Illustration, Art Journals, Photography, and anything that moves me!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Matchbox show at the Twilight

I finally broke away to get to see the show where I have a few pieces. The show is at the Twilight Artist Collective in West Seattle. Curated by the fabulous Jenna Colby. The venue was great, the shop had fun and functional art for sale, and the exhibit was great! There were a lot of cool artists that submitted their work. You may recognize Tiphoni's work (Teesha's daughter) and some other great artists. I tried to capture their signature labels as much as I could. (Click on images to make them larger).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone. May you all be held by the ones you love.

Peace, xo....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My bunny balloon

My bunny balloon will be available in my shop. I have been able to make some art while anticipating and installing new computer stuff. I am able to still work on my old computer but hope to merge my scanner and my printer to my new lap top soon. Time is getting away from me, not enough time til Christmas,,,,,,how about you?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'll be back...

I'm getting a new computer, and will be back soon as I can upload photos again.......

Happy holidays to all of you...


Sunday, December 13, 2009

From my archives

This is one of my favorites I created about a year ago. The bird cages are in the birds instead of the birds being inside the cages,,, I know,,, my twisted way of thinking about art! Our only cages are the self imposed ones we put upon ourselves. So I say,,, break away, be free.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sketchbook project

Sketchbook project
I finished the project, yea! I always do the inside first covers last because I am never happy with them if I do them first by the time I finish the end. So, my technique is to do the first couple of pages last, then they seem to flow with the rest of the project. The next photo is the back cover. I used oil pastels and gave the background texture by adding squares of muslin while painting over it.

Sketchbook project back cover

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Art on Matchboxes show

Art on Matchboxes
If you are in West Seattle Thursday night be sure and stop by! I'll be there and so will my matchbox art!

December 10th, from 6 to 9, during the West Seattle Art Walk.

Featuring: Douglas Alvarez, Catherine Brooks, Ryan Myers, John Osgood, Jessica McCourt, Patrick Cooper Harada, Moxie, Epjey Pacheco, Bjorn Calleja, Anthony Ausgang, Don Wesley, Daniel Fleres, ego, Eric Osborne ...and many more!
curated by Jenna Colby

Monday, December 7, 2009

Submission for Pocketful Illustration Book

Here is my latest submission for Pocketful. Browse around and you will see lots of great work from wonderful illustrators. You can purchase this on Amazon sometime soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Best friends

I am back to painting on canvases, and this is my latest. I am surrounded by friends who love me. Created on 9 x 12 inch gallery wrapped canvas. I use molding paste to give it lots of texture. Ready to hang and in my shop.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Painting on paint brushes...

I have been busy painting on some more paint brushes. I made some several months back and decided to make a few more. More to come later.... In my shop


We went hunting/searching for the perfect Christmas tree over the weekend. There is a place just about an hour from Seattle in Stanwood, that we love to go to. While I saw lots of brown mushrooms amongst the trees, I stumbled upon this most beautiful mushroom in the field under the trees. There were two of them, and only two, in the whole farm. Do you know what type of mushroom this is?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mail Me Art

I finished my submission for "Mail Me Art" project. I decided to paint on a bubble wrap envelope, I like the texture. The idea is to let the receivers know if there is anything in the envelope, thus, the words "empty". I actually like the back better than the front of the envelope. Oh well, sometimes that just happens and you have to go with the flow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

From my archives

Celebrate, Illustration Friday
I created this illustration early in the year for Illustration Friday, it's one of my favorites. I have been busy getting projects done for the final stages of completion. Sketchbook project almost finished, Matchbox works getting ready to be mailed out, and Mail Me Art project almost complete. I hope to finish them all up over this long weekend.
How are you staying creative? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What I'm working on, new journal pages

Journal page

Journal page
Here are a few journal pages that I have been working on lately. There is lots of collage, paint, graphite, Pitt Pens, and Inktense.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Matchbox show

I finished my pieces this weekend for the matchbox show coming up in Dec. I posted them in an early stage of completion a few posts ago. Now I just need to get them packaged up and sent on their way to the gallery.

december 2009
matchbox group show at
twilight west
seattle wa

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Artist you should know about

Ana Ventura is a fabulous illustrator, I so admire her work. Now she has this fabulous packaging tape!

I just couldn't resist. Please make sure to visit her site and see what other goodies she has.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What i'm working on...

Matchbox project
I'm working on a project for a Matchbox group show in December in West Seattle. Organized by the fabulous Jenna Colby. I've had several ideas, and chucked them all and have had to start over. I'm liking the way my work is progressing so far. I'll show more later when I'm near completion.

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Escaping artist block part 2

I am still working through my artist block,,, yes we all have it. One way I try to escape it is by working in my personal journal. No rules, no expectations, just going with the flow.

Here is a close up of one of my pages.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Escaping artist block

I am escaping many days of artist block. I can't seem to focus on what I want to create. When that happens I turn to my journals. My journals are filled with paint, acrylic, collage, text, markers, and graphite. After I create the spread I often go back and fill in the rest with my journal thoughts. This process takes days or weeks but I am always happy when I feel it is "finished".

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A favorite book and a favorite dog

I love this children's book. The style is wonderful, and I love the collage elements and the text. It is written by John Coy and illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Very inspirational.

And,,, this is my dog Bailey. She loves helping rake the fall leaves.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New mini art paintings

I created some more aceo cards today, you will find them in my etsy shop. I was thinking I would add to my abc cards, but I went with the flow and made these instead. I love it when my art has a mind of its own, I'm really never sure what will come out of me, until its finished! I am also letting go of a few rug hooked art items. You will find them here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Collaborative with Syd

Syd and I decided to do a collaborative project together. We both like the same type of art. Our project started with a simple design. Since I don't have a sewing machine that will sew the heavy canvas, Syd created the canvas pouches for us. We then painted on them and sent them back and forth to each other. We painted our images on canvas board and sent those to each other to complete. It was a great project and I cherish my work from Syd.