Friday, May 28, 2010

Featured Artist on Illustration Pages.


The wonderful folks at IllustrationPages.com just posted a feature on my artwork! Check it out here.

Illustration Pages is a website that features the Facebook Pages and online stores of artists from around the globe. Join their Facebook Page and if you are an artist, submit your work!

Passport in my Pocket



National Geographic writer, Jodi Kendall, recently posted a nice write-up about my work!

I met Jodi a few years ago at the Society of Children's Books Writer's and Illustrators Conference in LA. Since then we have been keeping in touch, even though she is all the way over on the East coast!

Jodi's blog, "Passport in My Pocket" offers insightful daily content about all things culture and travel related. Plus, she also hosts giveaways every week! Check out her Blog and see what she wrote!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Painting!

I just finished another piece of my new series! I'm calling this one "Unicloud" for now. I realized as I've been working on this series that I am being subconsciously influenced by by childhood memories! I am a girl of the 1980's, which means I watched shows like the Care bears, Rainbow Bright, Unico, My Little Pony, and Punky Brewster. No wonder I love painting unicorns and rainbows!  

But, this new series has much more to do with the mysteries of our hearts than just magical nostalgia. I am trying to understand and interpret what goes on inside of us in a very fanciful way. Stories and myths are one of the best ways to parallel the deeper, unsearchable issues of life. I seem to be able to grasp the abstract a little bit better when I put it into an epic storyline context. 

That said, I am brewing up a story to go with these paintings. My process works a little differently, however. Right now I am turning my sketches into little paintings, and letting them tell me the story as I go, verses writing out the entire story and then illustrating it. I find this "backward" approach to be more intuitive and liberating. It's a given that things and characters will change, but creating these paintings documents that evolution process. 


FYI

I have decided to switch over to Blogger for all of my blogging needs. My built-in website blog was just not cutting it. Sorry to take away all my old posts, though. This new blog feels empty. I will do my best to add many new posts so that I can have an Archive!

Adventure in the Forest

I am a HUGE nature fan, I absolutely love being outside and experiencing the elements, watching critters, and letting the fresh air energize me. I recently went for a hike with my friend, Lauren Gallegos (who is an amazing illustrator) to the Angeles National forest in Arcadia to hike a this really cool park. I don't even know the name of the place, but it was one of the coolest places I've been.

It's amazing how vast the world is on a micro and macro scale. Lauren and I began discussing different theories on how to comprehend it all visually. There is so much to take in with the human eye, so much to study, it's very easy to get lost and overwhelmed. So how do you begin to draw a forest scene? We agreed that it is necessary to abstract and simplify to some degree, because the rocks are too numerous to count, along with the leaves and vines, and the list goes on.

But I always think of the Pre-Raphaelites and their mimesis approach. In fact, I saw a pool of water and was holding my breath, expecting to see Millais' Ophelia float by at any moment (it's funny how I think in terms of paintings...) But, thinking in terms of paintings could also help one enrich their sense of what to look for in nature. Hmm, it's cyclical in the sense that the power of art is that it is eye-opening, but the artist must first figure out what portion of the world to paint and how to paint it.

As I was walking along a narrow trail, I also thought of William Wordsworth and how he would walk the Lake District every day, thinking of the most simple yet beautiful poems to describe his surroundings. I remember reading a suggestion somewhere in the book, The Art of Travel, that while out in nature, you should give yourself the creative task of verbally describing what you're experiencing to add another dimension of understanding. I find this to be challenging since I am more visual than verbal, but it does provide a means to consciously observe nature, which makes it all the more memorable. I wish I could have sat down in one place for an hour to take it all in and write it all down.

Next week I am going to June Lake for 5 days with a few friends of mine. I can't wait to be up in the fresh air! I think I'm going to bring some Wordsworth poetry with me. Until then, check out these pictures from my hike. It's awesome to me to think that, right NOW, at this very moment, this waterfall is falling out there. You just have to get up, go outside and visit it.

...how oft, In darkness, and amid the many shapes
Of joyless day-light; when the fretful stir
Unprofitable, and the fever of the world,
Have hung upon the beatings of my heart,
How oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee
O sylvan Wye! Thou wanderer through the woods,
How often has my spirit turned to thee!


Lots of forest thingies..