12.17.2014

The Muse that Lingers

I finished this painting a few days ago. And guess what?? She is sold!!! I am soo happy to say this. I really needed it this month. This painting is about the muse. That which drives you and inspires you to create something. About the idea that sometimes inspiration comes when you aren't the most ready for it, and sometimes the inspiration lingers around. Picking at you reminding you that there is something you need to do, Don't wait too long!

18 by 24 inches on hardboard, sold

11.17.2014

Homage to the Bunny

I made this based on a digital painting I made a long time ago, which was based off of the word homage, which was for illustration Friday, a website and community that provided a theme every week for all to interpret and share. It's not listed in my shop yet, but it will soon be varnished and probably displayed at the local art walk, where I have a monthly booth, First Fridays. Do you like this bunny as much as I do? I love him, and I think his magic trick is only fair!
16 by 20 inches on hardboard, oil painting available

10.20.2014

comission

Several months ago I was asked if I wanted to illustrate a poem, it was for a local literary magazine called Four Chambers. After thinking about it and reviewing the poem, I agreed to the commission and produced this.
I'll update with the final low res file later. On the left is a print of my illo they sent me along with my copy of issue 2 of Four Chambers on the right. Glad they liked it!
[Edit: added full image after the cut. It's the portrait of June Carter]

10.14.2014

A closeup of what's on the easel today

I've been working on this painting off and on for over a year. It showed at a gallery while it was in a monochromatic/sepia/3 color state. Been now adding color, and hoping to finish it as soon as possible.

10.13.2014

I remembered to check out my painting through a mirror, and I think it looks better this way! Haha, ok not truly, but I do like it. I'm just gonna let it dry, I glazed an area, didn't even have to, but other than that and it not being signed yet, it's finished.


10.05.2014

Drawing from today. Color; remnants of attempting to paint on copy paper, failed results elsewhere on page. 

10.04.2014

Best night in months! #FirstFriday

Finally summer is ending and the cool months have started. Had a pretty good turnout last night at the local monthly artwalk, nice amount of sales at the end of the night. So glad it's the Saturday after, ready to get back started on work in the next couple days. Hurray! for earning money for bills! and rent too hopefully. This picture only shows about a third of our entire booth area.

10.01.2014

BrokeBot Canvas Finished

Finally called this painting finished a couple nights ago. I am satisfied with it, and like it a lot more now than before. It needs only a signature, and a coat of varnish. Then it will be popped into my shop!


9.27.2014

Pencil drawing

At the beginning of this year I was drawing everyday, until I stopped. This is a favorite that came out of that. I think I will try drawing my surroundings more, when I'm at places other than home.
just pencil on paper


9.26.2014

Painting from Life

The month I painted this, I stayed home because I was probably contagious to go paint in public (at the Lost Leaf for Anti-Art School). Wasn't too sick to paint though. So I painted the view of my easel  after I had just painted this doll head, and had other works on the easel too. Was satisfied with my results.

8.22.2014

Recently Finished Paintings

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approx. 4 by 6 inches on wood plaque, oil painting available

approx. 4 by 6 inches on wood plaque, oil painting available




approx. 4 by 6 inches on wood, oil painting available







approx. 4 by 6 inches on wood, oil painting available




8.14.2014

8.12.2014

right now

Sever Year Absence

I finally recovered this account.

Today it's raining in the desert. This is the most water I have ever seen in this place. 



[to read jibber jabber and view 6 second video click on the time-stamp below]

7.18.2014

6.05.2014

On the Easel || First week of June

This is a painting in progress & currently on the easel. It still needs a bit more work, but I thought I'd share what I'm currently working on. I'll write about it's meaning when it's finished. Oil on 18 x 24 x 1 inch hardboard panel. 

5.25.2014

Paintings, Dolls, & Love of those things

Today I took time to work on a doll. It was Saturday, I even had a nap. I only attached the arms to her body & painted the inside of her ears pink, the pink that comes from Cadmium Red and Titanium white. I didn't paint anything else today. But one day off isn't bad. I've been posting finished paintings here recently; a couple recent ones and a few from the past few years. This also isn't a recent picture, but it is from this year. One day, I was a bit sick, it was a Tuesday, the one when the Anti Art School sets up a model at the Lost Leaf down town, but I just couldn't make it. I did paint though. I had just finished painting the face on this doll head, and I thought it looked nice. So that's what I painted. On the left side you can see a part of another painting I recently finished, over a month ago or so. It's oval, so, I've been lazy to finalize an image of it, but I do have it scanned. I'll share it soon. It came out quite good I thought. It's currently hanging at SideBar. In the picture is the doll head of the doll whose arms and ears I painted earlier this evening. I'll share her when she's done. I love painting in my easel box, I got it with the idea that I will only use it to paint from life. I love it.
Painting of part of a OOAK Doll to come

