Monday, October 29, 2012

some other stuff lately

These are some other things I have been doing.  I also have a couple new tiny paintings that I haven't added that I will add soon.  Not very good at recording stuff.   The spider web was a study for a larger painting.  And the watercolor is of a young Marsha Brady.

jeff again

oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2012.
So I made a portrait of my friend Jeff again.  He is a real sport and very easy to talk to, so it makes it fun.  I might have liked to get a little more time on this, but the sun went down and I was relying on natural light.  It took me a little over 2 hours and I am glad that I got this much finished because I didn't think I could.  Love the hot snakes.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Portrait Study

marker on paper, 14" x 17"
My friend Jeff let me draw him today which was super fun.  The first attempt was pretty rough but I think this one came out nicely.  I switched back over to the markers instead of the colored pencil because I had a feeling it would work out to be more interesting, maybe less traditional, i dont know.  The image is much more yellow than the drawing really is.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Portrait Study

Did this today, can't get a good picture, it was actually on white paper.  Made at the Scottsdale Artists School.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

portrait study

Scottsdale Artists School, portrait sitting
So I went last night to the SAS which is only 6 minutes away.  I really poo pooed this school when I lived here as a young cocky edgy artist during my summers and a bit after college.  and I wasn't really aware of it when I was a kid here.  But they have a really good slate of figure drawing opportunities.  And as I get older I have appreciated the many technical abilities people pop out to paint landscapes, figures and still life.  Although I am not excited about these paintings on the whole, there is something right now that about studying more technical aspects that is appealing to me, so I am going with it.
Anyway, I was pretty happy with this drawing, although the back of his head is kind of flat which reminds me of my flattish back head and a drawing I made of my husband with a flat back head and I realize again I really have to watch making drawings look like me in some way.  I was trying to make myself put more color in the drawing and not rely on the white of the paper which I do.  And I am a bit hesitant to do that which means to me that I should do it more.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

the neighbors yard

"The Neighbors Yard," oil on canvas, 5" x 7", 2012
I am clearly having trouble posting.  And I know this has probably been the subject of the last few posts.  Like constantly beginning diaries but never getting past the first couple of entries my blog is a stale repetition of "I am going to start posting more," "What I really want to do is.." Blah blah blah.  I finally got up the courage to paint again.  And that is oddly what I needed.  Does it seem melodramatic to call it courage to paint?  Well after I have been so cold this summer it is hard to imagine picking up a paintbrush to see what I will do.  But for being cold for so long I was happy with how this turned out.  I realize I am not as psyched as I thought I would be using the desert as a subject but I will keep going.  And really I need most of the courage to just start painting and drawing people, which is what I have been saying I will do the entire time and what I have always like to do. promises.  Diary, I might not get back to you for awhile.  But hopefully sooner than later.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday Figure Drawing

both drawings 18" x 24", colored pencil on paper

I went to the Scottsdale Artist School again last night to draw.  I really like their facilities.  I would enjoy a bit more dramatic lighting, and maybe some models with different bodies/ages/etc. but I always love a good chair pose and I think they do have a lot of different models, I have just happened upon two perfect lady models.  I think.
The one on the top was a 40 minute pose and I was very disappointed that I was going to have to work forty minutes on that pose, but I think it ended up coming out pretty great.  It was very challenging to make it look good and I finally felt like I should challenge myself more and put some more colors in the drawing, which I haven't done successfully for awhile.

I hate that my photos are so terrible but I am having a rough time with my iphone or something.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

What I have been up to

My schedule is all crazy.  But here are a few drawings I have been making.  I have been trying to go to figure drawing sessions.  Plus I have been watercoloring in my sketchbook.  The top drawing is from a figure drawing session at the Scottsdale School of Art which is a really neat art school for more traditional stuff which I can get in to, so that is nice.  The second is a watercolor of my son.  And the third is a watercolor of my new friend Tara who teaches really cool art classes to kids in Phoenix.  Vincent and I were lucky enough to take one right when we got here.
All of the photos are now taken with my iphone which is very unfortunate.  They are now all blotchy and out of focus.  I didn't bring my scanner to Phoenix which in retrospect seems like a big mistake, but we really had packed the car so full there was no more room. 
I made a watercolor of Marsha Brady that I need to post.  She kind of looks like a meth head in it which I found both funny and disappointing.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Desert: 1

