Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First Sunny Day Paintings

Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise
David and I went outside last Sunday and did some painting together. It was so fun. Just playing with watercolors.
Watercolor wash
I've joined the Avon Valley Art Society and the Theatre group, I've been teaching 1-2 Tunisian Crochet classes per week, and frankly, I'm exhausted.

It's getting warmer, and I'm hoping that I'll have a bit more time to play catch-up with the crochet things wrapping up, but I also want to start holding weekly watercolor classes. So we'll just see what happens, won't we?
Happy September!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hand Painted Greeting Cards

I can't believe I forgot to post these! I've had this draft here ages ago, and then obviously I had to go to work, or go to sleep, or do the laundry or something. These are all going to be sold at the Northam Visitor Centre, along with some other crafty things I'm working on.
These two ^ are my favorites. I love the little corner that's missing from the front, and on the inside.
And of course, birds.
These are my other favorites. And good grief, were they all difficult to photograph! I probably put more time photoshopping them to look like the originals, than I did actually painting them!
Alright, my stomach is growling, so off to make food. Mmmm delicious food.

Tunisian Crochet Class

I am SO excited about this - I'm teaching a Tunisian Crochet Class next month! I'm trying to decide which patterns to bring (so sorry if you follow me on Pinterest and you got bombarded by a hundred crochet patterns), but I'll be teaching some basic stitches on the first class, and then pattern navigation on the second class. I already have 8 people (in a room that holds maybe 12), so it will be a cozy - and terribly fun - evening. Wish you all could come join in, I guess I'll just have to travel around the world and come to You, hey? =)
Happy almost weekend!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Story

I was going to type this out. It would've been faster. But I though "how can I make this harder?". This is how.
My computer's fine now, and the first thing I did was back everything up (including the hundreds of 20th century family photos I spent 25 hours scanning), so once I get my stuff under control, I'll be able to post some of the projects I did in the last month.

Other news, I did a raw food diet for a week, which was amaaazing for my skin. Then to balance things out I finished off a carton of Kangaroo Island Honey and Fig Ice Cream (yes that deserves capitalization) the other day, so things are pretty much back to usual. And my feet are sweaty again, I gotta wash these slippers.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thunder... Thunder...

Thundercats, Ho!
Commissioned painting for a friend in Portland. I also painted the Super Mario Bros painting for him as well. So this is how this painting began: as a goodwill $5 canvas that we nicknamed "The Wannabe-Rathko".

And then I prepped the canvas with gesso and outlined the characters.
You've got Panthro at the top, Lion-O in the center, Cheetara running on the right, Tygra on the left, and Snarf at the bottom.
And that's the progression of the Thundercats! All in all, it was about 30 hours. I redid Tygra (bottom left with the whip), his body was just wonky before. Acrylics on canvas, 24" x 36".

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nature's Fireworks

Acrylic on canvas. Commissioned for the Perth Rotaract club's Quiz Night on May 10th to raise money for the International Princess Project.
Husband thought that it should go with the Eucalyptus blossoms growing upwards, but then that made the gum nuts look funny, so it went back the original way, and needed a little hummingbird at the bottom. So that's how that happened.
I had a weekend of sickness and a weekend of travel, and finally unjetlagged! Which is great timing because I've got 3 HUGE projects, 2 of which I learned about yesterday and need to get done tomorrow. That's how it goes.

P.S. Darling, broken-footed husband is off crutches entirely so thank you all for your thoughts and kind words the last couple months!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Nostalgia: 10 Classical Jams

I saw this on Buzzfeed:  23 Classic Jams You'd Never Know if it Weren't For Your Mom
Due to my mother's career in music and involvement with the Rogue Valley Symphony (she's the best organist I've ever known, no bias), my brother, sister and I had a very musical childhood... that had nothing to do with contemporary music, and everything to do with the real classics. So I revised a list that was more accurate: 10 Classical Jams We'd Never Know if it Weren't for Our Mom (in no particular order):

1) Beethoven's 5th Symphony
2) Bach's Fugue in D Minor
3) Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man
4) Mozart's Lux Aeterna
5) The Theme Song from 2001: A Space Odyssey

6) Henry Mancini's Ravel's Bolero
7) Mozart's Dies Irae
8) Beethoven's Fur Elise
9) Brahm's Hungarian Dance (No. 5 of course)
10) Bach's St. Matthew's Passion
I'm sure I've heard all of these at least 100 times; being practiced in the living room, or played live on stage, these are the songs I associate with my mom and childhood and I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Mother's Day mom, you're the best one in the world, because you're mine.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Logo: Typhon Heavy Industries

The brief for this logo: Illustrative, science-fiction, technological, futuristic, space-related, hologram.
Typhon is a greek monster, the torso of a human man with 100 dragon heads. And this was monstrously fun to work on.
Version with only shading, pictured above. Husband has his cast off! Not yet 100% mobile, but getting there.
 I leave in 2 weeks to go home, and I'm a weee bit panicked, the last month has been busier than expected. Which is good as I hate being bored, but today I am just worn out. So it's time for history channel documentaries and cleaning up the street from the recycle bins that fell over from the windstorm last night.
A couple of sketches that didn't make the cut:
Annnnnd now it's bed time. Just kidding. I'm distracted and learning about science from 3000 years ago.

