Saturday, December 8, 2012

face x face

Back in art school in the Communication Design studio, my friends invented a marvelous and clever drawing game called face x face. It works kind of like a Punnett square, but instead of predicting genetic traits, you visually combine two archetypal faces to get a ridiculously fun drawing. My incredibly talented colleagues, Sarah and Vidhya, started a face x face blog for us C-Des cohorts to play together, and my first contribution was Barbie cat! On the official face x face, everything is in greyscale for consistency, but I couldn't resist painting the original in pink and blonde! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More from the Beer-Sketchy Songbook

A little sketchbook action from back at the end of summer. Just to be clear, that grapefruit radler earned 6 out of 5 stars, and I also draw when not drinking.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


One of my creative passions is bookbinding. It was one of my dearest discoveries in college, and I've made a number of attempts to share this handcrafting skill with others. Every attempt has mostly failed, until last weekend! I taught a bookbinding workshop for 15 young adults from all across the spectrum of crafting prowess, they all ended up with complete working books, and many of them even enjoyed the workshop! 
Here is my thoughtfully illustrated instructional handout. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pink! Cupcakes!

Tacoma's premiere cupcakery, "Hello Cupcake", is a delicious sugary pink paradise. The air is thick to the rafters with the scent of pure vanilla extract, cuteness is sprinkled liberally across every surface, and little girls' delighted squeals squirt sporadically from the birthday party room in back. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Taxi Driver

Love that Sunday jazzz.

Monday, August 20, 2012


My friend Isaac, Tacoma artist and philosopher extraordinaire. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Unfinished Sketches: "It would be bad if you were allergic to kisses...or water!"

Beer tasting at Granville Island Brewing the day after my sister's marathon. Title quote was from a child in the brewpub. 
Jen, Vince, my pals in jazz combo Taxi Driver, and a deer trophy. 

 Self-portrait realness. 
Jen cookin' some vanilla bean rhubarb butter. 
Half a drawing made at Bluebeard Coffee Roasters. 

Unfinished watercolor sketch made at a cafe in St. Louis this spring. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Creekside at Mason Lake

I painted this little plein air sketch by the creek that feeds Mason Lake. This is one of the sacred places in my life. We go camping there every year, since before I was born. The creek always changes as creeks are wont to do, and I've grown up and gotten a lot better at painting as artist girls are wont to do, but it's one of those things that retains its essence from year to year. Tradition or ritual don't quite have the precise connotations I'm searching for. It's a perpetual, superimposed snapshot from any year of my life, showing my mom and me sitting on a log on the pebbly creek bed with our watercolors and our sunscreen, dabbing away. And it made me who I am today. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

From an Afternoon Sketching in Wright Park

Drawn to the tune of my model's guitar, though I didn't capture the instrument here. My likenesses are getting rusty too; really must practice more! 

Monday, June 4, 2012


N. Dybevik, Gary Kawamura, and Phil Harty played some sweet jazz at Anthem Coffee & Tea last night, and I accomplished some not-bad live watercolor sketching. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


A mystical evening of art and tarot readings by a certain Diva.  
Vidhya working. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hummingbird Bacchanal

This was a commissioned painting for my bird-watching, art-loving aunt and uncle. They lovingly refer to their backyard hummingbird population as humming-pigs and give them fresh sugar water every two weeks throughout the year. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Voici La Mélusine

This is one of the new paintings I made for my little show back in November. I had some requests for poster prints, which are finally in! Let me know if you want one. 

La Mélusine comes from an ancient french fairy tale about the irresistibility of taboos, but you probably know her from the Starbucks logo. The daughter of a fairy and a king, Mélusine transformed into a double-tailed mermaid every Saturday. When she married she forbade her husband from seeing her when she bathed on Saturday, but of course his curiosity got the better of him. Just as her mother had had to leave her dad when he violated a similar marital condition, Mélusine ended up turning into a dragon and leaving forever. 

Squeak & Squawk Benefit Poster

Squeak and Squawk is a sweet little indie music festival in Tacoma, so I was very excited to get to do a poster for one of two benefit shows they had last weekend. I was proud of the paper doll concept, but disappointed with the execution. Blame it on quick turnaround, but I really wish I could have made one million more adjustments to get the design of the page right and the lettering drawn better the value structure balanced right and the hands anatomically correct and and and. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MOG Scavenger Hunt for Families

The MOG Education Department hired me to do some illustrations to spice up a scavenger hunt educational guide to the two newest exhibitions. Our wonderful graphic designer, Maria Kadile-Konop incorporated my line drawings with photos and text, et voila! 
That's me!

These are the full drawings. Honestly, I'm not always fond of glass art but these current shows are actually pretty cool, especially Paul Stankard's immaculately crafted floral still life. You can check out some photos of both exhibitions here

Thank you Susan Warner, Elisabeth Emerson and Maria Kadile-Konop for the opportunity.