Art Inc. Lives Among Us // Installment 5

06/29/15

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Hello! I am so excited to share with you my FIFTH Art Inc Lives Among Us Installment! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of your copy of Art Inc with the hashtag #artinc on Instagram. It was again very hard to choose just 25!

You can see all of the Art Inc Lives Among Us Installments here.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of my book, Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, you can get yours here on Amazon, in my Etsy shop (signed copies available there) and anywhere books are sold.

Want to be included in a future installment of Art Inc Lives Among Us? Tag your photo of Art Inc #artinc (creatively shot & well lit images are best) for a chance to be included in the next 25!

Have a great Monday, friends!

CATEGORIES Art Inc | For Sale | My Books
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HOORAY // MARRIAGE FOR ALL!

06/26/15

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I’ve written a lot about marriage over the past few years on this blog. And today Love Conquered All with the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to support marriage equality in the entire nation. I never thought I would see this day, and I am so thrilled. You can get my LOVE CONQUERS ALL print (pictured above) here in my shop.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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New Tee Shirt Release with Cotton Bureau!

06/23/15

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Are you the pink sheep of your family? Get my brand spanking new, limited edition (they only print what they sell and are only on sale for two weeks) BE YOU tee shirt from Cotton Bureau today!

More info on the shirt here (there are three color options and all come in both men’s and women’s styles).

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

 

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New Phone Cases & Pillow Covers!

06/18/15

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Friends, I’ve got a new phone case design in my Nuvango shop! It’s called Grey Garden, and it’s for those of you who are a fan of my floral motifs but like a subtle monotone colorway. You can get yours here (comes in most phone model sizes). I’ve also got a bunch of other designs to choose from here.

Wait, there’s more! You can now order pillows through Nuvango, and I’m offering Grey Garden as a throw pillow.

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As always, you can order my Nuvango designs as laptop skins too.

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Have a great Thursday, friends! I’m moving to my new house tomorrow, so I’ll be back Monday with my new fabric collection! Stay tuned.

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New Print // Free to be Me

06/17/15

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New print in the shop! “FREE TO BE ME” // 11×14 inches // archival inks on white paper with small border // signed and dated.

Purchase yours here!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New Book: Art For All Seasons

06/01/15

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Back in 2005 I met Susan Schwake online. Susan is a fellow artist (one of her gorgeous pieces is pictured above), gallery owner, art teacher and author. I’ve had the great fortune to work with Susan in many capacities over the past 10 years, including in shows as a fellow artist and numerous time exhibiting in her spacious gallery in New Hampshire.

It’s really clear when you meet and get to know Susan that despite her own talent as an artist, her greatest passion is introducing the world of art-making to children. Susan began by teaching art classes to kids in the back of her gallery (she also teaches adults), and then over the past few years began publishing books with engaging and thoughtful art projects for kids. She started with Art Lab For Kids, then published Art Lab for Little Kids, and then 3-D Art Lab for Kids.

Most recently, she’s published Art For All Seasons: 40 Creative Mixed Media Adventures for Children Inspired by Nature and Contemporary Artists. I am so honored to be one of the artists whose work is featured in the book — one of the project is inspired by my hand lettered work!

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Art for All Seasons is a handbook of mostly nature inspired art projects that can be explored with kids. This book is great for parents, teachers, grandparents or anyone wanting to make art with kids.  The book includes over 400 full-color photographs of projects and additional inspirational images of contemporary artists’ work.

You can watch a little video about this wonderful book below and purchase it here or wherever books are sold!

Have a great Monday, friends!

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I ♥ mahabis

05/27/15

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{a tribute to my mahabis in pencil and paint}

As many of you know, I moved from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon two months ago. Since we had yet to purchase our permanent residence, we put most of our belongings in storage and loaded up two small cars with everything we needed to work and live for two months and drove the 630 miles to our new home. When we got to Portland I was, being a long-time California girl, totally unprepared for the chilly April air lingering in Oregon. I was used to daily 70+ degree days and packed as if I was heading to the same climate. All of my sweaters and coats and heavier shoes were in storage. Two days in, I was freezing, even inside our apartment.

As luck would have it, the next day I was on Facebook reading through my feed and saw an ad for mahabis slippers on the side bar of my personal page. True story: I’ve been on Facebook since 2007, and I have never clicked on one of those ads before, but something about this one intrigued me. I don’t remember exactly what the ad looked like — it may have been the Scandinavian look of the slippers or the super-cool logo that drew me in (I am a sucker for good design). Or maybe I was just tuned in that day to anything warm and cozy looking. Regardless, I clicked.

I was led to the mahabis website and fell instantly in love with what I saw. They sell one product: slippers, all in the same design. Your only option? Colors. And the rubber soles can be taken on or off (you can also purchase the slippers without the rubber sole).

