Category Archives: art

new art

It’s been a long time since I’ve dug around on Etsy. Partially because I’ve been busy, but mainly because I always fall in love with so many wonderful things and have a seriously hard time escaping with an empty cart…
…and so, voilà – today’s purchase: an antler drawing and flower photograph
{by Etsy seller kariherer}

all the buildings in new york

James Gulliver Hancock is attempting to draw all the buildings in New York. His journey can be followed on his blog – where you can also purchase (and commission) these illustrations. I think they are awesome.

manhattan or brooklyn

Back by popular demand, these Manhattan and Brooklyn maps just became available (after selling out) for pre-order. While I suppose I’m partial to Manhattan – as it’s the place I’ve called home for many years – I love them both equally.

Designed by Jim Datz. Available on Three Potato Four
(one of my FAVORITE online shops)


A friend of mine gave me a heads up about a graphic designer in brooklyn who has recently started a t-shirt/print line called 200pt – an ode to the font size. His first collection is called “the new romantics,” and I am definitely a fan. Currently they are selling these original art prints, but check back soon for these designs to be available on t’s.

Praia Piquinia

I absolutely adore this photograph. So much so that I have considered purchasing it on a daily basis for the past few weeks… I think that means it’s time to take the plunge and make it mine…

A message from the artist, Christian Chaize:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Five years ago, Portugal did present itself as a new landscape in my life – both literally and metaphorically. Since then, I have photographed exclusively along a very small stretch of its southern coastline. Returning to this specific place, I’ve sought out its nuances. In doing so, I have peeled back layers of how I see, and how I experience this magical environment.

For purchase here on one of my most favorite websites, 20×200.

illustrated recipes

I just spent the evening prepping food for a bbq tomorrow night so you can only imagine my excitement upon seeing these wonderful illustrated recipes after I finally finished in the kitchen. I would LOVE to have one of these framed in the kitchen. Simply scrumptious!

Designed by etsy seller claudiapearson

double take

a few images that made me look twice.




infographic food map

File this under coolest thing I have seen in a long time! a beautiful graphic map of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens – divided into microregions by FOOD!! Created by Very Small Array I can’t get enough of this interesting approach to showcase diversity.


how beautiful are these hand painted greeting cards by etsy seller curtie01. it appears they are no longer available for purchase but they are way too pretty not to share. {spotted via ffffound}


sweet. always one of my favorite playground activities…

{spotted via holleratme}


these fabulously beautiful ampersand prints spotted on oh joy! this morning brought a huge smile to my face. I love them! designed by gemma correll and the wheatfield

wind powered sculptures

Theo Jansen is an amazing Dutch artist that creates kinetic sculptures that resemble animals and are able to walk using the power of wind. Eventually, the artist wants to release these creatures out in herds on the beaches and allow them to live their own lives.
This. Is. Spectacular.
{spotted via toxel}

music philosophy

Music Philosophy is a weekly graphic/typographic interpretation of philosophical song quotes by designer Mico. This is perhaps one of my most favorite things I have seen in quite some time. The website has many more print gems than the ones seen here and a place to submit song lyrics… check it out!

in a stitch

England-based artist Sam Gibson creates whimsical hand-embroidered pieces with contemporary pop-art images that would be fantastic and fun hanging on any wall. I especially love the single thread hanging from the balloon and comb giving the art a playful 3D effect. Check out his etsy shop, Samskiart here.


A friend showed me this series of photographs called Persona, by Jason Travis. These wonderfully voyeuristic portraits of Atlanta locals are shown above the contents from their bags, totes, backpacks and/or clutches to determine “what they deem important in their lives.” See more here.

ampersand id chart

Love this ampersand id chart by Douglas Wilson – based on the traditional eye chart. Each comes with an identification key that details the names and weights of all 61 ampersands (see below). There is a limited edition of 110 prints so get it while you can!

places on earth map

The Places on Earth Map is a beautifully hand drawn map of the whole world. The map comes with pins so you can mark where you’ve been and where you’d like to go next…  I am beginning to think my future home will have a designated map room.

abacus abacus

While it has been a long time since I’ve used one, I always thought the abacus was a pretty nifty. I never would have considered them as wall art, but these two over sized abacuses are super colorful and definitely caught my eye. I like ‘em a lot.

the heads of state

I post quite frequently about maps and graphic city inspired posters. Don’t know what it is about them, but I just can’t seem to get enough! I’ve shown my love for ork maps, vintage travel posters, nyc transit maps,  to name a few… Today’s map of choice is by The Heads of State – their brand new limited edition travel screen print posters series are 14×24 inches of painted patriotism and let me tell you – they are mighty fine to look at.

faux food art

Look closely – these plates of food are not what they seem. I’ll give you a hint… I spy balloons and mini basketballs. These beauties by David Sykes are for sale.

book sculptures

I like the look of these photographs of book sculptures by Paul Octavious.
Fun stuff.

fruit for thought…

whats the word folks? agree or disagree?
created by Rexgios

visa stamps

I am always so excited to get a new visa stamp when I travel. I remember when backpacking in Europe eight years ago (wow, cant believe how long its been…) my friends and I would go out of our way to make sure we got stamps when on the eurorail since they don’t always come around and stamp. I love the varieties of looks and colors and memories that become attached to seeing a country’s mark on your passport. These images of international landmarks (and the beatles..) really make me smile.

