Friday, January 23, 2015


Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based art studio of a couple who make fine art prints as well as commissioned posters and other design work. These pieces are all available (at a reasonable price); they've got a sketchy, washy aesthetic—a little messier than my usual style—and they're definitely appealing.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

furbish pop up shop

Sarah Martinez made these little watercolor paintings for Furbish, the Raleigh, NC home shop (which has an excellent online presence). They're sweet and pretty and simple—and a great opportunity to buy original art for less than $150.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ryan sarah murphy

More than a month? I never meant to take such a break from this blog. And while I was out, we all had a really nice trip someplace warm and beautiful and relaxing—right after losing our much loved and extremely old dog. So it's been a journey, to say the least: the good with the bad. I've been slow getting back in the groove, but I'm excited to work with a new client, think about getting a new puppy, and share some great art in this space again. Belated happy new year, and here's to all things new and fresh and beautiful and hopeful.

New York artist Ryan Sarah Murphy makes these beautiful collages with cardboard and discarded book pages. There's something so serene and peaceful about the colors and textures—they're simple but interesting. I guess that's what good composition means: nothing extraneous, an idea pared down to its most basic, yet with enough detail to hold your eye. Note that the actual pieces are small-scale (one foot and under), so they draw you in; they're tiny and precious.