on my desktop :: magnet works

Oh my gosh you guys!! I was crazy sick last week and under an even crazier deadline. Usually I hold up pretty well against the germs that my daughter tends to bring home, but this one hit me like a ton of bricks. I winded up with bronchitis :( You should of seen me in my pj coughing away just trying to finish up and get a huge batch of files out the door. I was so worn down that I didn’t have it in me to post even one little thing.

…Well this isn’t little news at all. It’s a bit BIGGER and way more exciting then that!!! Check out some of these product images that I have sitting on my desktop :)

I’m SUPER excited to be working with Sue and Anne over at Magnet Works !! I just love Anne, and getting to know Sue has been a pleasure. These ladies are AWESOME to work with.

It feels wonderful to be working with good people at a good company!! :)

Don’t they look great?! And, these are only SOME of the products that will be featuring my Art!!

The ones you see here will be available to retailers in the Fall/Winter 2012 Early Buy catalog, and to the general public in July!!

Not to worry I’ll be sure to keep you posted on where you can get your hands on these babies :)

 

ooh la la! – Tim Burton

 

Sofia here! Today I wanted to point out Tim Burton’s amazing illustrations. They are so imaginative and well drawn. Last summer I saw his exhibit at the LACMA and I absolutely fell in love with his artistic style. He is mostly famous for his movies, but I think it is important to highlight his very talented drawing and illustration skills that go somewhat unnoticed by most!

 

 

 

Isn’t it amazing how this illustration of Edward Scissorhands translated so well into the film? It looks exactly like how Johnny Depp was costumed in the movie.

being ok with being uncomfortable

I attended a figure drawing meet up for the first time last night. It’s something I have been wanting to do for a while, but I still had to muster up the courage just to knock on the door and walk in. I was a bit nervous for sure. New people. New environment. Nude model. My brain was definitely firing on all synapses. I haven’t spent 3 hours drawn like this, from a model, since I was in college. I was definitely feeling a bit rusty but by the end I was starting to settle in and enjoying the process. Sometimes you need to push yourself outside your comfort zone and be ok with being uncomfortable for a bit.

power of 3 :: trust, the pang, facing the unknown

The past few weeks have been a bit rough. I’m not ready to fully share, but I can say that the tide is turning and life is testing me. In this I am learning to truly trust myself and the decisions I make, in ways that I’ve never trusted before.

 

I live most of my life deeply through my feelings, yet I find that I sometimes ignore or second guess myself when I get that pang in my gut. The funny thing is, that my gut feelings are always right and I want to kick myself in the arse when I don’t listen to it. (Which I’m sad to say is more times then not.)

Why is it that I don’t trust myself, when in my gut and heart I know what I should be doing? The logical and rational side of my mind gets in the way. I try to reason with myself. I negotiate and sway myself into making decisions that I think are sensible and mature, or outwardly appear to be the “right’ decision, while I still have that pinging and ache on the inside. So I’m working on trusting myself and my inner feeling. Leading with my heart and believing with my soul that if the decisions feel right, then it’s the right decision for me.

It’s so hard to face the unknown, that kind of fear can be paralyzing and has stopped me in my tracks more times then I can count. A friend of mine suggested that I play “the worst case scenario” game and work backwards from there. What if that huge fear you had really did happen, then what? What would you do? Would it really be that bad? Maybe, maybe not. But whatever it is, it wouldn’t last forever. Leaving behind the known to venture into the unknown is super scary. Will it be better? Will it be worse, or even harder still? The thing is, I can’t stand still in the now just because I’m scared of what lies ahead. Life is a risk and if you aren’t willing to live it and move yourself forward what is the point of it all.

 

ooh lala! – cityscape art

Happy Friday! This week I wanted to show two artists who translate a city into art in their own style. 

Wu Guanzhong was a contemporary Chinese artist whose style reminds me of some of the impressionist painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I love how simple and sketchy his painting style is while still translating the image of a city to his viewers. The colors are also fabulous!

Minh Dam presents another view of the city – a view from the streets rather than Guanzhong’s viewpoint from the oustide looking in. Dam is a watercolorist, architect, and interior designer from Vietnam and currently working in Poland. His style is a little more realiztic than Guanzhong’s but the medium of water color creates a dreamlike effect—or perhaps its raining!

trust, karma, and doing the right thing

I’m coming to find that sometimes doing the “right” thing is way harder then I thought it would be. It’s so much easier to get mad and angry then it is to do right by someone else. It’s interesting, we’re such introspective and self aware beings that having empathy and taking others peoples feeling into consideration is definitely a learned skill. Well, for me it is anyway. It’s something I have to consciously work at. It doesn’t come naturally, but it’s definitely worth the effort. It’s all about Respect for yourself, Respect for others and taking Responsibility for your actions. As Wayne Dyer says “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

ooh la la! – Abelardo Morell

 

This week, I wanted to share the wonderfully creative photographer Abelardo Morell. He is a contemporary photographer working in old camera formats—particularly the camera obscura and tent camera. 

 

1. Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Florence Baptistry, 2010

 

2. Camera Obscura: View of Central Park Looking North-Spring, 2010

 

3. Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room, 1996

In order to produce these compelling images, Morell transforms a room into a camera through shutting out all light except for a concisely formed hole through which light can permeate. Within the room, he uses a view camera and pointing it at the wall and opens the lens and lets the image appear on the film for eight hours. Through this pre-photographic process, Morell inventively produces an image of the outside world in an interior altering our perception of reality.

on my desktop :: a little sneak peek

A quick little look at what I’ve been working on. This has probably been one of the biggest and most intricate pieces I’ve ever done. And I’m excited to say that I’m almost finished!!