I believe that one’s environment plays a huge role in productivity and imagination, as well as over all mood (which is why I am always urging home and business owners to PAINT YOUR WALLS. Come on people, white walls in a day care are just depressing.). I try to keep my workspace interesting and inspiring, with lots of colors and things I like, for example floor space with lots of soft rugs and pillows (I have this weird habit of wanting to do everything while sitting/laying on my floor XD) but for some reason my studio always ends up looking like this:

…and then I have to play hopscotch to get out of the room. (This is a glimpse as to why my childhood nickname was Chaos Child.)

What I really want my studio to look like is this:

(I know you want to know more about this glorious place, visit the owner’s blog, go here)

I actually realized that this dream studio was not so far away as I might think, my family owns forty or so acres up in Conifer, Co and we already have one cute yellow farm house (as well as several half falling down log cabins)…so adding a tiny white one might not be too much of a stretch!

I could put it here:

This would be a good spot!

Although, even if I did build my dream studio it would most likely still be a mess…and I would probably still have to play hopscotch to get to the door.


Spooky Fairy Tales, Anyone? Also, Cats Cats Caaats

Hi Ya’ll! I thought I would take a moment to share my most recent, finished piece of work with everyone!

This piece is watercolor and ink on cold press paper and is based off of one of my favorite Japanese fairy tales, The Boy Who Drew Cats.

For those of you who have never heard of this fairy tale, you can read a pretty good translation here, if you can’t guess…it is a story about a boy who only ever draws cats. Cats. Cats. Cats.

I also like Wikipedia’s synopsis, and the addition of all the cats having bloody mouths, creeeeppy.

Anyways, I really wanted to bring out some of the spookier elements of the story (I’ve always felt that the Japanese have a wonderful grasp on horror). This was an assignment for school and I was limited to black, white and grey, which lent itself fairly well to this scene of the story, where our cat loving little protagonist has fallen asleep in the temple after drawing,……catscatscats. I have also been working hard to create a sense of space in my paintings (usually they are terribly flat). I think I was successful in here!

I really would like to paint some more creepy fairy tale scenes! Do you have any suggestions? What do you think of The Boy Who Drew Cats and my adaptation of it?

Halloweeen Is Coming!

It’s October! The spookies month of the year…culminating in my favorite holiday, All Hallows Eve!

I did a silly/sweet Vampire shoot with Xzone9 last week and his assistant Odrina got me all dressed up in an outfit that reminded me a bit of Claudia, from Interview with a Vampire, if only because it was a cute vintage-ish spin on vampires (I really just CAN’T be conventionally scary, sorry ahha)

Me being a terribly "scary" vampire.

Now I know most of us are damn tired of Vampires by now (I am atleast) but, if you have not either read Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice or viewed the film, you should certainly put that on your Halloween To-do list! Anne Rice is a superb author whose writing is dark, rich and alluring.

Speaking of spooky books and films, do ya’ll have any favorites? I’d love for you to share!

Also, in my shoot I wore a creepy cute crucifix, hand made by my lovely friend Michelle. She sells her pieces on Etsy and they would be perfect for Halloween, so click the pic and check her out n_n

Now I am off to decorate my lawn with spooky fun things!

I’d love to hear about how you all celebrate my favorite holiday!

Some of My Favorite Modern Artists..

After reading a post by everembelished, I was inspired to write a post featuring all of my favorite modern artists!

Kinuko Y. Craft:

I first encountered Craft’s work on the cover of the novel Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. I absolutely love the elegance, detail and over all magic of her pieces. One of the things I was most impressed with was that if you look closely at her cover illustrations you can see the entire story being told in the details of the painting. She works in an interesting combanation of watercolor and oil. Read about her working process here.

69 Geist:

This artist is actually a good friend of mine and maybe I am a liiiiiittle biased but I think his work is pretty awesome. He has a wonderful eye for composition and draws expertly from some of the most mind boggling angles.

Jason Chan:

I first saw Jason Chan’s work on the cover of a book called Eyes Like Stars, which I haven’t read (I usually avoid things found in the “Paranormal Romance” section, because that sounds terrifying XD). Anyways, Jason Chan’s way of painting doll-like figures in a highly realistic way is something I really inspire to.

JD Parrish:

Is a painting instructor at Chandler Gilbert Community college and one of the most amazing figure painters I have ever met. He is also the closest thing I have had to mentor (so again, I could be biased, I will let you decide ahah). JD paints very much a traditional artist, painting in the style of the old masters.

Audrey Kawasaki:

I have been watching this artist for a long time, I was first attracted to her work because of how she treated the wood in her paintings. I also love her line work, it is reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha.

Lastly, David Scheirer:

I recently stumbled across David’s work on Etsy (here is his shop) and I loved the perfect line work and charming details of his work. His water color pieces have both and accuracy and simplicity to them that I found gorgeous.