Sunday, February 17, 2008

Older ACEOs

These are from some Ebay listings from the last month or so--I just really liked these and they weren't on here yet, so...

"She was Like a Rare Flower in the Morass" watercolor

"Lost in Melancholy Reverie" watercolor

"Loretta in Late Winter" watercolor

"The Matinee" watercolor


Here's a few new aceo's I finished this afternoon. Esther's been sick, sick, sick, poor baby; so I worked at the kitchen table while she was curled up on the couch. I really like this first one--it makes me happy. Sometimes I hate to sell these...

"An Ordinary Day" pencil and watercolor on paper, 2.5x3.5 inches

"Garden of Wonders" pen and ink and watercolors on paper, 2.5x3.5 inches.

"A Half-Veiled Lie" pen and ink and watercolor on paper, 2.5x3.5 inches.

"I've Learned to Clip My Wings" pencil and watercolor on paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Some of these are on Etsy, some are on eBay starting tonight.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Some New Etsy Pieces

Here's two pieces I listed in the last couple of days:

"The Clouds Rushed In", oil on illustration board, 4x6 inches.

"Poison Arrow" aceo ink drawing on paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

And I just found out that my next big show is June 27th-July 28th at the Blue Gallery here in Kansas City. Then I have another show this fall at the Kayo Gallery in Salt Lake City. I'm gonna be sooooooo busy til then.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Here's a few images I just scanned for my digital artist's morgue. Ooooh, gruesome. Actually, it was a professor of mine in college that referred to a collection of reference material as a "morgue", and the name kinda stuck. So I have a big group of photos, illustrations, etc that I look at for costume or hair reference, or just inspiration. Here's a photo I just added. I love how her body just kinda fades out of focus.

And these are from a late 1800's children's book called "Cinderella and Other Stories". They're wonderful illustrations.

And here's some sweaters and a blouse that I like from Anthropologie. It's a good thing I'm so broke--I don't even set foot in the store, so I can't be tempted to buy anything. But their clothes are fabulous.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Lurking in the Fashion Pages

These are from Donna Karan's pre-fall 2008 stuff. Most of it was kinda meh, that blowsy "help, I'm drowning in my clothes" look. But I liked these. Some of them have a definite early 1930's vibe that I like very much, but that's not really evident in this group.

This is Marc Jacobs--most of his were pretty meh, too. But there's something I really like about this:
I'd ditch those boots, though--they make her look stumpy. And you know if they make the models look stumpy, just think what they'd do to us normal gals! *shudder*

This is Ralph Lauren. Normally I'm not a fan, but that hat.. THAT HAT!!

And I love the gloves.

Buttons ('Cause I'm Already Like a Scary Little Old Lady)

Here's a really small example of some of my favorite kinds of buttons--they aren't necessarily valuable or rare or anything, but I think they're lovely. Most of my buttons are filed away by color and/or material in glass jars, but some of these are just laid out near my drafting table.
And it's just because they're pretty and a little unusual.

Do you guys collect buttons too? I got into it completely by accident and, while I don't buy buttons often, I look for them at every estate sale and auction I attend. My husband thinks I'm certifiably nuts.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Red Hair

I love the way the light catches in the strands--it almost looks like I photographed it underwater. Can anyone guess what this is a photo of?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Plague Progress

Here's some pictures from today. It was a snow day and so I worked in the studio for most of the late morning and early afternoon. It's always so nice and cozy and warm (there's one heat vent set into the floor and my cat loves to sleep on it--she covers the entire thing and soaks up all the warmth coming from the lower stories). So Esther played with her dolls and drew pictures while I worked.

Working on the sofa, floor, and dresses:

Starting the first woman's face and features:

I like how it looks now--I may not do anything further to her.

Although; there should be firelight reflected on her skin, and the tones should be warmer. But I don't want to change it! This is just an example of my painting struggles. Do you guys do this, too?

Monday, February 4, 2008


Ideas for a new painting way way way off in the future...

Ricky's hands--he never sits still long enough for me to draw him...

Scribbling at the park while Esther plays.

Two more paintings-to-be. These were drawn in the fall, so you can imagine how long it'll be before they get painted.

Just a random page--I just find it amusing.

Friday, February 1, 2008

There's a Place I'd Like to See

"There's a Place I'd Like to See" oil on illo board, 5x7 inches, completed 1-28-08.

She's got truly haunting eyes. I love old photographs.

The girl seated on the far left also has haunting eyes--she reminds me of someone and she looks strangely contemporary.

These are from Galliano's fall 2007 line. I love his ideas and colors and sense of warped history. They're like my fictional historical narratives translated into clothing. Can I say that without sounding like an ass?