Lately, I'm really loving illustrator/author Leanne Shapton. She writes beautiful prose, but I keep finding myself swooning over her paintings. When in London last summer, I inevitably spent a lot of time in museums and I surprised myself with a new desire to paint. To be honest, I haven't even bought brushes or canvas--but if I could and did paint, I would do it just like Leanne. Her casual strokes and luxurious colors convey such easy sophistication.
Her New York Times online series "A month of..." features little paintings of Sunday walks, Monday shower songs, and Tuesday blooms. Ingenious, really. I love the idea of recording everyday details, like tree trunks and shampoo bottles, through beautiful art.