at the end of every year champagne. Here's to an effervescent 2019, bubbling with opportunity & love- CHEERS!
Monday, December 31, 2018
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Ready for a tripe axel of fun? Here's my city skate illustration I did years ago.
It's still very merry! I always love the outdoor skating areas you find in most cities.
When I worked in Manhattan at the end of the day I'd often wander over to the Rink at Rockefeller Center. I'd buy a fancy hot cocoa & slowly sip while I watched people skate by. It always felt special and festive.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
I made a cut paper Gingerbread Village using oodles of masking fluid instead of icing. The view from above is always so pretty so I added some mountains to ski down.
The top image is this piece before I rolled off the mask & added all the details.
(which was done digital listening to Christmasy carols & signing along)
Monday, December 10, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Made a gingerbread village using oodles of masking fluid & watercolor. The raw state of this turned out nicely. I decided to add some mountains to ski down! (they're so darn pretty & majestic)
Here's a snippet of the finished piece. A little digital magic for all the delicate line work details.
Which reminds me I haven't decorated a gingerbread house yet this season.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018
This year I made a homemade Christmas countdown. In the past I've pulled out
calendars I designed for kids companies like Land of Nod or PB Kids.
This year with my son now 11 the kiddie stuff while fun didn't
quite fit the vibe. So, I got out the acrylic paints, managed to limit my color,
(hooray- that's hard for me) & collaged on some numbers from an old game sheet. I like bright color & simple patterns so, I was happy with the outcome.
Definitely fits my merry & bright holiday vibe. Until later this month when I usually I have a pre-Christmas melt down. Do the holidays give anyone else a slow crescendo to crazy?
This year is another chance to work on it- while I count it down. :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I'm setting the table for a bright holiday season & beyond with some colorful
NEW art available at my Etsy shop.
I've got optimism on my mind & this assortment of art reflects just that.
I also have been excited about symmetry but, in a not so perfect way.
I believe there's magic all around. Can you feel it?
If not don't worry sometimes you just have to close your eyes.
Finally, I've been daydreaming about an imaginary world of forest animals.
By day they nibble on berries & nuts. When the sun goes down they take a dip in the pond.
(it's been a big day)
Slowly the group gathers for story time under the big full moon.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Here's the rundown for how I finished Folktale Week 2018.
The prompt for day 5 was I N S E C T.
I'm not squeamish with bugs. (snakes are a whole other story for me)
I find them fascinating. All those legs, wings, antennas, somethings they light up, or have an iridescent sheen. Then the biggest TADA to me is the complete transformation of a caterpillar to butterfly. (I mean come ON- that's a trick!)
But, I came back strong for the day 7 A N I M A L.
I've always had a fondness for animals. Honestly, I think it's probably because they don't talk. (in my opinion words often muddle things up) To me there's a simple, attention to the moment that animals have. No agenda, no judging, just here and now. To me that's part of their beauty.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Yesterday was the first day of Folktale Week the prompt was F O R E S T.
The forest is mysterious especially at night. This is what I came up with.
The prompt for today was M A G I C.
I think the ability to heal & make whole again is
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
(art is silkscreened with cut paper details)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
I've been watching American Experience, The Circus on PBS.
It's a four hour history of the circus.
I've found it spectacular, exploitive, sad, ambitious, limiting & limitless.
(all sorts of contradictions)
My dad took use to take us to the circus in the fall so for me it conjures up
good memories of a big afternoon out. It's nice learn more about the long,
rich, history of the greatest show on Earth.