I haven't painted for awhile.  I tried at the zoo and it really didn't work out great.  So I tried again this morning at the Desert Botanical Garden.  I really would love to make some large desert paintings but I have to get some more supplies.  Until then this will have to suffice.  It was a real mess.  I could feel my lack of practice.  But it was good to get back to doing something. 
"Desert: 1," oil on canvas, 8" x 8", 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012


When I was in college I really loved this tomato based pasta mix that Slim Fast made.  I would put tuna fish in it and eat it every single day.  I was poor and it was of the utmost importance for me to be very skinny.  This worked out for awhile, until Slim Fast stopped making it.  I was absolutely devastated.  It was a real loss.  I had to switch to Macaroni and Cheese with tuna fish, and although amazing, I never forgot my love affair with the Slim Fast tomato based pasta.
Which brings me to my new worry:  Film development seems to be sliding the way of my favorite Sophomore meal.  No duh, right?  But I guess the severity of the situation is beginning to really take its toll on me.
I haven't been as active with taking pictures as I used to be before having a kid.  But I have begun to take more.  And I had decided to put away my digital camera.  It is a 20 D and at this point feels pretty bulky.  Plus I filled up my computers with pictures and have had a terrible time with hard drives.  Three of them have died, which means that my pictures died with them.  So I was feeling like I needed to go back to basics.  And I pretty much have (with the exception of my iphone pictures).

But obviously, everyone else hasn't gotten there yet.  Being in Phoenix I am realizing how spoiled I had been with Precision Camera in Austin.  Because they still develop film and they are amazing.  And Holland Photo is there, too.  What used to seem expensive to me: $10-$12 per roll is the norm.  Walgreens and Precision both charge the same amount.  And there is really a big difference.  And I guess Phoenix has Ritz Camera, but still, I am getting worried.
And the film rolls themselves are super expensive now.  Twice what I used to pay.
Which brings me to my major point and that is that film still looks way better from Walgreens than it would if I had taken it with my digital camera.  Yes, I know there are many great digital photographers out there with much better cameras and a lot of people who know their way around photoshop.
But!  Look at how awesome this photograph is!  Yes, it is a photograph of a film photograph taken digitally and developed digitally, but still.
And who are these people in this photograph?  I have no idea.  I asked them if I could take a picture of them when I saw them on the streets of LA (of course!) and of course! they posed in a way which makes me suspicious that they are in some really cool indie band.  And that only makes this photograph thousands of times more cool looking then some random tourist and their gapey smile, but still.
I have been looking for some cheap places online to develop film,  Snapfish doesn't develop film anymore, they stopped in May, and there are only a handful of good developers still out there.  I found one after watching a CBS this morning show on how they were the last people to still develop Kodachrome.  They stopped, of course!  Hopefully the tide will turn back.  Because they always do, right?  Otherwise film seems to be going the way of my delicious and yet kind of pathetic favorite Sophomore meal.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12

As I expected I haven't been getting much art work done.  I have been pretty much in full childcare mode but I am going to try to get some sort of practice started early in the mornings.  We wake up at 5 here!  Not my choice, yikes!!!  But I might take advantage of it.  I went to the Phoenix Zoo today and drew "en plein air" the spectacled owls.  These guys were sleeping most of the time but for a bit, particularly when there were observers, they would wake up and watch, or intimidate.  When my son and I visited them yesterday the one that is blue was a real talker, constantly making a whoo, whoo whoo gargling.  Sounded like a fast gorilla.  He loved it.  I was inspired to come back.  Especially because they didn't seem to move.  And I did find them in the same place this morning.  They didn't move until the very end of the couple of hours I was drawing them.  

"Spectacled Owls," colored pencil on paper, 14" x 17", 2012.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I am in Phoenix for the summer.  It was an ordeal to get here, I never thought the moving and packing would end, so I am happy to be getting settled.  But with all of this upheaval I haven't gotten much painting done.  I now realize looking at this blog that I have taken an unintended and unavoidable two month break from working on much art work.  On the bright side I have been working on my animation.  Next week I am planning on getting a membership to the Desert Botanical Garden and I am thinking I might make it a practice to paint over there.   I have a lot of ideas of what I would like to do but not much time between child care and working on my animation.  We will see.   In the meantime here is a little ink and a larger gouache I did over at the entrance to the botanical garden last week. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Studio Sale!!

Studio Sale!

So I am just posting what I sent out in an email and on facebook, because I am too weary to paraphrase:

This is a random sampling of random art that will be at my studio sale this Saturday, 4/28/12 and next Saturday 5/5/12 from 1-7.

