Let the Residency Begin!

I made it safely to Nebraska City yesterday and I am officially an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. I was definitely nervous about the whole thing but so far everyone has been really nice and the space is very comfortable. Today I will begin working in my studio for the first time.

During my 4 week stay I will be working on the first chapter of the graphic novel I created a proposal for. Whether the publisher is interested or not, I intend to go through with it and the original author is on board as well. I requested a table at TCAF this year so hopefully I can have this chapter available either to sell or to give away (depending on how long it is) if I end up with a table.

Today will be spent making sure I have everything I need – food, supplies, etc. – and settling into my studio. It’s such a big space that it makes me wish I was painting on huge canvases again! Instead, I’ll mostly have paper taped to tables.

It feels very much like I am at camp or at my first day of college, especially without my husband here. It’s going to take a few days to find my routine and get used to having zero responsibilities except my art and cooking myself dinner.

I am still open for commissions while I am here so if you were thinking about working together, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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DaVinci Wine Storyteller: Cannoli and Zio

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So, I couldn’t wait to share the rest of what I created for DaVinci Wine’s Storyteller Experience. Above is a painting of some delicious cannoli we enjoyed before dinner in Livorno.

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Help Send Me to Tuscany with DaVinci Wines!

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I have some really great news. I have been chosen as a Fan’s Choice Finalist for the DaVinci Wines Storyteller Experience! If I am chosen as a winner I will be spending seven days in Tuscany to experience the people and the place behind DaVinci wines.

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‘Eustace Tilley, Barista’ Chosen as a Winner of The New Yorker Contest!

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A few weeks ago I posted this illustration for The New Yorker’s 2012 Eustace Tilley Book-Bag Contest. In mid-January I learned that I was chosen as 1 of the 12 winners! My work won’t be on a Strand bag, but it is currently up on The New Yorker’s site and you can read their blog post about the winners here.

Westword’s 2011 Denver #WebAwards Finalist!

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I am very pleased to inform you that Westword Magazine has announced it’s finalists for the Denver #WebAwards and I am a finalist for “Best Artist on Twitter!” Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me. They will be announcing the winners in all categories at a party on Wednesday evening so cross your fingers for me.