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!

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Cody Williams
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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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Sloth like Specimen

All my materials:

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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!

Good Intentions Fall Through

Well as hopeful as I was to get my blog set up with scheduled posts it just didn’t happen. My pregnant brain did not bring it together for me to make new art that I wanted to post for you. Also the past week has been a lot of scrambling to be prepared for a new baby. But!, I have the finished piece of Hippo and Monkey Dancing. It was fun to use sparkle paper and sequin paper for their dresses. They didn’t leave much room for adding color to them but, I worked it in.

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And now I must take a leave to bring a new member of the family home. I will do my best to get back on the blog regularly. However, remember I did not get a chance to set up posts in advance so it may be some time.

I will miss you all stopping by and miss checking out what you are working on! Go be creative!