Saturday, December 7, 2013

Illos for Workbook

So my great bestie cohort in life had recently asked me for some illustrations because she is putting together an english workbook intended for high school seniors and college freshman. I was definitely not guaranteed to have my illos actually used in the final version (dependent on the publisher) so was mildly surprised to get the copyright contract in the mail. Not only that, though, but after interacting with the copyright contract guy on their end, he took the time to check out my website, and THEN took even more time to send me an email complimenting my work! Just saying, he made my week. Here are some examples of what will be in the book. Brian, whoever you are, you made my day.

For the Onomatopoeia chapter

For the Simile chapter

For the Emotion chapter

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art

I have three pieces hanging in 65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art at Nave Gallery Annex! The opening is tomorrow night from 6-8pm in Somerville, MA. I am super excited! The show is solely encaustic works. I am looking forward to meeting some folks in the area that work in this medium. Also stoked to attend a show that contains some of my own artwork...I don't think this has happened for over ten years.
Hopefully this will be the first of many more to come. Thanks folks, I hope to see you there.

Hot Dog Garden - one of the three to be at Nave Gallery.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November is Working Out Well.

Lots going on as of late! I've been working on two separate illustration projects; illos for an english composition workbook to be published in 2014, and I have been continuing work on the 100 monsters for my friends at Games by PlayDate. Also I'll be showing some of my encaustic works December 5th at Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA in their 65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art show. What a great end to the year. And with all my free time, I managed to whip up this super cool collage postcard for my friend Alexi. Happy holidays people!

Monday, November 11, 2013

In progressssss

Spent the morning painting over a piece that was in progress but had vibes. This one is only in its infancy, but already has a much better attitude behind it. Stoked to see where it will end up.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dwell & Flood

New paintings over the past few months - since the big move!  Yay!



Monday, September 30, 2013

A visit to the Kimball Jenkins Estate

Here I am, a resident of Concord NH for over a year, and only today have I finally made the visit to the Kimball Jenkins Estate. As far as I can tell, this is the only place in town that offers continuing education art classes and meet&greets for local artists. There are two galleries (one for prominent artists and one for their own students), both of which I was able to get an eyeball on after randomly showing up on their campus.

It seemed to me the place operates more as an event space and provider of art classes: for my visit the receptionist had to run around and turn the gallery lights on for me. Also she let me view the exhibition that was in progress of being hung (reception to be on October 10th). Very informal with no informational handouts, Kimball Jenkins struck me as pretty interesting and mildly standoffish, but heck, it was free. It leaves me curiously wanting to attend one of their social events.

Either way, of the three artists to be presented on October 10th at their upcoming show A Sense of Place, I was by far most interested in the artist Alison Williams

One of her paintings on a pedestal.

Again, this show is in the process of being arranged in the space of Kimball Jenkin's mansion. Also it is very apparent that the aesthetic of the mansion is a source of pride for the estate in how much it imposes upon the gallery space. I do believe they ask of the artists to incorporate their exhibitions into the space intentionally. Alison Williams did that with an installation along with her varied paintings and multimedia works. 

Bad photo of her current installation

As you can see, you need to be close to absorb her installation/not have it fight with the surroundings. But she did use the whole space (items on shelves in the background, as well as specific pieces that used light as an element to the work in the windows - this should be interesting at 7pm at the gallery opening). I did do a bit of research on her, and it seems she often makes complete small buildings as installations using a lot of natural light; I think this may be an early attempt at a non-rectangular enclosed space for her.

Either way, her work was beautiful. In reading her artist statement I found she focuses on gardening and art with no separation between the two. She is interested in that line between human direction and natural assertion. From her website; 

"In both art and gardening I navigate the tension between an expected and a disrupted path... 
I set parameters and initiate material intersections, then I am engaged in a relationship 
with how the materials assert themselves and move beyond the imposed limitations. 

From multilayered, multimedia panel pieces to classic paintings of flower arrangements, she elegantly used her varied mediums in a way that added depth to the long conversation throughout her work.

Looking forward to the show to find out the titles of these. Good pairing here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Makin' 100 monsters!
Pen drawings specifically. Here's a few while I'm progressing. Wicked fun!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Center of a Tension

This homework assignment is very overdue, but better late than never. Illustration for the title.

Center of a Tension

Friday, August 16, 2013

Elapsed time

Sorry folks, that there has not been a lot of action on here. I've been spending way too much time on the apartment/job hunt, and hope to be settled and back at it in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy the sunny weather for me!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

This is for me, not you.

My mother told me the other day that I should paint pet portraits. That is where the money is.
No one wants to buy abstract paintings.

That is all.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Paintbrushes Resurfaced

Finding Easy

New painting! Not sure what to call it, but pretty happy about how casually it came to completion. It seems a bit darker in person, which is not usually how I finish things, but I think it fits this piece.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pause for reflection amidst my not-favorite year.

How do some people make all this look so easy all the time? I will be back on the wagon of strength and purpose next week, but for the moment I'm allowing myself a few days of being only human.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Commissioned to do a tshirt design for work. We're getting ready for burger week at the Barley House. The boss wanted a spin off the classic Woodstock tshirt, so this is what we ended up with...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Underpaintings and Such

Finally had time to put backers on a few boards. Here's some underpaintings started, I have no idea where they're going!


And here's one that I mostly do know where it's going. This one is halfway done, as opposed to the above that are barely even started.

