Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"LPBD: mary shelley" cover reveal

LPBD Mary Shelley cover
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 comes out on october 1st and is available for pre-order now. i can't wait to share the illustrations inside!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

hand building with clay

ceramics
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

tora-chan

Tora-chan
a portrait of the resident housecat (boatcat? houseboatcat?) tora from my residency in sausalito. this painting will remain on the houseboat as a part of varda residency's private collection.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

the disappearing apartment

Disappearing Apartment 1
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:

Disappearing Apartment 2 Disappearing Apartment 3

Saturday, February 23, 2019

the happiness passport: WÚWÉI

The Happiness Passport: Wuwei
WÚWÉI (traditional chinese, from taoism): “effortlessness, letting nature take its course." from the happiness passport

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

shibori

shibori 5
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.
shibori 4 shibori 3 shibori 2 shibori 1

Saturday, January 5, 2019

varda artists' residency

VAR residency
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

happy holidays

xmas
wishing you and yours a cozy evening. this illustration is from a birthday calendar that i am working on which will come out with flow magazine's book for paper lovers 2019!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

the happiness passport: KEFI

The Happiness Passport: Kefi
KEFI (greek): high spirits; merriment; mojo; love of life." from the happiness passport, out now!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

the happiness passport: MELMASTIA

The Happiness Passport: Melmastia
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

"winter" print, fundraiser for LA's homeless shelters

Winter print
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

holiday sale

winter
a holiday sale in my etsy shop, now through december 14th! no code needed. sale includes everything except greeting cards and prints intended to raise funds for charities and organizations. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

the happiness passport - out today!

The Happiness Passport 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

starting small

hakone teapot
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

japan

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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

bijin-ga + travel news

Bijin-ga 2
Bijin-ga 4 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

enormous tiny art show no. 24

Bijin-ga 1
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. 
Bijin-ga Framedall six are about 5.125 x 5.125" round, with circular mats and framed to 9.75 x 9.75" and available for sale online and at the gallery (show opens friday, september 7th 5-8pm)

Friday, July 20, 2018

wanda

wanda
new illustration in MUBI's onine film publication the notebook, for the re-release of barbara loden's 1970 film "wanda." art direction by daniel kasman.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

kids' bedding for anthropologie

Unicorn Meadow for Anthropologie Unicorn Meadow for Anthropologie
kids' bedding (sleeping bag, quilt, pillow sham and crib sheet) in the "unicorn meadow" pattern is now available at anthropologie!

images courtesy of anthropologie.

Friday, June 22, 2018

unicorn meadow for anthropologie

Unicorn Meadow for Anthropologie
my new, "unicorn meadow" back-to-school collection with anthropologie is out now! it includes a backpack, lunchbox and pencil pouch:
Unicorn Meadow for Anthropologie Unicorn Meadow for AnthropologieUnicorn Meadow for Anthropologie
images courtesy of anthropologie.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

satsuma

satsuma
now that the happiness passport is wrapped up and i have some time to paint for myself, i'm practicing working a little bit larger than i'm used to (this painting is 7x10 inches). acryla gouache and graphite on paper.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

the happiness passport

HP cover
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

the desert

She Hangs Brightly
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.She Hangs Brightly, framed

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

light filters in

LFI_illos
out today! light filters in, a collection poetry by caroline kaufman, aka @poeticpoison.  i don't have a copy yet, but above i have collected a few of my favorite spot illustrations that appear alongside some of the poems in the book.

LFI_cover_2

Sunday, May 20, 2018

a new medium

ceramics class
boris and i took a beginners' pottery class at the lovely, recently opened studio still life ceramics last month, and although frustration ran high as bowl after bowl fell apart at the wheel, we were miraculously able to to bring home a handful of wonky friends.

although my patience is abundant when it comes to painting in miniature, it runs out surprisingly quickly when i try to learn a challenging new medium. no matter how much i tell myself that i'm just here to have fun and try something new, i have a very hard time overcoming the dejection of failing and failing again. still, rather than turn me off of pottery forever, the experience sparked a small flame of desire to keep trying, at least until i can make thinner walls or a decent foot on a bowl (or anything other than a bowl, for that matter). i think i will sign up for a hand-building class next to see if that suits me better than the wheel.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

joshua tree national park

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joshua tree national park is a mere two hours east of los angeles, as it turns out. so we rented a car and drove out to the majestic mojave desert, stopping for two nights in the town of joshua tree and doing a couple of easy daytime hikes. on the way home i was already dreaming about returning, to bring a tent and camp under the stars. the desert is vast, very very quiet and there is a real sense of the "wild american west," a mood i was surprised appealed to me so much, but which sparked my wanderlust toward other great southwestern marvels also within our reach while we call california home: monument valley in utah, saguaro national park in arizona and the giant sequoia forests just a few hours north of LA...

Monday, April 30, 2018

il peso dell'inchiostro

the weight of ink, italian edition
cover design for the italian edition of the weight of ink by rachel kadish - this was a super quick book cover commission for publisher neri pozza editore.

constellation therapy

family tree
full page and spot illustration for an article about family constellation mapping - a type of therapy i had never heard of before! - in dutch magazine happinez.
                     family tree 2

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