Not one thing that is part of the sale will be over $100 that doesn't mean that you can't make me some crazy offer on a big painting or something sitting of in a box somewhere. Most stuff will be under $20. And there will be a bin of $1 drawings. Feel free to haggle, although I am not sure if it will work.

Most of the objects in the studio sale have never been shown and probably wouldn't be, they are sketches, ideas, concepts, etc.  Some are things I just forget about.  Some are finished, most are not in one way or another.  I am not the biggest lover of finishing things. Some have been a little damaged or been stored improperly. And as I said, some I love, and others I just don't care for and don't feel like toting around. You can ask me when you come which is which, if you are curious. 

If you might be interested in truly snooping through an artists stuff you are welcome to come over whether or not you want or need to buy anything.
I will be in the middle of packing and organizing stuff so it won't be a pristine situation, just to warn you.  And there probably won't be champagne or anything like that (except for in my flask, ha ha).  But there will be lots of things to peruse. 

Absolutely no pressure to buy anything!  It will be at 5305 Bolm Road #5.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Figure Model, circa 2008

ink on paper, 22" x 16"

I have a lot of changes coming my way in the next few weeks.  A major one is that I am moving out of my art studio that I have occupied for almost 8 years.  Unfortunately I never felt that I used the space to its utmost potential.  Only really working on one show there and the rest of the time felt like I did a lot of dawdling and/or "experimentation".  So although I have a heavy heart that I am leaving, and it is such a big great space!  I am kind of happy (not really) to move on too.
In the meantime I am starting to go through my stuff because I am thinking of having a studio sale to get rid of some of the furniture and to get rid of some of the art.
It's always nice to take a moment to look back at older stuff.  And I thought I would share this drawing because it is one of my favorite figure drawings that I have ever made.  I had a great angle on the woman and she had a great blanket that she was leaning on.  Somehow it all worked out in a very simple manner which is always exciting.
As it comes closer to the studio sale (I think it will be May 5th) I'll post more about my progress but I might be taking a little break right now from trying to make while I let this transition happen.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Painting a Day, April 15

Painting a Day, "Apples and Mushrooms",


oil on panel, 6" x 6".

Friday, April 06, 2012

Rejected Album Cover

"Rejected Album Cover," marker, ink and acrylic on paper, 20"x 20", 2009.

A few years ago my friend, David Wingo, who has a band called Ola Podrida, asked me to make an album cover for him.  I did a photo shoot with my friends Jen and Mark Deutrom who were newly married.  They were super awesome models and let me pose and move and do whatever I needed to get good pictures.  I made this drawing which seemed to take me forever because of the attention it was taking away from my increasingly unhappy baby.  It was very different for me because the figures were teeny tiny next to the landscape and typically I shift it up.  He didn't end up wanting it.  I don't think it quite described the feeling he needed for his album.  I was a little bummed and it actually inspired me to make a suite of sharpee drawings during which I listened to two songs, "Donkey," and "Your Father's Basement," on his album continuously.  He had suggested I listen to the album while I made his album cover and I didn't.  For some reason I just didn't feel like it.  So I guess I considered that I was making penance by listening to these songs while I made the other drawings.  I LOVE his music by the way.  It is pretty amazing, and I was happy to listen to it over and over again.  In fact I listened to those two songs in my car and walking, every time I had a chance, while I was in the mode of making those drawings.
I used to hate this drawing because it was rejected.  And now I have grown to love it, at least in the version that I have online (I think it has been slightly photo shopped from the original).
I was thinking about this today and thought I
would share.  Listen to his music if you have the chance, it is pretty awesome.
This was my floor while I worked in the spare bedroom on the drawing.  Just to give a taste of my workspace.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Badminton and Paris

"Shuttlecock," 6" x 6", oil on panel, 2012.
"Girl in Paris," 8" x 8", oil on panel, 2012.

I made the shuttlecock a couple of weeks ago, I was a badminton player in high school and have a real fondness for all things badminton.  The painting of the girl comes from a picture I took when I was in Paris for my honeymoon.  I always loved this little girl and wanted to paint her.  And I think after that rough self portrait (which I debated deleting this morning) I needed to do something with better colors and without looking at me.  Although, I think that making the self portraits helped so I am not abandoning.

