Drips + Drops

10/31/11

I’ve had drops in my brain lately (and it’s not even raining here yet!). So yesterday I made these two new repeat patterns. If you are interested, they are available for licensing through my agency.

CATEGORIES: Repeat Patterns
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Bright and Cheery

10/28/11

For me (and I know for many others) much of the joy of collecting comes from display. Unlike many of the collections in my book, the collections in my home are decorative. And my kitchen is the place where I keep my most prized collection: my vintage mid-century kitchenware from Scandinavia and Japan. Two years ago Jen Siska shot photos of my kitchen for Dwell Magazine, and they are my favorite photos ever. I love to cook (a love recently acquired in the past few years) and so I spend a lot of time in here making food for other people. Most of my kitchenware collectables are too precious to actually use, but I do use some of the old bowls and baking dishes when I cook (the Swedes and Danes made some sturdy items back then). Most of all, I just love looking at them.

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More Magical Kingdoms

10/27/11

You may recall a couple of weeks ago, I posted some new illustration work I’d done for the children’s market. Here are a few more pieces in that series. Both are available for license through my agency. They are made from gouache + vintage paper (one of my favorite combinations, incidentally). Enjoy.

CATEGORIES: Kids Art | Paintings
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Drawing M&M

10/26/11

I am one of those aunts who is crazy about her niece and nephew. M&M live in Portland so I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like. And they are growing up so fast! Earlier this year, my sister Stephanie (one half of 3191) took this amazing photo of them in the woods. I could not resist turning it into a pencil drawing for her. I am often overwhelmed with drawing too many details, so I end up leaving so many of my drawings with negative space around the subjects. In this case I am happy with how it turned out.

CATEGORIES: Drawings
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Buy a Print and Support Charity Water!

10/25/11

I am so excited right now to be raising money for a wonderful organization called Charity Water. They bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. I’ve just added brand new print to my shop (pictured above) called Deep. For the next three weeks, when you purchase this archivally printed, signed and dated piece, 100% of the proceeds go to support this wonderful organization. You can purchase the print here for $18. Thank you in advance for your support!

CATEGORIES: Drawings | For Sale
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B. Løkeland Illustration

10/24/11

I have been crushing on these gorgeous vintage illustrations by B. Løkeland. Little is known about B. Løkeland, and seems to be a dirth of information about this illustrator on the internet. The illustrations above are from a 1972 Royal Viking Line Menu. I found them via Sandi Vincent, who has a wonderful Flickr set of MCM illustrations.

CATEGORIES: Inspiration
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A & E

10/21/11

I absolutely love drawing letters in pencil (some of you may also remember the B I drew earlier this year, now available as a print). The original A and E drawings above are available through Gallery Hijinks, along with a bunch of my other work. {Also: they come in lovely quarter inch simple white frames!} Interested in another letter? You can commission me to make you the letter of your choice. Just email me!

CATEGORIES: Drawings | For Sale
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Sunrise

10/19/11

This is a painting I made this past summer called Sunrise. The original (gouache on wood, 28″ x 28″x 3″) is available here, and archival prints in multiple sizes are available through 20×200.

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings
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California, I love you.

10/18/11

This lovely photo of my arm was taken by my dear and talented friend Victoria last week. We had lunch with a group of friends and she snapped this as I was saying goodbye to everyone outside the restaurant. I got this tattoo almost four years ago for my 40th birthday (though it took three sittings to finish!). It is an homage to beautiful California, where I have lived since I was 8 years old. The tattoo includes poppies (our state flower) and a quail (our state bird).

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More New Repeat Patterns

10/17/11

More new repeats! All are available for licensing through my agency.

Happy Monday.

CATEGORIES: Repeat Patterns
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75 Peters

10/14/11

A couple of months ago I was asked to be part of a really exciting international exhibition to celebrate the 75th birthday of beloved British Architect Sir Peter Cook. 75 artists were chosen and asked to make a portrait of Sir Peter in our own style. My depiction is above. I drew him in graphite and made a collaged shirt from one of his iconic architectural drawings.

The original works and archival prints will be for auctioned for charity. The exhibition and birthday party will take place in Brisbane Australia on October 26, from 6-9 pm and is open to the public. You can find the complete list of artists and location here.

CATEGORIES: Drawings | Exhibitions
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More Iceberg Love

10/13/11

You may recall this post I made last week about my love for glaciers and icebergs. Constantine emailed me after reading that post to share with me the work of another amazing photographer of icebergs, Simon Harsent. You can read about Simon’s love for the melting giants here and also view and entire set of his stunning images. (Images above by Simon Harsent).

CATEGORIES: Inspiration
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Shadowboxing

10/12/11

I love working three-dimensionally and with cut paper, though I don’t do it as often as I’d like. These are three of the nine shadowboxes I made for a solo show this past summer, some of which are still available here.

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Paul Octavious

10/10/11

This past Friday I had the privilege to hang out in my studio with one of my favorite talents in the world, Paul Octavious {pictured above with my dog, Wilfredo}. I originally met Paul through Flickr back in 2005, and we quickly became internet friends. He was a burgeoning photographer and I was a burgeoning artist, and we had both literally just started sharing our work publicly on the internet. We finally met in person in 2007 at my Anatomie show in New York and then again in San Francisco in 2009. This time he was visiting from his current home, Chicago.

Paul is one of the kindest, most positive, talented people I know. He does not just take photos. He lives his work, and his enthusiasm for it is contagious. During our visit he took several photos of my studio with his big Canon SLR (maybe we’ll get to see those later!), but here’s one he took of me and Wilfredo with his iPhone (he’s @pauloctavious on Instagram — follow him, his images are fantastic). Thank you for the visit, Paul. Was great to see you.

CATEGORIES: Inspiration | My Studio
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Happy Weekend

10/07/11

Photo by Blair Sneddon Photography

This photo was taken last week at the Design*Sponge book signing here in San Francisco. I’m in the middle and on the left is my partner, Clay, and on the right is my close friend and former business partner, Rena Tom. Grace Bonney is a dear friend to all three of us, and we went to support her on her book tour.

Clay and Rena are both very silly (and their silliness is contagious), so the three of us always have so much fun together. The wall behind us is made from cookies (which is why some are missing!). As some of you may remember, Rena and I owned a store together called Rare Device (which we sold in February to our friend Giselle, who is doing an fantastic job of taking the business into the future). Rena has since started her own retail consulting business. She is so inspiring to me, so full of amazing, smart ideas. But that’s another blog post.

I am so grateful it is the weekend! I hope everyone has a safe, warm and enjoyable one.

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