Monday, September 22, 2014

Post Monsoon Season

I've been inspired to squeeze some ballerina paintings in amongst my current Fall art project line-up, and am excited to show the sequential progression of the first!  Before beginning my large canvas, I did a 20x20" study of the main (and most difficultly positioned) figure:

Next, I xeroxed my sketch and scaled it up to play with it's position on the larger canvas:

Then I covered my larger (48"x 42") final canvas with an abstract background.  Once that was dry enough I transferred my sketch onto it with charcoal and began painting the shadows of the figures, then adding the highlights:


I mainly used brushes for paint application, but did use the palette knife a little on the tutus... and voila!
Backstage Ballerinas, 48" x 42", oil on canvas (sold)
(side angle - painting continues around edges)
Only after completing this one did I realize what the background reminded me of: AZ's famous sunsets like this recent one I captured right before a Summer monsoon and dust storm:

As for my seasonal projects, here is the latest painting which was completed for Tabor Home Winery's annual Anniversary festival.  I decided to go with a Nouveau-theme on this one:



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dream Catchin'

I'm thrilled to have several brand new paintings in Blue Rain Gallery's Second Invitational show in Santa Fe this month!  It's been up for the month of June, and comes down next week - but if you can't make it in person, here's a peek of the new stuff: #giddyup
Dreamcatchers II, 24"x24", mixed media and resin on panel
Many Moons, 36" x36", mixed media and resin on panel
Three Wishes, 40" x 40", mixed media and resin on panel
This one's a little different - the back tattoo was inspired directly from @thiskidlovesink on instagram (featured on the right).  The title "Winds of Chang'e"is a play on words; "Chang'e" is the name of the Chinese Moon goddess:
Winds of Chang'e, 30" x 24, acrylic on canvas
And my society6 shop has also recently been updated with all sorts of goodies of each image (besides prints, there are awesome tote bags, pillows, coffee mugs, clocks and anything else you wanna art out your place with... Cheers!):
Find these goodies and more here!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Belle Époque

Sometimes when I paint I'm aware of my inspirations as I begin; other times - like in this collage/resin piece "The Boudoir" (40" x 28") - I realize the specific inspirations that came from my subconscious only after the painting is complete.
The Boudoir, mixed media and resin on wood, 40" x 28", at Wilde Meyer Gallery
I realized this room that came from my imagination reminded me of this article I had read on a hauntingly beautiful abandoned apartment in Paris during WWII.


In the bottom lefthand corner, you'll find an homage to one of my favorite artists, Gustav Klimt (some of whose paintings are still being recovered from Nazi theft during WWII):
Gustav Klimt's magnificent painting "The Kiss"
And the little black silhouette in the righthand corner is of course my little Frida sneaking her way into another painting:
Bonjour!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Dreamin'

Dreamin' the days away while working on loads of new projects this Spring!  First off, this Saturday, April 26th, 6-9pm Zoe Boutique holds it's first cowskull show featuring the work of many different artists; here are my three:

featuring shoes by the amazing BaliELF

Also follow these two lovely ladies on Instagram for this giveaway coming up: @AmariaDesigns and @SoapyLayne (and it'll include a makeup bag by yours truly).  Here's a sneak peek of the goods, which I have some of both myself already and both are true artisans!
Jewelry from AmariaDesigns Etsy
Jewelry from AmariaDesigns Etsy and Soapy Layne's Etsy Shop
And a NEW Fox print and other goodies like T's, phone cases, etc. now available here
And an AZ sunset to bid you adieu!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Going Native...

Absorbing my latest inspirations from my beautiful Southwest surroundings (and history), here's what's been going on in the studio the past few weeks:
Runs with Coyotes, 21" x 32", mixed media and resin on panel, at Wilde Meyer Gallery
Reflections, 36" x 36", mixed media and resin on panel, sold
And I just couldn't resist a lil' shout-out to Spring Training which just began in Scottsdale recently (especially when I can see ballplayers practice in the park behind my house!)
The Catch, 24" x 24", oil on canvas, at Wilde Meyer Gallery
 I've also been getting in as much hiking as I can before the endless summer hits Arizona!  On one trail I regularly do, someone pointed out this pile of heart rocks that - unbeknownst to me - I had been walking right by it all along... then a few days later I was commission to design a "lullaby" CD cover where the client specifically wanted "heart leaves" on the tree!  So I like seeing these two images together:
(Commission) Monica's Lullabies 12"x12", acrylic on panel (CD cover design)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Shine On!

In between some bigger painting projects I've had in the works for awhile, here's some smaller art goodness that's been happening in the studio lately.  First, a little "Love Child" series just in time for Valentine's:
Left to right: Galaxy Girl, Cherry Blossom, Lady Luck, 4x4" acrylic & resin, $95 ea.

Here's some February bling, inspired by the annual Gem Show in Tucson every year.. and these babies are guaranteed, conflict-free!:
Strength & Beauty, 8"x 8", acrylic & resin on panel, avail. at Wilde Meyer Gallery
Let Me See You Shine, 12"x 12", acrylic & resin on panel, avail. at Wilde Meyer Gallery
You Have Beautiful Eyes, 8"x 8", acrylic & resin on panel, avail. at Wilde Meyer Gallery

Sunday, December 8, 2013

'Tis the Season

I finally remembered to take progress shots of my most recent painting! "Tutus", 40" x 40", oil on canvas:



...and complete! 
And there is plenty of local inspiration as far as ballet subject matter goes... Just saw the Nutcracker via Ballet Arizona last week and it was brilliant (A+ on the set design as well):
Human snowflakes
...and to all a good night!