Thursday, December 31, 2009

atlas sound, drunken unicorn atlanta december 31 2008

happy new year's eve! and a very late happy holidays, in general. we're staying in tonight, away from the cold rain and closer to the leftover christmas booze and a new turntable, so i've been reminiscing over the absolute perfection of last new year's eve. great music. the perfect location. stuffed unicorns fetuses flying above our heads. threatening war veterans and impromptu marriage proposals from strangers (politely turned down). and kellis vonandelheim.

i hope everyone has a great night.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

edgar oliver

my love runs deep and pure.

"what inspires you today?"

"the idea of taking a long walk in the spring. a long aimless walk."

typing that out and reading it back to myself takes all of the magic away. but hearing it from his mouth makes my eyes glaze over with wonder for such a simple luxury. i'm a big fan of the moth podcast (they will soon have a story hour) and listen to it as i work every week, every time i can get my hands on a new release. you can listen to edgar oliver's "the apron strings of savannah" here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Handmade Graphics

i received my copy of rotovision's handmade graphics by anna wray in the mail on friday morning. wow, it's such a great book!

i am thrilled to have been included. there are so many amazing artists including gemma anderson, stanley donwood, chen ying-tzu and luke best just to name a very few. thank you anna wray!

Friday, December 4, 2009

a thousand different versions of yourself

if you are in the chattanooga area come down to the leo gallery for my show opening tonight from 6 to 9. it's going to be fun! it will remain up through december so if you miss it today drop by anytime this month.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

holiday sale!!

there was some talk around the thanksgiving table as to what sales people will be attending tomorrow and what god-awful time they will be waking up in the morning to do so. (i'm a morning person and early riser but not when rising is immediately followed by lots of cold and lots of people.) but it did put me in the spirit, i must admit. so i'm having a sale in my shop over the weekend. two different ones, in fact. from now until tomorrow i will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on prints until midnight on the 27th. just enter the print you would like, of equal or lesser value, in the message section of your order. then starting saturday morning and the remainder of the weekend through the end of cyber monday there will be a free shipping sale!

i've also added a few new prints for the occasion so go have a look!

i hope all of my u.s. friends had a great holiday.

Monday, November 23, 2009

i now have prints available at the wonderful canteen art shop and gallery in ottawa!

it's a really beautiful space and i feel honored to be there.

perusing their site over the weekend i stumbled across the work of sebastian millar. there is a small interview here. his work is so striking and wonderful to me and i was a more than a little disappointed to see that the barn owl has already been snatched up by some lucky person.

barn owl
sebastian millar

sebastian millar

as i work through these last few weeks before my show opening on december 4th i have animal collective's new ep fall be kind practically on repeat on the computer, the ipod, in the car (where you can make the most of the excellent bass in graze). i can't recommend it enough.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

works in progress

i have been working this past week despite the "all i've been doing is drinking coffee and watching movies" implications of the previous post. a lot of work, actually. my solo show seems far away but i know i'll blink and it will be here. i have a to-do stack on my (remarkably and abnormally tidy) desk to tackle next week.

they always carve a set and paint a set. we can really move through some pumpkins around here. they stayed with their aunt the last two nights so when they first arrived home, between the absolute lack of sleep and amount of sugar coursing through their blood streams, they had the emotional stability of a menopausal valley of the dolls rehab clinic. but now finally calm...and ready for trick or treating...which is of course more sugar and less sleep. but it's what we do, right? halloween ftw.

happy halloween!

it's been a horror-movie love fest all week in the house. the boy is all about the zombie movies and i could watch an asian ghost story every afternoon and never get sick of it so it's rare that we both fall in love with the same film. until wild zero!

this is how we spent our halloween morning with coffee. it was so much fun, the music is awesome and it has everything...

"crazy rock managers in very tight shorts, transsexuals, naked women shooting guns in the shower, and bloodthirsty zombies ready to tear them apart. Leather jackets, loud over-modulated music, laser guitar picks, motorcycles, guns, muscle cars, and fire "


yesterday i watched a tale of two sisters while i worked thinking i could give it half my attention and get something done as well. that lasted all of twenty minutes before i was glued to the screen. it's incredible. a great story and it's breathtakingly beautiful. i had to resist the urge several times to pause and take screenshots.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

new prints!

i forgot to mention earlier that i've added 4 new prints to my etsy shop! trees and foxes and boys. that sounds about right.

shut away

i'm in serious work mode making an absolute mess of my space with several projects at once. not even i entirely know what's happening here. a lot. everything comes together in the end but sometimes when i'm working on several pieces at once on the same surface i just stop and think...what the hell is going on? another side effect of the mess, i've lost a pair of feet. they'll turn up eventually just like the missing hands did last week. one little breeze and it's an anatomy free-for-all.

