“ebb and flow”


Ahhh, is it July yet? If you live somewhere cold, brace yourself because the work of New York based painter Samantha French will make you want to jump into the closest pool! A few episodes ago I called Sam out for blatantly ignoring my invitation to come on the podcast… so we definitely cover that. We’re also talking about living/working in New York, really big canvases, and where her love of painting water began. You can listen right underneath that gorgeous swimmer, or you can subscribe on iTunesOk, let’s get things started with a bunch of my favorites:


Sigh. See? Don’t you want to go swimming right now? Her work is absolutely beautiful, but seeing it online doesn’t do it justice. We talked about how big most of her work is, so I wanted to include these photos to help you understand the scale {and also to give you a peek into her New York studio}:


Ah-mazing! If you ever get a chance to see one of her shows in person… GO. You really do feel like you’re in a pool right along with all of her subjects.

Next, a few photos from the movies! Yep, these are the photos Sam took in the middle of a theater when two of her pieces were used on the set of Sleeping With Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie:


That photo directly above is a self-portrait of Sam, so technically she was in the movie too! Pretty cool. Speaking of cool, Sam’s partner, Aaron Hauck, is an amazing painter as well. Since this is a post about Sam, I thought I’d show one of his paintings that happens to be of Sam… “Sam checking her phone”, 2015:


Love! So much talent in one house. And with that I will say thanks so much to Sam for saying yes {turns out I need to check my inbox more carefully}; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode {and giving away a $50 gift card at the end of this month… sign up for my weekly email to be entered}; and a huge thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

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comments (4)

  1. Must-Reads for Creatives 2.20.16 - In Tandem /// 02.20.2016 /// 1:06pm

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  2. Linda Bigness /// 02.21.2016 /// 3:40am

    Great review, love the work and personal involvement the artist has with her work. I also enjoyed seeing the pictures of her working in her studio. Very nice.

  3. C.D. Beatrice Clay /// 02.21.2016 /// 8:03am

    I LOVED yesterday’s art for your ear. Samantha’s work is just breathtaking! I can’t believe this is PAINT! Hearing about her process and how it varies depending on the painting was neat…there is no right or wrong way to paint…just the way that works for YOU. Many thanks Danielle. Art for you Ear is just EVERYTHING!

  4. laurence de valmy /// 02.24.2016 /// 7:43am

    awesome work. I love it and was great to hear her talk about it. thanks for this great post!

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