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illustration friday

one for you and one for me!



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'silent night'

one of my favorite pieces i've done.



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illustration friday

i was an only child for 13 years.

when i was little, i would entertain myself in the "castles" i made out of kitchen chairs and ratty old blankets with the silken edges wearing off.

i would often fall asleep in my warm pillow-floored fort after playing for hours on end.

i miss being small.


illustration friday...or lack thereof

Surprise Attempt #1 – A positive pregnancy test. Result: Too sketchy looking. Hand looked funny. Crumpled up and thrown in trash.

Surprise Attempt #2 – Mary when the Angel tells her she’s gonna pop out a kid, even though she’s a virgin, oh and by the way, he’ll be GOD! Result: Too cartoony. Crumpled up and thrown in the trash.

Surprise Attempt #3 – A dollar bill on the ground waiting to be picked up. Result: still on post-it pad. May soon be crumpled up and thrown in trash.

::drums fingers on pad of paper::

I’ve got a horrible case of "illustrators-block", if that even exists.


sad boy

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the outside label of the cereal box said there was a prize inside, but when i opened it with excitement, all that it held were corn flakes.

stupid corn flakes.



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illustration friday

i did this a while back for a bazaar. it's still for sale, if anyone's interested.



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illustration friday

it's amazing how one word can make you feel so small.



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i posted some more work on my "art site" if you want to check it out.




bazaar flier
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Come one and all THIS SUNDAY to the Modern Craft Bazaar!

20 different artist’s work will be featured, including yours truly. (I will have a few different pieces of watercolor art for sale)

Bring small bills in cash, as I’m pretty sure none of us struggling artists will have a credit card machine on our belt.

Apotheke (Aah-poe-tech-ah) is in the Pearl District.

It starts at six and goes until 10, so I’m sure you’ll have time to stop by for a bit.


super paul

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Today is Paul's last day at work. I made him a little sign with his picture to let him know how SUPER he is.

Now he's going to go roam the earth in search of...well, probably beautiful girls and tasty beers.

We'll miss you, though!



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untitled triptych, orbs

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watercolor on illustration board.


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watercolor on paper


trick or treat...

white everything
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smell my feet wig...

actually, don't. it smells kinda funny.



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illustration friday

a.k.a. scribble on a post-it with a sharpie friday (even though it's wednesday.)

a.k.a. you call this ART?!



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Illustration Friday

Which, in my case, should be called doodle-something-really-quick-before-the-boss-comes-back-and-catches-me-so-I-can-actually-post-something-instead-of-just-daydreaming-about-it-Friday.

You know you’ve done this; looked down at your mobi/celly/mobile/cell phone/whatever you choose to call it, saw who it was and totally hit the "no" button. And I’m not just talking about when you’re in a movie. I mean, full-on I-don’t-have-any-desire-to-talk-to-that-person-right-now-and-unless-they-leave-a-message-I’m-not-calling-them-back-attitude.

So cold.

Q: Hey me! What’s the deal with all the hyphenated phrases?!
A: Whatever-I-want, GAWSH!

too much time on my hands

I’m having way too much fun. And I only got to page 12.

The other day, I googled, "Leslie is" and here’s what I found. I did not alter any of these in any way, other than to cut them down into smaller bite size pieces for you to munch. If you don’t believe me, google me yourself!

Some of these are all too true. I did include one link, only because it seriously almost made me pee my pants.