a few things that have caught my eye this week...

this is edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros performing their song home in an in-store gig in august. this song was on a summer mix that i mentioned a few weeks back and has completely won me over. you can't help but smile.

i stumbled upon and read alexander pushkin's the dead princess and seven knights over the weekend - a story based on the grimms' snow white with a more deliciously dramatic title. it was exactly that hint of darkness that reminded me of one of my favorite sets of illustrations. i found them through a blog that has become a weekly addiction, a journey round my skull. the book is tales of mystery and imagination by e.a. poe, illustrated by the always wonderful harry clarke.

you can see the full set here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

kings among runaways


we choose the in-between

i'm enjoying these guys so much. as soon as they are cut from their page they seem to take on a little personality of their own. a nice little set of runaways.

it's finally feeling like fall here. a little. this is the first week where you can step outside without sweating and perfect for hoodies in the morning. i have the decemberists on my ipod at the desk which i seem to always crave along with darjeeling tea when that first timid push of cooler air comes in and zaps the humidity. eric was home last week on staycation and we lived like a retired florida couple. swimming, morning movies on the couch, a lot of good food and jack and cokes in the afternoon. a perfect last week of summer.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

a quick post...

because i am too exhausted to do much else. it has been raining all week. serious rain. the kind that soaks your jeans to the knees the instant you leave the house.

this was empty when accidentally left on the porch after a craft project yesterday morning. it isn't entirely accurate because it was partly under the run-off from the awning but still! the inch of water in the bottom of my forgotten wellies was totally legite, though.

the dark weather on top of not much sleep last night led to a day of cutting color appropriate snippets on the couch under a heavy blanket with tea and the wicker man.

jónsi and alex have a coloring competition on their website. so so sweet and fun. and if you haven't checked their artwork, also/previously under the name riceboy sleeps, then go! go now!

Monday, September 14, 2009


i'm seeing these dots in my sleep. not wanting them to be perfect circles or the same size i hand-cut them all with scissors. dull scissors, to be exact, because i can't remember to pick up a new pair. circle cutting is the kind of project where you put your head down and work work work and look up some time later and the progress is hideously disappointing. but i think it was worth it. i really like them.

this is the first piece made from the amazing pages i picked up from etsy a few weeks ago. i was so excited to get them i checked the mail sometimes twice a day. you never know. they might decide to deliver mail twice on wednesdays especially to make that crazy girl stop waiting at the box each morning. they finally came saturday and i am more than pleased with them. here are a few examples...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

saturday morning entertainment

a pen dug from the bottom of a too-large bag at breakfast is all it takes sometimes to keep the impatient and restless entertained. it almost makes up for the other times when a three ring circus made of candy on the moon isn't enough.

but i'm one to talk. this is an embellished sketch made in the car while i was having to wait for twenty minutes on friday.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

my creative space

i feel like i've been making paper leaves for weeks! i finished up this piece and have leaves left for a few smaller ideas i have in mind. first i have another plan for this. creative multi-tasking. so for today my creative space is digital. i can wash the glue and ink from my hands for a few hours. still working on the music-related project, i am putting together an album cover.

i'm working out the fonts and text placement (the above is only for vague markers) which usually pitches me into a perfectionist's fit. it's funny because working with text only is fine. it's just the act of finding the perfect way to express an idea with words along with a piece of art that makes me a lunatic.

for some thursday listening, the mondo boys have put together a late-summer-push mix.

“WEIRD SUMMER” was created exclusively to get you through those last few incredibly sticky days of the hottest god damn summer you can remember. Fuel for the fire. Grab that boom box, hit the beach, and turn up the volume. Best served before 9.21.2009. Mucho take it easy." - MB

i love making mix tapes but am so terrible at sequencing from one track to the next. i tend to give up and just throw songs i want on there at random. the flow of this is inspiring.

Monday, August 31, 2009

work in progress...

this is something i have been picking at for almost two weeks. now that we have comfortably settled into the school schedule i'm hoping to finish it up in the next few days. that white will be removed as it's only a circle placeholder. as for the boy...he obviously has an issue but i don't know what it is. he's cut from an 1894 medical handbook written in german. there are so many illustrations of wicked looking problems that are mysteries. i might have to look them up when i get a free moment.

i have a complete crush on this book. i posted an illustration from it a few months ago and this is another that was trimmed out last night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

blind man's colour

i'm in the process of making a few demo pieces for a band art project starting up mid-september. at the moment i can't stop listening to blind man's colour so i was very excited to do this.

their album came out on kanine records on the 18th. you can get it here.


