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


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

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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:
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images courtesy of anthropologie.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


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

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.


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

Monday, April 2, 2018


"The path"
this new original painting "the path" is part of an exhibition called arboretum: botany, genetics, enchanted forests and designed garden spaces at light grey art lab in minneapolis, MN (on view through april 20th). Acryla gouache and graphite on paper, 5x7 inches, framed to 9x11x2 inches:
"The Path," framed

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

in the moment no. 9

in the moment cover
my second cover for in the moment magazine, out now in the UK! the new issue (no. 9 - march 2018) should be available in the US in 4-6 weeks (i believe whole foods is a stockist.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

blanket forts

blanket fort
this one appears in the current issue of american airlines' in-flight magazine american way. "it's fun to go under the covers" by shellie frai is a short article about wyndham hotel's new family rooms, which will come with blueprints (designed by architect ben pell) for building a castle, cave or schoolhouse using the hotel's bed coverings and furniture. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

julia child

julia child
new work for the kitchn! "julia child's simple trick for perfect poached eggs every time" by kelli foster. thanks again to AD samantha bolton, who recommended i watch a segment of the french chef called "elegance with eggs" as my research for this illustration. i did and loved every minute of it - what a unique lady she was. i spent a little too much time tinkering with her face to get the likeness right, but i think she turned out pretty well, with a hint of susan boyle and a little jack lemmon in some like it hot in there, too.

ask the vet

pets at home 1
pets at home 2
these illustrations appear in the winter 2017-18 issue of my VIP magazine from UK pet store pets at home in a feature called "ask the vet." the magazine should be available now at any pets at home store, and is free for VIP members.
                                       pets at home 3

Thursday, November 23, 2017


a new piece for the kitchn: "why do we drink eggnog at christmas?" - chris malloy's reluctant sojourn into the world of 'nog.  i submitted two sketches for this job and would have been happy to take either of them to final thanks to the fun palette and festive mood:
Eggnog -  sketch 2 Eggnog - sketch 1

Monday, November 20, 2017


a new one for ESPN's blog the undefeated, for a piece by jeff rivers entitled "thanksgiving is a day to celebrate, no matter our problems" (follow this link for a much larger version of the illustration.) 
Syrian refugee family's first Thanksgiving
and this one it for the kitchn, about a syrian refugee family's first american thanksgiving.
happy holiday, dear friends!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

the ned hotel

the ned
london's beautiful ned hotel publishes an in-house newspaper, and this illustration - about ice skating in the city - appears in the current christmas edition.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

drinking coffee around the world

Coffee Around the World
espresso romano with a cornetto on the side in italy; tiny cafezinho with a chocolatey brigadeiro in brazil; kaapi alongside a breakfast of dosa and idli in india. a new illustration for coffee talk: how to order coffee around the world by alia akkam for the kitchn.

there was a bit of a (good-natured, for the most part) uproar from my italian followers when i posted a crop of this on my instagram because i had depicted the espresso romano with a side of lemon (a big no-no, as it turns out, but in my defense i was keeping true to the article) and that i had made the cup a little too large. so, for fun, here is a more accurate representation:
Coffee Around the World_edit

Friday, November 10, 2017

evening routine

evening routine
i've been taking some digital shortcuts with quick turnaround editorial jobs lately, so i'm happy to have an opportunity to slow down and finish a painting the good ol' fashioned way. this one was inspired by an image from a swedish blog hat i had pinned a long time ago, and when i went to find the source today i discovered that post had another image of the same room, but on the wall is a frankie wall calendar opened to my painting "solitaire," which features a girl quite similar to this one, one of her ancestors circa 2013! what a nice way for two things to feed into each other, to lie dormant in an inspiration folder and then to converge again. acryla gouache and graphite on paper, about 4.5 x 5.5" in size. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

one mantel, three ways to decorate

Holiday Mantel three illustrations for a article about decorating your mantel for the holidays, including advice from my beloved emily henderson. lovely infographic design by rebecca hart.

Friday, October 20, 2017


hygge this illustration appears alongside an essay about all things "hyggelig" in volume 4 of beautiful, maine-based quarterly publication making magazine, available today! the issue's theme is LINES. i painted this one in the spring and have been looking forward to sharing it ever since.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

fab fit fun

fab fit fun
i designed the fall 2017 fabfitfun subscription box, and even got a little tour around their offices here in LA when i went to pick up my sample. i chose the pink one but it comes in blue and yellow as well!

i was frantically finishing up work on this one the day we were moving out of buffalo (boris actually waited behind me with the box from my computer at the ready as i uploaded the huge files to my dropbox). it's always nice to see the final product of a complicated job long after the stress of working on it has faded away...

Monday, September 25, 2017

baseball in the fall

baseball in the fall
new illustration for jeff rivers' column pots and pans on ESPN's the undefeated. you can see the full size here, it's pretty huge on the site!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"elizabeth and zenobia" by jessica miller

Elizabeth and Zenobia
i feel especially proud of having worked on this book. i read the manuscript in late night silence - as you should with all gothic novels - and was thoroughly spooked. not only was the story's ghostly mood a thrill to work with as an artist, its themes of fear and courage were particularly moving to me as a reader. my favorite kind of literary "hauntings" are metaphorical - daphne du maurier's rebecca or shirley jackson's the haunting of hill house, for example - rather than some transparent, floating apparition, ghosts are our fears, insecurities, regrets. elizabeth and zenobia is elegant and subtle in this way, but the plot is much more than that and you'll have to read it to see what i mean.

if you like horticulture, sinister wallpaper and edwardian children who host séances in a dusty old mansion, i recommend curling up with this one in the fall. out now!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

in the moment

in the moment
cover art for issue no. 3 of UK magazine in the moment, out now!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

enormous tiny art show no. 22

the statue
six new paintings are up at nahcotta gallery for the enormous tiny art show no. 22 (my 9th one already!) opening reception will take place from 5-8 pm on september 1st at 110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801 and the show will run until october 1st, 2017. we recently moved to LA so we're farther away than ever from the magical coziness that is portsmouth, but if you're in boston or elsewhere in new england - it's worth a weekend trip.enormous tiny art 22 enormous tiny art 22 enormous tiny art 22
originally inspired by photographs of roman gardens, this series went in a different direction after the first few and ended up looking like illustrations to mysterious, nonexistent stories, which i quite like. entitled "the statue," "the estate," "orangery," "tide," "the swan" and "the urn," they are all 5" wide by 6" tall (matted and framed to 8" x 10") and available now for sale online or in person at the gallery starting september 1st. my white, vintage-finish frames were custom made by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.