Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gone Pear Shaped

What to do when your best laid plans go pear shaped, when they blow up or take a hard left turn?  You own it, handle it, deal with it.  And then you move on.  Next!  Quite a few events have gone the way of the pear here lately.  But that's life, right?  Not everything can take the shape of a Slim Jim.

Today's illustration might have been inspired by all the things-gone-wrong lately.  Or it might have been inspired by my bing-watching madness of The West Wing and seven seasons of President Bartlet.  But in truth, it was inspired by the bowl of pears I saw in a furniture catalog.  Vapid, yes.  But I like pears.

Right now, I'm obsessed with the Podcast Serial, which tries to unravel the true murder of a high school student and the perhaps wrongful conviction of her ex-boyfriend.  Riveting, I tell you!

A big salute and heartfelt gratitude go out to our Veterans, today and always.  Thank you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Illustration Friday: Puppet

A little trick, a little treat.  Boo!  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Neighbor Japsang

Once upon a long ago, I traveled to Seoul, Korea, and visited Changdeokgung Palace.  What a marvel, a historical site rich in history and culture nestled within a bustling and modern city.  I was enchanted by the architecture and blossoming gardens and the beautiful, hungry koi.  But I also spied with my little eye something that would capture my imagination most of all.  On the corners of the rooftop of the main palace building stood little figures, all lined up as if scanning the horizon.  These, I later learned, are called Japsang.  Each figure has its own name.  Delightful!  They are meant to be decorative but also serve to chase away evil spirits.  

I snapped a picture, blew it up, and it has hung on my living room wall ever since.  

Below is a picture inspired by the Japsang and Totoro.  Maybe sitting on the roof while thunderous-looking clouds loom overhead is not the best idea, but I'd like to think the squishy blue guys will keep the kids safe.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Scoop

I have not been art-ing much lately.
Spent a long time in my cone waiting for someone with a giant ice cream scooper to come along.

Mender of Broken Hearts

It's summertime!  And bunnies gotta do what bunnies do best.  Alas, summer flings lead to broken heartstrings.  Lucky for them, there's someone who will help them mend their broken hearts.

Ouch, that looks painful.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Illustration Friday: Temptation

Go ahead.
Take the flower
and see what else comes up.
Don't be afraid to

June 2nd is the most amazing day!  Happy birthday to my dearest sisterfriend Ces.  These pen and ink critters are pitiful, I know.  I simply cannot hold a candle to her and her amazing microns.  Nevertheless, they insisted on coming out to celebrate the human wonder that is Ces, she with the diligence and artistic skills of legends and a most frustratingly vast vocabulary.  She keeps me challenged and inspired, and my whole journey into art would have been painfully dull without her.  I am so blessed to know her.

But wait, there's more!  June 2nd is also the birthday of Ces's beloved sister.  And, coincidentally, my beautiful sister-in-law's birthday as well.  Whew!   So much grace and awesomeness to be thankful for on this day.  Happy birthdays all around!

Tsup Tsup and Tsup!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Illustration Friday: Revenge

But getting even can be a bit of fun, too.

No, no.  I kid.  Just live well.  For the guy who leaned on his horn and cut me off on the highway, I'm going to live extra well. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Illustration Friday: Vanity

Did I ever tell you that some of my friends used to call me Ant in high school?  Ants love peonies.  So it was fate, then, that I would fall in love with the peony from the first moment I saw one years later.  Some people think peonies are too showy and flamboyant.  But I love peonies because when they start to open, they look like birds sleeping with their heads tucked in ruffly, soft feathers.  When we bought our first house with a yard back east, I planted 30 peony bushes in my bootcamp garden.  I called it bootcamp because I was a terrible gardener, and a lot of what I planted failed to thrive.  But not those bushes.  Every spring, I was heady with joy at the dozens upon dozens of enormous pink blooms which I bundled and gave away to neighbors and teachers.  I miss my peonies.  Unfortunately, they can't grow in the area I live in now.  But if I'm lucky, I will find a few bouquets at Trader Joe's.  In fact, I'm headed there now.  

Oh my stars, I drew a neck!