This is some of her work from 2014/2015 but some of her latest pieces can be seen at the Edinburgh Collage Collective Exhibition, which opens this Wednesday night, November 23rd 7~11pm. If you’re in Edinburgh… GO! More info / RSVP right here.





“imposters, egos, inner critics … LIVE in portland”

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Here we are, 77 episodes into “Art For Your Ear”, but today is something a little different. Yep, this was recored at a live event in Portland! Artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon and I showed up at a gorgeous shop called Hand-Eye Supply. But we weren’t alone, oh no, we had an amazing live audience there too! Lisa and I decided to sort of interview each other (really it was just a good excuse for me and Lisa to talk… which by the way we could do for HOURS.) I think my favorite part was at the end, when the audience asked questions. They were tough, but oh so good! You can listen right up there under the lovely Lisa, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Alright, first up. Where were we? Right here:

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Hand-Eye Supply is such a beautiful, creative space! This looks like me talking about when I started working on “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”… I had dinner with Lisa in Oakland about a week after I signed the contract, and to be totally blunt, I was freaking out. I have a feeling this was me saying, “Um, how do I write a whole book, Lisa!? You just wrote “Art, Inc.”, so TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” And no surprise, she had fabulous advice.

Next up, flowers, patterns, and Lisa finally being ready to put her own work on her own body:

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Yes, there it is {photo taken today!} Her brand new tattoo, on her drawing arm no less. She has lots of tattoos, but this is the first one that is her work. I love the story around this, so if you’re not listening yet… hit play!

We were talking about showing “in progress” work, and I always love an excuse to post images from an artist’s studio, so here you go:

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Ah, gorgeous! So happy and filled with life… much like Lisa herself!

Ok, here we go. Some of my collages because we talked about them and so I’m gonna show them, no matter what ‘Arlo’ has to say:

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Oh, that wasn’t so hard. The titles of these three (because, for me, the titles are a huge part) are:

  1. “saturday’s jazzercise class had, like totally, transformed candace both physically and, like, spiritually.”
  2. “another saturday night, and without fail, margot left it ALL on the dance floor”
  3. “they always said she had a real flare for fashion”

And finally, once the recording was over, we all headed back into Hand-Eye’s main shop area for chattin’ and book signin’:

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Sigh. It was such an amazing night. I want to do lots and lots of live recordings now! Who’s in?

Ok, thank yous are going to pour out of me now… Thank you so much to Lisa for always being up for whatever I ask her to do; giant thanks to Hand-Eye Supply for hosting us and to their fabulous in-house go-to-guy, Matt, for doing the recording; thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that showed up to hang out with us even though there was a protest/riot going on that very same night (?!) ; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and of course, thank YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend. xo

Other links:

  1. Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk (book)
  2. Art, Inc. (book)
  3. Lisa’s new online course!
  4. Girl Crush Vancouver, Feb 25th, at THRIVE
  5. Sarah Gee Miller
  6. Jessica Bell
  7. Lisa Golightly

 





braeden cox

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Annnnnd, exhale. There is something very calming about this work. All of these pieces are by Portland based artist Braeden Cox, from her series titled “Other Worlds“. Sigh. Yep, these all look like really nice other worlds to be in right this very minute. Here’s to a quiet, peaceful weekend.





sarah walsh

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Love, love, love! These pretty gals {and plants} are the work of American artist/illustrator Sarah Walsh. Her portfolio is absolutely full of fabulous personal pieces and gorgeous brand collaborations. Oh, and I had to include this, because it makes me want to make stuff:

“I typically use a mix of gouache, cut paper, pencil, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil depending on my mood and what I want to draw. Exploring different mediums is so much fun to me. I like to try new techniques, play, make random connections and get a little lost when I’m creating.”  

