Saturday, August 26, 2017

Ink using calligraphy pens

Working on portraits this summer. Partially because ya gotta stay in practice and partially because my summer sublet has a WALL OF MIRRORS so, it's kind of a perfect opportunity. Not really a likeness but I'm still learning.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Felt tip pen and paper. 2016.
Nobody knows how loud your heart gets. Cause we're a million miles away but I still hear you....

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Graphite on paper. 

A quick self portrait in graphite. Will try again with eyes next time...

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Going to be okay
Felt tip pen.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wishful Distance
Felt tip pen. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

An experiment and a challenge

Two springs ago I took a wonderful art class about creative process and developing oneself as an artist. At the end of class students were required to present their portfolios in a formal presentation, and then received a review from our two professors and one artist from the community.

In my review I was told to be more passionate. Of all the criticisms I expected to receive, it was not this. I expected a criticism of my technical style, or the lack of cohesion in my work. Instead, I was told that my concepts came across clearly and that I was able to articulate ideas well, but I needed to make my work more personal. They said, your ideas are universal; what are YOU struggling with? They also said, make art for you. Which means, let go of wondering if your ideas come across and let go of worrying about whether it is beautiful. Be less utilitarian. Your art doesn't need a purpose.

Essentially, I am a contemporary artist. I want to convey ideas. I want to make art that comments on society. Ideas are important to me. Change is important to me. Feeling like I'm DOING something is important to me. I feel like I can never do enough. I am torn between the worlds of art and the environment, and (though if someone else said this to me I'd be appalled because I firmly believe art is valuable, whether or not it has a message), I feel torn between an "unworthy" calling and a worthy one. Somewhere along the line I figured, if I can make art about social change, then that will be enough. Then I can justify my art.

When I received this critique I thought, is that really necessary? Do I really need to say what I'm struggling with? I was pleased to hear my ideas come across clearly as that is what I want from my art. So- no action needed, right? However, I greatly respect the professors I had in that class, and the critique wasn't an off-hand comment made by one of my reviewers- all of them had the same criticism. Additionally, making art about ideas and about social change, though good, is a way to distance myself from my art. It's a way to not risk being seen. It is safe. And perhaps if I make my art more personal it will be more effective. It might be a good growth opportunity. So here we are. If being personal and taking risks is what I need to do to improve my art, then I should give it a try. I should free myself from having to say things. There is a value to saying things with art, of course, but I want to push myself as an artist and if that's what it takes then I'd like to try it.

So starting today, this is my new experiment. The experiment will exist on this blog and not my current blog on my website because my new portfolio is my professional site and the link to my new website is on my business card. I don't know that I need new professional connections to be reading about my feelings or love life. Also, I'm pretty confident that no one is reading this blog, so it's a way to practice risk-taking, and to practice sharing more personal art, without really sharing it. It's a baby step. I'm going to be posting personal art here and am going to practice being comfortable with sharing a new kind of less-curated art. It will also be a venue for my musing on art, artistic process, personal art v. not personal art, etc. 

So that's all. Here goes.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

It's been a while since last posting. A LONG WHILE. But part of that is because I have been working on a new website that will serve as my online portfolio.

My new website link is and is going "live" tonight. Yay! I hope to use this portfolio to apply for additional illustration gigs and to share finished/polished work. I am going to continue to use this blog to post works-in-progress, musings, and other blog-like things though and am excited to stop neglecting it.

In that vein musings-  I have been really enjoying Austin Kleon's blog lately ( He has great advice for artists/creatives/people in general and I've been finding a bunch of interesting podcasts and links in his blog. If you're going to go down the rabbit hole of the internet, you might as well do it through this blog. It'll be worth it. Or it will inspire you to stop rabbit-holing and to get to work, so a win-win.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last week I deinstalled my Illustrations for Your Memoir! Show at Glama-Rama gallery and salon in Oakland. And though I had written it in my gcalendar, AND on my hardcopy paper to-do list, I forgot to take pictures of the show before taking it down. Halfway through pulling thumbtacks off the wall and stacking frames, I realized this and snapped this picture, which gives a little sense of the show:

Funny story- the text in the silver at the top says "I am so terrified that sometimes I can't even breathe" which is a line from a beautiful story on postpartum depression by Megan Stielstra called Channel B. It did not sell so I brought it home with me and now I have it hanging above my bed. Which seems a little emo and initially worried my roommates...haha

More from the show

Next up- I think I'm going to take a hiatus from applying to shows and focus on just creating art for a while- specifically I'd like to focus on sculpture and acrylics. I read an art blog somewhere that challenged artists to make one piece of art a month, so at the end of the year you have 12 new things in your portfolio. So I'd like to take on that challenge. November 1st, here's looking at you.

I found this cool article and highly recommend giving it  a read:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This is the illustration I did for the Funny Women column "I Sold my Software Company and Now I'm into Art," which can be read here:

I gotta say, this is one cute little dog, if I do say so myself.

Feng Shui Digs. Ink and gouache.

These Rumpus illustrations were for a Funny Women column called "Notes on Camping." I have to admit, I'd not heard of Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp" and had to look it up to understand this column. Once getting some time of context, "Notes on Camping" was much funnier. You can read the column here:

In Western Art, the audience is the victim. Ink. 

The Elegant Simplicity of the Mosquito. Ink and gouache.