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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 : )

jessica brilli


Ah! So cool… see, it pays to stalk, I mean follow, artists that you love on social media! These paintings are from the latest, vintage inspired, series by Massachusetts based painter Jessica Brilli – and because I follow her on Facebook and Instagram I have slowly watched this car, and its driveway, go from an under-painted sketch to the final piece. I love getting a glimpse into an artist’s process… it’s like a little peek behind the magic curtain!

jessica brilli… again

I wrote about the lovely, vintage-looking work of American painter Jessica Brilli a couple of years ago. It was all old-school cameras and classic typewriters in that post, today however… it’s about clocks. And radios. And clock-radios. Love, love, love! {And oh, her palettes… I cannot get over her palettes!}

{Check out her upcoming show, Jessica Brilli: “New Work” …Walker Cunningham Gallery from March 15 – April 12, in Sudbury, MA}

i’m jealous of jessica brilli

…snap snap snap tappity tap… yep, I want to take pretty pictures, and then write a short novel to accompany them! Luckily, American artist Jessica Brilli has me covered! Lovely, very sweet, nostalgic paintings. Sigh.

tim ferguson sauder

“An art project exploring our American identity through the creation of flags built using marks collected from the different people and places that make up our country.”

So beautiful in so many ways. This series, titled Americans Flags, is the brilliant, timely, and thoughtful work of American artist Tim Ferguson Sauder. Okay, I’ve basically copy/pasted his entire site, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t leave anything out! Here is the Why and How about this ongoing project:


This body of work has been (and is being) created in response to an interaction I had with my students a couple years ago. It was the morning after an incredibly charged US election and my class was just starting. As soon as everyone showed up and grabbed a seat one of my students raised her hand and asked, “Since this is a communication course can we talk about how I’m supposed to communicate with my family about politics when I already know we don’t agree? Especially about what happened last night?”

We talked that day about how difficult it is to be open to others’ points of view while staying true to your own beliefs when those two things differ. We discussed how it was our responsibility to work to find ways to broaden our own perspectives and share with others what we see. This work is an exercise in exposing myself to other people’s experiences in America. I’m exploring what this country means to them and deepening my own understanding of what America and its identity means to me.


… we take the [cut plywood] boards out and “gather” marks on them. These are most often collected by spraying a thin layer of fixative onto the board and leaving it someplace where people will walk or ride over the board and leave marks.

Some places/people from which we’ve “gathered” marks include: a U.S. border pedestrian bridge in Texas, American Indian craftspeople in New Mexico, workers at a strawberry farm in Massachusetts, fishermen working in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. East Coast and tourists visiting memorial sites in Washington D.C. 

Beautiful.  PS. Tim is hoping to show this work throughout the US… if you are an interested gallery, please reach out to him.

This project was done through his lab, Return Design, at Olin College. Tim is not only an artist, but also a designer and associate professor in the practice of design at Olin College of Engineering.

penny byrne

This powerful 2017 series, titled #EuropaEuropa, is the brilliant work of Australian artist Penny Byrne. Vintage ceramic refugees, wearing brand new lifejackets, floating on plates and in gravy boats. Her entire portfolio is filled with political statements made with repurposed ceramic figures… as I’m sure you’ll be able to gather from her artist statement:

Penny Byrne is an artist who utilises a variety of mediums to create sculptural works that, at times, elicit visceral responses from viewers. She is concerned with the state of the world and our place in it. Her works ask us to consider where we stand and how we feel, never preaching, but rather gently guiding us to a deeper understanding of our times. She is not afraid to tackle the big issues head on, often with wry humor and wit, and always with a deeply considered and intelligent compassion.

I’m concerned with the state of the world too. Bravo, Penny. Bravo. Happy Monday.

hannah gartside

Gasp! Oh my word, I want to stand in and under all of these sliced pastel beauties… I wonder if it smells like forgotten perfume? This installation, titled “Fantasies (2019)”, is the work of Melbourne based artist Hannah Gartside. From July to October 2019, this wonderland of feminine fabric was shown at Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia). “Fantasies” uses 1960s/70s nightgowns made from 100% polyester, which helps her tell the story she wants to tell.  “Through such dichotomous methods as cutting, shredding and stitching – by turn, both violent and reparative – she explores the complexities of being in and of a female body.” Brilliant. Here is more of Hannah’s artist statement:

“[Her] works explore feminism and material culture, and present ways of experiencing the profound sensuality and subjectivity of our relationship to the physical world. Gartside uses dress-making processes as well as methods of patchwork quilting, wet-felting, and fabric dyeing. Through these labour intensive processes and treatment of materials, Gartside invests in the work a quality of concentration, devotion and care.

Although she believes in the ‘aura’ accrued by materials through their production and usage, Gartside researches the aesthetics, production techniques and history of her materials that have emerged from particular historical, sociopolitical and cultural contexts. Her works co-opt the materiality and various associations of the material as a way of making sense of the past, through a sense of shared consciousness, and of offering up new possibilities for hope.”

*Photographs by Louis Lim

“creative myth busters”

Yes, yes, YES. There are so many creative myths that need busting, and I know just the man for the job! Andy Miller, aka Andy J. Pizza is my joy-filled creative expert for this 157th episode. And, spoiler alert, we’ve put together a brand new segment called: Creative Myth Busters with Danielle Krysa and Andy J. Pizza. We kicked off this first busting session with two big myths, but before we did that, I had a little catching up to do with this creative dynamo! You can listen right up there, or subscribe on iTunes.

