Team Sansa

I, like so many others, am a big fan of Game of Thrones. But unlike a lot of those fans, I kinda love Sansa. Hell, I could see her maybe possibly even winning this whole thing.

What I love about Sansa is her innate humanness. She makes very human choices, and makes very human mistakes. Whenever people talk about their favorite characters, or who they would be in the GoT universe, everyone thinks they would be Arya, or Tyrion; a total badass. But I bet that if many of us were thrown into this chaotic world, we would flounder a bit, and need some time to get our footing. And maybe never be that great at playing the game. Like Sansa.

Because of her humanness, Sansa is one of my favorite characters to draw. She has been dealt such a bad hand in life. Yesterday I finished a painting of her; it’s really a speculative piece, and who knows if it’ll ever happen. I have a feeling it will though. After being away for so long, Sansa will eventually return home to Winterfell, only to find that her home is no longer there.


Personality Shift

I’m a bit late with this update, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way sometimes.

Last year, I was invited to participate in Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show. LGAL has quickly become one of my favorite galleries to produce work for; they always have incredibly creative ideas that I would be surprised to see elsewhere. This is the third show of theirs I’ve had the honor of participating in (the first two being the Macro & Micro and GIRLS: Fact + Fiction shows), and this one was a doozy! The artwork for the show was all done with one goal in mind- to be used later in a series of four interactive dating games inspired by the Meyers-Briggs personality types.

For the games, I had the chance to provide two background locations; a classroom, and a theatre prop room.



In order to save myself from some massive headaches later, I did both scenes in black ink to make a greyscale image first, then scanned them and added color later on Photoshop. I think working like that made it easier for me to find cohesive color palettes for images with so many little bits and pieces and stuff going on.

I was a bit worried about how the backgrounds would gel with the characters painted by other artists, but the team at LGAL did a wonderful job both with the plotting of the story and with matching characters to scenery.

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All in all, it was a great experience to work on such a cool project. Here’s a link to the first of the four games put out; I highly recommend you take a look and play it for a while, it’s a very engrossing choose your own adventure style game! Just remember to save every once in a while so you can go back and explore other endings.

Fertile Ground

It’s been over a month, hasn’t it? Geez.

Anyway, I can finally share the paintings I finished a little while back! The first is this guy:

Clarkson_FertileGroundsmallFertile Ground, in acrylic ink and gouache, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Macro & Micro show, where all the work fits into a category; animal, vegetable, mineral, or other. The show opens tomorrow night in Minneapolis, and if you can make it, I’m jealous! I remember visiting the MCAD campus as a teenager, and if I knew such a cool gallery would be right across the street from campus, I maybe would have given it more consideration! C’est la vie.

The second, I’ve already shared.

IMG_0767This little guy (a mere 6×6″!) will be for sale at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery in Lauderhill, Florida at their starter art show. Personally, I love starter art shows; who doesn’t like scooping up cute little affordable pieces of art?


Anyway, I regret not having a more substantial update, but over the next couple of days I hope to have more to share!


Spring Has Sprung

I’ve been on a plant-painting kick lately! I’ve never been much of a girly-girl, but flowers have been finding a way into my life lately, weather I’m painting them, or wearing floral socks, or dreaming about how beautiful Point Reyes is this time of year.


It’s been so fun to work on some paintings that are bright and happy. I’ve also been making more of an effort to work out my color palette completely before starting ( the website Color Scheme Designer has been invaluable).

Here’s one painting without a predetermined palette:


It’s okay. But not amazing. Here’s a second go using a palette:


So much brighter! So much more eye-catching! Even with the weird paint-shadows my scanner is making.

I finished another plant painting last night, but it’s for a show at Light Grey Art Lab next month. Until then, here is a sneak-peek:


PS, my cat has been taking advantage of all the extra sunshine.


Strangeness and Charm

Every few months, like clockwork, I decide I need to get better at painting portraits. Well, my clock started ticking a few days ago. Hence, Miss Florence here.


I took the opportunity to bust out my gold ink that I bought a few years ago and never used. It’s pretty amazing looking in the right light.


Also, it is clearly magical stuff.