Above: Ganesh of Healing original painting -- 8x8" on canvas

How's your day going so far?

I'm feeling sleepy and hungry at the moment. I ran at Mt. Tabor, our local volcano, this morning, and my coach Mary had us practicing enduring longer sprints (uphill) than we normally do -- I'm going to be sore tomorrow! Good sore, obviously. I love the feeling of knowing I got a good workout. And the weather is nice and cool today, so that's a welcome change. It's been so hot in Portland this summer, omg!

Anyway. I just put some new original paintings in my shop this morning. These are them!

At the top there is the Ganesh of Healing original painting. There's a print version, too. (The Ganeshes are some of my most popular images!) 

Above: Seer original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Channeler original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Visionary original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Chosen One original painting, 14x14" on canvas

Above: Uncontained original painting, 16x16" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.

Above: She Said Yes original painting, 14x14" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.

Let me know if you have any questions. All paintings are wired on the back and ready to hang -- no frame required.

Hope you love them!

Recently I learned how to create a cyanotype print. I'm finishing up the content for my pattern design book that comes out in Spring 2015, and this was one of the last steps.

What a cool process! I had no idea.

Basically you print out a design or a photo negative on a sheet of transparency film, coat some paper with a special cyanotype solution, place the transparency on top, put it in the sun to expose, and then wash it in water. Voila! You get these gorgeous indigo-colored prints.

Supposedly you can do the same thing with fabric, but I haven't tried that yet.

What a cool and unique way to warp a gift, no?

Here are a couple of things in progress:

I love the beginning stage of painting a canvas, when my only goal is to cover it with color. That's what you see above. I might have a hankering to create some abstract work… we'll see.

And it's been a while since I've created any new Ganesh paintings, so here's one I started the other night:

He will make his way into the shop when finished, along with some others!

I got inspired last week, and I'd had this image in my head for a while that apparently needed to come out, of a man with a red and yellow painted tribal face….. I'm not sure where the image came from, but I guess that doesn't really matter now, does it?

So, in a flurry of paint, I started working on a bunch of different little canvases all at the same time. Here's a peek at a few of them!

That one on the right above (with the pink and red and green face) got painted over because I thought it was hideous and looked like an alien.

I'm excited to see where these experiments will take me! It's fun just messing around artistically without any specific agenda. I don't do it very often, so it felt really good last week.

So, I don't know how it's possible that I've never seen or used a water brush before, but this sweet, simple little tool might just be changing my life. I got some new felt-tip pens, too, and they are just a pleasure to draw with. Having the right tools is really important!

I spent some time tooling around in my sketchbook yesterday and then in Photoshop, trying out the water brush and also some new Photoshop brushes that I bought recently, and I'm officially hooked.

Here's a peek at what that little bear above turned into:

With Bill Murray spurring my along, naturally. ;) (I don't think I'll ever change my desktop wallpaper from this!)

The ICON 8 conference really inspired me to spend more time drawing…. I'm going to do my darndest to become a sketchbook-keeper. Drawing always scares me a little (I have no idea why), but I'm pretty excited to just PLAY and see what happens right now. I'm at a point in my art-making practice where I'm feeling a bit stale in what I've been creating, so I'm really thrilled to have some new tools and fresh inspiration swirling around. I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I was so jazzed about art-making (I haven't felt that way in quite some time)!

I also started playing my guitar again a few weeks ago, which is also something that's scared me for a while… I used to play and write songs all the time, and then got so wrapped up in my art career that it just fell away. Every time I picked it up to try to play again I'd end up feeling defeated; my fingers would hurt, I couldn't play the songs I used to be able to play…. but for some reason this time I haven't put it down, and I've been playing and singing again just for the joy of it, even if it's hard and I'm rusty. And it feels so good! Facing fears + playing + doing things that make me feel joyful seem to be themes in my life lately. Hummingbirds keep showing up, reminding me to be joyful and take everything a bit less seriously….. I am paying attention!

I meant to post these new hamsas yesterday (since I typically post new stuff on Wednesdays), but I was distracted by nervousness when I woke up -- I gave a talk about licensing at the ICON 8 illustration conference here in Portland yesterday morning, which is something I've never done before, and oh my goodness was I nervous!

