Professional Illustration Class in SF :: Registration Open

06/25/14

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Hello friends! I wanted to let you know that I’ve added a new Professional Illustration class to the calendar in San Francisco, this time on August 6 in the evening. Just $60 and you can register here.

Through the class I offer information on the life & work of the freelance illustrator, different illustration markets, and tips on how to successfully promote your work to garner consistent, fun, paying illustration & licensing work.

Space is limited & filling up quickly, so sign up early!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Collaborations with Clay :: Project 2

06/24/14

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You may remember at the end of April that my wife Clay and I started a project in which we are periodically making gifts for friends & family. We made these bath salts, and have since offered them up to several people as thank you gifts. We continued that new tradition on Sunday when we made jars of Maple Ginger Almonds (information on recipe coming up). Along with making the nuts, we made labels for the jars using a simple image transfer technique.

We’ve decided to name each series of gifts we make, and this one is called “Nuts 4U” — a double entendre, of course! I hand lettered the label design and we got to work making the labels. You can learn about this transfer technique in this Creativebug tutorial by the amazing Courtney Cerruti, or you can also purchase her book on image transfer (which I wrote about here). Basically all you need are a photocopy of what you’d like to transfer, solid packing tape (I love 3M’s packing tape), a spoon for burnishing, scissors, and a bowl of warm water.

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Place a piece of packing tape over the image you’d like to transfer and burnish with the spoon (or any hard object). Cut out the piece you’d like to transfer and place in the warm water and let soak for a few minutes.

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Then peel or gently scrape the paper off the back of the packing tape. It will be wet and happens quite effortlessly. The image will remain on the tape. Let the piece of tape dry completely. And voila! You have a label! The adhesive survives the process with most packing tapes.

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Next we made the nuts. We used the Maple Ginger Almond recipe from the Pure Vegan cookbook. These flavored almonds are delicious, but they are a bit more savory than sweet in the end, so their name is a bit misleading. They use a lot of soy sauce (you could use Tamari sauce instead), and are deliciously salty with a hint of maple/ginger flavor. The recipe is super simple (four ingredients!) and we were finished making them in less than 30 minutes (though you need to let them completely cool and dry which takes several hours). We also tripled the recipe.

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We now have eight little jars of nuts ready for friends.

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We are already thinking about what we might make next. Stay tuned!

Have a happy Tuesday!

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On Change

06/23/14

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I am a summer girl. Since I was a kid, it has been my favorite season. I love warm air, swimming pools, the light that stays into the evening. The beginning of summer, like all seasons, represents change.

A few seemingly minor things have happened over the past couple of weeks that have made me realize that my world is changing. And they have reminded me that nothing is permanent — that things (even the things we wish wouldn’t) – evolve, and that they evolve constantly. And we don’t even notice most of the time. Things are always shifting and moving — in nature, in relationships, everywhere, all the time. That’s why Buddhists practice non-attachment. They say attachment is the cause of suffering. Since things are always changing, attachment can only cause pain.

We mostly notice when something changes when it begins to hurt. And then we say “WHAT THE *#$^# JUST HAPPENED?” And then we realize this thing that is causing the sting has been sloooooowly changing for a long time, and that we just didn’t notice. That circumstance we took for granted, that thing that grounded us — is no longer what we thought. And we have to start over and find new ground and create a new world view to keep ourselves feeling okay.

In very small ways this happens to us every day. Something in our reality is shaken. But most of the time these things are so small that we move through them with ease, and we might barely notice them. And other times they feel bigger and more significant. At forty-six I’ve been through enough painful evolutions in my life to know I will get through the current one, where when I was sixteen a similar situation might have made me crawl into a hole and not come out for weeks. The more change and related pain we experience over our lifetimes, the more adept we get at moving through it. And that’s a good thing to remember.

And also, let’s face it, while some change is super painful, other change can feel welcomed and exhilarating. Every dark side has a light side, or so they say. So on this lovely summer morning, I’m searching for the light in my current round of change, and feeling grateful for the stuff in my life that is, at least for today, standing still.

Have a good Monday, friends.

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A Collection a Day :: Back in Stock

06/20/14

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Friends, signed copies of my 2011 book A Collection a Day is back in stock in my shop! You can get it here.

It includes 365 photographs of all of my collections, which I documented each day in 2010, along with an essay about my history of collecting. Here are some of my favorite pages:

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Have a great Friday, friends!

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Words for the Day :: No. 24

06/19/14

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Have a happy Thursday, friends.

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New Designs at PAOM!

06/18/14

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Friends, I have some new designs over at Print All Over Me (aka PAOM), pictured above. They us the artwork from some of my abstract paintings. You can purchase any of the items here. Here I am this past weekend in my very own Fete shift dress!

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Happy Wednesday to all.

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings
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Paintings and Prints for Sale at poketo.com

06/17/14

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Friends, the work from my show at Poketo is up for sale! Some of the original work has sold, but what is still available is up for sale here.

I also have six limited edition 11×14 inc prints (editions of 20, signed and numbered, printed on German etching paper). You can get those here:

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Have a great Tuesday!

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Quarterly, Creativebug & Me

06/16/14

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Friends, I’m so happy to announce a collaboration between Quarterly Co, Creativebug & me!

