This month’s theme is heavy on the 1980s alternative with some late 1970s and early 1990s stuff mixed in.
This month’s theme is PRIDE!
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for May 2021. This month’s theme consists of some of my favorite cover songs. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal” [Michael Jackson] Annie Lennox “I Put a Spell on You” [Screamin’ Jay Hawkins] The Ataris “The Boys of Summer” [Don […]
I’ve gotten more new records over the past couple of months.
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for April 2021. This month I compiled a bunch of my favorite hip-hop and rap songs. It was difficult to limit the list to roughly 3 hours, but I think I’ve got a good bunch of songs here. (Best listened to on shuffle.)
I love Ant-Man, so I definitely had to paint a portrait of him. So, here’s Ant-Man (Scott Lang), played by Paul Rudd! Ant-Man (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for March 2021. This one has a lot of dance-inspired songs on it from the 90s and 2000s, mostly. (Best listened to on shuffle.)
I love the colors in this portrait I did of Thor Odinson (played by Chris Hemsworth). Thor (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
For my third painting in my Star Trek: The Next Generation series, I painted my favorite character, Dr. Beverly Crusher (played by Gates McFadden). Beverly Crusher (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I’m happy with how this portrait of Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam turned out! I’m hoping to add more to my Seattle band frontmen series in the next couple of months. Eddie Vedder (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I just finished up re-watching The New Detectives! Now that it’s fresh in my brain, let’s go into another true crime review.
I did something a little different with this painting of Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man (Tony Stark). The background is metallic gold, and I painted in the larger circle pattern in the background rather than using a sponge to apply the pattern. It took me quite a while to finish this one, but I’m […]
I had so much fun painting Robert Smith of The Cure!
It took me way longer than I expected to find a good source photo of Rey (Star Wars) to work from. I finally did, and I’m in love with how this painting turned out! I decided to paint the background yellow as a nod to her lightsaber color from the end of Star Wars: The […]
I bought some neon acrylic paints a few weeks ago and I was itching to use them, but I wasn’t sure who to paint with them. Then, it dawned on me – Björk! I had a lot of fun with this one. I used several colors and played around with stencils and textures, and I […]
For my second Star Trek: The Next Generation painting, I painted William T. Riker, played by Jonathan Frakes. William Riker (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
Years ago, I painted a portrait of Tori Amos, but it didn’t turn out very well. This time around, however, I’m much happier with the results! Tori Amos (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I painted this portrait of Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, etc.) and used a sunburst color theme because I felt like it captured the power of his voice. He’s one of my all-time favorite vocalists, and Superunknown got me through a really, really rough time in my life. I miss him. […]
I painted my first Star Trek painting – Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The best part? I posted it on Twitter and Brent Spiner “liked” it. Data (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for February 2021. This one is a bunch of blues-inspired rock, garage rock, and garage rock revival. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: AC/DC “Highway to Hell” Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight” alt-J “Left Hand Free” Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?” Audioslave “Like a […]
The application of color in my painting of George Michael (of Wham! and solo fame) is pretty subtle, but I didn’t want to distract from the beauty of the composition of the source photograph I based my painting off of. George Michael (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I’ve gotten a lot of new records over the past couple of months. Most are gifts from my boyfriend, Dane (either Christmas gifts, or “just because” gifts), but some are from Fly Vintage & Vinyl and Target. List of records: Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill”Beck “Odelay”Bjork “Debut”The Black Keys “Brothers”The Cure “Faith”The Cure “Pornography”The Cure […]
I am super happy with how this painting of Bettie Page turned out! Bettie Page (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I just wanted to wax poetic about one of my favorite music videos, and share the cool behind-the-scenes footage I completely forgot existed.
