America the Beautiful Drawing – Women’s March T-shirts.

Edit*: T-shirts ordered should be received approximately 7-14 business days after the February 21st sales campaign end date – shirts printed by and shipped from Bonfire. You will receive emails from Bonfire with status updates and when your order has shipped.  Thank you so much! We hope you love your shirt! 

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We are happy to report that t-shirts are available to order once again!  Click here to get your t-shirt!

The image America the Beautiful commemorates the Women’s March which took place on January 12, 2017. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to charity, divided between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest!BLOGt-shirt-orders-being-taken

For those of you getting both the limited edition fine art print and the t-shirt, please note: Fine art prints will match the colors of the original artwork. T-shirts will be more vibrant.

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Limited Edition Prints Now Available

The America the Beautiful drawing is now available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints created with archival quality materials. The prints are signed, titled, and numbered by the artist, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Edition of 195 + Artist & Printer Proofs – Paper size: 8 x 10 – $85 + s&h

(5 Large format prints – Paper size: 16 x 20″ – $160 + s&h) 

For more information and to purchase a print, please click here to visit the store

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Printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper and printed with acid-free archival inks.

 

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Framing suggestion*

*Prints are sold unframed. Professional framing is recommended. 

For our studio AP (Artist Proof) print, we chose a black wooden frame with a subtle rope design in a satin finish, and an ivory mat with a black fillet to complement the ivory color of the print. Another option is having a custom mat cut to the exact size of the image. Though, the paper size is 8 x 10″ and will fit a standard pre-made frame.

(T-shirts are also available. For those of you getting both the limited edition fine art print and the t-shirt, please note: Fine art prints will match the colors of the original artwork. T-shirts will be more vibrant.)

Posters will also be available on the website store soon. 

What is the difference between a fine art print and a poster?

Fine Art Prints are created with top quality, archival materials and a small quantity will be made (a limited edition) and assigned numbers. Once the edition is sold, no more prints will be made. Fine art prints are professionally corrected to reflect the original artwork and they are inspected, signed, titled, and numbered by the artist. 

Posters will be printed on a thinner card stock paper and will include the title, and other text printed under the image, like an art poster  you would buy in a museum gift shop. It will be nicely printed and  suitable for framing, but a poster is not a piece of fine art and can be reprinted.

50% of the proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts and posters, and 30% of the proceeds from the sales of the limited edition fine art prints, will be donated to charity, divided equally between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you all good things…

Larissa, Looking Forward

Last night at dinner, I sat next to my niece, Larissa. All of nine years old, she is very smart, strong, talented, opinionated, and lovely. She was full of questions about art and politics. I had answers for the art questions. I had fewer definitive answers about politics – I’ve been asking many of the same ones myself.

I marveled at her thoughtful questions, her desire to brainstorm solutions, and her willingness to accept uncertain answers.

The previous night, I’d encountered very poor behavior from a 48 year old who, when I asked that he be respectful said, “get off your soapbox already.” (I’ll never know if it was my drawings of spunky animals in pink hats, or my request that he be respectful that was objectionable to him.) Recalling his childish behavior, I chuckled at the stark contrast to Larissa’s mature questions.

Contemplating this bright little girl’s future, I felt a renewed sense of obligation to do what I can to help protect the rights and freedoms she deserves. She should get to live a life of equality and respect, in which she controls the choices that will steer her destiny. I guess I’m saying that I would like to help “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” – It seems to me someone wrote that down once.

Get off my soapbox? No. No, I think I’ll stay up here awhile.

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Larissa, Looking Forward – 8″ x 10.5″ – Graphite on Moleskine Paper

 

Solace for a Season of Sleeplessness

 

Disconcerting and surreal – these are the words that keep coming to mind to describe the atmosphere in the United States today. Sleep isn’t coming as easily for so many, and for those of us who were already insomniacs, the waking hours can seem longer and contorted.

It is in these times that I try to focus on what I love. Just taking a moment to catalog things for which I am grateful can be tremendously helpful. I’m not going to burst into a chorus of “My Favorite Things” but it’s a similar idea. Always at the top of the list: my home and everyone in it (“everyone” includes our two cats who are “senior partners” in our small company of awesome), the good health of my loved ones and myself, humor, getting to be an artist, etc. And, I have found, reading about the cosmos helps me to adjust my thinking to “this is temporary” and gives me a great feeling of calm. And, of course, my work. These things help to clear my head and better allow me to look past the chaos and confusion and really think about what actions I can take right now. I ask myself how I can help to make things better – anything from trying to raise some money for a worthy cause, to calling elected representatives to voice opposition to injustice, to performing a random act of kindness.

