The mirror crack’d from side to side

“But in her web she still delights  To weave the mirror’s magic sights,” I take A LOT of photo reference and always have. And believe it or not, I did clean this mirror before I took this photo reference. I wrote about it on my blog once, but the person I see in the mirror…

Questing for the grail

This started out as a tiny Robert McGinnis inspired sketch. I expanded it, added a cup, and  soon realized she reminded me Circe or a Grail Maiden. I wasn’t particularly in the mood to draw a femme fatale, so I played a little game. I drew her as Circe, with a cool reserve, but I…

Happy Anniversary!

9 years of marriage, 10 years together total. I love you so much and I’m so happy that I do indeed, “I got you to hold my hand I got you to understand I got you to walk with me I got you to talk with me I got you to kiss goodnight I got…

The Golden Sigil ~ inspiration

I had a breakthrough with my health. Things are looking up and I am back to creating art. I’ve been reading books about my beloved Pre- Raphaelites again as a distraction. For my birthday, Mikael got me, Rossetti: Painter and Poet, by J.B. Bullen. It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve done anything…

Bowie Station One, Mars Hab: Aquired

We bought a house. Going from Northern California, in an extremely crowded suburban area to a much, much sparser suburb in Southern California feels like we’re on another planet. We’re in a valley, surrounded by snow capped mountains. The desolate earth on the mountains is orange with pale green shadows. It looks like Mars. I…

News and “Fox Face”~

Spring and Summer were stressful and busy. Spring brought me 1, maybe 2 kidney stones and the continuation of my inflamed, painful joints. I wasn’t sure, exactly if I was going to be okay. The good news is, I may have found out my problem and how to treat it. Due to my alkaline kidney…

Air and Alchemy

Air 4″x6″ gouache and pencil on Canson 185 lb paper After being sick for the last few months- (kidney stone) I’m finally well again. I still have to be very careful with what I eat, no wheat, very few grains, and now low sodium, but as my large intestine has improved, my hands have improved…

Disney Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora Brigitte Bardot Original Art

6″x8″ Pencil and watercolor I’ve been wanting to do something with Disney princesses for a while and have had a very specific idea that I wanted to get out. Luckily, Charleen Juliet organized “Storybook Sundays” on Instagram which gave me the push to get to it. A few years ago, Mikael and I saw an…

“Do you know that looks like you?”

“Is that supposed to be you?” “Why do you always draw/paint yourself?” “Yeah, but do you KNOW it looks like you?” Ad infinitum. I have to admit, I’m always puzzled by this question and its variations. A man drawing his wife or girlfriend never has to answer this. No one would ever comment on it…

Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw – Werewolf Lasses -Paintings

I finished 2 painting last week! Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw are available in my shop. They are gouache and gold paint on Canson 185 lb. Acrylic paper. They are each 8″x10″. I’ve written before about how much I love werewolves. I’m also terrified of them. There’s nothing as frightening to me as losing control- although…

Alice in Wonderland English Rose

  All in the Golden Afternoon- English Rose from Alice in Wonderland. Based on Marianne Faithfull. Pencil and watercolor on thick Canson Acrylic 185 lb/400 g paper. She is sealed with Krylon Matte Finish spray. Available in my shop~ I first read Alice when I was 8. My school library had a volume with both…

Jem!

I participated in the Instagram #80scartoonartfriends art party this month. Once I saw Jem was on the list, I knew I couldn’t say no. She’s 6″x8″, pencil and watercolor on 185 lb, Canson Acrylic paper. She is unframed and available in my shop. I straight up fell in love with the cartoon when it came…

Sirin ~ Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my inspiration for my painting “Sirin” came from my general love of Russian Fairytales and Medieval painting. I spent a lot of time looking at 3 books I have on Russian Lacquer Miniatures. The art is usually on a black background with strong red and orange colors, with some lovely blue and green…

Sirin ~Songs of Joy

Sirin 9″x12″ gouache, acrylic, and pencil on 185 lb paper I love Russian fairytales, folktales, and Slavic mythology. The Russian Sirin is thought to be a descendant of the Greek Sirin. Said to reside near the Garden of Eden, they sang beautiful songs of joy. Some stories tell that only truly happy people could hear…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat~ Elstir Wips

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!” ~Lewis Carroll As I mentioned before, Elstir is supposedly an Irish version of Esther, which means “star”. I like that she’s my…

Elstir ~completed painting

I finally finished Elstir. She started as a postcard for the Bat World Sanctuary charity. I liked the drawing so much that I really wanted to make it into a painting. I’ll eventually scan her in and add her to my portfolio, but until then I took some photos. The top picture is the closest…

Drawlloween is over but Drawvember is here!

