apple party

We picked these apples up in the hills a few weeks ago, and they've been hanging out happily around the fireplace. We do eat them though, I like them best fresh, but I've also run into a couple of new recipes worth hanging onto. I've made this cake twice already, and it's been a great success; simple and delicious. Today we ate it to celebrate a friends birthday - thus the party hat. My new favorite applesauce is baked in the oven, It makes it a lot easier, the taste is amazing and the whole house smells delicious.


Falling Garden

I seem to be becoming more and more fascinated by large scale art installations. I stumbled across these artists yesterday, and I can't believe I haven't heard about them sooner. 
They're even from Switzerland!

Find out more about this installation here


giant papercut process

I'm back! I know you've been waiting impatiently to find out all about this project of mine.....
Well, my wonderful new studio space sometimes doubles as a guest room, and sometimes as my place to do yoga, so I was looking for a little more privacy. The large glass insert in the door lets in a lot of light and definitely brightens up the space, so I didn't want to lose that. 

whole door in action

I considered frosting the glass, but I wanted something reversible, I considered a light curtain, blinds, ,window film, but I wanted something more unusual. (picky? who, me?) 
I got started on this papercut when I realized how to avoid the stretching and flopping that would happen if I tried to make a papercut this large and then glue it somewhere (not a pretty thought).

Reverse papercut! I cut out all the small shapes and scenes and started from the outside in with a nod to symmetry, but not completely even. I used liquid laundry starch to glue down most things, and took a glue stick to the tiny details. Now that I'm done, I found this other tip, it seems that milk is also good for attaching paper to glass and mirrors. I'll try that next time.
Ta da, I'm pretty happy with it, and when I'm tired of it I can use some water and a spatula and scrape it all off. Don't worry, I don't spend a lot of time washing my windows anyway....

time to sweep up the little pieces today



giant papercut

Lately I have been working on covering the glass part of my studio door with a giant reverse papercut. (I know, we all have our little hobbies)
Here is a view of the whole thing, I can already hear the school bus honking, so check back tomorrow for some detail shots and an explanation of the process.


IF: crooked

Green Anaconda

the "crooked" I settled on for Illustration Friday, watercolor, gouache and pastels


indigo season

a message from the Orianne society this morning prompted this little sketch.
I've long had a soft spot for indigo snakes...



watercolor sketch

hanging out with my plants...
thinking about color and pattern...
more soon...


IF: imagination

After thinking about this topic a lot, I decided to just jump right in.


donkey garden

A peek at a sketch that combines a few of the things I've been drawing lately...

Kind of a strange combination?


IF: identical

I never could tell the grey ones apart... their names were even cloud and storm or something like that.....
The scrappy orange one was my favorite.