A closeup of the slow progress on my "Fronds and Furls" piece for the puzzle I designed for @theboneowl . They've been such a delight to work with and gave me complete freedom on this project, trusting my vision and providing creative encouragement, which has fostered something I feel is really really special. If you want to see the final, head in over to their website boneowl.com 🐍🌿💛
I had so much fun making this piece! This is a wip of a puzzle I was working on for @theboneowl puzzles! They are going to be releasing them next month! If you want to see the final, or sign up for their mailing list about the puzzle launch date, head on over to boneowl.com I know I personally can't wait to put this 1000 piecer together 💛💛💛
Before butterflies, before even flowers.
Before the blooming of possibility—of wisdom, we must lay down our fears and regrow our bones.
Pull the structures into question, and turn them
into something malleable
A tender shoot of bright green life.
Only then can pollination begin,
Only then can love enter.
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Detail of “Before Butterflies, Before Even Flowers” -graphite and watercolor on paper, 20x20 in. Tomorrow is the last day of the show “Beneath the Harrow” with @allisonsommers and @kaspianshore at @antlerpdx
This is the last weekend to pop on by @antlerpdx and see my show 'Under the Harrow'. This is one of my favorite pieces, and is actually quite big! 20x21in of a delicate grass snake skeleton exploring themes of being silenced. Big thanks to Antler and all of you for your encouragement with these quieter pieces. ♥️
Caught in the wild, the rare interdigital brace. I know dudes, I hold my pencil weird. There's nothing mystical about it, it's just what felt right when I was a kid and no matter how hard my parents tried, I refused to change it. As in all things, I have certainly found a few benefits in drawing, like it's easier for me to draw long lines. But there are also inhibitions; my hands cramp up in weird places and need regular massaging.
This photo was taken by @boonerodriguez last week when we went for a hike in to Twin Lakes on Orcas Island. It was such a quiet and ancient place, with still water and sing song birds. It's good for my spirit and my guts to step back for some time every few weeks or so. I'm prone to brain spirals and the silence of trees growing always straightens me out. I found a little fern and was mapping out a simple field study of it; didn't get very far, but that wasn't the point. The point was to observe, both the intricacies around me, and the delicacies within. I hope you all found a little space to breathe this past weekend, to breathe, listen, and see.
Sometimes a small patch of light can stop you in your tracks and remind you how beautiful everything. Is. Anyone know what kind of flower big this is? I'd appreciate the help!
Mm thank you to everyone for being so patient about this batch of prints! I took a little much needed family vacation last week and will be shipping out your orders this afternoon. As ever, it fills me with gratitude to mail these to you, they are a labor of love and also my actual means of bread and butter. I'm so thankful for your continued support so I can keep making thoughtful work to share with this beautiful community. So much 💛. •
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This is a detail from my wolf print 'the undoing', and one of my favorite birds! Anyone know what he is? ☺️
Sometimes I spend a boatload of hours on something and it doesn't work out- just can't get the mood right or the technique is off. It's easy to feel deflated when this happens, but I try to instead take these mishaps in as the fortified documentation of my learning process; time spent deepening my understanding of approach, planning, and materials usage. It might not pay off in the moment, but it helps me craft technical longevity and nuance. Whether a piece is a success or an utter flop, I always learn more than I am able to create and this is part of what continues the drive to make the next piece. •
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So a happy Sunday, and happy making to you, please remember your mistakes are beautiful and help you grow. 💛 I'd love to know what are some things you've learned/ways you've grown through making! Please share?
Just hanging out with all my star friends.
Just a reminder about my podcast audio interview with @yourcreativepush - it really is one of my favorite conversations about art, making, and it's connection to each of our own inner worlds. ♥️🕸 episode 226 - yourcreativepush.com
Shipping out prints this afternoon and then leaving for a little vacation. If you want one in the mail today, order before 3pm PST
I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the beautiful writing by Victor who is working on a series of poetic and entrancing stories about 100 sisters. They are stirring and beautiful, and my drawing happened to match perfectly to his chapter about Kuma. I highly recommend pausing and treating yourself to his tales - @thesistren Thesistren.com . . .
Kuma lives on a tiny island estranged from everything. She is a haggard old woman with toasted skin and grey hair to her knees. She curses and spits at the sun and the gods, waving her fist to the sky and screaming. Her eyes are bloodshot, her lower lip hangs below her teeth, and there is bile running rampant through her blood always. Those few that have stumbled on the island fear she is a witch, tell tales of her hut made of victims’ bones, of her necklaces made of human teeth. Those that cross her path are forevermore cursed, scringe out their days in misery.
Or maybe Kuma is the crane. Silver-feathered and luminous, she has lived on the island longer than the woman, is seemingly eternal. She lives atop the mountain, luxuriates in the sun, speaks to the surf and the fauna. Some think she controls the tide, others see her guide the sun across the sky. She spends her days in celebration, every moment a gift. She is silent for the sunset, asleep at dusk, dreaming the night sky. To see her is balance, a conclusion.
Or else Kuma is the mountain.
Illustration by @christinamrozikart ·