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ARTmonday: Ky Anderson’s Contemporary Artwork

Ky Anderson is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based abstract artist represented by one of my favorite galleries, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. The gallery has outposts in New York City and Bridgehampton, and while I’ve never actually been to either, I often peruse the website and am a huge fan of many of the artists it represents, including Sydney Licht, whose pale pastel abstract still lifes are endlessly appealing.

Anderson, who was born in Kansas City and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, creates abstract paintings in acrylic and ink on paper (both found paper and new), and more recently, in oil on canvas. The colors are soft and the shapes simple and bold, often scaffolded with inky lines.

Anderson founded DUSK, through which she works with artists from all over to develop handmade editions and curate original series. She has a small printmaking shop in Greenpoint and welcomes nearby artists to use the press. She’s curating a DUSK show for this summer.

In addition, Anderson features her own art collection in a tumblr on her site. According to an interview she did with Got a Girl Crush, she started her art collection blog in order to “document and appreciate the artwork I live with and to encourage art collecting.” (I think I should document my personal art collection in a separate tab here on StyleCarrot. Yes?)

Anderson adds, “Not all art is expensive and I like to tell stories about how the work came into my hands to show that you don’t have to have a lot of money to grow a collection.” Absolutely. In fact, Jen Bekman offers five prints f Ky Anderson’s abstract paintings on 20×200, starting at $24.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite abstract paintings by Ky Anderson. Those colors… Girl crush indeed.


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Ky Anderson’s studio in the Pencil Factory Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Ky Anderson


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ARTmonday: Architecture in Art

Last night I pulled together 20 examples of architecture in art for today’s post. As I scrolled through Pinterest pinning hundreds of images that appeal, I realized that one of the categories that make my heart flutter most is architecture. (You can look at my Architecture I and Architecture II Pinterest boards and see if you feel similarly.)

Artwork sucks me in, street style compels me to lose weight and dress with more verve, and food photos makes me wish I had more time and energy to really cook, but the architectural images draw me in more profoundly. Sure, it’s the design aspects in part—the corrugated metal, black stained siding, expanses of glass, pointy rooftops, and placement in the surrounding landscape transport me to another place, another time, another life I could have. Or maybe, just a house I might someday build.

So just for that reason, the realization that looking at sublime examples of contemporary dwellings elicits a response deeper than browsing well-designed living rooms and adorable, furry animals, here are 20 occurrences of architecture in art, including photographs, paintings, illustration, sculpture, and collage.


Apple Blossoms and Architecture    The Naked Rose
Prints starting at $22.50 at Society6


Classic Bowling Architecture    Vorona Photography
Prints starting at $16 at Society6


Banco    Luciana Levinton
Prints starting at $124  •  Original $10,000  •  Saatchi Art


Universal Space    Cécile Van Hanja
Prints starting at $60 at Saatchi Art


Farewell     Rosalind Davis
$170 at Rise Art


Architecture    Sannngat
Prints starting at $17.67 at Society6


Yellow Surfer’s House    Ieva Baklane
Prints starting at $104  •  Original $1,278  •  Saatchi Art


Back door #1    Michael Wolf
Christophe Guye Galerie /Artsy


False Memory  Ricky Allman
Starting at $60 at 20×200


Look Down    Gail Schechter
Starting at $20 at Minted


On Camera Nº41    Luis Mallo
$2,500 at Praxix /Artsy


Dreamed Bungalow    Carola Schapals
$8,000 at Saatchi Art


Icons *2 (Trevi Fountain, Rome)    Nicolas Vionnet
$985 at Saatchi Art


Woodshed    Andrew McClintock
tarting at $22 at Minted


At the Sea II    Igor Vitomirov
Prints starting at $67  •  Original $1,200  •  Saatchi Art


Painting Edifico Chrysler y Empire State    Claudia Hernández
Saatchi Art


Modern Architecture  •  Lemonee on the Hills
Prints starting at $17 at Society6




Untitled00373  •  Peter Matyasi
Prints starting at $125 / Original $1500  •  Saatchi Art


Concrete Candy    Neil Ayling
£3,000 at Berloni /Artsy

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ARTmonday: That Elusive Woman—Sourcing Statement Photos For Troy Boston

At the end of January I posted color inspiration—a blush & charcoal color palette—for a model apartment that I’ll be decorating. The apartment is in a new building that’s still under construction called Troy Boston in Boston’s SoWa neighborhood, right by the the other new building with Boston apartments, Ink Block, and the giant new Whole Foods. (My husband got lost in there recently; says it’s fantastic.)

Troy Boston is one of a number of new buildings with Boston apartments (there are also a couple in the Fenway) slated to have a LEED Gold rating; that mean’s it will be officially “green.” I’ve been to the construction site twice now (complete with hard hat). These Boston apartments are small but beautiful, with a loft-like feel. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, pale oak flooring, and cerused oak and lacquer cabinetry.

The model apartment I’m decorating is a 469-square-foot studio on the 14th floor. It’s got lots of sun, a sleek grey bathroom, and grey kitchen, which runs along one side of the room. I’ve been putting together collage-y room layout mockups (as a non-designer I have no idea how to use interior design software), and measured last week. Fingers crossed I did so accurately.

No surprise, my favorite aspect of decorating is curating the artwork for the walls. I have a definite idea of what I want, and am excited to include works by artist friends Lee Essex Doyle, Tess Atkinson, and Grace Hopkins. Linda Cordner is another local Boston artist whose work I hope to hang, as she generously offered up a large encaustic in my blush and grey color palette.

