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!
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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
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 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
Monday, April 2, 2018
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:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
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
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.
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.