Saturday, April 28, 2007


Today, I painted my first triptych. I tried to arrange the contents in such a way that each frame had something of interest that was equal to the other frames. It is depicting the first blush of spring....dandelions, leaf buds and the return of birds.

(edited to include the word 'painted'. Since I do a lot of digital art, I really should differentiate.)

My Favorite Mistake

I have a confession: I'm not a wiz on the sewing machine. In fact, I'm pretty unskilled. OH, the shame I've brought upon my family name. The little ric rac enhanced heidi dresses my grandmother sewed for me....the pinstriped brazer my mother made for my 6th grade graduation...and me? what have I made for my offspring? some of the most lopsided jammie pants in the history of pants. Usually with crooked seams and exposed bits of ravelling fabric.

Well, today, I attempted a pouch. A sad, crooked, lumpy lined zipper pouch and I love it.

Friday, April 27, 2007


Inspired by a Russian folktale, I began work on a series of illustrations about Vasilissa the beautiful.
Vasilissa is a cinderella-ish tale about a gal who's mother leaves her a magic doll to care for her after she dies. The girl and the doll then deal with the adversity of a cruel stepfamily together. The stepmother then sends the girl on an impossible and probably fatal errand. Vasilissa, with the help of the doll, triumphs instead as the errand proves to be fatal to the stepfamily instead.

Icky Thump

Icky Thump....Icky Thump....Icky Thump....New White Stripes single....must. rock. out. Go to iTunes and get one. It'll cure what ails ya.
the white stripes

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Latte With A Shot of Schadenfraude

It’s noonish and the Giant Coffee Monolith store is empty save for me and three employees. The snappish young manager girl scolds a fellow employee in a less than dignified manner. Sure, the boy was goofing off but the place was empty and no one deserves to be belittled. The red-faced boy skulked off to the task she had assigned him. As she unpacked a box of CDs, I began to realize that she was one of ‘those’ people. She was prickly…borderline nasty about everything. She snottily critiqued the CDs in the box to the extremely young barista who was mixing my melon-macha latte.
“Oh look,” snotty mcgripsalot snotted snottily, “it’s another Michael Buble,” and rolled her eyes. Except, she didn’t pronounce his name ‘Boo-Blay’ as is correct but rather ‘Bubble’. I can't help but smirk.
Young Barista cooed, ‘ooo, I love Michael Buble.’ (pronounced correctly)
Snotty huffed embarassedly, ‘is that how you say it? I’ve never even heard of the guy’ chuckling disengeniously.
Now, I'm enjoying this a little too much. It was just too fun to see that mix of anger and embarrassment, not unlike the look on Goofing off boy's face.
Now, Young Barista was smart enough to realize she’d made a tactical error. She began asking questions about the correct amounts of milk, the syrup to powder ratio of my drink order. She did this, I believe, to restore the balance of power and not incur the wrath of Snotty.
After allowing Snotty to laugh and ask her if she’d ever made a latte before, Young Barista began extolling the virtues of Michael Buble. All was restored to order.
Two more unnecessary employees entered the building and inquired as the the contents of the box that Snotty was digging into.
Snotty hautily explained that she was unpacking a rack of Michael BOO-BLAY CDs, holding each syllable for an unnecessarily long time. She then smiled triumphantly at Young Barista as though it were she who had been right all along.
“Oh, I love that guy, “ the unnecessary co-worker chimed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

arbre mis en cage

The latest piece in my birdcage series: Arbre Mis En Cage.
Painted by moi.

Monday, April 23, 2007


The news was not good. Back to the drawing board...literally. The response was a 'form letter' type that didn't really give me any feedback that I could draw from (it's a pun!) Such is life.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

While paint dries

While I was waiting for paint to dry, I started working on some little bits and bobs that are in my paint box. Before I knew it, my paint was dry but I was still creating little creatures. I think the geisha is my favorite.

Friday, April 20, 2007


Alrighty, I sent my portfolio to an agency who handles freelance illustrators. The bullet has been bitten. I'm feeling less than self-confident right now.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A little Tease

I decided to tease you with my current WIP. The fourth installment in the birdcage series - the tree. Still in progress, you can get a taste of where it's going - the mighty tree both defying and conforming to the cage prison.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It's a a cage

I thought the wallpaper bird, a favorite of my motifs, should be pretty and not horrible. No peeling paper or stains. Just warm yellow tones.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

butterfly in a birdcage

I'm not sure I'm in love with how it turned out. I may have to revisit some areas of this.
I'll have to find something better than the cappuccino maker to prop it up against so I can take a better picture.
What do you, dear reader, think of this attempt to combine the digital with the corporeal?


So...I'm looking into a couple of different avenues that could potentially turn this doodling thing into a career. I'm agonizing over the options. Freelance work? Licensing? It's times like these, I wish I had someone who knew about these things to advise me.
I bought a couple of books. Maybe that will help.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

le cage le series

Taking advice from the fabulous and newly pedicured Pink Mohair, I started my Le Cage series.

This piece is still in transition. What do you think of the wallpaper? The peeling? and the placement?

Friday, April 13, 2007

A Not So Guilded Cage

I'm really pleased with how this turned out. This is probably my most meaningful piece ever.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Prototype birds on a hallmark bag

I got this fantastic new compound for making jewelry so before I tore into it, I made some prototypes with polymer clay and paper.
You can't see it from this angle but they have the little eyes in them for hanging.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Lotus" Entertain You

I was working tonight on lotus flowers and making a pattern from them when I decided to goof around with my birds again. Thus, Lotus Birds were born to rival my cherry blossom birds. I'm not sure I'm 100% finished with it....might do more with the sky but I'm pleased with the direction it's moving in.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Swing away, Merrill! This is the first piece of a multi-media piece I'm conceiving that would include paint and paper as well.
ooo, or maybe foil...hmmm.
Hey, I'm in some treasuries

Monday, April 09, 2007

Shy Gal

I wanted to do something with glasses since I wear them and most of my family do as well. I don't think that little gal with glasses is well represented in the canon of artwork.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

A little crafting

My daughter and I are building a zoo out of poly clay, paper, wooden bits and cardboard.
Here's my first contribution

Friday, April 06, 2007


Someone inquired about 'cute animals' the other day so I went through my back log of work. I started out making bib designs for babies so I knew I had a 'cute' animal or two stashed away. What do you think? I'm kind of partial to the turtle and the chipmunk.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


I'm not 100% I'm finished with this one. I'll sleep on it. What do you think of her face in particular? Something just doesn't feel finished.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

the process

And here it is. It starts as a line drawing and ends as a painterly pic.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

I decided to show a piece of an WIP to give you an idea where the magic happens.

I'm giving this piece a more cartoonish look with less detailed features. The face, hair and sweater are essentially done but the hands and the chair are still being worked on.

Here, you can see the hard shell of the original drawing juxtaposed with the smoothness of the face and the 'fluffy' look of the sweater.

portrait of a lady

she's meant to be a girl but she looks a bit too grown up. Are her eys up too high?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

the devil is in the details

One of the things I love about this digital medium is that I can work as small as I'd like. Here's a zoom of an eye of my latest piece. I need to see about making her eyelashes look individual. I think they need a bit of highlight.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Miss Edie's lament

So, I watched Grey Gardens for the first time this weekend....

Go Ask Alice

I think she'll know...