isabelle menin

Magical, fairytale, flora-filled dreamscapes by Brussels based photographer Isabelle Menin. Yes, photographer. I totally thought these were collages or insane paintings when I first saw them, but no, they’re manipulated photographs. Here is a chunk of Isabelle’s bio to give a bit of background:

After graduating from the Graphic Research School (ERG) in Brussels, she has explored painting for 10 years while working in graphic design and illustration. Nature has always been a recurring theme for the artist, particularly flora. After exhibiting several times in Belgium, Isabelle Menin decided to abandon painting to turn to digital photography. Taking pictures, scanning pieces of nature, the artist constantly plays with textures and colours, transforming them, mixing them, in order to give shape to a fictional nature, dense and flamboyant at the same time.

There’s also a really interesting interview on her site that goes into deep detail about how/why she does what she does.

{Some of her work is currently hanging in a group show, titled “Garden on Orchard”, at Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York – Opening Reception July 12, 6-8pm – show runs until August 19}





kyle surges


Ahh, nostalgia. Even better… painted nostalgia! Yes, these are the insanely perfect paintings {oil on panel} of American artist Kyle Surges. I love them all, but must draw attention to the clever piece at the top of the post, titled “An Artist’s Payday”. Note the perfect red dot… oh, that perfect red dot that we all love to see! SOLD. Happy Monday.





anne bentley

If I told you these were casting storyboards for the next Wes Anderson film, I bet you’d believe me… ok, they’re not, but they should be! These pieces are all from the “people” section in the portfolio of Boston based artist/illustrator Anne Bentley. She uses traditional painting and drawing with digital techniques, resulting in a slew of characters that I’d love to meet … or at least eavesdrop on at a cafe. Happy weekend! {Found via Thrive Art Studio’s Instagram}

ps. If you happen to be in Toronto this weekend, come to the opening of my latest show, “That Night In Toronto”, 4-7pm at Mayberry Fine Art, across from the AGO.





mandi keighran

Oooh, intricate hand-cut collages. This is the very organized work of London based artist/designer Mandi Keighran. Not only are her color palettes gorgeous, and her cuts insanely precise but she also notes the magazine each piece was created with… and sometimes she even lists how many tiny pieces went into the piece. Have I mentioned that I love systems and organization?

ps. There are only a few items in her Etsy shop and as luck would have it all of them are in this post! ps. she’ll be adding more tomorrow!





elisabeth mcbrien

Love / Love … see what I did there? Ahhh, yes… so much lush green, beautifully painted pleated skirts, and that dappled sunlight. Sigh. I am totally inspired by the work {oil on canvas} of American painter Elisabeth McBrien – they make me want to paint AND play tennis!





jessica brilli

Oh! Now if these don’t say HAPPY 4th of JULY to all of my American friends, well, I just don’t know what does! These paintings are part of the latest series by Massachusetts based artist Jessica Brilli, which happen to be in a show titled very appropriately, “Holiday”. The show opens this Friday {July 7, 7-9pm}, at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. It’s only up until July 13 so go to the opening if you can! Happy holiday : )





“that night in toronto” {art show}

Oh, where do I begin? This show is so important to me. It’s an ode to a Canadian great – singer songwriter and front man of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie. If you’re Canadian you know all about The Hip. For those of you who don’t, they are an iconic band that so many of us know and love. Gord is a musical genius, and sadly was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year. You could hear a nation gasp when that news was made public. I wanted to do something, but what? An art show, of course. Here is the curatorial statement for the show that opens THIS SATURDAY, JULY 8th at Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto {4-7pm}

“That Night In Toronto” 

Poetry. That is the best way to describe any and all lyrics written by Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip. From “wheat kings and pretty things”, to “musical chairs, double dares, memorized stairs” the words from these generation defining songs strike a chord in, well, anyone who has ever heard them.  As a curator, and artist, I want to honor this poetry the only way I know how – visually. I asked ten Canadian artists to create original work inspired by their favourite Tragically Hip lyrics. FYI, it was very difficult to choose, which is why some artists have more than one piece in the show! Originally, I was going to assign bits of Hip poetry to each of them, but every artist came back with stories of their favorite songs – memories from road trips, University, concerts, breakups, dance floors, house parties and the list goes on. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, paper-cut pieces they’ve created are beyond what I ever could have imagined. Stunning artwork, each with the magical power to conjure up a song.

This show is a heartfelt tribute from one group of Canadian artists to another – and simply our way of saying, “Hey man, thanks”

ps. Twenty per cent of sales will be donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research via Sunnybrook Hospital. 

If you can come, please do. I will be there with bells on, or at least a Hip t-shirt. Mayberry is just across the street from the AGO {324 Dundas Street West}. Send your RSVP to toronto@mayberryfineart.com – see you soon!

Artists {in order shown} : Annyen Lam, Ben Skinner, Meghan Hildebrand, Danielle Krysa {me!}, Sara Genn, Sean William Randall, Don Proch, Jay Dart, Brandy Masch, Sarah Gee Miller





sarah meyers brent

Oh, my. Big, loose, messy bouquets of drying flowers. These paintings {acrylic on paper} are the work of American artist Sarah Meyers Brent. She does some insane mixed media work too… but oh, these paintings on paper… they were just too perfectly messy to pass up. Happy Friday.





uri martinez {aka uriginal}

Barcelona based artist Uri Martinez {Uriginal} paints everywhere… inside AND outside, but surprise surprise, it’s his portraits of women that took my breath away. I included the close up of Mona so you’d believe me when I said she was a painting, not a digital manipulation. Sigh… gorgeous.





“collagmically connected”

Well, this show has been a long time coming! I’ll let my curatorial statement do the talking about the latest show I just put up at Fancy Schmancy Gallery

“Three collage artists living in completely different parts of the world – Hollie Chastain in Chattanooga Tennessee, Hagar Vardimon in Amsterdam, and me, Danielle Krysa in a small town in Western Canada – yet we have a strange habit of creating very similar work. A lot. I thought it was high time the three of us show together, and so “Collagmically Connected” was born. We agreed on the theme of “home” and off we went to create two collages each… and wouldn’t you know it, we all came back with four pieces. From house numbers, to protective gardens, to finding our way back home – Hollie + Hagar + Danielle = collagmically connected 4ever.”

Yes! Oh, I love this show so much. Twelve original collages by three artists who have been weirdly, and wonderfully, connected for years. Pop over to the gallery soon because I have a feeling these will go quickly. ps. check out “past shows” while you’re there … there are still a few pieces available from the three previous shows.