3.30.11 – Shellfish Series, Finished.

Walnut and India Ink on Paper


Woohoo! @StephenHarred’s shellfish series, done! Congratulations, Lorenzo De’ Medici. You’ve officially commissioned original art. 🙂

3.29.11 – Mmmm…. Oysters.

Walnut Ink on Paper


OK, almost done with this series, and I’m pretty proud of it. I’m wondering if I should continue posting progress everyday, or if I should just post when I’m finished. Thoughts?

3.28.11 – A Crab to Accompany the Shrimp

Walnut and India Ink on Paper


Working on the second piece in the shellfish series for @StephenHarred. I gotta say, I love working in Ink and wash. Oyster is next! 

A Sunday Night in My Living Room


Me, doing my favorite thing in the world, in my favorite place in the world, on a Sunday night. Via http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloalpz/5566952410/ Thanks Carlos!


3.27.11 – Paint Like A Motherfucker

Watercolor, Ink, and Salt on Paper


For the past nine months, Google graciously allowed me to work part-time to figure out my creative aspirations, but this week will mark the first week back to being full-time.  To those of you who don’t know, this is happening for a number of reasons, here’s two: 1. While I’m seeing marked improvement in my paintings, I still have A LONG way to go and am now I’m determined to get better at it 2. I have way more expensive taste than the elusive “starving artist” lifestyle can afford, particularly in San Francisco.  Some people might consider this move to be a bit like selling out, but I read this article from the “Dear Sugar” article on Rumpus.net, that made me decide that not only can I work 40+ hours a week and paint everyday, I’ll be damn good at it too.

This inspired me to paint this piece, titled, “Paint Like A Motherfucker,” which will be hanging on my wall every day to inspire me to quit complaining and simply dig

Excerpt from the article on Dear Sugar:

The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve… Writing is hard for every last one of us—straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig

So write, Elissa Bassist. Not like a girl. Not like a boy. Write like a motherfucker.”

This was advice for an aspiring writer, but I think it applies to creative passions everywhere.  Here’s the whole article, I highly recommend the read: http://therumpus.net/2010/08/dear-sugar-the-rumpus-advice-column-48-write-lik…

Wish me luck. 

3.25.11 – Paper Prep. What Should I Paint?

Watercolor, Salt, Plastic Wrap, Cornstarch


Had some large, crappy watercolor paper that I prepped using watercolor, salt, plastic cling wrap, cornstarch, and everything else in my pantry. Should have really thrown some wine on it too. What should I paint on it? I was considering a big ole fish, but that’s lame. You guys can do better at this.

3.24.11 – Personal Propaganda (In Progress)

Watercolor on Paper


Started a piece today- my first attempt at a human face in watercolor. Had a hard time getting the flesh tones right, but since I want to be able to do figure drawing sketches in watercolor, I better start learnin’!

3.22.11 – Tuesday Afternoon

Pen on Notepad


More Tuesday afternoon meeting sketches. I really need to make a series out of these for a solo show someday.

3.21.11 – Inspired by the Super Moon

Watercolor on Paper


Did this piece to try out my new color, Opera by Holbein. It’s pretty much a bright pink, which is layered behind the starry skyscape. This piece is dedicated to my friend John’s baby, who was born on March 19th, the day of the Super Moon. Welcome to the World, Nora!

3.20.11 – More Experimentin’

Chinese Ink, Watercolor, Cornstarch, and Bronze Powder on Paper


Battling a mystery stomach bug for the past 2 days, by sleeping about 23 hours, thus rendering me useless.  Read a bit out of my “Exploring Watercolor” library book about techniques in color, but decided I’d rather play with Ivory Black and Chinese Ink instead.  Didn’t love it, but at least I know how to scrub out the blue/black to create texture.