Thursday, April 30, 2009

Booze Hounds.

I recently had an illustration featured in the Santa Barbara City College newspaper The Channels. It is seen both online and in print for an article discussing the issue of underage drinking and lowering the drinking age. Read the article here and enjoy other great journalistic endeavors produced by The Channels staff!

A big thanks to my little sis!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Secret Garden

Succulent. A fun word to say. What's even more fun? Actual succulents! Ok, maybe not everyone will agree with me on that one, but I really do love succulents. Their wonderful plump and waxy leaves lend so much to the imagination. For instance, in the pictures of above, look at the silly sage green ones that look like small rocks (or little butts!).
Because my friend Sonja loves and appreciates succulents as much as I do, I made her a small desktop succulent garden for her day of birth. The ceramic pot was made by me; dark brown clay, tony's copper glaze with a rim of chun white glaze. The colors and textures of the pot lend themselves nicely to a southwestern-ish aesthetic and complement the plant colors. I think it turned out quite darling and I am excited because I have found a way to use all of my extra pots! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Here is a glimpse of how I start one of my paintings. Easy going, thumbnail sketches make up the majority of my pre-painting ritual. I have never been one to do a comprehensive sketch, just because I find a simple one usually works itself out in my head. And besides, painting is the fun part.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quite the Pair

It is a very, very hot day here today. Because of the ridiculous heat I feel like I have been shuffling around, barely able to work my limbs correctly. However, this morning before the major heat set in, I was in my oil painting class painting a delightfully lumpy pair of pears. It has been about 5 years since I have painted with oils and I found it really fun to blend and blend and blend. I hope you enjoy what I have so far, I plan on tweaking a few things here and there, but this is probably really close to the finish work.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Creature Feature

Meet my silly little hedgehog. Not a standard garden gnome, but he will probably end up living next to the vegetable patch.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fish Face

Good morning! I finally took some pictures of my fish sculpture. I would say that the glaze turned out the way I was hoping, but overall my fish falls short of my original ideal. For a first attempt at hand building I would say it was a good learning experience though.

I have started an oil painting class this week and will be experimenting with oils for the first time in 5 years. It should be an interesting departure from my watercolor work. Annnnndddd, this evening I will begin my ceramics/pottery class for the third time. I am hoping that during this round I will have some decent looking pottery to post up here (key word here: hoping!).