ART CRUSH: MATT SAWYER

grass hut by matt sawyer

Okay, who’s beyond excited summer is finally here? In Colorado it feels like winter lasts an eternity, then suddenly – warmth! Sun! Happiness!

These photos by Matt Sawyer capture that summer feeling so well. Sun-drenched beaches, the open road, big skies, the urge to wander and explore… yep. It’s all here. Who’s ready for some summer adventures? (Me, me!)

hwy 64 by matt sawyer

I’ll be road-tripping to visit some friends next month and I CAN’T WAIT to see this photo for reals. Is there anything more freeing than the open road?

I came across Matt’s work on my girl Artsy Forager’s collection for Mantle Art Company. She has SUCH a great eye for amazing artwork. I loved each piece she picked… but the summer vibes of Matt’s photos tipped the scales to full on ART CRUSH.

dillon falls by matt sawyer

Matt is an analogue fine art photographer based in Seattle. He’s been called “a master of atmosphere, the simplest subject caught in his lens becomes filled with meaning and drama.” I couldn’t agree more.

Swoon.

See more of Matt Sawyer’s work on Mantle Art Company.

Images: Grass Hut | Hwy 64 | Dillon Falls

 

ART CRUSH: JENNY ODELL

swimming_pools

water-slides

Oh guys, Jenny Odell had me at 125 Swimming Pools.

Jenny’s series of satellite prints show a collection of things – swimming pools, trains, ponds – cut out from Google Satellite View. While they’re all pretty uh-mazing (see the whole series here!), these two jumped out at me.

I think it’s because I’m already dreaming of summer and would like very much to swim in 125 swimming pools and ride down 10 different water slide configurations… et tu?

125 Swimming Pools | 10 Waterslide Configurations

See more of Jenny’s work on 20×200 and her website!

ART CRUSH: LANA PICCIANO

song of spring

after the rain

island rhythm

Line, texture, fields of color, spatial relationships. Oh I love a good Ab Ex-inspired painting.

Lana says she’s influenced by Abstract Expressionist painters like Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and Mark Rothko. She even lays her canvas on a flat surface to work! Very Jackson Pollock… but way cooler because she uses a contemporary palette to die for.

Art. Crush. Which one is your favorite?

Song of Spring | After the Rain | Island Rhythm

See more from Lana Picciano on her website and Saatchi Art!

IN LOVE: VALENTINE’S DAY

valentine's wishlist

I luuurve this print Sweethearts by Jonathan Lewis. It’s from Jonathan’s series See Candy, where he takes inspiration from the colors and tones of the candy section of the supermarket. I never realized just how many colors can appear on candy packaging! Kind of amazing, right?

Wouldn’t those colors make the cutest Valentine’s Day outfit?? My research points to YES.

01 Sweethearts by Jonathan Lewis 02 Ban.do Mini Heart + Bestie Bobbi Set 03 crepe seam flippy dress 04 single button wool coat 05 slingback flats

IN LOVE is a series featuring all the things I’m in lurrrve with. Check out more IN LOVE posts here!

ART CRUSH: PING HOMERIC

paper planes

paper butterflies

jumping rope

infinity dashes

Guys. How awesome are these photos?? I found them during my (daily) perusal of Saatchi Online. That combination of graphic lines, beautiful photographs, and bright bursts of color will get me EVERY TIME.

Plus I love the surreal quality of each work. The juxtaposition between the bright paper and the dying plants, or the way the drawing interacts with the photo, definitely makes you stop and look. So wonderfully strange, don’t you think?

On another note, maybe I should decorate my entire office with vibrant paper planes today…

Which one is your favorite?

Paper Planes | Paper Butterflies | Jumping Rope Girl | Infinity Dashes

Learn more about Ping Homeric here.

ART CRUSH: KELLY NICOLAISEN

jump for joy by kelly nicolaisen

I’ve mentioned Kelly’s work once before on the ol’ blog. It’s time for an official declaration of her awesomeness… a.k.a. an Art Crush post.

reach for it by kelly nicolaisen
stand tall by kelly nicolaisen

I’m obsessed with Kelly’s playful style. I totally want to be one of the characters in her photos… or, ya know, start taking crazy awesome selfies.

doggy treat by kelly nicolaisen

go girl by kelly nicolaisen

The vibrant colors, the striking compositions, the unusual humor. I have a crush on this art, no doubt. Her photos are FUN and they make me want to have fun… art doesn’t get much better than that, huh?

let's boogie by kelly nicolaisen

Check out more work by Kelly Nicolaisen on her website and Saatchi Online.

