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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 before that that I’m pretty sure is apocryphal about what inspired Zevon’s song. The story went that he’d gone to England and saw a bunch of punks, hence, “I saw a werewolf walking with the queen of England…” Unfortunately, that story is most likely false and the song was actually just a nonsense song written while he was coked up.
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And this lady is their far more respectable aunt, Mrs. Norther. I created her for my Sketchbook Project. Her title is, “Dangerous Pleasures,” which is the flower meaning of the tuberoses she’s holding.Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 10.03.34 AM


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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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

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https://sketchbookproject.com/library/16064


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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


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 the next step: reference photos.

My work flow goes something like this- look at photos, movies/tv, & paintings for general mood. This helps a lot with composition. I have numerous Pinterest boards dedicated to inspiration.
– next, I doodle a general layout
-followed by a sketch
– then I take reference photos of myself. I’m going to be laying on our kitchen table for one of them which means my husband is going to have to snap a couple pictures.
-At that point I print them out on black and white, and start sketching in earnest. Sketches get cut apart, taped back together, & stuck up to the light so I can see them in reverse. I can do this in Photoshop shop too. It depends on how much tweaking the initial sketch needs.
-I trace over my rough sketch and draw. This drawing is still very simple with no shading. If it works for me, I transfer it to my final paper, which for paintings is Canson Acrylic paper and for drawings is Strathmore recycled drawing paper, which I prefer for the cream color of the paper itself.

doodles~

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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.”

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I’ve pasted the tour info below so if you’re interested in seeing my book in person, please check it out when it comes to a city near you!

3/29 – 3/30
Atlanta, GA
The Goat Farm Arts Center

4/2
Orlando, FL
Church Street Entertainment District

4/5
New Orleans, LA
Crescent City Saturday Market

4/10
Houston, TX
Lawndale Art Center

4/12
Austin, TX
The Contemporary Austin

5/4
Fort Worth, TX
Amon Carter Museum of American Art

5/6
Norman, OK
Norman Arts Council

5/20
San Diego, CA
San Diego Museum of Art

5/30 – 5/31
Los Angeles, CA
LACMA

6/1
Los Angeles, CA
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

6/6 – 6/7
Oakland, CA
1st Friday Art Murmur / Saturday Stroll

6/8
San Francisco, CA
SF Center for the Book


6/27
Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

6/28
Portland, OR
Director Park

7/7
Vancouver, BC
Emily Carr University

7/10 – 7/12
Seattle, WA
The Central Library

8/13 – 8/15
Steamboat Springs, CO
Bud Werner Memorial Library

8/22
Chicago, IL
Galerie F

8/30
Madison, WI
Madison Public Library

9/11-9/13
Fergus Falls, MN
M State


9/18 – 9/21
Toronto, ON
The Distillery Historic District

10/2
Portland, ME
Maine College of Art

TBD
Philadelphia, PA
Franklin Square


I sent my sketchbook off yesterday. It was slightly uncomfortable. I’m not used to being parted from my art, so this is still a new experience for me.

I signed up for the “Mysterious Maps Tour.” I chose the title, “Here Be Dragons,” which is often* written on maps to signal unknown and therefore potentially dangerous places. I mapped the interior world of the mind/emotions and showed their connection to my body.

*actually it was usually “Here be lions.” “Here be dragons” appears on one map, but I liked the sound of it more.

Click here to view the entire sketchbook. 

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