The Sketch Book


hello! today I’m honored to share with you some collaborative work that I am oh so proud of.

Fist, the botanical prints (which you can shop for here) and gorgeous calligraphy which came together to ask our wedding guests to please save the date, and second, the way this project later inspired my sofa design for Society Social’s #projectsofa

Confession: I had our wedding calligrapher picked out before I had been proposed to.

I discovered the talented Lynn Titchener a few years ago I knew someday, somehow I’d hire her to calligraph something. Most hopefully the paper for the wedding I had been meditating on since birth for quite some time now.

So as you can imagine, as soon as I was engaged, the first thing I did was begin furiously stalking Lynn with the upmost urgency about the immediate crisis of sending out our save-the-date. We only had 14 months, time was of the essence.

I now realize I was a little over-zealous. What can I say? I was possessed.

Lynn turned out to be a wonderfully calming influence on my hyper-bride energy and loved the idea of having me add some of my art to her calligraphy. We came up with the above design – drawing on her exquisite style of lettering and my watercolor interpretation of the colors and blooms of springtime in Washington DC.

I have been hoarding these botanical prints, wondering where I could frame and display them in my minuscule apartment for months. Stewing over the fact that there was no space left for the botanical gallery wall I had in mind. So, when Roxy of Society Social asked if I’d design an imaginary dream room using her sofa and pillow collection and any inspiration source of my choosing, of course my mind went straight to my botanical gallery wall!

I hope you’ll stop by Roxy’s newly redesigned site and look through her second annual #ProjectSofa look book where you can read all about my inspiration and the inspiration of the other talented ladies Roxy invited to participate in this fun design exercise.

thoughts on being cryptic

Social media. It generates so much stress. Eating food used to be so much simpler before the issue of photographing and sharing it came into play. Weddings once could be declared legal in the sight of God and men without a wedding hashtag to prove it happened. (I’ve heard this is true, but historians could be misinformed)… but now… now every waking moment is an opportunity (at least in my world) for sharing, judging, comparing, improving. We have entered an age of not only social sharing but of competitive sharing.

And in the midst of all this competition, I am afraid I’ve become a bit cryptic. So, lets A. assume you follow  my instagram account and B. dispel some of the confusion you may have about what I’ve been posting.

Starting with the above. Here is a sketch freely baring her breasts with the pride and confidence of a beast in the wild. “What is going on here?” you ask. “Where is the fashion?”…

Well, my friends, I am and always have been very into the human nude. As a art subject. Not as a sex addict. Just to be clear.

I love fashion illustration, but in order to make believable fashion figures, you need to know exactly where the belly button is beneath that statement belt. Or how the collarbone connects to the muscles of the neck.

Underneath your clothes there really is an endless story and it begins with how amazing the joints in your wrist are and how they create the most beautiful, bizarre line sloping and dipping and piquing just so from the tip of your pinky to the totally amazing and illogical shape of your elbow.

So, with all this in mind, I’ve started exploring painting nudes. And I want to sell them to you. But not until I’m ready. I’ve become something of an expert on selling my fashion illustrations. I’ve learned through years of trial and error, how to price this type of work, how to market it, how to present it, how to ship it to you… everything is running like a well oiled machine.

I’m still figuring out how to assemble the nude machine. (I could quit my day job and start naming alternative acoustic bands for a living, don’t you think? #NudeMachine) And until I have the nude machine up and running, the only place to drink in the majesty of my painted human form will be on instagram.

I do hope to have these available for sale in the coming weeks and am curious and eager to hear what you think. So stay tuned, and get ready to get naked in 2014.

January Wedding

Cheers to this gorgeous bride, Caroline, who has planned the most beautiful January wedding to take place this weekend! I created this illustration of her for her bridesmaid brunch invitation.

Congratulations and best wishes and all of that good stuff to you this weekend, Caroline!

seam up the back

Inspired by Sea of Shoes and the seam up the sheer tights today… Is it just me or are plain black tights not cutting it any more?

January ’14

Welcome to the first month of the 2014 Calendar! So sporty and confident, just like me when I go skiing…

It’s true, I’m an amazing skier. I never complain that everyone else is going too fast, or that I’m cold! I never even complain that “I am not going down that one, absolutely not, no no no!” while standing at the top looking down a run and I certainly never tell anyone repeatedly that my fingers and toes are numb. Truly, I am a joy to ski with…

You probably detected a hint of sarcasm there.

Ok, I admit it, I’m no Lindsey Vonn. But, I do know a good ski out fit when I see one and I know my limits and respect them fiercely. Safety first! While you enjoy rocketing head-first towards the powdery abyss below, I enjoy taking in the view as I make horizontal cuts at the mountain while enjoying the scenery and knowing with full confidence that I will not spend six months recovering from a torn ACL. There’s nothing like devoting a solid 40 minutes to not falling while breathing in the majestic beauty all around you! And of course, if things are looking dicey, I’m not afraid to ask for help. I once called the police from the mountain top to inform them that I was preparing to hurtle towards a serious injury in the hopes of getting airlifted out of a mogul situation. Sadly, I did not get airlifted but I did get a vail ski patrol escort down to lunch.

If you ask me, skiing is all about risk awareness and avoidance, truffle fries after a hard day (hour) of hitting the slopes, and most importantly skiing – like most situations in my life is mainly about the outfit.

Happy January!

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