Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I love color!

Brian and I went camping on the Oregon Coast this weekend. Although the beach was only a few minutes walk from our campsite, it was quite an interesting journey to get there. We walked over a small wooden bridge, thru a tunnel which was under a bridge under construction and then under the old highway bridge still in use and finally over piles of rocks to the tranquility of the ocean waves. Brian took the photo of me above as we exited the tunnel. A few of my favorite rocks we gathered from the evening and arranged for a photoshoot at sunset. ;) New images just added last week! I must have had the beach and a sunny location on the mind. Perhaps because I'll be vacationing in florida may 9 - june 10. I'll still be selling thru my etsy shop and shipping once or twice a week, but custom orders will be on hold starting May 2.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nautical Chic

I'm happy to see anchors + stripes make another come back. And I was even happier yesterday to see one of my adjustable nautical bracelets in the ETSY Storque Trend Spotlight : Nautical Chic! You can find great articles to read daily in Etsy's Storque!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Screenprinted creatures

Here they are! My first limited edition series of screenprints using my illustrations. I will only be creating 150 of each. Every print is hand-printed onto a recycled, acid-free paper and painted with watercolors to get the solid color behind each creature. The final print size is 4 x 5.5 on an 8.5 x 11 size paper. I'll be adding them to my etsy shop next week.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I have always been drawn to butterflies. Lately, they've been present in my life in several forms. It wasn't until today that I actually did a little research on their symbolism. I liked what this site in particular had to say. I found that butterflies symbolize transformation and metamorphosis. They represent a need for change and greater freedom and at the same time represent courage. Butterflies are also a symbol of joy and are a reminder that life is a dance and not take things so seriously. They have long maintained their standing as a symbol of the soul and rebirth.

I feel that I am on the verge of exciting transformations in my life, both for myself personally and with my love, Brian. I've not shared this in my writings here on my little blog, but i suppose now is an appropriate time to share the happy news. ;) I'm engaged! Brian designed this amazing wedding ring for me too! one of my favorite details is our initials that he drew to create a butterfly and had engraved on the inside of the ring. My mom loves butterflies too! I created this painting last week to give her after surgery that she actually had yesterday. She's recovering really well and we'll already be going home tonight. I'll be here in the great state of texas til monday visiting my wonderful family and getting my fix of tex mex and sunshine! I stayed at the hospital last night and was happy to discover that we had internet access in the room! I was up late reading some of my favorite blogs and came across an interesting post at Creative Thursday about Oprah's new book club. I've heard a lot of talk lately about the book, A New Earth : Awakening to your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle, but I hadn't yet taken the time to look more into it. Last night seemed like the perfect time. I watched Oprah + Eckhart's discussion about Chapter 6 online and it got me really excited about reading more of Eckhardt's teachings. I feel that I've really been searching for something like this in the past few months (or maybe it's just been adjusting to the winters in portland?) but no time is beter than the present for a litle soul searching!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

2 more of 4 sea creatures

A jellyfish + octopus! These were created in the same way the previous post explained. I've got more surprises to share using the same sea creature illustrations that I'll post those in the next day or two.

Friday, April 04, 2008

2 of 4 : Sea Creatures

I've been busy on a few new projects over the last month. I wanted to share 2 in the series of 4 sea creatures that I just finished painting. I feel like this was the first time that I've created a painted 'series'. They wouldn't look even half as good without brian helping me out with the backgrounds ;) I illustrated the different coral varieties and the seahorse + fish with a very fine tip pen. Then to create the paintings Brian added layers + textures and the most beautiful colors to my black and white drawings. And last, I painted my illustrations onto the wood surface to end up with these beauties! I have lots of ideas for these 4 creatures. Next step, preparing the paintings to make into jewelry. I'll post the other 2 paintings tomorrow!