New Notebook from Denik!



Friends, I am so happy to share with you the release of a new notebook from Denik.  What’s special about Denik is their mission and vision: For every product they sell, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to building schools.

This particular cover came from a design I drew in my own sketchbook earlier this year:


You can purchase the notebook here and visit my artist page on Denik here.

Have a great week!


Be You Tee is Back! In Kids Sizes Too!


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Friends, I’m so happy to let you know that my Be You design for Cotton Bureau is back! And this time we’ve got kids sizes, including onesies for babies! You can view all kids sizes & colors here to purchase.

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And you can view and purchase all the adult tees and sweatshirts here. This is the last time these guys will be on sale before the holidays so grab your gifts now!

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Have a great Monday, friends!



Illustration for Joie De Vivre Hotels



As an illustrator, sometimes I get to make art for really cool clients. Recently I did an illustration for the amazing Joie De Vivre Hotels! Let’s call them JDV for short. I love travel and rendering city icons, so this job was a treat for me.

My illustration was focused on four of the most popular JDV locations: California (they have hotels in both SF and LA), Chicago, Miami and Honolulu. The very first JDV hotel was the iconic, super funky Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, which opened waaaaay back in 1987 (where I actually spent some time sitting by the pool in my 20’s!). I also stayed in a JDV hotel on the final night of the AIDS Lifecycle (which I rode in 2012) and in another JDV hotel on my wedding night! I’m obviously a fan. Today JDV comprises the largest collection of boutique hotels in California, and they also have  locations in Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, Honolulu and Scottsdale, Arizona.

I loved working with Joie De Vivre on this illustration. They are not only a company with a very cool brand of hotels, they are also company who has their own super cool blog (with fantastic imagery) called Joyride (I also love the name!). You can also follow them on social media for all of their latest info:  Twitter (@JDVhotels) // Instagram  (@JDVhotels) // Facebook

Speaking of a joyride, I am off on Monday to Portugal and Spain for a few weeks. Tomorrow will be one of my last blog posts for awhile! But you can follow along on my adventures on Instagram!

Hope you are having a great Thursday!


New Wallpaper with Chasing Paper


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Friends, I am so excited today to be released three new wallpaper patterns with Chasing Paper. Chasing Paper is different than traditional wallpaper: it’s well-designed removable wallpaper that will stick to nearly any surface! Genius! I hope you will be inspired by the patterns I’ve created and I am sure some of you will think of some very creative ways to use these! Oh, and I’ve also got a discount code for you today too (scroll to the bottom of the post for that).

First up: Little Village. Drawing old architecture in a stylized playful way has always been a beloved part of my repertoire, so creating this pattern was so much fun for me. For the pattern Little Village, I drew a montage of old medieval styled buildings stacked on and behind each other with clean lines and modern, stark colorways. I love the interplay between old and new & traditional and modern in this pattern!


{Little Village in black}


{Little Village in black and gold}


{Little Village in grey}

Next up: Poppy! love drawing all-over floral motifs! This pattern is a hand drawn pattern of my favorite flower: the poppy. I grew up in California, so the poppy holds a special place in my heart. There are so many varieties of poppies, and the pattern includes poppies from all over the world. My favorite colorway is the vermillion red, which is the most ubiquitous poppy color.


{Poppy in vermillion}


{Poppy in black}


{Poppy in grey}

Finally there is Folk, the boldest pattern of the bunch. For the past ten years I have been really interested in traditional folk pattern and folk art, and much of the imagery in my work reflects that passion. About a year ago, I began drawing patterns in my sketchbook that included traditional folk symbols, like the heart, the hand and fruit shapes. To create this wallpaper pattern, I used many traditional folk motifs and then added some of my own favorite imagery to the mix, like scissors, teacups, trees and a few animals to create this pattern. I love taking traditional imagery and making them modern. I think Folk is a great example of the perfect mix of traditional and modern. Best of all? It comes in four colorways!


{Folk in blue}


{Folk in black}


{Folk in green}


{Folk in grey}


For this weekend ONLY, Chasing Paper is offering a discount code just for you. Enter LOVELISA at checkout for 15% off your order. You can learn more about the wallpaper here in the FAQ and watch a how-to video here.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Fortune Favors the Brave Pre-Orders & Poster!



