Wednesday, March 8, 2017

new work in flow magazine

chillin'these illustrations appear in the latest dutch issue of flow magazine (no. 2/2017) next to an article by otje van der lelij called "omgaan met groot verdriet ("coping with great sadness") about the different things one can do to deal with grief and loss.
walk in the park flow spread
when i painted them i was really in the mood for these sun-dried pinks, sages and terra cotta colors and now - having discovered that thanks to madewell's new collection i can wear them, too - i'm ready for these hues to lead me into summer days...
madewell colors
(clockwise from top left: scarf / bag / tank / necklace / bag / shorts / shoes)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

learning to draw

greek 1 i've always been easily bored with observational drawing; my attention shifts from the object i should be carefully observing to the drawing i'm working on and before long i'm making up lines and shadows that aren't there. it comes from a fear, before i've even begun, of failing to make what i perceive to be a "good" drawing, even though i've long understood that the most beautiful drawings are made by people who draw from life, often and fearlessly, without worrying about the end result too much.greek 2
in a bid to conquer my fear and laziness, i'm practicing with greek sculpture because the graceful lines and subtle shadows lend themselves nicely to "just going for it" with a confident line and little worry of botching the proportions. i rather like that thick-necked drawing of caligula above - it's not accurate but it feels true.

social innovation in east asia

Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Japan
i have new work in the spring 2017 supplement to the stanford social innovation review: a map for the cover as well as four half page illustrations to accompany articles on social innovation in japan, hong kong, south korea and china. you can flip through the issue here to see them in context.Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Hong Kong
Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Korea Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: China

Monday, February 13, 2017

a bit more of this palette

more of this color palette
just playing around a bit more with the colors from the image in my previous post. i'm going to use the bottom one for a new business card and the top for some stickers for packaging orders from my shop.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

women who draw

women who draw
my icon for women who draw, the rapidly growing new open directory created by julia rothman and wendy macnaughton "in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators." i'm so amazed by the diversity of illustration styles featured in the directory - many that i'm familiar with, and so many more than i'm excited to discover. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

vintage teas

tea packaging USSR
i have a little time this week to take a breath between projects, so i've been painting some of my favorite tea packaging from the USSR. it started with just one, but i didn't realize how much i had missed painting just for myself and before i knew it i had painted three more. there's a lesson in there, that no matter how busy my days get, i need to take the time to paint even some dinky little thing for my own pleasure, just as a reminder of the meditative nature of painting tiny details - something that's easy to forget when the clock is ticking and the deadlines are looming.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

nude for planned parenthood

nude for planned parenthood
i've been an active supporter of planned parenthood for a couple of years, but after seeing images of people, many of them around my age and younger, gleefully wielding "shut down planned parenthood" signs at the march for life a couple of weeks ago, i want to be able to give more than my regular monthly contribution. no matter which side of the argument you're on, i don't think there's anything caring or good about loudly demanding the end of an organization that provides information, healthcare and support to men and women who often have nowhere else to turn.

all proceeds from my print "bath nude" will now be passed on to this important organization. thank you so much to those of you who already contributed and left messages of support with your order. for someone who uses social media to share very neutral content, it feels a little scary to speak up on controversial topics, but i've been very inspired by the voices that have come out from behind all of the beautiful artwork in the past weeks.  "i am more than my pretty pictures," says lisa congdon in a personal essay on her blog, and i totally second that.

beanstalk jack

"beanstalk jack" front "beanstalk jack" back "beanstalk jack" CD
jacket illustrations for the lovely folk rock opera "beanstalk jack" by brooklyn-based children's theater company paper canoe co. "a poor boy risks it all on magic beans. a bean stalk takes him to a castle in the sky owned by the giant who has been looting the land. amidst the many riches jack finds, he meets the giant's most coveted prize--his daughter... jack steals her heart and they run away together... and the rest is music." art direction and typography by erin bazos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

support the international refugee assistance project (IRAP)

New prints in my shop - support IRAP
to all of the men and women around the world who have been going out and making your voices heard in the last weeks - thank you, your passion is contagious and inspiring.

as someone who belongs to the largest group of refugees to come to the united states in the last three decades - the hundreds of thousands of russian jews who sought to start a new life after the fall of the soviet union - i wish for those fleeing much more horrific circumstances to be given the chance to start anew, just like my family and i were back in 1996.

because just crying angry tears helps neither myself nor anyone else, i'd like to take my first steps to helping the cause. i added two new prints to my shop - "the boot" and "the fan"; both are on 5x7" off white, hot press paper with a weight of 330g/m2. They are $15 each and all proceeds from their sale will go to the international refugee assistance project (IRAP). thank you!