Yes! Getting a little lost is THE BEST. This work … and a bunch of cool pieces by her talented husband Colin Walsh… is available in their online shop, “Tigersheep Friends”,

ps. also, this:

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cory peeke

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Ok, I can’t decide if I want to spend all day cutting up old catalogues, or if I should use that time to redecorate my house ’60s-style! This is the work of American artist Cory Peeke. Not only do I love these beautifully composed collages, I also super crazy love this statement:

“I stick stuff to other stuff and kid myself about the rest.” ~ Cory Peeke

YES. Hilarious and amazing. Ok. Time to pick a dust ruffle for the bed.

{discovered via Kolaj Magazine}





mariko kusumoto

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Gasp! Sculpture? Fabric? Yes and yes… but also… jewelry! What!? This is the delicate, whimsical, gorgeous work of Japanese-born, US-based artist Mariko Kusumoto. Brooches, bracelets, and necklaces that look like they were found in a mermaid’s jewelry box… I already gasped, right?





mya kerner

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Ahh, quiet blue vistas. This is the elegant work of Seattle based artist Mya Kerner. Not only are these oil paintings poetic, but so are her words about this work:

“When I look out into the landscape, I see scratched lines breaking through the slopes, while flecks of white dapple on eroded surfaces, recalling their winter dress, recalling cooler seasons.” ~ Mya Kerner

Sigh. Now I need mittens and a hot chocolate with whipped cream. Happy Monday.





“a passion for process”

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Sigh. That’s the sound I make every time I look at the work of American artist Kristen Martincic. Refreshing water, lovely pools, paper swimsuits… yeah, paper swimsuits that Kristen sews. SEWS! Sigh. Ok, let’s get on with all of this gorgeousness. You can listen right up there under that deep blue pool, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

These were the first pieces of Kristen’s that I found a few years ago, so naturally we started there:

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Gah! “Traditional print media and a hybrid of print, drawing and painting on panel” … don’t you want to jump in there? Me too! Well, safety first… paper flotation devices for everyone:

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Yep. Sewn and stuffed paper floaties and life vests. Seriously, just too good. Oh and of course, you’re going to need a swimsuit too. Brace yourself. These are gorgeous:

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Japanese paper, with a perfect touch of printed ink, sewn into delicate suits. Ok, I have to do it again… sigh.

Kristen is a new mom so she hasn’t been in the studio much these days. When she can get in there though it looks a bit like this:

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If she “can just punch some circles” she considers it a successful day in the studio! Hilarious and so true when there’s a baby hanging out with you.

In the not-so-speedy speed round I had to ask her about diving boards, mainly so I’d have an excuse to show a few more of her pools … complete with diving boards:

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Love. And finally, a few shots of Kristen’s gorgeous studio and her sweet baby boy who’s there to help his mama:

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He looks like a natural artist to me… either that or a construction worker because he really wants in on that hammer! Thanks so much to Kristen for doing this with me even though she hasn’t slept much in the last 8 months; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this obsession of mine; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and thank YOU so much for listening ! There will be more art for your ear next weekend {and it’s going to be an interesting one… recorded at an event in Portland with Lisa Congdon!}

Other links:

  1. Japanese Paper Place
  2. Kate Bingaman-Burt

 





ashley longshore

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Abe. For GUCCI. Seriously, I could not love these more! I’m not sure if I could rock those diamond encrusted rose-colored glasses, but Jesus is doing a fabulous job… not to mention Mark Twain and his fashion-forward flowered jacket. This is the crazy, hilarious, and insanely colorful work of New Orleans based artist Ashley Longshore. Here are Ashley’s words about her work:

“My paintings are representative of the world I see around me. I am inspired by pop culture and things that I find intriguing.I really like to combine the use of words and images in an unexpected way to create a smart, colorful bold statement.Most importantly my love of color is what really makes my artwork “pop”. My paintings are statement pieces that are a reflection of the experiences I have in my life.”

Clearly, I need to experience some of Ashley’s life! Mardi Gras, anyone? ps. Keep your eyes open for the first issue of Create Magazine… one of these fellas is on the cover!