I have found that there is more solace and peace to be derived from taking a few proactive measures than in connecting to a constant stream of panic-inducing media. Panic does no good – it feeds confusion and it incapacitates. The calm mind can be far more productive and useful – and it feels an awful lot better. I’m not saying this is easy, especially in the current political climate, but it becomes easier with practice.

What we focus on expands – in our daily lives and on a grander scale. Let us try to live in a balance of gratitude and vigilance.

When faced with an unpalatable situation, I look ahead to the end of it and think, “I can have wasted that time, or I can come out of the dark tunnel with some accomplishments.” Just picture the end game – it might help.

Those of you who are friends on social media may have seen my recent daily drawing posts. As I paint and work on other projects, these ink drawings allow me to have an outlet and stay connected daily. The drawings allow me to communicate my views without adding to the panic. I am going to resist,  I am going to keep doing what I can from where I am, I am going to keep fighting – hopefully, with focus and thoughtfulness. Creating these drawings lifts my spirits and I hope they do the same for you.

I am sharing here the first four drawings in The Pugilist Series and a new image for the ongoing The Skeleton Project. Last week’s America the Beautiful drawing is in production and I have already completed a self-portrait which I will be sharing shortly. New drawings and paintings are underway. There is comfort in the work. I hope you can find what comforts you.

Be grateful, be vigilant, and know you are not alone.

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Fisticuffs – #1 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 7″x6″

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Sting Like a B— #2 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 7.5”

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Bring It On – #3 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 9.25” x 6”

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Southpaw – #4 in The Pugilist Series – – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 8”

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‘Til the End – Micron Ink Pen, graphite, & colored pencil on Moleskine Paper 8.75″ x 6.25″ (New for The Skeleton Project)

 

Coming Soon!

Hello everyone!

We wanted to keep you all in the loop regarding when t-shirts and prints will be available. We should have the t-shirt samples next week and are looking forward to telling you that they are ready to order.

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Design mock-ups of two of the styles that we plan to offer.

We are working on the prints and will have more information soon.

Thank you all for your messages and your interest in t-shirts and prints. We are so excited and heartened by the wonderful response!

We love getting your messages – you give us hope and inspire us. We wish you all peace, love, and strength!

XO

Inspiration

 

In uncertain times, we look to find ways to make ourselves feel better. The question that was gnawing at me was: “What can I do?” The same as every other day, the answer was: “Create.” The difference from day to day is the source of the inspiration.

I have paintings and drawings already in the works, including a new self portrait, based on my considerable (and ever-growing) list of ideas inspired by events of the past few days. I feel a sense of urgency to get these works created – and the first I will share is one of my sketches (a possible study for a larger work).

My light in the darkness is inspiration. I dedicate this ink sketch to all the people, here in the United States and around the globe, who marched yesterday. You have inspired me and for you, my millions of muses, I am grateful.

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Happy New Year!

 

Typically, at the end of a year, I always wish that I could’ve accomplished more. This past year was no different, but as I was reviewing what I’d done in 2016, I found that it was a good year for me in the studio. Commissions were completed and delivered, my works were included in prestigious exhibitions, and some of my artwork was used in a popular TV series. I continued documenting my frequent travels and random scenes of daily life with ink drawings in my Moleskin journals. I worked on several ongoing projects and continued adding to my ever-growing list of ideas of the things I would like to create.

There were, of course, disappointments – but I try not to dwell on those. When I encounter this year’s inevitable disappointments, I will try to keep in mind that some things I perceived as failures in 2016, later paved the way for things that were better than I could’ve hoped for.

I am wondering what exciting possibilities are in store for this blank canvas of 2017. What new things will I see or experience that will somehow change my outlook and affect my work? What paintings or other artistic creations will I be looking back on at this time next year? I’m excited to find out and I am enjoying the wonder and pleasure of possibility. And, when the aggravation and torment hit during those creative processes, I will look to the sign near my easel that reads: “You get to be an artist.” Those words are typically reminder enough that the struggles (and profanity-laced fits of canvas throwing) are worth it. My intention for 2017 is to be a better version of the artist I was in 2016.

I aspire to create daily – to keep the brushes and pens moving. To start off this new year, I am sharing two ink drawings from my Moleskine journal from my New Year’s Day in New York City.

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American Museum of Natural History from the corner of 77th & Columbus – NYC. Micron ink pen and Moleskine journal.

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Waitress at Storico – New York Historical Society. 77th & CPW – NYC. Micron ink pen and Moleskine journal.

 

I wish for all of us a creative, prosperous, and very joyous new year. May 2017 see you realize the best of your dreams. All good things! Happy New Year!