Thankfully it went really well, and I got a loot of good feedback from the participants. (And it was secretly even kind-of fun once I got started! Who knew speaking in front of crowds could be not so bad after all?) ;)

Anyway, I've got 2 new one-of-a-kind hamsas for you today, before I jet off into the Portland sunshine to do some more conference-y stuff. 

The Hamsa of Protection + Wonder is pictured above.

There's just one of each, so if you'd like to invite some protection, wonder, and/or action into your life, oe of these little beauties is for you!

{Check out all the available hamsas right here.}

{If you don't see the video above, click here to watch}

As you may know, I'm currently working on creating a pattern design e-course called Pattern Camp which will launch this fall. 

I made this fun time lapse video of me creating a repeat pattern in Illustrator, and I love it so much I thought I'd give you a sneak peek and share it with you! Why is watching things in fast-motion so much fun?

If you want to jump on the wait list for the e-course, you can do that right here.

I'll be launching the Pattern Camp website + sending out details to this list about dates, price, registration, etc in the coming weeks. Oh! And you can like Pattern Camp on Facebook, too, if that's your kind of thing. ;)


I think we're often taught not to get our hopes up, just in case things don't work out. 

But I think Elizabeth Gilbert is right -- not allowing ourselves to hope + dream + get excited about something with your whole heart sends a message to the universe that says: "I don't trust that this is truly possible." Or "I don't trust that I'm truly good enough to receive what I want." Or "I don't trust that I have what it takes to make this dream reality."

So today I say: LET'S GET OUR HOPES UP!

I want all my dreams to become a reality. Hello, universe, I'm hopeful!

What are you hopeful about with your whole heart today? For me, it's that I can create an amazing pattern design e-course to launch in the fall. This feels really big and scary to me, and I want to fully trust that I can do it and that it will be amazing + helpful to a lot of people. (If you want to get on the wait list for that, by the way, click here!)

What are your big hopes + trust for today?


ps - Happy 4th of July + long weekend to those of you in the USA! I hope tomorrow is filled with backyard BBQs, sunshine, and fireworks. :)

Good morning! I have some brand new hamsas to share with you this morning. This current batch is my favorite so far -- especially the black and white one above. Man, I love black and white.

Each hamsa is one-of-a-kind, crafted lovingly by moi (while watching Ugly Betty reruns on Hulu, if you want to know the real truth... haha). They each have a word/energy stamped on the back, so they'll invite both protection and that special energy into your life. Hamsas are often hung in homes to protect against the Evil Eye.

Just click on the links below each photo to see each hamsa individually, or see all the available hamsas together right hereHope you enjoy this week's goodies and find one you can't live without!

Good morning!

I wanted to start the week off feeling productive, so I set about creating a new repeat pattern first thing this morning. I haven't been creating any new patterns at all lately (which is crazy, because it's my favorite thing ever), so that's got to change.

I'm really enjoying the colors in this one -- nice and summery, which is appropriate here given that it's supposed to be 87 degrees today and a whopping 97 tomorrow. Whoa! Hello, summer.

Anyway, this new pattern is called 'Electra'. Available for licensing! I think this would make an awesome bedspread, don't you? Or curtains on bright white walls!

In other news, Ryan and I are currently in the process of purchasing our house (the one we live in now, so we won't have to move! Hooray!), and one of the first things I'm going to do is paint all the walls white. I CANNOT WAIT.

I've got a new print in the shop today featuring sweet sweet Hummingbird. She's inspiring me lately since my several recent encounters with her. I saw my cat Anika quietly watching a hummingbird that hovered close to her in our backyard last week. Normally she gets all agitated when she sees birds and starts doing this funny quivering mouth thing, and her tail starts thrashing, but she just sat and quietly watched this teeny, hovering bird. It was such a beautiful, quiet little scene to witness. 

I've been playing around with mixed media elements in my paintings, glueing in bits of paper and collage elements. You can see a bit of a map mixed in there. I'm excited about experimenting with these techniques and seeing what unfolds in my work.

You can find the new print right here in my shop.
Hope you like it!

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