Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
my icon for women who draw, the rapidly growing new open directory created by julia rothman and wendy macnaughton "in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators." i'm so amazed by the diversity of illustration styles featured in the directory - many that i'm familiar with, and so many more than i'm excited to discover.
Friday, February 10, 2017
i have a little time this week to take a breath between projects, so i've been painting some of my favorite tea packaging from the USSR. it started with just one, but i didn't realize how much i had missed painting just for myself and before i knew it i had painted three more. there's a lesson in there, that no matter how busy my days get, i need to take the time to paint even some dinky little thing for my own pleasure, just as a reminder of the meditative nature of painting tiny details - something that's easy to forget when the clock is ticking and the deadlines are looming.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
i've been an active supporter of planned parenthood for a couple of years, but after seeing images of people, many of them around my age and younger, gleefully wielding "shut down planned parenthood" signs at the march for life a couple of weeks ago, i want to be able to give more than my regular monthly contribution. no matter which side of the argument you're on, i don't think there's anything caring or good about loudly demanding the end of an organization that provides information, healthcare and support to men and women who often have nowhere else to turn.
all proceeds from my print "bath nude" will now be passed on to this important organization. thank you so much to those of you who already contributed and left messages of support with your order. for someone who uses social media to share very neutral content, it feels a little scary to speak up on controversial topics, but i've been very inspired by the voices that have come out from behind all of the beautiful artwork in the past weeks. "i am more than my pretty pictures," says lisa congdon in a personal essay on her blog, and i totally second that.
jacket illustrations for the lovely folk rock opera "beanstalk jack" by brooklyn-based children's theater company paper canoe co. "a poor boy risks it all on magic beans. a bean stalk takes him to a castle in the sky owned by the giant who has been looting the land. amidst the many riches jack finds, he meets the giant's most coveted prize--his daughter... jack steals her heart and they run away together... and the rest is music." art direction and typography by erin bazos.
Monday, January 30, 2017
to all of the men and women around the world who have been going out and making your voices heard in the last weeks - thank you, your passion is contagious and inspiring.
as someone who belongs to the largest group of refugees to come to the united states in the last three decades - the hundreds of thousands of russian jews who sought to start a new life after the fall of the soviet union - i wish for those fleeing much more horrific circumstances to be given the chance to start anew, just like my family and i were back in 1996.
because just crying angry tears helps neither myself nor anyone else, i'd like to take my first steps to helping the cause. i added two new prints to my shop - "the boot" and "the fan"; both are on 5x7" off white, hot press paper with a weight of 330g/m2. They are $15 each and all proceeds from their sale will go to the international refugee assistance project (IRAP). thank you!
Friday, November 11, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
every october, one of my favorite places in the whole world, the edward gorey house museum on cape cod, hosts a halloween envelope art contest. it used to be open only to children, but last year they added an 18+ category and i made sure to be ready this time. i'll be posting my entry later this week and keeping my fingers crossed!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
these two paintings are still available for sale at nahcotta gallery, as well as a few left over from previous shows, all ranging from $200 - $500 and including frames.
in other news, our new red cap cards summer wrap collection (including patterned notebooks stamped with gold and copper foil!!) launched at top drawer london yesterday, so if you're around, stop by to get your stationery fix at the studio curiosity booth. i haven't seen the stuff in person yet, but the photos that have been circulating are positively mouthwatering.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
i created parts of this pattern when i was practicing for my red cap cards summer wrap project collection, combining the tiles in different ways, but it never looked right so i gave up on it. i'm such a novice at pattern-making (i definitely overthink it) but the red cap project compelled me to study successful patterns more closely and reflect on what makes them so pleasing to the eye. it's a lesson in proportion and even distribution of a limited color palette that i've yet to master, but after the project i decided to ditch the tiles and put the parts together in a simpler way, which already feels a bit less "off."
Sunday, August 28, 2016
i started going to an aquacise class two mornings a week. the sense of accomplishment i have before noon gives me the momentum i need to get a lot of work done later in the day and i find that it really puts me in a good mood, too. i like it so much that i had to express my feelings through a painting.
