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She away.

“She away” is the latest in my current unnamed series. While she may be present, it appears as if she’s mentally elsewhere.

She fancy.

I’ve been working on new artwork, picking up where I left off on a series I started last summer. Here’s the latest in the series, entitled, “She fancy.”  Blinded by her crown eyes, she wears the albatross around her neck… Continue Reading →

kitty (and pup) pals

I’ve known Shelby, my friend and neighbor, for almost 7 years.  We’ve watched each others’ pets while the other is on vacation.  That’s trust right there.  She has been such a good friend to me, and helped me with the… Continue Reading →

only child valid until…

My friend & co-worker Pamela asked me to help out with her pregnancy announcement.  She and her husband already have a son, so they figured he should have an active role in delivering the good news!  Great idea! Pamela asked me… Continue Reading →

Just the three of us (for now…)

My buddy Seth from high school reached out to me to help him with a birthday surprise for his wife.  He asked me to draw a portrait of him, with his wife and kiddo.  Getting three people just right in… Continue Reading →

Now with kung-fu grip!

It’s not all that often that I work in color.  I was a little intimidated when I was asked by a fellow skee-ball player to draw portraits of his team members, the Skee-I Joes, in color.  The illustrations would be… Continue Reading →

For the love of the lane!

My beloved brewskee-ball league, asked me to do some paintings/murals in the new home of the league!  I was honored! The bar is called Full Circle Bar, named after a full circle in skee-ball, which is all 40s in one roll.  Some… Continue Reading →

Shopping Updates

I’m excited to share my new webpage at Skyline Art Editions! While the site has a new look, Skyline still specializes in limited edition printing, producing a run of only 75 pieces of each work.  Recently, they have increased their… Continue Reading →

Back in Business!

I feel like a slacker, but with *kind of* the best reason.  I’ve been in a lull when it comes to creating artwork, but that is because I got engaged and married! My husband proposed on August 11th, 2014 and… Continue Reading →

it’s a pop-up prints shop!

Hello, residents of Austin!  This coming Saturday, April 26th, I will be having a pop-up prints shop at West Elm (on the corner of 5th & Lamar).  I’ll be there slanging some art from 1pm to 5pm.  Stop by and… Continue Reading →

tis the skeeson!

Fact: I play in a competitive skee-ball league.  I’m stoked that they are having the fifth annual national championships (BBNC Brew skee-Ball National Championships) again in Austin!  Not only was it fun attend, but also to compete!  I’m even more… Continue Reading →

busy busy!

Ahoy! It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve moved from my 550 sq ft condo, which I lived in for 6 years, into a 950 sq ft condo!  I’m not sure I know what to do with all this extra… Continue Reading →

day 332…a lil cameo

Today’s drawing, and the very last of the twenty thirteen series, is a little masquerading cameo!

day 330…snap out of it!

Today’s drawing is inspired by one of my favorite bands, Arctic Monkeys! I adore their new album, AM, and am grateful for the inspiration 🙂

day 300…Simon Le Lichtenstein

Two people that have had a huge influence on me as an artist, share a birthday!  Simon Le Bon, with his amazing lyrics, and Roy Lichtenstein, my favorite artist of all time, are both born on October 27th!  So, for… Continue Reading →

this is happening…

See the best of this year’s drawings, live and in person! Reception February 8th from 7-9 pm, sponsored by Dripping Springs Vodka! The show will be up until March.

day 221…mt. molehill

We’ve all heard the expression, “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”  This phrase meaning making a big deal out of something trivial.  However, this illustration is wondering if this mountain WAS a molehill.  It’s also being claimed for… Continue Reading →

day 220…ace up your sleeve?

There’s all kinds of aces you can have up your sleeves!

day 218…welcome to Amsterdam!

Today’s drawing is inspired by my trip to Holland.  I saw so many amazing things, especially the vast number of things people do while riding bikes!  I saw people texting, holding umbrellas, and even eating sandwiches!

day 213…don’t…don’t believe the hype!

Today’s drawing is in honor of the great Chuck D!

day 211…play the f*cking bass, John!

Today’s drawing is in honor of my favorite bass player, John Taylor!

day 210…the showman!

Today’s drawing is in honor of one of my favorite showmen, Freddie Mercury!

day 208…no dogs in pool!

My HOA, as with a lot of HOAs, is a little particular.  Today, three signs appeared in the pool area; scrawled in crayon (no joke, crayon!) it read, “No dogs in pool.”  It just made me feel really bad for… Continue Reading →

day 205…you hold me in place!

Today’s drawing is about thing that hold things in place.

day 204…levitation!

Today’s drawing is about levitation, pre David Blaine.

day 202…have you got color in your cheeks?

The worst thing about blushing, is that you can FEEL yourself blushing…and remain entirely helpless about this situation.  You certainly don’t need a mirror to see if you’re embarrassed, but in today’s drawing, I suppose you do.

day 200…got the guts?

