Thursday, April 30, 2009

Art in Bloom 2009

Spring has officially arrived here in Minnesota. It is that time of year for the annual "Art in Bloom" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. With 4 days to discover the beautiful art and floral arrangements that were inspired by the art itself, it is sure to be a great time. And if that isn't enough to get you to come down to the museum, I will be doing some chalk street painting all day Saturday. What better way to spend a Saturday? So come on down, say hi, and wander the galleries. It is sure to be a great time. With that, I will leave you with this Art in Bloom inspired sketch of my own. You never know what the floral arrangements might truly be inspired by!

As for the location of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, it is at:

2400 3rd Ave South
MInneapolis, MN 55404
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Friday, April 24, 2009

illustration Friday: "Theater"

This is an illustration I did for a memior called "On the other side of the Ocean". It is of opening night at the theater!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Back to the grind

After recklessly enjoying a week off last week in the sun during a deadline, I am back to the grind in the studio. Even though it was a lot of time away from the paints, I think it actually did me good to get away and refocus a little bit. I find myself more energetic and excited to dig in and get this book project complete (which is due in like 3 weeks). The illustration that you see is one from the book titled "A Path to Forgiveness". It is going to be so much fun to see it all come together these last three weeks and can't wait to show you more as I am able to! Until then, enjoy this piece and check back soon for other little sneak peaks

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chihuly: Nature of Glass

One of the great pleasures from this weeks trip to Arizona was a visit to the exhibit "Chihuly: Nature of Glass" at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Having seen many of Chihuly's pieces before, I was not prepared for the immensity of what I was to see. Not only was the gardens a perfect fit for his work, but the day was as great as it could get with temps in the 70's. It truly is amazing how an ordinary space can be transformed through one artists vision. Overall, the piece that spoke the most to me was the "Blue and Purple Boat".

And then the "Blue Polyvitro Crystals"

And then...... Sorry, I could go on and on about all the beautiful pieces.

There were also some natural surprises as well with some of the blooming plants.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Off to catch some sun!

Happy Easter weekend to you all. I hope you have some wonderful plans to be with family and friends. I know I will be enjoying not only the company of my family, but also the beautiful sunshine that only Arizona can offer! I will be sure to share with you the amazing photos that I capture of the landscape while I am out there. Until then, TGIF!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Making a push before the trip

Hello everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend and were able to get some fun activities in. Things here have been pretty busy lately with lots of illustrations needing to get done and a shorter and shorter window to do them in. So with a trip to Arizona coming up at the end of the week, it is going to be a crazy busy week. The good thing though is it is really exciting to see the progress of the illustrations come together. To give you a little tease of one that is in its beginning stages, I have attached a photo of its progress. I know it isn't going to look like this when it is done, but wanted to show you how it looks now. Hope you like and wishing you all a productive week!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Talisman"

Before Ned could go out and scare the local children during the night, he had to make sure he carried his lucky Talisman around his neck. I guess even scary things need something to protect them!