5.17.2014

It Just Slipped Out

This is something from 2011. At the time I was experimenting frequently for a few weeks with mixed media. It's a fun outlet for me after being focused on oil paintings for a long time, for a show or just self imposed deadlines. This one felt so effortless, I wanted to recreate that feeling and kept trying, but I'm convinced none of the pieces were as good as this one, to me. Below you will see the results of an afternoon I had with mixed media, it's one of my favorite things that came from that time. 
Under that you will see another image, a piece from 2012 made with Aldo. Our finished BrokeBot collab, It Just Slipped Out. We took my version, scanned it into the computer, and worked on it from there. We take turns until we are happy with the results. Prints are available in my shop.
watercolor, graphite, ink, & spraypaint on illus board



digital mixed media print collaboration with Aldo Jeffrey



4.29.2014

Temptations

This is a painting I started a long time ago. Over 4 years ago probably. I had a lot of trouble with it, I used to just start paintings without planning much. I would sketch it onto the canvas entirely free hand, just from an idea in my head or from a much smaller sketch, that I probably didn't even have nearby. This made for more of a mess that needs saving than a straightforward painting. Nowadays I have a better method with less room for mistakes. But I still end up doing small paintovers every so often. After a while I finally came around and just had to finish it; it doesn't feel good to have pieces in progress for so long. After a lot of alterations, fixes, paintovers, and years, she's finished! Just under a month ago, and I am quite happy with the results. 
16x20 inches, oil on canvas



closeup

9.03.2013

Untitled Paintings

approx. 4 by 8 inches on wood, oil painting sold


6 by 8 inches wood plaque, oil painting sold
Both of these were painted using only French Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, & Titanium White. One of the images is a scan, and the other is from a photo after the cut. I might update the first image, above, later with one that looks a little smoother. I love both of these girls. I'm glad others out there did too.

8.16.2013

Sam of Secret Island

This is Sam. An individual who resides in Secret Island. A place outside of regular society where those who wish to frolic as they please, may do so. Where no one is judged, and no is watching what anyone is doing, where one may seek adventure with fellow humans or to find peace in solitude amongst the green of nature, and of love, life, and of creatures and wanderers. 

6 by 8 inches on wood plaque, sold

1.01.2013

Painting in Progress

This is study in progress. It began as a thumbnail in one of my sketchbooks. I'd like to consider it for a painting. I like painting vague scenes that would hopefully leave the viewer creating stories of their own to explain what's going on. I myself haven't unraveled her story yet, that seems to come later in the process for me. ..Though in the mirror on the wall there is a reflection of a figure in bunny ears, which in a way is a call back to a painting I made a couple years ago. I tend to lag on the posting of things, so I'm pretty sure it can't be found here, but the painting I'm referring to is called Truths Revealed. & I was so lucky to have it sell. Quickly after I finished it too!
computer painting in progress


12.20.2012

Commissioned Handmade Doll

A friend of mine asked me to make him a doll, as a gift for his girlfriend. Pretty sweet! She's the most detailed doll I have made. I want to make more tiny purses now! To include with any future dolls I make. Though they are becoming more and more rare. I have less and less time to dedicate towards them, I have a lot of fun creating them, but ultimately I don't actually want to be a doll maker, I just can't resist it sometimes. It's fun when they sell, fun that someone might love them and keep them. 
OOAK hand made doll

9.26.2012

Scottsdale Times Newspaper September 2012

Someone saw my two paintings at Method Space art gallery, and they ended up choosing me for their Artist's Spotlight for their September issue of the Scottsdale Times! 
I was interviewed via email. My first time in a newspaper! Check it out!:D

1.16.2012

Portraits from 3rd Friday -December

Back in December of 2011, I decided it was time that I finally go out to the art walk, and draw people live.
And I had been doing so bad for several previous months that I really needed to start making extra money. So only 15$ gets you a custom portrait! All you have to do is try and sit still for about 20 to 30 minutes. All these guys and I were conversing for a good amount of the time. Next time (which is apparently this Friday..) I will let people know when to 'pose' their mouths. Or else its just a generic not-much-of-a-smile version, due to -thats just how it goes. for now. (:
It was sooo freezing that night! Not literally, but I was trying hard not to shiver, and I think my fingers went numb! So this Friday I plan to do the drawing during the day, and leave by dark. I'll be out there (in MADE's courtyard) for a few hours.. Maybe three. I'll update the info on my fb page. Anyway still had a lot of fun doing the portraits though! Great first night, and a good turnout, I didn't expect even one! Alright, signing out. Bye!