every junk shop or antique store has a cardboard box somewhere filled with old pictures with a handwritten sign taped to the front reading "25 cents" or "5 for a dollar." i always have to dig through. always. it gets to the point where most look the same; people with cars, women with children, men in uniforms. i have a box here of the pictures that i couldn't leave behind and when i was looking through them last night, searching for the perfect one for a project i'm working on, i noticed a pattern.

i have so so many, probably half, of this guy. tall, sort-of lanky, standing on a porch or in a field or a road doing seemingly nothing. and there is always a small issue with each one like a double exposure or blown out lighting. i love the guy in the top left that i picked up in nashville on the way back from kentucky a few weeks ago. what is he even doing? it's such a curious shot. it's the perfect, awkward, we-just-got-a-camera-let's-see-if-it-works image. "stand over there by the bushes, frank, and stop fidgeting."

i have a set that is my absolute favorite. i'm going to frame them. they were found in one of those plastic, spiral bound albums that you can get your photos arranged in when you have film developed. (remember that?) over half of them were all white or all black but it was totally worth it just for a few.

who has two thumbs and is the happiest guy in the desert?

perfection, right?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

work in progress...

i've had this green covered panel, the cover taken from a falling apart geography book, on a shelf for possibly months. it's one of those that i made and set aside for the next day that became the next then i just couldn't possibly think of anything i wanted to do with it so there it sat. it was tempting me this morning with its angry-student-pencil-stab marks in the corners.

above my desk today are my left-over saturday morning flowers in my favorite mug. so favorite that i don't use it daily and have horrible visions of dropping it. i picked it up in an antique shop across from the whistle stop cafe, an unexpected find on a great trip a few years ago.

various boots of this have been on constant play over the past year but it finally seems there is an official recording. i know i'm going on and on about bradford cox lately but he deserves it. atlas sound's quick canal. 8 minutes and 38 seconds of bliss.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

my creative space

i haven't had a chance to participate in my creative space for the last few weeks but the space is still here. just a little slow on the productivity this week. with the kids back in school it's going to take me a little bit to work my schedule and daily routine back into a place where things actually get accomplished.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

feed me banks of light

a few new small pieces (3.5" x 3.5") that were shipped off to the Naked Gallery this week. they were mostly inspired by kentucky happenings. cone flowers and cabins and almost drowning in rain. but in a good way.

after having a garden vegetable dinner with my parents tonight i drove the forty minutes back at dusk with the windows down. the heat of the day was gone but it left a haze that made the late light pink and dense like cotton pressing in. the kudzu has grown so thick along the sides of the road you can part it with your hands like a heavy, velvet stage curtain. lilli in the backseat earnestly singing along to r.e.m., feed me banks of light and hang your hairshirt on the lowest rung
it's a beautiful life.

Monday, August 10, 2009

natural disasters and good music

i have never spent any time in kentucky until last week. i'm sure i've driven through it, definitely flown over it, but never taken any of it in - never had a kentucky experience. so when Kelly and I saw that the no deachunter round robin tour was stopping in newport we took the opportunity to visit a bit. it was pretty awesome. there was an unexpected hiccup being that our perfect cabin-in-the-woods on the red river was located in a "dry county" and we failed to bring any beer or wine with us. when traveling to kentucky bring your own camping booze! there, are in fact, not natural bourbon springs and the liquor laws are confusing and horrible. and visit the red river gorge. it's breathtaking.

the one lane rock tunnel we had to pass through to get to the cabin. it was long and led to many scary, after-dark thoughts later on. most of these pictures are stolen from kells.

then on to louisville and the morning of the torrential storms that put downtown under water. we watched a wide drainage ditch behind our hotel completely fill with water and overflow.

that dropped something like 7 inches of rain in an hour. we were able to make it out just before they closed the interstate and drove to newport where the show was one of the best i've ever seen. honest! the dance tunnel still makes me feel all loved-up thinking of it. i'm horrible at reviews so here's a great one.

Friday, August 7, 2009

a few new things...

i finished these up before vacation last week and they never made it here. i still have the opposing book cover and enough scraps to continue with the same colors for another piece because i am all kinds of in love with them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

southern monsters and a summer sale

it's hot here, people. not as hot as it has been and certainly not as hot as it will be. but two things are making the summer great this week despite the inability to venture comfortably into the out-of-doors between the hours of one and six. number one...kudzu monsters! i know i'm supposed to think of it as a pest choking out our glorious native flora. but it looks so cool! that's my professional stance. we have some truly glorious examples just down the street but since i am living a camera-free life this week i went to flickr where i found a great group.

img from jacob
it's not quite the same as picking pictures from the clouds...more like counting the heads, dragon or dinosaur. every now and then i see the aliens from the muppets.

number two? a summer sale!!

free shipping and lots of sale pricing and a free mini print with an original art purchase. i've added a few new prints in the last few weeks so head over and have a look around.

to the shop!