Leslie is Leslie
Leslie Is Different
Leslie is also a regular guest on QVC Home Shopping Channel.
Leslie is an instrument rated commercial pilot with more than 900 hours in various aircraft.
Leslie is the face of American women's basketball
Leslie Is Back in Town
Leslie is doing the Jog with others in the video.
Leslie is always able to explain our lab results and tests better
Leslie is the kind of speaker you can listen to again and again
Leslie is the envy of all the girls.
Leslie is wasted, Kryptonite drunk dodgeball photos.
Leslie is sacked by tv plus reporters
Leslie is out of control.
Leslie is also a fashion model and aspiring actress on the side.
Leslie is skeptical.
Leslie is a stylish writer
Leslie is a pig dog - grunt, grunt...
Leslie is a joke! She played with fire and got burnt.
Leslie is pregnant with number 11
Leslie is not satisfied
Leslie is creating applique thangkas
Leslie is seduced onto the dance floor
Leslie is a corporate lawyer, rich, but also a porn addict.
Leslie is a sucker.
Leslie is the stuff of many legends
Leslie is a role model in many ways
Leslie is president ...
Leslie is an incredibly ugly bride or just an incompetent transvestite.
Leslie is awesome!
Leslie is very encouraging and no matter how tired you are
Leslie is having midlife doubts
Leslie is a problem.
Leslie is an attractive, competent heroine
Leslie is a commanding presence with a black iron skillet
Leslie is the main drainage inspector
Leslie is hanging from the balloon
Leslie is very careful with the moves that she chooses
Leslie is deathly afraid of escalators.
Leslie is the best person ever!
Leslie is escorted by police officers
Leslie is running for mayor
Leslie is dismissed.
Leslie is both woman (dog) and puppet.

And with that last one, I think I’m done. I don’t know that I’d find anything more TRUE than that!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to draw a picture of one of these statements of me and leave it in a comment.



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Tomorrow starts October, and besides having the "Thirty days has September..." song stuck in my head all day, I've been thinking about Halloween.

It's my little lame excuse for an abstract illustration, but I left the "underdrawing" for you. I like when artists do that with paintings.


rogue of the week

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The Willamette Week is a free local magazine that comes out every Wednesday with arts and entertainment and all sorts of local fun around the Portland-Metro area (in Oregon). There is a column called Rogue of the Week. This week's rogue is F.E.M.A.

I'm glad someone said something about it.



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Illustration Friday

Yes, this is a commentary on my life, in case you were wondering.

Example: I still haven't done my taxes.

Top that.


suffering and hope

Tree Painting
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Katrina has really been making me think a lot about the constant tension between man and nature. How man can build beautiful structures that take years just to perfect the design and even more years building, just to be swept away or broken down in moments by the wind, rain or earth.

It just makes me think of the fragility of life and the world we live in. I've thought about making prints of this painting, (it's actually two paintings that make one) selling them and giving the proceeds to Katrina survivors. If you have any tips on ways to make prints for fairly cheap, let me know since I've never done it before.



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I have to be honest; the first thing that came to mind were actual roots, like tree roots.

But, seeing as I always need to try too hard to be 'original', this is what I came up with.



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Illustration Friday

After thinking a while, and also realizing that all I have time for is a doodle, I came to the conclusion that my biggest dream is to be a mother.

I can remember my friends in college joking that I was more excited to have kids than to get married...

I think the two might actually be tied for first place.


room for rent

Steena's new tattoo!
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I'm moving on September 3rd.

I got this picture via e-mail today of my soon-to-be roommate.

I'm scared, someone hold me!!!



Me and Mohamad
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Can I keep him?



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Illustration Friday

When my computer at work goes to sleep, or when I have to restart it, I can see my reflection in the monitor.

Side note: My life's been too insane to actually do any real art. So much for I.F. being a motivator. Maybe after I move in a couple weeks things will settle down.



new hair

New hair
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Here is a bad self portrait of my new hairstyle. Of course, I can't get it to look the same as it did when I left the salon.

And contrary to my expression, I actually DO like it.

EDIT: Throughout the day, I've gotten many comments on my hair. The breakdown is as follows...

Comments when people like your new hairstyle:
"Oooh, your hair looks good!"
"Wow, you look hot!"
"The highlights go great with your complexion."
"It's gorgeous!"
"Wow, you're a rockstar! Can I have your autograph?"

[Note the emphasis on my hottness, and what they like about my hair]

Comments when people do not like your new hairstyle (or just aren't used to the change):
"It's RED!"
"You cut your hair."
"Your hair looks darker."
"You have bangs now."

[Nnote the emphasis on stating the OBVIOUS]

Comments that do not fit in any certain category:
"Did you WANT it to be red?"
"Now you're going to have hair in your eyes all the time."
"You look more goth! ::eyebrow wiggle and grin::



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Illustration Friday


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Illustration Friday



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