Friday, November 13, 2009

Viola Vita-out now!!!

This is a new line of illustrations I did for a K&Co paper pad. 24 new illustrated papers, designed and doodled by yours truly. Should be out in stores this very minute. In January I have a featured line coming out in stores as well, been my baby for the last few months...gonna push it out into the world, for you.

Just You and Me

Me and J are becoming a little obsessed with buying art these days. Last night at the Kyrie Foundation Art Benefit we won the silent auction for this piece by Julia Pott. We both loooooved it, as it reminded us of this last year together and how we're about to get hitched (with a very artful wedding mind you!). I found another piece by Julia that I have to surprise him with in the collection of gifts I'm giving him before we say "I do." He had a few glasses of wine and kept whispering to me "We're getting married. I'm lucky." Which is mad sweet, but even sweeter in since we've been engaged for a few months now and the novelty of it should have worn off by now...but it hasn't, and hopefully never will.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Xx Chromosome 2010

Ahhhh, so excited! Just recently got arrangements made with the gallery here in KC, and Xx 2010 is ready, set, go! We have an incredible line-up of female artists including Kelley Seda, Jes Owings, Jane Almirall, Shannon Gaines Bowman, Jen Walker, Melinda Wallace, Sandi Devenny, Alison Atwood, and of course myself. In addition Kate Von Achen, who does work with the women of Uganda and founder of AWAVA will be showcasing work from women entrepreneurs in Uganda. The show opens April 2, 2010 at Pi Gallery (419 E.18th St). For more information regarding the show check out Present Magazine online. As the show approaches I of course will be blabbing more about all the shaz of the event! For now, here's a sample of work past from the awesome ladies of this year's Xx! Can't wait!

Top to bottom: Shannon Gaines Bowman, Alison Atwood, Sandi Devenny, Melinda Wallace, Jes Owings, Jen Walker, Kelley Seda, Kelley Seda, Jane Almirall, Jane Almirall.

Bottoms up!

I have always wanted to illustrate my own dishes! This is round one. Coming soon, cake stands, platters, dish sets. Fun, fun! All of these will soon be available for purchase on my etsy. Whoowhoo!

all photos by Robert Baker

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ahhh Last Minute Show

Just recently myself and two other artists, Robert Baker and Jen Waler, were given the opportunity to do a very, very last minute show. We all had roughly one week to create a new body of work. For the first time, I worked in a relatively smaller scale than I am accustomed to...mainly so that I could carry the pieces around with me at all times to work on them. Lunch break at work: drawing. Breakfast at a restaurant with boyfriend: drawing. But, it got finished and hung and I was pretty happy with the results. The unsold pieces will soon be available on etsy.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kyrie Event! Whooowhoo!

Super excited for upcoming Kyrie Foundation Art Benefit! Last year's was great, but as it becomes an annual gig, we get better and bigger. This year we have a chef on site preparing pasta trios using food donated from Wholefoods Market! So, all organic, yummy! Plus, we have some super awesome artists participating! Fun times...and all for Kyrie, proceeds go to help research Pediatric Brain Cancer.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pretty Ketchikan

I'm a lot like a broken record. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Making lots of stuff, getting behind on updating you bloggy, rinse, repeat. Recently got back from a show I participated in in Ketchikan, Alaska. After I curated the last Xx Chromosome I knew I wanted to venture out to the NW to show work...little did I know how far North and West I would go. It was such a neat experience. Ketchikan is beautiful, serene, and slightly surreal. Created new work for the show...but unless you're stopping by AK anytime soon, ya may not see it. Here are some samples.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Art Unleashed

I've had 14,000 projects as of late. Last week I saw that one of my favorite artists was participating in Art Unleashed. An art benefit here in KC, where proceeds go to the Humane Society. I've participated in the past, but rushed to participate this year. I love the event and the cause. My little doggie Bink means the world to me and it makes me sad to think of all the little doggies out there that don't get the snuggles, Snausages, and love that he does.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Artiste de Monsieur, to you

Every Monday night I spend the evening being a little artist with some super awesome kids. They live in a local transitional shelter for single mothers and their children, here in the city. Tonight, as a "thinking outside the box" painting series, we all wore fake mustaches and painted our favorite animals with mustaches. At first I got some funny looks as I busted out the 'staches, but before long creativity took over and they had fun with it. Animals with mustaches were a little too out there for some of the kids. When they asked, "do I have to put a mustache on it?" I said, "nope." I'm never down to stifle one's personal vision. Just as long as I can get 'em to think a little differently, I've succeeded. Two weeks ago we learned the color wheel and how to mix our paints to create secondary colors. Tonight, I heard them discussing how to make colors...and guiding each other with what they had learned. Man, kids are great. I love Monday nights.

Snuggle cakes

I loooove baking! Well, I love baking junk just so I can decorate it. For our friend Liz's engagement party I made Snuggle Cakes. Just mini cupcakes with hand cut gum paste hearts that I watercolored with food coloring. So cute, ya wanna snuggle 'em. Yummies.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Boring Robots.

Thank goodness for great friends that reassure you that you are not a "boring robot." I have a suuuuuuuuper rad friend that always helps pep me up. So, kinda, in a way, this is an ode to awesome friends that get your back. I'd be so sad without my cheer team.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Long Live the Queen!

In my free time (HA!) I've been designing a deck of playing cards. I forget about them often, so in about a year, maybe you could challenge me to some rummy. But psssst, I'm crazy competitive, so watch out!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Drop it like it's hot

More doodles. For the next show after this upcoming one. I think. Still trying to decide what goes in this one....and what goes in that one. But I'm cranking out new drawings every mad crazy. So, regardless, there will be enough doodles to go around. This will be a small series within a series, done on old antique flashcards. When you draw like 23 hours a day, sometimes a topic eludes you. So, the flashcards give me a little prompt. Drop: rain.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

itty bitty

Um, just a doodle. Last night while trying to work on new work for my next scheduled show, I came up with a new idea for the show after that. You know, the one that isn't scheduled yet. Because, my chaotic nature has eyes much bigger than it's stomach. Dammit. Focus, Tuesday!

Friday, July 17, 2009

I'm even drawing in my sleep!

I have eh, 14 million and one projects going on right now. Which is super great, and making me feel super inspired! But, needless to say, I'm abandoning my beloved little blog. When I get a minute to breathe I'm gonna post samples of all the fun stuff I've been working on. And let me tell ya, there's a damn range! I'm sewing a little again....making an "Imagination Wardrobe" for my best friend's baby, who is going through a very glamorous dress-up stage. Working on fun, fun illustrations for the book, working on new paintings for my upcoming show in Alaska, and creating some really pretty stuff at work. So, lots to come. But for now, some little doodles and patterns I did. Ohhhhh...and coming soon I did a whole deck of alpha flashcards! They're so fun! Soon!