Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspirational Artists :: Earth's Clothespin

You may have already seen this floating around the web, but I think it's just too darn cool to not mention again in my little corner of the www.....Turkish artist and professor of art Mehmet Ali Uysalcreated this giant clothespin sculpture for the Festival of the Five Seasons in Chaudfontaine Park. Located on the outskirts of Liège, Belgium, this giant sculpture is just one example in a series of his works. 

via inspire me now
pic by the artist

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

To Market

Farmers' Markets are in full swing here in Minnesota. I'm thinking of doing a print in the upcoming weeks that's influenced by findings at the farmers' market. Is there a particular item found at market that you would like to see printed?

pics taken by me at the Old Monterey Farmers' Market

:: also ::

Don't you love this illustration by Crystal Kluge? So cute!


My kelp print made it to the homepage of mnartists yesterday! Horray for a little free publicity! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fresh Ink :: Ocean's Forest

I'm pretty happy with how this print turned out! Mixing the ink to find the perfect "kelp green" was trickier than I thought it was going to be. In the end, I think the color that came out works pretty nicely. You might be seeing more CA inspired prints in the upcoming weeks... :)

Andy & Kate Spade's Rule Breaking Art Collection

Andy Spade and his wife Kate, founders of the handbag empire Kate Spade and its men's offshoot Jack Spade, have transformed their beautiful 19th century Southampton residence into a showcase for their unique collection of art treasures. The house was originally the site of the Shinnecock Hills Summer School, a plein air painting academy run by William Merritt Chase, founder of Parsons

:: Watch the short video here ::

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Here's a little peak at what I'm currently working on. This next print was inspired by my time spent on the beach during our recent trip to CA. While walking along the sandy shore you would often see kelp abandoned by the ocean's crashing waves. I love the unique shape and texture of this interesting plant. Come back and see the final result when I ink and print it!

all pics were taken by me

Friday, June 24, 2011

Highlights from our Trip to California

Our time spent in California couldn't have been better! We enjoyed time with family and friends, feasted on fabulous food and wine, and explored fun new places. 

 :: Some Highlights ::

Spent some time in San Fran before we drove south...and of course stopped at In-N Out Burger!

Celebrated my cousin Laura's wedding at the 
Church in the Forest and Monterey Peninsula Country Club 
such a fun and beautiful wedding, CONGRATS Mike and Laura!!

Spent a day at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur and later had dinner at Nepenthe 
:: Ambrosia Burger = Nummers! ::


Enjoyed the view of the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach

An afternoon of wine tasting at Hahn Winery and Paraiso Vineyards


Hiking at Soberanes Canyon in Big Sur :: loved seeing some redwoods!

Tide-pooling in Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach 
:: Tim spotted a purple sea star bigger than his hand! ::

 Ended our trip where it began :: enjoyed some time by the wharf and Ghirardelli square in SF
:: the sea salt caramel mocha I had at Ghirardelli was deliciously sinful :) ::

Tim and I had a fabulous time and hope we can go back sometime soon!!

all pics were taken by me using Instagram

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Inspirational Artists :: Running the Numbers

I'm back! We had a fabulous time in California and can't wait to share some highlights from our trip. In the meantime, enjoy this Inspirational Artist post.


Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who is best known for his explorations of mass consumption and waste. Cans Seurat is comprised of 106,000 aluminum cans in the form of George Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte :: 106,000 being the number of cans used in the US every thirty seconds. 

via Honestly...wtf
pics by Chris Jordan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

California Trip

My husband Tim and I are off to California for the next week to see family, some r&r, and most importantly :: share in the celebration of my cousin's wedding!! We leave super early tomorrow morning and will return next Thursday with some pictures and a California inspired print!

Here are a few things to oogle over until we get back from our trip. Enjoy and have a lovely week!  :)

Leaf-It Notes Inspired by Nature

Brilliant Idea

Rulers of the Art World

Around the World in Bubbles

Colorful Stairs

I Love This

One day, when I have kids...they will have these books & these toys

These Pictogram Movie Posters are Fun!!

Go Green Graffiti

On My Wish List....wait, these too!

To Market...

Inspirational Photography

This & That are Great Collections of Color

A Short Vid...Beautiful!

Museum Makeout

Seeing this made my morning...thought I would pass it along  :)

pic via Lost

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I just noticed that my water print was on the mnartists homepage this afternoon!

Inspirational Artists :: Bounce

Since we're leaving in two days for California, I thought this post would be a fun one.   
As hundreds of thousands of colorful bouncy balls were released down San Francisco's hilly streets, Danish photographer Peter Funch was there to capture it all on film. Aren't his photos great? I think the perspective in a few of these is particularly awesome!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fresh Ink :: Summers by the Lake

After many hours of carving all the intricacies of this block, I was really happy to see how well it turned out. I was originally going to print it in black but decided to mix a midnight blue instead. What do you think? 
Hope you have a good week!

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