Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In the spring, tender grasses won't burn easily.

Spring is truly here in Portland! This month marks my six-month mark here... and it sounds cheesy and trite to say, but things just keep getting better. Perhaps it's the excitement of spring. Perhaps it's the fact that everything is in bloom. Either way, here's how my finished spring mailer came out. It's hot off of the presses!

For years, I've been a cycling advocate. It's a big part of why I moved to Portland... getting rid of my car and wanting to bike year round. In the fall of 2010, with a group of friends, I founded and started organizing the Rochester Tweed Ride (and Seersucker Social). It became a huge part of my life, and I went on for three years heading up the organization committee, growing this event with a great group of people helping me out. When I left Rochester, I gave up my baby. This past weekend, I attended my first Portland Tweed Ride.

Exceedingly well-run, I had a ball getting to know a new group of vintage fashion cycling enthusiasts. It was a mix of new and fun experiences with something very familiar to me.

This month my art is up at Zuzu Salon on Alberta this month! I'm so excited to have my work *officially shown on Alberta, and so far it has been awesome.

Since those photos were taken, the elephant painting was sold and went home with the buyer. In its stead, a painting of Mt. St. Helens was created.

The Mt. St. Helens painting was inspired by this piece. I've been inspired by vintage travel posters for a very long time. An old friend of the family recently commissioned a vintage travel poster of her hometown to give as a gift to her family. I was incredibly touched, and had a lot of fun creating this for her. Thanks, Margo!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First it wanes, and then it waxes.

Happy Spring everyone! Spring came early here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been amazing and beautiful to witness this change. I still think a lot about my friends and family back East, and this month I drew the house that I grew up in:

In late February I was able to see Ani DiFranco live for the first time in about ten years. It was also my first time seeing her since I began illustrating for Righteous Babe Records. The show was amazing, she still delivers a stellar performance. It was such an honor to walk in and see my work on the merch table, and seeing people leave wearing shirts that I drew the design for. It was a really proud moment for me.

I had a commissioned portrait this past month of a fellow who passed away at a very young age. This was more emotional for me than I had expected it to be, and I really hope that I did him justice.

I celebrated my first "Pi Day" (3-14... get it?) in Portland by throwing a pie party at my house. It was a lot of fun, and there were more than 7 kinds of pie.

I am super excited about my first book cover! I had a lot of fun working with Bruce Greif on the cover for his coming-of-age book about surfers in the 1970's. For some reason, the colors came together perfectly on this one. Below, the original drawing:

The printed block:

...the final!

Next in line, I'm finishing up a self-promotional mailer this weekend, celebrating the beginning of spring.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Next to the trash, under the sink.

It has been over a month since my last post, so, apologies! I left my last blog post reflecting on the change of moving to a non-snowy climate. This "winter" has been temperate, and I've really enjoyed being able to be outside. It has also been unseasonably dry, so I suppose I got lucky on that end too. Last weekend I got snowed in! I cursed myself for leaving my XC Skis back East, and learned all about what happens when it snows in cities that don't have fleets of plows and road salt. In other words, 4" shuts down a city.

I do love skiing, and I'm trying to get out downhill skiing in March or April this year in Bend, OR. This was a commissioned piece for a client that I wrapped up right after the holidays.

I saw Inside Llewyn Davis right after the holidays. I really liked the cat in the movie.

I went on some great hikes in the past few months. I can't believe it has already been four months that I've lived in Portland. I'm still in love with Mt. Hood.

I even painted Mt. Hood! This painting sold in one of my January art shows.

I've been sketching some architectural studies to challenge myself...

I started a new job at a fabulous, locally owned art supply store! It fits so perfectly into my life, I'm super lucky. This is one of the fun things I do at work.

I'm not a big Super Bowl gal... I can't really sit still and watch football. I made a silly drawing about it anyways.

Instead of watching the Super Bowl, I took a bookbinding class. The art store that I work for has at least 6 classes weekly, and one of my perks is that I get to take classes for free! I'm so excited to learn new skills expand my creative world.

I had my first art opening! It was a lot of fun.

I'm working on some really cool freelance work this month. Here are some singing sparrows that didn't quite make the cut.

