Share the love-- with this downloadable squished mosquito coloring page.Read More
Today, I’m working on a pin-up logo,some stuff for Star Wars in May, and deciding which pieces of art to hang in a show next weekRead More
Winter bitterness aside, I've been keeping myself busy with projects. I made the leap to being a full-time artist a little while ago, and the response has been fantastic. Here's my January 2018 art round-up!Read More
Well, it’s officially official-- I just signed a contract for my next show, and I’m throwing myself into it. Rebels, Imperial Bastards, Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks-- Hang on kid, Fairbanks is going into hyper drive May 4th.Read More
Here's the four art-savvy podcasts I've been listening to. They're varied, and all worth giving a listen, no matter what kind of creative you are. On to the list!Read More
Things have been working out-- but in moving my studio and life into a new home, I realized how many paintings I had around from old shows, and I looked at the state of the cupboards. It struck me that I might do something about both.Read More
Convinced that a world inhabited by fairies and elves would be a much more entertaining place to live, I fashioned my world after Tolkien's Middle Earth and Never Never Land. I envisioned a place where adventures happen, and there are always wonderful things to look at.Read More
Whether it sold for $10,000 or $10, my hope is the same...Read More
While I doodle, and I love drawing and working on my art, I will admit I’m guilty of coming up with all sorts of excuses through the day. Inktober was a game changer.Read More
This month, I set a goal to finally submit to the Fairbanks Arts Association portfolio review, with the hope of landing a show in the 2019 schedule at the Bear Gallery here in Fairbanks. I've meant to do it for years, and this time, I would make it happen.Read More
It’s the beginning of the most magical time of the year. Happy October 1!
Endless coffee, frosty mornings, and my first Inktober.
The drawing challenge has been on my radar for a while, but I always seem to miss the beginning. I end up waiting for the next one. This year I marked my calendar, and, if you would believe it, I’m managing to relaxon vacation in the middle of nowhere (aka Circle, Alaska).
Stepping away from the monotony on occasion makes all the difference for me.
I want so badly to fill my sketchbook today-- I’ve been counting down the days until this drawing challenge, and the fresh air has done me good. Being less busy, I can let my mind wander and appreciate the funny little shapes, tones and colors that inspire me in nature. I’m taking my time and soaking it all in, so that I can bring it back to the studio with me when I get home. In the meantime, I have drawing to do, and Agatha Christie mysteries to read!
Signing off for now,
Last week, I blabbed a bit about my favorite canvases to use-- those lovely deep profile beauties. So what motivates me to use something else?Read More
Warning: This week, I’m going to nerd-tastically gab at you about my absolute favorite canvases, and some of the qualities I look for when I’m out in the world hunting these majestic beasts.Read More
I looked at my phone upon waking up, and could immediately tell that something was wrong. Something had happened in the world over the past few days while my phone was ignored.Read More
As one of my “gigs” (yes, most artists have these!) I organize, hang, and run First Friday art shows for our local coworking space, The Hub. This month, I had the pleasure of hanging Poem By Becca, and prints made by elementary students from Spruce Tree Montessori School.
Artists making postcards for one another… Given that I’ve been missing a few things from my life-- happy mail, other people’s art, and that sense of childlike wonder, this. Was. Perfect.Read More
Fast forward 16 years (holy George, has it been that long?), and 25 year old me is having a really hard time finding ways to write about this paint that don’t sound like poorly disguised smut. I’m going to try anyways!
This past Friday, I went to my first meeting with the Fairbanks Sketchers. It’s a free group, meeting at a different inspiring location around town every month; July’s location: the “Bone Yard” of Everts Air Cargo.
I’m what you might call “caffeine dependant”. Really, two cups is the minimum most days, and a sludge cup with cream is ideal to be properly caffeinated. I will forever be grateful for the baristas who remember that for me, because there are mornings when I seriously forget how words work.
Like any well adjusted artist, coffee fuels my practice. I rarely start any project without a dark roast in hand, clouds of creamer dancing through each sip (I don’t bother to stir). I set my coffee down on my left side, away from my paint water, but still within easy reach.
Something curious happens when these things are in close proximity to one another. No matter how hard I try, or go out of my way to put my precious beverage as far away from harm’s reach as possible (while keeping it close enough to be comforting) I manage to mistake my coffee and paint water. Just last week, I was working on a series of coffee- inspired paintings for a First Friday art show, and caught myself constantly reaching across my body to dip my paintbrush into my drinking cup.
Now, my paint water, where the brushes SHOULD be going, is normally housed in a spiky vase, which is distinctly different in look and feel from my collection of snarky mugs. You might think that’s enough to deter me, but invariably I pick it up, and have the paint water to my lips before I realize what I’m doing. Let’s all be grateful I use non- toxic materials!