I was asked to do a mural installation in the Others Shop downtown Fargo to help welcome people into the door. This is my first post showing you the very beginning of the process. This awe inspiring blank wall is a whopping 8×32′ big! I’ve done some mural work before but this was the largest canvas I’ve ever had. I decided I didn’t want to do this one solo and so I convinced my artist friend Sam Gunderson to collaborate. And thank goodness I did. Not only did he bring another valuable perspective – he also brought an old projector. This project would have been infinitely more difficult without that lovely old projector. If you ever see one snatch it up – it’s gold, simply gold, my friends! In this post you can see the lines beginning to come together on the wall in pencil. This script font was entirely hand rendered and designed by yours truly. Stay tuned for more!
Fall is here!
I don’t know about you, but for me it’s the season of a good spicy Chai latte. Mmmm.
Speaking of lattes, I’ve got a new trio of hand painted tea cups that will be for sale at Kegs & Canvas this Thursday where I’ll be drawing at Fowlers from 5-9pm – downtown Fargo.
Why hand painted tea cups? Well, product illustration and design is something that really interests me. I like to surround myself with things that make my day brighter. And some days it’s grabbing a cute tea cup out of the cupboard that does just that.
It’s not just tea cups though. It’s the fabric of your pillow case, it’s a print on your wall, it’s your shower curtain, it’s a card you picked out especially for someone, it’s your calendar, it’s your phone cover, a bumper sticker, a magnet, a temporary tattoo, the dust jacket that convinced you to buy your favorite book, and so much more. These are all every day things that can be made beautiful, whimsical, and treasured by the touch of an artist. I’d like to be that artist.
I’ve been invited to install an art piece on an unexpected canvas at Alley Fair 2014. Stop by between 11-7 to see my art in progress!
Alley Fair will continue the dumpster art project to create and display public art in alleyways. During the event, artist, Bree Reetz and designer, Jordan Nelson will be creating original works of art during the event.
The swell of extraordinary artists and makers’ in the Fargo area will set up shop with their unique and unexpected goods. From trinkets to treasures, the Artist and Markers’ Market is Fargo’s own alley emporium.
Saturday, September 20th 11am – 7pm (free)
Alleyway south of Main Ave, between 9th and 10th St South – enter on 9th St
Last night I had tons of fun sipping hard cider and drawing at Proper & Prim for Fargo’s first annual Art & Ale Walk. Lots of people came through to try out the hard cider, it was the perfect drink for a fall evening. Nearly everyone who saw my work had something really nice to say about it. It was fun to see people light up as they enjoyed not only my art but the cute clothes and accessories throughout the store. Proper & Prim was a great location to draw as it was well lit, and I was always surrounded with the warm smiles of good company. Many people were surprised when I explained that most of my work is digital fine art. They were able to see how my drawings usually start out as line work in pen or pencil with more or less shading depending on the piece. I explained how the next step is scanning them into my computer where I add paper and photo textures and apply many layers of color. To me there’s really no limit to the tools that could be used to create art, I’ve done plenty of napkin sketches. But I love the ability to work with many layers, and sometimes I spend hours tweaking colors and rearranging visual effects to achieve the specific look I want digitally. The question that people always ask is wether my pieces are portraits of someone specific. The answer is usually, no they’re not. I spend a lot of time people watching. And, funny as it may sound, I collect features and proportions from the people that I see and keep them in my memory. So, any given drawing might be loosely based on a pose from a photo, with the haircut of someone I saw at the cafe, with the nose of someone who used to babysit me, and the eyes of the stranger who held the door open a few minutes ago. As I said all that out loud, I’m sure someone was envisioning frankenstein, but everyone smiled and nodded politely. My sweet heart of a sister stopped by later in the evening, and brought me something to keep my hands warm. A yummy coffee from, my home away from home, the Red Raven Espresso Parlor. She always knows how to make me smile. My wonderful hubby took some photos so you all can pretend like you were there. Enjoy & thanks for reading!