Ah, we meet again

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in summer.

living lately //
eating outdoors every night
reading the luminaries
contemplating conscious parenting
listening to first aid kit
feeling good about recent art shows in joshua tree & ocean beach
experimenting with plaster
playing with clay
walking beaches
swimming in warm oceans
gathering with friends
enjoying my time with the girls
moving slower
breathing deeper.

hope your summer is everything. xx






Spring is in full bloom, I’m painting everyday and seeing color everywhere.

I’m loving fort makers. You can read more about them here.

The new Selby book, Fashionable Selby is wonderful. I also love, love Audrey Louise Reynolds in the Fashionable Selby film too.

And I can’t wait to get one of these baskets at MILLE for upcoming summer vacations.

Were off to Mexico for the week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx


San Diego Art Institute Karina Bania

SDAI Karina Bania

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Karina Bania San Diego Art Institute

One of the interesting things about creating something for people to look at is watching them look at it. It’s a bit surreal. The work came from you, but it’s not you. Much like your children, you created them but they came into the world wholly their own person, sometimes as if you had little to do with it. Standing back, I watch people get in close, take a step back, discuss it, want to touch it. They’re doing all the things that I do as I look at a piece. I am always interested in everything that went into a painting, so I usually sneak in close to decipher details and technique. I see many people doing this too. And coming back, I always like to see the people that come back to get a second look. Or a third.

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The exhibition runs through May 18th at the San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park.

Art Happenings

Karina Bania studio

A few things.

If you are in Marfa this weekend, my work is part of the Biennial Roadshow being held at El Cosmico. Marfa!! It should be a great event!

I am also thrilled to be part of the Southern California/Baja Norte Regional Exhibit at the SDAI Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park, San Diego. The opening gala is Saturday April, 5th. I’ll be there, so if you’re in town tomorrow night, pop in and say hi! The show runs through the end of April.

Also a heads up for Art Walk April 26th & 27th in Little Italy, San Diego. I’ll be in Booth 184, on Beech Street.

I have a ton of new work and am spending this weekend getting digitally organized, so they’ll be a shop update soon!

Hope you have a great weekend. xx

inspired by




Totally inspired this morning by the collected objects + space of Jill Wenger, owner of Totokaelo.

The Alma Allen bronze sculptures and the story about way she acquired them are so beautiful. ”These bronze and wood sculptures are by Alma Allen. I try to get out to Joshua Tree every once in awhile to visit his studio. In fact I’m overdue for a visit! The space is filled with Alma’s work —sand cast bronze and hand carved stone and wood pieces. Most of my small-scale sculptures were ones I asked about in their kitchen or living room, mixed in with their books and own collections of things. I love buying are like that. Pieces that have been lived with and loved.”

I’ve always believed that the objects we live with become part of our family. They take on energy and meaning, forging their history, telling their story. I talk to the girls about this and they watch me interact with the plants and objects in our home, talking to them, being thoughtful. It’s a beautiful way of living.

Images via Sight Unseen.

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