The Jealous Curator Show at Bedford Gallery



You may recall that earlier this year I wrote about my friend Danielle’s (aka The Jealous Curator) fantastic book Creative Block. And recently 20 artists from the book were curated by Danielle into a show at Bedford Gallery: From Blog to Book to Gallery. Last night I attended the opening, and it is a beautiful show with many amazing works. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces(too many to photograph!) and my own work down at the bottom of the post:


Kate Pugsley.


Stephanie Vovas’ large scale photographs.


Large scale Jenny Hart.


Danielle Krysa.


Martha Rich.


Hollie Chastain.



Jennifer Davis.


Leah Giberson.


Aris Moore.

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Lisa Golightly.




All six of my pieces in the show.


My hummingbird.

All work from the show (if not already sold) is available through Bedford Gallery. The gallery does not have an online shop, but you can call or email at any time to purchase with a credit card. If you are local to the Bay Area, the show will be up through February 1, and I highly recommend a visit! Here are the seven artists (including Danielle) who were able to attend the opening last night: Kate Pugsley, Lisa Golightly, Stephanie Vovas, Danielle Krysa, me, Leah Giberson & Trey Speegle.


One last note: both my book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Danielle’s book Creative Block were included in Brain Pickings Best Art, Design and Photography Books of 2014!  Have a happy Monday, all.


For Sale :: Art for Good Mail Day Show



I was very honored when Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake asked me to be part of the Good Mail Day show at Susan’s gallery Artstream Studios in New Hampshire this month.

In the Good Mail Day show 60 artists create 4×6 inch artwork, all originals!

I created the two pieces above.  I have always loved vintage postcards, especially those that contain hand written correspondence. What better way to celebrate the beauty of mail than to use vintage postcards as my canvas. Each of these pieces is made with a vintage postcard, neon pink gouache paint and a tiny tipped micron pen.

These two one of a kind pieces can be purchased online here and here.  SOLD OUT! But many more by other artists still available over here.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


New Creativebug Class :: Geometric Paper Collage



For those of you who love creating collage, you may be excited to know that I’ve launched a new Creativebug class today called Making a Geometric Paper Collage! In this new class I teach you how to create a small collage with six pointed stars made from paper, like the one pictured above.

If you have a Creativebug subscription, you are all set — go ahead and watch the course! If not, you can either buy a class ala carte or sign up for a monthly subscription (a bargain at 9.99 a month!).

Learn more about the course (including the materials you need) and buy the course here. And in the meantime, you can watch this little video about all of my Creativebug classes! See links on my sidebar to the right to go to the Line Drawing Class (which includes hand lettering and photo doodling) and also Painting an 8-point Star.

Have a happy Tuesday!


Playing Around with Collage




I’ve been trying lots of new things in my art practice lately, and to help me do more of that, I’ve been studying again with a small group of artists under the tutelage of well known mixed media artist, Lisa Kokin. Each week, Lisa gives us another mixed media assignment. A week ago, we were instructed to make a collage on the back of a hardback book cover (which makes for a great substrate, BTW). I had been cutting hands out of a collection of 1950’s LIFE Magazines, and decided I wanted to make a collage with them. Normally, I’d have arranged the hands in some grid-like formation (much like I did with my Collection a Day project), but Lisa encouraged me to layer the hands with paper and to break out of my traditional way of arranging things. What resulted is the collage above, which I made last week in her studio.

I was so excited with the result (and the process of layering) that I made two more collages over the weekend, also from collections of things I’d cut from LIFE Magazines. If you’ve ever looked at a LIFE Magazine from the mid-20th century, you know there are a preponderance of certain types of imagery (packaged and canned food, cigarettes, liquor, etc). These collages are themed around that imagery. Next up, cigarettes:

And televisions:



I am also using colored paper from the ads, photographs and illustrations in the magazines to create the layered effect. So the colors of the collages also reflect the colors one would find in magazine of the time (full disclosure: I did use some yellow paper in the hands collage that didn’t come from the magazines).  Lisa has been encouraging us to work within constraints — and I’ve loved this challenge (ie: in this case, only using the magazines themselves as the raw material).

After I was finished with the cigarette and TV collages, I noticed I had a lot of interesting scraps on the table from cutting the shapes from the magazines. I used those to make this collage/ink drawing in my sketchbook, which was in some ways more fun than making the collages themselves!



I plan to continue this series and I’ll share them here! Stay tuned for more.

And happy Tuesday.


A Weekend Away & New Paintings




This past weekend I took a much-needed weekend away near Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California. In the quiet of the forested mountains, I painted almost the entire weekend in the company of a few other women. I made a new series a five paintings.. I plan to sell prints of them in my Etsy shop when it reopens on Wednesday, so stay tuned if you are interested!





Happy Monday and warm wishes for a wonderful week.


Progress in the Studio


lisa in studio

{Me in my studio, taken by my friend Kelly Wilkinson)

You may remember back in July I made a commitment to myself that I’d spend at least one day a week — mostly Wednesdays — making personal work in my studio. I gave a short update in August. Two months in, I am happy to report that my one day a week has been pretty life changing, which was the goal. I am hoping in 2014 that I have even more than one day a week to dedicate to this kind of exploration in my studio. Here is the progression of some of the pieces I’ve been working on. First, a reminder of where I started:


And then…







Some of the pieces are finished. Several of the paintings still need a lot of development (thank goodness there are always more Wednesdays). The shadowbox collages are going into a show at Bedford Gallery in December. The paintings I’ll put up for sale soon in my Big Cartel Shop. Stay tuned.

