MATS Assignment Bootcamp . April

Our MATS bootcamp April assignment was due this past Monday. ✨ We were to create a "courage mind map" using personal icons and power symbols. These are the areas I find I draw on my courage the most- trusting life, my intuition, nourishment, transformation, and positive self talk. And, of course, I love exploring and adventuring in the mountains! 🌿🐻🌸✨

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Women Who Draw

I've really been enjoying the eye candy on Women Who Draw - an awesome directory of female illustrators. I decided to submit a little mountain meditation to the mix. 

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Namaste from Montana!

MATS Assignment Bootcamp . March

Earlier this year I stumbled across Lilla Rogers and her amazing MATS professional development courses. Over the winter I took her five week class on illustrating children's books and fell in love with her teaching style and positivity. So, of course I had to have more! I signed up for MATS Assignment Bootcamp which will tide me over for the next five months. :)

Below is my submission for the first of the monthly assignments- design a backpack using abstract patterns. I created a dark and moody piece using icons and photography from my travels in Denmark, added a little abstraction, and voila- turned it into a backpack fit for bohemian dreams. Where will your next adventure take you?

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Snow Week

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It's been nothing but snow and cold in Montana all week,

so I holed up in my cozy studio and worked on a few digital pieces. 

Stay warm!

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Roseville Inspired

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Inspired by my recent Roseville pottery estate sale score.

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Mini Monster Extravaganza

A cute series of mini monsters wanted to come out of my pencils and make an appearance for my First Friday show at Upcycled (Missoula, MT) this past fall. They are a happy little clan that can be hung on the wall and serve to protect your precious ones from bad dreams. These Mini Monsters are the perfect sized stocking stuffer for your favorite kids (little or grown up). They can even hang on the Christmas tree! There are a limited number in existence, and they can only be found at Upcycled- 517 S Higgins . Missoula . MT. 

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Happy Shopping!

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Hello December!

Last year I had the privilege of working with photographer Athena Lonsdale on the Hellgate Rollergirls' annual fundraising calendar. Each chosen artist was given a month in 2015 and the direction that the art (or craft) had to merge in some way with the rollergirl(s). How to get that done? Completely up to the artist. I went with my traditional illustration style and drew Pipsqueak and her little monster (Monster Kat) on a small piece of wood. Then we had fun bringing the drawing to life! It is finally time to display my month- December 2015. :)

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Pipsqueak and Monster Kat

ink & colored pencil

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Photoshoot Shenanigans

starring: Athena, myself, Porter, and Monster Kat

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Drumroll please...

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Hello Miss December!

-all photos (with the exception of the first) taken by Athena Photography-

Exciting News! A Public Studio is in the Works!

I am happy to announce that I will be opening a public studio in historic Reeder's Alley, Helena, Montana.

Dalton Abbey is about to have a {literal} brick and mortar home. It is a tiny, creaky, haunted room, but I can't wait to roll up my sleeves, slap on some paint, and make it my own. Reeder's Alley is one of the oldest sections of town (1870s), and I am beyond excited to share my art and knowledge of the area with tourists and passers-by. 

Mid-May is my soft deadline for opening. Stay tuned to the blog, my Instagram feed, or Facebook for updates.

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 Yes, that is a tumbleweed you see in the lower right corner. :) 

On Deck X - A Fundraiser for Skateparks Across Montana

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It's that time of year again- Montana Skatepark Association's annual "On Deck" auction! Proceeds benefit skateparks across Montana, and I am proud to say this is the fourth year I have been able to contribute to the cause. I learned about the auction in 2011, stopped producing art nearly all together in 2012, and got back into the swing of things in 2013. Below are my three prior donations.

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From left to right: "Bound" 2011, "The Guardian" 2013, and "Underwater Love" 2014

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This year marks On Deck X. As it is the tenth anniversary, I think the guys and gals over at Montana Skatepark Association have a few fun things planned, AND the artist lineup is amazing!

For my contribution this year, I decided to keep with the flow-y haired, starry night theme I've brought into previous boards. Here are some work in progress shots:

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I started by sanding the board and applying a teal and umber acrylic wash. Then, I sketched her out- in pencil first, then ink. Her hair was finished with acrylic paint, and the rest of the color is Prismacolor colored pencil. The gold accents in the piece are liquid metallic. Finally, the hanging contraption, aka the moon, is paper I dyed with coffee and salt and sealed under a glass cabochon. So, for 2015's On Deck X, I present...

"How Stars are Born"

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All boards will be up on Montana Skatepark Association's website by April 17th, when the online auction begins. Online bidding ends April 30th, and the live auction and show opens at The Brink in Missoula on May 1st (don't worry out of owners- you can still participate by proxy). The show will hang until the end of May, so if you find yourself in Missoula, MT, stop by and check it out!

Holiday MADE fair

I have been working on so many fun projects in Missoula lately. One of the most recent was illustrating this year's MADE fair poster. I love being part of this event and was totally honored when I was asked to design the poster. I had a blast making it and I absolutely love the way it turned out.

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I hope to see you there on December 14th!

The Unlucky 13

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{no. 1}

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Cheeks is the first and oldest member of The Unlucky 13. 

He couldn't ask for a better group of friends.

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{no. 2}

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She had always hoped that something beautiful  
would spring from her pain. 
It is a shame she cannot see it.

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{no. 3}

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Tabitha is pleased that their monster sits on their shoulders. 

She grows tired of looking at her sister's face sometimes.

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The better to see you with, my dear.

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The mystic, the seer, the cyclops.  
Do you dare ask her what your future holds?

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He feels lucky that he is still able to breathe on land. 
He knows, however, that his days are numbered.  
Eventually, he will need to leave his life behind and return to the sea.

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{no. 7}

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People feel sorry for Elsa, but they shouldn't.

She is really quite lazy and loves having people carry her.

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{no. 8}

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Just because she has no eyes, 

does not mean she cannot see.

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{no. 9}

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Patiently, she waits for her egg to hatch. 

Will her child look like her?

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{no. 10}

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Nothing makes a monster happier 

than spending time with other monsters.

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{no. 11}

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The snake charmer yearns for the day 

her snakes are brave enough 

to slither on their own.

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{no. 12}

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Sometimes he hates sticking the false teeth in his mouth. 

Would you want someone thinking you resemble a mole rat?

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{no. 13}

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Thirteen flowers and thirteen tattoos 

for the thirteen unlucky men 

who never made it to their wedding day.

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Thanks for looking!

Have a lovely day-