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.

Built By Wendy and Burda Easy Geometric Dress

My son Karl just graduated from Preschool and I wanted something special to wear as well as something to wear with the Twin Peaks collar necklace I made last year. I found this lovely geometric fabric at Joanne’s in the quilting section. I washed it a couple of times and it got very soft, which…

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….

Simple Modern Sewing- Maternity Dress

I made this dress last year when I was pregnant with Tony. These photos were taken in late August or early September- when I was around 8 months pregnant. The pattern is from the book, Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha. It’s pattern 3, the “Boatneck Dress. I LOVE this pattern. It’s incredibly…

Mr. Blue Sky

“Hey you with the pretty face! Welcome to the human race!” Mr. Anthony Thorbjorn is 4 months old! I went in for a scheduled c-section in October. Kaiser has upped its game- everything was really nice. After Karl’s disastrous birth (not at a Kaiser) which involved a neglectful midwife, hours of hard labor, & baby…

“We’ll join this cosmic saga”

Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful husband, Mikael. Today is one of those days where I don’t want to do anything other than cuddle up with my husband, eat some cookies, and maybe power watch something mindless like “Scrubs.” We’ve both been sick with a sore throat cough so the most romantic thing I can…

Happy Galentines Day!

Originally posted on SweetLeigh:
When Margot suggested we celebrate Galentine’s Day for our February #UntamedStyle post, I was so in. I LOVE my girls! Friendship and Lady Love reigns supreme! This is my year of Love, Radical Self Love, The Joy of Love! Loving myself is about acting out of love instead of fear. It’s been a…

Backstrom (imagine skeptical emoji here)

Watched Backstrom last night. I love Rainn Wilson, but I’m over the trope. I was WAY over it while watching House- but the fine supporting cast kept me hooked. “Brilliant Asshole” still has the ability to provide some fun, but it’s going to have to be fresher. I don’t need another “not really racist-sexist cause…

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice~ illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, published 1993. I was and am a big fan of the husband and wife illustrating team, Leo and Diane Dillon. I have a number of their books and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Nancy Willard crafts a sweet rhyming tale of the lovely apprentice Sylvia who apprentices with the…

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

National Coffee Day!

Some places you can get free and/or discounted coffee today on National Coffee Day~ Shhhhhhh! I don’t want to hear any grousing about made up holidays when they involve free coffee ;D And yes, I definitely got my Agent Cooper on and had a damn fine cup of coffee!

Snow White by Camille Rose Garcia

Unf- I love Camille Rose Garcia. Her art reminds me of lost Fleischer cartoons. I have her version of Alice in Wonderland (so incredibly acid pastel that it hurts my eyes) but the colors in Snow White are more to my taste.  I love when books have details like this- the cloth bound cover is…

Wild Swans -lost masterpiece by Gordon Laite

“Gordon Laite’s breathtaking artwork for a Little Golden Book edition of the Andersen fairy tale was found recently in the Golden Books archive. Planned for a 1970 release but never published, this Little Golden Book is finally making its debut for today’s fairy tale fans! And it couldn’t be a lovelier retelling of the story…

Murder! Mystery! So much good tv!

For a not particularly violent person, I love murder mysteries. As I mentioned last time, I don’t find tv watching relaxing. The minutes crawl by, so I have to have something next to me to distract me, usually my phone where I’m reading an article (I don’t have social apps on my phone except Instagram)….

Inspiration- music

Along with my permanent musical inspirations- Bowie, Roxy Music, and all things late 60s/70s- there are a few more current musicians that I find inspiring. Of Monsters and Men- My Head is an Animal- an Icelandic group with whimsical, cheery music. They’re like listening to a weird and wonderful children’s book. Florence + the Machine-…

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….

