Nausicaa, and Windsor & Newton inks

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“Nausicaä” – 8×10″ ink and watercolor on aquabord watercolor cradled wood panel.

I’m so proud of my most recent little painting! I’m trying something a bit different here. The last time I visited the art supply store, I picked up a set of Winsor & Newton inks, and after lightly penciling in the drawing I used the nut brown ink to trace over the linework.

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 I used liquid resist (the light blue blobs) to protect the areas I wanted to keep white.

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Here is after the first few coats of paint, not quite dark or rich enough. I used both the inks, and my watercolor paints.

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And here is the finished piece!

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This painting is for this group art show, set to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend. All of the work is inspired by nostalgic animation from the 80’s and 90’s. Opening Friday night! Hope to see you there. 🙂

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Here is the Facebook event page.

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature – Show at Gallery Nucleus!!

I’m so pleased to be taking part in this invitational group show at Gallery Nucleus, in Alhambra, California:

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature

March 29, 2014 – April 13, 2014
Mar 29, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Here is the piece I shipped down to the gallery – “Soil” – watercolor, 7×10.”

soil sm“From the forces that gift us with sunshine and curse us with storms to the countless creatures that roam sky, earth and sea, from the plants that provide us with breath and life to even the tiniest of organisms yet to be discovered, we are surrounded by Mother Nature at every moment. Nucleus presents an exciting group of diversely skilled artists that have come together to create a compelling collection of work that celebrates the harmonious existence of all things that live, breathe, and even photosynthesize. This visually stunning exhibition features a variety of media from a global roster of inspiring talent and urges us to connect to the beauty, power and balance within the natural world. ” (Gallery Nucleus)
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Exhibiting Artists:

Alex Louisa
APAK
Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Christina Mrozik
Corinne Reid
Edward Kinsella
Erica Williams
Frank Gonzales
Hannah Yata
Jan Huling
Joshua Harker
Junyi Wu
Karina Eibatova
Katherine Brannock
Kikyz1313
Laura Bifano
Linda Kim
Mab Graves
Michael Brown
Otto Björnik
Natasha Durley
Richard Kirk
Sam Yong
Sean Avery
Stasia Burrington
Teagan White
Vikki Chu
Yellena
Zoe Poster

(Oh my god! Some incredible artists here! I feel so honored to be showing with them! …And intimidated… oh, don’t tell anyone)


Here are some other small paintings I’ve done recently – I took a small break from work this last month to spend some time in Montana with my sister, brother-in-law and brand new nephew (!), who I’m head-over-heels in love with. Needless to say, I didn’t get much done. But we were able to sneak in a little time to play around with watercolor pencils! spring sm

“Spring”

 

 

 

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“Little Garden”Little garden sm two peonies sm

“Two Peonies”   two peonies sm 2

 

Fox Girl Illustration

 

fox smIntroducing: Fox Girl! It’s come to my attention that I need more animals in my drawings.

Consider this sweet, wild little girl-fox duo the first in an upcoming series of cross-species pairings!!

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I’m experimenting more with combining watercolor paint with further digital color and texture.

For this one the girl and the fox were entirely painted with watercolors, I inked a frilly border in black, then took the piece into Photoshop to add the pretty, mottled background.fox 4

Along with the start of October seems to have come instant cold weather and a sucky cold. While this is my favorite season, the last few days have been spent mostly hiding under a mountain of blankets on the couch, reading Clash of Kings, and sucking down any hot beverage I can get my grubby paws on  …so yesterday I felt I’d better get back into gear and this little drawing is what came of it! Now, I’m afraid it’s back to the couch.

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foxGet the 8×10″ print here!

 

 

Artist Crush: Hellen Jo

She is so cool.

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Her super-saturated colors, watercolor washes, badass girls and incredible lines. UGH! See more here.

Wow! Artist: Aubrey Learner

Oh my goodness, I am in love. San Franciscan artist Aubrey Learner has an MFA in fine art and a BS in biology, and the combined loves mashup to create something truly stunning:

blush

watercolor on paper 23×38 inches

pheromones

watercolor on paper 17.75×30.25

black chemise

ink, graphite on paper 36″x24″

milk and honey

watercolor on paper 33×41 inches

collector

Acrylic and ink on paper 48.75×45.25 inches

Her intricate drawings include insects, silk, candy, pins, lace and parasites. They arouse both disgust and desire; smaller perhaps disturbing bits making up a beautiful, larger whole. More images in her online portfolio, here. Ugh, she is so good!!