Let’s End This Hiatus

It’s been much too long since I posted to the blog. I apologize to you readers, I hope you will find me and come back. I wasn’t completely uncreative in my time away. If you followed my instagram I kept up with regular posting. I just wasn’t able to commit to the more lengthy blog. Also, most of my creativity has gone into non-art projects. However, since the beginning of 2015 that has slowly begun to change. My plan is to get back to posting regularly with new pieces and consistency. I have been floating for many years between projects and my ‘look’. My time off has given me a chance to explore myself and find what it means to be true to me. This is a brief history of what I have been up to since December of 2013.

After the holidays of 2013 I started baking. My daughter got old enough to be distracted but, not for long enough to sit down and draw. With this obstacle, I decided it was the time to learn how to make croissants. If you continued following me on instagram you will have seen all of my batches. I even got a sweet nod from the baker, Joanne Chang, who provided me with this wonderful recipe.

Attempting and then succeeding at making croissants gave me new confidence within myself. Since then, my goal has been to make as many of our meals, snacks, desserts, and treats as possible from scratch. I use a variety of sources, my favorites being Giada’s Healthy Cooking, Isa Does It, My Whole Food Life, Joanne Chang’s Flour Cookbook and Alton Brown’s recipes. These are my go-tos. Each brings its own batch of food to us. Given that we have to eat and my children are all-encompassing the rest of the time, I have allowed myself to take my creative space in cooking.

In the spring of 2014, we moved. We have settled ourselves down in Redwood City, CA, becoming home owner’s again. We have built garden boxes and set up house.

The garden boxes took over mine and my husband’s lives. As we rolled from setting up house the seedlings that I had brought over in containers went into these garden boxes end of May. By mid June we were up to our ears in cucumbers and additionally fruit from generous friend’s fruit trees. The canning bonanza that sucked up our summer began. We have made everything from jam to pickles to lemon curd. We have had enough pasta sauce to last the year from over 150 lbs of tomatoes grown from our Amish Paste tomato plants. It’s the common CA “problem” of an abundance of produce. A problem I am enjoying having and beginning to gain control over.

In the fall of 2014 our oldest started school and our youngest began climbing. I’m not aware of any productivity from this period of time. My life became a series of challenges to have cat-like reflexes catching my daughter as she ran, climbed, fell, and leaped. My back is a constant disaster. I have had multiple instances where contorting myself inappropriately has been necessary to protect her from injury. I was injured in most of these moments with muscle strains and bruising. My eldest provided challenges of the emotional sort with questions and confrontation to express himself and gain understanding of the world. I feel that all of this is par in having children. However, as the primary care giver art has had to stay in the trunk.

Until March, when I was able to run an art show for my son’s school auction. With the help of the auction coordinators and my co-art show coordinator we ran a great show and managed to sell almost all of the art. For myself, I created two original pieces that were successfully auctioned off. I pulled from the garden for my inspiration. 

After the auction I was brought back to cooking and gardening. I offered a service of making a pie a month as an auction item; since, I wasn’t able to complete a third art item. With my successes in croissants I have gained some skill in putting butter and flour together to make delicious. Pies have been the latest in my food time commitments. Thus far I have made, apple, key lime, orange, strawberry-rhubarb, strawberry, cherry, strawberry-peach, pecan, and of course pumpkin pies. I have tried many pie crusts and find that Joanne Chang’s and King Arthur Flour’s are my favorites.

Although, this spring as my daughter obtains more independence and my son has settled down, I am finding a better balance of all my desired activities. We finally had a fence put in which, gives me freedom to garden during the day; since, my daughter can no longer run away. She is entertained by eating strawberries from our patch and I can weed and manage our plants. I am done exploring all the options and keep my cooking to what I need and definitely want in our cupboards. This also means, I do not accept or take on more food than I want to process. My daughter has consistent sleeping patterns which, is giving me structured time to work. It feels like everything is coming together. We have firm routines now and no plans for more disruptive moving. This should mean I will be able to consistently create for a while. Here’s to starting the plan.

Holiday Season 2013

Oh man the holidays are always so busy. No matter how early I get started once December hits I feel like I’m scrambling. People laugh at me or look at me like I’m crazy that I start my shopping in October. However, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able get through the rest of my plans for December, making gifts and holiday sales.

