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This past month has been an overwhelming whirlwind of work & holiday obligations & merriment. It seems I’ve gotten a little behind on my posting, I do have a lot of fragments that I’m hoping to stitch together over the weekend. Meanwhile, I’ve asked one of my best friends to share a bit about her last trip to Brazil, a place I hope to visit soon.

Kim Beury:
Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the aspects that I was most taken back with was the beautiful street art. Every corner turned revealed another piece, whether it be political or whimsical, figurative or abstract, sticker or paint, professional or crude.
Unfortunately Rio is also know for their slums or favelas, characterized by violence, crime, drug trade, and poverty. City of God, anyone? One in five Rio residents live in a favela; there are over 500 favelas throughout the city.
Two Dutch artists, Hass&Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) created the Favela Painting project in 2006 to merge street art and favela living, pervasive aspects of Rio. The murals serve many purposes. Beautifying the neighborhoods, instilling power to the community members, and creating jobs for the residents. Not to mentions it looks damn good, too.

This their first mural project in Rio, Boy with a Kite.

Mural along pathway in Vila Cruzeiro, designed together with Rob Admiraal.



Just got word that my work was posted this week on I was paired with another NYC based Illustrator, Sara Blake a.k.a. ZSO. Beautiful stuff don’t you agree? I had to repost.

Thanks Jenny! I like it.


More watercolorings & an interesting
Blog. I’m impressed!

This one’s my favorite.

Watercolor is my favorite medium. I learn something new every time I paint, find new tricks, different ways to pull it up, move it around, let it work with itself. It’s versatile and challenging & even though I know I should try to play more with other mediums, I’m pretty sure it will stay my favorite until I put down the brush for good.

Because I’m such a fan of all things watercolor, I get particularly excited when I come across other artists who share my feeling for the medium, here’s a great one.

I was browsing today and came across Simon Shubert’s quietly intense folded paper illustrations. What’s going on here?? Really, how’s this man doing this? I’m very curious.

After looking through Simon’s work, I decided to check up on an old favorite, Peter Calleson, his work was amazing as always. If you give me a piece of paper I might fold it into an semi good looking origami frog but, I don’t think I could even begin to process creating these incredible folded masterpieces.

Lately my palette has been getting warmer and warmer by the second. I’m itching to run home and do a painting in all yellow. I must still be hanging onto summer… Anyway, check these golden boys.


Phil Hale

David Choe

Emmanuel Polanco

I stumbled across Iain Macarthur’s work today while doing some research. I’m so glad I did, my mind’s running all over the place. I’m completely inspired and longing to figure out how to actualize an idea that’s been buzzing around in my head for a while. I’ll definitely have more to say about this later, but for now I’m going to stop typing because the work really speaks for itself.

Please allow me one moment to brag about my father, Aurelio Bolognesi, the coolest guy I know. He and my mother have been a consistent source of inspiration throughout my life. In the past few years, my father has really dove in, head first, into his major passion, furniture designing and crafting. He constantly amazes me with his work, reaching new levels of creativity and craftsmanship with each piece he creates.

I’m a big fan of Ashley Wood’s work. Particularly his angular compositions, distorted proportions and wisely muted palette. Then of course, there’s the sneaky robots and hot girls…

Sometimes his work feels strangely reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s. You won’t hear me complain about that.