Friday, April 18, 2014

New Note Cards

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I'm happy to say that I finally have some new note cards available in my store, finally! I say finally because I meant to have new note cards ready sometime last year, and then right after I spent forever working on them and had all the designs just right my hard drive crashed before I could back them up and I lost them all! Like, it literally crashed the day after I finished them. I decided to take a break from that hot mess because just thinking about it filled me with anguish. I decided to come back to them and start all over a few months ago and I've slowly come up with some designs that I really love, even more than the original lost designs. I wanted to make some cards that were for specific occasions rather than blank, and i wanted them to be clean and simple, but colorful and fun. I think these succeed! Let me know if you like them!
Teacup birthday Note Card
Balloon Greeting Note Card
Merci Cat Note Card
Kitty Birthday Note Card
Birthday Bear Note Card
Big Cat Love Note Card
Bonjour Fox Note Card

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tulip Fields

My favorites
Some friends and I went to visit a tulip farm just South of Portland a few weekends ago. It was gorgeous!
Tulip Sea1
Tulip Sea6

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kids

Hiking boy

Party girl

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A few Recent Drawings

Leap
Wolf Lake

Raccoon sketches
And some raccoon sketches.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Drawings and Tunes

Rhubarb
Happy first day of spring (a day late)! I did this quick drawing last month when the only color to be seen was the bright pink of Rhubarb popping up in peoples gardens.

Also I put together mix of music for the weekend, perfect to listen to when making a late breakfast with sunshine flooding though the windows.
Morning Mix
You can listen to it on 8tracks

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hide

Hide
This is my piece from the Antler/Hellion Gallery Swap show, up now in Portland. Since it was a show of collaborations the artists Kathleen Lolley and I made companion pieces on the theme of "hide & seek". You can't see it in the scan but the yellow flowers are actually gold leaf.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March Showers

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There is a lovely rain falling as I type up this post, just like in this picture. It's really really started to feel like spring time all the sudden! The few minutes of extra light we get every day have really started to green things up, and even though it's not that cold here most of the time, it still feels really good.

For most of February I was beavering away, finally chipping away at some projects I've had in mind for a while, working on some projects for other people, making drawings I liked and drawings I hated, and generally trying to keep that February feeling at bay, somewhat successfully. I have to say I'm glad we're moving on to real spring, just in time.

February forest walk
I took a walk in Forest Park a few weekends ago, it was still pretty cold, but beautiful.

February
I have a piece in a show opening this week, above is a peek at it in progress. And some enchanting snowdrops I came across.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beast

When Meeting A Large Strange Animal In The Woods
I'm trying to do a LOT more of the work I want to be doing this year, i.e. drawing for fun. This is a picture that came out of that. I edited it digitally quite a bit which is new for me. I've had this kind of snobby thing about my drawings exiting in their final best version in the real world, not just digitally. But I guess I've finally outgrown that? As I've started doing less gallery shows and tried to turn my focus more to illustration having a perfect finished hard copy is just becoming less important.

Also I upgraded from the super old version of PS I had to the newest, oh man soo much better!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Miss Rose Sister Violet

I have another bit of recent branding I worked on. I took on kind of a crazy amount of design type work at the end of last year. They were mostly fairly small, but still it was a ton of work. I'm glad I can finally share some of that!
These are some bits and bobs I did for a business called Miss Rose Sister Violet.
branding 2 for MRSV
branding 1 for MRSV
branding 3 for MRSV

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My House In The Wind Blog & Packaging Design

la mia casa blog header
la mia casa product label design
A blog header and packaging sticker I designed for an Italian blogger and perfume maker La Mia Casa Nel Vento

Friday, January 17, 2014

To Do Lists and Tumblr

To Do lists
I made a couple more download and print at home type products for my shop. Personally I hoard paper in order to either use it a second time by printing on the back, or to write lists on. My idea for these to do lists is that you could print them on the back of used paper and then have a cute to do list handy whenever you need it. I hope you like these and have some use for them! You can buy the Fox here and you can by the Flower here.


