Friday, February 26, 2010


revisit [riːˈvɪzɪt] vb (tr):

1. to visit again
2. to re-examine (a topic or theme) after an interval, with a view to making a fresh appraisal

When I find myself trying to change in a direction that doesn't feel right, I seem to revisit old love.



I wish I had a better camera. Soon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010



Still working... it's going to be a long few days. Bring on the Coffee!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"If Maria had a VW Bus..." (In Progress)

My current and last series for Visual Essay is a series of landscapes featuring a traveling VW Westfalia. I really wanted to get away from the caricature paintings for a while and regroup some stray brain cells.

These are all currently underpaintings. I started some highlights and shaddows but for the most part they are mostly midtones. I tried several different techniques to see where my strengths lie.

So far the third technique is coming out the most naturally.

I like painting landscapes because it really gets you to analyze a space and how you would deal with it without having to deal with anything that has to be completely exact. I am definitely a little rusty with this since my last finished landscape was a few years back (I've done a lot of sketching and watercolors, but no paintings!). I am surprised at how much I've improved, kind of interesting.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mailer Back.

Back of my mailer:

Printing tomorrow. Will be a long day.

"We can't go on living, with suspicious minds!"

So, FINALLY finished Elvis. A LOT of hours put into this piece, sort of unexpectedly, but I am so happy with the way it came out. My friend (and hopefully my professor too) will be happy with it. I am going to crop it in a bit for the postcard.

And speaking of postcard here is the illustration for the back. I am not sure about the hand lettering, I might use a font instead.

All I know is that I have a renewed appreciation for Elvis Presley music and have it stuck in my head!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


So as the winter quarter at RIT is winding down, and we are all sleeping less and less, I figured I would update with some recent sketches of upcoming work.

First, for my business and marketing class I am preparing a promotional mailer. I decided to use a caricature for Elvis Presley I was asked to do by a friend. Here are some preliminary sketches:

Elvis' likeness was one of the more difficult portraits to master, but I finally think I achieved what I wanted in this last sketch. The final piece is somewhat off from this sketch, and I've been a bit frustrated with it. I will upload the photo of it soon.

These next sketches are for my next Visual Essay series:

I decided I needed a break from the portraits/caricatures to recharge my brain and get myself back into focus. What easier way than to go back to my roots in landscape painting. I think it might be those winter blues getting to me, combined with a need for something a little more wild and free.

I am trying to work on more narration and stories in my pieces, since I have been straying away from that recently. The story here is, "If Sorrento had a pea green 1973 VW Westy, where would she take it?" Sort of humorous and catering to my interests.

Lastly, the Zine and Craft fair went well, at least for networking purposes! I met so many amazing people with fantastic artwork, zines, crafts, and things to say.

And speaking of things to say, everyone should find a soapbox where they can shout it (Jack White advises.).

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rochester Regional Zine and Craft Fair!

Hey Everybody,

Just a heads up! I will be at the Rochester Regional Zine and Craft Fair today (Sunday) at the Flying Squirrel Community Center (285 Clarissa Street, Rochester, NY) from 12-4pm. I am bringing some prints with me and some knits with love.

Because this is my first crafty gathering I will have a discount on prints! Will also have some things not posted on my etsy account.

Schmutzine will also be making an appearance, releasing it's latest issue!

So whether or not you grab something from us we would love your support!!