Above the sofa in the main living space I will hang a collection of photography and paintings. I want to include a statement artwork of a partially obscured woman; a moody portrait/fashion-y lifestyle photograph, preferably with a hint of copper or mustard, which will be the accent for the pink and grey scheme color scheme. I fell hard for the first photo below by Nhu Xuan Hua and contacted her agency, but the cost would eat up half my total budget.

I’ve concluded that will likely be the case for many of the images I’ve discovered, as most seem to have been shot professionally for au courant magazines. Given my limited budget, I need to find artists who would like to loan their artwork in exchange for exposure and publicity (of which there should be plenty). Given the other work I will be using hails from New England, I have decided that all the artwork I use will be created by local women artists.

I think I’ve identified the replacement for that initial inspiration piece. In the meantime, here are the photographs I’ve found that I’d most like to use in the model apartment. Some are internationally known talents, others are New England artists in varying stages of their careers. I love every single one of them, and am hoping to secure at least one or two for the Troy Boston project, which I also hope will be a well-curated showcase featuring New England artists who all happen to be women.


Nhu Xuan Hua


Jamie Hawkesworth


Alicia Savage


Jennilee Marigomen


Anastasia Cazabon


Davis Ayer




Cig Harvey


Kasia Bobula


Annija Muižule


Billy Nava


Caroline Moore/sixhours


Frederik Vercruysse


Helen Sear


Naho Kubota


Caylon Hackwith


Todd Jordan


Jüergen Teller


Anastasia Cazabon


Rhi Ellis


Alicia Savage

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ARTmonday: Mail Order Picture Frames by Framebridge

When someone from Framebridge reached out to me I was intrigued. If you read my blog regularly or follow my Instagram, you know we have a lot of artwork. And a lot of it is unframed. I immediately accepted the offer to try it out its service for mail order picture frames.

Susan Tynan (who hails from local brain bank Harvard Business School) founded Framebridge last year. She was spot on in the thinking behind the company, saying “What makes visiting a traditional custom frame shop uncomfortable? Let’s remove it. The up-selling, the unclear pricing, the overwhelming, outdated selection–gone.”  Because seriously, nobody has used those glossy purple frames with the rounded edges since the 1970s.

Framebridge offers 21 styles of mail order picture frames, which are hand-cut and assembled at its production studio in Maryland using top-of-the-line materials including acid-free matting and foam boards and UV protective acrylic.

Here’s how it works: Choose a frame from the 21 options (you can try them virtually by uploading a photo of your piece), provide approximate measurements, choose from a white matte, off white matte, or no matte. If you can’t decide on a frame style, the Framebridge design team will make three suggestions for you.  

Once you know what you want, indicate whether you have your own mailer or want them to send you a flat mailer or tube mailer. That’s it. Soon the mailer will arrive at your doorstep; pop in your art, stick on the pre-paid shipping label, and send it off. You’ll receive an email when they get your piece and another in about two weeks once they’ve shipped it back to you. If the team has questions (maybe they’re not sure about orientation or somesuch issue),  you’ll get a friendly personal email.

If you have a digital file, you can upload it and Framebridge will print and frame it for you using heavyweight, luster photo paper with archival inks. You can even have them frame mini Instagram photos through the iPhone app . Pricing is based on size, not frame style, and ranges from $39 for Instagram minis to $149 for a piece up to 32″ x 40″. Shipping is free both ways.

A few weeks ago I got back my first two mail order picture frames from Framebridge. I love them and I just put through orders for two more. Have a look.


Stephen Sheffield

Fort Point, Boston-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, who is a friend of ours, posted this photo of his son swimming last summer on Facebook. I had to have it to add to my growing collection of artwork of pools and swimmers. I love the way the moody blue water looks against the pale wood Marin frame from Framebridge. It’s on my bookshelf right over the sofa where I work.


Stephen Sheffield  •  Cubeot by David Weeks  • child’s watercolor

My husband spotted this Stephen Sheffield photograph (on the left) on Facebook a couple of years ago. I think Steve shot it with one hand while driving the trailer that he and his wife Alison decided to rent for a road trip to Disney World with their kids during winter break. I used Framebridge’s modern white frame called Irvine. (The piece on the right is a watercolor by my son done in the woods during an art in nature class at Castle Hill in Truro years ago. It’s in an ill-fitting off the shelf frame.)


Stephen Sheffield

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There are plenty of options at Framebridge. Let me know how yours turns out.

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ARTmonday: Tom Chambers Landscapes with Animals and Girls

I discovered Tom Chambers‘ photography on Artsy a year ago when I was curating the ARTmonday post Figures in the Landscape. These fantastical portraits of young women with animals in fairy tale-like landscapes have a moody quality, mixed with the irresistible subject matter of alternately adorable, ferocious, and exotic animals and girls swathed in taffeta and tulle.

Tom Chambers was born and raised on a farm in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1985 from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, after which he worked as a graphic designer. He has concentrated on this evocative, photographic storytelling since 1998.

Here are 18 examples of Tom Chambers’ photography.




Winged Migration


Horse Talk


Icy Road


Cow Girl


Late For Dinner


Prom Gown 1


Saccharine Perch


Seabird Mimicry


With One Eye Open


It’s Only Normal


With the Pack


Presumptuous Guests


Grimalkin’s Opus


Glass Flower


Pretty As Me

S H O P the P O S T

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