Studio colors.
Gesso and red violet gouache.

black confetti
Watercolor on paper
14 x 20

Cap on the free probiotic drinks you get after lunch at the awesome Korean restaurant.

Last pages of this sketchbook. Including meetings meetings meetings, taking my drawing class to the museum and a color chart for my painted treasures.

Pile of black confetti drawings.

I think it should really be a straight line but of course I can't help myself

Getting closer.
Unfortunately the kittens are way into this project and knocking unpainted acorns around the house.

Red checks of the BMA

Tomas Saraceno while the work crew was away during my well timed class field trip.

The little made a color wheel with her tape resist painting.
So proud.

Remembering that my interest in flattened abstract botanical forms came from my work with fake flowers and overhead projectors.
So weird how this documenting and Instagraming everything adds insight.

What are these magic shadows?

🌈 left at out doorstep by the little's bestie.

Current palette.

Not sure why this one is sideways.
The return of painting at my desk and drawing/notes in assembly. Also cleaning my brush/making plaid while working on painting all those tiny objects.

#draweveryday #sketchbook #sketchbookflipthrough


Link in profile.

If you like the new ceramic party hats they'll be in the studio shop until December.
Life sized, durable, and fragile at the same time.

Confetti burst
Watercolor on paper
16 x 20

two bursts of confetti
watercolor on paper

The transition between blue and green

Book for the little about Mary Blair.

Painting tiny things green. There are probably tools for this

Another view sent from @thewharfdc. I'll be going down with a real camera after the interior is finished.
Yay @lisasolomon collaborator extraordinaire! Yay #chromadc !

@lisasolomon and I are thrilled about
#chromadc being installed @thewharfdc 
So exciting to see this coming together! 🌈🌈🌈

Up and open!
the Studio Shop is tiny online store selling 5 focused pieces at a time for a season. Fall 2017 is my new ceramic party hats. 
Cast ceramic with hand painted with imagery from my sketchbook.
Just as fragile as paper party hats but more permanent and ghostly and of course way more uncomfortable.

Ok friends.
Launching this little project on Thursday. 
Tiny shop. 5 pieces at a time. Changing every season.
Fall 2017 is ceramic party hats.

Working in this weird project where I take all the little things me and the little pick up while walking and painting them with all the colors of acryla gouache
#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

Sketchbooks full of more notes as well as trips to Chicago and Arizona
#draweveryday #sketchbookflipthrough #artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim


Totally accurate portrayal of agriculture from the state fair.

New confetti drawing in progress.

She has her own desk in my studio now
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Rainbow R and E

New MICA bookstore sign.

Old signs/new Editions studio at MICA

Gonna mess these up something fierce.

Back to school treat to self for desk drawings. So hard to start using them- they are so perfect. 
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Gel window clings when you live with a 5yo girl.

My favorite scent is walk in floral refrigerators.
Part nature, part man made temperature control. 
Conceptually on point too.

Coming soon friends. Stay tuned.

Solar eclipse/play date/Trader Joes run.
I did see it in the parking lot. I had cheesy glasses and TJ's employees were out there with camera obscuras.

Awesome moss that looks like faux grass at Home Depot

One of the many reasons I just straight up ignore having a manicure.

Cell phone tower that is also a palm tree. I love that the little is also fascinated with these. Driving around is always a hunt for hidden towers.

Last morning walk for this trip. Today it was all about the sky. The little woke up early to play with my mom and there were two tones of clouds in the sky. Plus this one cactus is blooming everywhere. I always feel like I miss the flowers.

This mornings perfect walk. 
This trip has me staying an extra day, which is awesome but long in other ways.

My mom has always been a maker. When I was small she sewed my clothes and smocked. Then it was needlepoint and cross stitch (wonder where those drawings of mine come from?) then quilting.
Since moving to AZ she has take up basketry, weaving, and now ceramics. She's making these colorful yard totems and I'm excited to see where she's taking them. It's nice that we're working with the same material now.

#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

Can't stop won't stop.
This one has a two steps of tape with the writing fading on them.

Sometimes just switching the materials makes for the best drawing right?
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More test tiles from the Ceramics studio where my parents live. I love those little dots but the perfection and handwriting in this one...
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More amazing test tiles. I need to make more ceramic pieces gist so I can do this
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I mean look at them. Perfect little color treasures. All lined up and fragile.
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Honestly. My ceramic work needs to be more like these glaze test tiles.#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

More walls roof and sky.
Love how they all crop each other out. Big shapes and little details everywhere. New compositions all around.
Yesterday was great. Except when the little locked the casita lock from the inside- but the lock was broken so we had to get locksmiths out. But it's far out exurbs of Tucson so she just had to wait it out with the iPad.

Mexican restaurant tablecloth inspiration

Couldn't resist this tiny bag of sequins I rescued from the amazing crafts area of my number one thrift store. Like little tiny compositions each time you move it. I will definitely be keeping this in its package.
#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

Vintage Christmas bar ware.

Early birds.
I snuck off to go to my favorite thrift store when it opens.

Walls, roofs, sky on my walk this morning.
Thanks to everyone reaching out on the older parents front. It's small stuff right now but only going to get worse and living on the other coast plus being an only child (outnumbered) means I'm super stressed about it. Gonna make some killer drawings from all this though.

Back in Arizona for the week. My morning walks are the best. Older parents are getting complicated.

black confetti
12 x 16

to go with the gloomy balloons

Black confetti
12 x 16

Painting tiny objects and getting it all over my fingers.

I remember that this used to be whiter. Four years in a ziplock bag inside a storage tub is probably not the best way to store your vintage handkerchiefs.

Found this treasure. It used to hang above my desk in my old studio.

Working on making my tiny studio work even better for me. Inspired by @jenhewett years ago purge of her tiny space I spent two hours purging my studio of anything I hadn't used in a year. Apparently I was hoarding lots of letter banners.

Always love this light when I see it at IKEA. @shiningegg s studio has *4* of them. 😍

Studio visit swap! Today I got to spend a great 2 hours with @shiningegg
External processing forever.
Soap important to make the time to talk about this stuff as well as make it.
#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

More connections from @shiningegg 
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@shiningegg making connections I hadn't noticed. 😻#artistresidencyinmotherhood #arim

These  daisies had little purple nets.

Coming Soon!
Friends! Online sales have never really done it for me- and as someone who teaches full time it's not something I can dedicate to building. 
But with the thought that LOTS of things come out of my teeny tiny studio then why not use that same model for an online sales presence. 
I'm making a new tiny shop that showcases just a tiny curated slice of my work that will change each season.
5 works at a time. Starting September 1st with ceramic party hats.
Stay Tuned.

Home again now. But THIS garden was amazing.

Sparkle agave at the gift shop

National Museum of Mexican Art.

Morning walk Pilsen style