20 December 2010

gallery photos

better late then never! this photos are from the gallery show i had up. i probably should have taken more photos during the closing night party, but i was having too much fun.

A page from my displayed sketchbook, Eeru

graffiti wall

graffiti wall

my friend made me hold still to snap a shot of me at the closing night party

10 December 2010

note to self

when someone asks for a quick poster design don't craft a beautiful piece of artwork and forget to plan for the words. it makes for a shitty poster no matter how great the image is.

gallery photos coming sooooon.

30 November 2010


had an amazing night with amazing people at the gallery last night. i hung my pieces and then painted on the walls with some other folks. i stayed up far to late, but that's what happens when someone puts a brush in my hand and tells me to paint :grins:

i have 4 pieces in the gallery one of which is a sketchbook i've been keeping for the last couple of month. its hanging out for people to page through. i know you're not suppose to touch things in gallerys, but this sketchbook is the exception. give it some love!
more images to come in the next couple of days.

Website for the gallery:

poster for the show designed by yours truly:

Original Image:
"Hear Us" . watercolor on paper . 6.5" x 10" . 2010

22 November 2010

group show Nov 30th - Dec 10th


article containing info about upcoming gallery show and they used a photo of yours truly. thank goodness its not of my face cuz boy did i look less than stellar that day. haha.

10 November 2010

1st gallery show

you would think that i would stop adding things to my plate, but clearly my 20some years on this earth have taught me very little :big smile:

at the beginning of december i will be participating in my very first gallery show. the show will be a group show at Gail Floether Steinhelber Art Gallery. the show's main focus is highlighting issues of diversity. i will be showing some a couple of new paintings (which are in the works), some old paintings, a sketchbook i've been working on for the last month, some self-portrait photos, and a written piece. the show runs for two weeks (nov 29th - dec 10th) and there will be a closing presentation on dec 10th where our small group will present our written pieces although with a few other fun things.

here is a sneak peek of the sketchbook (whos name is eehru) i've been working on for the show:

08 November 2010

next to tackle

currently working on some pieces I started a while ago. time to clean out the studio by finishing up what i started. **

ball-point pen/whiteout sketches of the four pieces which are 23" squares

10" x 10" acrylic study

** EDIT: just confirmed with the bar owner and these four pieces are destined for my favorite chicago bar. with all the chaos and commitments in life right now i'm going to aim for getting these up on the walls thanksgiving weekend. its well past time i gave the bar something else to look at.

05 November 2010

sometime i feel like a rock star

as promised here is the piece that received an award (as a finalist) for a holiday greeting card contest. while the image will not be used on the greeting card the image will be printed on Chancellor's 2010 holiday party invitations.
this was the first real art competition i've ever entered. i never thought i would be so lucky to do so well on the very first one. i'm very grateful for everyone who has supposed me thus far. without my friends and family i would never have the courage to put myself out there.

'catch hope' . mixed media . 10"x14" . 2010

27 October 2010

routine attempt 62


i do best when busy. i also do worse when busy. where is the balance? i haven't a clue. every couple of months though i get it in my head that a simple routine will answer all my prayers and while that might be ideal i still have yet to completely stick to any routine for long. after reading the above article i am inspired to try yet again to find a balance through adhering to a daily routine.

this time i plan to make it far far simpler...too many steps make it hard to remember. i think in order to commit something to routine in such a way that it becomes automatic you need to stick to it for three weeks (i think i may have read that somewhere). i have many different things i feel should be part of a daily routine which leaves very little day left if i were to do all of them so i shall start with three things for three weeks. after i get those down i shall re-evaluate the situation and perhaps add three more things. to start off currently my daily routine constantly includes waking up at 6:30am to feed the dog, use the toilet myself, then let the dog out so she can use the outside "toilet".....and thats it.
I shall add: 1)washing my face in the morning (i think the act of washing my face in the morning with clean, cool, fresh water will refresh and rejuvenate me...right?), 2)drink a glass of water in the morning and at night, 3)sketch for 10-20 minutes before going to bed as a sort of cool down.

in other news: pictures of current kitchen remodeling, works in progress, holiday invitation winning watercolor piece and sketches are on their way and will be in upcoming posts.

16 October 2010

original for poster

the original piece for the poster design i did a couple weeks ago. finally got a good scan of it.

'an idea'

26 September 2010

another poster

i'll post the original piece once i find a decent place to scan it.

