Thursday, December 27, 2007


Horizon I just got back from a West Texas/Big Bend area trip with my family, and I've got a slew of photos taken from the back seat of a moving vehicle. There's some amazing landscape out there, and don't even get me started on the sunrises.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Zoo

The Zoo
This week's Illustration Friday theme made good use of some sketches I did at the Austin Zoo a couple of weeks ago. However, I started experimenting with 140 lb hot press watercolor paper this week and discovered it's probably best for really thin washes. Ah, well.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


This past weekend, I decided to get a full dose of what's going on in the local artworld (and get a look inside artists' studios and homes) at the annual East Austin Studio Tours. On Saturday, I ended up doing a lot of walking around the E. Cesar Chavez area studios. My favorite exhibition/installation was Jonathan Marshall's at the Art Palace. Maybe because I'm a narrative junkie, I loved the way all his pieces fit together (2D, 3D, film, audio, semi-participatory). I also really liked the abstract oils of Caroline Wright and Ava Sharifian. Fisterra Studio was the most fun home studio to visit; they had some really amazing iron sculpture going on in the garden and art on pretty much every surface of the house. On an unrelated note, I discovered Azul Cafe with its secret back garden area, only to learn that they're closing this week (photo below).
Cafe Azul
On Sunday, I drove to some of the studios further east (and less easy to walk from studio to studio). I really liked Catherine Hart's work and the Opal Black jewelry in the same studio was really gorgeous. I think the highlight of the day was visiting Ginko Studios. The pottery was really lovely and reminded me a little of Leo Lionni's illustrations. And I could spend all day wandering around the studio and gardens there. Overall, I came away from the weekend with some serious art, home, and garden inspiration.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


A take on the folk tale of "The Golden Fish."

Thursday, November 08, 2007


This illustration Friday topic reminded me of when my little sister used to dress her cat up and send him out into the neighborhood (probably why he became such a good fighter).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Watercolor sketches

So, I've been trying to paint more from life this week. Above is from a class field trip (UT informal "Watercolor II") to do some night plein air painting of fountains and skylines. Below: an afternoon snack turns study.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007


The cedar waxwings pass through my yard every winter in large, noisy, berry-loving groups, but sometimes they sneak up on me...I'll look up and see dozens of silent masked birds just staring down at me. Below is a closeup.
Visitor (detail)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Mention on Roadside Scholar

I'm a little behind the times, but the roadside scholar included a nice post about my illustration blog and website a couple of weeks ago (thanks!). Plus, her site is a fun place to visit for design-lovers.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Zinnias and Zyliss

I couldn't resist these zinnias at this morning's farmers market. And apparently, cats can't resist Zyliss salad spinners...or at least the boxes that they come in.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


So, the first thing I thought of for this topic was T.S. Eliot's Prufrock, all that wonderful imagery and neuroses.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Rejection (final)
Ah, rejection. A little bit is healthy, but there's always a certain amount of pain involved. As for this illustration, I haven't decided whether this version w/color or the original sketch is better (click on image to see both on flickr).

Thursday, May 31, 2007

In the Garden

So, lately my garden has been part muse and part distraction. Who can illustrate when vegetables are growing before my very eyes? (The cherry tomatoes came up from unfinished great is that? I figured standard grocery store produce wouldn't reproduce from seed.)
Green bean Bell peppers
Nasturtium Cherry tomatoes
The flowers in the front are out of control, having their very own fiesta (many without asking permission).
Front garden

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Beware the red-headed fortuneteller who seems a bit too interested.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


I saw a snowy egret fishing in the creek this morning, and I had to try to capture the moment...that is, the moment right before my dog chased him off.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I Spy

I Spy
First mate Finchhatton tried his best to bring their problem to the captain's attention.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wednesday, February 21, 2007