Saturday, April 28, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I love doing little pieces of art that will most likely blossom in to something more...such as a full painting, illustration, or collection. I created him today. He's done with watercolor and colored pencil on canvas paper. "Red Wonder Flower With Birdie".
Monday, February 27, 2012
I love being creative and adventurous with food. I feel cooking is the perfect combination of art and science. I just whipped up this appetizer tonight. Luckily, it came out really YUMMY! I plan on making it for the next group of family and/or friends I invite over.
What you'll need:
1 medium sweet onion, chopped. I've grown to be a real fan of onion. If you're not, you can simply put in less.
1 vine tomato, diced
1 package whole white cap mushrooms, sliced. I cut the slices in half to make it easier to place on the bread.
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Ciabatta bread, whole loaf or pre-sliced. 8 to 10 slices
1/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Apple Grille Marinade. I bought this at Heinen's supermarket here in Ohio. I love the sweet, smokey, and vinegar combination. If you can't find this exact one, feel free to experiment using your own.
3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place onion, tomato, mushrooms, and avocado in a bowl. Add marinade, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Slowly fold all ingredients together. If the bread isn't pre-sliced, cut the loaf in to 1 inch slices. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet. Baste each slice evenly with the melted butter. Place the baking sheet with buttered slices in to the oven, and toast until brown. I like my bread somewhat lightly done. However, feel free to bake them as you like your toast. Remove from oven and top each slice generously with the marinade concoction. Voila!
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Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, and inspiring week! ;)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Check out my interview on Laura Gesin's blog about being an artist and art licensing!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
1. Do at least 5 cartwheels a year. Inside or outside...Winter or summer...Doesn't matter as long as you rock the wheel.
2. Write your grocery list out with crayons. It's a small thing to do, but it breaks up the monotony of the drably colored list. Also, anything that lifts your spirit and adds color to your everyday routine will bring on a more youthful feeling.
3. Wear polka dotted socks to work! Whether you work in an environment where you can be the only one who knows you're wearing them...just knowing they're there adds fun to your day!
4. Have lunch or dinner in a treehouse. Come on...Who doesn't love a treehouse?! AND...who doesn't feel younger high up in a house encompassed by trees! As a bonus, bust out a clapping favorite, such as Miss Mary Mack, etc.
5. Listen to your favorite childhood song and sing along loudly! We all have one. As a bonus...dance around your living room Risky Business style!
6. Indulge in an ice cream cone with a boat load of colored sprinkles. Who doesn't feel like a kid with a big sweetly colored iced cream treat in their hand?!
7. Call up a childhood friend and reminisce. Whether you talked yesterday, 5 years ago, or are only Facebook friends(you know what I'm talking about)...Don't email them, call them! The stories that bring you back, will rekindle a youthful feeling.
8. Laugh, laugh, laugh! There are several benefits to laughter...One being it releases the feel good chemical in our brains known as dopamine. Those who are happier and healthier feel younger.
9. unwind in a bubble bath made of colored bubbles. It's just plain youthfully fun!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
1. It's like walking around with sunshine tattooed on you. In the words of John Denver: "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy."
2. It's fun!
|Daniel Boud boudist.com|
3. You'll stand out in a crowd.
4. There's enough black and grey going on...
5. It's the color of freshly squeezed lemonade..."When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"
|The amazingly lovely and talented artist Joy Hall. www.joyhalldesigns.com|
6. It makes you feel young!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
As an artist, I believe there's a necessary recipe of things that need to meld together to accomplish the perfect dish of inspiration/passion/creativity. Having said that, it doesn't mean I'm not consistently passionate about wanting to creating art...However, having said that...I have days where creation spills out of me like water from a faucet...and days where it's dried up like the desert. I've never gotten to the point where I have a dream studio space. I've had better, I've had worse. Right now, it's in between. In fact, the name "Studio Petite" originated from this very issue! It's true that when someone really wants to succeed at something, they'll find a way. I have found that way...to the best of my knowledge/abilities. This blog may sound like I'm wining or making excuses...Definitely not my intention. Though, my goal is to succeed largely enough at what I'm doing, to have EVEN more freedom, space, etc. to spread my artistic wings. For example...I currently work in watercolor, Photoshop, and mixed media. I've always wanted to get into oil painting, or paint on larger canvases...Not going to currently happen. So, my question is...How much do you feel your surroundings push you one way or the other when it comes to happily expressing yourself?
