In the strangest year in my lifetime, I figured it was fitting to wrap it up with a few oddities that are changes in perspective.
These themes emerged while I was creating new giftable art for the annual HARK! holiday show and sale at Kaleid Gallery.
These watercolors are a present commissioned by Mariana for her friend’s upcoming wedding – illustrations of custom cocktails at her reception.
When I get stuck, I’ll paint or draw food. It’s an easy way to get past my indecision and get right to the craft of it, and often gives me an opportunity to try out new techniques, patterns, or textures.
Last one in the Harvest series skews tropical with papayas. This ended up being both the biggest fruits (only four on here) with the smallest details (little black seeds).
3rd of 4 in the Harvest series – avocados, cut open to show off the green insides and shiny pits.
Another fruit in the Harvest series – this time, a little pile of blueberries. This one’s more of an experiment in subtle patterns within a dense texture.
Here’s a bright little drawing of persimmons from memory. I drew this with Prismacolor pencils to experiment with blending techniques to replicate the muted sheen on the fruit.
In celebration of the warmer weather and the end of the drought, I created this series of things that grow in the ground. I always like cutaway-style illustrations so I created a view of what’s above and below the ground.
Not too much story on these; I mostly picked it as an excuse to draw different people and to think through the meaning of tattoos.
These are linocut prints of the San José Electric Light Tower, a tower that spanned an intersection and provided the first electric lighting west of the Rockies.
I’ve been meaning to do more with watercolor pencils to get a better grasp of how to work with them.
These frames reminded me of the soot around a fireplace so I created these three illustrations of shadow puppets.
A little creative reuse led to these spooky holiday decorations.
It’s the first day of summer, an excellent time to debut more work in the Bathers series. There are now six!
I found these little frames with comic-strip-like sections and thought it would work well with a three-part phrase.
Unfortunately there’s no name attached to it, so I don’t know who she is. I named this so it could either be interpreted as her being in the exhibition, or attending the exhibition.
This chunky wooden frame reminded me of the aesthetic of Bruegel’s earthy illustrations or Goya’s creatures.
I came across these frames and they reminded me of old-time kitchen appliances – well-worn, chipping a little, but perfectly functional.
I found a few frames with an art deco feel and decided to make a few illustrations to fit.