Since moving to Portland, I work from home, and I realized these comfy looking slippers might be the answer to my cold toes. The hardest part was deciding which color sole to get. I chose the “ryjuken red” (which is actually pink) but was very close to ordering the “borgen blue.” I also have a soft spot for the “skane yellow” (pictured below).  These slippers are not cheap, and I expected the quality to be high, and so I was very excited when the slippers arrived less than a week later from London and were simply beautiful in every way. To boot, they serve the purpose I was looking for: warm feet.

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The next day I posted a picture of my feet wearing my new slippers on Instagram and mahabis emailed to thank me. I don’t write about products that often, but I really love these slippers and wanted to share them with you.

You can visit the mahabis site here to view the slippers and learn more about the company.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New Original Paintings at Uprise Art!

05/22/15

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I am excited to let you know that I have four brand new original abstract paintings for sale through Uprise Art, my gallery in New York City. They can be purchased online via their website, and free framing (by me!) is available for any painting once you purchase. Shipping is also included.

You can see the entire selection of my work here on their site (note: all paintings in the selection except the four above are already sold). Note also that sizes vary, but all pieces are made with acrylic paints on hard “cradled” panels which are easy to hang and look striking in any room.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend, friends!

CATEGORIES For Sale | Paintings
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New TRAIL OF STARS Poster Release!

05/21/15

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Friends, I am so excited to release a new limited edition poster! This new piece is 12.5×19 inches, hand screen-printed in metallic gold ink on high quality blue French Paper Company stock.

This is an edition of 50 only. Once they are sold, these gold on blue posters are gone forever, so grab yours now!

All posters are signed and numbered and are $35 each.

This poster makes a great gift for the super stars in your life, including graduates, newlyweds and newborn babies!

You can grab one here in my Etsy Shop.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! I’ll release the poster in a new color soon. Stay tuned!

Enjoy!

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Art Inc for College Grads!

05/04/15

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Do you know someone graduating from art school or an art program at a university? Art Inc. is the perfect gift for art, illustration, design or photography graduates. Transitioning from making art for school to making art for a living isn’t easy. Artists who dream of turning their passion into a career need guidance. In Art Inc., I discuss the multiplicity of ways people can make a living from art—including illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, and teaching— and I offer practical advice on cultivating a business mindset, selling and promoting work, and more. Trade secrets from art world pros including such luminaries as Paula Scher, Nikki McClure, and Mark Hearld make Art, Inc. the ultimate resource for aspiring artists ready for success.

You can purchase copies on Amazon or signed copies here in my Etsy shop!

 

CATEGORIES Art Inc | For Sale | My Books
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For the Love of Mom

04/29/15

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner! If you are still looking for something to give your mom on May 10th, I’ve got loads of mom-friendly gifts in my shop. And to celebrate all the awesome moms out there, I’m offering 15% off for Mother’s Day with coupon code ILOVEMOM. This code is valid through Mother’s Day. Go take a look!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

 

CATEGORIES For Sale
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For the Love of San Francisco

04/28/15

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SF Print // Now available in my Etsy Shop

As many of you know, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland, Oregon one month ago today. I am happy too report that I am absolutely loving my new city. But one thing I know for sure is that San Francisco will live forever in my heart. I’ve written here before about the significance of this great city in my development as a human being. No place will ever be part of me as much as San Francisco.

To celebrate San Francisco, I’m offering two new pieces in my Etsy shop starting today. First, the SF Print pictured above, which is a collection of many of the things I love about the city. Second, I’m also offering copies of the SF Wildsam Field Guide (pictured below) which I illustrated in 2013 (you can see more images of the book here). This guide is a little book packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

 

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New Original Works Available

04/23/15

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Friends, I’ve got eight new original pieces for sale through Hellion Gallery. If you see one you like (at the time of this writing, the bottom left “Spring Flowers” has sold but all others are available), email matt@helliongallery.com to make your purchase. All pieces are 12×16 inches, framed in wood, and $350.

You can see larger images of each piece here on Hellion’s website.

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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New Print in the Shop!

04/10/15

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Friends, I am excited to release a new print today in the shop! It’s called “Arches” and it’s 11×14 inches, printed full color on white paper. You can grab yours here.

Have a great weekend!

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Etsy Shop Open // New Print Release!

04/02/15

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Friends, after moving to Portland Oregon earlier this week, my Etsy Shop has now reopened! And to celebrate, I am releasing a new print called Spring Blossoms which you can purchase here. The print is 11×14 inches, printed with archival inks on acid free bright white paper and is signed and dated.

Also back in stock: Botanicals and Folk Art coloring books!

Happy Spring!

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