New Tattly Design! (and no Hand Lettering post today)

02/29/12

I’m SUPER excited to announce the release of my newest Tattly design: Good Bunny! This cute little guy is wearing a SWEATER!!! You can purchase the design here.

Also, you may notice there is no 365 Days of Hand Lettering post today, and that’s because it’s February 29. This year is a leap year and so the year technically has 366 days. So I’m skipping today since I really want my project to have 365 days and not 366. When you invent your own creative project, you get to make the rules.

Have a great Wednesday, friends.

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Where I Work

02/28/12

Some of you may remember Victoria’s post about my studio. It is a pretty magical place, I must say. There are skylights on half the ceiling and several times a week Wilfredo sleeps sweetly on the sofa while I work. I am feeling particularly grateful for my studio right now. 2012 has been very good to me so far and so I have been spending a lot of time here working on some amazing projects. After so many years of working in an office, I feel very lucky — even on my worst, most stressful days — to be here, in this place, painting and drawing for a living. Yes.

CATEGORIES: My Studio
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 59

02/28/12

My favorite number.

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Russian Cathedral

02/27/12

I have never been to Russia (yet), but I love drawing Russian-inspired buildings. This is a piece I drew last year based on the famous St. Basil’s in Moscow. The original is sold but you can purchase a signed archival print of the drawing here.

CATEGORIES: Drawings | For Sale
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 58

02/27/12

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 57

02/26/12

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 56

02/25/12

Happy weekend, friends.

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 55

02/24/12

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New Book: Little Paper Planes

02/23/12

I am SO excited to be part of Kelly Lynn Jones’ new book Little Paper Planes: 20 Artists Reinvent the Childhood Classic. The book comes out in April and I feel super lucky to have an advanced copy. It’s chock FULL of amazing illustrations by 20 artists. A sneak peek into my pages pictured above! Kelly (who started her company Little Paper Planes in 2004) is always up to something really good, and I feel so lucky to be part of this project. Artists include Julia Rothman, Christopher David Ryan, Michael Hsiung, Elizabeth Dunker, Alyson Fox and so many others.

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 54

02/23/12

Ampersand #2.

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 53

02/22/12

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I ♥ Fruits & Veggies!

02/21/12

I’ve been so busy with commissioned illustration work lately that I haven’t had a chance to make any repeat patterns, which is one of my favorite things to do. This is one I illustrated this past fall, and it’s available for license!

In other news, I’ve updated the AIDS//LifeCycle training and fundraising blog that Clay and I are keeping. In it, I share a few more details of our engagement story up in Cloverdale. Take a look if you are interested!

CATEGORIES: Repeat Patterns
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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 52

02/21/12

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Engaged!

02/20/12

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How do I begin this post? There are so many places I could start this story. I could start with how I spent most of my life thinking I would never get married, because I would never meet someone who would possibly love me enough to want to spend the rest of her life with me. Or how it would never be possible for me to get married even if I did, because a “real” marriage wasn’t ever going to be legal for gay people. Or how for years I didn’t even allow myself to daydream about a wedding or a life of marriage to someone I loved because that (for a myriad of reasons) was a complete waste of time.

Or, more simply, I could begin this story with how I had not a clue that my girlfriend Clay was going to propose to me this past weekend, because she is an incredibly brilliant (and sneaky) planner. And how I broke down sobbing the minute she pulled the ring out of her pocket and handed it to me because everything I spent so many years thinking would never happen is now happening.

I came out when I was 23 years old, the year after I graduated from college. All told, I’ve been living as an out lesbian for 21 years. It took 17 years of those years for me to meet the person I want to spend the rest of my life with, and who wants to spend the rest of her life with me.

And here I am at age 44, with a beautiful ring on my finger making plans already for a 2013 wedding that might actually be recognized as legal in California by the time we exchange vows if the timing is right.

To me, this is everything. It is the sky and the moon and stars. It is my {secret} wildest dream.

I love you, Clay Walsh. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with you.

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365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 51

02/20/12

A little Lord Byron for you this fine day.

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