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What I’ve been up to lately: visiting Atlanta, doodling for Studio DIY, trying to become a morning person, and in my spare time, playing with popsicle patterns while my mouth waters.

Popsicles & Stuff

I re-purposed a recent Watercolor Wednesday piece to make some yummy frozen designs. It may be officially fall, but in San Francisco we still have at least a month of popsicle weather ahead of us!


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Months ago my very (very) kind friend Ana agreed to meet me in Chinatown at 6:30 am to take some photos. Obviously a great setting, model, and lighting all added up to more than a few gorgeous pictures, but last night while flipping through old files I came across some of that day’s rejects. Both of these photos are “mistakes” — blurred, or not focused on the correct object. At second glance, I think they’re better that way. Score one for open mindedness!

Blurry Photos of Chinatown with Ana of Fluxi On Tour

Blurry Photos of Chinatown with Ana of Fluxi On Tour


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I posted a process photo of these pink apples awhile back, but forgot to ever show you the finished product! It’s now available in my shop, conveniently (and coincidentally) in time for fall. Be forewarned, it will leave you wanting apples. Good ones, not mealy red delicious from Safeway.

New: Pink Pearl Apples

I have a handful of posts I want to share here, but things have been busy lately between my regular work with Glitter Guide plus the addition of fashion week in NYC currently, as well as with Studio DIY and additional work for her eHow posts. Hopefully I’ll soon have a chance to finally getting around to posting something other than (quick + easy) new product posts! Other than that, I’ve primarily been running and binge watching Arrow. That said, I really want to devote some time to developing new prints and stationery in the near future (and also to watching more Arrow and the rest of the CW lineup) — be sure to let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll make a note next time I pick up a paint brush in my spare time!


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New: Everybody Chill Out

Summer is unofficially over, and I won’t lie — I’m looking forward to relief from high temperatures, and the chance to step into my favorite boots. But ice cream cones? I will never be ready to say goodbye to ice cream. You can find this print over on Etsy!


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As you can probably guess from the name of my company and the ever-present pet portraits on this blog, animals are very close to my heart. Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the feline residents at Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Milpitas location, which of course is exactly my kind of volunteer work (fun fact: all the cats I’ve owned have been adopted from the Humane Society). Fortunately, the majority of cats I photographed at the beginning of this month have found homes! I’m always extremely grateful to live in an area where abandoned and stray animals often find homes easily (the shelters in this area are primarily no-kill, due to a total lack of overpopulation at the facilities). Of course, some pets are always going to have a harder time finding a human. One example? Toffee and Mocha, a bonded (adult) pair who will only be adopted out together. Sweet, calm, eager for affection, and adorably cuddly with each other, this is a pair of very charming Siamese kitties.

Cat Stalking: Toffee & Mocha (Adopt at HSSV!)

 

A little more info about this pair: both healthy, spayed adult females; Toffee is approximately 4 years old, and Mocha is about 2; Toffee is spunkier, and Mocha is quiet and observant, but both are playful and ready to love their new human! If you live in the Bay Area and that sounds good to you (and how could it not?) please consider heading to HSSV in Milpitas to meet Toffee & Mocha, as well as the rest of the friendly residents at this shelter! (Psst: they have a big room full of kittens. You don’t want to miss out on kittens, right?)


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I thought it might be fine to set up my camera while I painted today so that I could create a timelapse video of me working. In case you’ve ever wondered, it looks a lot like this:

Of course if you were actually looking over my shoulder, this would appear much more boring, because this video is just over 10x faster than the time it took me to create the painting (44 minutes and 53 seconds, compared to this 41 second video).


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A couple of weeks ago Josh came to visit for a week between school terms, and we went up to Fort Funston for a day to watch the dogs. It’s one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and once you get there you’ll have no doubts about that. There were packs of all different breeds running around — my version of heaven. There are also some hard-to-miss pipes and cement foundations along the shoreline, but this being San Francisco, the visitors have found a uniquely delightful way to make even this industrial corner match the surrounding beaches:

Dog Art At Fort Funston

Dog Art At Fort Funston

Dog Art At Fort Funston

I spotted three instances of dog art along this graffiti wall, but I didn’t realize I should be looking for it until we had already passed a large section of the cement. Next time I’m there, you can find me scouring that area for more k9 artwork.


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