Friday, November 11, 2016

wrapping paper for red cap cards

wrapping paper for red cap cards new in time for the holidays! wrapping paper in three different patterns (lovely tulips, candy birds and moth magic) available from red cap cards either as single sheets or in rolls of three.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

just a little birch for calmness

birch tree

Friday, November 4, 2016

new copper foil cards

copper foil cards
the three new cards i designed for red cap cards' summer wrap project are now available in my shop! all three have accents of copper foil, which i think has such a beautiful effect in the light. two of the cards have matching notebooks, also with copper foil:
copper notebooks

Monday, October 17, 2016

edward gorey envelope art contest

gorey envelope contest - front gorey envelope contest - back
every october, one of my favorite places in the whole world, the edward gorey house museum on cape cod, hosts a halloween envelope art contest. it used to be open only to children, but last year they added an 18+ category and i made sure to be ready this time. i'll be posting my entry later this week and keeping my fingers crossed! 
edward gorey envelope contest

Monday, October 3, 2016

halloween card for papyrus

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happy october! temperatures dropped last week and my walks are getting longer as i try to savor the crisp autumn weather while it lasts. i illustrated this halloween card for papyrus a year ago and it's finally available in stores and online! the lenticular printing allows for the image to change when viewed from a different angle, so what at first appears to be a beautiful young woman is really a spooky, albeit still elegant, old witch. halloween card for papyrus

Monday, September 12, 2016

ETA 20 remaining pieces + news

remaining paintings
these two paintings are still available for sale at nahcotta gallery, as well as a few left over from previous shows, all ranging from $200 - $500 and including frames.

in other news, our new red cap cards summer wrap collection (including patterned notebooks stamped with gold and copper foil!!) launched at top drawer london yesterday, so if you're around, stop by to get your stationery fix at the studio curiosity booth. i haven't seen the stuff in person yet, but the photos that have been circulating are positively mouthwatering.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

the squatch pattern

squatch pattern
i created parts of this pattern when i was practicing for my red cap cards summer wrap project collection, combining the tiles in different ways, but it never looked right so i gave up on it. i'm such a novice at pattern-making (i definitely overthink it) but the red cap project compelled me to study successful patterns more closely and reflect on what makes them so pleasing to the eye. it's a lesson in proportion and even distribution of a limited color palette that i've yet to master, but after the project i decided to ditch the tiles and put the parts together in a simpler way, which already feels a bit less "off."squatch pattern detail
squatch pattern in progress

Sunday, August 28, 2016


i started going to an aquacise class two mornings a week. the sense of accomplishment i have before noon gives me the momentum i need to get a lot of work done later in the day and i find that it really puts me in a good mood, too.  i like it so much that i had to express my feelings through a painting. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

red cap cards: summer wrap project

red cap summer wrap 3 red cap summer wrap 2
i'm so excited! red cap cards' new summer wrap collection - featuring the work of seven red cap artists - debuted at NY NOW this weekend. the collection includes three gift wraps, two notebooks and three new greeting cards from each artist. this was such a great way to finally try my hand at patterns and i'm very proud of the way these products turned out:
red cap cards summer wrap

flip through the beautiful new catalog and then shop the collection here.
all images courtesy red cap cards

Friday, August 19, 2016

a day in the life

my day
i lost track of which issue of flow magazine this appeared in, but it's just an illustrated little tour of what a typical day looked like when i lived in new haven. it hasn't changed much since the move, except now i also go to zumba and water aerobics a few times a week. (b. pointed out that it looks like i man-style pee in the bushes on my evening walk, but i assure you that was just meant to look like my hands are in the pockets of my cardigan.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

enormous tiny art show no. 20

ETA 20 all paintings
here they all are, ready to go! the enormous tiny art show no. 20 opens on friday, september 2nd (reception 5-8 pm) at nahcotta gallery in portsmouth, NH and will run through october 2nd, 2016.  all six paintings will be available for sale at the gallery as well as online on the show's website. they are about 3.25 x 4.25 inches (6.5 x 7.5 inches framed) and $250 each.moroccan pouf philodendron ivy / chateau

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

moroccan pouf / ivy

moroccan pouf / ivy"moroccan pouf" and "ivy" for enormous tiny art show no. 20. all six paintings are finished, so i'll be packing them up and sending them off to nahcotta gallery this week. taking a trip together to portsmouth, NH for the show's opening was a twice yearly tradition between becca stadtlander and me, but since her move back to kentucky and my recent move to buffalo, we can sadly no longer attend. but we'll be there in spirit, with six new tiny paintings each!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

blackberry jam / philodendron

blackberry jam / philodendron
two more paintings for enormous tiny art show no. 20, "blackberry jam" and "philodendron," about 3.25 x 4.25" in size. three more to go!

Monday, August 8, 2016

larger prints

unicorn print after so many requests over the years to start making larger prints, i have finally listened and now most of the prints in my shop are now available in 11 x 14 inches! i'm still updating listings with new information and product photos (these vignettes are so fun to compose), but i'm happy to answer any questions regarding sizing in the meantime.

Friday, August 5, 2016


a small painting (about 3.25 x 4.25") for the next enormous tiny art show in portsmouth, new hampshire. i always pick a theme and end up getting tired of it after the 3rd or 4th painting, but plod on, feeling like i have to stick to my self-imposed limitations. this time i'm going to paint whatever i feel like, restricted only by size and a need to harmonize with the frames that i already picked out.

Friday, July 29, 2016


this is the august page of a mini calendar which came with the dutch edition (1-2016) of flow magazine. i painted this in winter, when picnics on the grass were just a distant dream. now the dog days of summer are here, and i'm really trying to do right by my winter self, with cheese and wine and shakespeare in the park. i could really use a basket like that, too.
picnic 2 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

mem û zîn

earlier this year i illustrated a beautiful 17th century kurdish love story called "mem û zîn" for french children's magazine BAÏKA. i love the places my work takes me. i used any reference i could find on traditional dress and pulled the color scheme from a 19th century kurdish rug. i'm happy to finally share!


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