Jump for Joy | Reach for It | Stand Tall | Doggy Treat | Go Girl | Let’s Boogie

PRINT LOVE

ice cream by max wanger

Oh friends. Love at first sight totally exists. I know because I fell in lurrrve with these Max Wanger prints THE MOMENT I saw them. Fact.

pink balloon by max wanger

Looking for the right artwork is totally like looking for the right relationship. When it’s right, you just know. You don’t have to talk yourself into it. It doesn’t matter what your friends or family think. There aren’t any doubts or questions. Your heart is happy and that’s all that matters.

palms by max wanger

Now which one to pick… which one is your favorite?

What’s that? I should get all 3? Wellll okay.

ice cream | pink balloon | palms

ART CRUSH: THIS PRINT

red lollipop

After a rather stressful month of searching for a new home, we finally found a place!! Woot! Get out the champagne and the cardboard boxes, we’re moving to a house! Peace out, townhome.

While we’re a little farther from the Denver action than I’d like to be, we do have a lot more space, which means more wall space… which means more room for artwork!

I luurrve this print by Rosha Nutt. I’ve always been a fan of Ben-Day dots. Plus, a screenprint of a popsicle? You just can’t go wrong. Definitely an art crush and a candidate for our new kitchen.

Check out more rad prints by Rosha Nutt here!

Image: Red Lollipop.

ART CRUSH: NAOMI VONA

imaginary friends by naomi vona

Naomi emailed me a few weeks ago introducing me to her work. Guys. INSTANT CRUSH. I’m a sucker for collage. I’m tellin’ ya, collage is in right now…

smokey eyes by naomi vona

Naomi is an Italian artist who lives in Dublin, Ireland. She creates new interpretations of vintage photos using pens, paper, colored tape, and stickers.

a forest by naomi vona

I love the juxtaposition (yay art history jargon!) of the drab & dingy vintage photos with such bright bold colors. The bursts of color add so much life to the photos, don’t you think? Plus, the way Naomi applies these colorful additions gives each photo a whole new abstract story. The original photo is completely transformed and made anew.

gentlemen by naomi vona

What do you think? Do you have an art crush on Naomi’s collages, too? So awesome, right?

Imaginary Friends | Smokey Eyes | A Forest | Gentlemen

See more from Naomi on Saatchi Online, Society6, and her blog!

ART CRUSH: KAYLA KING

by Kate Donaldson

We’re doing things a little differently on today’s Art Crush! This time I had the opportunity to actually take some photos with my art crush. The print? Here? I was so excited… and when I told Kate Donaldson, favorite friend and talented photographer, about the whole idea? Well. The creativity and awesomeness went up a few hundred notches.

by Kate Donaldson
by Kate Donaldson

The artist: Kayla King. The art crush: Two Villages and the Little Bear.

I absolutely love this print. The graphic patterning, the simple use of color, the fun title that turns it into a story. It’s so thoughtfully designed. Plus there’s something so mysterious about it. It completely sucks me in. I feel like, maybe if I look at it long enough, I’ll find a hidden clue and decipher its meaning.

by Kate Donaldson

Kate had the idea to do a series of multiple exposure shots. Totally captures that same thoughtful yet mysterious vibe, don’t you think?

by Kate Donaldson

Two Villages and the Little Bear by Kayla King

Taking photos with my art crush was such a blast. I’m so excited to add this print to my collection! I’ve gotta say, it was really hard to pick only one print. How awesome are these others?

The Neighbors by Kayla King

Restless by Kayla King

Desert Fox by Kayla King

Kayla King is a graphic designer and illustrator based on the Central Coast of California. She loves pens, bright colors, design magazines, growing tomatoes, and snuggling with her two dachshunds. Inspired by nature, her color palettes and illustrations often incorporate elements of the mountains and beach near her home.

See more prints (and party decor!) from Kayla on Minted, a community of thousands of designers from around the world. I totally have a crush on Minted, too, by the way.

 

Top images by Kate Donaldson Photo.
Kayla King prints: Two Villages and the Little Bear, The Neighbors, Restless, Desert Fox.

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions + crushes are my own.