Updates! All my items in my Etsy shop are 25% if you use the offer code HOORAY2013

Now in my Etsy shop is a made to order Personalized Name Print

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This weekend, on Sunday, I am participating in the Peninsula School Craft Fair.
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Come visit, support the school, and get great hand crafter gifts for the Holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Be on the look out for photos of this year’s ornament for my cousins. I will probably post them to my instagram.

Bellano Coffee shop Show

Welcome to Bellano! This is the local coffee shop that my family and I frequent. We love their coffee, all the people who work there, and the friendly atmosphere. They were kind enough to host my art work this month. If you are in the area I highly recommend you stop by and get a yummy coffee.

We plan to host the opening reception next Wednesday at 3pm. Come down for chocolate milk and cookies or coffee for the grown ups.
Bellano Coffee
3985 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA

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Working on Frankenstein

In the background of my life I am drawing and scribbling and making puddles of watercolors and testing foggy washes and drawing messy ink lines on top.

As I can’t realistically work full time as an illustrator for more than minimal projects, I am playing. Discovering new elements to myself since I have changed with the addition of a daughter to my family. In some ways I finally feel my full self. It’s hard coming to a career when you know you also want to be a mother. I knew I wanted to have kids when I was a teen but, that didn’t mean I didn’t also want to follow my career dreams. In my life art and motherhood go hand in hand. I can’t have one without the other. Everyday is a matter of finding the balance between the two.

It can be done. Sometimes the art has to be put on hold but, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about what I want to do the next time I sit down at my desk.

Currently at my desk is this:

Yes his head is cropped out but, I haven’t found the one I like. This is Frankenstein his head is interchangeable. I hope to finish it by next week in time for Halloween! However, giving how much I am testing out, I may only have more work in progress for you.

APE 2013 Recap & Octo-Puss in Boots!

After my second year participating in APE I feel I am settling in to the Art Community of San Francisco. I was lucky enough to have a table right next to my friend Emma SanCartier with OddFauna. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tables and supported us. It was wonderful reconnecting with friends and fans alike. I also appreciate the patience whenever my table helper, Candice Lucado, or I were attending to the one of the two little ones that joined us behind the booth. We were the baby table and the specimen babies on the table made that even more odd.

The time between last year’s APE and this year’s was chock full of family stuff. It was great to pull my art life back together and dive back in. This was my first con having a whole table to myself. I feel I connected with more fans than ever before but, now fueled by that support, I need move into my next stage of growth. Over the weekend my table went through some edits, fan art went away and what was left was the Animals in Alphabet and the Specimens. Hopefully there is a way for these two branches of myself to work together on one table. However, whether or not that can happen is the biggest question I have to answer. With the show behind me I’m going to hunker down at my desk and see what solutions present themselves.

Now for the newest editions to the Octo-Puss in Boots book!

Jose A. Moreno
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Cody Williams
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Nana
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Tiffany Turrill
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Brynn Metheny
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John Mathis
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Jenna Trost
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Thank you for all of these wonderful new additions!

See you all next year at APE 2014.

Alternative Press Expo 2013

APE is in three days, it’s twoodle day, and I’m celebrating inktober with many other artists. I hope you check out all the great art being made behind those links.

To check out my work stop by table 501 to visit me at APE. I will be next to the extraordinary Emma with Odd Fauna at table 500. 

Here is a preview post in pictures:

The collection continues to grow

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inktober #6

Sloth like Specimen

All my materials:

My studio buddy

All the jars

My current favorite specimen

and a Halloween #twoodle Zombie Duck, inspired by Platte Clark’s Bad Unicorn

 

See you Saturday or Sunday!

New Set of Specimens

Well I had a baby 6 weeks ago and in 1 week I’m participating in APE. I couldn’t wait to participate in APE when the year began but, I didn’t quite realize how close it came to my baby’s birth. However, I’m not going to let that stop me from making new work! To celebrate I decided to get some new jars to provide a whole new set of Specimens for the show. Here is the first round of the new creatures:
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I have long thin corked jars:

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and shorter-smaller wide corked jars:

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and micro jars!

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I am so excited for these new sizes. These new jars woke me up creatively and I hope you all like the outcome. I kind of don’t want to let these little guys go but, I’m sure each will find a good home.

I’m table 501 at APE. Please stop by and say hey!