Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'm Alive!

Red Rock Canyon.

I survived Vegas! We spent a good amount of time out in Summerlin and Henderson going to casinos out there in addition to the typical stuff on the strip. Freemont Street was neat as usual. I got tattooed at Downtown Tattoo while I was out there! Pictures will be up as soon as I have good ones of the tattoo and other various vacation photos soon.

In regards to the upcoming new year....I don't really do resolutions because let's be honest, who sticks to that? BUT I really need to "get my shit together" and the new year is a perfect time for a fresh start. I'm looking forward to what 2011 brings and what I will accomplish.

Happy New Year everyone! If you're in Chicago make sure the check out The Copyrights/Cheap Girls/Sidekicks/Love & Squalor at the Fireside Bowl 12/31/10.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh Hi

Well a few days after the Late Bar gift fair I got a pretty bad cold and it's still kinda lingering. I haven't been working on anything, just been hibernating and drinking whiskey hoping that will finally get rid of this cold. I opened my Xmas presents from Sarah today and she sent me some awesome supplies! Buttons, palette knives, canvas, and so many random goodies!

I've been scanning some sketchbook pages. These are my glasses. NERD POWER. I made some buttons with this drawing and they look damn good, I'm going to make more and probably have 'em in my Etsy shop at some point.

Hope everyone has a good holiday, I'll be partying it up in Vegas! I can't wait for sun and 50 degree weather.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Embroidery Inspiration

I absolutely love Joetta Maue's work. I keep her blog in my reader feed and love seeing the progress of her projects. There is an amazing quality and delicacy to her work that makes me so happy and inspired. The amount of work she does is astonishing and makes me feel so lazy! I am looking forward to doing some embroidery projects soon, it's been awhile.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Photos from Late Bar

Taking over the dance floor

My set-up

I got some lip balm from the lovely Natalie and absolutely love it! I went with the Rose scent; make sure to check out her Etsy shop here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another Boring Title

I'm running out of ways to say "hey lookit here at some shit I'm working on". So ya go.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Ramblings of a Frustrated Artist

Recently I checked out my first episode of CraftyPod and host Sister Diane was interviewing Scott Belsky, founder of Behance. They were discussing his book, Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality. I was intrigued and am now reading this book and at only halfway through I already am amazed with what I have read. I am particularly struck by the Action Method and thoughts on accountability. I know far too well how easy a project can be started and then the project plateau happens. I think my fear of failing gets in the way too often and this needs to stop. I am looking forward to finishing this book and taking all these valuable insights to putting them to work. I highly recommend checking this out, especially if you are a creative professional.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Don't Forget to Write

Hey y'all! I've actually been updating this thing so if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to the RSS Feed over on the right side of this screen here. Easy Peasy! I love my Google reader and check it everyday, it's the best way to keep up with such a variety of sites that I love.

I've been scheming with a friend I made at Fest to start a Punk Rock Pen Pal postcard project, so stay tuned for updates!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


A felt piece I'm working on for the Late Bar craft fair.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Almost Done

Getting ready for the Late Bar craft fair. It's going to be on Monday December 6th, more details and flyer once I get them!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nerding It Up.

Well, this is my current to-read pile. If you don't see me for the next week or two you know why. I got everything covered, Russian Lit, graphic novel, comics, craft....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Looks like I'll have to start taking photos in the morning if I want to get any sunlight. I hate that it's so dark when I leave work!

Pieces I am working on tonight. I love these 3"x 3" canvases.

Some recently freed up wall space let me get some paintings off the floor and hung up. I used to holes already in the walls and it created a great salon style wall.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


It's been a crazy couple of weeks! Fest/Florida at the end of October and then a road trip to Indianapolis to see Banner Pilot and the Dopamines last weekend. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at home and working on some projects I have put on hold due to lack of time/energy.

For some video from these shows check out my youtube page here, and for pretty crappy photos taken with a 4 year old digital camera go to my Flickr page.

Hopefully I'll have some updates on some art projects soon. I have an idea for an installation that I've been wanting to do for quite some time now and want to start looking for a place to show it and perhaps present an idea for a solo show.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

See you next week

I am officially on vacation! I'll be in sunny Florida for a wonderful 6 days of family, friends, and 3 days of punk rock FEST. See you next week Chicago!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


One of these days I'll post some new art related photos....I just need to time/energy/motivation. All I can think about is vacation. The texture on a Jasper Johns painting I saw this weekend gave me some ideas for a piece I've been stuck on, so I'm excited to work on that. Meanwhile, here is some of my weekend.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I'm an Aging Punker?

I am sad to report that I have only done some sketching recently and no painting. But I am happy to report that I will be immersed in 3 days of some of my favorite punk bands EVER. I will be at Riot Fest starting tonight (at the Metro) and going to shows tomorrow and Saturday as well (at the Congress).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lazy weekend

I keep thinking, "I should be painting", but it's been a lazy weekend as far as productivity and that's alright with me. Tonight will be a good night to get some painting done though, I got more 3"x3" canvases and new FW Acrylic ink colors and can't wait to put them to good use!

Today I checked Design Harvest on Grand then happened upon a petting zoo! I feel bad for the animals there but can't help wanting to see them and pet them! Us city folk are so easily amused.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Newness

New in the Etsy shop! Mini paintings on canvas, check them out here

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Studio Reorganization

Two roomies are moving out so I took the chance before the new guys moved in to completely take over the back room in our apartment (muhaha!). There's plenty of room elsewhere in the apartment for books so now I have a lot of shelving for my crap! Us artists tend to collect a lot of stuff, I don't understand people who live light. Here are some photos of where I work! Not pictured is my laptop streaming Law & Order on Netflix.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Website is live!

Sarah is the absolute best! is live thanks to her! There is some stuff to tweak but check it out.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Last night I left this piece alone because I didn't think it was done but could not decide. Now I look at it today and it seems complete. Thoughts anyone?

New Handmade

I’m going to drop these lovelies I made off at Lenny & Me today after work. They’re moving my handmade stuff to the main location at 1459 N Milwaukee Ave, if they haven’t already. Make sure to stop in! They also have my pin cushions, bookmarks, and cards for sale. These look funny on my desk at work!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pop-Up Art Loop

Chicago! Just found out I will be volunteering tomorrow for Pop-Up Art in the Loop! Come visit me tomorrow at 240 S. State between 11:30am and 5:30pm. It's right by the Jackson Blue and Red Line stops. More info here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Hotness

New painting in the Etsy shop! Check it out here! I have so much fun doing these! Sarah commissioned me to do one for her, I can't wait to get it started.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I'm organizing some images into notebooks for easy reference and watching Law & Order. I'm a dork.

Trace paper with images from previous projects. I can't throw away anything!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday Night Art Dork

So this is what I worked on last night. Some people sketch then paint...but I was inspired by my painting to do some drawings. I'm going to add some more thread behind/around the heart but am pleased with this piece so far.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Look what I Found

I love old books. With the rise of digital media I feel like finds like this are extra special. I found it at the Bookman's Corner in Lakeview and bought it for the pattern/drawings on the front and back covers. Then I opened it up and saw it had been in a library's circulation in the 1940's. I guess it makes me a nerd but I love this stuff!