Pool of Tears : Studio Images

This painting is 28"x16". This is another in the series Wasp in a Wig: Paintings Inspired by the Writings of Lewis Carroll. Excerpt from Chapter II: `I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. `I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That WILL be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.'

Painting sketch.

Painting sketch.

Blocking in color. 

Blocking in color. 

Defining the birds and some values. 

Defining the birds and some values. 

Starting the purple rocks. 

Starting the purple rocks. 

More rocks and water. 

More rocks and water. 

Something seems to be missing. 

Something seems to be missing. 

The Cheshire added a nice touch to the narrative. 

The Cheshire added a nice touch to the narrative. 

Working from the photos I took at the Field Museum of Chicago. 

Working from the photos I took at the Field Museum of Chicago. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

Detail of hand. 

Detail of hand. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Junc Yard : Studio Images

This painting is a part of the Wasp in a Wig Series and measures 24" x 36". Inspired by Chapter 5 of the second book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. This painting shows Alice transformed into a goose and the White Queen as a sheep. The scene explores the concept of "loss of innocence" and I have illustrated this with a young oyster bringing her new beau home to meet Mom while the walrus looks on as well as with the discarded toys. 

A base of blue and the start of some Scented Rush.

A base of blue and the start of some Scented Rush.

Establishing some ground and the boots.

Establishing some ground and the boots.

A few crabs and some coral. 

A few crabs and some coral. 

Adding more definition to the values. 

Adding more definition to the values. 

I felt like the composition was lacking, so I am adding in a Mock Turtle (cow) using tracing paper to see the placement. 

I felt like the composition was lacking, so I am adding in a Mock Turtle (cow) using tracing paper to see the placement. 

Once I liked the placement, I used transfer paper to get the image on canvas and then started painting. 

Once I liked the placement, I used transfer paper to get the image on canvas and then started painting. 

Detail of the Mock Turtle.

Detail of the Mock Turtle.

Detail of crabs and boots. 

Detail of crabs and boots. 

Detail of oyster family. 

Detail of oyster family. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Marketplace of the Mind : Studio Images

The front entry of the Fairview High School.

The front entry of the Fairview High School.

This six-by-six foot beast, Marketplace of the Mind, is a commission from the Reimagining Works project, a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute. The Kuosi Elephant Mask and Fairview High School were the inspirations for this playful acrylic on linen painting. View the entire proposal in this POST. 

Final scale drawing. 

Final scale drawing. 

Shield leaves will repeat around the border. 

Shield leaves will repeat around the border. 

Fairview mascot, the Bulldog, will adorn the corners.  

Fairview mascot, the Bulldog, will adorn the corners.  

See the canvas come together in this POST. 

See the canvas come together in this POST

Getting the image transferred was no easy task. See what it took in this POST. 

Getting the image transferred was no easy task. See what it took in this POST

Concentrating on straight lines. 

Concentrating on straight lines. 

Filling in the color. Note: the center of the leaf form will remain raw canvas, sealed in clear gesso. 

Filling in the color. Note: the center of the leaf form will remain raw canvas, sealed in clear gesso. 

Surrounding the babies in tiles inspired by the Fairview HS fountain. 

Surrounding the babies in tiles inspired by the Fairview HS fountain. 

My set-up for creating the time lapse movie. 

My set-up for creating the time lapse movie. 

Making progress.

Making progress.

So many dog jokes *insert here*. Each dog will have a different look and personality. 

So many dog jokes *insert here*. Each dog will have a different look and personality. 

Transformation : Studio Images

This painting was playfully started as an expansion of my left leg tattoo, but has developed as a way for me to think about the fragility of both health and beauty. 

The initial sketch on panel. 

The initial sketch on panel. 

Ti supervises the addition of color. 

Ti supervises the addition of color. 

Bringing in a tiger. 

Bringing in a tiger. 

And then two.

And then two.

Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

The Madness : Studio Images

This painting is from the Wasp in a Wig Series and measures 14" x 24". A different kind of tea party. 

I had to cut up the sketch to get the composition the way I wanted it before transferring it to canvas. 

