Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pirate Octopus Plush

For Christmas I made this pirate octopus plush doll for my niece!  It's been a while since I've done some hand sewing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Initially, I was planning to buy a plush octopus for her, so I went searching on Etsy, but didn't really see anything I liked.  Then I came across this octopus pattern listing by typingwithtea.  It was perfect!  Sewn out of felt, it's only about 4 inches high, without the pirate hat.  The original pattern was actually slightly smaller, so I enlarged it a little bit.

My niece loves octopi and pirates.  She was so ecstatic when she opened it on Christmas day!

Below are some in-progress shots:

I'm planning to make one for myself, but with a few amusing changes.  Will post it when it's done!  Until then, have a Happy New Year's Eve!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Artists I Like: Kelly Reemtsen

The first time I saw Kelly Reemtsen's work was on a website for a gallery show that included Wayne Thiebaud.  It was a group show in which both artists were featured.  I'm a big fan of Wayne Thiebaud's art, way back from my art school days and feel lucky to have heard him speak once at my alma mater, Cal State Long Beach.  Kelly's work is similar in style, though a little different in subject matter.  Most of her paintings are of women in beautiful party dresses from the 50's and 60's a la "Mad Men," carrying unexpected items like garden hoses and chain saws.

She also has a series of paintings of candy-colored pills, and some that mix candy and the pills, like the one below.

Like Wayne Thiebaud, what I love most about her work are the bright bold colors and thick paint application.  It's so different from my own work, which is probably why I'm attracted to it!   

To see more of Kelly's work, check out her website here:

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Been away from the blog for a while.  Been doing a lot of thinking about life, art, getting older, loss...
So I've decided to make some changes and one of them is the blog.  New year, new design.  I'll also be making changes to the website, but that's not quite ready yet, but will be soon!

Stay tuned for more to come...