I had an amazing time doing Drawlloween. It helped me loosen up and be less self conscious about posting sketches and off the cuff drawings. As soon as I finish painting “Elstir” I have a couple of these to refine and paint. I found it deeply inspiring and over all so much fun. And, it…

Drawlloween: Werewolf

If you’re already following my Instagram these are old, but what I love about my blog is that I’m able to talk a little more about them. I love drawing werewolves. The first two are from about 7 years ago, inspired by the Warren Zevon song, “Werewolves of London.” I had read a great story…

Beauties of the Night~ tonight!

If you’re in the Mascoutah, Illinois area, please check out Alexi Era Gallery’s show: Beauties of the Night. “Beauties of the Night” is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for theBat World Sanctuary. The Exhibition will feature artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home…

Drawlloween: Devil

Beelzebub, the Spanish Fly. I’m painting and making Halloween banner today, so I’m posting an old, very old (10 years) pen drawing that I still love. He’s a saucy gent! I love his bedroom eyes.

Drawlloween: Ghost

“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever…” The Shining scared the ever living crap out of me when I was a kid. I remember thinking that Jack Nicholson turned into a werewolf and was chasing his son through the maze. If you get a chance, watch “Room 237,” a documentary about…

Drawlloween 2015!

Drawlloween is here! I won’t be able to participate every day, but I’d like to do 2 times a week. Here’s the list in case anyone else would like to join in!

Red Jay

I had a great time working on this commission. I don’t get to draw men as often as I like. The client was very specific, but also incredibly easy going which made for a delightful working relationship. I’m fairly in love with the color choices. I originally have a deep, deep red background, but he…

Unicorns ~ work in progress

I’m working on my unicorns and quite pleased with them so far~ This is Magnolia.And this is Rose A few years ago I drew my disheveled unicorn, “Keeping the Dream Alive.” It was a bit of a joke on the perfection of unicorns. After all, it takes a lot of work to look that magical….

Meow’Dib -He Is the Hissatz Caterach!

I first read Dune as a teen and every few years I go back to it. It never ceases to put pieces of my life into perspective. For years I’ve wanted to name a cat “Muad’Dib”, which inevitably metamorphosed into “Meow’Dib” because I love puns and am obviously incredibly lame. I can’t recommend Frank Herbert’s…

The Force is Strong in My Family

I have a painting in the Jedi July show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. The show opens July 11th. The painting is titled, “The Force is Strong in My Family.” 9″x12″ Gouache and Acrylic in 185lb paper. I gave Leia a green lightsaber to reflect her original last name, “Organa” and connect her to the…

Roxanne

One of the things I wanted to accomplish with my 2015 Sketchbook Project, “Princess Witch,” was to actually use it as a way to narrow down which ideas I wanted to paint. I started with “Roxanne,” which although simple, is one of my favorites from the series. I chose “Roxanne” as a name bc one…

Eye Shapes and 80s Makeup

After doing a rather tasteful “eye shape” chart I felt the need to bust out and do an alternate version with 80s makeup. The 80s were ALL about tightlining.

We are all Wonder Women! Happy Mother’s Day!

“Princess Diana” I got an early Mother’s Day gift from my husband, a book called,”Wonder Woman- Amazon-Hero-Icon- ” Which was fun because I’d just finished an illustration of Princess Diana on Paradise Island before she becomes Wonder Woman- sort of a “what if?” Anyone following my Instagram knows how long I’ve struggled with this picture….

Princess Witch and the Sketchbook Tour 2015

My sketchbook project, “Princess Witch” is online over at the Sketchbook Project: https://sketchbookproject.com/library/16064 I have trouble expressing how happy this project made me. It provided me with final drawings for future paintings- one in the works right now- and crystalized my vision of this little world that I’ve been working on for the last 5 years….

