Saturday, July 31, 2010


I finished the monster painting! So pleased.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Papel Picado

I promised a few weeks ago that I would photograph the actual paper cut made for the save the dates. Here it is!  
Below is an informative video on how papel picado is traditionally made.  I only made one! So I just used an xacto knife. It would have been fabulous if I had made them like the artist in the video. Each person could have had their own little papel picado banner! It's one of the crafts that I fell in love with as a kid when we lived in Mexico City.

Friday, July 16, 2010

new wax

tattooed arm (adjustable ring)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


sketch for a collaboration with this writer

Saturday, July 10, 2010

color and happiness

The Wish Come True Festival by Friends with you. For two weeks the city was sprinkled with all of this happiness by Friends With You during Toronto's arts festival Luminato. Wishing I had been there.

Friday, July 9, 2010


work in progress...i am having so much fun painting this. she unintentionally looks like my older sister.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

wedding odds and ends

possibly a summer wedding project...many if not most of the wedding is pretty diy by me and the fiance or other artisans. it's been rather exciting. these i have been fascinated by for quite some time and the occasion is as good an excuse as any!

These are pajaki:The literal translation is "spiders of straw". Located 90 kilometers from Warsaw the town of Lowicz and surrounding villages comprise the center of what many consider to be Poland's most colorful folk region. A typical village house from this area was full of colored flower paintings, fancy paper cut-outs and mobiles made of straw and colored paper. The mobiles or pajaki are delicate creations hand made by the women and girls of the villages as decorations for their homes


first from WREN Handmade
definition and second from the Polish Art Center


Sorry for the poor photos. I forgot to take photos this morning when there's better natural light because first thing this morning I was in a wedding dress boutique after I relapsed into thinking I wanted a wedding gown!!! No worries back to my usual self again...phew! More on wedding stuff later. Right now I am just proud to be painting again. I showed sketches of this one a few months ago. Half done stage (the stage where I start to freak out) so it's been slow going for a few days.

I didn't start with a sketch with the fiasco ensuing during high tea. Sometimes I feel like when I sketch something and then do a finished sketch, the drawing loses some of it's energy, so I'm toying with the idea of just using my first sketch.