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Co-existing with the "other": hummingbirds, doves and twins

Co-existing with the "other": hummingbirds, doves and twins

Some people have dogs, others have cats, I have hummingbirds. Two of them mostly. I give them nectar, they roam free- and I'm happy with that. Sometimes they'll sit on a wire at a certain distance from each other, totally aloof, then one will plunge and less than a second later the other one will charge behind […]

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Cactuses and desert dwellers

Cactuses and desert dwellers

It seems every city in the US have started to use their gray utility boxes as canvases for public art. Since being asked to paint one I've been noticing them at almost every street corner! Some corners are more inspiring than others but I've been lucky- mine is right by the Hollywood Palladium.

What you see here is a pretty gouache version of my design on paper (and cleaned up digitally) - the real thing will be painted with house paint on metal [...]

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Portraits of Frida

Portraits of Frida

Over the past few weeks I've been working on my people skills. Drawing people skills that is ;-). Faces mainly - eyes, hair, expressions, whatever makes a person unique.

With Lilla Rogers and her class "Drawing Faces" I learned, among other things, to better examine the placement and proportions of features by studying photos of current celebrities. And wanting to explore this further I decided to research the life and work of inspirational artists, starting with the fascinating Frida. There she is surrounded by cactus and succulent plants in front of her Mexican blue house [...]

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Putting your self on the line and playing a part in your story

Putting your self on the line and playing a part in your story

A few months after starting my new life as an artist I remembered, out of the blue, an old children story about the goat of Mr. Seguin. That goat, tired of eating bland grass and living with a rope around her neck, escapes her little enclosure and goes to the mountain. There she has a […]

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Cute characters pyjama set: hummingbirds!

Cute characters pyjama set: hummingbirds!

This week on FolioFocus was all about cute characters for pyjamas sets. I thought long and hard about what animal to choose for my design and finally decided on the hummingbird because come on, aren’t they the cutest? Perhaps even more so than the owl!  To show a bit of the process below, it starts with […]

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