Working with some more color!
Working with some more color!
The California Condor represents a success story in animal conservation, and I wanted to honor this majestic bird with a sketch. Now my Condor sketch is available on a cell phone cover for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7. This high-quality transparent cover let’s you still see the attractive shape of the iPhone, and the image is printed on with a durable process to last you a long time. Now when you take pictures you can say “look at the birdie” and mean it!
10% of the purchase price of the product always goes to NRDC, a non-profit that works to protect animals and open spaces, and combat climate change.
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.
Working on some more color ideas. Big horn sheep are incredibly shy, but I’m proud to say I saw one on a hike in Joshua Tree about 10 years ago. We saw 3 of them, and they were quite far away, but it was amazing!
Experimenting with more color today!
I’m working with some color today!
Mother’s Day is this Sunday; you can send your favorite mom a special note, and NRDC will plant a milkweed plant for each note you send. Milkweed is essential to Monarch butterfly larvae: the larvae eat milkweed, and due to less milkweed available, some populations of monarchs are in decline. This Mother’s Day, NRDC and Monarch Watch are joining forces to plant more milkweed for monarchs. Visit this site, and simply enter the email address of your favorite mom or mother figure and she’ll receive a special email. For each email sent NRDC and Monarch Watch will plant one milkweed plant!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and caretakers out there. Nothing happens without you!
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.
The American Bison is the iconic image of the American West. Vast herds of 40,000,000 used to roam the plains of America. Bison is a crucial part of the plains ecosystem.
Bison were almost hunted to extinction as white settlers moved west in the 1800’s. Today most bison are kept on private lands, with a few small herds roaming free. Yellowstone Park is the only place where bison have lived continuously in the wild.
Fortunately today there are several groups striving to move bison to the prairie and reintroducing bison to tribal lands.
Read more bison facts here!
I designed the Jackrabbit necklace 2 years ago. The idea was a Predator | Prey series: the prey are very fierce and the predators are kind and gentle. The concept of the series was to challenge our stereotypes of what it means to be the prey (weak, scared, bad) or the predator (powerful, strong, good); the reality in nature is both the predator and prey rely and depend on each other. Neither survives without the other; this is balance in nature.
I had been painting the necklaces for over a year when, in the fall of 2016, I started working on original art based on my most popular jewelry pieces; the first piece was the Jackrabbit.
The second necklace in the series is the Grey Wolf.
People ask me if I have a rabbit, and the answer is no. However I do have a 24 pound cat that does look like a rabbit.
The Small Jackrabbit necklace is available in my store. The Jackrabbit pastel drawing is also available as a print.