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 20x200 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!

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.

ART CRUSH: DENISE FIEDLER

ice cream by denise fiedler I think I have spring and summer fever. Denise Fiedler's collages capture that easygoing charm of summertime so perfectly. Art. Crush. Read all about my crush over on the UncommonGoods blog!

Happy weekend, friend! It's only gonna be in the 60s here this weekend... but that's warm enough for ice cream, right? I seriously can't wait for ice cream weather...

This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions + crushes are my own. See more from Denise in the Uncommon Artist Gallery and read more about the work featured above, Ice Cream.

ART CRUSH: AUDREY HELLER

cafe society Miniatures fascinate me. Maybe it's because I watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids a lot when I was little... we'll never know, but I do know this: I'm seriously in love with Audrey Heller's photographs.

Read more about my new art crush over on the UncommonGoods blog today! Aannd see more crush-worthy artwork in their Uncommon Artist Gallery.

Happy weekend to youuu!

Image: Cafe Society.

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