When the wheels started turning for me to write a blog, I immediately loved the idea of sharing lists of my top favorites, partly because I think I have really cool opinions and love hearing myself talk, but more so because it's one of the easiest ways to share tips and recommendations with fun, creativity-loving people like you. Sometimes it's hard to find just what you're looking for and I want to help make it easier to get to the good stuff fast.
In this very special first list I’m starting out artsy, but I am a particularly opinionated person so future lists might cover anything from french fries to puppies to comedians to shoes... on to this week's Top 5!
Danielle Krysa is my art hero. Her blog, The Jealous Curator, is well named because I'm really jealous (in a good way!) of everything she does and all of the artists she features. There's just not a hands worshipping emoji big enough to capture my feelings here. I love her books, her blog, her podcast, and now her gorgeous online gallery. Part of why I love her so much is that she brings attention to the huge population of innovative artists who are sometimes forgotten by the "real" Art World, the land of exclusive blue-chip artists and galleries.
After studying Art History in New York and working in and around that art world, it took awhile for me to figure out where all the other great artists of the planet were hidden. I often felt like there were just two kinds of art, NYC gallery art and small town craft fair rooster/angel/sunflower art. Now there are so many wonderful places on the Internet and in real life to find the really good stuff and see full the spectrum. Danielle Krysa is definitely a part of that movement and now you can buy her curated gems all in one place.
Yes, please do! BSDA is another brilliant online gallery that has that "I'm standing in a real space looking around at beautiful things" feeling that I also love about the Fancy Schmancy Gallery. Kate Singleton has a good eye for sometimes simple, sometimes weird, always wonderful art. Every show has a cohesive style and highlights each artist's essence with a collection of work that makes you feel like you really get what that artist is all about. It's not a random mixture or a little taste, she captures the full experience.
Searching for art on Etsy can be like Googling cat photos: option overload with no way to separate the good from the bad and the ugly (also not enough puppies, which are much better). If you love the idea of finding independent artists, but don't know how to sift through it all I've linked to one of my Etsy Favorites lists full of art that I heart to give you a little corner of Etsy to begin with. Laura Berger is one of my top top top fave artists on the list - check out her shop, LauraGeorge.
I also recommend starting your own Favorites list and adding fun work that you find as you browse. If you want to support artists in your own city or area try filtering your search by location. The Etsy Finds email is also a great way to learn about some of the best shops on the site.
Another overwhelming marketplace of really amazing stuff. The coolest thing about Saatchi Art is that it's so international. I click on something I like by an artist in Japan and the next click leads me to a similar artist in Scandinavia or Argentina. The easiest way to narrow down this ginormous mixture into just the pieces that suit your style and budget is to look through the Collections, some of which are compiled by professional curators and art insiders. Just like on Etsy, you can also create your own collection to save your favorites. Here's a link to one of my collections for starters.
If you want an inexpensive and easy way to start a hip art collection, this is the place! Papirmass is a subscription service that curates and sends you a new collection of art prints every month. They do all the searching and you get to decorate with the prints and try their creative activities, too. The founders are artists themselves and have pretty darn awesome taste. Also, they give you 10% off your subscription when you sign up for their newsletter.
I hope you find something you love online and take it home to your real life walls, it's the best feeling to hunt down art that you love and then get to see it in person every day!
p.s. I'd love to see what you find out there! Throw a link in the comments to your favorite artwork, artists, and online galleries and shops