Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Break Art Catastrophy

  One of the perks of being a dance teacher is having spring break off! This blog post was supposed to be all about the multitude of sketchbook drawings and ink work I have been working on this week but instead it is going to be a partial rant about the postal service. 

You see last week I sold one of my all time favorite paintings (it might be my dad's very favorite.) It was part of a series I called 'Anastasia' and each painting features a little girl with her back towards the viewer. We were sad to see it go but happy that it had a new home. I wrapped the painting which was done on a cradle back wooden board in paper and bubble wrap and then made a custom box out of some heavy duty cardboard. Some where between here and it's US destination someone smashed it. Someone managed to practically break the wood board in half and damaged a smaller painting that I had wrapped up in bubble wrap and placed inside next to it.
The photo shows the painting damage from the back. Completely destroyed. 

It breaks my heart to think about it. Some careless person destroyed today a small part of me that can never be fixed.
I drove out to Opus and got more supplies and I am now in the process of repainting these artworks. Luckily I took lots of progress photos throughout the process so I can see my steps and hopefully make another awesome painting.
I will write another update when I have more to share!

Thursday, March 6, 2014


These roses are pencil on paper and took me about 2 weeks to complete. These flowers are destined to become my sister's new tattoo sleeve. I'll be sure to make another post when she has had the ink done!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Luther - The Octopus Book!

 Luther started out as  a quick warmup painting and a test for a future painting. It took me awhile to figure out what I should do with it but I decided in the end that Luther was destined to become a Journal/sketchbook. 
I glued and sealed Luther to the book board and created an abstract watercolour painting for the back cover to match. 
I stitched this journal together on a lazy Sunday afternoon  using cotton cord and a coptic binding stitch so that the pages will lay flat when you open it. Coloured paper along the spine makes it a little fancier!

Luther needs a home and is for sale in my Etsy shop Das Buch.