malissa ryder

I’ve slowly been building a small collection of original artwork after selling and giving away my Etsy prints over the past few years. I think I got caught up in trends and ended up buying way too many small things that felt like they were shot out of an inkjet printer, and I missed seeing irregularities and the artist’s hand in each piece. So I’m slowly taking my own advice and buying fewer original pieces that cost a bit more. These gorgeous watercolors are from artist Malissa Ryder in Athens, Georgia. (I really need to live there at some point; it’s such an amazingly creative city.) I found her work on the Leif shop blog and instantly ordered a pair of pink watercolors for my pink bedroom. Malissa offers a huge range of originals under $100 that would make a great start to a new collection. If you’re looking to add some new (and dreamy) watercolors to your home, click here to check out the full collection and shop online. xo, grace


These have a very simple, radiant beauty to them. They’re also just a washes with a bit of flooding between colors…so don’t get rid of everything just because these are originals ;)

Danielle E

These remind me of Rothkos, the smaller versions that fit in one’s house. :)


Wow, they are so beautiful. It’s nice to know that things can still be simple but elegant. My favorite is the second one with the light pink.


They are pretty, but I have to agree that they’re easy enough to make your own without spending $60 each (yikes!) This looks like sheets of gradients and wet into wet technique practice.


Oh I am so pleased to Malissa featured here I love her work and have been a massive fan and supporter of her Etsy shop. I think her pieces are stunning.


Gotta say it’s refreshing to read about your interest in collecting originals instead of archival ink-jet prints. Maybe it’s a little woo woo, but I think there’s nothing like knowing your piece is infused with the chi of the artist’s hand. It enhances the energy of your space, for sure.

Kirsten Elizabeth Gilmore

I agree about the value of originals. I sell original acrylics on etsy now, but I painted in watercolor for years. So, even without seeing that last painting above in person, I am positive that the pretty granulation you see in that area where the pinkish red and ultramarine blue meet would have a texture and richness that a print can’t fully capture. The same goes for the painting above it where the two colors form an intentional “backrun” (also known as a “bloom”.) I think you made a wise choice in seeking out real art. :)