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Coloring book sketches
Coloring book sketches

Still in development: these are sketches for a little autobiographical coloring book to be shared with my daughter and nieces. The textures, straight from Illustrator's default swatches libraries, will probably become patterns or more elaborate halftones that make...

Geometric Botanical Sketches
Geometric Botanical Sketches

Anyone else looking through their archives during these crazy days of coronavirus? Way back in the simpler times of 2013, I did these pen and marker drawings of garden flowers: poppy, larkspur, pond lily & more. For some reason "Bill's Lawn" also made the cut. I'm...

The Hardest Part of Making Art
The Hardest Part of Making Art

The hardest part of making art, to me, is answering the question why. Why make it? Why show it at a particular place and time? Why is my voice important? Why did I choose the technique, the colors, the medium, or the inspiration that I did? Why is my work better,...

Math Magic Bunny
Math Magic Bunny

For AIGA Alaska's Drawn Together challenge, I sketched this geometric bunny with numbers, operations and variables as a tribute to the magic of math. "Make Magic" can mean wizards and potions, but math has always been a magical way of exploring the world to me.  ...

Interview with Laura Thorne
Interview with Laura Thorne

I had the pleasure of an interview with Laura Thorne of Laura Thorne Consulting and Laura Thorne Photography today, and have the recording and transcript to prove it. Listen for tips from Laura about succeeding in business, art and life, or find out what my not-guilty...

Spiral book in progress
Spiral book in progress

This work in progress uses a spiral book form from foldfactory.com. Sometimes, even people like me who make art every day can use a little help getting started: adding to this book over the next few weeks (before it's due to be sent off to an exhibition) will be a...

Groovy Wasilla Alaska: 1970s Yearbooks
Groovy Wasilla Alaska: 1970s Yearbooks

A recent project for the Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center included a trip through the Wasilla High School yearbook archives for 1970's design inspiration. Groovy fonts are very hip in 2019, and these yearbooks featured a LOT of knockout type, fancy serif fonts,...

Publicity for Bookish: ABBA Artist Book Show 2017
Publicity for Bookish: ABBA Artist Book Show 2017

Featured image: Cheyenne Black, "Leaves: A Cento," mixed media encaustic Special thanks to Dan Mayer at Pyracantha Press for sending press from Visual Art Source (full article here) about September's A Buncha Book Artists annual members show: See a video of this show...

Gratuitous Sunrise Roundup
Gratuitous Sunrise Roundup

Need a fix of color on a gray day? Look no further than Google Images sunrises over water. The cynical designer in me usually eschews these types of photos, as they can be generic, but the optimist in me loves the subtle transitions between colors and the promise of a...

Gold Mint Valley to Reed Lakes Backpacking
Gold Mint Valley to Reed Lakes Backpacking

For my husband Bill's birthday, we backpacked from the Gold Mint valley trail to Reed Lakes in Hatcher Pass over a hanging valley: we had spectacular bluebird weather, a super cute sendoff by my sister and 1- and 3-year old nieces, and tons of fun watching our pup...

Mural inspiration roundup
Mural inspiration roundup

While working on sketches for the Alaska Farmland Trust mural, I came across an amazing array of block prints, screenprints, paintings, flower crowns, and photos to inspire me: support your local farmer, grow food, buy organic, shop local, pledge allegiance to the...

Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag
Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag

Drafts for an upcoming mural, postcard, and swag for the Alaska Farmland Trust, dedicated to protecting Alaskan soils and farmland for future generations: donate today at akfarmland.com! Mockups made in Adobe Photoshop have been invaluable in showing board members a...

Biomimicry in the news
Biomimicry in the news

Feast your eyes on these articles about Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature, at Tempe Center for the Arts, now through August 26: Best Art May 2017, Phoenix New Times, featuring Christine Lee's lovely installation Arizona State University: Biomimicry exhibit...

morning brain vs. afternoon brain
morning brain vs. afternoon brain

I'm a morning person: before noon, I'm like a hungry bear hunting for projects and efficiency with gnashing fingers at the keyboard. After lunch, my brain tends to act more like a slippery salmon, evading deadlines and priorities and tending to go with the flow.

Installation Sketches
Installation Sketches

One great thing about this digital age is the ability to render projects before beginning production. These sketches are for a proposed installation based on the idea of biologically-generated patterns.   Lattices / crystalline structures   Layers /...

Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016
Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016

Over at Grant Street Studios, the graduate art facility for Arizona State University, the ceramics department is celebrating their grand opening with a cup sale. Ceramics Open House at Grant Street Studios Saturday November 19th, 2016, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  

Offset Circle Patterns
Offset Circle Patterns

Here's a little throwback to 2014, before I started my 365 Days of Design project. Experiments with Adobe Illustrator have expanded my skills and come in surprisingly handy for graphic design and web design jobs. These circle patterns were an initial foray into offset...

Snakes in Art image roundup
Snakes in Art image roundup

Snakes epitomize line as a design element: here's a collection of snakes in art including photos, engravings and tattoos.   UPDATE: Have you heard of the blue coral snake? Its venom, among the most vicious even for the snake world, causes spastic paralysis, sure...