21 September 2010

13 September 2010

oh poster design

prior to this weekend i forgot all the "joys" of poster design. i also forgot all the "joys" of being on a deadline which is not self imposed. but getting to the end feels great! having accomplished so much in such a short amount of time is just what the doctor ordered.

next on the artistic agenda is album covers! after meeting with a local producer yesterday, i will be creating 2 album cover mock ups to display at his studio with my business cards. tricks to this project will be getting glossy prints of the artwork and then figuring out the best way to present those prints which screams, "hire me for your next album cover". haha.

of course once i get those two pieces done i'll be revamping my website to include a new menu option, "designWork", which will include poster designs for bands and album covers. in time I may branch out to other forms of "commercial art", but for now i'm going to try to keep it low key and simple.

also for all those interested souls who stopped by my set-up at IAMFest and asked if i had sold my work online, you are in luck. i will be opening my online etsy shoppe sometime in November. i will be sure to give the heads up when i pin down the date of the grand opening. to start things off i will be offering a couple different prints of pieces and some original art. if you have any suggestions for what else i should offer please take the time to comment on this post and let me know.

and as always amidst all the aforementioned i still have the chaos of home remodeling, parrot squawking, pup escaping and of course not one, but several paintings in process. go big or go home, right?

and i will end this with some shots from my sketchbook, pico.

lots more pages to come....
(take two) ((day 11 of "100x100"))

01 September 2010

I AM FEST: aug 28th @ the House of Blues

wow! what a day. i had a fantastic time. thanks to everyone who could make it and thanks to everyone who stopped and chatted and/or bought art. i met a ton of great people.

painting on stage at the House of Blues was such a trip. 30mins is not a lot of time to pull off a "complete" painting and i am happy with mine. i definitely plan on finishing this one up. here are some progress shots below:
@ 10 mins roughly
@ 20 mins roughly
after 30 mins and "done"

i was luckily in sharing the stage with two other artists, Corryn Jackson and Polina Zionts along with talented singer/songwriter/musician Kelsey Montanez. can't wait til next year!

26 August 2010

chugging along

yet another house guest, Dotti (left) :D

framed pieces ready for show saturday still much to do...including prepping for my live painting debut on the stage of the House of Blues. the theme for the painting is "muse". entertaining the thought of painting my version of Terpsichore who is the muse of dance.

new business card design in time for saturday!

20 August 2010

up and coming

i would like to start things off by jumping for joy that the cat is GONE! the cat, house guest, left yesterday evening and while a small part of me was sad to see him drive off into the sunset a larger part of me was ready to break out the champagne. for the record though i would gladly take cat of Quincy again in a heartbeat. he is a magnificent cat and i dearly love my friend who owns him.

anyways on to the good "stuff"! turns out i will be painting live on stage at the House of Blues which i have been told actually is a huge deal. sorry to those i may have offended i'm not really up on the music scene so i didn't know. for the record though i'm glad i didn't/don't know. i'm sure when i get there and see the place there will be plenty of freaking out. oh nerves how i love you. but until then i'm going to pretend its no big deal and that i do this sort of thing all the time :laughs at herself: "Fake it til you make it" right?

August 28th is the magical I AM Fest day at the House of Blues. i along with two other artists, whom I worked with during the promo video shoot, will be painting live on stage during Kelsey Montanez's 30 minute set. i couldn't have pick a better person to work with. she is so nice and i adore her music, especially "I Sold My Soul". i'll also have a table layout which will include these brand new ink drawings i'm finishing up as we speak:

i should have other new work there too, but space is still up in the air so we'll see. i have a couple of new paintings in the works which i am more than excited to sink my teeth into in the next day or so. still trying to decided what i want to paint them on though. completely different style then what i normally do so be warned.

been sketching pretty much everyday for two weeks now. soon i'll post pics from my sketchbook, pico.

((day 14 of "100x100"))

10 August 2010

repeat all

pomplamoose especially the song below>>

anna nalick - the cd 'wreck of the day'
fiona apple, especially the song below>>

Kevin Hammond, older stuff mostly not available online

in other news sketching, painting, and printing business cards. weeee. been sketching/painting everyday for the last 8 days and will continue for the next 92 days. the goal is at least 100 strokes/marks for a 100 days (which my friend and i decided equaled roughly 10mins minimum). the challenge is suppose to be for writers (100 words a day for 100 days), but i couldn't help twisting it to fit me.

and now back to painting/printing!

((day 8 of "100x100"))

08 August 2010

holy update batman

i'm going to try to make this "short" and sweet. updates are as follows>>

• paper doll update: i mentioned extremely briefly before that i was designing some paper dolls. i'm doing the project with a friend (she's the brains) and i have finally gotten my part down...well at least for now. if all goes well i'll have to make more dolls and many many more outfits. this is my first honest venture into illustration and its fun.