Here are some studios that inspire:
|theworldsbestever.com Eric Fischl's art studio.|
|Atelier Cezanne. Lauves Studio.|
|apartmenttherapy.com The Brain by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects.|
|apartmenttherapy.com LA Kelly's Retro Loft.|
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I recently read this interesting article on Pantone's top color for 2012: http://www.refinery29.com/tangerine-tango-pantone-colors-2012 I incorporate Pantone in marker form and Photoshop form in to my art. However, this isn't the main reason I'm drawn to this. A few years back, I wore a lot of color...It made me feel happy, alive, artistic, inspired, and most of all...me! As time went on...this lessened and deadened. Sad? I think so...Was it because I was sad? Hmmm...maybe. I was going through a more somber phase...Luckily, things are looking up these days! Though, I feel the main thing that pushed me over the edge was moving to NYC. I lived in Manhattan for 2 years. Don't get me wrong...I loved the vibe, the magical access to all things, and the diverse people melting upon the streets...It's just that it's mostly consumed by a sea of black and grey fabrics. I'll admit...In ways, I'm a slave to trends and fashion in general. I am sincere in staying true and authentic to who I am. However, let's face it...You see flared jeans left and right...you buy flared...You see skinny jeans over and over...you buy skinny...so on and so on...I also belive the gloomy attire sweeping this nation has been due to the depressive state we've all been in. SOOOO...I fall upon this article, and I have hope! Hope for myself, and hope for the rest of us beautiful souls whom have lost their luster/their sparkle/their glitterfied pitter patter for all things colorful!! Even if I'm buying in to the trends...Viva La Color!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I recently attended the Atlanta gift show over the weekend. It was so exciting and inspiring for several reasons. I had been to Surtex in NYC, but never the Atlanta show. If you're a licensed artist, buyer, or agent...You should definitely check it out! I do warn you though...It's massive...go with a game plan, or you'll be consumed by product. Also, wear comfy shoes. I'll admit...I've ignored this at times in the past...Luckily, you can still wear flats or low boots, and look chic girls ;). Back to the inspirational part. Seeing my work on product...there's just nothing better! It's so so rewarding to see your vision come to life, and to know your hard work has paid off. It's also crucial to walk the showrooms...It gives you a sense of what's hot and being licensed. Lastly, you can interact with other artists...This is critical for our mental, spiritual, and creative mind/heart/soul! Being an isolated artist working in my studio...I can feel in the bell jar. I'm hyper critical of my work. It never helps when my hands float across the keyboard only to stumble upon other artist's beautifully licensed designs...Sighhhhhh It's not that I don't have my confident days...I do. However, let's face it...thi business is pretty much entirely based on opinion...When you only have your own head judging you...it can be a rough road! A goal of mine is to make this the year of being less perfectionistic and more free with my art. It's true it's a job...but, it should be a job of fun, whimsy, and passion!
Me with my new line from Evergreen/Cypress for Christmas 2012:
Standing in front of my "Buzz On In" flag in the Evergreen showroom:
Two more of my flags in the Evergreen showroom:
Standing near my coffee mug in the LANG showroom:
Monday, January 16, 2012
Hi everyone! Long time no write. I hope your 2012 has started out healthy, happy, and full of hope. For awhile, I posted a blog. Unfortunately, it fell by the wayside. Soooo, my goal in 2012 is to remain dedicated to posting my artistic adventures at least twice a week. For those of you who are just now stumbling upon me...I'm a licensed artist/designer. I use a variety of mediums...watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, marker, acrylic, collage... Basically, anything that brings my vision to paper or canvas! My work ends up an everything from greeting cards to coffee mugs. I feel it's a special and unique experience to bring my fans/readers in to my world of creation...and if I can meet some creative and/or inspiring souls along the way?...even BETTER!!!! So, get to know me, my art, my process, my world, my coffee obsession...and hopefully, I'll get to know some of you!