September Calendar

Today definitely feels like the beginning of autumn.  It's already a little chillier at night and I'm definitely craving some soup!  Between work, moving and planning a wedding... I let July and August get away from me. But I'm getting hitched at the end of the month and after that I'll look forward to things getting back to normal.

Click on the mini calendar to download it for free!  Happy Friday!

Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search

My submission for the Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search!  The assignment involved creating a journal for Paperchase with a vintage playground theme.

At first I was a little stumped by the theme... and then I thought about the kind of journal I would want to buy and characters I would enjoy drawing.  Whats more fun then a bunch of monkeys jumping rope? I worked on this piece during the recent heat wave, which also inspired my decision to draw ice cream...  The layout was loosely based on vintage circus posters and type.  Tomorrow the top 50 will be announced... fingers crossed!

Children's Book Week

 Week three of Lilla's Class was all about the children's book market.  I was an artsy kid and a huge reader growing up.  (Quentin Blake, who illustrated many of Roald Dahl's books was one of my favorite illustrators and Roald Dahl is still probably one of my favorite authors)  Once I got to college I had no interest in pursuing children's book work.  It just seemed like there were so many other exciting options... why stick to children's book.

 Anyways, I was sort of dreading this assignment.  Here's a link to the Snail and the Rose Tree, it's a pretty dark story.  I decided that since I wasn't worried about creating an actual portfolio piece it would be a good opportunity to experiment with my technique.

I work so much on the computer now, that I rarely get to use watercolors, pencils and collage anymore. (and I really miss that!) I've been trying to find a way to incorporate these materials and textures into my digital work, but only tentatively.  I made it my personal goal to do that this week and I'm feeling pretty excited about the results.  No, its not perfect, but it's a first step in the right direction!  I also had a BLAST with all the hand lettering!!  I'd definitely like to do more hand lettered work.

Lilla Roger's Class

I wanted to share some work I've been doing in Lilla Roger's  Make Art That Sells class.  Lilla Roger's is one of the top illustration agents and represents some of my favorite artists, so I jumped at the chance to push my work and get some helpful advice from her!

Each week is focused on a different market and the first week was bolt fabric design.  We started the week off drawing mushrooms and vintage casseroles.  It was both intimidating and inspiring to see the level of talent among the group!  Throughout the course its been really fun to see the variety in medium everyone uses and how differently everyone interprets the same subject matter.  

Here's my final print, inspired by one of my favorite dishes; Springtime Soba with Miso Sauce. 

Since this is a market I'm really interested in I had a lot of fun working on this piece and also getting a fresh perspective from Lilla about what will be popular with quilters and crafters.

Here's my coordinating prints

I tried to use some new colors, ones I typically wouldn't use and really layer the images in  my main pattern so it would feel very dense.  Of course I still ended up with lots of greens and acid yellow...

Week two was Home Decor.  This was a market I hadn't previously thought about selling my work in.  Once I started looking at the examples I got really excited about creating work for plates, sheets, and kitchen goods.

Our assignment this week was to sketch pods, succulents and unusual flowers, which was right up my alley!  Above are some of my inked drawings.  We then used the drawings to create mock up plates!

Here's a Bee plate, its in progress but I wanted to share it anyways!  I'm sort of obsessed with fat bees and honeycomb pattern right now.

Here's my more finished plate, which I submitted for the assignment.  Despite the fact that we are in the middle of moving to our new place, I've been feeling really invigorated by this class and the assignments we are getting.  I'll share my work from week three soon!

Avocados for Emma

Have you checked out Emma Magazine yet?  The tagline is "If Martha was a twenty-something."  The magazine is chock-full of  fun DIY's, recipes, styling tips and gift ideas.  They also just released their very own app!

I got in touch with them about creating something fun for the magazine and we decided on a piece about growing an avocado tree from a pit, just in time for their Summer issue!

I also chatted with their lovely intern, Alejandra,  about art, food and travel.  Check it out on pages 42-43!

I started growing my own little avocado pits while I was working on the piece.   This one has a nice root going...

and a tiny little sprout!

Go read Emma! This issue has a great father's day gift guide,  smoothie ideas, and how to sew a skirt!

All kinds of exciting things happening this month!  I'm relieved that weather seems to be staying warm and sunny.  Nothing puts me in a better mood or makes me want to be outside more.

For June I really wanted to draw some cicadas... I've always thought they were so fascinating in a prehistoric giant bug kinda way.  Here's a great 7 min video about the cicadas... You can hear their mating call in the background and some great footage of them swarming!

Click on the mini cal if you want to download it for your desktop!  Just as a reminder... the Etsy Sale is still going strong.

Etsy Sale!

We are moving very soon!

Succulent pencil case - $12

As I look around the studio I realize now would be a good time to get rid of some of my inventory... and have less things to box up.

Cupcake notepad -$7

Squid Notepad- $7

Fruit and Lace notebook- $7

Starting today use code: MOVING in my Etsy shop to receive 20% off all orders over $15.

Succulent pencil case- $12

Fruit Notepad- $7

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and check out the sale... From now till the end of June! 20% off!   I'll be adding more items so keep your eyes peeled!