Sketchbook Project~ Doodles and Sketches

I thought I’d missed the deadline to send in my Sketchbook Project, but luckily I haven’t! It’s due in March. Last night I stayed up and collected all my doodles (they hardly qualify as sketches now) in one place. As soon as I have a final count for the book then it’ll be on to…

New Agent!

I’m excited to say that I am now represented by Contact Jupiter! So far they have been a joy to work with and I can’t recommend them enough. I’m very excited to see what 2015 will bring. Check out my new contact page!

Sherlock Holmes: Love is a 3 Pipe Problem

Sherlock Holmes: Love is a 3 Pipe Problem is available as a tee shirt for adults, children, and babies- http://www.redbubble.com/people/nouvellegamine/works/13570646-sherlock-holmes-love-is-a-3-pipe-problem It’s also available as a phone case, ipad case, pillows, mugs, and skins. http://www.redbubble.com/people/nouvellegamine/works/13570742-sherlock-holmes-love-is-a-3-pipe-problem http://www.redbubble.com/people/nouvellegamine/works/13570674-sherlock-holmes-love-is-a-3-pipe-problem?&ref=work_carousel_work_portfolio_1

Hello Autumn!

Despite what the calendar says, September is the beginning of Autumn! The days are hot, but the afternoons already show the long shadows typical of my favorite season. Fall also means I’m feeling invigorated. My table is full of projects that I feel great about. The work of the past year is finally coming together….

The Bees Knees at the Alexi Era Gallery

If you’re in St. Louis, MO please check out The Bees Knees Show at the Alexi Era Gallery.  “Public Opening Reception : July 19th 7-9PM Special Collectors Preview: July 19th 6-7PM (RSVP: $20, Call 618.407.5596 or email: info@alexieragallery.com) The Bees Knees is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for Honey Love, urban bee keepers and activists trying…

Making Doll Clothes -concept to toile

I was ready to start making doll clothes before I’d even finished my doll. I’ve been drawing their clothes for the last couple of years and going to fabric stores & picking out fabrics & trims. Basically endlessly geeking out. Concept art of Posy Rabbit’s clothing. She wears a Biba inspired outfit. As you know…

Favorite Doll Books

These were the 3 books I used quite a bit during my doll making journey: The Complete Book of Dollmaking by Pamela Peake. It’s a really simple introduction I picked up years ago at Half Price Books in Berkeley. It’s a great book for beginners who just want to make a cloth doll to get…

Doll inspiration and evolution

I have two notebooks dedicated to doll ideas. My doll ideas have gone through an evolution from when I first started. Years ago, I wanted to do something with the 25-27cm Volks Dollfie bodies. They came in a range of skin colors, height, and bust size (recently discontinued). But, I knew with my schedule that it…

Posy the rabbit doll

After an embarrassingly long development, my dolls are almost done. Posy the Rabbit is roughly 12″ tall, not counting her ears. I made her 12″ to fit into 1/6 scale furniture, in case I wanted to stick her in a Barbie sized apartment. For something so simple, these dolls took forever. It was a constant…

Ground control to Major Tom- new t-shirt

I’ve been working on, well a million projects really, but I’ve been wanting to make some cool t-shirts for my son, Karl. He likes David Bowie, so I dug up one of my old characters, Major Tom, the space cat co-pilot to my space girl, Martine. Available here is baby, children, and adult sizes- Obviously…

Working away on dollybirds

After a year of futzing around, I finally got my doll pattern exactly the way I want it. Pascale, Rose, Silvia, and Martine will be fitting together soon. My other dolls need some 60s dollybird company. And WOW! Instagram just really does NOT want to show up. What’s with that?

Brooksie

I finished “Brooksie.” She’s gouache on 10″ x 10″ canvas. Unfortunately, this painting took me forever to complete despite its small size. I spent all of March with hives because I suddenly developed an allergy to rye bread. So, so weird. I’m not allergic to anything- or at least, I used to not be. Anyway,…

My book was chosen to go on the national tour!

I’m very excited that my Sketchbook Project: “Here Be Dragons,” was chosen to go on the 2014 national tour. It was originally part of a small tour last year called, “The Mysterious Maps.” I’ve pasted the tour info below so if you’re interested in seeing my book in person, please check it out when it…