Silent Night is one of my most popular designs and now it's being produced in leather and bamboo by the nice people at Grove. Like all their cases, the iPad case is an eco-friendly, quality product. The bamboo feel great in your hands and even though it's really protective, it's not too heavy.
It comes in black and london tan leather. I've had the tan version for about 6 months and I'm very happy with it. The leather is that nice type kind that gets better with age.
Check it out here:http://www.grovemade.com/product/ipad-case/#silentnight-ipad-case
The desert. What is there to say about it? It's stunning, inspiring and a whole pile of other descriptive words. I can't do it justice, so I'm going to post these photos and maybe they will do the job.
The Painted Dessert, AZ
The desert felt comfortable. I don't know if anyone else has these reactions to landscapes, but to me, some places feel like home and some don't. Example: The mountains of NC - to me they are uncomfortable. They're beautiful, but they're too jagged, the trees are too dense, the foliage is too saturated with green. It's not my thing.
So I was trying to figure out why the desert felt right, when it seems to be the exact opposite of my usual inspiration - the ocean and beach... I think it's because it's not the opposite, it's the same. The shapes of the desert are incredibly similar to the shapes underwater. The empty spaces there, with their curved elevations, look very much like the ocean floor. Driving by I saw plants that were the shapes of corals. There was a cactus that looked almost exactly like a gorgonian.
Petroglyph National Monument, NM
The Petrified Forest, AZ
And then there's the colors! The beautiful, pale, faded colors - exactly the shades that I like to work in. You have no clue how many times I've been told to abandon these colors and work with bright, vibrant ones in order to make people like my work better. I actually felt like nature had vindicated me for liking them, as if nature likes them too, but secretly keeps them all together, only here, for itself.
Creative wise, the dessert was the most inspiring thing on this trip by far. I think that when I finally finish with the traveling, it'll be a big part of what I do next.
This week woot is having their Beach Bums sale, offering a special selection of shirts with summery themes. I have 3 designs up in the sale. Woot brought back 2 of my previously printed ones and contacted me for a brand new one as well. Click on each design for a link to the "buy it" page.
What Lurks Beneath
Classic and Si Turtles! were both printed before and both printed really well. The watercolors on Si Turtles! came out so nice. Sometimes I'm not completely sure whats going to happen when my watercolor based designs go to print. Since I don't usually have too much control on that end I just have to hope it'll all work out, and this one really did. All the blue shades blended together so well. Anyone looking for a design of mine, I recommend this one. And I got bleach all over my old one, so I'm personally glad to be able to get another.
Then there's the brand new one, What Lurks Beneath. I spend a lot of time in the ocean, and I love it, but I always have the feeling there might be something bad lurking around that I don't know about. I was surfing once and my friend said "We probably don't know half the stuff that's swimming underneath us." Probably true. I don't go looking for that stuff tho and so far it's never bothered me, so that's good.
I mentioned a couple times here and there that there was a special project I was working on during the past few months. Well it's happened now and here it is! It's a bamboo iPhone case made by Grove
with my "Feathers" design engraved in it.
In case you don't know about Grove's products, they make one of the best, if not the best, iPhone & iPad case out there. They're all made by hand in Portland, Oregon. The cases are beautiful, feel like quality and are eco-friendly as well.
It was such a good experience. They don't just make and awesome product, they're an amazing bunch of people as well - really nice, really good at what they do. The whole process went so well and it was such a pleasure to be involved (even in in a small way) with them. If you need a case, this is the place to go.
Here are some more views of the case. The design is laser engraved into the wood. It gives it a nice texture and it feels good in your hand. I was also surprised how thin and light it is too. I'm generally not a fan of phone cases because they make the phone too awkward, but this one... This one is right. This is one I will happily use.
Still working on wooden canvases. I'm enjoying using my hands more in making art. Obviously working in photoshop requires hands too, but somehow it's not the same. It's nice to put a pencil on a surface and whatever mark it makes is the one you're stuck with. No erasing, line smoothing, adjusting. It's honest.
This is a series done on pieces of balsa wood. I also have a surfboard made out of balsa wood. It seems like there's a connection between sea & summer and balsa. So this series is a happy, bright set. Simple patterns and warm summer colors.
They're about 4 x 6 and are in my Etsy shop. Each one is matted in a bright white mat.
I did a design that I submitted to Threadless a couple years ago called "Best Knot Sail Here." Part of it was a happy whale character that I really liked. A lot of times I'll have these characters that are cool on their own, but need to be developed more to make a good design. This guy was one of them, and I didn't know what to do with him.
So I tried painting him in watercolor in my next wooden block piece and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm slightly less happy that I can't take a photo that makes it look as good as it does in person... but that's how it goes. Still, he makes me want to do a series of sea creatures. I'm going through my sketchbooks to find all the other abandoned critters from the past.
8 x 12 Watercolor and graphite.
It's been difficult to get real quality computer time lately. So more than ever I've been relying on traditional means of making art. This is cool because it's gotten me to try something I've wanted to for a long time: painting on wood. It's one of my favorite looks, I love when the wood grain shows through the image. It just gives it an extra dimension, makes it feel warmer and somehow more "real."
I've messed around with wood painting in the past, but not seriously or for any length of time. I have an attention problem. Something that makes me avoid sitting down and really working on a thing... Once I start, I'm happy, it's just before that that is difficult. There always seems to be something more fun to do...
Anyways, here is my first ever real attempt designing on wood. I found these pre made wooden blocks at the art shop. They just under an inch thick, so they stand on their own and don't warp the way wooden sheets from home depot sometimes do.
It's simply called "Feathers" and is done in graphite.
is a really fun site that allows you to get to know artists by seeing the tools that they use in their craft. I think it's a great concept and I was so happy to be featured on it recently. Below is a picture of my stuff, but if you want to know more about each one and what it means to me, you'll have to read the article
Story: A little while ago a friend texted me "Thought of you when we read Isaiah 34:15."
Huh? I was confused. And a little worried what they had read in the Bible that made them think of me. Had I done something wrong? It turned out that this scripture mentions the "nightjar." I didn't know what that was, but my friend told me it is an owl-type bird with big beautiful eyes. She suggested it as a subject for another one of my bird drawings. It was a really good idea, made even better by whats written in the paragraph surrounding the mention of the nightjar. Beautifully descriptive language of destruction...
Isaiah 34:9-15 And her torrents must be changed into pitch, and her dust into sulphur; and her land must become as burning pitch. By night or by day it will not be extinguished; to time indefinite its smoke will keep ascending. From generation to generation she will be parched; forever and ever no one will be passing across her. And the pelican and the porcupine must take possession of her, and long-eared owls and ravens themselves will reside in her; and he must stretch out over her the measuring line of emptiness and the stones of wasteness. Her nobles—there are none there whom they will call to the kingship itself, and her very princes will all become nothing. On her dwelling towers thorns must come up, nettles and thorny weeds in her fortified places; and she must become an abiding place of jackals, the courtyard for the ostriches. And haunters of waterless regions must meet up with howling animals, and even the goat-shaped demon will call to its companion. Yes, there the nightjar will certainly take its ease and find for itself a resting-place. There the arrow snake has made its nest and lays [eggs], and it must hatch [them] and gather [them] together under its shadow. Yes, there the gledes must collect themselves together, each one with her mate.