I had to cut up the sketch to get the composition the way I wanted it before transferring it to canvas. 

Blocking in colors. 

Blocking in colors. 

Does he look like Elton John? You are not the first to think that, but it is my friend, Charlie. 

Does he look like Elton John? You are not the first to think that, but it is my friend, Charlie. 

Detail from the time lapse video. 

Detail from the time lapse video. 

Detail of the Hatter. 

Detail of the Hatter. 

Detail of Baby Bear. 

Detail of Baby Bear. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Keeping Check : Studio Images

From the Wasp in a Wig Series, this painting is 18" x 24". Inspired by The Red and White Queens from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Models Anastasia Acid PopTart and Pam Adams. 

Original sketch.

Original sketch.

Blocking in color.

Blocking in color.

More color and a peek at my reference shots. 

More color and a peek at my reference shots. 

Started the White Queens face.

Started the White Queens face.

A detail of the white queen.

A detail of the white queen.

Started the Red Queen's face.

Started the Red Queen's face.

Detailed the lion stand next to the white queen.

Detailed the lion stand next to the white queen.

Added a curtain to soften the background, and honestly, cause I could not get the left side of the window to work with the right side. Gotta love curtains!

Added a curtain to soften the background, and honestly, cause I could not get the left side of the window to work with the right side. Gotta love curtains!

Worked on rose bush and the Tove (part badger, part lizard, part corkscrew).

Worked on rose bush and the Tove (part badger, part lizard, part corkscrew).

I used tracing paper to get the general layout of the piece, so I could work on a sketch to add an element to the back of the chair and next to the lion. The platform was really bothering me in both of those locations, so I decided to add two additional narrative elements: The King, and a hookah smoking hedgehog. 

I used tracing paper to get the general layout of the piece, so I could work on a sketch to add an element to the back of the chair and next to the lion. The platform was really bothering me in both of those locations, so I decided to add two additional narrative elements: The King, and a hookah smoking hedgehog. 

The King transferred and roughed in with color.

The King transferred and roughed in with color.

All hail the King!

All hail the King!

Changes to the king and the white rabbit. You can see the basic outline of the hookah too.

Changes to the king and the white rabbit. You can see the basic outline of the hookah too.

Hookah developed further. Also Bill the lizard. He has an offering for the Tove.

Hookah developed further. Also Bill the lizard. He has an offering for the Tove.

Detail of the hedgehog to be.

Detail of the hedgehog to be.

Hedgehog finished.

Hedgehog finished.

Detail of the queens. 

Detail of the queens. 

Detail of the white rabbit and king. 

Detail of the white rabbit and king. 

Detail of the Hookah Hog. 

Detail of the Hookah Hog. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Missing the Cheshire : Studio Images

The piece is 12"x16". It is a part of the Wasp in a Wig Series and is referring to the death of my cat Proffit, who was the inspiration for the Cheshire cat in this series.

Original sketch on canvas. 

Original sketch on canvas. 

Blocking in color. 

Blocking in color. 

Someone needs her coffee. 

Someone needs her coffee. 

Better, but still pretty sad. 

Better, but still pretty sad. 

Playing around with her dress. 

Playing around with her dress. 

I thought about having a glow from the window, but too drastic. 

I thought about having a glow from the window, but too drastic. 

I had considered the piece finished, but then after several months I brought it back into the studio for a revamp and I am very glad I did! 

I had considered the piece finished, but then after several months I brought it back into the studio for a revamp and I am very glad I did! 

Detail of face. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of Cheshire pillow. 

Detail of Cheshire pillow. 

Detail of tile table and teacup. 

Detail of tile table and teacup. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Wanderland : Studio Images

This painting is 18" x 36". From the Wasp in a Wig Series. Take a walk...forever!

Sketch on canvas. For this commission piece, he wanted a trail that went forever. 

Sketch on canvas. For this commission piece, he wanted a trail that went forever. 

Blocking in color. 

Blocking in color. 

Refining composition. 

Refining composition. 

Developing trees and grass.

Developing trees and grass.