Star Princess and Pluta

My husband brought me flowers and a gift the other day! A week or so ago, I came across this paperdoll on Pinterest which I had when I was a kid. “Star Princess and Pluta.” Seriously, were the 70s/early 80s the best or what? he tracked it down and surprised me with it! They are…

Barry Moser’s Alice in Wonderland

“All in the golden afternoon…” For me, Alice in Wonderland is the quintessential summer book. I have a number of editions. Rackham’s glorious version- so hard to believe it was ever controversial. A Norton Critical Edition with Tennial’s original drawings. And Camille Rose Garcia’s delightful psychedelia. But Moser’s is not often seen and that it…

6th Anniversary & the marriage of cookies and ice cream

My husband and I celebrated our 6th anniversary yesterday, sort of for the second time. The first time was a couple weeks ago, when Mikael’s parents visited. We don’t eat out very much, maybe twice in a month, so food I don’t make from scratch is pretty luxurious for me. They watched Karl while we…

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…

Sleeping Beauty Ballet

With the movie “Maleficent” due to be released May 30th, I got into a discussion about the different ways the “wicked” fairy has been portrayed in the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty and it reminded me of this book floating around on my book shelf, “Behind the Scenes at the Ballet: Rehearsing and Performing The Sleeping Beauty.”….

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,…

Happy Birthday Wes Anderson!

I received the Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz for my birthday. The book is beautiful. However I found the interior art serviceable, it didn’t knock my socks off. But the book design more than makes up for it. Each movie chapter consists of an essay by the author and an interview with Wes…

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…

Happy Birthday to my husband!

Today is my husband’s birthday! We celebrated with cake, ice cream, cream cheese bean dip, and chips last night. I developed hives after an allergic reaction to medical tape, so we had to post pone a get together with friends 😦 I made a yellow cake from this recipe: and chocolate frosting by modifying my…

New sketchbook from the Wythe Hotel!

In January, I was chosen to be part of the pop up at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Afterwards, the kind people at the Wythe sent the participants a gift, a new Sketchbook Project! As soon as the tours open up in March I’ll choose where it’ll be traveling to. My title this…

Valentine’s Weekend

Thusday evening, Mikael brought me flowers and candy. See’s is my absolute favorite! (Yes, I already have candy on my pants.) We went to dinner at a local mexican restaurant and relaxed and people watched with our son.   Friday I took Karl into San Francisco to Kinokuniya in Japantown. I found an awesome sewing magazine,…

Singing Songs of Love~

The sun had set and I’d just started watching David Fincher’s “Zodiac” for the first time. My cell rang and it was an unfamiliar number. I got a sudden thrill. “A cute boy is calling me!” I was pretty sure it was the guy I’d given my number to the day before. I let it…

Juggling Projects

Feeling incredibly rejuvenated. Karl is back in pre-school. Finished a large job for a client. And I have personal projects organized and ready to create. Today I put on Grant Morrison talking on Keven Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast. I loved Morrison’s “Supergods,” which made me feel like I could accomplish anything despite my anxiety….

Zelda

Finished my new painting, “Zelda,” inspired by Hemingway’s passage in “A Movable Feast,”- 10″ x 10″ Acrylic and gouache on canvas “Zelda was very beautiful and was tanned a lovely gold colour and her hair was a beautiful dark gold and she was very friendly. Her hawk’s eyes were clear and calm. I knew everything…

2013~ Take one last look at this Sacred Heart

One of the things that’s great about being older is, I’ve had so many years to discover, explore, and love, artists, books, movies, and music. The other day someone posted a Leonard Cohen line, and it suddenly brought me back to where I was when I first heard him (Pump up the Volume) and my…

Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comic Strip, vol 1.

Tove’s commentary on modern art ;D And her thoughts on being an artist. The beauteous Snorkmaiden, beloved of Moomin. The Moomins go to The Riviera. Snorkmaiden meets “The Great Little Audrey Glamour,” (Audrey Hepburn). Snorkmaiden tries her first lipstick and bikini. And meets a Riveria rake. The Mymble and Snorkmaiden encounter adorable pirates and promptly…

Yellowcake on Redbubble!

My illustration, “Yellowcake,” was featured on Redbubble’s blog today celebrating National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Not real? I disagree, we celebrate almost everyday in my house.