Monday, April 02, 2012

"Bird on Stripes,"
oil on canvas, 16" x 20" I haven't been really posting much lately because I am in a bit of a confusion about which direction to go. And really wanting to make things that mean a bit more to me. I am not sure how I will get there, but I think I will definitely begin to go bigger. If painting was about painting small I would probably have never been interested in it in the first place. And although it has been interesting to make myself try to be a better painter on small canvases I am getting a little sick of painting so small. It also feels very tight, at least the way that I have been painting. So...I might begin just to finally get back into a comfort zone in terms of size. And at this point 16" x 20" is actually biggish.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"San Marcos Waterfall"
oil on panel, 16" x 20", 2012.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

oil on panel, 12" x 12", 2012.

Friday, March 16, 2012

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2012 This is a painting that I wasn't able to finish because of time constraints of a model that I hired in January to sit for me. I love her red hair!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red and Green Plant
oil on panel, 12" x 12", 2012. I really love this plant. Love the colors, everything.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, "Caroline's Dream,"
oil on canvas, 12" x 9", 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012

"To the Dogs" (literally)
oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2012. it seems although I am have recently been needing money myself I still have carried on with at least one donation to some sort of charity a year. So this is the one for this year. Typically if I do anything at all I give something that I have already made to the charity but this painting is for the Animal Trustees of Austin and I ended up making something specifically for them. This took me awhile, much longer, honestly, than I planned or wanted to spend on something. It seems like a really good organization, but it will be going up for auction and you never really know how much it will get. The very bright side of this is that it made me continue to work on a larger piece and deal with that and I haven't done that for awhile. Although, as you can see, it really looks more like 12 daily paintings at once, instead of a more cohesive narrative type painting.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Sketchbook Watercolors
I have been working, really, but it has all been on one painting. And it is taking me awhile, and it is for charity. Which is honestly kind of ridiculous, but I committed to this sort of weird charity ball thing and my idea for it has ended up having me work a lot on one painting. In many ways I am wondering why the hell I am doing this. But, because it has been this sort of outside pressure/assignment sort of thing it has been good in kind of breaking me from just a painting a day thing. And for awhile I have been wanting to begin working on paintings that are more involved and take a bit more time than the painting a day. Hopefully the practice I am getting from this painting will transfer into work that is for me. In the meantime I will just post some sketchbook watercolors that I have been working on while watching tv at night.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"French Telephone Booth"
oil on panel, 6" x 6", 2012.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents Day! "Ronald Reagan"
watercolor on paper, 8" x 10". When I was a kid my sister and I had a U.S. President's pencil box and a U.S. Capitols pencil box. I loved these things and developed a lifelong love of that kind of easy U.S. History. Anyway I ended up starting an exclusive U.S. President's sketchbook a few years ago. I only have about 10 in there but so far Ronald Reagan made the cut. I must admit that I am not a fan of his presidency or of his movies but I do find it really interesting that his career included both.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Sunset Boulevard"

oil on panel, 5" x 7".

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Griffith Park Excavator"

oil on panel, 6" x 6".

As a mother of a young boy I have begun to notice the beauty in construction vehicles, and garbage trucks and a whole lot of things that I never really noticed before hanging out with the little guy. is an ode to that beauty. This excavator hung out near the griffith park train and horse rides the entire time we were in LA this summer. It is mammoth (we all got in the scoop and hung out) and orange and really cool looking.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Mini Orchid"
oil on canvas, 10" x 14"

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Kid Thing

This summer I was asked by my friend David Zellner to make a painting that would possibly be used for a movie poster. They gave me a few stills, I made it, and it was used! The movie played Sundance and will be coming to SXSW in March plus the Berlin Film Festival! David and his brother Nathan are truly original and amazing filmmakers so if you have the chance you should check out their web page and order their last feature "Goliath" (which my sister Caroline starred in) from Netflix.

The movie is Kid Thing.
The filmmakers are the Zellner Brothers.
The designer of the poster is Kurt Volk.

And here it is:

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

February 7, 2012
oil on canvas, 8" x 8"

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"houseplant," oil on panel, 12" x 12", 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

So these are a couple of watercolors I have made recently. I am realizing that I am not going to do this painting a day, or week, or whatever thing, this year. I keep thinking I will make a landscape painting everyday, or a portrait, but I am feeling a little like ??? So I guess I will occasionally post pictures that I make and I will see if something cohesive comes up. Maybe in the meantime I wonder if I should fade my blog into talking about something else. Like housecleaning or my re addiction to caffeine which has been very disappointing.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"4 studies of the prehistoric garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens,"
oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Robin, 1 and 2"
watercolor on paper, 11" x 14"

marker on paper, 11" x 14"

went to life drawing today here are some drawings from it.