I suppose, technically, that we’ve all got the guts.

day 199…calla lilies

I’m really bummed I couldn’t manage to get my Calla Lilies to bloom this year.  I thought maybe this drawing could send them some good mojo.

day 198…year of the Rabbit!

OK, it’s not really the year of the Rabbit.  It is however, the birthday of Niki, my second work wife, who was born in the year of the Rabbit.  She also just wrapped up her MBA, so today’s drawing is doubly… Continue Reading →

day 197…fond of ewe!

Today’s drawing is dedicated to my work wife, Angie.  Certainly not the first dedication she’s received, but after all she is my wifey 🙂 We have this 6 year-long habit of leaving each other post-its with song quotes on each… Continue Reading →

day 194…sorry, Ringo.

Today’s drawing is inspired by something my mom and I always say.  Whenever we listen to the Beatles album, “HELP!” we would usually skip the track, “Act Naturally,” and then say, “Sorry, Ringo.”  No offense to Mr. Starr, but the… Continue Reading →

day 193…passing ships in the night

This is how ships slip past one another, silently, in the night…

day 192…triple bagger!

There are days when you need caffeine, and then there are days when you need a lot of it.      Today’s drawing is inspired by one of those days.

day 190…pow pow!

Today’s drawing is inspired by the son of a co-worker of mine.  He replaces the phrase “beat up” with the phrase, “pow-pow!”  I’ll use it in a sentence; Mommy, don’t make me come over there and pow-pow you! Hilarious!

day 189…keep your eyes peeled!

Probably 75% of my artwork is inspired by music.  Music keeps me focused, especially when I’m working on a sustained project, like this twenty thirteen series.  Lucky for me, one of my favorite bands, Queens of the Stone Age, released… Continue Reading →

day 187…lotsa cranes!

My neighborhood in South Austin has experienced a bunch of new construction; there are five mid-rise building being built within a mile of my casa.  Will all that constructions, comes a lot of cranes, which is the subject of today’s… Continue Reading →

day 186…the anatomy of a whistle

While I was at work today, I was teasing a co-worker of mine that she couldn’t whistle.  I figured this diagram might help her out:

day 183…did you not get my message in a bottle?

Ok, its not everyday Sting sends you a message in a bottle. Now, he really wants to stress the sense of urgency in said message…so now he’s sending you a S.O.S.  I’m not all that current on the morse code,… Continue Reading →

day 181…sting is in my noggin!

To continue with the theme of the last drawing-a-day…we welcome back Sting…who would like to send you a message in a bottle.  I’m sure said message is of the utmost importance….considering its delivery method!

day 179…gordon who?

Today’s drawing is inspired by a 1997(ish?) bit by Dana Carvey.  He says, “The guy names himself a present-tense verb?  Cause he’s not stung…he’s not stinging, he’s STING!”  Hilarious!  And certainly drawing-a-day worthy!  Thanks Dana!

day 177…for mother Russia!

Space…the final frontier.  Its kind of amazing that we’re encompassed by this giant vacuum with stars, planets, and space junk, that are billions of light years away!  Today’s drawing is a nod to one of the first man-made satellites, Sputnik!

day 176…the power of the rally cap!

One of the perils of being a fan of the New York Mets, is that you become all too familiar with the rally cap and its accompanying superstition.  The concept is that if your team is losing, usually late in… Continue Reading →

day 173…oops!

Welcome to one of the biggest pains in the asses…spilled paint!

day 172…the real housewives of austin brewskeeball!

Today’s drawing is for my brewskee-ball team photo.  We’ve had a ton of silly costumes over the skeesons, but for this year we chose to have an illustration for our trading cards.  All team members are fans of bad TV,… Continue Reading →

day 170…a lil cross stitch!

I had an amazing time in Scandinavia, but when you’ve been traveling for a few days, there really is no place sweeter.

day 169…dinosaurs

Today I am back in the states and I visited the museum of natural history in NYC.  It had been several years since I had visited but am fairly certain I could never get tired of looking at the dinosaurs… Continue Reading →

day 168…it’s a bird, it’s a plane..it’s Super Cooper!

Today is the birthday of my friend and skee-e-o (yup, that’s CEO brewskee ball pun), Cooper! Recently, we had the BBNC (Brewskee Ball National Championship) in Austin, and Cooper was busy making it happen.  He requested this drawing for his… Continue Reading →

day 166…inspired!

Today I went to the Museum of Modern Art and also the Museum of Design in Stockholm.  There was a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit that was amazing!  I’m not necessarily one for high fashion, but the craftsmanship and execution of… Continue Reading →

day 165…stockholm manhole

Welcome to stockholm!  And at least i’m consistent and look at the ground in every city i’m in.

day 164…redemption!

Today’s drawing is of a Swedish icon…the dala horse!  I felt as though I needed to draw something a bit classier than gunther!  So here’s a very fancy dala horse dressed in a suit.  My apologies to the people of… Continue Reading →

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