Oh my goodness…

Jane Hammond's "Bulletin Board (Pink Parasol)," 2006.

Isn’t it the most wonderful feeling when you come across an artist for the first time who you just love  and it’s all a RUSH? Right this second I am newly breathless over Jane Hammond‘s work. To me, she’s like a modern day Joseph Cornell, who plays a big role in Encyclopedia of the Exquisite. In fact, almost every piece she’s done seems to perfectly echo little themes from the book—celestial sightings, circuses, geishas, poetry, strange lands, beautiful beings. And I was happy to link to a New York Times review that called her paintings, “encyclopedic.” Please look at her artwork following the link. Everything is simply gorgeous.