For Creativebug’s first Quarterly Co. box they’ve collaborated with me to design a box packed with imaginative inspiration. Not only will you have everything you need to draw a gorgeous piece of art, but there are a few more exclusive goodies from me! They’re packed to the brim with curated art supplies (including some of my favorite products) and a limited edition piece of art. I can’t ruin the surprise and tell you what’s inside, so treat yourself!

If you’re interested in receiving this doodler’s-dream-of-a-box, sign up here.

You can learn more about Quarterly Co. here.

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Inspiration
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Words for the Day :: No. 23

06/13/14

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I’m off to LA this weekend! Hope to see some of you there.

Happy Friday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 22

06/11/14

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Hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday!

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Los Angeles Book Signing & Show Preview!

06/10/14

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Friends, as you may know, this coming Saturday, I am having a book signing and show at the POKETO Flagship store in LOS ANGELES from 5-8 pm.

Today I’m going to share with you the 20 original paintings and six limited edition prints that will be available at the event.  That evening, I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and we’ll also be selling 20 of my small original paintings (pictured below) and six different limited edition prints (scroll down to see those). Original paintings and prints will be available first to folks who come to the opening//signing and then at 8 pm on the 14th, whatever hasn’t sold will go up for sale on the Poketo website.

You can RSVP for the event here on Facebook (though it’s not necessary to RSVP — just come!)… Either way, I hope to see you there!

Here is a preview of the 20 small 6×9 inch paintings on paper, which will all be for sale for $60 each. (Excuse the wonky iPhone images for now!):

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And here is a preview of the six limited edition prints. They are all editions of 20, 11×14 inches, printed on German etching paper, signed and numbered. They are $50 each:

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Have a great Tuesday.  Los Angeles, I’ll see you Saturday!

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New Cloud9 Fabric Collection!

06/09/14

Friends, I am so happy to introduce my latest fabric Collection for Cloud9 Fabrics! Available this Fall (I’ll keep you posted on the release date), the collection includes SIX voile prints (perfect for sewing clothes), many with metallic touches. It’s is called REVELRY, and I could not be more excited about it!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a full preview of the work I’ve created for my book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles this Saturday!

Have a great Monday.

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Happy National Donut Day!

06/06/14

 

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{My first ever donut-themed piece of art, created in 2012}

Its NATIONAL DONUT DAY, friends.

I grew up in a home in which donuts were deemed inherently evil, my mother citing “zero nutritional value” as the reason they did not ever grace our table. They were basically deep fried dough covered in sugar, she said (um, hello MOM, that sounds DELICIOUS!). The only treats we got for stretches of time in our home were homemade cookies made with whole grains and fruit juice. Occasionally on extravagant occasions my mother would make whole wheat cinnamon rolls drizzled in a powdered sugar glaze (the use of actual refined sugar was rare). I love my mom, and while I really appreciate my mother’s attempt to feed us a healthy diet now (and she was/is a great cook), then I was only pining for the stuff I couldn’t have. Which also might explain why I gained 25 pounds my first semester of college when my entire diet was finally up to me & the dining hall options. But that is another story.

Anyhow, the only way around this dearth of donuts was to sneak out to Dunkin Donuts whenever we could. So my brother and sister and I (and some combination of other recalcitrant church-going teens) figured out that we could conveniently drive or walk away from the church parking lot on Sundays — just during the time when we were supposed to be in Sunday school — and return just before the ending time. This served two purposes: donuts and not having to participate in church youth group activities.

And so we did. And we ate donuts. This was also my introduction to coffee — doused with packets of dry creamer and sugar, of course. The combination of donuts and coffee, (and the buzz they made me feel), sitting in our Sunday best inside a booth, the smell of donuts around us, the sun streaming in from outside, giggling and gossiping, the thrill of being insubordinate — they are some of my best memories.

Earlier this winter I was asked to be part of a book about hand lettering. And the editor requested just one thing from me: a donut alphabet. And so I gladly obliged.

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And you may recall that I made this poster for the PSU GoodShop recently (which you can get here). A smokin’ deal at $25:

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Have a great weekend, friends. And don’t forget to eat a donut today!

 

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Illustrations for Florida Travel & Life Magazine

06/05/14

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Every now and again I do a fairly large editorial illustration job. I’ve been drawing a lot of maps lately and recently I did a super fun job for Florida Travel & Life Magazine (cover & exterior excerpt pictured above) illustrating five different maps for their May issue. I drew each of these maps by hand, and in the final artwork colored them with a light touch of gouache paint. One of my favorite parts of illustrating maps is incorporating my hand lettering, which I got to do a lot of here!

First up, a map of Wynwood, the arts district in Miami. So many cool things here!

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Next, a Foodie map of St. Armands Circle:

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And a Family Map (because Florida is filled with family fun!):

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And what would Florida Travel & Life Magazine be without a beach map! This one of Seaside, which looks like a really cool town.

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Last but not least, a map of Calle Ocho, Little Havana:

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The magazine is on newsstands now! Thank you Kim and Vicky at the magazine for being a great team.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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New Print in the Shop!

06/04/14

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Friends! I’ve got a new print in the shop! Behold: Bear With Me, pictured above (printed without the copyright notice, of course), signed and dated. Head over here to purchase one.

If you are interested, the original Bear With Me painting is for sale here.

Also, news flash: I have started an email list. If you’d like to sign up to hear occasionally about sales, shows, new products & books, etc, just go here.

Have a great Wednesday.

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