Monday, December 22

nuther drawring

so, thought i'd post the a drawing i did for my aunt wren of her son, Cameron, when he was a baby. (it's for Christmas so shhh don't tell her)...

graphite on paper

This piece was an learning experience...i was given a blurry photograph to work from, first of all, which is kind of the #1 way to make something a lot more difficult than it needs to be. Doing the under-drawing was a pain in the arse as a result. After 3 days of frustrated sketching i kind of threw in the towel...i didn't touch it for about 2 months because i was so fed up with it.
But time heals all wounds, they say...and the adage held true in this case. When i picked it up again a few days ago i took advantage of my fresh eyes and did a couple of minor corrections, which is all it really needed. Then i sat down, did the whole render in one evening and got it framed the next day. :)

just for's cam now, 13 years later (i stole this from his facebook):



Sunday, December 21

snow on the foothills :)

the rain has made things so beautiful. cold, clear air, bright colors, snow in the mountains...the trees are my favorite. they're the #1 reason why i love fall/winter (kind of the same round here)...

joey and gwen...

beautiful family

cam in his school christmas pageant...he stole the show as the unsympathetic innkeeper...

dad and i in laguna looking so very cool...

a few more trees:

just wait until i get out and take some pictures on our street. maybe tomorrow...seeing as i'm not quite up to my full prowess yet.
stomach flu = rather DIE
i was feeling stir-crazy when i finally woke up today and went to the store, and now i feel like i've lost a pint of blood. yaaay!!

Christmas is in 4 days...just in case you forgot.

anyway, that's all for now.


Thursday, December 18

you may or may not remember back in February when i lost my camera...

but it has been found. by the lovely Carole Holliday!! in the sofa!!

now to find the one that disappeared 2 weeks ago...

Monday, December 15

i can't find my camera

the black hole of my house has claimed another somewhat irreplaceable (considering there were pictures on it), and very expensive victim. it's been 2 weeks and i'm kind of going nuts without it...the clouds and trees on my street have been so BEAUTIFUL!! :(


in the meantime, i want a cat with a neurological disorder.

description: "this is my cat bebe...he's a little on the handicapped side"


Monday, December 8

one of the reasons artists are awesome...

...because they throw parties like this.

My friend Todd (on the left)'s birthday was last week, and my we had a party for him in Laguna on Saturday...the theme was Peter Pan. the best part? out of 25-odd people, i was asked to come as Peter! wahoo!

when i walked into The apartment that evening, speakers playing the Peter Pan soundtrack greeted me with "You Can Fly". a tiny city built from cardboard covered the floor of the entryway, and the stairs up into the apartment were draped with blankets and clouds made of tissue paper, glowing stars scattered everywhere.
when i got to the first floor, Todd himself greeted me as Captain Hook, and my friend Karina--or in this case, Tinker Bell--ran down from the second floor, exclaiming (in her russian accent) "you can't fly without me!!" and promptly threw glitter all over my head. Tiffany came after her in pirate garb and i was shown the rest of what they had been working on all week...

The largest room was split in half by hanging sheets. one half consisted of a makeshift stern of a pirate ship, made from tables, cardboard and an armchair, and was complete with a ship's wheel and jolly roger. there was also an area with various costume items--wigs, cardboard swords, and eye patches--for those who came, well, without character.

opening the sheets to the other part of the room revealed an elaborate "captain's quarters"...curtains draping the walls, and desks strewn with old books, statues, gold, maps and candles.

on the second floor was a whole room dedicated to the mermaid lagoon. all the furniture had been moved out, and the floor was a mound of pillows and blankets. the wall was wrapped in butcher paper painted with underwater scenes, and 3 dim lamps leaned against the walls giving the room and eerie glow.
in this room was also a tv that had PPan playing on loop throughout the night.

to put it was awesome. i am in constant amazement at how fantastic my friends are!! and now, for some more pictures...

my lost boys :)


Thursday, December 4


Just pausing from drawing train orthographics to say hi...

(i woke up with my hair this way and have been completely unsuccessful in taming it. oh well.)

Sunday, November 30

finished and working things

well, i finally finished my drawing of tis...

and i'm also doing a commission for the lovely Elizabeth of her 5 lovely children. i did the preliminary sketch for it...

i used a couple of different pictures she gave me to make this composition (which is quite imperfect) but it's nice to see it all...well, drawn out! hahaha!!

i likes making stuff :)


Saturday, November 29

"And why is it," thought Lara, "that my fate is to see everything and take it all so much to heart?"

~Dr. Zhivago

Tuesday, November 25

it's good to hear a sweet sound

i swear, overnight the bleachers for the Rose Parade went up...

Kristina, Brie and i saw Twilight last week...midnight! oh yeah. we are so with it.

This last Sunday after church, the kids and i celebrated weather that sort of remotely felt like throwing leaves at each other.

Caid and i realized we would be much more successful as a team. so i became the legs, while he handled throwing the leaves. Here we are loading up our ammo...

...and then about to get pelted.

Caid watches forlornly as the ice cream man passes by.

another video of gwen...the first 10 seconds are superb.

it's raining :)

i've been realizing that the more i am desiring certain things to manifest themselves in my life, the less i am prepared for them.


Sunday, November 16

and the seasons, they go round and round

i think it's safe to say that things are overwhelming right now. just not enough hours in the day...but things keep right on going.

Thursday night was the opening of the Fairhaven Show that i am in. it is the most beautiful collection i have ever been honored to be a part of...

there's my painting, down at the end...

gwen. she's pretty great.

here's a video of Wren and Anna singing to her...

oh yeah, and California is on fire again. i have a sore throat and headache from the smoke and ash clogging the air. fun!

i drove to Santa Ana this evening to pick up my painting from the show, and while passing through the area of Yorba Linda, even with the inside air on, i had to cover my face with a sweatshirt. The smoke was so thick.
aaand it's 90 degrees. in november. sigh. oh what i wouldn't give for some real fall...! a mere few days in a row is all i ask!

oh, and i've been painting, too. which is just smashing.


Saturday, November 15


Tuesday, November 11


As many of you know, i went to las vegas on sunday. i just got back today. here are some pictures...

anyway, because of forces beyond my control, it was kind of a not-so-great time. BUT i got to go, and see the lights and the craziness, and wear my cute H&M skirt and pink shoes out in the evening. and i got to see MYSTERE...which i've been wanting to do for about 10 years. no really.

i recommend going to vegas just to see it, if for nothing else. it was one of the most beautiful things i've even beheld...the human body is exquisite. there were instances where all i could do was worship God as i watched. i will never get over the sublime and impossible grace of the forms in which we are created.

but dang it, all i wanted to do was get home and watch Star Trek.
which is what i will do right now.