Friday, January 29, 2010


I'm in the final phases of writing a handbook about gouache, which is the medium I've used to do illustration and fine art for years. I started this book about 5 years ago, then put in on hold. Somewhere along the line the entire file got lost. A couple of years ago I gave it another shot, but got sidetracked by another book. Now - FINALLY - I've wrapped it up and am getting ready to publish soon.

In the meantime, I just set up a page on Facebook for artists who do, or would like to use gouache to share their experience and imagery, as well as links to helpful resources or their work.

We can offer each other tips and troubleshoot when needed. I think it could be fun.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Buy It - CADDi get in the Lansing State Journal

What a GREAT way to start my day! The CADDi got written up in the Lansing State Journal today as a BUY IT. It's so wonderful to get support from our local paper. I do feel bad that I forgot to mention that the CADDI is also available at Michigania in downtown Lansing.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Back on Etsy

On again, off again...on again. I've opened a new Etsy shop. I seem to be making work at a pretty good clip these days and I need as many outlets as I can have, and Etsy is a way to augment.

This piece was done in encaustic - my current passion.

I've posted art, knitting patterns and "E is for Entrepreneur", which I think is a good self-help book for artists on Etsy.

I like the community there and will be using work from artists from Etsy in my upcoming gouache workbook. There's some great work to be found.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bee Inspired

Congratulations to Bee Inspired, who will appear on national TV this weekend. Last fall we worked on this project, which is a box with an inspirational quote for each day of the year. The one shown here is the signature box, but we worked on another, too with a theme. Great fun. Fun idea. Thanks for the opportunity to work on this.

Packaging is such a unique challenge, as the illustration needs to work in 3-D. The finished piece must pop from the shelves and be something someone would want to have in their home or office.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The i-spot

For several years I've had a portfolio at the i-spot. This has been my favorite system of advertising for all time, as it lets me change images at will and track views. They just increased the number of images artists can show at one time, so it's a pretty complete portfolio.

I just added several new and a couple of old favorites.

Here's the new collection.