Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Zen and the Art of Painting

“In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping.” —Ray Bradbury, ‘Zen in the Art of Writing.’

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 Open Studios 2013

Last weekend was the annual Open Studios Art Tour here in Santa Cruz. This tour brings over a million dollars into the community every year! People come out in droves to support the painters, sculptors and makers of the community. Every town should have such an event.

This was the first time I had an actual studio! Usually I show out of my house. Being in a public setting in a building where other artists were also showing made a big difference in the amount of visitors. It was a joy to see people's eye's light up when they walked into my world of COLOR! I intentionally wanted my studio to be a place of energy and vitality and I think everyone felt it!

My friend Barbara Fasulo stopped by with her camera and graciously took these beautiful photos to document the day. Many thanks Barbara!
I hope you enjoy being a part of the tour via the photographs below:


Friday, October 11, 2013

It is the work of the artist to draw all out from his or her heart. 
                                                                                 ~ Ayn Rand

The following paintings are from a journal I kept during the months of August and September 2008. The summer of anger, apparently.  THIS is what I love about painting intuitively and without preconceived ideas of what something should look like. What's really going on inside will always be revealed. It's journaling with pictures.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Global Talent Search Contest

I've completed the first assignment for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search contest. We were asked to create a journal cover for the company PaperChase. The theme was a child's playground scene.
It was really great to have an actual assignment with specific direction. I can always use this design for a future greeting card! The shortlist of winners will be announced Aug.1st. 50 people will be selected from the first round, then they narrow down to 8 and then select a winner. The winner gets a two year contact with the Lilla Rogers Company as well as a contract with Robert Kaufman Fabrics- wahoo!

Here is the finished design- and below that is the process I went through to arrive at the final picture. The column of dots on the left will be the spine.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search

I signed up for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search a few weeks ago and TODAY we receive our very first design assignment. This is a contest that the Lilla Rogers company is having to find their next designer. I think it's a great idea and should be a fun learning experience. I'll be sure to post our first assignment as soon as I get it. Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

First Thought Best Thought

I now keep a little black book next to my bed along with a few colored markers and a black pen. First thing in the morning I write or draw something taking no more than ten minutes. Sometimes I will bring the book to a coffee shop but mostly they are done in the morning. The idea is to stay engaged with self expression, color and just jotting down feelings and ideas without judgement. Obviously these are not masterpiece drawings but that is not the point.

Here are a few excerpts:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 Over the past six months my friend Barbara Fasulo and I have been working on a short video showing how I develop a painting. Barbara is an accomplished photographer and has recently moved into the world videography. I was lucky enough to be one of her first subjects! We became friends five years ago when we were neighbors on the westside of Santa Cruz. By day, Barbara is a lab biologist at the University of Santa Cruz where she studies the fruitfly. You can see more of her photographic work here:

I hope you enjoy our little film. We would love to hear what you think!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Wow! What a Friday. Yesterday I participated in two shows for the First Friday Art tour here in Santa Cruz.

I hung new colorful acrylic paintings - 16"x16" works on canvas in the hallway at the up and coming University Business Park- where my studio is located.

The second show was at Greenspace, an eco-friendly home goods store- and the place that sells the Clay Paints.  Here I showed my larger 30"x30" Clay Paint Paintings on canvas.  The paints are made in Santa Fe, NM by a company called BIOSHEILD.

The paint, being made of clay has a rich earthy quality that I find very appealing. The colors dry a few shades lighter than when wet. My favorite color in the line is Onyx-a soft sensual BLACK!

My friend and fellow artist, Giorgia Siriaco also had a display of her clay paint paintings. People say we have a similar style?  You can see more of her work here:

No sales were made at the show, however Giorgia and I made a sweet trade at the end of the show. Score!

Addie admiring merchandise in the store.

Giorgia Siriaco with her clay paint paintings.

Up close of Addie's clay paint painting. 30"x30".
Photo courtesy Barbara Fasulo.

Giorgia already found a perfect spot for the paintings we traded!

...and these are the two I received in return from Giorgia. Love!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Went for a bike ride and stumbled upon this jackpot of a worn-away- storage pod. Here are some photos from the day. These photos (taken with an iphone) are like sketches for my next series of paintings.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sneak peak at the next new item I'll be adding to the line~ Colorful magnetic list pads ! I don't know about you but I still prefer to write things old school style when going to the grocery store. These would also be sweet for leaving little happy notes around for

Saturday, May 4, 2013


This afternoon I made a contact list of stores that I hope to get my cards into– new states I'm not in yet. I sent lots of emails to prospective shops announcing my line. I covered most of Washington state, Washington DC, and Wisconsin. Tomorrow it's TEXAS! Wish me luck..and hello prospective retails partners! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Gray Phase/ In a good way

A new piece, still in the works!

cotton and linen

I'm going through a gray phase it seems. A color I used to steer clear of. I'm now seeing the beauty in it and the variety of shades. I find that gray hues allow colors to really come forth.