Adding rocks and stripes to the trees. 

Adding rocks and stripes to the trees. 

Looks like a night scene!

Looks like a night scene!

The beginning of Wigglebird. 

The beginning of Wigglebird. 

Gash in the studio, supervising. 

Gash in the studio, supervising. 

Detail of tree dweller.

Detail of tree dweller.

Detail of Wigglebird.

Detail of Wigglebird.

Detail of herrings and tree tops.

Detail of herrings and tree tops.

The finished piece.

The finished piece.

Update on "The Beast"

About 35 hours into the painting process, my work on Marketplace of the Mind for the NW branch of the Dayton Metro Library is coming along quite nicely. This 6 foot square "beast" is a part of the Reimagining Works project and I hope to have it completed by early fall 2015, if not sooner. 

A bit of a portrait shot, bundled up in two sweaters, with the time lapse camera clicking away every minute. 

A bit of a portrait shot, bundled up in two sweaters, with the time lapse camera clicking away every minute. 

Just beginning to block in the elephants. The border elements still have a way to go, but I wanted to get more of the image blocked in so I could tell what areas need more work. 

Just beginning to block in the elephants. The border elements still have a way to go, but I wanted to get more of the image blocked in so I could tell what areas need more work. 

Beginning the background tiles which are inspired by the fountain originally installed at the Fairview High School. 

Beginning the background tiles which are inspired by the fountain originally installed at the Fairview High School. 

Loving the tiles and the overall "rusty" vibe of the work. The plan is to bring in more dark tones and then the real detailing will begin. 

Loving the tiles and the overall "rusty" vibe of the work. The plan is to bring in more dark tones and then the real detailing will begin. 

Ink Well : Studio Images

Work in progress. This painting is 28" x 38". More images can be found on my Pinterest Board for this painting. 

The phases of the Pokeweed plant. It starts with the delicate white flowers, transitions into the green pods and then to the rich, dark berries. Native Americans used to use this North American plant for inks.

The phases of the Pokeweed plant. It starts with the delicate white flowers, transitions into the green pods and then to the rich, dark berries. Native Americans used to use this North American plant for inks.

The sketch to scale, then I use carbon paper to transfer it to the panel.

The sketch to scale, then I use carbon paper to transfer it to the panel.

Starting with a wash of magenta, or more specifically, Liquitex Quinacridone. 

Starting with a wash of magenta, or more specifically, Liquitex Quinacridone. 

The muses for this piece, sisters Hayden and Paige. Photographed in my backyard with the other muse for this piece, Pokeweed. 

The muses for this piece, sisters Hayden and Paige. Photographed in my backyard with the other muse for this piece, Pokeweed. 

Starting work on Paige. My thoughts with her character is that she represents the past. She is connected to the white flower phase of the Pokeweed plant, so I want to try to make her as light and white as possible. 

Starting work on Paige. My thoughts with her character is that she represents the past. She is connected to the white flower phase of the Pokeweed plant, so I want to try to make her as light and white as possible. 

Getting the details in her face. This is a still from the time lapse video I am creating while working on this painting. 

Getting the details in her face. This is a still from the time lapse video I am creating while working on this painting. 

The first bits of color, the Cheshire Cat returns...but not for long. 

The first bits of color, the Cheshire Cat returns...but not for long. 

Beginning Hayden's face. She represents the future and she will be bold, inspired by the final phases of the Pokeweed. 

Beginning Hayden's face. She represents the future and she will be bold, inspired by the final phases of the Pokeweed. 

I just did not like how the cat was sitting in this space. I knew it from the sketch, but I just kept telling myself to keep with it. He may return in a different location. 

I just did not like how the cat was sitting in this space. I knew it from the sketch, but I just kept telling myself to keep with it. He may return in a different location. 

Getting playful with the background. I want this piece to be a mix of what I have learned from working on the Wasp in a Wig and Identification Series. Tightly detailed, yet loose and playful. 

Getting playful with the background. I want this piece to be a mix of what I have learned from working on the Wasp in a Wig and Identification Series. Tightly detailed, yet loose and playful. 