U2 was one of those bands that defined my childhood. My older sister was (and is) a huge U2 fan and we listened to their albums so much in the 80s and 90s. She had a Joshua Tree calendar in 1987, and we just kept it up for several years because…well, why not. (Funny thing […]
I finished up this commission last week for a friend of mine. It’s Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. This was actually the second attempt. The first attempt was OK, but I wasn’t completely happy with it, so I redid it and I’m much happier with it, now. If you’re interested in a […]
I had a long weekend and finished a couple of paintings. The first is this one – Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye (Clint Barton). Hawkeye (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I had so much fun painting this portrait of Freddie Mercury of Queen! Freddie Mercury (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I tried something a little different with this painting of Prince by just painting his silhouette. I think it turned out pretty cool! I’ll eventually do a proper portrait of him. Prince (Acrylic on canvas; 9″ x 12″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
“I think you’re the saddest girl I’ve ever met.” I finished up this portrait of Marilyn Monroe recently, and I really love how it turned out. Marilyn Monroe (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I made a first attempt at painting Black Widow a few weeks ago, but it ended up not looking like her at all. So, I tried again with a different photo to work from and I think this one is much better. Black Widow (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy […]
It’s been a while since I’ve made any Franz Ferdinand-related art, so I decided to paint a portrait of frontman Alex Kapranos. Alex Kapranos (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
Last week I finished this painting of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The background is a little Russell Mills-inspired, too. I’m really happy with this one! Trent Reznor (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I finished up this painting of Harrison Ford as Han Solo from Star Wars a couple weekends ago. I’m pretty happy with it! Han Solo (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
My friend Amanda has a little tiki bar in her house and commissioned me to paint a pineapple for her. I wasn’t sure if it would work well in this style of painting because most non-human subjects don’t work, but this pineapple did! I think the unique texture helped a lot. Pineapple (Acrylic on canvas; […]
Twin Peaks is one of my all-time favorite television shows, and Special Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) is such an endearing and strange character that I adore. I had to paint him, obviously! The zig-zag design in the background is a nod to the Red Room and Black/White Lodges. Special Agent Dale Cooper […]
I painted a portrait of Scarlet Witch and used pink and red as a nod to her comic book superhero attire. I can’t wait for WandaVision to debut on the 15th! Scarlet Witch (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I absolutely had to paint a portrait of Black Panther/T’Challa. It was a tough one, mainly because I was constantly reminded of the heartbreak of Chadwick Boseman’s passing in 2020. I hope I captured his kindness, his determination, and his power. Black Panther (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, […]
The only downside with painting in this particular style is that I need the right type of image to work from. I’m essentially playing with shadows and light, so human faces work best for that since facial features show up better than smooth surfaces or unusual surfaces. That’s the problem I ran into when I […]
I had such a fun time painting this portrait of Finn from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! I love Finn so much. Finn (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
After watching the finale of season 2 of The Mandalorian, I knew it was a good time to paint Luke Skywalker from Star Wars. I used blues and greens as a nod to his two lightsaber colors. Luke Skywalker (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
Another muse of mine is Kurt Cobain, and I felt I needed to paint him again. I love this one. I also paint him in green a lot – not sure why? Nirvana has been one of my all-time favorite bands since I was a teenager. Kurt Cobain (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for January 2021. This one is a bit more upbeat, and pretty much all rock n’ roll. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: Audioslave “Show Me How to Live” Badfinger “Baby Blue” The Beatles “Get Back” Beck “I Think I’m in Love” Blur “There’s No […]
I’ve painted and drawn David Bowie in the past, but I wanted to paint him again now that I’m back in the swing of things. I’m really happy with how this one turned out! David Bowie (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I’m super excited for Falcon & The Winter Soldier to debut on Disney+ next year! I love Sam Wilson, and I’m excited to see him and Bucky together. Of course, I had to paint Sam. Falcon (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I had an absolute blast painting Vice Admiral Holdo from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The draped fabric was a challenge, but it was a fun one. Vice Admiral Holdo (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I finished a painting of Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’m really happy with this one! Winter Soldier (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
Captain America! This is actually version two – I made a first attempt by adding in a minimalistic shield, and I wasn’t happy with how it turned out, so I did a second painting. I’m much happier with this one! Captain America (Acrylic on canvas; 5″ x 8″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
Of course, I had to paint General Hux from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. General Hux (Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″) He’s brooding on the bridge of the Supremacy among the stars. Fitting. It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
My first portrait of a musician since I started painting again! This time it’s Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Siouxsie Sioux (Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
No surprise to anyone, I had to paint Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Poe Dameron (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
I painted a portrait of Princess Leia from Star Wars: A New Hope and I think it turned out pretty lovely! Princess Leia (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) It’s available as a print in my Etsy shop, too!
After a very long hiatus of not doing any kind of painting (other than costume props), I’m finally painting again. It feels really good to get back into it! My first painting is of Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Kylo Ren (Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 10″) I’m so pleased with how this […]
I did another quick little illustration, and this time it’s of David Bowie (from the cover of Aladdin Sane). I have this available as a sticker in my Etsy shop. I may add it to other items in the future, though.
