Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sisterly Love

A very dear friend of mine recently bought my Mermaid Sister art print to give to her sister as a gift on her 50th birthday.
What I love is the story behind why she chose to give her sister my mermaid art. She truly has the gift of story telling so I want to share the story in her words....

I have to tell you both a little childhood story that explains why this piece resonated with me. When My sister and I were little kids, we lived in a Spanish style house in Glendale. The bathroom had pink and black vintage tile from the 30s and it had a big tub separate from the shower stall. On the wall above the tub, my mother had hung two glazed, ceramic mermaids. Their tails were a beautiful iridescent, pearly blue. One was slightly larger (the older sister) with long, flowing hair and she held a hand mirror in one hand and primped her hair with the other while looking into the mirror. The other mermaid was smaller (the younger sister) with a perky pony tail and she held a large, pink iridescent pearl in her hands like a beach ball. She looked out towards anyone in the bathroom with a playful, sly look. My sister and I used to take our baths together and we would sit at the top of the back of the bathtub and slide down the "hill" into the water. We would do this over and over again, all the while pretending we were the mermaids on the wall. We must have been really tiny because we were able to slide down together, side by side, "swim" under water in that tub and, then, safely stop before we, in our imagination, were taken under by the "waterfall" coming from the faucet! When my parents sold that house and moved to the SF Valley, then to Simi, the mermaids got packed away. My mom can't remember what she did with them. Over the years, My sister periodically looked for them in boxes in the garage. They were important to her. 

So….you can see why this is such a sweet birthday present! The mermaids are now in their 50s, but we are still as close as those two little girls were. We still have our alter egos — My sister having a wicked sense of humor and still being cute and perky. Me, I guess I have to admit I'm a belly-button gazer, always analyzing myself, much more self-centered than my sister, just like that mermaid looking in her mirror. Ha ha ha!

I think this gift will set the tone nicely for the 6 days I will spend with my sister this week!

I loved hearing this story. This is what my art is all about, childhood and imagination, pretending you are a mermaid with your sister, what a great memory. And they are still good friends. I love that my art can be relevant to both young girls imaginations as well as older girls and women, maybe finding and regaining a piece of their own childhood.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Ride the Waves

My brand new surfer girl. : ) This was a fun one to create. I've included the quote from John Kabat-Zinn on Surfing. Love this quote. It applies to life as well as surfing.
She's up for grabs in my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Find your words

Find your voice, express yourself. Create. Find your spark. Be bold, be true. Always be true to who you are.
That's the message behind my newest art. : )

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why I do what I do

Sometimes we are all filled with self doubt. Am I right?
When I'm being negative, I think, why am I creating all this art? It just hangs on walls or collects dust.... sometimes I really do think that.
But then, I hear the stories from the people who buy my art and hang it on their walls. The father who is away overseas fighting for our country who buys my book and art for his little girl to show her how much he loves and misses her, the women who need a reminder to start living their dreams so they buy my art that has inspirational quotes, the little girls who just love unicorns and love to look at them on their walls....
Then I know why I'm doing this everyday.
To quote one of my favorite artists again
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Be True to YOU

Be who you are. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as as someone else thinks you should be. 
To be true to yourself takes courage.It means that you will not let others define you or make decisions for you that you should make for yourself. 
That's what this new piece is about. I think it's so important for all of us to be mindful of this, but especially for young teenage girls who are figuring themselves out and can fall into peer pressure so easily.

Be honest with yourself and how YOU feel, Be true to the very best that is in you.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New work! Sparkle Girls

I'm finally getting some work done! ; ) I've been trying some new techniques, and creating some girls. They have a more illustrated feel and I'm having fun with that.
These are about finding your inner sparkle and letting it shine.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Moonbeams and Fairy Kisses is Published!!

Drumroll.....after years in the making, our book is finally published!!! Whoo hoo!

Moonbeams and Fairy Kisses is a book of poetry for girls that my talented writer hubby, Jesse, started writing before our first daughter was born. The first poem's inspiration was for our niece, Maegan. Then we had our little girls, and the poems kept coming.

Jesse would always ask- "WHEN are you ever going to illustrate my poems so we can publish our book?" Well, it took me a few years, but I DID it! First I had to find my style which took some time, and then the rest came naturally.

Most of the artwork I already sell as prints in my Etsy shop are in this book. I've basically been selling them as I slowly grew the collection of art for this project.

So finally, with the help of my super-talented mom,Gina, who is amazing with type and layout we got this book together and self published it! Yeah!!!

Now it's going to be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. (And everywhere else too if I have my way! : )))