Boo assists with the tracing paper for a second cat. 

Boo assists with the tracing paper for a second cat. 

A silly mini movie from "Ink Well" that shows a drawing of a feline who did not make the cut into the final painting. 

The cat is replaced by a hybrid Bonsai/Pokeweed tree. 

The cat is replaced by a hybrid Bonsai/Pokeweed tree. 

My supervisor keeps me on task. Not 100% on her face. Changes to come. 

My supervisor keeps me on task. Not 100% on her face. Changes to come. 

Starting to develop her new face and hairstyle. 

A new friend!

A new friend!

Getting some definition to the hairdo. 

Getting some definition to the hairdo. 

Some work on the feathers and starting the necklace. 

Some work on the feathers and starting the necklace. 

Whatever It Takes!

Taming The Beast has been an exercise in ingenuity. Getting a predetermined image onto a 6 foot square canvas without completely redrawing it is quite a task. 

There have been several rounds of scale drawings for every element of the image. 

There have been several rounds of scale drawings for every element of the image. 

A tall intern is definitely helpful for creating the outer grid for the border. 

A tall intern is definitely helpful for creating the outer grid for the border. 

Using a sheet of acetate, I traced the scale images so I could project them to the canvas. This technique was perfect for the main image, but does not seem to be effective for the smaller repeating border elements. 

Using a sheet of acetate, I traced the scale images so I could project them to the canvas. This technique was perfect for the main image, but does not seem to be effective for the smaller repeating border elements. 

Using the acetate tracing of the shield section, I kept it mostly intake, but cut into sections so I could trace around the major elements. This provided me with enough information to connect the lines and complete the section. Boo's mind is blown by this technique.

Using the acetate tracing of the shield section, I kept it mostly intake, but cut into sections so I could trace around the major elements. This provided me with enough information to connect the lines and complete the section. Boo's mind is blown by this technique.

Here you can see those shield sections and one of the bulldog corners. I decided to measure out the basic bulldog form, but instead of making them uniform as planned, I thought it would be more fun to give each one a different personality.  

Here you can see those shield sections and one of the bulldog corners. I decided to measure out the basic bulldog form, but instead of making them uniform as planned, I thought it would be more fun to give each one a different personality.  

Glimmer : Studio Images

This painting is 16" x 18". Formerly titled TriChroma: Fan, this painting was created using three colors and hand placed glitter. 

Blocking in the drawing. 

Blocking in the drawing. 

Adding patterning and details to the face. 

Adding patterning and details to the face. 

Basics in, but I do not like the fan.

Basics in, but I do not like the fan.

I decide to change it.

I decide to change it.

Opening up the composition.

Opening up the composition.

New arm in place. 

New arm in place. 

Time to start the glitter!

Time to start the glitter!

Hand applied with gloss medium. 

Hand applied with gloss medium. 

The finished piece. 

The finished piece. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of dress. 

Detail of dress. 

Detail of fan. 

Detail of fan. 

This painting is AVAILABLE.

Returning to Abandoned Paintings

Back in 2007, I started a painting called Santiago. It was a playful piece inspired by the name my husband selected for his identity in our Spanish class, mine was Margarita. I put a lot of time into this painting, and even "finished" it, posting the completed work on my site...

While cleaning out my storage bins, Santiago called out to me from beneath the protective covering, so I removed him and shuttered at the monstrosity before me. Lifeless eyes, muted values, and what the *$%# did I do to the cat?

At some point, I had decided that the interior of a pirate ship would be darker and he needed to be more menacing. What I succeeded in doing was destroying the piece. So now he sits on my easel, begging the question, "Do I toss it or try to fix it?"

Normally I would say screw it, remove the soiled canvas and start fresh. Why does this one cause me to pause? Is it the perceived value in the time to which I have already committed? My guess would be the emotional connection to the piece, because it is representing my husband and our cat, Ti. A decision has been made and the piece will NOT return to storage. Pull the plug or resuscitate, matey!

For further reading on the subject, Ann Landi wrote and article for ARTnews that asks the question, When is an artwork finished?