Happy Thursday!


Sale :: Snowy Owl



Snowy Owl, an original 11×14 inch shadowbox, made from vintage ephemera, pencil and gouache in 2011, is on sale for a limited time! Regularly $325, this piece is now $275 until Monday. Get it here.

Happy Friday!


I Like Wednesdays




A few weeks ago I shared that I was dedicating time once a week on Wednesdays to make personal work in my studio  (as opposed to commissioned illustration work, which is what I spend most of my time doing). Wednesday is turning out to be my favorite day of the week, as you might imagine.

I realized that I’ve been so busy painting and drawing that I haven’t cut paper (in my studio) since March 17 when I took Lisa Kokin’s mixed media class. This is crazy, especially for someone whose medium used to be collage. So I got out my scissors and exacto knife (along with the usual graphite, ink and gouache) and and finished this piece. I’m participating in a couple of group shows coming up, and she will probably also be for sale. I’ll keep you posted.


{Gouache, ink, graphite and cut paper; finished piece is 11×14 inches, framed in shadowbox}

On another note, so many people wrote kind notes and tweets yesterday after I posted this short essay on comparison. I can’t respond to all of them (there were so many), but I wanted to say thank you to everyone who wrote & tweeted. Most simply said: “Yep, been there too” — and that alone was comforting to hear. It makes me remember that it is our humanness that connects us.

Happy Wednesday.


Knot Thread Stitch


Two of my close friends have book releases this week! You may remember earlier this week I posted about Mati’s new book. Today I’m so excited to tell you about Lisa Solomon’s new book: Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media.

Lisa (my evil twin who I wrote about here) is a master with thread (just take a look at her expansive fine art portfolio). So it is no wonder that thread is the common theme of this book of projects. The book is organized around simple projects, from tea towels to pillow cases to decorative pieces. For each project, Lisa offers her own design and then highlights the work of an artist. For example, a tea towel embroidery design by Lisa is paired with another tea towel design by artist Kate Bingaman Burt.

I was lucky enough to do a project for the book. I designed a floral silhouette pillow. It’s a labor intensive project, but really pretty easy, and one that you can adapt to your own silhouette if you like.

Wilfredo happens also to be featured in the book (who can resist putting him in their book these days?). As one of her projects in the book, Lisa designed a pet portrait of Wilfredo.

Isn’t it amazing? This project is followed by a pet portrait pillow by Camilla Engman of her late dog, Morran. The list of artists in the book is fantastic.

If you are new to the stitching arts, the also book includes loads of information on supplies, tools and technique, along with the over 30 projects.

Lisa is having a book signing tomorrow evening at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. Wilfredo and I will be there and we hope to see you!




A portrait I made of (and for) my dear friend, photographer Leslie Sophia Lindell. 11×14 inches, graphite and paper.


And now PORTLAND, I’m coming for YOU


Yes, that’s right, I’m hopping on an airplane again tomorrow. Super excited about my NEXT opening, this one with the amazing Trish Grantham at Land Gallery in Portland, opens Friday night, February 3 at 6 pm. Calling all Portlanders! I’ll be at the opening and hope to see you there.

This show is inspired by a little Victorian mixed with my usual dose of color. I’ll be showing 6 mixed media shadowboxes (includes image above and first 5 images below) and 2 large unframed drawings (the king and queen of hearts at very bottom). Here’s a sneak peek:

Be well and thank you for visiting!


New Work :: Milwaukee Show


Sami Princess, gouache, graphite and fake fur in shadowbox, 8.5×11 inches




Lace, 11×14 inches, graphite, gouache and vintage lace in shadowbox.

This piece is for the Wild at Heart Show at Land, Portland. Opens February 3 at 6 pm!


Milwaukee Show Details!


Hooded Reindeer, graphite and paper, 8×10 inches (framed in shadowbox)

Super excited to finally have the details for the show in Milwaukee opening January 27 (of which the piece above will be a part!):

Abstract Fiction

UWM Union Art Gallery

Friday, January 27 – Friday, February 24

Opening Reception:  Friday, January 27, 5-8pm
Artist Talk: with Lisa Congdon & Liz Miller, January 27, 7pm

Deedee Cheriel, Lisa Congdon, Liz Miller, and Eduardo J. Villanueva are four nationally known artists whose work includes an array of media—painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, and book arts. Bold color and sharp angles, are mixed together, transferring the familiar into an exciting imaginative space By experimenting with the physical properties of their chosen media, these artists recontextualize simplified shapes, signs and symbols from different historical and contemporary imagery to create new imaginative environment. By taking chances with these materials and marrying them to compelling narratives, they have created works that are concretely tangible, indicative of soaring imaginations, and in many cases have the quality of being beautifully mysterious.


As you can see, I am giving an artist talk at 7 on the 27th and will be there for the entire opening. If you close by, please come!


The Observer


The Observer, 8×10 inches, gouache, graphite and paper. Framed in black shadowbox. For the upcoming Wild at Heart show in Portland at Land Gallery. Opens February 3!