Haven’t done a digital illustration for such a long time, but I absolutely had to get this one up, since it’s for our new t-shirt line, Wish Me Monsters. I wanted to start wearing it ASAP, so it’s up now in the store. You can buy prints with varying backgrounds, as well as tees, tanks, and all sorts of apparel. Life is Grape, isn’t it?!? See more at wishmemonsters.com
There was a time when I posted daily paintings and drawings right and left here on the blog like there was no tomorrow. Illustration projects and art openings abounded. My painting style rapidly evolved here over the years and the posts reflected my personal artistic journey. Then my artistic output gave way to my immense wanderlust. I started an online travel and culture magazine and I did something crazy—I quit my day job, donated most of my possessions and embarked on an around the world journey with my husband across 6 continents and over 50 countries. It was both one of the most challenging and most liberating experiences of my life—hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done.
So how could I possibly follow that adventure up? Well, as you may have noticed over the last year, I haven’t been painting nearly as much as before, and the reason for the change in pace reflects my second big journey—the arrival of my son, Storm, who is now one year old.
I wanted to take a minute to share what a momentous and life changing experience becoming a mother has been for me. One year later, I’m still just as in love as I was the moment I laid eyes on my little son for the first time. I never would have guessed how strong this feeling would be…it’s truly a gift to feel your heart swell and overflow with so much love. If I were to try to describe what motherhood is like to my curious pre-baby self who was always a little uncertain about the whole thing, I would say it’s the chance to experience the greatest, most encompassing love you will probably ever know. It’s feeling connected to the core of the human experience that pulses throughout art, music, philosophy, literature, science, history and all the driving forces that make our world spin. It’s finding the love of your life, and falling in love over and over again. It’s growing as a person in leaps and bounds. It’s a beautiful mess, but gazing at your baby’s face will make you feel that you are looking upon an angel—a pure and innocent being who is the most beautiful creature you’ve ever seen in your life. When you look at your child you’ll often be overwhelmed with emotion and your heart will melt when they smile or laugh—you’ll never have seen anything as perfect. You’ll get an idea of what miracles are made of and you’ll constantly feel blessed. Everything is awesome and some days the world seems to be overlaid with diamond-encrusted rainbows. That’s a little slice of what it’s like, or at least that’s the best I can do to convey it in words.
With this new chapter of my life has come a renewed outpouring of creativity and inspiration (the challenge is now all about finding the time to act upon all these great ideas!). I’ve got a new painting series in the making and some very ambitious illustration projects planned that I can’t wait to share with you.
So fellow art lovers, I hope your year is off to a fantastic start and will be filled with incredible journeys too. I want to thank you for all your kind words, encouragement, love, and stories you’ve shared with me here over the years.
As always I love to hear from you—feel free to get in touch anytime!
Here’s my first translation of art into tattoo form! I was honored to be a part of the design behind this beautiful tattoo for Anne Jansen.
This is it—I’ve reached MONTH 11, yes eleven—rounding out a full year of around the world travel, working as a freelance travel writer. (Check out some of the adventures here.)
It’s been one year, 4 continents, 27 countries, and over 200 cities—and what a year it’s been! 65,000 photos later, I’m headed off again to the final destination in this around the world journey, and a place I’ve always dreamed of going—Fiji!
I’ll be taking a short hiatus to soak up some sun and sand, but stay tuned for more adventures coming soon!
My art store is running a January sale: free shipping worldwide through Sunday January 27th!
You may have noticed I haven’t posted here for a little while. The reason being I’ve been swept up in some enormous changes lately: over the course of the last week, I quit my job, packed up my condo, moved out of L.A., and boarded a flight to Dublin, Ireland. Yes, IRELAND!!
You may wonder what I’m doing here? Over the next year, I’m going to be traveling the world, doing travel writing and creating art as I go! I’m in Ireland on assignment for Tourism Ireland, Examiner.com, and my online magazine Culture Vixen. From Ireland I’ll continue through Scandinavia then criss-cross Europe, later heading to other continents.
So look for travel-inspired art on this blog from here on. I’ll also be posting photos from the road and doing a bulk of my travel blogging at CultureVixen.com. If you’d like to follow along you can subscribe to the Culture Vixen RSS or sign up for the Culture Vixen Newsletter (delivered 2-5x a week as new posts go up).
Signing off for the night from Ireland,
Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Today through this Sunday my art shop is running a sweet sale: free shipping worldwide on all orders! Check out my art prints, apparel, iphone accessories, stationary and more:
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So, Munky King makes a DIY ‘Omi’ that is a cross between art and toys. Inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Oni masks, they come packaged as blinds in different blank white shapes.
I decided to turn mine into a sculptural version of one of my abstract paintings. Primary inspirations? The sea & the human circulatory system.
I have to say it was kinda cool working in 3-D since I do that so rarely (pretty much never, really).
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My store is running a Black Friday sale though Monday: free shipping worldwide on all items in the store! I just added a bunch of new shirts, hoodies and iphone cases too. HAPPY SHOPPING!