Here are studio shots from the original painting process...

Paranormals Pouches

Much of my days are now spent transforming my artwork into functional accessories. These pouches, hand-sewn by me, are a labor of love. Here I am able to take recent artwork or paintings that found a home long ago, and create something new and exciting! I have so many designs that I want to make from existing paintings, as well as so many ideas for new paintings that can eventually become a Paranormals Pouch! After the painting has been photographed, I manipulate the digital files on the computer. Pixelmator has a filter called Kaleidoscope and it what I use to create the back panels. Here you can see the process in this video...

Once the digital files are finished, I assemble them in a 36"x58" (150dpi) file and upload it to Spoonflower.

I prefer the Heavy Cotton Twill, which is a sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish. Appropriate for home decorating including drapery, table linens and some upholstery projects, banners, tote bags, pants, coats and jackets.

I prefer the Heavy Cotton Twill, which is a sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish. Appropriate for home decorating including drapery, table linens and some upholstery projects, banners, tote bags, pants, coats and jackets.

Once the fabric arrives, usually 2 weeks later, I cut the sections apart with a rotary blade cutter.

Once the fabric arrives, usually 2 weeks later, I cut the sections apart with a rotary blade cutter.

The next stage is coordinating the zippers, which I get from the lovely ladies at Sew Dayton, and fabric for the inner lining. As a thrift store junky, I am able to find lots of amazing fabrics that I bring home, wash and upcycle into their new form.

The next stage is coordinating the zippers, which I get from the lovely ladies at Sew Dayton, and fabric for the inner lining. As a thrift store junky, I am able to find lots of amazing fabrics that I bring home, wash and upcycle into their new form.

I work like an assembly line, doing all of the pinning, sewing and ironing at one time.

I work like an assembly line, doing all of the pinning, sewing and ironing at one time.

Then I sew. It is very exhausting, but I have lots of help...NOT!

Then I sew. It is very exhausting, but I have lots of help...NOT!

Here is the small, coin-purse style pouch made from my painting, Fumage, which was created as a part of my Wasp in a Wig Series of paintings inspired by the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

Here is the small, coin-purse style pouch made from my painting, Fumage, which was created as a part of my Wasp in a Wig Series of paintings inspired by the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

Even similar pouches can have different personalities depending on the zipper/fabric combos.

Even similar pouches can have different personalities depending on the zipper/fabric combos.

Here is the large make-up bag style pouch, for all your personal grooming needs!

Here is the large make-up bag style pouch, for all your personal grooming needs!

I plan to eventually sell these on my website and at art festivals. Currently, I am trying to keep up with the incoming orders (a nice problem to have!), so I am also working on displays and ways to sell them once I get enough made. Here is an old suitcase I found at a flea market in Michigan.

I plan to eventually sell these on my website and at art festivals. Currently, I am trying to keep up with the incoming orders (a nice problem to have!), so I am also working on displays and ways to sell them once I get enough made. Here is an old suitcase I found at a flea market in Michigan.

Now transformed with paint and black velvet into a lovely display case for my small pouches.

Now transformed with paint and black velvet into a lovely display case for my small pouches.

Interested in picking up a Paranormals Pouch? Send me an email! Be sure to sign up for my Announcement List for updates on pouches and the new website!

Gypsy Queen for Warped Wing Brewery

This was my design for the Gypsy Queen Ancho Chili Beer by Warped Wing Brewery.

Many thanks to my friend Mary, owner of Clash Dayton, for being an amazing muse!

Many thanks to my friend Mary, owner of Clash Dayton, for being an amazing muse!

A rough start.

A rough start.

A few additions to the scene.

A few additions to the scene.

With a few changes, I was finally able to get the image the way I wanted it.

With a few changes, I was finally able to get the image the way I wanted it.

After approval, I inked the drawing.

After approval, I inked the drawing.

Originally, I intended to color the piece with acrylics.

Originally, I intended to color the piece with acrylics.

I was not pleased with how the skin looked, so I decided to color her digitally, using the line work I photographed before painting.

