How can you not love the whimsy and story behind the work of Harrison Howard, not to mention the skill? I love someone with personality. Harrison Howard seems like a painter who you would want to share a martini with, shaken not stirred. I also love this quote about time spent in Cannes, when he was a young boy, “There was a terraced garden where I was also captivated by the butterflies and other insects, the roses that attracted them, and the smell of the lemon yellow acacia trees in bloom. Those things also had a lasting influence.”  It is always interesting to ask yourself what sights, smells and experiences you have had that have made a lasting influence on you verses something you happened upon on the internet.






You know I love fashion illustration, or if you don’t already know that, W-h-A-t? Pay attention! Just kidding. I recently went up to the MFA in Boston  and got to see some the work of Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009). I have found Kenneth to be a bit of an unsung hero for an amazing artist whose career  spanned 50 years. He was a “house artist” (lovely thought, right?) for WWD and helped “transform the once dowdy publication” into the bible for the jet-set during the 60’s and 70’s.

He  amassed  a large collection of 2000 pieces of his work which were held in copyright by Conde Nast that was then gifted to the museum with the help of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. When I saw the exhibit, it seems they leaked out only a few pieces at a time. (Bummer! I have a big appetite.) They were large and a lot of them created on newsprint.  Personally, I LOVE the energetic movement that his work captures. I am especially fond of his black and white work although he seemed to have used every medium available to him. Surely he had to work quickly and with a sure hand. Maybe that is what I like the best, choices that aren’t too labored over.

“Gesture to me is everything in fashion,” he said. Me too, Kenneth! kennethblock







How about this stunning intricate work from Lauren Collin? If you needed some inspired white space in your life, surely this is it! French artist, Lauren Collin creates these paper sculptures with a scalpel that she first borrowed from her father, a surgeon. Driven by a passion for the infinitely small, she creates these quiet wonderlands on thick watercolor paper. Amazing! She makes the paper come to life and she is not adding to the paper, she is giving the paper life by making incisions! “At first, it almost seems as if each petal has been glued into the surface. Yet, it is the first layer of the paper that, incised, stands out from the rest. If one were to glue everything back together, one would have one simple sheet of paper. The multiple cut-outs give an idea of profusion and seem to quiver when exposed to light.” -Lauren Collin.

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Ch-ch-changes…Oh boy! I have a BIG (but short)  podcast for you, you have to tune in to this short and final podcast as I take podcasting sabbatical. Yup. You read that right. I have a plan  for something new and fresh and nourishing. I am mixing things up a (more inside this episode)! I hope you get as excited about this new space as I am. I have a Smart Creative ART plan (no more leaving the guys out)! I am hoping to use this space to familiarize you with new and old artists and artisans to feed and enrich your soul so you can be the very best creative person you can be.

With over 100’s and 100’s of interviews that I have done with Smart Creative Women, I think a shift is in order and I really had to get to a place where I was bringing something that maybe you weren’t getting so much in your daily life. A dose of inspiration beyond your normal sphere.

I know that I have needed this and I am hoping you will like what is is store for you! You can still by subscribe to the newsletter for a  complete nourishment (haha!)  and by following along on Instagram at @SmartCreativeArt and still on Facebook at Smart Creative Women. If you have seen some pretty fabulous art that you want to share with me, just use the hashtag #smartcreativeart and I would love to see it. If you just have a fab Instagram account you like that maybe is not necessarily art related but super inspiring tag #smartcreativeaccount. I would love to see how you see because that is what it is all about, how we see and express that vision.



When I look at a Fairfield Porter painting, it sears a spot in my brain for several days. I finally found an artists who “sees” landscapes the way I do. Shadows are much deeper and small shapes all blend into solid masses. I adore his work. Porter (1907-1975) was considered  foremost  a realist with an understanding of gestural abstractionism. That  might sound really smart (trust me, those words weren’t mine) but if you put the thoughts together it makes sense. He was painting and hanging out with a bunch of Abstract Expressionists in New York who where certainly influencing his work,  but held the belief you painted what you realistically lived. For him, that was an expression his authentic experience. Interesting today when we look at some much photography, right? I am in a happy place when I stare at his work, not to mention that his work beautifully captures the nuances of New England living. I think I need to be out back with a bottle of coke sitting on my adirondack chair.



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