Thursday, September 30, 2010

oh my god, shoes.

I finished my piece for the shoes show! It developed in an interesting fashion, with more watercolor than I originally anticipated. Onward to new projects!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I've got mine

So I bet you've been wondering where I've been the past few weeks. That's okay, I was wondering too. Rochester Indiefest was a blast! Lots of live painting, good art, and great music. I had the honor of meeting the gentlemen from Backwords, and one of the highlights of the weekend was a late night sing-along to old Beatles tunes with them and the gentlemen from Walri. Truly, it was a fantastic evening. In other news... planning of the Rochester Tweed ride is in full force, with less than a month remaining! My good friend Neeti from Tree in the Sky helped me out with some type for my flier.

I've been working on a piece for the Shoe Factory Art Co-Op, here's my sketch that's on its way to being a final piece. As always in my life, it is bike-centric.

I had a lovely getaway to New York this weekend, and got to visit my brother in his new place! Yay Gordon!

The Dufus final show was freaking sweet. I got to see some good old friends on this trip, and meet some new ones, like that chick Regina Spektor. What a great weekend!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

paint. live.

I'm doing some live painting this week, come and check me out!!! It's all a part of Rochester Indie Fest. I'll be outside of Boulder Coffee (on Alexander Street) Thursday and Saturday while the bands play. I will also be selling PRINTS! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! I've been practicing my paintings on glass... from sweet photos taken at the New York State Fair of livestock. During the process they turned out to be food-centric, I ran home to get my copy of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" to pull French words and epic quotes from. I LOVE how they look when they're layered!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


A Happy HAPPY birthday to one of my dearest old friends, Dustin Angell. I grew up with this kid. I watched him play baseball with my little brother, as my mother likes to remind him every time we hang out in Syracuse. Our high school art room antics were simply the best. Water bottle wars, clay sponges being thrown across the room at each other, picking on Bamerick or whomever was nearest to us... those were the days. I wasn't as serious of an artist then, definitely. Dustin's talents always seemed limitless in the art world. We stayed in touch through our undergraduate lives in art school, me attending many different ones, Dustin going to Alfred University. We ended up working together at the Sterling Renaissance Fair one summer, making the hour long commute together every weekend, singing along to Dustin's impressive music collection in the car... in full period garb. The past few years I haven't seen Dustin as much as I'd like to, but he remains an ever-present favorite person. His work will inspire you, as it continues to inspire me. Check it out here.

Happy birthday, Smokey D.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

you've got a strange magic

I celebrated this Labor Day by begrudgingly going with my parents to the New York State Fair. I had the mindset of a cranky teenager... I had seen it all... I was way too cool for the fair. Growing up in Syracuse, we went every year. I went to high school behind the fairgrounds. I was SO OVER IT. I went... and... I actually had fun. GOD FORBID! I got a lot of great photo references for projects there, I never realized there were so many animals there that I don't get to see in everyday life. Goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits... and this cool guy. Look at the edging on his feathers, how they separate into beautiful shapes of their own. How beautiful is he, I can't wait to draw him!

Speaking of drawing, I have officially paid my first months rent and moved into my STUDIO SPACE OF MY VERY OWN (well, that I share). It's been two working nights here so far, and it feels great. Free from the distractions of home, I can make messes with ink and paint and not worry about them when I wake up in the morning. The only thing is... it does get a bit lonely out here. Come visit me!

FIRST linoleum block printed in my new studio!

Finished illy for the tweed ride flier! My friend Neeti is going to lay out the type for me, which helps a ton and lets me focus more on other projects!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

my baby plays a guitar, i pick a banjo now

I finally got it, the illustration chance of a lifetime, to illustrate my dueling banjo pig!!!! For print, nonetheless!!!! Part of Rochester Indie Fest features a bluegrass/americana section (OH YES) and I was lucky enough to be asked to make the flyer :) Below, my BANJO PIG!!!!

Here he is with type! Stop by the South Wedge Market today to get a banjo pig flier of your own!!!!!!