Also, I recently totally revamped my Tumblr blog (which until now was more of a place where I re-blogged inspiration type things) and I'm planning to do some more blogging over there now too. I want to have that as a place to share sketches and in-progress type things more informally. I'll still be posting here about finished projects, news, etc. but posts may be less frequent then they have been. I don't know, I'm trying to figure how how I want to blog this year, but like everything else in my work/life it's always evolving. Anyway, I hope you'll also subscribe to my tumblr to continue to follow what I'm up to!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Moonrise Rebel Branding

Moonrise Rebel Logo
Another recent logotype for a phographer. I had serious reservations about my ability to draw a real looking moon, but I think it turned out good!

Friday, January 10, 2014

WDWolf

Updated website branding for WDW
Custom drawing for WDW
A few months ago I did a little update to some previous branding I did for Well Dressed Wolf children's clothing line. We kept the original wolf but changed the the lettering and added this drawing with some dresses based on WDW dress designs.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brother & Sister

brother & sister
My piece for the Grimm Fairytale themed show "Twice-Told Tales" at Flower Pepper Gallery. The show will be up from January 25 - February 28th!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Thanks!

thank you
Can you believe it's 2014 already? Where does the time go?
Anyway, mostly I just wanted to say thanks for all your kindness and support of my work this year! Happy 2014!

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Three Friends of Winter

Three Friends of Winter
Recently I read something about The Three Friends of winter, which are bamboo, plum, and pine. They are plants that aren't effected by cold, and so they represent steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. Those all seem like good things to have in winter, and also at the start of a new year when one is hopefully going to embark on new things!

Mt Hood
tree
I'm currently rusticating at my parent's place in Michigan. I'm actually going to be out here for an extended time, into the middle of January. I wanted to get away from my usual work environment in order to think though some new projects, sketch, and brainstorm.

Anyway, I hope you are all safe and well and warm if you're in a Northern place!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Bits

xmas sketches
Some little doodles from my sketchbook, when I was sketching for the gift tags. That angry bear with the tree makes me laugh.


sweetpotato-pie
I made sweet potato pie for the first time for Thanksgiving and loved it so much I made it again a week later, and will hopefully make it a few more times over the coming weeks. I love pumpkin pie but this pie is so extra creamy and luscious it's my new favorite! (I made it from this recipe btw)

You will notice that my shop is now mostly closed, however you can still order and download gift tags, party invites and I'll still be shipping calendars!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frankie 2014 Calendar

Frankie 2014 Calendar
Frankie magazine was kind enough to use one of my drawings in their calendar again this year! I'm in good company as usual.
You can buy one for yourself From the Frankie Press store(if they're not sold out!)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Night Navigation

Navigation
I think I posted this back in the spring, but it's more of a wintery piece so I thought I'd post it again. Now that I see it again that deer looks positively scary to me!

I'm leaving to go home for the holidays on Thursday so I wanted to remind you that if you want anything from my store you should order it by Wednesday! After that I'm shutting the whole thing down until mid-January. With the exception of calendars, which I'm going to continue to ship all through the holidays.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Favorite Podcasts Pt. 2!

favorite-podcasts
A few months ago I posted about some of my favorite podcasts to listen to while I'm working (or running), but I've added a few more into regular rotation so I thought I'd do a Part 2!

SPILLED MILK: I love this podcast so much. It regularly makes me laugh so hard that I mess up whatever I'm working on! Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg eat food and talk about it, each episode focuses on a particular food, which can be anything from bitter greens or sour candy. I recommend starting with "Honey" or "Hard Tacos", and then go ahead and listen to them all, they're all good.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Great, in depth political discussions. Bill Moyers asks great questions and doesn't tip toe around hard topics. Some shows can leave you feeling kind of bleak though!

MARKETPLACE MONEY: Personal finance, boring right? Actually no! This show manages to be pretty interesting, or at least inspirational.

AMERICAS TEST KITCHEN: Food related podcasts are always fun, this one has good interviews with food culture and food science people. I'm personally not that interested in their recipes most of the time because I've never been concerned with food turning out perfect, so sometimes this show can seem overly ernest, but I like it none the less.

Anyway, if you don't already listen to these maybe you'll find something to interest you! And of course if any of you have also started to listen to some new podcasts I'd love an update!