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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
i tend to put off personal work all of the time because "i don't have a good idea for a painting." after another inspiring visit to joshua tree national park last weekend, i was suddenly struck by a so-obvious-it-sounds-dumb realization: personal work is painting anything that i like, even if it's just a cool cactus i saw in the desert. it doesn't need to have a background, or a story or any meaning at all other than being a response to seeing something beautiful. after having this ingenious new idea i made two small paintings in one day, and i resolve to make it more of a habit between client projects.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
i spent most of my artist residency working on the interior illustrations for this book, little people, big dreams: mary shelley by maria isabel sanchez vegara. i have admired this series of books for years and finally got my chance to work on one, and about such an interesting person! the book will be published first in spanish and catalan by alba editorial, and comes out in english on october 1st (available for pre-order now). i can't wait to share the illustrations inside!
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
after trying the potter's wheel at still life ceramics for the first time last spring, i decided to give hand building a go and, as i had suspected, it turned out to be much more my speed. i felt more in control over the clay in my hands, which resulted in a handful of objects that were shaped more or less like i intended, whereas on the wheel i seemed incapable of making anything other than one type of chunky bowl. i also found that hand building feels very therapeutic for the mind as well as the hands, so i think i will be taking another class when i get a chance. i can't have enough tiny vessels in my life! (the kurinuki carving method (the two sake cups seen here) was probably my favorite, so satisfying.)
p.s. boris and i made a little stop motion featuring them!
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
a new illustration for tablet magazine. in "the disappearing apartment," and excerpt from boris fishman's new memoir savage feast, a family of soviet jews prepare to leave for america. this was an interesting job to research, especially since i could tap into my own memories of what a soviet-era apartment feels like. a closer view:
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
i finally tried indigo dyeing this weekend. i checked out a few books on shibori from the library, pinned a ton of inspiration and techniques, bought this indigo tie dye kit online as well as a few cotton dinner napkins with different textures. it was easy and fun and i can't wait to do it again, except next time i will use a pair of long rubber gloves instead of the regular latex ones that come with the kit; one of them leaked and now my left hand is freakishly blue and shows no intention of going back to normal for a while.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Saturday, January 5, 2019
happy new year! it is a great pleasure to share that i have been accepted to participate in a very unique and special artist residency through the entire month of january. i am living and working on an old and storied houseboat in sausalito, california with a cat named tora sleeping in my lap. it's so quiet here; just the typical, peaceful sounds of a marina: metal clinking against metal as the tide rises and falls, crying seagulls, the occasional passing conversation carrying clearly across the water. i can feel that i will be able to get a lot of painting done once i settle into the rhythms of my new home...
Monday, December 24, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
this character is a personal favorite from the happiness passport; the word is MELMASTIA (pashto): "hospitality and profound respect to all visitors regardless of race, religion or economic status, without hope of anything in return." when i was doing my visual research about the pashtun people of afghanistan and pakistan, i noticed a flair for beautiful, muted color combinations and artfully casual drapery in their style of dress.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
i just added this print to my shop, and will use 100% of the proceeds from its sale to purchase much-needed items (personal hygiene products, baby items, etc.) for two los angeles organizations via their respective amazon wishlists:
downtown women's center is ending women's homelessness in greater los angeles through housing, wellness, and advocacy." /// LA family housing (LAFH) "helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. since 1983, LAFH has become one of the largest comprehensive real estate developers and homeless service providers in los angeles and a regional leader providing solutions to end homelessness."
Friday, December 7, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
the happiness passport by megan c. hayes is out today! i'm really happy with the design of the book, especially its not-too-big, not-too-small size. it's fully illustrated and also very carefully researched, so i think anyone with a love for languages will find something inspiring inside.
Friday, September 14, 2018
it's a challenge to re-adjust after two weeks away; i tried to jump right into painting my impressions of japan, hated what i was doing and became immediately discouraged. so now i'm trying to take it easy, start small as i process what i saw and felt. here, a painting of a tiny ceramic teapot by natsuko morino that we brought home from hakone.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
a few moments from our trip. it's been a long-harbored dream of mine to go to japan; i don't know how much longer we'll be living on the west coast, so it seemed like a good idea to explore that part of the world now, while it's relatively easy to get there. it was really something. tokyo can be both an overwhelming assault on the senses and a place of gentle quiet, coziness and magic. walking through peaceful residential neighborhoods, past worn but lovingly cared for homes, i knew that my younger self would long to live there. but then i thought of tove jansson's words: "you can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much," and realized that at 30, i am happy to take in all this beauty and learn what it has to teach me but not idealize it too much. there are wonderful things here, and not-so-wonderful things, just like everywhere else. instead of being disappointing it was a freeing, grown-up feeling and i felt lighter for it. i hope to return someday soon.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
two more for the enormous tiny art show, now available for pre-sale online along with other pieces still left over from the previous show. in other news, my shop is closed until september 4th because i'm across the pacific ocean! boris and i are in beijing for a few days, and then we’ll be headed to japan for an entire week, for which i am especially excited.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
my latest series of tiny paintings for the enormous tiny show no. 24 (september 7-30th at nahcotta gallery in portsmouth, NH) was inspired by my recent interest in japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, particularly those of the bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) variety.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
cover reveal! i've been working on this book since the start of the year - 50 illustrations! which is, by far, more than i've ever completed for a single project; i didn't go outside much, but i did listen to a ton of audiobooks. and since each illustration felt like a fresh start featuring different cultures and characters, i was able to enjoy working on them without getting burned out. it comes out november 1st from white lion publishing, an imprint of quarto (UK), and i hope to be able to share some of the interior illustrations until then.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
re-imagined cover art for mazzy star's 1990 album "she hangs brightly" for the new exhibition audio/visual at nahcotta gallery, which opens friday, june 1st. when i was more of a night owl i would listen to mazzy star as i painted away into the wee hours, and a recent visit to the california desert, which left a strong impression on me, reminded me of the album's haunting sounds. the painting is about 5 x 5" (framed to 9.5 x 9.5") and is available for purchase online and in person (update: SOLD!) at nahcotta gallery, 110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801.