Archive | April, 2009


Last year I was contacted by an amazing woman finishing up work on a documentary called The Playground.  It is about the heavy and shocking, but neccesary, topic of the trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation.  I lent some of my art to the marketing of this film that is debuting this week at the Tribecca Film Festival.  The film features the artwork of the amazing Yoshitomo Nara, and is the first time he has allowed his work to be animated.  Which brings me to the reason I am heading to New York in a few days.  As a way to continue to bring awareness to this topic, the Nest foundation was created.  In benefit of it, a gala with a silent auction featuring art from Jeff Koons, Joanne Greenbaum, Todd DiCurcio and one of my paintings is being held.  I am beyond excited (and humbled and terrified) to be featured next to these amazing artists.  You can go here to learn more about Playgrond and Nest.



art, everyday, inspiration

busy, busy

First my family was sick, then my computer, yuck.  Now (knock on wood) all are on the mend and just in time.  I am so excited to share that I am off to NYC later this week!  I have a painting at an event that I will tell you more about tomorrow, but needless to say, I can’t wait!  This will be my first time there (if you don’t count transferring airports) so if anyone has any great tips, please share!  MoMA is on my list, and the moma store where I plan on getting this



and then there were…



I haven’t had bangs since the days of the vertical, hairspray laden, waterfall bangs (just dated myself didn’t I). 

 edit: just noticed I now have the same haircut as in the print below, hmmmm…..


daily inspiration

I’ve finally gotten around to updating my side panel to show the evergrowing list of blogs I enjoy stopping by.  Whenever I find a new blog that I love, I get that feeling like when you find the perfect book!  That’s how I felt when I saw small magazine just started a new blog.  The magazine is always a treat, now I get my daily fix, as well.


everyday, inspiration

getting down to it

I recently figured something out about myself.  The more I have on my plate the more inspired I am.  This seems so counterintuitive doesn’t it?  The more I have to do, the more I want to do!  Good though, I suppose.  I am getting ready for a couple shows over the next few months (more on those soon!), working on portraits, and suddenly feel the need to start some new work.   

 Here is a piece I finished several months ago and will be offering as a print soon.


oh, and a big thank you to Kristen and Liz for including my sketch portraits in their mother’s day gift guide!

art, creating, press

flying books

Loving these flying books in a childs room over at Cookie.


and the little gnome table is pretty fantastic, too.  I had seen this guy over at CB2 and thought it might look fun on our front porch.


decor, everyday, inspiration

new over at poppytalk

The new poppytalk handmade market is up with some wonderful items for mother’s day (it’s May 10!).  So I thought I’d pick some of my favorites, my own and others, that would make really lovely gifts.  There’s still time to order a portrait, if you’d like it by mother’s day please contact me soon and mention when you’d like it by.


1. little pendant at my etsy store  2.  custom portrait sketch at my etsy store  3.  custom line portrait available at my website  4.  I love you bowl at palomas nest   5.  custom stationary available at cake + milk paperie

art, etsy, i want, stuff to give

easter bday

I used to love it when my birthday fell on easter.  This year, it’s pretty darn close.  We’re keeping both pretty low key this year.  Is that a sign that I’m getting old?

Anyway, saw these yummy lovelies at bakerella, and think I will take a whirl at them tomorrow.  How cute are they?




How to build a campfire and such

I just added a few new prints to my shop.  True story, my daughter had a friend over a few weeks ago and she saw the campfire piece sitting out:

her:  “what are those girls doing?”

 me: “building a campfire”

her: “it looks like they’re using a chair”

me:  “they are”

her (to my daughter)   “your moms weird”




back to work

I have been radio silent the last few days enjoying the summerlike weather.  It was just too hard to motivate myself to work when it was that glorious out.  Now the clouds are back so I am back at it.  I am working on some portraits and want to finish up several new pieces I started a while back.  I’m really good at starting new paintings and then become a foot drager when it comes to finishing. 

We had a nice visit with family this past weekend, visited the chinese garden downtown and had some tea.  It was a banner weekend for my picky eater, he made, ate and loved sushi and tried and loved tea!



art, everyday

happy weekend!

The portrait sketch print is now available on my website and at my etsy store!  We have family coming to town later today for the weekend and they’re bringing some gorgeous weather with them (think sun!).  Have a wonderful weekend!

art, etsy, everyday

new portraits!

In time for mother’s day or any day.  I wanted to share these sweet, simple (and totally affordable) sketch portraits.  I hand draw the portrait based on a submitted photo and digitally place it on an old book page (I love the color and texture this adds).  They are then printed on gorgeous Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper.  They will be available in two sizes, 8″x10″($35) and 13″x19″($50).  I love, love these, especially in white frames.  I’m thinking a whole wall in our bedroom would look just right with these.  These will be available starting tomorrow on both my website and etsy.  I hope you like them! 


art, creating, decor, etsy, stuff to give, stuff to have

just the ticket

The journey journal from cracked desings seems like the perfect little book to fill with pictures, tickets and notes from a trip.  I have a fun little trip coming up later this month this would be perfect for…


etsy, everyday, i want