Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback These images are from 1991-1993 when I was in grad school at @scaddotedu. I started grad school as a painting major and did the last two paintings in this post during my first year. Everyone in my classes and the professors who came to my critiques and reviews hated them. I wasn’t very good at talking about what my work was about, and they were seen as just pretty, decorative images with no meaning or depth behind them. At the time, being conceptual was all that mattered; you could put a pile of trash in the middle of the room and as long as you could make up some good bullshit, you’d be just fine. Meanwhile, my paintings were being trashed every time. Just when I was about ready to throw in my paintbrush, someone from the fibers department came to one of my reviews and said, “You’re just in the wrong place; come see what we are doing in fibers!” So I did. And I changed my major (which is not easy in grad school!) and switched to fibers. I started learning about screen printing and batik and sewing and what I was struggling to do with paint became easy with fabric dyes, inks and paints! Not only that, they were very well received. I haven’t really done a great deal of fiber work since grad school, but what I learned was invaluable and became part of my growing arsenal of techniques. The first image is batik on silk, the second is (mostly) screen printed on cotton. The last two images are acrylic paint (with a lot of water) on unprimed canvas. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback These images are from 1991-1993 when I was in grad school at @scaddotedu. I started grad school as a painting major and did the last two paintings in this post during my first year. Everyone in my classes and the professors who came to my critiques and reviews hated them. I wasn’t very good at talking about what my work was about, and they were seen as just pretty, decorative images with no meaning or depth behind them. At the time, being conceptual was all that mattered; you could put a pile of trash in the middle of the room and as long as you could make up some good bullshit, you’d be just fine. Meanwhile, my paintings were being trashed every time. Just when I was about ready to throw in my paintbrush, someone from the fibers department came to one of my reviews and said, “You’re just in the wrong place; come see what we are doing in fibers!” So I did. And I changed my major (which is not easy in grad school!) and switched to fibers. I started learning about screen printing and batik and sewing and what I was struggling to do with paint became easy with fabric dyes, inks and paints! Not only that, they were very well received. I haven’t really done a great deal of fiber work since grad school, but what I learned was invaluable and became part of my growing arsenal of techniques. The first image is batik on silk, the second is (mostly) screen printed on cotton. The last two images are acrylic paint (with a lot of water) on unprimed canvas. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback These images are from 1991-1993 when I was in grad school at @scaddotedu. I started grad school as a painting major and did the last two paintings in this post during my first year. Everyone in my classes and the professors who came to my critiques and reviews hated them. I wasn’t very good at talking about what my work was about, and they were seen as just pretty, decorative images with no meaning or depth behind them. At the time, being conceptual was all that mattered; you could put a pile of trash in the middle of the room and as long as you could make up some good bullshit, you’d be just fine. Meanwhile, my paintings were being trashed every time. Just when I was about ready to throw in my paintbrush, someone from the fibers department came to one of my reviews and said, “You’re just in the wrong place; come see what we are doing in fibers!” So I did. And I changed my major (which is not easy in grad school!) and switched to fibers. I started learning about screen printing and batik and sewing and what I was struggling to do with paint became easy with fabric dyes, inks and paints! Not only that, they were very well received. I haven’t really done a great deal of fiber work since grad school, but what I learned was invaluable and became part of my growing arsenal of techniques. The first image is batik on silk, the second is (mostly) screen printed on cotton. The last two images are acrylic...
Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process

Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process

Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process My design process is pretty fluid. I start with a general idea, gather (or take my own) photographs for reference and start by doing a light pencil sketch of the main subject – whether that’s a figure or insect or flower – and then grab my favorite pen ( #uniballsigno) or my Apple Pencil – and start inking. The main subject is the only one that is planned and sketched first, the rest just flows intuitively out of my mind and my pen. Once I’m done with the drawing, I might scan it and clean it up digitally to turn into prints, patterns or other products. I have a huge stash of images to pull from when I want to create products or patterns. These days I’m doing most of my drawings on the iPad in Procreate with the Apple Pencil, so the sketch stage happens loosely on a layer that I then trace for more precision. I keep the “ink” drawing on separate layer from the color. Scanning step is eliminated, and I may vectorize the drawing in Illustrator if I need to be able to pull out elements, resize and turn it into patterns. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures...
Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration

Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration

Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration I don’t really have a specific company that I dream about working with, but I would definitely like to license my work to companies that make fabric, wallpaper, bed/bath products, tableware/kitchen products, etc. I currently offer all of these kinds of things through print on demand companies like @printfulhq, @printify, @spoonflower, @gooteninc and a few others, but I’d love to get licensing deals with companies that have their own manufacturing and markets. Time to stop being afraid, work on my portfolio and start submitting my work, right? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures...
Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson

Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson

Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson I’m not sure if I’d really call this a mistake or lesson, but my biggest ongoing challenge in my art and design career (and the rest of life, too, for that matter) is my struggle with being organized, managing my time and being productive. I get a lot of stuff done, but in a kind of random and reactive way rather than a planned and strategic way. I’m an expert at buying planners and writing in the first few pages, convinced that if I just find the right system, I’ll magically become an organized, methodical, structured person who makes a plan and sticks to it. Somehow, that hasn’t quite happened...
I skipped ahead alphabetically and drew the Texas bluebonnet since the season for them has just begun!

I skipped ahead alphabetically and drew the Texas bluebonnet since the season for them has just begun!

I skipped ahead alphabetically and drew the Texas bluebonnet since the season for them has just begun! Texas has two state insects, the honeybee and the monarch butterfly. Both are gorgeous, of course, but I chose to draw this big bee with his pollen sacs full!⁣ ⁣ Thinking about what products to put this and my other state flowers on… what do you think? Prints? Greeting cards? Tshirts? Tote bags? What would you like to see them on?⁣ ⁣...
Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on

Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on

Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on Sundays are my planning days. The sun came out and so Pixel and I sat outside for a bit to do some planning for the upcoming week. I’m using the 15 Minute Planner Method by @stephcrowder_ from my current favorite podcast, Courage and Clarity (@courageandclarity) to plan out the most important things I have to do in the upcoming week. I am not a natural planner and I suck at sticking to schedules. But I need to get better at it to make sure all of the things I’m juggling get done! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures...