The Year of the Cactus

The cactuses that started it all.

This winter has been all about cactuses for me. I had three great opportunities to draw cactuses, one leading to the next, leading to the next. I started with the cactuses above, done for bags gifted to the Museum Store Association (did you know there was such a thing??) Western Chapter conference hosts, the Phoenix Art Museum.

Someone from the Autry Museum in Griffith Park saw the above cactuses, and wanted something similar, but just for the Autry. This tote ended up being gifted to the Autry docents.

The most recent has been this Christmas cactus. I was tasked with creating something that felt like it was for the holidays, without resorting to typical holiday motifs like snowflakes and reindeer. The cactus is based off of one in my personal collection; I especially loved drawing their complex flowers!

It has been a treat teaching myself to design graphics specifically for silkscreening as these three were (the last was also translated beautifully into embroidery). I’m looking forward to tackling more flora, and maybe even some fauna, in 2020!

Changing Seasons

The weather hasn’t started changing yet, not really (I think it hit 90 degrees yesterday) but I can’t help but get excited when the fall season approaches. It’s not just about the cooler weather; it’s the changing colors of the trees and subtle shifts of the sunlight as the days grow shorter and the sun doesn’t climb quite as high.

Monstera Sunday

My first totally finished image using a tablet! There are a few others that are works in progress, but I’m really excited to have this one finished first!

I’ve become an avid gardener over the last 18 months or so, with an ever growing collection of cactuses and succulents (really the only plants that can survive out in my only outdoor space. Don’t ask my about my herbs!). I wish I had enough space for some indoor plants, but for now, I’m just happy to be able to practice drawing them.

Maybe some “portraits” of plants in my collection are in order!

Love Is In The Air

All You Need Is Love
Lovebirds in watercolor, 2019

My first completed artwork of 2019!

I recently turned 30, which has filled me with mixed emotions. What did I expect my life would be like at this point? Am I satisfied with how things are? Am I at peace with the path I’m on? What needs to change?

Having my birthday right next to New Year’s has always been interesting. Growing up, it meant stunted parties. Now, it’s a double-whammy of traditional life evaluation dates. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had the same New Year’s resolution- “Next year will be better.” It’s nebulous, and can be interpreted in dozens of ways. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be better; just something, anything.

But turning 30 is starting to impact me more than I thought it would, and it’s probably time to start having more solid goals going forward, which means I have to start thinking about what those goals actually are.

#1: Prioritize painting again. Hopefully I’m off to a good start. I’m excited to share soon what this painting is for.