Check out Edible Monterey Bay magazine's Summer 2016 issue (free and all around town!) - not only did I illustrate the full-color, totally awesome, incredibly crowded Craft Beer Guide centerfold, they asked me to produce their first-ever illustrated cover featuring a simpler version of the map inside. And I did. Pick one up at Discretion Brewing or one of many other places on the Monterey Bay scene.
My animalia drawings and several spirit animal portraits are on display (and for sale!) at lille æske in Boulder Creek throughout the month of March, along with a number of sweet jewelry designs. Opening March 3rd, 6-9pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Come out and enjoy all that plus live music by fellow Discretioneer Jacob Martin, beer by Kelly Vallaincourt of Wünderbrau, collage works by Drew Foster and of course the incredible space of lille aeske itself!
Inspired by the various #100days projects that have been infiltrating my Instagram feed and the sneaking suspicion that I should be doing More, I've decided to work my way through this book, a by-no-means complete compendium of 100 ideas that "changed" graphic design, in order to stretch my own practice and augment the more technical skills I'll be learning in the several digital media classes I'm enrolled in at Cabrillo College. My schedule being as it is, I don't expect to actually get to one-a-day but certainly something closeish to it... and tempting though it is to include, previously created work is off-limits unless it's too perfect to pass up (this is a workshop, not a retrospective). Follow the project here or via the Instagram gallery link at the top of this page... #hashtaghashtaghashtag
New show coming up for July's First Friday (7/3/15) at the Tannery's Apricity Gallery and I've been asking everyone I know (and some I don't) to pose for my latest series of animal-hybrid portraits. This time I'm painting friends and acquaintances at work, or with the props or tools of their occupation (/hobby/profession/obsession) - think renaissance-era portraits of merchants or philosophers, but with animal heads and much more modern. Thus far I have brewers, a production artist, motorcycle mechanics (and riders), academics, teachers, house painters, woodworkers, chemists and chefs... I need more, and more variety! If you have a particularly interesting job or occupation... or maybe it's not at all interesting, but you've always wanted to see yourself with the head of a sloth (etc)... hit me up. All I need is to take several posed photographs of you either at work or with the tools of your trade, wearing what you usually wear when working. If you have an animal in mind, great - but not necessary, unless you're afraid of what I might choose instead. All models will get several prints of the finished painting to give to your mom or whoevs.
So, yeah! Made it on the front page of the Sunday paper with a funky photo of my smiling eyes above one of my painted-lady jewelry displays and this Killer Queen necklace. Much better than the dream I had last night, in which the article had full page photos of someone else's work and described me as a derby girl...
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Read the rest of the article by Sentinel staff reporter Jondi Gumz here. Be sure to check out the comments, where "Not Surfer" complains about the cultural timeliness of cardboard faces and mustaches... the internet is awesome!
I was photographed and interviewed this afternoon for an upcoming article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel that will feature my jewelry alongside several other local Etsy sellers (a quilter and a ceramicist). It'll be out this Sunday, in time for Cyber Monday (is that still a thing?) and various other seasonal shopping frenzies, and hopefully I'll look and sound somewhat intelligent and exactly like someone one should buy many holiday gifts from (and for, but that's another story).
In other news, I'm almost finished cleaning & re-organizing my studio - not sure if it's really REorganizing considering its initial state, but - now I know where most things are, and while I have yet to sift through the suitcase full of semi-important papers that have followed me (and grown with me) through the last 5 or 6 moves, I can now walk all the way around the tables without stepping in oil paint or tripping over clothing racks...
AND I have a brand new Brother sewing machine I haven't even plugged in yet, a new client, several projects I'm well behind on and Thanksgiving dinner shopping yet to do tomorrow. Woo!
The Stuff of Legend
new works and oil paintings
Ristorante Casa Nostra
9217 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond
Reception November 11th, 7pm
with live music by Shaver and the Jazz Cats
and hors d'oeuvres by Casa Nostra
show runs through December 10th, 2014
Recently began working on a new series of oil paintings that I am utterly (udderly?) stoked on. Animal-headed humans are nothing new conceptually but it's really giving me the opportunity to stretch my skills with the paint and boards along with feeding my obsession with hybridities, patterns and fashion. The source materials are a photoshopped combination of street fashion photos from The Sartorialist and googled wild animal heads. I plan to paint lots...
Just in time for Valentines Day - The Singles Collection at Discretion Brewing, next Tuesday from 5-9pm. Come out, drink beer, eat something delicious and buy unique jewelry inspired by hit songs of the 1970s and 80s.