I was not pleased with how the skin looked, so I decided to color her digitally, using the line work I photographed before painting.

I submitted this design and it was discussed that this was a smokey beer, so they wanted more of a night scene with a campfire.

I submitted this design and it was discussed that this was a smokey beer, so they wanted more of a night scene with a campfire.

The finished design!

The finished design!

The White Beast : Studio Images

The White Beast. Acrylic and glitter on panel, 12"x12". Commission painting inspired by the band, Beasto Blanco.

The piece began with a pencil sketch directly on the panel.

The piece began with a pencil sketch directly on the panel.

Defining some dark areas with some Antique Gold paint.

Defining some dark areas with some Antique Gold paint.

Layered in some highlights with Titanium White.

Layered in some highlights with Titanium White.

Then I really began to develop the values to create the sense of volume.

Then I really began to develop the values to create the sense of volume.

At this point, I am not pleased with the horns, so after playing around with the image on my computer, I try a different orientation.

At this point, I am not pleased with the horns, so after playing around with the image on my computer, I try a different orientation.

When I switched the horns around, i sanded the area, which left a strange glossy spot on the surface. I resolved this issue by adding a thin layer of black glitter. It covered that error and created a nice texture around the top of the skull.

When I switched the horns around, i sanded the area, which left a strange glossy spot on the surface. I resolved this issue by adding a thin layer of black glitter. It covered that error and created a nice texture around the top of the skull.

Toned down the glitter and incorporated it into the surface more.

Toned down the glitter and incorporated it into the surface more.

Still not happy with the horns, so I tried them in a dark value.

Still not happy with the horns, so I tried them in a dark value.

I really wanted the background to be dark, but I am not sure I like the dark horns against the dark background.

I really wanted the background to be dark, but I am not sure I like the dark horns against the dark background.

Brought in a blue glow to the interior of the mouth.

Brought in a blue glow to the interior of the mouth.

Finally concluded that the horns were horrible and needed a total revamp. I decided to play around with asymmetrical format.

Finally concluded that the horns were horrible and needed a total revamp. I decided to play around with asymmetrical format.

Adding color to the horns made it possible to bring more color to the skull as if the horns are glowing and reflecting onto it.

Adding color to the horns made it possible to bring more color to the skull as if the horns are glowing and reflecting onto it.

The head is looking great, but now I hate the pile of "rocks" below it.

The head is looking great, but now I hate the pile of "rocks" below it.

Contrasting textures with some fur.

Contrasting textures with some fur.

A decent start, but the results were a little weak.

A decent start, but the results were a little weak.

The first attempt was close, but not quite right. Getting closer now.

The first attempt was close, but not quite right. Getting closer now.

The finished panel before framing. 

The finished panel before framing. 

Small Art Studio Reorganized on a Budget

Some artists like expansive white studios with perfect natural lighting. Perhaps I would too, but I have always felt most at home in small, eclectic spaces. Until the beginning of this year, my studio space (9′x15′) was a bit chaotic (to put it nicely!). In addition to feeling overwhelmed by clutter I was now sharing my studio with a lovely stray cat that we took in, Tinsel. It became very clear to me that the time had come to purge and reorganize.

This is my studio before the rehab. Random cat beds, a litter box out in the open, and just plan disorder.

This is my studio before the rehab. Random cat beds, a litter box out in the open, and just plan disorder.

The studio with the wide-angle lens. Now you can really get a feel for how nuts it had become.

The studio with the wide-angle lens. Now you can really get a feel for how nuts it had become.

First I had to get rid of some materials and condense and reorganize the ones I wanted to keep. I went through every inspiration image that I had collected.

First I had to get rid of some materials and condense and reorganize the ones I wanted to keep. I went through every inspiration image that I had collected.

Boo and I were both amazed at all the dead paint that was taking up space! Sure, I had old, crappy supplies that needed tossed, but what about the good stuff that I could not bear to throw away because they still possessed artistic value? Solution! My friend, Tabitha, took them and now they are used to teach kids art at the Decoy Art Studio!

