category : ‘sketchbook’

sketchbook {summer 09}



I am a bit scared of sketchbooks. I always want to do everything perfectly… even rough sketches. Stupid, I know. But then this summer I discovered an American artist named Martha Rich. Her sketchbook is amazing! Thick with paint, weird ideas (that may, or may not go anywhere), and mistakes. I was totally inspired. I rushed out and got a beautiful, expensive, clean sketchbook… and didn’t touch it. It was too perfect. I didn’t want to ruin it. After I stared at it for about a month, I left it on it’s shelf and hit the thrift store. I found three volumes of Woman’s Day ~ Encyclopedia of Cookery for fifty cents each. Sold! I spent the rest of the summer slapping paint over the jellied ham recipes and didn’t care what happened. Above are a few of the pages. Ah, sweet relief. Thank you Martha ~ xo

suburban houses ♥



I love suburban houses. Love them. I’m not totally sure why. Maybe they make me feel like a kid again. Safe, playing in a back yard, coming in for lunch. I haven’t lived in a house with a backyard since I was a kid, so that must be it. I especially love homes built right after WW2. My grandmother and great-grandmother both lived in houses from this time period and any time I even drive past one I imagine what the interior looks, and smells, like. These are a few sketches from this past Summer. I was slightly obsessed with these houses and spent hours driving around, taking snap shots and then drawing them in pen. Not sure where these are going, but I don’t think I’m done with them yet.

i’ve been a dog all day



I love vintage storybooks, but that kind of imagery is everywhere, so I wanted to put a bit of a twist on it. Of course, hand-drawn (applied over solid colour blocking) storybook children, with animal heads. Here’s how I got there: I love the complete immersion into imagination when you’re a kid. You can pretend that you’re a bear or a dog for an entire day… and totally commit to the part. Ok, starting to feel like I might be on to something… not quite there yet, but we’ll see where this goes.

*update: so, here we are a couple of years later… it turns out that I had no idea that animal heads on human bodies are literally EVERYWHERE! ok, moving on…