This summer I’ve been spending time working on color studies. In my jewelry I work a lot with black and white, but for my original art, my larger pieces, I wanted to explore color.
In exploring color, I wanted to introduce unexpected and bright colors to the animals. I wanted the colors to make the animals a little abstract and not true to life, but brilliant.
Humpback whales are prevalent in California during migration season. For the last two years, you can see the whales easily from the coast; one day in Half Moon Bay, we were standing on the beach and we could see a pod of whales surfacing just past the waves. I’m not sure why they are so close to the coast line, but it amazes me that these huge and gentle creatures and swimming just hundreds of yards from where I’m standing.
Humback 1 is available for preorder as an 18 x 24 or 8 x 10 print.
I’m super excited to announce the launch of new artwork that I’ve been working on over the summer. The first piece is Coyote, and is meant as a companion piece to Jackrabbit.
For Coyote I wanted to portray the predator in a softer light, in a kind way. Often people thing of coyotes as aggressive and almost vicious, so I wanted to counter that and present another way of looking at these wild animals. I’ve seen coyotes in the open spaces and in the hills above my house, and they are graceful and careful, but always know where they are going.
Coyote is both rebellious and playful; she symbolizes the trickster, and inspires transformation. She’s always got something up her sleeve, and she can get out of any situation.
Coyote is another piece in my California collection, honoring and portraying native animals in California.
Coyote print is available for preorder in my store in an 8 x 10 size and a 18 x 24 size.
Today I’ve posted a detail of my Jackrabbit print. I use soft pastels, because I love the way the medium can be pushed around and mixed, but I also can cover and layer the colors. The Jackrabbit print is available in 8 x 10 or 16 x 20 sizes. (The watermark doesn’t appear on the print!) The Jackrabbit Print is available framed also.
I’m really excited about some new pieces I’ve been working on. Here is another closeup of a work in progress! The new pieces will be available at the end of the summer.
Working with some more color!
In the fall of 2016, I started pastel drawings of my most popular jewelry pieces. It had been a while since producing any drawings; I’d spent most of my time in the past few years working on my hand painted jewelry. I realized I do really love drawing, and I love working with pastels!
This is a picture of my kitchen with the original Jackrabbit drawing. The original is for sale (contact me if you’re interested) and I also have framed prints available for sale. The original drawing is 14×11 inches in a 21×17 inch frame.
I’ve been painting jewelry for about 3 years, and after a trip this summer to visit relatives who run an apartment gallery, I was inspired to delve back into soft pastels. I studied oil painting and lithography in college, and at the end of my college career started to play with soft pastels and really liked them. They have qualities I love about oil paints: easy to layer color; deep rich hues; easy to work and smear with your hands. They also are easier to store and transport and are less toxic. So I decided to take some of my most popular jewelry designs and create pastels drawings.
The first of the drawings was the Jackrabbit print. You can read more about my inspiration here!
In the next few months, I’ll be introducing some new prints and I’m very exited!
My Jackrabbit print is available from the store here.