First, I present to you the definition of JOY in photographic form:


Hahahahaha! Ahhhh, Andy hanging out on Sesame Street. Seriously, I would’ve cried if I was sitting that close to Big Bird’s nest. Look how happy Andy is… yep, this fills me with joy for sure!

Okay, more joy. Andy and Joseph Gordon Levitt {aka Joe. Yeah, that’s what I’ll call him too once we become super good friends … any day now}:

I love that Joe did this, and that Andy had the cojones to to reach out to him. Listen to the episode right here, and if you don’t know about JGL’s project, HITRECORD, check it out here! Oooh, and while I’m fan-girling, Joe also did a great TED Talk, titled “How craving attention makes you less creative”.

Next up, joy in the form of five foot markers and a mural for YOU to color in:

So frickin’ fun! The top most image is from the current mural at Color Factory, Houston – an ongoing collaboration between Andy and artist/designer Andrew Neyer {ps. I think the green one might be from a past “Color Me” mural they did.}

And finally, Andy’s brilliant, fun and always inspiring podcast, CREATIVE PEP TALK, just turned FIVE!

Wooohooooooo! High five on five years, Andy! [insert sound fx here] And with that, I will say thank you so much to Andy for taking time to bust some myths with me; thanks to Thrive {sign up for their Mastermind group!} for supporting yet another episode; and as always, thanks to you for listening. I’ll be back again next weekend with a new episode. ~ Danielle

More Links:

  1. Andy on ART FOR YOUR EAR, December 2017
  2. Andy’s Skillshare class : Make Creativity Your Career: Six Exercises to Create a Successful Side Project
  3. Brené Brown, Researcher / Author
  4. From Good to Great by Jim Collins
  5. Jim Henson: The Biography
  6. Seth Godin
  7. Samantha Fields on AFYE
  8. Terrence Payne on AFYE
  9. Debbie Millman : on Creative Pep Talk
  10. TED Talk by Ingrid Fetell Lee : “Where Joy Lives and How to Find It”


cj hendry

Bahahahahaha! Oh, Cj Hendry … she’s hilarious, smart and – clearly – insanely talented. Just to be clear, these are giant drawings. DRAW. INGS. So, I’m not entirely sure where to start when it comes to explaining this project. The title is “Copyright Infringement 2.0”, and when Cj posted these images to Instagram last week, along with this description, I was instantly intrigued :
“These were the drawings printed onto the tees. Rather hard making a large scale drawing look like a semi-pixelated screen shot. But, go ahead and google “Richard Prince Instagram Art” because that is who I ripped off for COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT 2.0. He released these works back in 2014 and I remember the uproar at the time…still makes me laugh. I reckon Richard is a funny bitch with a hella sense of humor, you have to be if you make work like this.”

Ok, well now I needed to understand the WHOLE story. I asked Cj’s right hand woman/studio manager, Elsa, if she could explain 1.o and 2.0 … and she did! Here’s the email she sent me :

“So last year, Cj drew a series of Warhol Polaroids. She crumpled her drawings and drew them again. The crumpled drawings were then printed on t-shirts. 100 of each of the six drawings, signed and numbered. The morning of the release we received a cease and desist from the Ali Foundation that prohibited us from selling the t-shirts. The artworks themselves were transformative but we could not use the likeness of people faces on merchandise.  With 600 t-shirts on her hands, she decided to “dispose” of them around the city. Over two days, Cj dropped 100 boxes of t-shirts around the city posting the locations on her Instagram story. [Here are the images that go with 1.o] :

Which leads us to 2.0 :

“To celebrate the one year anniversary, Cj decided to take it a step further by dropping 50 shirts per day in four cities over five days. Returning home to do Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and then two days in New York. This time, it was not Warhol Polaroids, but Richard Prince Instagram series. When Prince created this series there was so much of an uproar around copyright infringement so these works seemed like the perfect pieces to appropriate. The works were screenshots of Instagram posts of famous and ordinary people with a comment by Prince at the bottom. Cj chose three specific images with celebrity faces because that’s what she got done for last time.”

Hilarious and brilliant. As usual. Happy Monday.

anna valdez

Ahhhhh, I absolutely love the work of Oakland based artist Anna Valdez. Clearly, it’s gorgeous online, but in person? Oh my word… ridiculously vibrant, detailed, and filled with stories. If you happen to be in New York, Anna’s latest show, titled NATURAL CURIOSITY, will be opening this Saturday October 5th at Hashimoto Contemporary Here’s a part of the gallery’s description:

“The works function both as still life and self portrait, offering vantage into Valdez’s daily practice and the objects which inform it. Venus Painting, oversized and brilliantly pink, features two of the artist’s plants against a wall covered in a swirling floral design. Framed by the houseplants is a smaller, more serene still life painting, depicting a bust of Venus in cool blue tones. This self-referential painting-within-a-painting nods at the time honored tradition of oil painters breaking the fourth wall while subtly hinting at a more modern practice of image-viewing and media consumption.

The careful consideration of each detail––each hand-mixed oil paint, every carefully composed vignette––invites the viewer into the artist’s studio and practice of close observation, begging the question: when do we allow ourselves to follow our own curiosity?”

Anna will be at the gallery for a book signing of her upcoming monograph {also titled “Natural Curiosity”}, and an artist talk in conversation with curators Chad Alligood and Nina Mdivani from 5-6pm, followed by the opening reception from 6-8pm. The show runs from October 5th through October 26th, 2019.