Knitting animation
Knitting animation

Stop motion animation made with a knitting machine! From the Youtube comments: For those who doesn't understand french and who are wondering what these french words means, it's about 2 lovers in the cold winter of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are leaving...

sneak preview: grand canyon quilt
sneak preview: grand canyon quilt

Here's a preview of an upcoming show with TechShop's artists in residence, May 5-13 at Vision Gallery, 10 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ. The show reception is Thursday, May 5 from 6-8: hope to see you there!       Vision Gallery's hours are Monday-Friday...

grand canyon field guide
grand canyon field guide

Favorite illustrations from Stephen Whitney's Field Guide to the Grand Canyon: Foliated Vishnu schist, above. Special thanks to Prospero's Books in Kansas City for this great find.

NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors and Milestones in Kansas City, MO
NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors and Milestones in Kansas City, MO

Strange days at NCECA 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri: photos were taken from the more than 100 sponsored and concurrent exhibitions of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Special thanks to conference roomies Alanna Derocci, Jonah Amadeus, and Bill...

leather-bound long stitch books
leather-bound long stitch books

Leather-covered hand-bound blank books or journals made with long stitch and inscribed with quotes by Albert Schweitzer and William Morris. 'As we acquire more knowledge things to not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.' Albert Schweitzer 'Art is man's...

japanese stab stitch books with hand marbled paper
japanese stab stitch books with hand marbled paper

Stab stitch / side stitch books made in the Japanese tradition with hand-marbled paper, solarprint, plastic canvas, vellum, and waxed cotton thread. Books with bright-colored marbling are watercolor marbling inks; the subdued colors are suminagashi, or traditional...

day 294: scrap quilt scrapbook
day 294: scrap quilt scrapbook

Research for an upcoming scrap quilt class at TechShop Chandler: rag quilts, jean quilts, scrap quilts, abstract quilts, and fussy cut scrap quilts.

day 266: looking back
day 266: looking back

I reviewed the last 265 days of projects by printing out the best images as polaroids and mounting a grid of photos. With only 1/3 of the projects printed, the amount of work this represents is still remarkable, with 100 days to go!

day 258: the amazing seventies
day 258: the amazing seventies

Images from The House Book, published 1974, featuring out-of-control prints, decorating styles, casual nudity, and tan lines. Thanks to Colleen Donohoe for this amazing resource!

day 257: arctic signs and symbols
day 257: arctic signs and symbols

I found these amazing gems in a thrift store book: use these in case of a polar emergency. "Pick us up!" seems to be a great universal symbol. Stomp these into the snow: Require supplies Require doctor Require food and water Require clothing Require fuel and oil...

day 216: studio rack
day 216: studio rack

Studio display/sorting/storage made from recycled MDF and household paint.  

day 194: dog poster roundup
day 194: dog poster roundup

    A collection of vintage or Art Deco style dog posters, inspiration for an upcoming project. These posters really highlight strength of line, contrast, and movement.

day 193: a is for agave
day 193: a is for agave

  Agave inspiration, updated! Not all featured images are agaves but all feature radial symmetry and some Fibonacci patterning, as well as the ability to brighten up a desert landscape or home.

day 188: kodiak sketchbook
day 188: kodiak sketchbook

Photos from my sketchbook / scrapbook: Kodiak Island in 2006 including an EPIC rope/buoy swing, docks, harbors, and stunning landscapes.

day 173: sketchbook
day 173: sketchbook

A collection of digital sketchbook images whose creator has been lost in the ether: any hints for attribution would be very welcome!

day 162: color study green
day 162: color study green

Color inspiration of the day: green, chartreuse, juniper, sage, lime, fern, olive, emerald, pear, moss, shamrock, seafoam, pine,...

day 161: color study purple
day 161: color study purple

Color inspiration of the day: purple, mauve, violet, berry, lavender, plum, magenta, lilac, grape, periwinkle, sangria, wine, eggplant, jam, iris, heather,...

day 160: color study orange
day 160: color study orange

Color inspiration for the day: orange, tangerine, merigold, cider, rust, ginger, tiger, fire, bronze, canteloupe, apricot, clay, carrot, squash,...

day 159: color study yellow
day 159: color study yellow

Color inspiration of the day: yellow, gold, sunshine, butter, canary, daffodil, flax, lemon, mustard, corn, dandelion, fire, bumblebee, banana, butterscotch,...

day 158: color study blue
day 158: color study blue

Color inspiration of the day: blue, azure, beryl, cerulean, aqua, azul, cobalt, indigo, navy, sapphire, aquamarine, lapiz lazuli, cornflower, cyan,...

day 157: color study red
day 157: color study red

Color inspiration of the day: RED, carmine, vermilion, crimson, rouge, lobster, cardinal, flame, ruby, claret, cherry, garnet, magenta, rust.

day 156: denali, the great one
day 156: denali, the great one

Sketches for a future book based on a suggestion from my good friend Keri S.: the Alaska Range, featuring the Great One, Denali. North America's tallest peak is often in black and white, after all.

day 123: in memory of harold
day 123: in memory of harold

Harold A. Longbrake, 71, of Marysville and formerly of Rushsylvania passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Union County, Marysville. He was born near Raymond on April 24, 1943 to the late Harold E. and Laura L. (Askins) Longbrake. Harold was a...

days 23-29: oklahoma
days 23-29: oklahoma

I just returned from an interesting visit to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and, as promised, here are the challenge entries I missed. day 23: intro to broken bow Broken Bow, Oklahoma was quite the cultural experience; it also impressed me with the beauty of its forests,...

day 14: portfolio update
day 14: portfolio update

Today, I met with the great people of The Design Idea and presented my work in my updated portfolio: vinyl decals, recycled paper, and great memories of projects with friends and clients. I also had a great visit to the Icehouse in downtown Phoenix, ate the Bear at...