Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"We were both hitchhikers but you had your ear tuned to the roar "

I just want to paint, but very little time, all this typing and organizing is making me a little crazy.

I finally got my suitcase in that I will be using for my portfolio. It needs a few minor repairs, and it's not the exact color I thought it was, but I think it suits me well:

It even has a nice little pocket for resume's and business cards! Nice!

So now I have done some edits on the color I want to use for my portfolio page, and I would still really appreciate some feedback (the typography is better positioned on the second one, and I think I like that color better too):

My goal is for the page to match the case, but not distract from the artwork.

Other than the portfolio, I've been working on these 3 paintings, which I am hoping to have done by the end of the week:

And some digital work:

This one is in progress:

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Any opinions on my layout page for my portfolio?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"To the violence of the sun!"

So I've been working on this main page a lot...

And here are some sketches for my next oil paintings:

This sketch is from life, a girl sitting by the window at Boulder Coffee's Open Mic Night. I think her boyfriend was performing.

This sketch is from a photo and a great adventure a few years back.

Monday, April 19, 2010

VW Love.

Work in progress, obviously. This will be the main page of my website, and will be shrunk down and placed above the menu buttons on the other pages. Loving it!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Illustration Opening, and some sketches!

Some photos from our opening!

Sushi Peeps!

Tons of people and thanks for the 30th time those who came!

I am making myself a new bag for spring! I found this fantastic fabric from Joann's last week: Corduroy floral print and this funky green print in my for the inside.

I also had the opportunity this week to draw and paint at Corbett's Glenn in Brighton, NY. I found a great little rock in the middle of the stream and plopped myself down for a few hours. This makes me extremely excited for camping in the Adirondack's soon! Here's 2 of 6 sketches.

Waterfalls are harder to draw then I remember!

Some work in progress:

These are coming along slowly, I'm a bit unsure of myself. I'm liking the second a lot.

Last, I just wanted to geek out about this website my room mate Noelle showed me today! http://animationbackgrounds.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Hi everyone! Please do me a favor and update your RSS feeds to retrosorrento.blogpsot.com. I need to shorten my address and I want to make sure it's the same as my Etsy account. Easier to find me! THANKS!!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Can't Buy me Loooovvee!"

Finished with this digital painting, for now. I will probably go back to it.

And here is a sketch of a good friend. Unfinished, but the person got up before I could finish:

I am also taking a web design class this quarter and I have been thinking about ideas for my sight for a while. I want to use this bus as my main page navigation, and then use it without the text above the navigation on each page. Obviously it will be green.

2 Days until the Illustration Opening at Gallery R. See you there!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Let it roll, baby, roll!

I'm a busy bee!

My senior year of college is quickly coming to a close. Senior Illustration Exhibit is coming up and portfolio preparation is getting intense!

(In case anyone is wondering the opening is on April 9th at Gallery R in Rochester, NY).

Framing has been pretty hectic and I am considering not painting large or at odd sizes ever again! Robert Plant has been the most difficult to frame. I first made a small backing structure for the piece because it was beginning to warp, and I am staining some pieces of wood to attach to the side as a frame. I purchased a purplish stain (which was pretty expensive!) for the frame, it matches his jacket and it's going to be awesome!

Next, for my Personal Focus II class I am working with city streets and scenes. I was really inspired by the pieces I did last year after my trip to New York. I love buildings, yet my scenes never have people in them.

I drove around Rochester and took tons of photos, but nothing stood out to me when I sat down for sketches. Going through my photo collection from my various trips, I found some photos from a trip to Toronto. Got a little nostalgic and decided I would paint some of the places I really enjoyed.

Here is Queen Street, where I gallery hopped with my Pandaloping friend:

And the sketch:

And here is the Imperial Pub and Library, across from our hotel. Great memories:

Lastly, for my digital mixed media class, I am doing a piece based off the idea of Growth. My concept came from "growth from destruction/decomposition." I wanted to show that a space that had been neglected for a long period of time was being repaired and ready to be loved.

After all the painting I've been doing, digital painting is becoming more natural for me. This last little sweet spot is looking a lot like what I do with oil paint, and that is really what I want. I love getting my hands full of paint, but it's also frustrating not to have sufficient space to paint in, and this may be my solution.

Lastly, I'll leave you with this great little photo I took a few weeks ago with my friend Tony:

Back to some webdesign!