After years and years of pretty much just focusing on making costumes and cross-stitch, I’m getting back to my roots and have started painting, drawing, and designing again. I forgot how much I loved doing this. One of my recent little doodles was of Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda,” AKA “The Child,” AKA “The Asset”) from […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for December 2020. This ended up being more of a melancholy winter/holiday theme, kind of a downer playlist. I guess it seems fitting for 2020. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: Adele “When We Were Young” Annie Lennox “A Whiter Shade of Pale” Aztec Camera […]
Life during a pandemic has been strange, to say the least. The hardest thing for me is that I haven’t had anything to look forward to. That’s what keeps me going, normally: seeing friends, going to concerts, going to conventions, checking out museums, etc. Without that, every day is exactly the same. My boyfriend, Dane, […]
Have you watched the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special on Disney+? I watched it last Tuesday and it’s adorable and everything I wanted. I’m a weirdo who likes the original Star Wars Holiday Special in all of its steaming-pile-of-Bantha-dung glory. When we’re not in the middle of a pandemic, the Minnesota Force hosts an event […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for November 2020. I’m not sure what I was going for with this one, but I like it. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: The Alan Parsons Project “Don’t Answer Me” Aztec Camera “Somewhere in My Heart” Badfinger “No Matter What” Billy Joel “She’s Always […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for October 2020. It’s a little dark, a little spooky, but all awesome. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: ACTORS “Bury Me” Anders Manga “Welcome to Darkness” Annie Lennox “I Put a Spell on You” Ash Code “Empty Room” Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi is Dead” The […]
I finished watching the latest true crime series I’ve been binging: Behind Mansion Walls. Now you’re going to hear all about it. Lucky you. The title screen. Swanky. Behind Mansion Walls aired from 2011 through 2013 on Investigation Discovery, but I’ve been watching it through the True Crime Files channel on Amazon Prime. The series […]
To say I love watching true crime television, documentaries, and reading books is an understatement. Like, a really huge understatement. I started watching true crime television back in the early 2000s when it was on Court TV, and at that time there weren’t too many different shows. I don’t know what initially drew me in, […]
September 16-23 is #BiWeek! Throughout #BiWeek, allies and bi+ people learn about the history, culture, community, and current policy priorities of bi+ communities. I’ve only been “out” for a few years, but I’ve been bi my whole life, so I’d be happy to answer questions or provide resources if you’ve got questions. And no questions […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for September 2020. It’s sort of a mellow playlist. Good for rainy days and drinking coffee! (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: Adele “Hello” Athlete “Wires” Beck “Lost Cause” Blur “Coffee and TV” Coldplay “Trouble” The Cranberries “Linger” David Bowie “Space Oddity” David Gray “This […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for August 2020. It’s upbeat and fun. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: Ambulance LTD “Primitive (The Way I Treat You)” Beastie Boys “Sure Shot” Beck “Colors” Bjork “Big Time Sensuality (The Fluke Remix)” Capital Cities “Safe and Sound” Caravan Palace “Lone Digger” CHVRCHES “Leave […]
If you’re on Spotify, take a listen to my playlist for July 2020. It’s a little moody, with a twinge of melancholy. (Best listened to on shuffle.) Tracks: !!! “Must be the Moon” Algiers “The Underside of Power” alt-J “Tessellate” Arcade Fire “Reflektor” The Avalanches “Frontier Psychiatrist” Battle Tapes “Belgrade” Billie Eilish “bad guy” Bishop […]
I received a superautomatic espresso machine for Christmas and I jokingly dubbed my home “Starbucky Coffee,” but then it kind of took off and I created a Facebook page for it. So, I had to create a logo for it, obviously. It’s a play on Starbucks Coffee and Bucky Barnes. For this being a silly […]
I created the postcard and a web banner for The Winding Sheet Outfit‘s production of “Blood Nocturne.”
I created the logo image for Blue Sage Bees. I drew it freehand, and then scanned it into my computer and cleaned it up in Photoshop and Illustrator.
One of my all-time favorite bad movies is The Room. There are so many fantastic quotes, so I made a few patterns using some of my favorites. I’ll definitely be making more in the future. These patterns are free to download! Although, if you post it anywhere, please link back to either Records & Rebellion […]
I designed a logo for the ChromAtics to use on their Facebook page and to print on clothing.
On August 17, 2017, my mum passed away from cancer. That’s an entire post in itself, but for her celebration of life ceremony, I designed double-sided cards for people to take as keepsakes. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I think she would have liked it, too.
I designed the postcard and a web banner for The Winding Sheet Outfit‘s production of “The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox.” This was such a fun project to work on!
I recently downloaded an awesome app for my iPad called Stitch Sketch, and I’ve been making my own patterns. I’m also been a little (okay, that’s an understatement) obsessed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I made a pattern based on the initial confrontation between Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. It’s free to download! […]
Hi everyone! I finally got around to taking photos of my recent work. Cheap & CheerfulWatercolor, Ink2014 This one started as an ink line drawing, and then I filled in the shapes with watercolor. I’m pretty sure I used every color in my paint palette. MovementWatercolor, Ink2014 This was a really fun one to do. […]
I know, it seems like I’ve died. I swear I haven’t given up on my creativity. Life has been happening and unfortunately keeping my blogs up to date falls to the bottom of my “to do” list (underneath “sleeping” and “petting cats,” I guess). I haven’t been doing much for graphic design lately, but I’ve […]
Mark of Mach FoX asked me to create an album cover for the latest release, “Planktoon Mixes.” He sent me the artwork that was designed by another artist, and then some video distortion effects were added, as well as the text. It turned out pretty awesome.
