Flighty Thoughts Silhouette

7 Nov 2011 6:12pm

This weekend was a productive one for paintings, and ever gave a first try at painting a silhouette.


“Flighty Thoughts”
8 x 10” gouache and ink on 140lb. cold press watercolor paper
November 2011

(Available here)

Then for the rest of the weekend, thoughts for more silhouettes floated through my mind! More coming soon I am sure… but for now, it is back to creating and shipping out fantastic orders for Christmas! Cheers and happy Monday!

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Wine Blues

4 Nov 2011 7:27am

In keeping with the current theme and experimentation with various drink stains, another evening painting! I have sketched blueberries in the past, and painting them proved to be just as much of a fun challenge. I have a few more drink-stained watercolor sheets… time to brainstorm…

“Wine Blues”
4 x 6” gouache and red wine stain watercolor paper
November 2011 (sold)

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Snow Globes + Peppermint Mocha

3 Nov 2011 9:22am

The 2011 Limited Edition City Skyline series Snow Globe Christmas cards are back! It was fun to come up with a new design for this years edition, and so far it’s been a great response! Orders shipping off to Port Aransas, Austin, London and New Orleans!

Inspired by my mother, who showed me that I could painting with anything… including coffee!

 

“Peppermint Mocha”
4 x 6” gouache and coffee stain watercolor paper
November 2011 (sold)

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Christmas Stamp of Approval

20 Oct 2011 11:20pm

“Scent Home”

6×6″ oil on masonite
October 2011
(Available here)

The postage stamp is painted to actual size of the real issued USPS stamp. Painting it triggered an interest in doing a bit of research into other postage stamps. Seeing that the holidays are upon us, I decided to see if I could find all the official United States Postal System issued Christmas stamps. I found them all… dating back to 1962!

Here is the beginning to a new painting I am working on, inspired by a stamp I liked the most. Not sure what to call it yet, but the stamp is going to be the 1979 issued USPS stamp.

UPDATE:


“Stamped Santa”

6×6″ oil on canvas
October 2011 (sold) 

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95 Construction Project Designs

20 Oct 2011 10:19pm

The idea to notate everyday items came to me when I decided to create a birthday card for another architect friend of mine. I knew she would see the humor in my take on the oh-so-serious contract document lingo often crowding the sheets of a set of architectural drawings. Thus, Project Cupcake Construction and Demolition was born!

I showed my project manager the birthday card that I had made, and she laughed so hard, and said, ‘You should sell these!’I had always created stationery and cards my whole life, so the thought of now selling them was very exciting to me. I was so excited… that my friend never did receive that first birthday card! :(

The very first item for sale in my Etsy shop waaay back in November of 2009, was Project Christmas Tree. I decided to jump right in with the holidays and see how the market would react. It sold within a matter of days. The rest is history!

Now there are 95 designs in the shop… and many more on the way! Cheers! Click here to see the entire list!

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Why Write Letters?

19 Oct 2011 8:18pm

In an age when the art of writing seems to lose a little more vitality everyday, I often hear the question, “Why write letters?”… usually followed by, “I can just send an email, it’s faster.”, or, “No one ever writes back.” It isn’t always about what is the fastest, or whether you even get a reply back in the mail, but is rather about the art of correspondence and all it has to offer you.

In my opinion, here are 5 top reasons why one should take the time to write a handwritten letter and/or postcard (especially in this day and age!) Let me know what your favorite part of letter writing is!

— 3 out of 5 Senses

Opening a letter that comes to you in the mail can appeal right away to 3 out of 5 senses. 

Sight: Seeing a letter addressed to you in the mailbox (that isn’t a bill or credit card application!) can give a rush of excitement! Someone took the time to handwrite your address, your name… and put thought into every pen stroke of what they would like to convey to you! I often like to hold a letter close up to my face to see each individual letter that was formed… to admire how the ink transcribed each letter to the page. Which brings me to the second sense…

Smell: When receiving a letter in the mail, nothing beats knowing that it used to be in the original writers hands! Sometimes, the lingering scent of cologne or perfume can be found entangled within the fibers. If it is a letter from home, it can be instantly comforting to catch the scent of your favorite laundry detergent from mom.

Touch: Feel the weight of the paper, feel each fold and crease… each one put there by the writer… for you! Take comfort in knowing that even though it might take alot for your writer to see you in person (traveling, money, etc.), this letter has made it’s way to you across the distances and has now been touched by both of you… bridging the gap!

As for taste and sound, well I suppose we can achieve this in receiving a letter as well… but I will leave that for you to discover!

— Private, Personal and One on One —

It’s exclusive, it’s private, it’s personal. Unlike email, the words written are not stored away into a server owned by someone else. It isn’t being indexed by any search engines. It’s not being cataloged away for anyone else to read. (That is of course if you leave it out on the kitchen table for all to read!) You might also be surprised to see how much more a person will write in a letter, divulging who they really are.

