Thursday, October 08, 2015

Early Fall Garden Report

I know its not a Monday, my usual day for writing about our Radical Homemaking efforts, but I wanted to share a quick garden report. The summer heat has finally receded here in Dallas. I keep looking at photos from my Northeastern friends and see the chilly-weather coats and orange foliage. Not so here in the south. Our fall growing season extends well into the beginning of winter.

This month I'm eating heaps of yellow pear tomatoes. These plants were great producers last year and this year is no different. I'm also basking in lots of beautiful Basil. This week, I'll be processing much of it into homemade pesto sauce. Some of it will go to the freezer and some of it will be dinner this week. And finally, my winter Kale and Romaine is ready for first harvest! There is nothing better than tender fresh picked dinosaur kale from the garden.

Milk + Honey Mosquito Spray is my favorite natural, non-toxic bug spray.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Making Large Scale Art

Today I'm in the studio working on a large scale piece of art. It's the largest canvas I've ever worked on - 48x70 inches. After doing lots of small pieces for Choice Hotels, I wanted something comprehensive and all-encompassing. This piece will inevitably change from it's current state, but here are the first two layers of this large in-process piece...

Monday, October 05, 2015

Paige Morse | Tiny Cottage

My friend, Paige Morse, is a wizard when it comes to styling a space. I covered her home for a few years ago (HERE). She has created the most wonderful tiny cottage in her back yard and I wanted to share it with you! The best part is that this home is being featured right now at HGTV and Paige is part of the "Fresh Faces of Design" contest! You can vote for her HERE. Seriously, Paige is one of the most talented stylists I've ever worked with. Here's a taste...

Again, go vote for Paige Morse and help her become HGTV's Fresh Design Face HERE.

And just for fun, here is what Paige's cottage looked like before she tackled the remodel process.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hogarth + Doc Martens = Fun

The favorite rebel shoe of punks past and present is the Doc Marten combat boot. I myself, have owned a few pair. This month, Doc Martens has released a new series in collaboration with Sir John Soane's Museum on Hogarth's most famous art series, "A Rakes Progress". I love the satchel, but I think I might need the boots! You can see it all HERE.

Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens

"The Levee" by Hogarth

Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens

"The Heir" by Hogarth

Hogarth Leather Satchel by Doc Martens

"The Orgy" by Hogarth

Hogarth Collection by Doc Martens

"The Arrest" by Hogarth

This is not a sponsored post. I just love these shoes.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Choice Hotels Commission

In August, I landed a surprise corporate commission for 25 paintings. Choice Hotels is rolling out a cool rewards program for members of Cambria Hotel & Suites, which involves collectable coasters and free drinks. I was asked to paint a site-specific landmark or a landscape for each of the cities that hosts a Cambria Hotel & Suites.

I had a lot of fun on this project. I also felt the crunch of a fast turn-around - 25 pieces in 6 weeks. But I have to say, I learned a lot about myself as an artist and as an illustrator. Working on this commission got me thinking about my "style" and the manner in which I process visual information. I'm inspired to get back to my own subject matter and experiment a bit. So here are my first 25 pieces for Choice Hotels.

Lake Eerie in Avon

High-Line Park in Chelsea NYC

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Columbus, OH

Red Rocks in Denver, CO

Cherry Orchard in Traverse City, MI

Las Olas Bridge in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Capitol Building in Madison, WI

Downtown Plaza in Maple Grove, MN

South Beach in Miami, FL

Historic Yates Mill in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Capitol Building in Noblesville, IN

Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, PA

Hummel Park in Plainfield, IL

Arbor Park Nature Preserve in Plano, TX

Black Hills National Forest near Rapid City, SD

Roanoke Star in Roanoke, VA

Paper Mill on the Fox River in Appleton, WI

Town Square in Rockville, MD

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden in White Plains, NY

Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

Trolley Museum in Washington, PA

North Dakota State University in West Fargo, ND

Armory in White Plains, NY

Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO

Times Square in New York City