The mind of an Illustrator

I am pretty sure most artists share the same dry humor. 
We all have the same vein of cynicism that has been 
engrained in us since critique class where we learned our 
survival instincts. So we all looked at this illustration gave 
it a cool half smile, (perhaps even a giggle ...guilty) and now
all day we will be haunted by it and think, 
"that was so damn clever". 

Mark Kaufman I salute you. Thanks for the giggle this 
morning, but seriously I have to get back to work...

Have a really optimistically cynical day. 

Thanks for the find Illustration Island.


California Poppies Watercolor

New Meant for a Moment Watercolor of California Poppies.
I created this one for my older sister who is going to 
have a baby in the spring, a baby that we are affectionately
 referring to as "poppy" due to the its tiny size when we found 
out she was pregnant (and conicidentally she lives in CA 
right now and the state flower is a poppy. Right on!) 

Congratulations, Paige and Caleb. xox
Love you guys. 

Tree Trunk Bowls...Love

What do you think of these colorful log bowls? I am a huge
 fan. However I am not tall enough to view them from this 
angle all the time so they might alway just look like a log to
 me... But I love how the designer Doha Chebib mixed the
 polished and glossy colorful sheen with the natural texture
 of the wood. Big Fan. 

According to Jeanie Jeanie, each bowl is handmade using 
only locally reclaimed trees of all varieties (fallen or cut down
 due to infrastructure, re-landscaping, droughts, or stormy 
weather). Becoming an even bigger fan. What do you think?
 Would you put a tree trunk bowl on your table as a center piece?


Custom Floral Name Cards

 I had the pleasure of creating these custom name cards for a 
friend who got married this fall. Each type of flower was hand
 painted to maintain the natural, organic feel of their wedding. And 
I hand wrote each name for a personal touch. 

Each flower corresponded with a flower center piece on a 
table, so the guests knew their table assignments. It was so 
much fun watching this come together! What a beautiful 

Designing information

I am a big fan of this incredibly creative and visual way of graphing 
the lifespan of animal... look there is even an earth worm. 

PS. Can you imagine living for 150 years. Think of how the world
would change in your life span.


Birth Order

Adding this to my list of fireside reads. 

I have heard some crushing statements from Jeffrey's
 studies that I would like to learn more about... (er...maybe)
According to Jeffrey, parents favor the first born child
 more. I am a second born. This is bad news for me. 

I am going to get to the bottom of this. Paige if you are 
reading this... the gauntlet has been thrown... 
(haha... :) kidding.)

According to Jeffery's article in TIME Magazine 
The first born has a higher IQ, probably due to mentoring
 the children underneath them. They are also usually 
the tallest and largest. But here is something those 
born later have going for us according to Jeffery's 
article in TIME:

"But there are low-power strategies too, and one of the most 
effective ones is humor. It's awfully hard to resist the charms 
of someone who can make you laugh, and families abound 
with stories of last-borns who are the clowns of the brood, able
 to get their way simply by being funny or outrageous. Birth-order 
scholars often observe that some of history's great satirists—
Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain—were among the youngest
 members of large families, a pattern that continues today. 
Faux bloviator Stephen Colbert—who yields to no one in his 
ability to get a laugh—often points out that he's the last of 11 

Such examples might be little more than anecdotal, but personality
 tests show that while firstborns score especially well on the 
dimension of temperament known as conscientiousness—a 
sense of general responsibility and follow-through—later-borns 
score higher on what's known as agreeableness, or the simple
 ability to get along in the world. "Kids recognize a good low-power 
strategy," says Sulloway. "It's the way any sensible 
organism sizes up the niches that are available."

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Shake it

Carli Davidson's photograph collection "Shake" is putting a 
smile on my face this morning. Hope it thrills you this Monday.
P.S: The last one is my fav!


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