Boo and I were both amazed at all the dead paint that was taking up space! Sure, I had old, crappy supplies that needed tossed, but what about the good stuff that I could not bear to throw away because they still possessed artistic value? Solution! My friend, Tabitha, took them and now they are used to teach kids art at the Decoy Art Studio!

Amongst my materials, I had acquired a small collection of glitter…yes, I need help.

Amongst my materials, I had acquired a small collection of glitter…yes, I need help.

I combined those of like colors and ended up storing them in a repurposed spice rack.

I combined those of like colors and ended up storing them in a repurposed spice rack.

I wanted to keep the costs down for this project. One way I did this was by purchasing all of my fabric at the thrift store. I found some matching silky curtains for the windows, tablecloths that I used to recover the desk chair and a mismatched grouping of cotton curtains that I pieced together as a slip cover for the old, brown sofa.

I wanted to keep the costs down for this project. One way I did this was by purchasing all of my fabric at the thrift store. I found some matching silky curtains for the windows, tablecloths that I used to recover the desk chair and a mismatched grouping of cotton curtains that I pieced together as a slip cover for the old, brown sofa.

Now it was time to paint! I moved most of the items from the studio, but the easel and sofa had no where to go. Ti and the other cats enjoyed this new perch while it lasted.

Now it was time to paint! I moved most of the items from the studio, but the easel and sofa had no where to go. Ti and the other cats enjoyed this new perch while it lasted.

The pale sea foam green walls changed to a deep olive thanks to a gallon of paint I found in the reject bin for $10. I did not know what I was going to use it for at the time, but I could not pass up that luscious color!

The pale sea foam green walls changed to a deep olive thanks to a gallon of paint I found in the reject bin for $10. I did not know what I was going to use it for at the time, but I could not pass up that luscious color!

I wanted to keep my striped wall, but I updated it with some new colors and added more stripes where they had stopped around the window.

I wanted to keep my striped wall, but I updated it with some new colors and added more stripes where they had stopped around the window.

After countless hours and several trips to Decoy Art Studio, the studio is finished! The rug was my major splurge item. I must have looked at hundreds of rugs at all sizes and prices, but that one was PERFECT! The one thing I did not take into consideration was the fact that it is looped wool, which our kitten, Boo, says makes for a lovely scratching surface. Sigh…

After countless hours and several trips to Decoy Art Studio, the studio is finished! The rug was my major splurge item. I must have looked at hundreds of rugs at all sizes and prices, but that one was PERFECT! The one thing I did not take into consideration was the fact that it is looped wool, which our kitten, Boo, says makes for a lovely scratching surface. Sigh…

As you can see, rearranging the furniture was a major element to the project. Now the room is more open and inviting. The white interactive work station (desk) that was created for my Identification show at the University of Dayton now has a permanent home as workspace and storage space in the studio. The litter box is now located behind the curtain as well as my paints, with plenty of extra room.

As you can see, rearranging the furniture was a major element to the project. Now the room is more open and inviting. The white interactive work station (desk) that was created for my Identification show at the University of Dayton now has a permanent home as workspace and storage space in the studio. The litter box is now located behind the curtain as well as my paints, with plenty of extra room.

In this area I put a magnetic white erase board for jotting down ideas and a cork board for displaying inspiration images. I am also able to bring my sewing machine out for the first time in years! I am looking forward to taking some classes at Sew Dayton now!

In this area I put a magnetic white erase board for jotting down ideas and a cork board for displaying inspiration images. I am also able to bring my sewing machine out for the first time in years! I am looking forward to taking some classes at Sew Dayton now!

Instead of her food being out in the open, Tinsel has a protected food nook that doubles as seating space. She also has matching window perches and a scratching post. So spoiled!

Instead of her food being out in the open, Tinsel has a protected food nook that doubles as seating space. She also has matching window perches and a scratching post. So spoiled!

I was determined to get organized with this remodeling. This is the board near the entrance to the studio. This is where I post projects in progress or timely items that I need to keep in mind, such as show deadlines or pick up dates. I made this with an old frame, some sheets of cork and then I glued some of the hand cut cork pebbles from my UD show to give it some flair.

