Friday, June 19, 2009

Flower Series

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I'm just starting a flower series. They will all be square images in pencil and ink. This is my first one. i just had two prints made and was going to sell them.... and then I realized they would make great gifts for my two cousins who just graduated high school. It's one of the more universal things that I've done.

I have absolutely nothing to do today, and it's so exciting. I'm going to get so much painting done and maybe start a new flower drawing today.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


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I'm in kind of a bummer mood today, so it seems like a good day to post this painting. I did it a couple of years ago as part of a series about teenage corruption and depression. My cousin Tiffany and I were in a motel with my grandma, so we put a ton of eyeliner on her and took pictures in the bathroom. My favorite part is the towels and the subtle shades of white.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Postcards are done!

My promotional postcards are done. I won them through Candace Trew Camling's blog and I'm really happy with them. I am just going to try to hold back on passing them out until is up and running. Thank you, Candace!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Long Lost Work

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This is one of my favorite pieces I've ever done. It was lost, when I displayed it in a friends home art show. The only evidence I had left was the fact that my friend had posted it on his myspace, which explains the poor quality. I think that it's till a fairly good representation of my capabilites and style.

I want to do more things like this.

Monday, May 25, 2009


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I'm happy to get something up this weekend. I could not get this to photograph the way that it looks in person. This was a custom piece for my friend Eric. He and his girlfriend have an inside joke about parrots He wanted me to keep it simple. I like the feathers and the tree.

I'm thinking about reworking this before I give it to him. I love the birds, but the background is kind of bleek. I feel like I should just paint it black or and some bright colors that are very painterly and less representative of a "jungle"

Busy weekend.

I've been hanging out with my little sister all weekend. She drew me a hip hop rhinoceros. I started working on a flyer for my friend's party. It's 1920's Gangster-inspired. I need to work on my self-promotional postcards, but I'm not sure if I should use new work or something I already have. Since my style has changed so much, I feel like I should use at least 2 different pictures.

I got a new printer this weekend. It's photo quality. Probably not nice enough to use to print my own high-quality prints for selling, but it's nice for references and my personal photographs. It's also got a scanner. I'm hoping to start posting some more sketches and unfinished works soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

2apple paintings

2apple paintings
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These are two paintings that I did for my mom several years ago. They are a good example of a commissioned piece. I painted them from a still life that I set up (not a photograph). She let me borrow them only for a few days, but I'm really glad I finally got pictures of them.

I have so much to work on this weekend. I'm finishing a painting for my friend Eric, do a flyer for a party, and potentially an original painting that I would like to use for my 500 postcards that I won from my friend Candace's blog. (this is her website). The great news is that In exchange for my artwork, I have obtained 75% off of a custom website, and a custom teeth whitening tray. Networking and trading is so fun.

Monday, May 18, 2009


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Since I still have some pieces in the works, I thought I would share some previous work today. This was sold/given to my friend Dan who lives in Austin. It's a picture of my sister from when she was around 6. She was always a tomboy. I like the lighting and how free she looks.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's a Bird!

Home sick today, and I finally got this done. It's an idea I've had for a while. It's available for sale at etsy, but I have to say, I'd be a little sad to part with it. I might be taking a break from the quick stuff, and going back to realism for a while.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Getting Started

I'm just starting out with my own personal business. I've got some great pieces, but I just don't have enough work yet. I've done three paintings this week, and I've got ideas for many more. I'm working a full-time job in an office, and I have so much more in me than this. I'm dedicating all of my time outside my day job to my passion. This blog is here to share my work, my process and my inspiration.

The owl to the right is a painting I completed last night, as one piece of a new animal series I am working on. It's in acrylic which I've been using lately. It gives me faster results than the oil painting I'm used to.

My goals for this year are to create at least one full series, develop my own style, and get myself back into the art world.

I've set up an etsy shop to sell my work.
My own portfolio website is currently in the works, and I will post it when I have it completed.