Last week I was at my publisher Chronicle Books to sign a huge stack of posters. That’s because Chronicle is hosting a giveaway of limited edition signed posters (see image below) to those of you who pre-order my book Fortune Favors the Brave (while supplies last)! All you have to do is go here, purchase the book from one of the retailers listed, and fill out & submit the form. If you’ve already pre-ordered you are still eligible!


The posters are beautiful quality printing on fantastic textured paper and are 11×11 inches.

Happy Friday and thank you as always for supporting my work!


Last Day to Get a BE YOU tee!



Are you the pink sheep of your family? If so, my BE YOU tee might be just the tee shirt for you! The sale of BE YOU tee shirts ends tomorrow, Jul 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST (8:00 Eastern time)! So get yours quick and spread the word! This shirt comes in both men’s and women’s styles and in two tones of grey (below) and light blue (pictured above). You can read more about the tee shirt here or skip directly to purchase here.



Have a great Monday!


New Tee Shirt Release with Cotton Bureau!



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).



Have a great Tuesday, friends!



New Fabric Collection with Cloud9



Friends, I am so happy to let you know that I am releasing a new fabric collection with Cloud9! This new collection is called KINDRED, and it’s made entirely from drawings in my sketchbook. Here is a preview of all four patterns in all colorways.  All repeats are quilt weight cotton. “Blomma” will also be printed in voile. If you are a fabric retailer, you can begin placing orders for Kindred now, and the general public can order from fabric retailers who carry Kindred starting in October.

First up, “Blomma”, which comes in three colorways:




Also, “Fable”




Credo (which reads, “there is nothing to fear”) in four colorways:





And, lastly, Delicata, in three colorways!




Have a great Monday, friends!


Illustration for Harvard University



{front (right) and back (left) of the Harvard Gazette, which I illustrated recently}

Every now and again I see an email arrive in my inbox from a potential client that literally knocks my socks off. Earlier this spring I got one such email from Harvard University — one of the most prestigious institutions in the world — inquiring if I would be interested in illustrating the upcoming cover of the Harvard Gazette for the 364th Commencement.

I gladly said yes and got to work early last month drawing and painting for them a montage of many of the notable buildings on the vast campus. The intention was not for the buildings to look super realistic, and they allowed me freedom with color and stylizing different elements. It was an incredibly fun project, and I am so happy to share the result with you!

Have a great Thursday, friends!






Friends, I am so honored to have created some artwork to help promote the EAT (RED) campaign! This campaign, which launched this past Monday, unites restaurants, bars, and food trucks around the world to raise awareness and money for the fight against AIDS. The original (RED) campaign was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the some of the world’s most well known brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund.

You can find the latest news about the campaign on their Flipboard, make a (RED) recipe at home with Yummly, and get your own EAT (RED) merchandise at their Zazzle store. You can also look here to find participating food trucks and restaurants in your area.

Make sure to track the latest activity on Twitter with the hasthag #86AIDS.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


I ♥ mahabis



{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.


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!


PRINT Magazine // 75th Anniversary



{Piece I designed for the 75th Anniversary Edition of Print Magazine}

Every now and again I have to pinch myself, and this past week was one of those times. I finally got my hands on the 75th Anniversary Edition of PRINT Magazine (a bimonthly American magazine about visual culture and design). A few months back, design luminary Debbie Millman, on behalf of PRINT Magazine, asked 75 “of the best creatives working today” (their words) to design the word “print.” All of the pieces were exhibited at the recent HOW Conference and just 34 were chosen to appear in the magazine. Mine was one of the pieces chosen. To boot, I’m sitting on a spread with two friends (Jessica Hische and Kate Bingaman-Burt) and two design heroines Maira Kalman and Jennifer Morla.


Dreams do sometimes come true. Have a happy Tuesday, friends!



Just Add Color Botanicals on the Meredith Vieira Show!


Super excited that my coloring book Just Add Color: Botanicals was on the Meredith Vieira show yesterday! You can watch the clip above and see Botanicals front and center! It’s sold out everywhere but back in stock this month and you can order on Amazon and they’ll ship when it’s available again (should be soon).

This just in, too: I’ve just signed on to create three more coloring books for the Just Add Color series, out next year!

Have a great Friday, friends!


For the Love of San Francisco



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.


Have a great Tuesday, friends!



Paper Placemats



I’m thrilled to have created some recyclable paper placemats and you can purchase them here. They are all botanical themed and there are six designs in all packed in a pad of 48.

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All of the placemats are based off drawings I made for my botanicals coloring book, which you can also get here.