“almost happy”


Horses on couches, bears swinging from chandeliers, and drawings that might not be exactly appropriate for children’s books … I’m in! Today on the podcast I’m talking to LA based artist Kelly Puissegur {apparently pronounced “Persegue”}. Anyway, we talked all about the process behind her crazy narrative paintings while we enjoyed an evening, nerve-debunking cocktail. Listen right up there, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the things we talked about in the order that we talked about them. First up, a few pieces from the first post I ever wrote about Kelly. These paintings are from her etsy shop:


Oh. Those pugs. So good! Next, we took some time to talk about three pieces specifically. They are titled: no 1. The After Party / no 2. This Will Make You Smile / no 3. Almost Happy. Oh, and one little tidbit she threw out was that she actually plans all of her crazy paintings with collages first! Clearly, I had to see those and she was kind enough to let us peek behind the curtain! There are a few below:


Aren’t those planning collages cool!? I’m so glad she let me show them! I love that she gets inspired by found vintage photos, like this horse on the couch. Yes, she found a photo of a horse on a couch?! Next, she mentioned her friend who had a big “APPLAUSE” sign in his house. That very cool sign inspired these very cool pieces:


Love! Now, I think Kelly should illustrate a book, don’t you? She said she’d love to… but we agreed that there are a few pieces that might not be quite right for kids’ books. Here’s a little inappropriate sampling:


Yeah. Maybe not exactly right for a sweet bedtime story. So, during the speed round I found out that her favorite animals to paint are horses. I agree… her horses are so good:


Ha! So so good. Now, we didn’t talk about this, but I think it’s a great way to sign off…


Sigh… don’t you wish that you could hang out inside one of her paintings? Me too… and I can guarantee there wouldn’t be any parking on the dance floor! Thanks so much to Kelly for working up the nerve to do this with me {and I promise to live up to our deal at the very end}, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and to you for looking ‘n listening! There’ll be more art for you ear next weekend.

Other links:

~ We talked about Jennifer Davis’ work

~ Kelly’s originals on Saatchi Art, and prints in her Etsy shop

comments (14)

  1. Amanda /// 10.04.2015 /// 10:19am

    I loved this episode (I love all your episodes!) and I am quite inspired by Kelly’s work. But the thing that made me stand up and cheer was the Mr. Dressup shout-out. Tickle Trunk Forever!!

  2. Kent Johnson /// 10.04.2015 /// 5:25pm

    I love collage, it seems to me making a come back 🙂

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  4. C.D Beatrice Clay /// 10.06.2015 /// 5:33pm

    Another great SaturYAY! Make a collage in photoshop then paint it – #gamechanger for me. My current painting process – 1. dream up a super awesome piece of work 2. mull it over in my head for a few days 3. show up at the canvas 4. fail at executing 5. have a pity party. 6. listen to Art for You Ear 7. feel like an awesome artist finding her way AGAIN. THAAAANNNKKS!

  5. the jealous curator /// 10.06.2015 /// 5:48pm

    yay! yes, isn’t that a great process! totally trying it too : )

  6. Katie /// 10.07.2015 /// 10:12pm

    Great podcast episode! It’s so interesting to hear about Kelly’s process and evolution in style over time. I also thought it was interesting how some of the pieces that she didn’t really like much became some of the more popular ones. Sometimes I get really picky about what to show people or put out there, so this was food for thought.

  7. the jealous curator /// 10.08.2015 /// 7:07am

    yes! i thought that too! best to put it out there and see what happens ; )

  8. kelly /// 10.08.2015 /// 10:35pm

    I’M SO JEALOUS!!! Such truly amazing stuff coming out of Kelly P’s mind. Great to hear and understand a bit about her process, as well as get to know what a sweet, real person she is (helps to tame the jealousy!). Thank you both!

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  11. Heidi Lanino Bilezikian /// 03.29.2016 /// 7:08am

    Great podcast episode! Kelly is so funny and honest I just love her work. I found her on Saatchi Art a few years ago and am so glad to see her success. Thank you both for sharing.

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  14. Carolina /// 05.23.2017 /// 11:07am

    soooooooooo good and inspiring ideas! Thanks for this.

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