PVD Lady Summer Guide

I was thrilled to be able to team up with the lovely ladies of Providence Lady Project.  The Providence Lady Project is all about connecting, inspiring and showcasing awesome women in Providence.  I've met some really fun and creative ladies at their previous events and I became a member of the group this year!  Just in time for Summer they've put together a guide  here- "featuring over 40 local, female owned businesses and tips from members on making it the best summer in Rhode Island!"

So... heres my contribution to the guide, a map of my favorite places to eat during the Summer!  Big thanks to the PVD Lady team and especially to Sarah for putting everything together.

So if you find yourselves in Rhode Island this summer here are some places to check out and look through the guide for other fun Summer ideas.  

 

May Calendar

Happy May Day!  The weather has been absolutely beautiful this week and I've loved walking around the neighborhood seeing all of the flowers in full bloom!

 

Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, I love the bright colors they come in and their strange shape.  Good luck to all those showing their work this upcoming week at Surtex and the Quilt Market in Portland.  I can't wait to see what all my favorite artists and designers have been up to!  Below is the May Cal.

Click on it to download and save as a fresh wallpaper for May.

April Calendar

A few days late... but here's this month's Calendar!  Inspired by all the beautiful photos I've been seeing of cherry blossoms in Kyoto... Here's one of the best places to view the cherry blossoms, Kiyomizudera.  

Here's an old image of Kiyomizudera from 1909 and not much has changed.  Kiyomizudera is probably the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and has a fantastic view of the city!  Someday I will make it back to Japan just to see the cherry blossoms!

 Growing up in DC I loved seeing the cherry blossoms transform our street every year.  My birthday is in April so it always feels like an extra present!  Here's my dad, me and Ernie enjoying the blossoms.

Click on the small calendar to download it and use it as a wallpaper.

March Calendar

Yay for March!  I'm happy to be that much closer to spring and some warm sunny weather.  I'm so sick of the dreary New England rainy, snowy cold winter.. ughhh.  This month I went with bright patterned hot air balloons!  Is there anything more vibrant or uplifting?

Click on the smaller calendar to download it for free!

Mocha Dacquoise

  In honor of Valentine's Day I decided to go on a Chowda Scouting mission for something chocolate.  This was also a good excuse to visit Pastiche, my absolute favorite place for dessert.  Pastiche makes the best cheesecake, not too heavy or overwhelmingly sweet.  The fruit tart is light and flavorful.  My fiance adores the chocolate mousse cake and often goes for any of their seasonal specials.  I decided to branch out and try something new... the waitress recommended the mocha dacquoise.* Mocha Dacquoise is described as "dark chocolate sponge and almond meringue filled with coffee mousse.  finished with coffee buttercream and chocolate glaze."

 I really enjoyed all the different flavors in each layer of the cake, it reminded me of a tiramisu.  If your looking to take your honey out for dessert go to Pastiche!  Or if you want to bring home a sampling of sweets check out their amazing array of cookies, cannoli, macaroons, brownies, rugelach and Valentines day specials! 

Pastiche is tucked away on Federal Hill at 92 Spruce Street. (it's one over from Atwells)

Open: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 AM to 11 PM

Friday & Saturday, 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM Sunday, 10 AM to 10 PM

*I've been cracking myself up by saying mocha dacquoise with an over the top French accent...  Now I can't say it without giggling or speaking in a fake french accent. 

Ebisu Comfort Food

I threw myself another curve ball by picking a dish that was tricky to illustrate.  When I lived in Japan oyakodon was my go to comfort food on a cold winter day because there is nothing better than a warm bowl of rice topped with eggs, chicken, and a sweet salty broth.  Oyakodon literally means mother and child (get it?? haha)

After returning to the US I looked everywhere for a satisfying oyakodon, but was mostly disappointed... Until I went to Ebisu !

Since then, Ebisu has become one of my favorite restaurants in RI.  This is the food that reminds of my time in Japan!  Their menu does not have sushi, but instead focuses on bowls of rice, ramen and even shabu-shabu!  Traditionally, oyakodon is not made with the crispy breaded "katsu" style chicken, but I think it's even better served this way! If you go to Ebisu, look for it on the menu as Katsu Don for $9.95 .

Ebisu is located at:

38 Pontiac Ave. Providence, RI 02907 and you can reach them

@ (401) 270 7500

Of if you want to make some oyakodon at home, here's a recipe with katsu style chicken. (I haven't tried it but it's based on a Momofuku recipe, so I bet it's awesome !)  And here's a faster and more traditional recipe option.

Tattoo dream come true!

Last month I had the privilege of  designing a craft tattoo for a friend.  The tattoo was inspired by the Industrial Revolution themed pattern I did for the REPEAT contest.

I had such a good time research craft tattoos and drawing this.   Also I  was incredibly flattered that someone would want my art on their body forever... huge compliment!  I can't wait to see what it looks like after it's healed.  Speaking of REPEAT, round two is starting up soon and the deadline for entering is tomorrow!    This year I'm coming back as a guest judge and proud to be judging amongst some of the most friendly and talented ladies in the quilt world!

Pomegranate

Happy New Years!! I'm back from a long holiday break filled with food, family and friends!  I thought it would be fun to start the year off with a fresh new drawing.  Pomegranates are one of my favorite winter fruits to eat on a salad or as a snack.  Here's a way I've recently learned to open them without getting juice everywhere....

I also made this tasty relish with pomegranates, olives and pistachios!  It's delicious!  Happy 2013!!