— Memorabilia — 

No matter where this person goes, near or far, friend or foe, here or passed on… a piece of them will remain with you always. Their handwritten thoughts will stay with you, and can bring you back to that place and time just with words. Knowing that they have shared with you private and personal thoughts, and have activated 3 out of 5 senses feels like having a conversation with them all over again! It can be cherished, and an important reminder of relationships gone by.

— Brain Activation! —

Handwriting letters can activate areas of the brain that typing out an email on a keyboard doesn’t. Research has shown that “finger movements activate large regions of the brain involved in thinking, memory, and language.” (reference). I sometimes like to write with a dictionary or thesaurus nearby, and fight the urge to just “Google it.”

— Making a Statement —

A wedding invitation, Christmas card, baby announcement, a birthday card… all have a more solid and permanent presence when physically mailed instead of sent as a digital card or email. It makes a statement! It is displayed on the fridge, fireplace and/or placed in the scrapbook. The recipient can appreciate the love and thought that went into your stationery choice. It activates the senses, is personal, provides memorabilia for the future!

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Napa Valley

14 Oct 2011 10:25pm

Hello and happy Friday! Last week, we indulged in a week long vacation in Napa Valley, California to celebrate my 30th birthday. The grapes were ripe for harvest and the aroma of wine was wafting through the air! We visited many vineyards, tasted many wines and were even able to meet with the owners of our favorite winery Philip Togni! We traveled along the Pacific coast on Highway 1 to the north for a visit in the Redwood Forest, and spent a day in San Francisco too! This third decade of life is off to a great start!


Opus One Vineyard, Napa Valley

PAINTING PORTFOLIO
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Herd it Through the Grapevine

28 Sep 2011 6:16am

The Sheeptails of the week: “Through the Grapevine”! Each sheep at its best, a truly good “bunch”! They “herd” it through the grapevine, that Architette Studios will be on vacation in Napa Valley, California from October 4th – 12th!… which means, the next Sheeptails update won’t be until November 1st!

Not only is it well overdue for a vacation, but one of the main reasons for the west coast run… I will be celebrating my 30th birthday! What better place than in the land of wine?

PHILIP TOGNI
Making the journey with us, is my final framed and tagged oil painting entitled “Philip Togni”! We have signed up for a private exclusive tour of the vineyard and grounds, and this will be a gift… to my favorite winery!

“Philip Togni”
5×7″ oil on masonite
September 2011
private collection

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Confection

27 Sep 2011 9:59am

The beginning under-painting… any idea on what it will be?


in progess…
11×14″ oil on masonite


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MELBOURNE & ADELAIDE
Two new city skylines in the works for the great land down under! I am excited to have these well underway and hopefully (as I have never been there!) will do the skylines some justice!

Happy Tuesday!

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Drought Survivors

7 Sep 2011 2:13pm

After painting mainly in the abstract style for almost seven years now, I am finding myself needing more from my work. I want to evoke new emotion. I want to paint something real, but in a way that makes the viewer question reality.

Entitled “Drought Survivors”, this piece is influenced from living through the worst drought in Texas history.


“Drought Survivors”
6×6″ oil on masonite – framed
(Available here)

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Still Life Continued

4 Sep 2011 6:24am

I last posted about beginning a new still life painting. I am attempting anything outside of abstract… and hope it’s a little more obvious about what it is now! ;)


in progress…
5×7″ oil in masonite

ROCHESTER & NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Over the weekend, I completed two new skylines… Rochester, New York and Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Actually, both were retro-fits to already existing city skylines (Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Knoxville, Tennessee respectively.) However, I did enough research, studying of each city and editing… that they actually look pretty close to as if I drew them both cities from scratch! :)

Happy Labor Day weekend to all!

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Pears

31 Aug 2011 7:44pm

Despite being in the middle of the worst Texas drought in history, these golden Kieffer Pears are right on track to being ready for harvest in September/October!


CRASH LANDING

… and in the regular Wednesday updates… Sheeptails crash lands on a foreign planet to find an unsuspecting group of hosts awaiting them.


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Sheeptails Waltz

24 Aug 2011 5:20am

Inspired by my friend Maria who is an instructor at the Semeneya Dance Company in San Antonio, Texas… come join us for the Sheeptails Waltz!


BACK TO SCHOOL

It’s another semester of slow school zones, longer lines at the grocery store on Sundays… and a new Project Crayon Box in the works! Coming soon!

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New Still Life

19 Aug 2011 12:35pm

I couldn’t possibly take in any more sleep, and awoke at 4:30am ready to do something! I’m going to paint my first still life! The first base in gouache. Many layers of oil paint coming next! Any guesses on what it’s going to be? ;)


in progress…
5×7″ oil on masonite

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Iced Coffee

17 Aug 2011 3:45pm

Absolutely addicted!



I bought this bag of this specially blended Starbucks coffee beans for iced coffee, and I love it! Usually, I just make regular coffee… and make it into an iced one! But this… this just takes it to the next level. Whhhy do they have to be so addicting?!

I guess I failed to mention the addictive qualities of a good coffee when I created Project Coffee and Project Cappuccino for Architette Studios! Ah well… there is always room to created a Project Iced Coffee!


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Pratt Institute
Bachelors of Architecture, 2007

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