While mindlessly surfing the Internet, I am always pleased to come across familiar names and faces. My dreary Monday took a pleasant turn when I found myself looking at paintings by Lale Westvind, who debuted Hot Dog Beach #2 at CAKE this past June (and won Promising New Talent at SPX 2012 — congrats!).

There is a beautiful, murky earthiness to these paintings — a palpable sense of space and time. I especially liked this one:

I love Lale’s comics, and it was fascinating for me to see her paintings. Go here to see them for yourself, and then go check out Lale’s comics here.