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ARTmonday: 12 Cactus Paintings

Before we get to the cactus paintings, I want to tell you a little cactus story.

Last summer I was surprised to find cacti growing in the sand along the parking spaces at a small beach in Truro on the Cape. It looked as though  someone planted them on a retaining wall, and they spread to the ground, or rather, the beach. I can’t believe I never noticed them before. Could they all have grown over a single year?

They were quite rugged; pale green with short but very coarse and sharp spines. I had to have one. It was a lot more difficult to pull it up than I thought, and I was treated to lots of little prickly stuff in my fingers. (Because I’m not careful like that.) I brought a little one home, stuck it in a small pot with some sandy dirt, and left it on the porch.

A few months ago my husband was out there and brought it home, thinking winter would surely not serve this cactus well. (I will be curious to see how all the cacti in the parking lot look this summer.) We put it in a sunny spot on the back windowsill, and while the original plant didn’t look very healthy, it sprouted.

The new growth is green and very tall; three times the size of the original plant. I replanted it in store-bought cactus/succulent soil in a larger pot. If the cleaning people would stop watering it, I suspect it will grow to be very strong. (It’s currently kind of droopy, with a chopstick holding it up.) I’m kind of amazed. Nature.

Cape Cod Cactus In StyleCarrot's Living Room

Cape cactus.

Here are 12 cactus paintings, mostly still lifes.

Painting of Cactus And Houseplants in Interior

Laura Garcia Serventi

Colorful Painting of Cactus On Black Background

Cactus, Elena Glanopoulou

Abstract Cactus Landscape Painting

King Harvest Has Surely Come, Gareth Kemp

Still Life Painting Of Three Cactus Plants

Christine McArthur

Cactus Terrarium Illustration

Crystal Cactus, Cactus Club 

Geometric Cactus Illustration Print On Etsy

Geometric Cactus, Exile Printed

Cactus In Pink Pot Still Life Painting Affordable Artwork

Cactus, Grace

Illustration Of Assorted Cactus Plants In Pots

Curious Cacti, Sarah Walsh 

Cactus On Tiled Sill Illustration Artwork

Elena Boils

Illustration of Cactus In Striped Geometric Pot

Cactus, Elisabeth Fredriksson

Oversize Cactus Painting

Cactus, Tadija Janicic 

Affordable Artwork Of Retro Cactus Still LIfe

Retro Cactus, Cool Hang

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Sunday Bouquet: Succulent in Taylor Ceramics at Remodelista Market This Weekend

Taylor Ceramics Planter At Remodelista Market Boston

Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Succulent in Taylor Ceramics planter
 Remodelista Market New England
Lekker Home, 1313 Washington Street, Boston
Nov. 14 – 15, 2015

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Covet: Modern Seder Plate for Passover

I featured this handmade mahogany Tangram Seder Plate by StudioArmadillo in the The Boston Globe last weekend. Designed by Anat Stein and Hadas Kruk of Tel Aviv-based StudioArmadillo, the seven-piece seder plate set infuses fun into what can be a very long evening.tangram seder plate square

tangram seder plate fish

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ARTmonday: Colorful Modern Map Art

I came across colorful cartography prints by Jennifer Carland while browsing Etsy last week in search of local artists for a roundup in next Monday’s Boston Globe. I was quickly drawn into her Etsy shop Carland Cartography, where I discovered lots of boldly colored maps of Boston neighborhoods and nearby towns.

I suppose I am a particular connoisseur of  map art. Probably few of you know that my first job out of college was as the Maps Editor for a travel magazine. It was a pretty fantastic job (and I got to skip the whole assistant thing). I would read the manuscripts for features to determine what kind of map would best suit the story, look at the photography, then assign an illustrator to carry out the vision. It was right up my alley. I’d spread maps out on my work table, trace, and fill in all the relevant information, which the illustrator would turn into a visual masterpiece. Sometimes the maps would be concrete and informational, and sometimes they’d be fun and impressionistic. I should pull out my tears, scan, and post some; they were lots of fun.

Carland turns Boston neighborhoods — some kind of dreary — into fun and colorful graphic treats. Carland also has a Society 6 shop here you can order her map prints on iPhone cases, hoodies, mugs, stretched canvas, etc.


Back Bay


Beacon Hill






Davis Square




Medford Square


South End


North End




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ARTmonday: 21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks

Somehow I managed the impossible over the holidays: I didn’t eat sugar for almost a month. I love chocolate. I love ice cream. I love chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels (thanks Matouk for the holiday gift!), Oreos (on special occasions only, like when a publicist sends out a package so I can sample a new flavor #redvelvetoreo),  chocolate cupcakes (preferably with vanilla buttercream frosting), Dancing Deer chocolate brownies snagged off the assembly line, M&Ms (especially in popcorn), Hershey bars smeared in peanut butter (breakfast of champions), and in desperation, when I’ve purposefully neglected to buy anything chocolate, lest I eat it, semi-sweet chocolate chips from the baking shelf in the pantry.

Don’t be alarmed. It’s not like there’s chocolate encrusted between my computer keys and dripping down my J.Crew tees (not usually). I don’t partake every hour, or even every day. But I’d love to. So, it was a REALLY BIG DEAL when I cut out sugar for weeks. My mother-in-law had told me she lost 25 pounds from eliminating sugary sweets from her diet. That was enough motivation for me.

Did I lose any weight, you wonder? Yes. One pound. One measly f*&%$ing pound. And no, I wasn’t making up for the loss of dessert by gorging on carbs or even adding extra calories. So the weekend of my son’s 13th birthday party (32 boys and girls dancing in our living room), I decided to go ahead and eat a Georgetown cupcake. And another. There were many left over. So that weekend, I polished off multiple frosting tops. And you know what? I lost another pound.

So I am continuing to exercise and I am continuing to eat chocolate. In moderation of course.

All that as a really long, mostly irrelevant introduction to today’s ARTmonday post—21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks. Because if you can’t have all the ice cream you want in the world, you may as well at least look at it. And also because hands holding out ice cream cones have been trending on Instagram for, like, ever.


Irresistible Flavors    Bruce Burt    Saatchi Art


Ice Cream  •  A+Y Paper Goods    Society6


Nau Clothing/Field Office


Ice Cream Cone    Andy Warhol    Artsy


Long Beach, New York  •  Bldg 25 (Free People blog)


Paper Ice Cream    Mr. Printables


Summer of Popsicles    Heritage and Joy    Minted


Mi Piace Gelato    Anek    Etsy


Popsicle Poster    HelloTinge  •  Etsy


Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream    JJ Galloway    UGallery


Ice Cream In Vermont •  Instagram/laurenswells


Floating Ice Cream (Purple  Soshiro Matsubara  •  Artsy


 Take Out Flowers in Waffle Cones
Jiseon Park and Eunho Kim  •  SDesign Unit




Brittni Mehlhoff    Paper & Stitch


Brittni Mehlhoff    Paper & Stitch


Ice Cream    Celine Descamps    Society6


Sprinkle Me This!    Instagram/karyzmmah


Lemon Lime Ice Bar  •  Peter Anton  •  Artsy


Popsicles    Kelly Ventura  •  Minted  



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