Saturday, January 9, 2010


I have moved!! You can find my new blog, Grafikmuse, at my new website Thanks for visiting! The contents of this blog have been archived at the new site. I hope you enjoy:)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I know. Christmas is over but this drawing of Santa with his list had been on my desk since before Christmas and I just couldn't get to it and wanted to finish it. Let's just say it was on my list. I am doing a hand colored watercolor also, but wanted to see it in Illustrator. I love Illustrator for experimenting with color combinations. I was inspired by Q Cassetti's series of nutcrackers. I am thinking that "Santaland" could make a nice series and would give me more opportunities to experiment in Illustrator. I do like imagining what Santaland might look like. I really have to keep thinking "series" as that is what the thesis will be...but the content is morphing daily as I think about it. All the lists I made back in December are shorter now and am crossing things off slowly but surely. Lists save me.

The lake effect snow comes and goes and is filling up the yard. The days have been so so grey that I think that is another reason I wanted to work in brighter colors today. I am also getting closer to launching a new website with gallery and blog on Squarespace. Very exciting:)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Talked to Murray Tinkelman today about our Pasadena assignment. I am thinking of
Kenton Nelson as that visit to his studio pretty much summed up Pasadena for me. It came at the end of the week, Kenton was so cordial and his studio was so amazing. There was an energy about him that just made you want to know more. So we'll see what brews up for this assignment but I am anxious to work on this.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

IF: Renewal

Chinese New Year (Feb 14, 2010) is all about renewal, prosperity and scaring away evil spirits. This is the year of the Tiger...wishing you a brave new year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year News!

This first morning of the New Year, I opened an email from SILA West telling me that my illustration (Rich Boy) was accepted into Illustration West 48!! ...a really nice way for me to start the New Year..The work will be exhibited online for two years and exhibited at a gallery in Los Angeles in March 2010. The judging panel juried over 1200 entries and included Glen Sagan- Sagan Phior, Ronnie Herman- The Herman Artist Agency, Keith Batcheller-Illustrator, Christy Ottoviano-Christy Ottoviano Books, Victor Juhasz-Illustrator, Vincent DiFate-Illustrator and Bill Perkins-Disney and High St Studios. I feel truly honored...