I went to my first dog show! It was crazy fun. My favorites were probably the Newfoundlands.

We lost Pete Seeger, the first concert I remember my parents going to when I was a kid. What a wonderful life he had, and a great legacy to have left behind.

I'll close with this recent drawing of Charles Lindbergh.. kind of a sketchbook color study for one of my upcoming freelance projects.

Friday, December 27, 2013

She's a never-ending story.

2013 has passed us by, and here we are looking at a new change, a new beginning. It has been a busy month for me! Moving to Portland changed my winters, as I've seen maybe an inch of snow since I've gotten here. To cope with the change, I'm drawing snow quite a bit! I drew this up for the winter solstice, and just printed some for my etsy. I'm not very well-versed (get it?) on poetry, but I really love this one.

This is a shot of just the first layer, which I was really pleased with.

It was such a pleasure to work with Take Berlin on this tour poster.

I had some fun with this "tea rex". I gave one to my mom and she didn't get it, and asked why a lizard was pouring tea. You can't win them all!

I love cooking, and Julia Child, so I made some limited edition printed aprons. I'd love to do more of these in the future.

I did my first show poster for a Portland show that my friend organized! It was really fun to work on, and the show was for a great cause.

I have had this elephant image shifting around in my mind for awhile now, so I finally made a final project with it, that relates to my yoga practice.

I made a print of it too! Prints for everything :)

I finished up this Neverland illustration for a tattoo design that my friend is getting. I really can't wait to see it inked on flesh.

It was a real pleasure to finally work with the guys from 28 North on this tee shirt design! It makes me want to draw more space themed illustrations.

These dog paintings were a commission for a Christmas present. I love drawing animals, and I know both of these dogs, so that was an added bonus.

Finally, a fun little painting on wood. I'm getting ready to hang two shows in January, and this will go in one of them!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Portlandia style

Hello! I moved to Portland, Oregon from Rochester, New York. WOW! I drove across the country with an old friend, got stuck on the way, and had a great American adventure. The past month and a half here have been a happy blur of yoga, cycling, art, running, beer, and making new friends. Change is the ultimate tonic. I've neglected this blog in favor of microblogging; my instagram and facebook illustrator page. But, here's a short recap for you;
When I landed, I had a sublet for a month and a half. There was a time of not feeling totally grounded. At the start of this month, I moved into the most wonderful house. I have three awesome roommates, two cats in residence, and TWO CHICKENS! I eat fresh eggs every day (I freaking love eggs), and visit them in the backyard quite a bit. Our seven month old kitty likes to chase them, it's really funny. So, my first project in my permanent house was a chicken print! It's also available on my etsy.

I'm currently working on this really fun "Neverland" themed illustration. I re-watched the old Mary Martin version of Peter Pan as research for this illustration. it was a lot of fun!

This past weekend I worked with The Art of Shaving's Seattle store, doing live window painting. This was a sketch that I did to prepare myself for the project.

I've been doing a series of drawings on the days of famous musicians' birthdays, just for fun. Neil Young's birthday was November 12.

My first project when I landed in Portland was AMAZING. When I first started doing show posters, I had no idea what to do with type. A friend showed me the old Fillmore posters, and my life, and art, was changed forever. It was such an honor to work with them! Even better, I got to draw my cat, Madeye. When I moved across the country, I surrendered her to my parents. It was hard to say goodbye, and this tribute helped the transition.

I wanted to make a holiday card this year, because moving really made me want to stay in touch with friends all over the country on a more intimate level. I'll be printing these bad boys up soon, and sending them out.

Here are some of the window paintings that I got to do at The Art of Shaving this past weekend in Seattle. This was also my first time visiting Seattle in 12 years! It's really great to be so close, and I got to see old friends as well, which is an added bonus.

Here's Joni Mitchell! Her birthday was November 7.

This is another warm up drawing that I did for The Art of Shaving. They started in NYC, so I got to draw the Brooklyn Bridge.

I recently visited the Portland Art Museum and saw their Samurai exhibit! WOW! My favorite part of it was the masks for the horses.

Finally, a portrait of Jonny Greenwood, mainly known for his work in Radiohead, and also a composer. I love his soundtrack work that he has done. His birthday was November 5.