Thursday, December 31, 2009

Recipe Boxes

I'm finding more projects I've done this year, a lot of them weren't necessarily pieces of art but little crafty projects I did. Here's a recipe box I did for my cousin's Bridal shower in August. I stained the whole box a Mahogany and then used good papers to cover the sides, sanded down the edges, and then added an "aged" effect with the stain again on the corners. So far I've done 3 recipe boxes as Shower gifts and 1 Jewelery box for a friend.

If any one wants me to make one, let me know :) $18. They're really neat as a Bridal Shower gift.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My favorite from school - the "Eye Piece" !

We had to find interesting shots of various eyes and put them together. This is painted with gouache. :)

New Year's Resolution: Post more stuff on my Blog!

I gotta get on this thing! I'm making it a priority to get more content on this blog, it's lookin a little shabby... Alrighty! on to it!

This is a page from the book I'm redoing for my Aunt. It's called "The Tail of the Treble Clef Cat". Poor Treble has a long long long tail and he doesnt fit in with other people. This is his favorite fence where he sleeps... he's thinking about all the places he "didn't fit"

This is Treble's thinking tree...
I've got a couple other illustrations and sketches on this story but they're still a work in progress. These two unfortunately were damaged when my apartment flooded last spring and they're slightly warped with a little discoloring. I'm debating starting over with a different medium that's a bit quicker than gouache but I haven't decided yet.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Art Dump #1!

Thought I should post some of my artwork from the last few semesters. These are for a class I re-took in my last semester. I had previously enrolled with a teacher who was ready to retire and I really didn't learn anything in it so I decided to retake it with a teacher who is really great and I learned sooo much more! He really helped me solidify my decision on getting the Bio-Medical Certification. Anyway, here are the main projects from that class.

This is a Bio-Medical illustration about plaque and infection in felines. First layer in Prismacolor marker and then a final layer in a limited palette of Prismacolor pencils.

This is a color pencil rendering of a barnacle cluster and a really awesome spiky clam-type shell. I tried to find the most challenging and interesting objects I could. It took a lot of patience but so worth it.

This is of an abalone shell. It's a layer of greyscale Prismacolor markers and then Prismacolor pencils on top. It was a very complicated piece, but I loved the challenge.

This is a Bio-Medical rendering of the inside atriums of the heart. I explored a lot with the point of view, contrast, and lighting. It was really fun to work on, but I only had like 2 nights to get it all done.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Japanese Gardens

One of my most favorite places to go on campus at my school is the Japanese Gardens. It's small and quaint and very peaceful and there are so many Koi swimming in the pond all you see is a giant fish mass slowly making its way around. There's one giant gold Koi that I swear looks like it came right out of a fairy tale. If you are ever in the area you should check it out.

Here's a few pictures I took while doing some sketching and watercolor painting around the pond. The last one is of a quick watercolor study.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Following the direction...

It's amazing what happens when you know you're following God's direction.

Before I moved back up with my parents I was barely making it financially and emotionally. I was stressed, making myself sick, and stretched very thin. Not a good combination when you're working full time, going to school full time, and trying to fit hours of studio time in as well.

At a certain point, I had reached rock bottom. I didn't know how I was going to pay my bills, I didn't know where I was going to live when the lease was up, I didn't know where I'd find a job if I moved.... there were "what if's" everywhere I turned. At that point, I cried out to God. I had nothing left. I remember sitting in my room with my hands open saying, "God I give this nothing to you" I'm crying for help and direction. I decided I was going to move back with my parents. I knew that even if I had nothing else... I'd at least have a roof over my head.

I moved up there in blind faith that God would provide. I quit my job and had no idea where my next paycheck would come from, or even When. Knowing this was a HUGE step in my trust in God, I prayed for peace in my spirit as my human mind tried to panic over the "what if's"

The week I moved was the week of my sister's wedding. I couldn't do any job hunting or anything during that time. The wedding came and went, and Monday morning I was woken up by a phone call. It was a local Insurance agent wanting to know if I'd be available for an interview in an hour! I yelled "YES" and jumped in the shower. I went to the interview and met my future employer. I was working by Thursday.

God had provided me with an ongoing income the next week. He had everything worked out before I even made the decision to move. Not only has he provided a fantastic job, I'm getting more freelance offers than I ever had living in OC. He's opened up doors to starting the business I went to school for. I didn't even ask!

How awesome is that?! We worry and stress about all the stuff the world offers and demands in return. We make stupid decisions about money and things we HAVE to have or do and we forget the true reward that awaits us if we only stay focused. He definitely got my attention!
My mom tells me I'm ADD. I can imagine God standing in the door way calling my name. I take a step forward and then am distracted by something "shiny".... "Annie" He'll gently call, and then I snap back to attention. I take another step. "Ooo something pretty!" and I'll swerve off the path again. He never gives up on me. He's got the door wide open with more rewards than I can dream of and yet I'm still distracted by the things this world offers.

These last few months have been a life lesson to me. I've learned to put my trust in the Lord and know that he has an ultimate plan far greater than anything I've ever imagined.

Don't forget to follow the direction....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I'm starting off swimmingly with a double post I don't know how to remove..... awesome

And in the Beginning.....

After reading/following mulitple blogs and art diaries over the interwebs, I've decided I should start my own blog as well.
I'll be posting ongoing art projects, events, even random things that happen in my world so you can laugh, cry, throw rocks, really whichever you'd like to do in response ;)
Mostly, I want to record what's going on in this time of my life and be able to look back to see how far I've come. I'm at a crucial point where I now have to get my act together and start working on the things I love to do: Drawing and Creating! With multiple freelance offers and projects I'm dying to start, I'm embarking on a new chapter in the book of me. Hang on cuz it's gonna be a great ride!!