Friday, May 2, 2014

So Far This Morning

I have forgotten what year it was ("Hah, March 2014? This newspaper's now publishing articles in the future, is it?"), made myself a cup of tea and a bowl of oatmeal or "porridge" as the natives call it.
I've got a to-do list the size of my arm, and less than 3 weeks to do it. So naturally I'm blog-crastinating. Above is a  water color rendition of Van Gogh's 'Wheat Field With Cypress'. Okay, knuckling down.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thaw - Pages 1 and 2 (Drafts)

Ahhhh good morning, blogosphere! It rained figurative cats and dogs last night, just bucketed down. In Oregon that usually means the next day will be perfectly overcast, and the ideal weather for wearing boots and a scarf; but I am not in Oregon any more, I am in the land of weird bugs and endless sun, and you wouldn't know it had rained last night if not for the luscious green grass and damp pavement. No clouds, no chill, no boots. Rats.

I've got a few irons in the fire (I was going to say "buns in the oven", but that's not the right phrase), this one has been a loooong time coming. Pages 1 and 2 for a comic book called I'm working on:
Just sketches at this point, really, but it's a start! I'm hoping to get the first chunk done before June, but we'll see how time goes. Every time I try to plan something life has other ideas, so just gonna go with the flow and draw when I can.
And with that, I will leave you while I go do the dishes and find my sketch book and get some more work done while I feel inspired! Happy day =)

Peace Corp Mural Sketches

Sketches for a mural design in Burkina Faso, Africa. I have a friend there working for the Peace Corp, focusing on the maternity clinic there, and she wants to do a mural to help demonstrate the stages of child birth through the clinic.
The scooter is important, to encourage women to take motor vehicles, as opposed to bicycling. The top right shows the different forms of birth control available in the area. My favorite part are the baby silhouettes. Aahh cute babies. I got to play with my 2 month old neice on Easter, dang she is a cute baby. And now, for a weekend!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sterotypes and How to PERFECTLY Cook Rice

This was making the rounds on some designer blogs:
And WOW did it get a bad reception. No kidding, there's more than one type of designer. Also, if you google image "person standing" you get a bunch of white men in suits. That's pretty annoying.

And the rice. The secret, is to bring it to a boil, then turn off the stove and just leave it. 90% of the time that I try anything else, I get mystery rice, where it could be too dry, too wet, too clumpy, too smooth, it does my head in. Brown or white rice, it's always been perfect if I put in the recommended amount of water to rice ratio, boil, then just leave it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tutorial: Abstract Geometric Pattern Background

One of my favorite websites for graphic design inspiration and tools is Creative Market. And a couple days ago they posted "60 Geometric Backgrounds" and they are BEAUTIFUL. 
Buuuuuuut wouldn't it be so much better if you could make these yourself? Okay, not if you're on a time crunch, then it's worth the $7, but I personally wanted to learn how to do this, and it was really really hard to find a tutorial, but then I found one on this website.

You'll need Adobe Illsutrator CS5 and a web browser that supports API files (like Firefox or Chrome). So this is what ya gotta do:

1) Go to somestuff  This will download a file, open "index.html", which will open in your web browser.

2) Create / find an image that you'd like to turn into the pattern. I used this one as an example:

Save it as any common file type, PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, and drag it onto the web page that opened as prompted.

3) Once the file has been uploaded, click the button on the top right "add 25 vertices: randomly"
Continue adding vertices until you arrive at your desired effect.

4) Once you get the right combo, click "Export to SVG". This will open just the image in an organic shape. Save it (cmd/cntrl + S) to the desktop or wherever you can find it easily.

5) Open Illustrator, and import the SVG file. Then open the "Align" box by going to Window -> Align. Then using the Direct Selection tool (shortcut key A), highlight the anchor points on the left and click the "Horizontal Align Left" box.

Then boom, it all goes to the left. Repear for the top, right, and bottom. At the end, you should have something like this:
Lastly, export the image as a pdf, or jpg, or whatever you need the file type to be. And that's it!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Web Design: Ballantyne Showcase Jewellers

It's ALIVE!!

It's no fun to show you work in progress of a website, because "work in progress website" is indistinguishable from "broken website". It's been written with HTML5, CSS3, PHP and various Javascript.. scripts. Huge thanks to my amazing brother and husband for helping me work out the kinks and twinks. If you notice anything I missed, do let me know so it can get fixed!
My favorite part is at the bottom of the homepage (pictured above). It's powered by Tintup, and looks so much better than facebook's plugins.
Wheww what a long day. And full of thunderstorms too! And it was voting day for the WA senate, I wonder who won... If I could vote, I would vote for longer weekends and that Adventure Time aired with new episodes every day. And popcorn. I would vote for more popcorn.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I'm Doing Right Meow

Waiting for the veggies to cook. I am roasting them.
I am googling "how to perfectly roast veggies". I am being told I'm doing it wrong. Oh Well, they will taste DELICIOUS.

Do you see an excess of white space? I do. Let me fill that up for you:
A mint green rotary phone and the new daisy ring from PANDORA. I love that ring.
 Things that are purple. These are also from PANDORA. The jewellery, not the images. I made these for work a few weeks ago.
These are things that are pink.
Hey, what has two thumbs and is really, flapping tired?

I don't know, I fell asleep.