1.14.2012

I live to create Art

For the past four months or so.. I feel I've been growing and changing a lot. One aspect of it is, I've been working harder on my work, and also on myself.
I think with all that change going on, it's hard to know which parts of me to share about here.

I don't know if I have an answer. But I will be going with my gut. So it should turn out alright.



11.28.2011

"Nowness" at Eye Lounge Gallery, Phoenix

Opening night went great! It was a lot of fun.

click to view larger


It was on Friday the 18th, November.

7.28.2011

Truths Revealed

[Edit: Truths Revealed is a painting that I sold right away]. 8X10 inch prints are available in my shop. It was a follow up, in my mind to Hidden Places. I intended this painting to have a different feeling from Hidden Places yet exist in the same world. I wanted the girl to seem like she has things under control and isn't phased by much. Where in Hidden Places, I attempted to express the girl as experimenting with control yet feeling uneasy or unsure about it. In Truths Revealed as you can see, there is a lot going on. I tried to hide a lot of things in it that are call backs or refer to things I've painted before. The bunny eared guy, the big mice (mice sounds nicer than rats), and the hamster-bunnies (in the glass cubes). There's a shadow of a figure on the floor, implying someone else in the room that perhaps just arrived. Her expression is supposed to convey that she is not phased and/or doesn't care. The guy's expression is supposed to be that of wonder or curiosity for what will happen next. This painting started from a sketch in a sketchbook.
16x20 inches, oil on hardboard panel, 2011
feeding carrots to rodents
coin operated boy or former resident of Secret Island



Nurse Badelia -In Progress


just wanted to share this old sketch I found, its from last year I think. it was just pencil on paper. I scanned and started digital painting on it, I'm excited to finish up old ideas. :) This ones still in progress! But I really am loving her.

a Video Portrait by Particle Dots

A few weeks ago I participated in Bryn's series of portrait videos. It consists of about 2 minutes of someone staring into the camera at a high frame speed, and when played its a slow gradual still portrait. it's an interesting idea.. Some of the portraits are really nice, I remember one of a lady who smiled during hers, not the entire time.. but it was nice to see a smile. I thought that when it came to be my turn that I would think of so many things while I was looking into nothing towards bright lights. But I mostly just kinda zoned out or meditated in a way, I was just breathing, and holding a stare.. for some reason I didn't come off very natural, it was like I was doing a job, and it was to not look away. My eyes were kinda burning at the time.. towards the end, I had my contacts in (when I still could.. for about an hour).. and they did what uncomfortable contacts do, dry sting-y. Anyway, towards the last closing seconds during the fade out, my facial expression slowly turned into a full smile. I misssed that part the first time I watched the video, from my iphone (that my dad pays for). But I looked at it again this morning, and I saw the smile. And it made me smile.




the weeks after I saw the video.. I guess I reflected.. I saw my weird blinks.. One never closed all the way, and they blink at different times... ? it was way weird for me to see the first time. But, I've been continuing to accept myself over and over, and its sticking more. I recently realized that I could fully look at myself in the mirror and say I love myself. And fully mean it, and fully feel it and that those words cant even explain the feeling. But that took a lot.. Some time ago.. I couldn't really say it. At all. I knew that I would be lying if I said it. I was so sad. That me still creeps in sometimes, and its scary, and I know how horrible that other me often would feel.. But.. I am okay. I can still smile now, and mean it.

5.23.2011

"Cherry Blossom Girl" Collab with my Best Friend

This started from a watercolor I made when I first got my watercolor set in January.
We scanned it and Aldo did some fancy stuff digitally to finish it off! He did pretty great! Just enough to make it right. I held back, and did not work on the face any further, it didn't need it.

Ive been digging through lots of my older work, scans of half ideas, sketches, drawings, watercolor doodles of all sorts.. and making more doodles too.
We've been using them for collabs! One approach we have is where Aldo has his hand at unfinished piece by me, and we trade off when/if needed, until the piece feels finished! We've come up with some pretty crazy stuff so far. But only sharing one piece of work per week to not go crazy.

All the work we make is available as prints in our shop. Going through the name of BrokeBot, our new project. We want BrokeBot to be a place were we advertise both of our artworks in one place. With Aldo's great idea making brain, and my need to/attention to detail.. and love for painting faces.. we end up with a good balance.

Why are we doing this?, 'cause we're best friends, roommates, both make art, and are really broke! We hope to get a good fan base going ..and hoping to just not be so broke anymore. :)

digital mixed media collab

4.02.2011

April First Friday.

April First Friday.
I've been trying to see my work from an outside perspective recently.. lol, & what I see is a set of really ..kind of intense, sad paintings.. or of sad things. I think its just that those are the types of feelings I need to get out. But this is only a part of me, it isn't alll of me. :)