{spotted via inspire me now}

looking into the past

This collection of photographs on flickr is amazing! Images are made by finding old photographs of places, printing them out, and then holding the print up in the modern day location that the original photograph was taken. So cool.

{spotted on swiss-miss}

little people big city

this is one of my favorite books on my book shelf to revisit time and time again. artist Slinkachu creates scenes on the street with hand-painted figurines and leaves them behind in the bustling city to “fend for themselves.” even though they are just little figurines, you can’t help but feel their plights and fears. these remarkable images convey something tangible that anyone who has ever felt vulnerable in a big city can relate to… buy the book here, Slinkachu’s blog here – frequently updated with new images from his travels – and website here

pothole garden

Pete Dungey plants gardens in potholes on British roads.
Who can deny the magic of turning an imperfection to perfection…

{spotted on a cup of jo}

snowy streets

I snapped a few pictures on my walk to the subway this morning.
Check back for another snowy surprise post later today!

paper roll art part deux

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I am blown away by the creative vision and ability artists have to turn every day objects into wonderful and surprising works of art. This is my second post about paper roll art (who would have guessed that!) but these little worlds artist Anastassia Elias (more on that site) created inside these cardboard rolls make me smile to big not to share…

{spotted via inspire me now}

morning snow

It is a snowy day here in new york city. The snow flakes are falling fast and they are huge! It is really beautiful from inside…

{New York City snow images via Thomas Hawk}

many faces

this portrait print is one of those things I bet I could look at for a long time. it also seems like the type of art you would find something new to love with each glance. edition of 100, $30. yes please.

{collaboration of mummysam and Pastachio Print. Spotted via Poppytalk}

tim burton

Today I went to the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA. It was phenomenal. All you New Yorkers go check it out!

letterpress print

I love typography and I love alphabet prints. This one is absolutely brilliant. Jessica Hische of Daily Drop Cap hand printed these letterpress limited edition posters (only 75 made) and I would be so happy if someone purchased one of them for me.

dumpster wallpaper

I love wallpaper and I love street art. So of course I am intrigued by visual artist Christine Finely who has spruced up New York City dumpsters with various styles of wallpaper and plans to continue more “polite graffiti” throughout NYC over the next few months.

{spotted via curbed}

antique fashion

Looking at those lovely pictures of Paris yesterday inspired this post of amazing vintage french fashion sketches from the 1920s for sale at etsy store Le Petit Poulailler. Makes me wanna go back in time and shop for days…or maybe just buy a few prints and hang them on my walls to admire…

i love paris

paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and I feel so lucky that I have been able to visit this great place four times. these pictures make me wanna go back. now.

{spotted on this is not my work}

chalk art

I am a huge fan of chalkboards and chalk art so I was very excited to see these handcrafted chalk boards for sale on etsy. The shop features wheeled, human powered transportation devices (bicycles, tricycles, wagons, etc.) drawn in chalk…

This chalkboard (a NYC street find) hangs in my living room. It’s one of my most favorite things.

Canvas Pop

How cool is this!? Use Canvas Pop to print your photos on canvas pro style… From any source, any resolution or size – and customized to your wishes – your photos and digital images become stunning custom art. All you do is upload an image (from your cell phone, digital camera, photoshop, facebook, flickr…) choose your size and customize, and then your canvas art is delivered, ready to inspire. I am definitely giving this a try…

irving penn: small trades

deep sea diver
fire fighter
fire fighter

Today I went to the Getty Museum to see the Irving Penn: Small Trades exhibit for the second time. Penn spent substantial time in New York, London, and Paris taking portraits of individuals in their work attire and with the tools of their trade. He was especially interested in occupations that would likely be replaced with technological advancements and changing times… I love that.

picturing the past 10 years

great op-chart by Phillip Niemeyer published in the new york times yesterday. I love these types of visualizations of cultural occurrences, trends, and what not…

the decade in news photographs

The Decade In News Photographs on the Boston Globe website is a mesmerizing collection of 50 images, many of which are graphic and truly quite brutal – natural disasters and terrorism stand out as the prominent theme (none of which are included below). Here are a few I found particularly amazing (and are safe for all eyes)….
This is called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Starting in late 2003, astronomers pointed Hubble at a tiny, relatively empty part of our sky (only a few stars from the Milky Way visible), and created an exposure nearly 12 days long over a four-month period. Some 10,000 galaxies were observed in this tiny patch of sky (a tenth the size of the full moon) – each galaxy a home to billions of stars.
Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing.
This picture taken 02 November 2007 shows a natural peatland forest next to cleared peatland which are prepared for acacia plantation in Kampar, outside Pekanbaru, Riau. Peatland which is dense, swampy forest that efficiently soaks up greenhouse gases from the world’s worst polluters, when healthy.
In this July 24, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.