I was determined to get organized with this remodeling. This is the board near the entrance to the studio. This is where I post projects in progress or timely items that I need to keep in mind, such as show deadlines or pick up dates. I made this with an old frame, some sheets of cork and then I glued some of the hand cut cork pebbles from my UD show to give it some flair.

These cork boards over the sofa are were I will post work in progress. Right now they are home to the bamboo panels I purchased from the Portland, Oregon based company, Plywerk. Soon they will be paintings! You can also see that my skeleton, Roger, is right at home in the new space below the work by Scarecrowoven! I have moved a good amount of our acquired art collection to the studio so I can be inspired by my fellow artists as I create new works in my new amazing space!

These cork boards over the sofa are were I will post work in progress. Right now they are home to the bamboo panels I purchased from the Portland, Oregon based company, Plywerk. Soon they will be paintings! You can also see that my skeleton, Roger, is right at home in the new space below the work by Scarecrowoven! I have moved a good amount of our acquired art collection to the studio so I can be inspired by my fellow artists as I create new works in my new amazing space!

Incorruptible Design for Warped Wing Brewery

Incorruptible was my second design for the Warped Wing Brewery. 

My first thought for the design was inspired by the concept of Incorruptibility. I was thinking of making an angel with warped wings. We decided it was not the right vibe, and went a completely different route.

My first thought for the design was inspired by the concept of Incorruptibility. I was thinking of making an angel with warped wings. We decided it was not the right vibe, and went a completely different route.

Who is incorruptible? I really like how the devil prompted this question.

Who is incorruptible? I really like how the devil prompted this question.

With the sketch approved, I began drawing and finally inking the design.

With the sketch approved, I began drawing and finally inking the design.

Boo was extra helpful with this one and he kept my lap warm through the chilly inking process.

Boo was extra helpful with this one and he kept my lap warm through the chilly inking process.

His face was just how I had imagined and I was very pleased with how his hair curled like the ornamentation on a currency bill, but the bill itself...meh!

His face was just how I had imagined and I was very pleased with how his hair curled like the ornamentation on a currency bill, but the bill itself...meh!

I had him digitized and tried this design, but we had lost all of the currency vibe and it was back to the drawing board.

I had him digitized and tried this design, but we had lost all of the currency vibe and it was back to the drawing board.

I roughed out a sketch for a more direct interpretation of the concept and went back to work. Apparently, I have issues spelling "Belgian!"

I roughed out a sketch for a more direct interpretation of the concept and went back to work. Apparently, I have issues spelling "Belgian!"

Sometimes a sketch and the drawing are worlds apart! I was smitten with this dapper gentleman, but after some discussion, it was decided that it felt too much like a portrait and not enough like a bill. Plus, he was a little too creepy. A combo of the two would work, if only...

Sometimes a sketch and the drawing are worlds apart! I was smitten with this dapper gentleman, but after some discussion, it was decided that it felt too much like a portrait and not enough like a bill. Plus, he was a little too creepy. A combo of the two would work, if only...

I love working with artist materials, like pencils and ink pens, but sometimes computers really save the day! I returned to the original design and drew out the rest of his head.

I love working with artist materials, like pencils and ink pens, but sometimes computers really save the day! I returned to the original design and drew out the rest of his head.

Then I inked some of the new design.

Then I inked some of the new design.

I was not thrilled with his dark, closely trimmed haircut, so I drew a sort of toupee to add to the drawing.

I was not thrilled with his dark, closely trimmed haircut, so I drew a sort of toupee to add to the drawing.

I also drew a few extra elements to add to the background. Some of these elements ended up being cropped out for the table toppers, but they are there if they ever want to do a poster or other items with the design.

I also drew a few extra elements to add to the background. Some of these elements ended up being cropped out for the table toppers, but they are there if they ever want to do a poster or other items with the design.

Incorruptible was just tapped on April 3, 2014, but it will not be around for long. It is a serious spring delight! Grab one and see up close how the two designs came together!