In February I…
...Finished Ferdinand! I started him way back in October before Open Studios. If you don't know Ferdinand from your childhood, he is the gentle bull who loved to smell the flowers in Munro Leaf's classic children's book. I depicted him surrounded by mock orange blossoms and common blue butterflies. Prints and cards are available (soon to be online) and the original needs to be flattened and framed before I MAYBE part with it.
I also experimented with new art toys. Specifically Noodler's Ink & fountain pen, Holbein Irodori Antique watercolors & Twinrocker handmade watercolor paper. The fox sketch in the gallery below is an example of all three. The circular blackbird painting on the left is also Twinrocker paper. I love it. The paper (I toned it with tea of course) is very heavyweight (does not curl) and just drinks up ink/watercolor in a very smooth & even way. I'm sold for life! Also, the Irodori watercolors are fantastic-- the colors are unique and the pigment is super rich and almost opaque like gouache.
Additionally, I had my first show of the year at Treasure Island Flea and guess what? It was my most successful time out there yet! Most importantly, I had a great time. ALSO (depicted below) I got my San Francisco street artist license! This means I can sell in designated spots in plazas and on the sidewalk. Look out tourists, I'm coming for you!
Below are a couple of my new designs (available as prints & cards -- and hey, maybe even originals) and a few pics from last year:
It still seems early to talk about Holiday stuff. Because premature holiday "cheer" is a certain form of torture one faces in places like malls and stuff.
But I had to think about it a little today. Maybe that's why the look on Towser's face here is so grumpy. But let's face it, he often looks grumpy. And I'm actually excited about the upcoming holiday shows! Hence the latest Towser sketches for greeting card purposes (see one more below).
The latest show I'm happy to announce is the Patchwork Show that will take place in Jack London Square in Oakland. From their site: "Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!" See the postcard below to learn more!
I really hope to see you all there in just over a month! Towser does too.
Oh, and I almost forgot! I was just accepted into the SF Etsy group Indie Holiday Emporium. This show sounds very cool; it'll be located at Pier 35 & I believe is ever sponsored by Etsy. There should be 200 or so vendors from what I heard. It'll take place the weekend following Thanksgiving (November 29-30), so if you are in the area, stop by and do your Holiday shopping from some locals! xo
Ta-da! This is very late in coming (at least for this site… for real time updates follow me here). You are all invited to join me and other fabulous artists for San Francisco Open Studios! I will be sharing spaces to show & sell my originals (and prints as well!) from 11-6 pm on the dates listed above. I would love to see all of your faces.
ALSO, winter holiday shows are around the corner. Stay tuned for the full line-up but I can tell you that:
1) I will be selling at the Patchwork Show on Sunday, November 16 in Jack London Square in Oakland (55 Harrison Street). "Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music." It's free to attend and sounds awesome!
2) On Thanksgiving weekend (November 29 & 30) I shall be lucky enough to join the SF Etsy Team & up to 200 other vendors at the Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35. More info to follow on this one!
3) the amazing Joshua Coffy and I will be sharing a booth at the San Francisco Bazaar Holiday Show December 13 & 14 at the Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion. This is also a free event and a great place to do all of your last minute gift shopping. (But if you are like me, you aren't and won't be thinking holiday shopping until right around that time anyways! I'll remind ya before then).
Stay tuned for more show dates AND a preview of Towser themed holiday cards!
Here is a little mini-gallery of what I was up to this summer:
The first week of June was a crash/ refresher course in matting and framing! The one on the left I was especially proud of… especially since precision isn't exactly my forte.
Anyways, I was contacted by Christina, a lovely person I met at Treasure Island Flea, to hang work in Dada, a bar at Second and Mission (close to the financial district).
In less than a week, nine paintings were matted, framed and hung! (Thanks to countless hours of window matt cutting in photo school & a brief internship at a photo gallery-- I never thought those would pay off!)
Anyways, if you can make it, there will be a small reception on Wednesday, June 18th from 7-9 pm. More info to follow!
Hi friends! May has been a hectic month. I have been pretty much absent from the interwebs and sadly I have not really been painting that much either. I started another dopey sketch of Towser and finished my sister's lovely wedding invitation (should and will post soon) and that's about it.
Today and yesterday one of my best friends of all time Joshua Coffy and I had a booth at the Treasure Island Flea and we both did pretty well.
My next event will be Second Act Saturday in the Haight on June 7th. Details or something to follow (I'm all worn out). Here's some photos:
Sooo… these guys are done. Just one more to go, and I can lay off the "work" work. I don't have a lot to say except that I want cake. And ice cream. And cake with ice cream like when you are having it on a decorated paper plate at a birthday party and the ice cream melts and kinda soaks into the cake. I want that.
This guys will soon be prints and greeting cards in my Etsy shop. With the exception of the vulture, they are still available as originals as well!
One more thing: I am going to have a booth at the Treasure Island Flea on March 29th & 30th! Come by and see me if you can!
Some of my favorite fellow artists are very prolific (Joshua Coffy) and are good about doing spurts of daily painting for a month or so, or in Josh's case, even a year. I'd like to give it a shot… and while my schedule is such that it doesn't allow for free time on every day, I like the idea for several reasons:
Hopefully I can stay on top of this. I probably won't blog each one, but I will post them on my Tumblr!
January 2014 marked the one-year anniversary of my return to picture-making. This turkey was my first completed painting... a little attempt to see if I could still do it.
From there, I did more birds, and then some bugs. Somewhere around March or April I posted my work on Facebook and the resulting encouragement inspired me to think that *maybe* this could lead somewhere.
Those of you who know me well know that this has turned into an all-consuming side venture that I not-at-all out of desperation refer to as my 'escape plan.'
I have been so busy creating and learning about the business and marketing side of things that I've had little time to reflect on the 'journey' so far. I do know that I really love it-- all the stress, anxiety and moments of self-doubt and insecurity I've experienced pale in comparison to the sheer fun & excitement of the creative process.
I participated in a few small craft shows in December, which were great learning experiences. While I had mixed success due to location and turnout, I met some truly amazing fellow vendors and had a great time just chatting and connecting with customers and people passing through. Here are some pictures:
In January, I got started on a number of new projects-- some sketches and studies for some personal work, and then some more spiders to round out my spider magnet set and some light-hearted silly stuff for a greeting card series, based on what was popular at the shows. Here are some works in progress:
More to come! Thanks for reading....
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