My friend Susan makes incredibly beautiful jewelry, and she asked me to design a logo for her Etsy shop, Stranded & Company. I also designed a business card, a banner for her shop, and some stickers. Her shop is on hiatus for the time being, as she’s busy with her adorable baby. Add Stranded & […]
This summer I was in a music video for the local band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo. It was for their song “Cat Party,” and I brought along Oreo for the shoot. She was really well behaved, considering she was around unfamiliar cats and put up with me dancing with her and holding her for about […]
It’s been a week since Jack’s surgery, and he’s doing very well! I gave him his last dose of pain medication on Sunday evening. He’s probably pretty happy I don’t have to pin him down and squirt medicine into his mouth. If it tastes anything like Robitussin, then I can totally feel his pain. Blech. […]
Yesterday Jack had his dental surgery. I dropped him off at around 8:00 AM and was a nervous wreck all day. Not that I thought anything bad would happen, I just worried. You know, like “moms” do. He had x-rays taken, and 14 of his teeth were extracted in addition to the two that fell […]
Last Friday I took Jack to the vet because I noticed he had a loose tooth. He was licking at his mouth like he had something stuck in his teeth, so that’s when I looked in his mouth and saw that one of his incisors was practically hanging out of his gums. Other than the […]
With many of my hobbies, I go in phases where I focus on one particular hobby for a while, and then move on to another hobby. It definitely keeps me from getting sick of anything. In November and December, I did a lot of cross-stitching projects that I gave away as gifts for Christmas. My […]
The opening night reception for the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery went really well! There was a great turnout — the gallery seemed to be full of people the entire evening. I can’t say enough how honored I am to be part of a show with so many fantastic artists. I love so many of […]
I decided to celebrate turning 32 by having my birthday party at Brunswick Zone (basically, it’s like Chuck E. Cheese and Gameworks had a baby) with a bunch of my friends. We’re all big kids anyway, so it was super fun. The highlight, though, was the cake my friends Lauren and Amber got for me. […]
Exciting news! Two of my works will be part of the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery in Downtown Minneapolis! These are brand-new pieces I created this year. Opening reception is August 24th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The exhibit runs through October 20th. Click here to see the Facebook event. Other artists in the […]
During the run of Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” there was a Presidential Art Gallery on display that featured each of the 44 presidents created by different artists. I created a portrait of Ronald Reagan. I made a collage of images from the 1980s — everything from the tearing-down of […]
A few months ago, my friend Lauren called to say she had bought a ticket for me to see Radiohead with her and her fiance, Kevin, in Chicago. It was like being told I just won the lottery. You see, I’ve been wanting to see Radiohead since, oh, 1996 or so. They’re my all-time favorite […]
Presenting the postcard design for Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents.” This may be the most patriotic design I’ve ever done. Holy spangles, Batman.
This is the bookmark design for Theatre Pro Rata‘s 2012-2013 season. Looks like a really great season!
It’s not an official holiday, but it should be. Record Store Day is officially my favorite day of the year. Last year I ventured out alone, but this year I was joined by Jonathan. It was his first RSD. Hooray! We went to two record stores — Electric Fetus and Roadrunner Records. Neither of us […]
Theatre Pro Rata asked me to design a “Save The Date” postcard for their first annual Spring Gala Fundraiser.
This is the album cover design for Foxygene’s album, “Panic Button.” It’s a remake of the album cover for Jean Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene.” I had so much fun designing this one.
This is the postcard I designed for Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of T Bone N Weasel by Jon Klein. It opens on March 3rd, so if you’re in the Twin Cities area, you should check it out! This was a really fun postcard to design.
I painted this for my sister for Christmas 2011. She admires Martin Luther King, Jr. a lot, and had mentioned wanting to commission a painting. I figured, hey, why not just paint it for her for Christmas? The background consists of pages torn from a book of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches. The book also […]
Here’s another commissioned painting — this time, of writer Dorothy Parker. The background was created by using torn pages from a book of Dorothy Parker poetry, and “aged” by using chalk.
It’s always fun to design something when the instructions are to “be as ridiculous and obnoxious as possible.” The concept for this album cover was to create adorable animals that had some sort of badass special ability and could face off. The illustrations were my creations, too. I can’t take credit for thinking of “missile […]
I designed this postcard for Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of Cat’s Paw by William Mastrosimone.
I designed two advertisements for Zwaremachine and Mach FoX.
TCF Bank has a yearly event to raise money for charity, and one of the events is to donate money to play lawn bowling with one of the executives. This flyer was designed to be inserted into the invitation to the event.
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