I recently spent a week in Florida with my family with the goal of starting and completing a 4 x 4 foot painting for my parents. I went out with my grandparents to gain inspiration from the local landscape (think tropical swamps) and quickly knew what I wanted to include in the piece. The frog has special significance since my dad and I like to go out every evening and count how many frogs we can find.
This past weekend some friends and I shared a booth at CTN Roadtrip! Katie Heckey, Eunsoo Jeong and I shared a couple tables and had blast, we wound up being stationed right next to Glenn Vilppu which was such a surprise! Check out both of their work, they are so amazing and inspire me so much. The weekend was such a fun experience, I can't wait to do more art fairs and future projects with these amazing women!
This month "Honey Honey" and "Lucy" are on display at the Hive's 12 Year Anniversary show in downtown LA! It'll be up for the month of April, go check it out if you're in the area!
This is the cover for my new Journal! It is going to be the seventh one, and is currently unnamed. I don't usually name them until I reach the end. I love the way the back of embroideries look! So chaotic.
For anyone interested, I have been smitten with the Strathmore Hardbound 500 Series Mixed Media Art Journal for a while now. This will be my third (maybe fourth?) time using it for my journal, and I super recommend it! I find the pages are thick enough to handle watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and ink without being so stiff that it isn't pleasant to flip through anymore. (Copics will still bleed through the pages, but what DON'T Copics bleed through, am I right?) They're pretty durable, I take my journals everywhere with me and that includes some messy hikes and being put in purses that could give Mary Poppins a run for her money. I've been on the lookout for one of these in a square aspect ratio, do those exist? If anyone sees one, HIT ME UP.
I've finished my sixth journal! Orbit is officially done and I've loaded up the pages in the Journals section. I made my first zine ever too! Orbit turned out to be my most cohesive journal, in color and theme. I spent a lot of time exploring ideas for larger pieces in this one, and really embracing color pallets that brought me a lot of joy. Most of my reference from this time period are pictures I have taken of friends, and I'm so thankful I have people in my life that will let me paint their beautiful faces over and over again. I was living far away from almost all of my close friends and family, so it became a really wonderful way to feel connected to them. The end result, to me, looks like a reflection on the physical distances between loved ones, connecting with nature, and what that means for the soul. The end of this journal also marks the end of my time living in Aptos, CA, which is a place I connected with in a very deep and very unexpected way. I have moved a lot and no other place has felt so right to me as the whole of Santa Cruz County. This was a unique experience because I did not expect to move there, I was far away from everyone but my husband. We made a lot of road trips to see our friends and family, but always returned to this home base far and away from everyone. I named the journal "Orbit" for this reason, and I see it as a bit of a love letter to this time in my life. I wound up meeting some amazing people and made some wonderful friends there, and I miss them already. (shout out to Palace Arts in Capitola!!) This has been my favorite journal to date, and I'm so excited about the next one.
If you're interested in getting one of the zines they are listed in the Prints section of the shop!