Tag Archives: portraiture

ARTmonday: 12 Photos from the Fraction Holiday Print Sale

I received an email last week from local photographer Dana Mueller that  one of her prints would be available for a limited time at the 9th annual Fraction Holiday Print Sale. I loved her photo so I clicked through to see the others and it was instantly smitten. I hadn’t heard of Fraction Magazine, an online publication dedicated to fine art photography.

The Fraction Holiday Print Sale offers more than 100 prints starting at $75; most of them are about $100. Every one of them is wonderful. I limited myself to two photos—Mother Bird by Joy Christiansen Erb and Be the Light by Puspa Lohmeyer, both which arrived very quickly. (Prints ship directly from the artists.)

The prints are numbered and signed originals. If you order before this Wednesday, December 14 the site says you are likely to have it by December 24th. The sale goes through 8PM December 31st. Here are a dozen of my favorite photographs from the sale. 

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Kurt Simonson, Veranda Window (Swedish Light), 2011

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Fritz Liedtke, Isola

Portrait Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Heather Evans Smith, Wrench

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Shawn Bush, Burro Schmidt

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

John Paul Evans, till death us do part – 6

Still Life Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Bootsy Holler, Treasures (Pack 03)

Still Life Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Joy Christiansen Erb, Mother Bird

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Deborah Hamon, Ice Diamond

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Puspa Lohmeyer, Be the Light

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Lucia Ferreira, Fern #1 ( The Secret Garden series)

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Dana Mueller, Untitled (diver), 2015, (May Days series)

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Peg Shaw, Hover (4.1)

•            •            •

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Art Monday

ARTmonday: Photography from Tappan Collective

Yesterday morning I was catching up on my Pinterest boards when I came across this crisp bedroom designed by L.A. based designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. I love the sapare design and mix of white, charcoal and wood, but what really caught my eye was the misty landscape photo (affordable artwork I suspected/hoped) tinged in pink. (Clearly I’m still stuck on my blush and charcoal color palette.)  The photo was handily captioned, crediting this statement photo to Brian Merriam.

Brian Merriam is a self-taught, Brooklyn-based photographer whose prints are sold though Tappan Collective. Founded by two young Los Angeles natives, Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein who met at the University of Michigan, Tappan Collective is yet another great source for affordable artwork. I explored the photography section and came up with these 14 images that are thoroughly appealing. Eight of them are photographic portraits of partially obscured women. A pretty good match for my taste I’d say.


Brian Merriam, Mist Six


Brian Merriam, Mist One


Dafy Hagai, Xenn


Amanda Charchian, Nobody Quite Knows What To Make Of The Moon Anymore 2


Hughes Laurent, Truus


Hughes Laurent, Vogue


Gia Coppola, Gabbi


Lani Trock, Once, We Danced


Shay Spaniola, Costa Rica 1


Ward Roberts, Court 16


Annelie Vandendael, Sois Belle 3


David Kitz, Color Portrait #4


Matin Zad, Still Life With Dirt

•           •          •

S H O P  A F F O R D A B L E  A R T W O R K
O N  S E R E N A  &  L I L Y 

Shop Serena & Lily Art Collection

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Art Monday

ARTmonday: 14 Artworks from the MassArt Auction 2015

Like the School of Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design holds a sale, in this case an auction, to benefit scholarship and academic programs. The 26th Annual MassArt Auction 2015 takes place in Boston this Saturday, April 11th at 6:30. Karen Keane of Skinner will be presiding.

In addition to the many paintings, photos, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia works for auction, there are three special commissions: a portrait sitting with William Wegman (1965) at his home in Chelsea, NYC, a custom evening gown by Jeury Roasario (2003), and a commission of products in your pantry by Rachel Perry Welty.

Here are 14 artworks I love from the MassArt Auction 2015, all open for online bids now on Paddle8 through April 10.


Gaston Ugalde


Nona Hershey


Rick Fox


Christopher Sullivan


Kathleen O’Hara


John Steck Jr.


Michael Cappabianca


Brittany Roberts


Jennifer Liston Munson


Melissa Krok Horton


Rebecca Doughty


Mike Gower


Dana Mueller


Katrina Majkut

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Art Monday

ARTmonday: Clint Jukkala

Missoula, Montana-born artist Clint Jukkala went to college in Seattle, and earned his M.F.A. at Yale University, where he stayed on, and is now an Associate Professor of Painting/Printmaking.

Jukkala’s recent work explores the ideas of light, filters, lenses, and frames. His colorful, geometric, and sometimes textural paintings, while for the most part abstract, at times resemble figures, namely ones with seriously large eyeglasses.

Clint Jukkala is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. His work has been shown at Feature Inc. and Envoy Enterprises in New York City, The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA, VOLTA NY 2013, The Currier Museum, and Soil Gallery in Seattle.


Cosmic Trigger


Cosmic Trigger


Around the Outlines


Off Course


Out Look, Look Out


Either Or


Carry the Zero


Over the Under




Inside Out




Sunshine in the Shade



•            •            •

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Art Monday

ARTmonday: 10 Geometric Portraits by Matthew Bourbon

While browsing one of my favorite art galleries (at least online, since I’ve never actually been there), Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, I discovered the work of artist Matthew Bourbon. (I also pulled images from Darke Gallery.)  Bourbon was born in the Bay area, and after college at UC Davis, earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bourbon is currently an associate professor in Texas.  He is also an art critic and writer.

His artist’s statement says he is “interested in . . . how information is revealed or obscured” and “how it affects the narrative or possible interpretations of story.” I love the colors and geometric patterns and organic shapes that replace the figures heads or other body parts. It’s portraiture and abstract art in one.


The Young Collector, Kenise Barnes Fine Art


Of Two Minds


Our Familiar Guest, Darke Gallery


Rich Beggars, Darke Gallery


The Words We Agreed Upon, Darke Gallery


Another Conversation, Darke Gallery


Natural Folly, Darke Gallery


The Psychologist, Kenise Barnes Fine Art


The Egyptologist, Kenise Barnes Fine Art


The Swimmer, Darke Gallery

*     *     *   

Shop original artwork at Serena & Lily >>


Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Art Monday