Friday, July 31, 2009

Bacon Umbrella

Francis Bacon, "Painting 2," Offset color lithograph

I needed some yellow on this rainy evening. And while disturbing, this picture seemed to encapsulate the day so far...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Skylines and Powerlines

Photo by Sabina Margaret A. in Brooklyn, New York

Photo by Libby Little in Adelaide, Australia

More great projects over at Learning To Love You More here

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Summer Breeze

This painting makes me feel like summer can truly be a state of mind... (this coming from the girl who has yet to install her air conditioner).

Bring in the Storms!

David Chapin, "Storm," 1958, oil on panel

I've gotten stuck in downpours all day and this painting makes me wonder how else one could abstractly paint a storm. Also, I'm curious about the particular storm that he painted...did it even involve rain?

Image Inspiration -- Newspaper Collage

Michael Farrell, "Protestant Oculte," 1975

I've always adored newspaper collages. This one is no exception. AND I really want to go to Ireland right now -- tickets are so cheap!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paula Rego -- AOD

"Self Portrait in Red"

"Embarkation," 1992

Since this past weekend made me feel like I was in a fairytale, today's artist displays powerfully playful and expressive emotions. Check out more fun and bizarre work by her here.

Pet Post -- Kitten City

Meeeeow. Justin's mom found this assortment of little pipsqueaks in the barn! Can you STAND it?!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kristin Andreassen - Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes

Amazing video for Kristin's award winning tune!! And I'm loving these dance moves...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jams -- Lee Fields & the Expressions

I had the pleasure of catching NPR's showcase this week, featuring the great Lee Fields. You simply must buy his new record because it's just so hot.

Sneak a listen of my favorite song here. Get the lowdown on the show here.

Pet Post: CATcerto. ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis, Nora The Piano Cat

thanks to Adam for always finding great music online!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Garden Art

Wouldn't you just love to come across this nifty sculpture in your garden?!

Image via

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pet Post -- Koala Beauties

Thanks to Becky in Australia for snapping this shot of these beautiful fluffy creatures!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tzu-Ju Chen -- AOD

"Dunhuang," mixed media necklace

(detail from above)

"Shanghai Girl," mixed media brooch, 2007

Wouldn't you just love some jewelry by this artist?! Tzu-Ju Chen uses materials such as paper money, found photos, coral, stainless steel and feathers to achieve these stunning, richly layered pieces. She has more work from her "China: Silhouettes of Memory" series on the web here.

Pet Post -- Peanut Butter & Co

Thanks to Aaron for taking this shot... without which I never would have been able to show off my crazy Photoshop skills.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pet Post -- It's Heating Up

I can identify quite a bit with this photo, starting with the kitty's slightly over-sized belly. And folding clothes can be exhausting -- especially in this heat!!

Thanks to William for capturing this amazing moment...

Pet Laughs

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Art Post -- Amber Boardman

Above: Still from the video and animation, "Prelude"

Come check out this hot artist's latest show.
See the piece online (click on full screen!) and prepare to be amazed...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Zdenek Kosek -- AOD

"Untitled," pen and marker on paper, 1991

"Untitled Drawing," pen and marker on paper, 1991

I always adore ink on paper drawings, but these intrigued me more than usual. They express an abstract chemical/ scientific formula, while maintaining free-flowing forms that resemble innocent thought bubbles. To read more about Kosek's interesting life, head over to Art on Paper Magazine here.

Images via Calvin-Morris Gallery

JAMS -- OLJ at the Folk Art Museum 7/10/09

Come on out tomorrow for a great early set at our favorite NYC Museum!!

Pet Post -- Meet PEANUT BUTTER!!

The newest member of Oh Liza Jane:

Don't worry, there are TONS more pics to come...
Cheers and Bunny Ears!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pet Post -- Happy 4th!!

Lucky, aka Wisconsin's cutest (and most patriotic) Bichon wishes you the best today!

Brooklyn's finest: Festive Maggie the Boston wishing you and yours a happy holiday!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Getting into the Spirit

Jasper Johns, "Flags I," 1973, screenprint, National Gallery of Art

Pet Post -- Pup and a Painting

Isn't this picture just the sweetest?!

Via Camilla Engman

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Image Inspiration -- The Simple Things

Saul Fletcher, "Untitled #49 (mantelpiece)," 1997

This photograph reminds me of living alone in a small room and taking pleasure in all of the simple, little things.

Image via Kohn Gallery

Art Review -- The Female Gaze

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Edouard Manet's, "Olympia," 1863, for the first time in person at the Musée d'Orsay and it reignighted my interest in the Female Gaze as a subject matter.

If this subject interests you, I suggest seeing the current show at NYC's Cheim & Read Gallery. One of the many female artists in the exhibit is photographer Katy Grannan:

"Kamika, near Route 9 Poughkeepsie, NY," 2003.


Mr. Bowen Ames with a lovely tune on the Uke.