• art show update: two "shows" coming up. one on aug 28th at the House of Blues where i will have 2-4 new pieces depending on a lot of things. also there is a 80% chance that i will be painting live on stage while bands are playing. details are still up in the air on that one so we'll see. the other opportunity will be at MaZi although the date is unknown. i believe it will be sometime this month, but not entirely sure. the important part is that i will be hanging 4 new pieces there. i have all sketches done and i have all the kinks worked out in a test piece. now all i have to do it put the finishing touches on the wood panels i build and start painting! once the painting starts they shouldn't take too long because of all the prep i did. at last i was able to try out my new band-clamp which i am in LOVE with. now all i need is about 3 more of them along with about 30 more clamps and i can make multiple canvases at once!

• kitchen update: still slow and steady. i don't know if i mentioned this before but the new goal is to get it done by the end of august...here's hoping :crosses fingers and prays: on the exciting side though my cabinets are up and the counter top is in. currently the counter top is slowing being stained to match the existing wood.

• garden update: you may remember the excitement i had when my veg garden just started to show some growth. well after a mass slew of rainstorms which created a foot deep pond in my backyard i had lost all hope for the garden. a couple days after the pond formed i waded back to check on the garden only to find it withered from too much water. i was a little devastated, i'm not going to lie, BUT i ventured back there yesterday (yesterday was about a week after the pond dissipated) to compose some weeds AND GUESS WHAT?! most of the veggies are on the up and up! the cucumbers in particular are doing amazing. so need to add weeding veggie garden back to the list of things to do. also in garden news i hijacked 3 pepper plants and 3 pots from my mother's house and planted those today and placed them on my deck next to my potted black cherry tomato plant and my two potted mini orange plants. i think next year i am going to forgo planting a veg garden in the backyard and instead do a potted veg garden on my deck. much easier to control water and keep in eye on it that way. also the main reason it that my deck gets far more sun. think sunflowers will grow in a pot? :wishful thinking:

• website update: brushed just a little more dust off the website still a bit more dust to go. if you are the type of person who uses IE please please use something else to view my site for now. :blushes:

• house guest update: the last month and a half i have had my great friend's cat, Quincy, as a house guest. who would have that i would be so deathly allergic to one cat! i sure a shit didn't think that would happen. it took the entire first month to come up with the perfect recipe for fighting allergies which is as follows:
  1. vacuum at least once a week
  2. follow any cat touching with vigorous hand washing
  3. take 12-hour claritin and 12-hour decongestant at 7am and 7pm without fail
  4. drink more liquids than usual, have cough drops on hand and always know where the nearest restroom is
  5. wash cat with Aller-X (which you had to drive 1.5 hours to obtain) 1-2 times a week with your fella's help
  6. have your fella come over often to give cat needed attention and to prevent cat from meowing all night long in the room you have locked him in
  7. don't tell owner any of this (tehehe)
it has been quite the learning experience to say the least, but in all honesty Quincy is well loved here and i have the pictures to prove it!

((day 3 of "100x100"))

02 August 2010

!!! i'm a superstar !!!

alright, maybe not a superstar, but i'm still pretty darn excited. this is the promo video for I AM Fest which i did a couple weekends ago. three other visual artists (Shaun Bailey, Corryn Jackson, Polina Zionts) along with myself free-handed around a live male model for this shoot.

here's a close up of my part:

i used house paint on paper and i broke out my scenic brushes :purrs:

also put the video on the homepage of my website. tehehe.

way past my bed time

gearing up for a show is serious stuff. in fact i honestly forgot how much serious stuff it entails. my to do list is long and daunting, but i was able to chisel away at least a bit of it so far. began to dust off my website with a slightly different menu and updated info on the show page. also quickly put together a postcard based on the card i designed last year.

i'm going to let this stew in the back of my mind for a while before printing and sending it out just in case i decided i want to change it.

01 August 2010

25 July 2010


after weeks and weeks of messing around with my website i have finally gotten google analytics up and running and my excitement is unparalleled. in the end it came down to me redoing the menus without javascript which was on my list of things to do, but like most things i was putting it off indefinitely.

now for the exciting, crazy part. my very first two hits that google analytics recorded where on friday, but guess where they came from....?

BRAZIL! never in a million year would have thought that. perhaps there is a glitch in google or perhaps i have a massive following in Brazil. :giggles: well one can dream can't they?