Monday, August 22, 2016
i'm so excited! red cap cards' new summer wrap collection - featuring the work of seven red cap artists - debuted at NY NOW this weekend. the collection includes three gift wraps, two notebooks and three new greeting cards from each artist. this was such a great way to finally try my hand at patterns and i'm very proud of the way these products turned out:
flip through the beautiful new catalog and then shop the collection here.
all images courtesy red cap cards
Friday, August 19, 2016
i lost track of which issue of flow magazine this appeared in, but it's just an illustrated little tour of what a typical day looked like when i lived in new haven. it hasn't changed much since the move, except now i also go to zumba and water aerobics a few times a week. (b. pointed out that it looks like i man-style pee in the bushes on my evening walk, but i assure you that was just meant to look like my hands are in the pockets of my cardigan.)
Thursday, August 18, 2016
here they all are, ready to go! the enormous tiny art show no. 20 opens on friday, september 2nd (reception 5-8 pm) at nahcotta gallery in portsmouth, NH and will run through october 2nd, 2016. all six paintings will be available for sale at the gallery as well as online on the show's website. they are about 3.25 x 4.25 inches (6.5 x 7.5 inches framed) and $250 each.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
"moroccan pouf" and "ivy" for enormous tiny art show no. 20. all six paintings are finished, so i'll be packing them up and sending them off to nahcotta gallery this week. taking a trip together to portsmouth, NH for the show's opening was a twice yearly tradition between becca stadtlander and me, but since her move back to kentucky and my recent move to buffalo, we can sadly no longer attend. but we'll be there in spirit, with six new tiny paintings each!
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
after so many requests over the years to start making larger prints, i have finally listened and now most of the prints in my shop are now available in 11 x 14 inches! i'm still updating listings with new information and product photos (these vignettes are so fun to compose), but i'm happy to answer any questions regarding sizing in the meantime.
Friday, August 5, 2016
a small painting (about 3.25 x 4.25") for the next enormous tiny art show in portsmouth, new hampshire. i always pick a theme and end up getting tired of it after the 3rd or 4th painting, but plod on, feeling like i have to stick to my self-imposed limitations. this time i'm going to paint whatever i feel like, restricted only by size and a need to harmonize with the frames that i already picked out.
Friday, July 29, 2016
this is the august page of a mini calendar which came with the dutch edition (1-2016) of flow magazine. i painted this in winter, when picnics on the grass were just a distant dream. now the dog days of summer are here, and i'm really trying to do right by my winter self, with cheese and wine and shakespeare in the park. i could really use a basket like that, too.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
earlier this year i illustrated a beautiful 17th century kurdish love story called "mem û zîn" for french children's magazine BAÏKA. i love the places my work takes me. i used any reference i could find on traditional dress and pulled the color scheme from a 19th century kurdish rug. i'm happy to finally share!
Friday, July 22, 2016
i recently illustrated these four postcards for etsy, inc. for their new direct mail campaign, which intends to connect museum gift shop curators with independent designers through etsy wholesale. i've been selling on etsy for years and it's so cool to have gotten the opportunity to collaborate with the company directly!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
it's been almost four years since my absolutely random move to new haven, connecticut. uncertain about my decision at the time, i now thank my lucky stars for giving me the courage to say yes to the unknown. i found real magic in the much-scorned little town, and a really unexpected circle of friends, consisting entirely of graduate students from the yale school of architecture. even more unexpectedly, i found the kind of love that only comes along once in a lifetime, if ever. and together we are moving on to yet another secondary city (i have a real soft spot for them now): buffalo, new york. i'm still setting up my studio and getting adjusted to our new life, but i'm determined to find all of the magic i just know it has to offer.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
these two illustrations are for the august 2016 issue of schweizer familie ("swiss family") magazine, for an article about childrens' imaginary friends. since the article is in german, the art director just briefed me with image descriptions: the first one is pretty straightforward, but the one with the little mice is a mysterious peek into someone's very intricate imaginary world!