For Dave

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Logo design sketches for Purple Finch Market

So a coworker of mine at my restaurant job is starting her own online business which she is calling Purple Finch Market. I've told her a while ago that I would help her with the logo, and have finally had the chance to sit down and work up a few designs. I've attached the preliminaries below, hopefully we develop one from here. Pretty cool stuff.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Painting for my friend Stacy

There was this one time I had posted a picture of a painting in progress on here, and my friend Stacy loved it. Then the painting grew older and changed into something else, and the first image was lost completely. So I made Stacy a new, finished version for her birthday. Below you can see the inspiration, and Version 2 aka Final piece. Pretty cool stuff.
Under-painting that is now completely covered.

Finished painting. For Stacy.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My bedroom walls are naked.

I hung four of my pieces today in downtown Manchester, NH, at a new cafe that is opening tomorrow! The place is called Kimberly's Kitchen. Oddly enough it is in the same storefront that previously housed Planet Marshmallow - where I was supposed to be hanging work this month before it sadly closed. In a weird twist of fate my art is hanging there anyway! 
On Hanover street downtown, Kimberly's Kitchen is easy to get to and very close to the NH Institute of Art, which I find amusing for some reason. Regardless, I'm pretty stoked that they're out of the house and getting some exposure. 

Interior of Kimberly's Kitchen, 81 Hanover St. Manchvegas

Thanks folks, have a good one!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Finding the time.

I finally found a half day to paint, which was a pleasure. Knowing I haven't sat down to do so in a while, I wanted to create something successful and finished in an evening. So I made a very small painting, about 4"5" on a piece of board I sawed off. You can tell this because the wood is crooked... Not to worry, this was more an attempt at doing than creating a sellable piece. I didn't have any plans when I sat down with a pencil, and this is where I ended up.

Looking at this I can see my palette isn't changing much. I think it's time for me to buy a larger variety of acrylics. 
Have a good day folks!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Any Other Branch finally published!

The book is done and in hand. It's a good day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Plodding along these past few months

I am beginning to realize how my new schedule is starting to catch up with me. Since last August I've been working two jobs which, many weeks, leaves me without a full day off. I am still able to fit a lot in there; spending time with friends, dodge-ball league once a week, reading a book or two and the occasional movie night. What it does not leave me is much time for creativity or hiking that were staples of mine throughout the tenure of my last job up north. Due to a series of interactions with close people in my life I have been questioning the benefits of my current lifestyle. My mother is pushing me to make another cross country trip (and if you don't know already, you don't have to push all that hard to get this girl packed up and on a random interstate a three-day's-drive away). My boss suggests that if you aren't spending time working for yourself, you are wasting your time (an interesting and valid argument I think). Which leads me to the realization that the creative efforts I have put in during my off time the past two months have been purely to design promotional materials for several projects that are not even mine (I am proud of the results, some of which are posted on this blog, but none of which were initiated by me).

Next week I am taking five days off of both jobs to go to Boston. This will be a working vacation - so I guess it is not a vacation at all... We are taking our journal OVS to AWP (the Association of Writers & Writing Programs) once again. This will be our third year, which I think is pretty exciting. But once this is over, I will be able to get back to using free time to work for myself again. I've not made a painting in months, and I think that is starting to weigh on me. So in preparation for this, I have been trying to make a colorful doodle once a day on large scrap paper to get "back in shape." I'm posting them here because they're fun.

I hope this finds you well and that you're up to something fun yourself.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Infinite Monkey Edits

I made some logo designs for a new business my cohort is starting called Infinite Monkey Edits. I believe it is a manuscript editing service. Aren't these pretty sweet? We were going for old school, something similar to letterpress. If I had more time to make another, I think I would include a ton of filigree. Maybe I'll have time tomorrow to whip one up. Pretty cool nonetheless!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Any Other Branch

My painting Big Pinkie has been chosen as cover art for Any Other Branch, a book of poetry by Ivy Page due to come out this March from Salmon Poetry. I'm pretty stoked.  Despite the fact I had no input over the layout of the cover, I am pretty happy Big Pinkie made an appearance. Pretty cool! Here is the full cover.

OVS Latest Issue & Dead White Men.

I'd totally forgotten to update about all the good things going on lately. So - here we go!

OVS put out our latest issue (issue 8! This thing's been going on for a while!) and will be showing it off at the upcoming AWP (Association of Writers  & Writer Programming) Conference in Boston the beginning of March. Here is a preview of the cover, art by Eleanor Leonne-Bennett.

Also on the docket my friends are starting up a new Anthology, which I got to make the promo materials for. It's called the (Dead) White Men Anthology, and as you would guess I had great fun playing around with this one.  I created a handout and the masthead for the website. Pretty fun.

So here you can see J.D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, E.A. Poe, and John Steinbeck (a random selection). I should do more of this, I love sketch work.

And lastly, I finally figured out my life long theme song if I had the choice. This is it.

Happy Monday people.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sketckbook Project contribution mailed off!

My little sketchbook should be touring the states in a few months. So excited! It will be digitized by the Sketchbook Project people as well. I will post the link here when that happens, so you can check out other sketchbooks too. Wicked stoked. Happy Monday people.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sketchbook Project coming to completion.

The deadline for mailing in my contribution to the Sketchbook Project is fast approaching. And I do best with deadlines. So as you would guess, I've been killing it. The book itself looks great, I've covered up a few pages but the end result of all the spreads I am very happy with so far. Got one left to go, and the cover...I have no idea what to do with the cover. I will be shipping out my little sketchbook this coming Saturday. I think at least the heart one I've posted before, but now you can get an idea of its surroundings. Here is a preview.

On another note, both potentials from last month have gone by the wayside. Sadly, Planet Marshmallow closed at the end of the year. And I will not be taking the Chalk Hill residency - the two weeks they allotted me encompassed Thanksgiving-time, and I am not selfish enough to use up a holiday purely for me. But I accomplished what I sought out to do - I was accepted. Hazaah! Next: find opportunities a bit more local.