alison van pelt







Whoa. Beautiful, vibrant, almost photographic, painted portraits of larger than life pop-culture icons… that literally are larger than life! This is the work of LA based artist Alison van Pelt {oil on canvas & oil/acrylic on canvas}. The pieces with text are from a series titled, “If I Were Ed Ruscha” … so good, but clearly I had to add a few that weren’t part of the collection too {otherwise how could I get Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, and that hot pink Frida Kahlo in there!} ♥





maira kalman & daniel handler

CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Rier… a copy of this lovely book is coming your way! {thanks to everyone that entered… and I hope that some of you made it to MoMA yesterday for the event on the lawn!}






I love this, probably because I love New York based artist/illustrator Maira Kalman so much, not to mention my love for vintage photographs of girls standing on lawns… oh, and would you look at that, that’s the name of the beautiful book that Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler {a.k.a. Lemony Snicket} created together! The first, very poetic, page reads:

One morning
we found some photographs.
One morning
these girls stood on lawns.
We looked at the pictures,
and we got to work.
There’s no use standing around.
You should do something.
This is the whole thing.

That really is the whole thing, isn’t it… LOVE! On Sunday, June 1 at MoMA {who actually published this little gem}, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler will celebrate their new book, Girls Standing on Lawns, with a garden party featuring 1930s-style Parisian jazz from the Hot Club of Flatbush. From 3-5 p.m. in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. {Free with Museum admission}

ps. I have a copy of this book for myself, and… I have one to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday morning at 8am PST. Good luck!

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amy friend





Sigh. Vintage photos covered in fireflies! Well, not really, but that’s what I like to imagine. Canadian photographer Amy Friend has just created a whole bunch of new work, as a continuation of her magical Dare alla Lucce series. I’ve written about this series before, but in case you haven’t seen that, and you’re wondering what these stunning pieces are all about, here is Amy’s description:

“Through hand-manipulated interventions I altered and subsequently re-photographed the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and what is absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also to the equal fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily. By playing with the tools of photography, I “re-use” light by allowing it to shine through the holes in the images. In a somewhat playful and yet literal manner, I return the subject of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light”, in reference to birth.”

Brilliant, and oh so dreamy! I am lucky enough to have one of her pieces from a few years ago, but all of these new images are currently available at Citizen Atelier. {Go now!}





alasdair thomson


Delicate, feminine, white clothing… CARVED FROM MARBLE! This is the work of Edinburgh based artist Alasdair  Thomson. I found this paragraph on his site, and it’s written so well that I thought I’d just copy ‘n paste:

Through his current series of sculptures, Alasdair is exploring the way fabric hangs and folds, and is attempting to capture that lightness and gracefulness in stone. Named ‘The Identity Collection’, his recent sculptures are carved copies of garments donated by his friends and family. Seeking to capture the characters of those he invited to donate, he surrendered the control of the content of the series by allowing others to submit garments of their choosing for him to carve. The results are simple and understated, as well as timeless and nostalgic.

Yes. They certainly are.





kiana mosley

Ooooh! Leafy new work by Oregon based artist Kiana Mosley!  Sigh. I love these pieces so much. She has such a fresh take on botanicals… washy, fresh, and modern. Now, see that top most piece? That is a large scale (18″x24″) limited edition print in my GREAT.LY gallery/boutique! Well, all of them are in there, but that first one is an exclusive project that Kiana made for my shop! Here’s how that happened… I saw a sketch of one of those leaves on her gorgeous instagram feed and emailed her immediately gushing about how much I loved it, and asked if she could make a new piece based on it… a week or two later she came back with this composition and I was instantly in LOVE! Let’s look at it again, ok? {it’s just so gorgeous!}

Ah. So pretty.





kelly o’connor



I wrote about the collages of American artist Kelly O’Connor almost four years ago {where does the time go?!}, and here we are again. Found images, bits of color, and just the perfect amount of glitter! I couldn’t decide which set of two I loved the most, so I just posted all of them… ladies in fancy glasses, collections of vintage things, and geometric scenery that you can only get from a pair of scissors ‘n some glue! Love. ps. Some of this work is in a show, until June 7th, at the David Shelton Gallery in Houston.

{I found that final piece on a pinboard by Artsy Forager… that led me to do a bit of foraging as well!}





anna jensen… let’s send her to paris!

Do you remember when I wrote about American artist Anna Jensen a few months ago? Anywho, right after I wrote about her, I received an email from a gallery in Paris asking me to put them in touch with her… because they want to give Anna her first show in Paris this July! How amazing is that?! I’m not sure who is more excited, me or Anna!

Now, that’s where we all come in. Anna can’t afford to ship all of her work (and herself for that matter) to France, so she’s launched a kickstarter campaign. She’s a little over half way to her $3200 goal with 22 days left to go. If you can help that would be amazing… we HAVE to get her to Paris, right? IT’S PARIS, for crying out loud! Merci beaucoup xx





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.