New Work

New Piece Finished – “The Idealist”

“The Idealist” 18×24 Watercolor and Ink

The great thing about teaching art is that as I am demonstrating techniques with my students, I myself have periodic “Aha!
moments where I think of something that I just have to try in one of my own projects at home. I’ve been doing a lot of watercolor classes with all different ages lately, and really wanted to incorporate “wet on wet” watercolor application that allows for a free-flowing merging of colors in which the materials almost have a mind of their own. I tend to work more “exact” for the most part with every little bit planned out before I begin. I still didn’t want to have to lose the attention to tiny details that is something that is really fun for me in art. I’d been doing a lot of pieces lately that were inspired by concepts, and wanted this time to start by being inspired by color, plain and simple. I love drawing birds, and have become quite a pro at quick-sketching them because many of my Express Yourself Artshop students (a program for adult artists with disabilities that I work with) in my painting classes are very attracted to birds as a subject matter, but need some help with the pencil outline to guide their work. I set to work collecting images of colorful birds of all types. They almost look dressed up, don’t they? For this new series, I’m incorporating interesting birds and their natural environment with fashion and costumes inspired by the birds’ colors and forms. I did the detail work in the birds themselves and the branches with prismacolor markers, a new obsession of mine. Where have you been all my life? Yes, they are pricey, but well worth the investment. With art supplies, I have to say it really rings true that you get what you pay for.

The bird that inspired this piece is the Paradise Tanager. I have a bunch more bird/dress pairings saved in a folder on my desktop and am antsy to start with some of those (I’m saving my favorites for last), but I have some commissions to get to first so it may be awhile.

As always, prints are available in ACEO size, 8×10, and 11×14 in my Ebay Shop, and I’ve also uploaded it to Redbubble for T-shirts, stickers, phone cases, and more! Let me know what you think :).


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Exhibitions and Other News

Work Featured Today In “Found On Redbubble” Front Page!

I got a big surprise this morning, one of my conceptual portraits “I’d Have Been Happier As A Bird” was featured on the found by redbubble front page!

It's the grey-scale portrait second row, 3 over!

It’s the grey-scale portrait second row, 3 over!

Redbubble in general is amazing, and I can’t believe I have waited this long to set one up. Not everyone is interested in hanging something on their wall, and this site splashes your designs over all kinds of objects you can use in day to day life like T-shirts and tank tops, mugs, phone or tablet cases, stylish tote bags, decorative pillows … Given my interior design background, having my designs printed onto custom pillows makes me way too excited. The prices are very reasonable as well, not much different than what you’d pay for the same items in a “regular” store, and those with boring stock designs decorating them rather than unique artist-made work! Please check out my shop; I am working on some new designs specifically for RedBubble, and will also be adding some more of my more popular fine art work as well. I may just have to feed my coffee addiction and get a travel mug in the “I’d Have Been Happier As A Bird” design for myself :). I’ve always been attached to that piece, and it makes me so happy that others are appreciating it as well. Thank you, world!

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