August 31, 2012

Mid-Cape to Upper-Cape

Kalmus Beach, Hyannis

My father spent some of his childhood in Hyannis, and despite the fact that he tells me it wasn't the greatest place to grow up, I still have been able to form my own happy memories there, independent from his slightly negative association.

I think everyone can say parts of their childhood were really awful, and when people ask me for Massachusetts recommendations, I don't leap to say, "AW YEAH, you have to visit Auburn!  There's the mall... the post office... the other mall..."

But that's life, right?  You think your home town is really boring, you go to art school in New York City, move back to Boston, then find yourself living literally over the side of a hill from your childhood home.

That hill was the same hill Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-powered rocket, so yeah...

go Auburn Rockets... ?


(* Auburn Rockets used to be the Auburn Dandies - just FYI)

restaurant in Chatham 

Cook's Supply, Hyannis

Strawberry-lemonade cupcake at Cupcapes, in Falmouth

At the Welfleet-Drive-in Flea Market


my favorite place to get fresh produce + Boar's Head sandwiches, 
at Lambert's in Centerville

The Cape Cod Playhouse

August 30, 2012

Back from Cape Cod

Marconi Beach, Welfleet, MA

I already miss it.  Sunburns and all.

With our work schedules at the museum and various freelance projects, Andy and I were finally able to take a 5 day vacation on Cape Cod.

Oh my goodness, it was awesome.

We were married there in October of 2010, and it was so nice to be back in Welfleet, reminiscing about our wedding.

at a bazaar in Harwich

Brewster Craft Fair

  Buffy's Ice Cream in Chatham

I had been looking for these forever! Finally tracked them down in Hyannis!

Atomic Dime-store, Hyannis

August 29, 2012

PREORDER: Leon the Professional Print

Hey friends,

Taking pre-orders for Leon prints this week!


13" x 19" on premium matte archival paper | $45 ea
[originally exhibited: Crazy 4 Cult NY, August 2012] [original painting is SOLD]  
Ready to ship out: Sept. 1

August 27, 2012

Modern Mythology

I was delighted when Modern Mythology contacted me to do some work with them, in regards to a group photo/illustration for the creative team's website.

They wanted an illustration about how their ideas meld together to make something new. "Fantasia" came to mind first, so I sent them sketches that were inspired by the random shapes, colors and patterns assigned to different musical notes.

I try to send a variety of things to my clients, but staying within the client's initial concept.  

This was a really fun project for me, I liked the challenge of making all these pieces fit together.

The group asked if each person could have a theme, and we experimented with a few images until we got to where we wanted it to go.

These colors aren't right for the group's overall feel.  They feel like an organic juice company, or like a kid's daycare.  Too unsaturated and too uninspired.

I experimented with a kind of tribal/kaleidoscope idea, but it didn't feel right either.  Something wasn't right about it, so we went in a different direction.

This felt like the right direction.  The colors are bold and young, the layering is more interesting and the feel is much more crazy and vibrant.

the final product

Pretty chic, if I do say so myself!  And what a handsome bunch they are :)

August 25, 2012

Catwoman in Tokyo

Hey friends,

Have a new Catwoman piece on eBay this week, I happen to like this one personally, maybe you'll think it's cool too:

Vacation is almost over, be back soon!

August 24, 2012

Tony Scott's Beat The Devil

When I lived in New York City, I used to go the MOMA theater on 23rd St.  

It's closed now, but before that sad day I got to see a series of short films commissioned by BMW.  In the series, Clive Owen is simply 'The Driver' and each film, about 10 minutes each, is by a different director featuring different actors all being driven around for various reasons by Owen.

I saw all of them, and my favorite hands down - was by Tony Scott, called "BEAT THE DEVIL."

It's basically the Robert Johnson story. (Tommy Johnson, perhaps.)  But instead of Johnson, it's James Brown, selling his soul to the Devil in Spandex (Gary Oldman).

You know, I actually don't like Tony Scott's movies, I'm more of a Ridley Scott kind of girl, but his recent death got me thinking.

If I had inoperable brain cancer, would I commit suicide?

I can only hope I'll never be in that position, but of course that can never be known for sure.  

I'd like to think I wouldn't try to bargain with the Devil or anything, 

just live every second with as much passion and fervor as I could.

Eating good food, 
reading good books, 
listening to good music, 
talking with good people.

This stuff is amazing - it's absolutely the best ever - really rich and nutty, if you like flavors like that you have to try this!  You can get it at Ebisuya for $5, or H-Mart in Burlington, MA

My mini roses have bloomed!  Their buds were tightly closed just last week.

Saw some yellow leaves on the ground while walking the dog.  Summer isn't over yet - our vacation starts today!  But already excited for fall.

August 22, 2012

How to Be a Happy Freelancer 'zine!

Hey friends,

Thanks so much for the wonderful responses to the 5 part ramble I posted this month.  A few people have asked me to make this into a 'zine, and thought, 'Hey, not a bad idea'.

How to Be a Happy Freelancer 
5.5 x 8.5"  |  12 pg color cover, b&w interior  |  $5.00

August 20, 2012

Davis Square Flea Market

Had a nice time with Andy and Adam at the Davis Flea last weekend.

Saw so many lovely things at "I Want a Pony!" 

I've lived in Massachusetts for most of my life, but have never been to Davis Square until now!  Come to think of it, I've barely explored Somerville!  What a great place!

There are so many restaurants we want to try in that area, like Mr. Crepe to name one.

If you've been there - what do you recommend?