Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mentioned on Design for Mankind

Wednesday there was a very nice mention on Design for Mankind of my art available for purchase on artmuse. Why am I a few days late in posting this? See below:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Print available on artmuse

A new site run by Bonnie Glendinning called artmuse opened recently, offering an affordable way to collect contemporary art. This week one of my pieces, an abstract watercolor with pen & ink, is available for purchase AND I'm the featured artist. Click here to see. Hope to add some more pieces to the mix soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

East Austin Studio Tour 2009

So, E.A.S.T. is wrapping up today on a beautiful sunny day. However, when I visited studios yesterday, it was considerably greyer and colder, but still a great afternoon.


The photos above all come from my favorite (and last) stop yesterday which was The Decoder Ring Design Concern on the grounds of Utility Research Garden. Decoder Ring resides in this great bungalow, and they had stacks of well-designed posters for groups like Modest Mouse and Spoon, plus some awesome t-shirts for those who care about kerning. And the amazingness continued with a walk around Utility Research Garden. The proprietor of Utility Research Garden, David Cater, was on hand to show off some gorgeous fall veggies from his Houston area farm; but it was the visual surprises around every bend in the path that really caught my imagination (the nearly empty greenhouse looked like an art exhibit). The style that can be seen in both ventures was off the charts.


The other studios we visited were pretty great, too. First off was Splinter Group with ironwork and handcrafted furniture; the highlight for me were the side tables, vases and trays made by Brian David Johnson. Next up was Bearded Lady for screenprinted music posters and t-shirts; wide selection and the guys there had a friendly vibe. And of course, the studios over on Bolm were a must-see (Big Medium especially, since they started this tour). I always have to stop by Ginko Studios because it's the dream ceramics studio and rambling garden, complete with a herd of free-range chickens. Then to Monofonus Press, which was this quirky, anything goes sort of art compound. Best part was the interactive pinball exhibit.

For more photos, click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009



One kayak + two people + two dogs + two approaching swans = one near disaster

Late afternoon light


My furry muses

This is my view when I turn around from my computer this week:
The most passive-aggressive battle for prime real estate ever (no eye contact was made)

Lloyd and his buddy Rufus the boxer are able to team up when it comes to important guard dog missions

The usual suspects

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recent work

I did this illustration a few weeks ago for the footer on a clever new online dating site called gelato.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween color

So, kept it pretty simple on halloween decor: carved pumpkin and construction paper kitty backlit in the front window. And about 6 pounds of candy that ran out by 9pm with more kids streaming in. You know what they say: the early bird gets the gummi worm.


Thursday, October 29, 2009


Did a little tonal guide to my current watercolor palette, and it looks like I could stand to add some variety to the reds. Watching paint dry is an expression that conveys the ultimate tedious activity...but I really love watching the way watercolor changes as it dries, especially the paints that have sediment (plus it happens pretty quickly). Small pleasures.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketch for zinnia painting

Initial sketch from life
and a photo reference for later (another bouquet from the garden). There's an electric blue-purple to the indigo spires that I haven't figured out how to mix yet, not to mention the fuschia zinnia. Hope to post the completed painting soon!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From the garden

Today's backyard bouquet

Monday, October 19, 2009

More sketches

Quick sketches of a ceramic figurine of a chipmunk and paste.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Afternoon sketches


The top sketch was done on Arches 140lb paper (great for pen and ink w/watercolor that involves NO washes). I decided to make my own watercolor sketchbook by tearing 7.5inX11in sections of this paper and joining with bulldog clips. The zinnia was done in a sketchbook with heavy, non-watercolor paper.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Flying (2)
Guess I've got herons on the brain after a few days near the water.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back from Northern California

Muir Woods redwoods and ferns, Mt Tam area, China Camp State Park, kelp that looks like Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas (Point Reyes), Tomales Bay (a place where they serve great clam chowder)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

'Wyoming' canna

Wyoming canna
So, the foliage and bloom on this canna make me happy every time I look at it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Scale pattern

I drew a pattern last week for a project that I didn't end up using, but it's sort of hypnotic...or psychadelic. Here it is colored in a bit in Photoshop.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back from Corpus

Storm clouds 2
Kapok tree 2
Wooden bird
Corpus Christi bay
Just a little inspiration from a weekend visit to family in Corpus Christi: storm clouds on I-37, kapok tree, backyard decor, and the Corpus Christi Bay

Friday, August 28, 2009

Inspiring illustrators

Woke up to temperatures below 70 degrees for the first time in months, and it was wonderful. I know we've got at least another month of afternoons in the 90's, but I can sense the cool at the end of the tunnel.

I'm in the middle of a website overhaul, which will hopefully be done beginning of next week; but I thought I'd share some of my favorite illustrators that I've discovered or remembered in my looking back through my bookmarks to see how everyone presents themselves.
Yanni Kim: this one's new to me, but I love her drawing style and use of mixed media
Carson Ellis: a favorite of mine for years, and I'm happy to see her big web update (lots of good, new stuff and a clean look)
Chun Eunsil: this illustrator's children's book art is amazing and there's so much of it; beautiful watercolor and detail and whimsy
Taeeun Yoo: her woodcuts tell stories so perfectly

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Or what I might find if I left my dog outside while grabbing a coffee shop latte...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back from LA

(Ennis-Brown House by Frank Lloyd Wright, mural on a Silver Lake art center near Wright's Hollyhock House)

Got back a few days ago from the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles. The keynote speakers were pretty amazing: Sherman Alexie and Dan Yaccarino were a couple of my favorites. Great workshops given by David Weisner, Susan Sherman of Charlesbridge, and Elizabeth Parisi (overall message: practice your drawing, study the masters: fine artists and illustrators, do your research, and produce the best work possible). Plenty of socializing with inspiring illustrators. Not to mention a couple of extra days exploring in LA...and a brand new pack of double-sided colored pencils from an adorable shop in Venice Beach. What more does a gal need to get in the creative groove?

Thursday, July 30, 2009