Posts from October, 2009

October 23, 2009

you can afford it fridays

okgreat roundup

Hey, OK Greats! Today is the first day a new series called You Can Afford it Fridays. I’ll be here each Friday with a round-up of affordable art/stuff, which in my “the recession is NOT over” life means $50 and under.

[1] Autumn Boy is available as a 5×7 or 8×10 print of a pen and ink illustration by artist Nan Lawson. Depending on the size you choose, it’ll cost you $12 or $18.

[2] House Plant 3 is a print of an original gouche painting by Carrie Marill from her series Doing a Lot with Very Little. An 8×10 of this beautiful print will only set you back $25.

[3] Owl is a 5×7 print by Sharon Montrose and is available in her etsy shop for $25.

[4] Invest is a print by Nikki McClure. Nikki uses only an X-acto knife to make her images, and cuts from a single sheet of black construction paper. Her favorite themes are motherhood, nature, and activism and her prints are made with vegetable inks on recycled paper. 14×18″ print for $9.

[5] The Golden Wishbone is a screenprint by Nora Aoyagi. It’s hand-printed by Nora with black and metallic gold ink on beautiful cotton rag paper. Available as an 11×17 for $30.

See you next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.


October 23, 2009

Jennifer Davis


Jennifer Davis is an artist from Minneapolis, MN who makes some kinda creepy yet really interesting paintings that I enjoy quite a bit. I’ve posted about her before, but yesterday I stumbled upon her etsy page and was really excited about the new additions. I love Jennifer’s awkward characters, and if I had bunches of money I would be really tempted to get her Summertime painting.


You should also check out her flickr.

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October 22, 2009

Wendy Macnaughton

Today we’ve got some pretty killer user submitted work from artist Wendy Macnaughton.  Every morning she takes the train to work + every evening she takes the train home.  On each commute, she draws her fellow passengers.  She’s been doing this for the past two years + the collection is bordering on massive.


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October 21, 2009



Work like this is a real mind-melter.  Matt Lyon is an inspiring artist with a portfolio full of  illustration, pattern work, hand drawn typography + a bounty of free desktop + iphone wallpaper downloads.  He’s just revamped the site and it’d definitely be worth your time to poke around. G’head.

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October 19, 2009


It’s no surprise that social media has opened my eyes up to new things that I would have otherwise overlooked. It’s no surprise that I’m more well informed about such crucial issues as ballon boys, backstage runway gossip and uh, Jon and Kate. However, today I challenged Flickr and I challenged myself. Could I possibly have a change of heart in regards to one of my longest loathed items – Boston, MA? Could I be so visually swayed?

Surprise! I found some cool shit.


These images are all from the Boston Mob flickr pool (users credited by rolling over images) and are all Boston. Since I am now living in the all powerful, all knowing, O.G. “New England”-I figure I better clean up my attitude. Somewhat. These images got me excited to discover yet another new city’s underbelly. It’s winding streets, ethnic food carts and stupid bridges. Whatchoo got Beantown?

See / read more after the jump.

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