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My sketchbook will be in Los Angeles, CA
Friday 6/26: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday 6/27: 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 6/28: 12pm – 4pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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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. It’s a wonderful feeling to get to a place where you’re finally happy with something you’ve created (until you look at it the next day ;D ).

“Princess Witch” explores the 4th dimension intersecting with our own, time perception in animals, pictorial language, identity, and magick with a K- all wrapped up in a pop culture love letter to Twin Peaks and clothed in pretty 1970s Biba -esque dresses.

My book is currently on tour!

2015 TOUR STOPS

Brooklyn, NY
Friday 5/8: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 5/9: 11am – 7pm
Sunday 5/10: 11am – 7pm
Brooklyn Art Library

Atlanta, GA
Friday 6/5: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 6/7: 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 6/7: 12pm – 4pm
Ponce City Market
RSVP

Miami, FL
Saturday 6/13: 12:30 – 4:30
Perez Art Museum
RSVP
Austin, TX
Friday 6/19 –  Sunday 6/21:
12pm – 4pm
Umlauf Sculpture Garden Museum
RSVP
Los Angeles, CA
Friday 6/26: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday 6/27: 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 6/28: 12pm – 4pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
RSVP

Oakland, CA
Friday 8/7: 6pm – 10pm
Oakland Art Murmur
RSVP
San Francisco, CA
Saturday 8/8 – Sunday 8/9: tba
The Yard at Mission Rock
RSVP
Seattle, WA
Thursday 8/13: 5pm – 8pm
Friday 8/14: 11am -3pm
Saturday 8/15: 11am -3pm
Seattle Art Museum / Olympic Park
RSVP

Chicago, IL
Saturday 8/22 – Sunday 8/23: tba
Chicago Loop Alliance
RSVP

Toronto, ON
Friday 8/28: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 8/29: 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 8/30: 12pm – 4pm
The Distillery Historic District
RSVP


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. It’s so nice to create something and be satisfied with it.

A few things I’m working on-

“Black Gloves”

Clothed in her retro 70s Biba style dress, Kora is busy adjusting her black gloves in a grove of abstracted, shimmering Art deco trees…

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Here’s a work in progress shot that I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago-

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Generally, my work flow is something along the lines of first getting visual inspiration. I watch my favorite movies or shows (like Twin Peaks), browse books and magazines (my favorite drawing books, Rackham, or Pinterest), &/or listen to music (Of Monsters and Men has been on perma play). Then I make a quick sketch in a small notebook (upper left). I take photo reference & print it out (upper right). And then I make a sketch in my large sketchbook. Sometimes that gets scanned into Photoshop, tweaked, and printed. But even then it may not still be right, so I’ll cut up the print and move things around, taping them until they finally look right. After that I transfer the drawing to thick Acrylic paper or canvas.
The color process involves going back to my sketch in Photoshop & slapping some color on there for a general idea before I actually put paint on the paper or canvas.

Some more wips (works in progress) in this same series-

“Dangerous Pleasures”

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“The Schoolgirl”

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As well as the dolls that are part of the same series-

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Sigh, I have been dreaming of Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I’ve already had 4 so far. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I explained to him that they’re seasonal and so they’re gone after Thanksgiving. He was tempted, but decided to stick with his ice coffee.

Happy Autumn!