Architectural illustration is not a field I expected myself to be in one day, but after I created an image for my alma mater’s Christmas card last year, it seems to be something I have a knack for. I have done a bit of work for other universities (and if you’d like me to paint something for yours, get in touch!), but this painting was a little something different.
A friend of mine commissioned this painting of her boyfriend’s grandmother’s home as a birthday gift. It is a house with a name – and who doesn’t want to live in a house with a name? Meet Daisy Hill. I’m told her boyfriend loves it.
This painting provided me an excellent opportunity to make the piece EXACTLY as I wanted it with no digital manipulation since the original painting was being framed and given as the gift. I often tweak colors or saturation levels digitally because I can be a bit timid with those things when I’m painting but there was no room for that this time!
Below are some of my sketches and color studies that I sent to my friend before beginning the final painting.
I had the distinct pleasure of being asked to create an image for my alma mater’s Christmas card from the President this year. Hastings College has been doing a lot of renovations around the campus, including the interior of the Taylor Hall dormitory. They were looking for a festive, wintry scene featuring the front steps of the building. This is the dorm that I lived in for two years and it’s where I met my best friends, so it certainly has a special place in my heart. I haven’t seen mock-ups for the actual card yet, but I will share it when I receive it. Thanks to Camille for working with me on this!
For my fellow HC alums, or for those that simply like the painting, it is available as a print here.
On November 13th, AIGA Colorado and Design Council of Denver Art Museum are holding a collaborative event they are calling Chaircuterie. I am one of 25 artists that were chosen to create a 2-dimensional piece of artwork featuring a chair or chairs in some way. Here’s a bit more about the event:
Chaircuterie is brought to you by two of Colorado’s leading creative organizations.
Here’s the backstory: AIGA turns 100 this year. With a nod to the founders who provided their own chairs for the inaugural meeting, we’re marking this milestone in Colorado with an original selection of chair designs. One hundred stellar creatives are being asked to craft 25 full-size chairs, 50 miniature chairs and 25 two-dimensional chair representations.
This event supports AIGA Colorado mentorship programming and the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics, steward of the AIGA Design Archives. This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program and the McNichols Civic Center Building.
My painting will be available for sale the night of the event and it is also available as a print here. The painting is an imagined self-portrait of myself at eight months pregnant, napping in an armchair. I say “imagined” because I didn’t pose for it directly, but I am indeed very pregnant at the moment. It is acrylic paint on watercolor paper and the size of the full artwork is 18″ x 24″. If you’re in town, come to the event! I’ll be there mingling as much as possible – while trying not to go into labor.
A new gouache painting for an article about museums around the world that have started offering before-hours and after-hours tours and events.
Don’t ever tell yourself that painting a disco ball will be easy!
And just for fun:
I have been working very hard the last few weeks and months to up my illustration game. I’ve been pushing my composition skills and experimenting with new techniques and this is another piece that has come out of that experimentation.
I was inspired to paint this by my little sister who is having a baby next month and moving to their new house next week. I particularly enjoyed painting the food and containers on the coffee table and the Nintendo sitting on top of a box. These little details can really make a big difference and they’re fun to draw.
Sheesh, I just realized that my last blog post was from the 27th of February! Talk about getting behind. I apologize for the relative silence. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and work has been very busy. Naturally, that means I’ve been doing a lot of client work that I can’t share and haven’t had much time for other stuff. Though, if you follow me on Instagram you can see a lot more of my sketching/painting.
So this is one of my latest watercolor paintings. I am currently obsessed with using my one Kuretake waterbrush pen. It’s made mostly for painting on the go, but I also really like it for my other painting except that it’s a little small. There is a line of about 4-5 of them and I’d love to get them all. I feel like it gives me more control over how much water I put on the page and it has such a smooth feel. Not to mention the portability factor.
Anyway, after reading Glyn Dillon’s The Nao of Brown, which is a gorgeous book that you should all read, I decided to try painting with watercolor over pencil. Dillon creates his comics in pencil but then prints the pencils onto watercolor paper so I was just sure that painting directly over the pencil would lead to a smeared lead distaster but it didn’t. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my process is too complex – I draw each illustration in too many stages and the resulting image can be stiffer than I intended. So by using pencil as the final drawing stage I get to leave off one round of redrawing. I do still love inking, though and I will probably go back and forth between the two techniques.
And if you didn’t noticed, I added a Print Shop tab to the navigation on my site. If you’re looking for prints of my work, hit it up!
Last week I started a new class through the Tutor Mill. I am taking a class on Visual Metaphor with Chris Buzelli and Yuko Shimizu, two very talented and well-known illustrators. This piece is the final from my first assignment on the problems that are created when the sea ice that polar bears use for hunting melts too early.
Prints of this painting are available in my Society6 shop and the original painting is available here. For a limited time, prices on all the paintings in my shop have been reduced by up to $25!
During my first full day at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as an artist-in-residence, I finished up this personal illustration. The shadows and contrast were inspired by the Poltergeist movie poster. How you feel about babies on devices so early will likely make a huge difference in how you see this illustration. It’s a difficult balance – even more difficult for those who actually have children.
I originally did two versions of this painting. The first seemed a bit too dark:
Fortunately, I had scanned the inks for the painting before I put any paint down, so I used that to retrace the drawing and give it another shot. I wanted the gradient to fade a little more slowly and wanted there to be some traces of my mark-making in the black/dark areas. The second one was definitely successful in that respect, but it was missing some of the drama from the first.
Ultimately, the solution was to combine the two and I was able to get the best of both worlds!
Prints of this illustration are available here and the original paintings are available in my Shop.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world…”
~ John Muir
This is available as a print here and the original watercolor painting is available here.
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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